It is important to note that the courts also recognize the pain and suffering of the deceased during the time between the accident and the death. This type of pain and suffering compensation would be obtained through a survival action, as opposed to a wrongful death claim. 

How Is Pain and Suffering Determined?

Some types of damages are straightforward; it is easy to add up all the medical bills and calculate the amount of loss. When it comes to pain and suffering, however, there is much more gray area. It’s harder to assign a monetary amount to an intangible. When determining an appropriate amount of compensation for pain and suffering, insurance companies often consider:
Type of injury and treatment suffered by the deceased
Type of treatment sought by surviving family member from a mental health expert
Length of treatment
Testimony of friends, relatives, and treating physician
Consistency in reporting symptoms
Willingness to discuss pain and suffering openly

Has Your Loved One Died To The Negligence Of Others?

If you're loved one has died due someone else's negligence you should speak to a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Charleston, South Carolina office directly at 843.488.2359 to schedule your consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our ConwayMyrtle BeachMurrells InletMt. PleasantNorth Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations. 

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South Carolina Lawyer Dirk Derrick helps victims recover from car accidents, personal injury & wrongful death.