How to Value Pain and Suffering in Trying to Settle Your Case

This is the big question. Lawyers have often talked about a “multiplier” in personal injury cases, that insurance companies calculate pain and suffering as being worth some multiple of your special damages. But that is only true up to a point. Juries do not use multipliers when they are in the jury room trying to determine your damages, and there are many other factors that affect the outcome of a case. There are some factors that can greatly impact the value of a plaintiff’s pain and suffering damages. An auto accident attorney can walk you through the process and highlight those factors that will help get you "fair compensation".

How do I get fair compensation from the insurance company?

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This is one of the most common questions asked of personal injury attorneys. Appropriately, it is the most important question. 


Unlike shopping for groceries, when you buy insurance you really only buy a promise that the insurance company will provide fair compensation when an accident occurs. All too often do insurance companies see this as an opportunity to make money. They do this by determining themselves, what "fair compensation" is. It doesn't take long to see the problem with this process. As a result, here are some tips that will help you get "fair compensation" from the insurance company.

  • Take pictures of the property damage, the accident scene, and the injuries.
  • Make a police report (for a car accident case)
  • Get the medical treatment you need, immediately.
  • Use your health insurance to pay initial bills.
  • Do NOT give a recorded statement to the other person's insurance.
  • Contact an attorney for a free consultation.
  • Do not write about your accident in social media