Calculating Pain and Suffering for a Auto Accident
Were you injured in a car accident and want to know the value of your pain and suffering? If your answer was yes, it’s time to hire a qualified Portland personal injury attorney. At Dawson Law Group we specialize in personal injury cases involving auto accidents. We have handled countless personal injury claims and would be honored to go to work for you. Many of our clients have trouble calculating how much their pain and suffering is worth monetarily. While it is not an exact science we have outlined the most common ways that a settlement amount for pain and suffering is determined.
Multiplier MethodThe multiplier method is consists of determining the amount in lost wages and medical bills and then multiplying that number by three to determine the value of your pain and suffering. For example, if you had $6,000 in medical bills and $2,000 in lost wages you would add both which would equal $8,000 and then multiply that by three. The value of your pain and suffering would then be $24,000. While this method is used, it has become much less common. Many attorneys now use a multiplier method that is more complex. By using software programs and a specialized calculator they will then determine the value of a client’s pain and suffering. The Portland personal injury attorney you hire form our firm will likely initially use this method to determine a ballpark figure for your pain and suffering but not the final amount.
Per Diem or Daily Rate MethodMany Portland personal injury attorneys use a per diem or daily rate method. For example, if you had $2,000 in lost wages and $6,000 in medical bills and were out of work for three months they may calculate that your daily value of your pain and suffering is $250. They will take into consideration factors such as pain levels, the amount of pain medication you had to use, and how long it took for you to return to normal activity.
Dawson Law Group Recommendation on Determining Pain and SufferingWe recommend using both methods to determine the amount of pain and suffering that a clients can is owed. The Portland personal injury attorney assigned to your case will likely use both methods to determine the general worth of your pain and suffering. As we comb through the facts of your claim and your experience we can then fine tune the amount to better fit your unique case. Determining pain and suffering is not an exact science but relies upon the injury you have sustained and the losses you have suffered. Car Accident Resources:
- Car Accident Claim Overview
- Car Accident Frequently Asked Questions
- What to Do After a Car Accident
- What to Expect from your Car Accident Claim
- Negotiating with Car Insurance Companies
- Recently Won Car Accident Claims
- Oregon DMV- Your Responsibilities in an Accident
- Oregon Traffic Accident and Insurance Report (Oregon DMV Form 735-32)
- National Safety Council