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How Does A Personal Injury Attorney Value The Pain And Suffering Claim Of My Lawsuit?

How Does A Personal Injury Attorney Value The Pain And Suffering Claim Of My Lawsuit?

Ray Hrdlicka – Host – Attorneys.Media

“How do you assign a value to the ‘pain and suffering’ end of it (damages). Because we know on the special damages, as you just described, you have very clear data. And there’s going to be a total. But now, you’ve got ‘pain and suffering’. And I’m asking this question because the person who’s coming to you is going to say, ‘well, what is the other side going to say about my ‘pain and suffering’?”

Spencer Freeman – Personal Injury Attorney – Pierce County, WA

“The other side is going to say your pain and suffering was nil, or close to nothing. You’re right. The calculation of special damages becomes the easier aspect of the case. A more difficult aspect is going to be creating some sort of valuation process for pain and suffering. And for me, what this comes down to is looking at what juries have done in the past with similar injuries. Then comparing that scenario to this particular set of facts, with this particular client.

If I had a client that used to ride a horse every day, and then after the accident, yeah, they feel fine in their daily life, but every time they ride a horse their back hurts. They can never ride a horse again. That fact now, changes how you value pain and suffering. You have to go look at what juries do, and then also look at what facts do you have in your particular case that may alter. Either may increase the value, or may decrease the value of a case. But it’s important for me to understand some of the daily impact an injury has on my client’s life.”


Freeman Law Firm, Inc. is one of the most reputable and reliable attorney enterprises with two locations in Tacoma and Olympia, WA. When an injury happens, one is often so overcome with shock and pain that thinking about the legal course and taking the next steps may feel like an overwhelming task. This is where our team of experts comes in. We’re here to safely guide you through the seemingly puzzling maze of who’s, what’s, where’s and when’s of the legal recourse. Our skilled lawyers, each of whom is equipped with top qualifications and years of experience in the field, will represent your case and stand by your side for what is right.

Life is all about the unexpected – and the unexpected can come as pleasant surprises or non-so- pleasant accidents. We’re here to help you out when life takes a turn for the worst, to get you back on your feet again.

After practicing with a downtown Seattle firm, Spencer Freeman opened the Freeman Law Firm, Inc. in Tacoma, WA in 2005 after the birth of his first son. Over the course of time, the Freeman Law Firm, Inc. has adhered to the needs of its community, both locally and with contacts nationally. These needs have included litigation in several different areas, including Business Litigation, Copyright Infringement Litigation, Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice, First Party Bad Faith Litigation, Criminal Law, as well as Administrative Law. Mr. Freeman’s intent was and is to make those skills he has learned in his career and his passion for trials accessible.

Mr. Freeman’s connections locally and nationally nourished his practice over time. He has served the local community as well as handling cases in federal courts across the country. Locally, Mr. Freeman has assisted local businesses in such matters as contentious shareholder disputes and individuals in matters ranging from catastrophic injuries to class A felonies as well as lawsuits against insurance companies for bad faith claims practices. He tried a Whatcom County Superior Court case for a bail bond company that resulted in the first appellate law in Washington truly outlining the rights of fugitive recovery agents. He has tried cases in many counties throughout the State of Washington, argued before the Court of Appeals Division I and Division II and the Washington State Supreme Court.

Mr. Freeman’s practice has taken him beyond Washington State, where he has handled cases for national Internet multi-media companies enforcing copyrights in states such as Florida, Nevada, Arizona, and California. In those cases, he has successfully argued for jurisdiction in the United States against individuals that reside in other countries. Mr. Freeman also represented a publisher against sheriffs regarding First Amendment Rights to distribute a magazine in county jails, resulting in arguments before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the first case law of its kind. He has argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals five times and submitted a briefing to the United States Supreme Court.

On more than several occasions, Mr. Freeman has been retained by parties on the near eve of a trial solely for purpose of being lead trial counsel. One such successful case was against the U.S. Department of Justice in their first trial attempting to enforce the CAN-SPAM Act for the actions of independent contractors.

Mr. Freeman’s passion and strength lay in front of a jury. He finds a beautiful balance between fact witnesses, statutes, case law, rules of evidence, and the different contexts of each jury. Most cases find a resolution before trial, but the best resolution occurs when counsel is prepared to try the case. And, when a case cannot find resolution, Mr. Freeman loves to go to work.

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Phone: 253-383-4500
Freeman Law Firm, Inc. is one of the most reputable and reliable attorney enterprises with two locations in Tacoma and Olympia, WA.

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