Can i be compensated for pain and suffering if a large clock fell on my head while seated in a courthouse?

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Can i be compensated for pain and suffering if a large clock fell on my head while seated in a courthouse?

Approx 10:20 a.m. yesterday while awaiting trial at the circuit courthouse a large clock fell off the wall onto my head.

Asked on December 20, 2018 under Personal Injury, Maryland

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Where you injured? How badly? There is only compensation for "pain and suffering" for significant disability, life impairment (such as serious lasting or chronic pain), disfigurement/scarring/etc., which (as a practical matter: to get enough compensation worth suing and the cost of a lawsuit, which will require hiring a doctor to testify in court about your injuries) lasts many weeks or several months or more. Furthermore, there is no compensation for "pain and suffering" without some medical proven injury. 
So if it gave you a headache for a day or three and a bump, there is no point in suing--you won't get anything. 
On the other hand, if this caused some serious injury (a severe concussion; whiplash or other neck injury), then you may have a claim and should consult with a personal injury attorney regarding the situation.


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