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How much do you get for pain and suffering in a car accident in California?

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Answered by: Daniel R. Tamez

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Unfortunately, there is no rule or law when it comes to evaluating pain and suffering. In fact, in some cases, such as a car accident, two people that were in the same car can have different values for their pain and suffering. For example, if two people are riding in the same car and get rear ended, one person can have headaches and neck pain, the other person can have a broken arm and back pain. Those cases have a different value for pain and suffering based on the injuries, doctors, medications, and other factors. Car accident victims typically believe that there is a rule of times 3; meaning, if they have medical bills of $3,000, then their case should settle for 3 times $3,000 or $9,000. That simply is not the case. Each victim in a car crash is different and so is their pain and suffering.

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