Last Updated on June 16, 2021 by Theodore Spaulding
In this video, attorney Ted Spaulding details how to value pain and suffering after a car accident in Georgia. He also explains how limitations factor in.
What is pain and suffering worth after a car accident? Keep watching this video to learn ways to value your pain and suffering.
Hi, I am Ted Spaulding. I’m an Atlanta personal injury trial lawyer, and I’m the founder here at Spaulding Injury Law.
So this is, ultimately, the biggest issue in any single personal injury claim or case. Most of the other components of your damages that equal the value of your claim are pretty empirical. We know what the medical bills are. We know what your lost wages are. As long as those are related to your injuries, they’re compensable. So those are pretty rock solid numbers. But the big one, and what we’re all, quite frankly, adjusters and lawyers are guessing as to, is what is a jury going to give the plaintiff for pain and suffering. And that’s the scary part certainly for a layperson.
Yes, we are all guessing. Well, we’re doing that with some education, right? I mean, it’s an educated guess in the sense that we are using our experience, prior verdicts in that jurisdiction with similar facts of injuries and that sort of thing. We’re doing research as well to see what others have received in recent trials. The adjusters are doing the same thing. And so we have a reasonable range where we think, “If we tried this case 10 times, here’s what a jury would do probably 60% to 70% of the time. We’ll be somewhere in this tight range.” And that helps form the basis of that overall value of the claim, because pain and suffering is just one component. It’s oftentimes one of the largest components, but it is only one of several.
So anyway, that is how you can try to value your pain and suffering. It has to do with your limitations. How have your injuries affected your daily life and how are they going to do that going forward? Do you have a permanent injury and therefore, pain and suffering for the rest of your life? To what extent is that pain, is that suffering, are those limitations? So that’s what you’re looking at to build that component of pain and suffering.
I hope this answers your question. If you have any more, feel free to leave me a comment to this video, or if you have a claim that you would like to see if our firm can handle for you, go to our website, spauldinginjurylaw.com. We have a contact form on there. Or give me a phone call. Two phone numbers for you, 770-744-0890 or 470-695-9950.
Thanks for watching this video.
For close to 15 years, Mr. Spaulding has helped victims of negligence across the state of Georgia resolve personal injury disputes, and he’s received a remarkable number of awards and honors from the legal community recognizing his commitment to clients and to the metro-Atlanta area.
As an undergraduate, Mr. Spaulding belonged to the Phi Beta Kappa honors fraternity at the University of Georgia, and he obtained his legal training at the Georgia State College of Law, where he clerked for the Honorable Judge Rowland Barnes of the Fulton County Superior Court. Mr. Spaulding has also worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Atlanta Enforcement Division. Since 2005, he has dedicated his career to helping the injured victims of negligence and their loved ones win justice in Georgia’s personal injury courts.