Pain-and-suffering compensation is another term for non-pecuniary compensation. In other words, it aims to cover losses for which money alone cannot compensate. The following situations are examples of loss of the enjoyment of life due to pain and suffering:
- You experience chronic depression after suffering a fall.
- You cannot engage in physical activity or sports due to your injuries.
- You suffer facial disfigurement due to a car accident.
From time to time, our team at McNally Gervan Personal Injury Lawyers of Ottawa will ask you to provide us with lifestyle impact statements. These statements substantiate your case. You need to inform us of all the losses you have incurred. Regardless of whether you have become too exhausted to continue playing golf or whether you cannot play with your grandchildren anymore—these are losses of enjoyment of life due to pain and suffering.
For many years, the court-established limit for pain-and-suffering compensation has remained at $100,000 without adjustment for inflation. With adjustment for inflation, what was worth $100,000 back then is actually worth $390,000 today. Nevertheless, court awards are still given in that amount as though $100,000 is worth today what it was then. Naturally, the problem is that $100,000 will not be enough to cover the pain-and-suffering expenses for someone suffering from a fractured hip or from chronic depression.
If you experience chronic depression, cannot engage in physical activity or have suffered physical injury due to an accident, call McNally Gervan Personal Injury Lawyers of Ottawa at 613-238-1424. Our team will ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.