Seatbelt Defense Cases: Average Pain & 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 cases involving the seatbelt defense.
In seatbelt defense cases, we saw an average award for economic damages of $640,511.66 and an average award of $739,983.70 for pain and suffering. The average award for economic damages equated to approximately 86.56% of the average award for pain and suffering (Fig. 1). The average award for pain and suffering was approximately 15.53% greater than the average award for economic damages.
Figure 1. This figure shows the percentage of economic damages awards in relation to pain and suffering compensation. The blue band at the bottom represents the 86.56% of the total amount of pain and suffering, which is in orange.
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