What is pain and suffering and how do I put a value on it?

QUESTION:

What is pain and suffering and how do I put a value on it?

AND THE ANSWER IS:

Under South Carolina law, a person can collect for their pain and suffering.  In fact, this often amounts to much greater damage than your medical bills or wage loss.  Pain is the physical manifestation of your injury, whereas suffering is the effect the pain and the injury has on your day-to-day life.  Documentation of this is the key.  Anytime you are being treated at a medical facility, you need to advise them of how you are feeling and what is going on with your injuries.  Insurance companies rely greatly on what is in your medical records and mostly what is not in your medical records.  If you don’t mention the pain you are in, the carrier will argue you must not have been in pain.  I also advise my clients to keep a daily log of how they are feeling, how they are sleeping, and what things they can and cannot do.