Pain and Suffering


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Pain and Suffering

The physical or mental distress associated with a claim in a lawsuit. A plaintiff may seek compensation for pain and suffering. 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. See also: Pain and suffering damages.
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Pain and suffering are inextricably related to sadness and misery.
They reported "significantly less increase in the intensity of pain and suffering over time," compared with a control group, who did not receive the group psychotherapy intervention.
ISSUE: Can a jury that finds that there was negligence, which caused injury to a patient, return a verdict that fails to award damages for pain and suffering? That was the issue in this District of Columbia case.
At a personality-level, on the other hand, most of us are very concerned about avoiding pain and suffering in the moment and are willing to do all kinds of self-destructive things to try to achieve that goal.
The tension between these facts has led to a curious situation in mental health: Unlike in any other area of medicine, treatments that reduce pain and suffering, rather than being welcomed as miraculous breakthroughs, often are denigrated as "quick fixes." They're viewed as band-aids that cover up, but do not solve, the real problem--only marginally more acceptable than illicit drugs.
The Mexicans and other Latinos often have such difficult lives, filled with pain and suffering, while in our country we do everything we can to avoid any pain.