There are a lot of factors that are used when determining the amount of compensation a person will receive in a personal injury case. The purpose of providing compensation is to help the injured person get back to where they would have been if they were not the victims of an accident caused by someone else’s negligence.
Compensation has two main elements. The first one is compensation to cover the actual damaged caused by the injury. This would include the pain and the suffering of the victim. Then there is compensation to cover financial loss. This would include lost work, lost wages, lost potential income, and medical bills.
When a person receives compensation for pain, suffering and loss of amenity, they are being compensated not only for what they experienced in the moment they got injured, but it is also designed to cover the impact that it had on the victim’s ability to enjoy their life. So this amount could cover things like compensation for being stuck in a hospital bed during the recovery or emotional stress. It may also compensate a victim who was left with a disability that prevents them from engaging in activities that they loved to do prior to the injury, such as playing sports or just going for a walk.
Realistically, there is no amount of money that can compensate a person for pain and suffering. The goal is to, as reasonably as possible, help the injured individual have a quality of life that is as close what they had prior to their injury.