Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome Cases: Average Pain and Suffering Vs Economic Damages

One of the central pieces of a case for an injured client is the reparations from the defendant for the client’s pain and suffering. Even though the defendant, or the defendant’s insurance company, compensates for medical bills and other economic damages, there’s always the component of the loss of enjoyment of a client’s life which stemmed from their injuries.

To determine the average amounts of pain and suffering given to a client in conjunction with the average amount of economic damages they received, we analyzed 665 cases which specified pain and suffering amounts and other economic damages amounts from 37 different case topics. These topics ranged from physical injuries such as a broken femur or amputated leg to psychological issues incurred by rape or racial discrimination. Through this analysis, we determined the average amount of economic damages awarded and the average amount of pain and suffering awarded for chronic regional pain syndrome/spinal cord stimulator cases.

Cases involving chronic regional pain syndrome and/or the implantation of a spinal cord stimulator showed an average award for economic damages of $947,723 and an average award for pain and suffering of $720,822. The average award for economic damages equated to approximately 131.48% of the average award for pain and suffering (Fig. 1). The award for pain and suffering was approximately 26.79% less than the average award for economic damages.

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Figure 1. This figure shows the percentage of economic damages awards in relation to pain and suffering compensation. The blue band represents the 131.48% of the total amount of pain and suffering, which is in orange.

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