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PAIN AND SUFFERING-How to value in a Personal Injury case-Minneapolis Injury Lawyers.

Under Minnesota law, the victim of personal injury from any car accident, or any other traumatic event that results in a personal injury claim, is entitled to recover damages for “pain and suffering”.  But how is any pain and suffering claim presented to the liability insurance company-or ultimately to the judge and jury?

The American Medical Association has declared that pain and suffering has, in the past, been neglected, stating that “After years of neglect, issues of pain assessment and management have captured the attention of both healthcare professionals and the public. Factors that prompted such attention include the high prevalence of pain, continued evidence that pain is undertreated, and a growing awareness of the adverse consequences of an adequately managed pain.”

The consequences of pain and suffering are huge. Each year an estimated 25 million Americans experience acute pain due to injury or surgery. It is estimated that 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain is recognized as the most common cause of long-term disability. It is estimated that almost 1/3 of all Americans expect will experience severe chronic pain at sometime during their lifetime.

The American Medical Association has established a method of measuring the disability that a person suffers due to chronic pain. It has established a measurement of Pain Related Impairment (PRI) that can be used to quantify that disability. The lawyers at the Schmidt Salita Law Team commonly use the PRI is evidence to support the personal injury claims of their clients that suffer from front chronic pain due to the injuries sustained in car accidents and other traumatic events.

The Minneapolis Injury Lawyers consider evidence of the value of pain and suffering to be an important part of each personal injury claim.