What is generally an acceptable figure for pain and suffering from an auto accident?

Asked on March 26, 2015 under Personal Injury, Georgia


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

There is no "generally acceptable" figure, since this varies with the injury: as you can imagine, the amount for pain and suffering for, say, a minor concussion or whiplash is vastly less than the amount appropriate for loss of a limb or eye or permanent spinal damage. As a *very* rough rule of thumb, total up your medical expenses: multiply by 1, if it's an injury causing a few weeks or a month or two of some, but not total disability, and by up to 3 or more if it leads to permanent significant life impairment or disability. That will give you some idea of what might be reasonable pain and suffering number.

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