Pain and Suffering Damages

Pain and Suffering Damages

Money awarded to a plaintiff in a lawsuit to compensate for physical or mental distress associated with a claim. For example, a person injured in an automobile accident may sue for the cost of medical bills, lost income and an additional amount (determined by the plaintiff) for pain and suffering. While the plaintiff may request these damages, juries have a great deal of leeway in determining how much to award. Additionally, some jurisdictions place limits on the amount of pain and suffering damages.
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Congress has since passed legislation that allows families of terrorism victims to seek pain and suffering damages.
Ohio Supreme Court Rules on Pain and Suffering Damages.
In addition to comments made in the letter, Dunmoyer adds: "SB 1237 circumvents Proposition 213, the initiative that was passed by 77% of the voters in 1996 which prevented uninsured motorists, drunk drivers and criminals from recovering pain and suffering damages.