pain and suffering


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pain and suffering

n. the physical and mental distress suffered from an injury, including actual broken bones and internal ruptures, but also the aches, pain, temporary and permanent limitations on activity, potential shortening of life, depression, and embarrassment from scarring, all of which are part of the "general damages" recoverable by someone injured by another's negligence or intentional attack. The dollar value of damages for pain and suffering is subjective, as distinguished from medical bills, future medicals, and lost wages which can be calculated, called "special damages." (See: damages, general damages, special damages, suffering)

pain and suffering

noun award for permanent damage, award for serious damage, award for sustained damage, damages, damages for an injured party, damages for emotional distress, damages for mental distress, dammges for physical distress, damages for the afflicted, dammges for the impaired, grant for damages sustained, noneconomic damages
Associated concepts: general damages, special damages
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To study the impact of the elimination of payments for pain and suffering in the province's tort-compensation system, Canadian researchers compared the number of whiplash injuries that came to medical attention in the period immediately preceding the change in the law (3,046) to two comparable periods following the change.
Fortunately for us, we have the eloquent testimony of Boethius, a sixth-century scholar who wrote The Consolation of Philosophy -- a work dealing largely with the purpose of pain and suffering -- while in prison awaiting a traitor's execution on dubious charges.
AB 1226 is intended to make it easier for the average family-care doctor in every community to relieve the pain and suffering of their patients .