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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COURT'S OPINION: The District of Columbia Court of Appeals held, inter alia, that because the jury's failure to award any damages for pain and suffering was contrary to all reason, it reversed the verdict of the trial court and remanded the case for trial on the issue of damages only.
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Of this we may be certain, however: From the divine perspective, the pain and suffering we are required to endure in this life fulfill higher, eternal purposes.
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