How Pain and Suffering Damages Are Calculated by NJ Courts

By MatadorAdminAuto Accident

Pain and suffering damages would not reflect in your doctor’s bills unlike the economic damages you may suffer after an accident. In the same way, your wage statements wouldn’t show your reduced earnings. If you are injured by another person’s negligence, the mental anguish, emotional distress, and physical pain you experience are a significant component of your compensation.

The NJ personal injury attorneys at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman have extensive knowledge and experience in collecting maximum damages awards for pain and suffering on behalf of their injured clients. Our expertise gives our clients a significant advantage in recovering the largest available compensation for their non-economic damages for pain and suffering.

What do New Jersey courts consider when evaluating pain and suffering?

New Jersey courts will not award a single lump sum as pain and suffering compensation but will consider how an accident victim’s injuries affect their daily activities. For example, a court might look at:

  • The limitations of a victim’s regular daily routine
  • The effect of injuries on a victim’s relationships with family, friends, and co-workers
  • How pain and suffering interfere with sleep
  • Long-term, permanent, or chronic pain and suffering that are the direct result of an accident
  • Emotional or mental stress

No two accident victims will have identical lifestyles. Therefore, a New Jersey court will review this and other factors within the context of each individual. A victim’s NJ personal injury lawyer will use all available evidence to show how these injuries have impaired their daily activities. The final damages award will be a product of the daily impact of the victim’s injuries and the anticipated duration of them.

Do New Jersey courts place an upper limit on pain and suffering damages?

New Jersey law caps punitive damages, but it places no upper limits on the amount of pain and suffering damages that an accident victim can recover. An experienced accident and injury attorney will enhance the victim’s opportunity to collect a large, uncapped damages award by emphasizing:

  • The nature and severity of the victim’s specific injuries
  • Permanent or long-term disabilities that are caused by those injuries
  • Scarring or other permanent disfigurements
  • How the injuries further exacerbate pre-existing medical or physical conditions

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For more than 40 years, the NJ and NY personal injury attorneys at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman have represented accident victims in Rockland County, NY, Bergen County, NJ, and throughout the greater New York and New Jersey metropolitan areas. We use our many years of knowledge and experience to help our injured clients get the full amount of damages they need to rebuild their lives. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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