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There are many different types of damages that you might seek when you are injured in a car crash. Understanding the purpose of each of these types of damages can help you to ensure that you are claiming the appropriate types for your claim.

One possible damage type is for the pain and suffering you had to endure because of the crash. Consider these points when you are thinking about this:

What is compensation for pain and suffering?

Compensation for pain and suffering is meant to help compensate you for the physical, emotional and mental anguish you suffered because of the crash. This is usually the result of the physical injuries you suffered. For example, if you are involved in a crash and your face is lacerated, you might have a scar for the rest of your life. The scar might cause people to stare at you. Your claim can include compensation for that since you have an entire lifetime of dealing with the stares. The amount of pain you are in because of medical care and treatments that are necessary because of the injury also come into the picture.

How do I determine the amount I should seek for pain and suffering?

This can be a difficult task. There are several points to consider. How the injuries impact your ability to earn an income, how devastating the injuries are, your age and similar factors can all play a part in the amount of damages you choose. Ultimately, it is best to discuss this point with a person who has handled a similar situation so that they can help you to determine this point of your claim for compensation.

Source: FindLaw, "Car Accident Pain and Suffering Damages," accessed April 14, 2017

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