When facing a personal injury, it can be difficult to monetize the mental and physical anguish you’re being put through. From losing your quality of life, hindering your ability to work, and so forth… there’s a lot to lose when you get hurt. So, how do you put all of that suffering into a number and take it to court? When it comes to calculating pain and suffering, there are typically two different categories your injury and loss of quality of life will fall into…

Calculating Pain and Suffering: Post-Personal Injury

Physical

Physical pain is, as it sounds, damage caused to your physical body. Calculating pain is to add a value to what was been injured, and the pain you’re working with. Seeing a doctor, getting your injury in writing, and a treatment plan, can help you to quantify your injury when it comes to calculating the cost.

Mental

Just as you can calculate physical pain, you can calculate mental anguish as well. Maybe you’re facing fear, anger, humiliation, shock, anxiety, depression, or other emotions as a result of your injury. As a result, your quality of life is suffering. While emotional damage can be harder to quantify than the cost of treating an injury, it is absolutely possible with the right help. No matter the type of suffering, it is suffering nonetheless…

If you’re suffering, speak with a doctor

No matter the type of pain and suffering, speak with a doctor. For starters, it’s important that you seek medical treatment when it comes to your injuries. By speaking with a doctor, and being open about your pain— you can better receive treatment, and heal more quickly. Furthermore, if the treatment plan is not working, have your doctor improve it. As for your mental health, that’s where a therapist may come in.

You’re going through a tough time, and having feelings about that is entirely normal…

However, it’s how you handle those emotions that can make or break your healing process. If you’re feeling anxious, depressed, or so forth— speak with someone who can help you balance those feelings.

Lastly, all of these issues you’re facing, and needing treatment for are not your financial responsibility. Rather, the responsible party for your personal injury should be paying for your treatment. Therefore, there is nothing reasonable about your being financially responsible for them. Seek compensation for your medical treatment of all kinds when it comes to an injury. And if you’re having trouble getting the responsible party to take care of these necessary medical interventions, speak with an attorney. You’re already going through a tough time. There’s no reason that you should have to worry about healing and a financial burden at the same time…