After a life-changing car accident in Virginia, you can seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and material damage. However, you are still left with pain and suffering due your injuries, as well as the fact that your life will never be as it was before.

Can pain and suffering be compensated?
This question raises more questions. Pain and suffering cannot be suppressed by money or expressed in monetary terms. However, the immense amount of pain and suffering should not be discarded in a claim.

Compensation for pain and suffering can and should be claimed, but its quantification is not an exact science. Pain and suffering include:


  • Physical pain
  • Emotional pain
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of consortium
  • Impairment or disability


Pain and suffering awards are usually influenced by a range of factors, such as:

  • The severity and duration of the injuries
  • Evidenced physical pain
  • A loss of enjoyment
  • A change in lifestyle 
  • The emotional effects of scars, impairments and permanent disability


Other seemingly unrelated factors might influence the jury, such as: the age and gender of the victims, their socio-economic situation, and their attitude facing hardship.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a Virginia car accident, please contact our Warrenton or Culpeper injury attorneys today for a free discussion of your accident case. We will discuss exactly how our lawyers can help you protect your rights.

Andrew Thomas
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Civil litigation attorney in Virginia and is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
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Working with Andrew and his team has been--without exception--one of the most pleasant, productive, and professional experiences of my adult life. I was seriously injured in an accident in July, 2018, in Virginia. I was driving a company vehicle that was registered in Maryland, for a company that was based in Wisconsin. And I live in New Jersey, where my personal vehicles are insured. The several jurisdictions involved presented a very unique case that demanded an experienced and nuanced strategy. I found Andrew Thomas (of Dulaney, Lauer, & Thomas) through some online research. And it is noteworthy that Andrew has worked the other side of the aisle--he used to work with insurance companies. Andrew took on my case with the assurance that he would work it with no less energy than he does each of his cases. At each turn, and with each question I had, Andrew and Paralegal Misty kept me informed, returned my calls, provided detailed explanations, and kept me feeling like I was in the loop and there was an eventual end to our journey. Nearly five years after the accident, we settled out of court for a significant sum in recognition of my personal injuries. The settlement was much more than I had expected. And without Andrew & Misty, I am sure the award would have been much less. If you are looking for professionalism, knowledge, dedication, answerability, responsiveness, integrity, and human-level communication from a personal injury attorney--look no further. You have found him. Thank you, Andrew and Misty. Gary Daley
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