California state law evaluates “pain and suffering” from two different angles. The first concerns the actual, physical pain associated with an injury, while the second considers the mental anguish that is all too common following a traumatic accident.
Physical Pain & Suffering
Under California state law, “physical pain and suffering” includes both current discomfort and the lingering effects that will afflict the victim for years to come. While physical pain and suffering may sound relatively straightforward, it is always best to consult an experienced personal injury attorney following an accident.
Mental Pain & Suffering
Mental anguish, emotional distress, depression, fear, anger, humiliation, anxiety and shock all constitute “mental pain and suffering” in the state of California. Generally speaking, mental pain and suffering is any kind of negative reaction a victim experiences as a result of her or his accident. In the most severe cases, mental pain and suffering may even prevent the victim from returning to work, making just compensation all the more crucial to securing a satisfactory standard of life.
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