When you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, the impact goes far beyond just the physical injuries. The emotional and psychological trauma can be just as debilitating. In Missouri, the law recognizes this and allows you to seek compensation not just for your medical bills but also for pain and suffering. Here at Foster Wallace, LLC, we are committed to ensuring that our clients receive the full compensation they deserve, including recompense for the non-physical aftermath of their injuries.
Understanding Pain and Suffering in Missouri
“Pain and suffering” is a legal term that refers to the physical discomfort and emotional distress one may experience due to an injury. In Missouri, these damages fall into two categories:
- Physical Pain and Suffering: This is the actual pain and discomfort associated with your physical injuries, both now and in the future.
- Mental Pain and Suffering: This includes emotional distress, anxiety, loss of enjoyment of life, fear, anger, humiliation, and any other psychological impact.
The Legal Perspective on Pain and Suffering Claims in Missouri
Missouri law does not set a cap on the amount of pain and suffering damages you can claim in most personal injury cases. This means that the jury has significant discretion to award damages they believe are fair and reasonable based on the evidence presented.
How is Pain and Suffering Calculated?
The calculation of pain and suffering is complex and subjective. There is no exact formula. Factors that influence the amount include:
- The nature and severity of the injury.
- The recovery time and long-term implications of the injury.
- The impact of the injury on your daily life.
- The emotional toll of the injury and its effects on your mental health.
Proving Pain and Suffering in Missouri
Proving pain and suffering can be more challenging than proving economic damages like medical bills because it's not easily quantifiable. At Foster Wallace, LLC, we work tirelessly to build a compelling case by:
- Gathering medical records that document the extent of your injuries.
- Obtaining expert testimony on the expected long-term impact of your injuries.
- Collecting statements from family, friends, and mental health professionals about the emotional and psychological impact.
The Role of an Experienced Attorney
Having an experienced personal injury attorney is crucial in pain and suffering cases. At Foster Wallace, LLC, our attorneys understand the intricacies of Missouri law and how to argue for the maximum pain and suffering damages effectively.
Foster Wallace, LLC: Your Advocates for Fair Compensation
If you’re dealing with the aftermath of a personal injury and wondering if you can sue for pain and suffering in Missouri, the answer is yes—and Foster Wallace, LLC can help. Our legal team is ready to listen to your story, help quantify your pain and suffering, and fight for the justice and compensation you deserve.