In Georgia, pain and suffering damages are determined by jurors and will amount to whatever amount a group of peers at trial feels they’re worth. After a car crash and personal injury, you may want to seek these damages based on the severity of your injury and the trauma you’ve gone through.
You are able to claim for pain and suffering, but you should know that there isn’t an easy way to know how much those damages are worth. There isn’t a standard measurement, and juries have to use their own judgment to determine what to award.
What kinds of factors are considered when determining pain and suffering damages?
To determine pain and suffering damages, some of the factors that have to be considered include:
- The effect of the incident on family members
- The potential for ongoing consequences from the collision
- Economic losses
- How severe the initial injuries and complications were
- The amount of pain a person is living with following an injury
Georgia does not have caps on damages, so you could get an award of almost any amount. However, with the modified comparative negligence rule, your damages may be reduced by the percentage at which you’re considered at fault for your own injuries.
What is the multiplier method?
Sometimes, attorneys use the multiplier method to come up with the value of a pain-and-suffering claim. For example, if your economic damages were valued at $50,000, then the attorney may ask to multiply that amount by two, three, four or even five (in most cases). This would then multiply the economic damages by that number and show how much you’ll ask for pain and suffering.
No one expects to be injured, and the financial consequences can be devastating. You’re able to seek compensation for economic losses, and you should consider seeking compensation for any pain and suffering that you’ve gone through.
Doing this will give you a better opportunity to get a larger settlement or award so that you can live more comfortably as you recover and work toward living your life normally again in the future.