Question Detail: Blank times medical, please fill in the blank. [Yes, she really asked the question this way. I do not make up these questions. There are times I will clean up the question, but this is not one of them.]

Answer: There is no such thing as a calculation formula for pain and suffering damages. I'm not sure where you got that idea from, but it's incorrect. I do get this question a lot and my answer is inevitably the same, there is no such thing as a damage formula. You know A + B = C. One doesn't exist, never did and never will. You can know algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus and still it won't help you. Not fluid mechanics, quantum mechanics, geophysics, optics or electromagnetic theory will help you calculate damages because it's more art than science.  It takes years of experience to know how to value soft damages otherwise known as pain, suffering and emotional distress. It takes years to be able to know when enough is enough and to pull the trigger on accepting the terms of settlement being offered. Why? Because you have to know how to get the Court to instruct a jury about the damages you want in the instructions. And then you need a sense of what normal jurors will accept. If you put a formula on the board the jury will go to sleep on you, well... maybe not, but still you need to listen to the evidence and know what to argue. And that's not simply math. So, go find a lawyer that knows what they are doing and let them do what they've spent years learning.  

If you think I'm kidding, then describe the accident in the photograph. Go ahead, if it's so easy you should be capable of describing what is in plain sight. Then consider that pain, suffering and emotional distress is not something you can see or measure. Good luck with your case and call us if we can help you to help yourself. 

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