How Do You Calculate Pain and Suffering in a Missouri Car Accident?

Many people know that it is possible to seek compensation for losses such as medical expenses and lost income after suffering injuries in a car accident. However, Missouri law also permits accident victims to recover a financial award for less tangible losses, including the physical and psychological pain and suffering they have endured due to the at-fault party’s negligence. 

Putting a price tag on pain and suffering can be challenging, but an experienced Missouri car accident attorney can help you understand how much you may be eligible to claim. Here are the three most common ways to calculate pain and suffering in Missouri.

Multiplier Method

The multiplier method is a common means of calculating pain and suffering following a Missouri car accident. This approach involves multiplying the total value of economic losses (such as medical bills and lost income) by a number between 1.5 and 5, according to the injuries’ severity and impact on the victim’s life.

For example, if your economic damages total $50,000 and your injuries are considered moderate, your attorney may use a multiplier of 3, resulting in a pain and suffering award of $150,000. The multiplier method allows for a higher pain and suffering award for more severe injuries that have a significant effect on the victim’s quality of life.

Per Diem Method

The per diem method calculates pain and suffering by assigning a daily rate for the duration of the victim’s recovery. The rate is often based on the victim’s daily earnings or a reasonable amount determined by the attorney.

For instance, if the daily rate is set at $200 and the victim takes 100 days to recover, the pain and suffering award would be $20,000. This method can be more straightforward than the multiplier method, but it may not fully account for the long-term effects of the injuries on the victim’s life.

Referencing Past Jury Awards

Attorneys can also estimate pain and suffering by referencing past jury awards in similar cases. By analyzing the details of these cases, including the circumstances of the accident, the type and severity of the injuries, the victim’s age, and the impact on their life, attorneys can draw comparisons to your case and argue for a similar award.

This method relies heavily on the attorney’s experience and access to a database of past cases. While past jury awards can provide a helpful benchmark, each case is unique, and the actual award may vary based on the specific circumstances of your case.

Contact The Wilbers Law Firm Today

Life after a car accident can feel overwhelming, and some days can even feel impossible. However, the compassionate attorneys at The Wilbers Law Firm LLC want you to know that you are not alone. With our seasoned legal team on your side, you can maximize your chances of receiving the full compensation you deserve for your economic and non-economic losses. Call us today or contact us online for a free consultation to learn more about how we can assist you.