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Loss of Hearing & Tinnitus Cases: Average Pain & Suffering vs. Economic Damages

One of the central pieces of a case for an injured client is the reparations from the defendant for the client’s pain and suffering. Even though the defendant, or the defendant’s insurance company, compensates for medical bills and other economic damages, there’s always the component of the loss of enjoyment of a client’s life which stemmed from their injuries.

To determine the average amounts of pain and suffering given to a client in conjunction with the average amount of economic damages they received, we analyzed 665 cases which specified pain and suffering amounts and other economic damages amounts from 37 different case topics. These topics ranged from physical injuries such as a broken femur or amputated leg to psychological issues incurred by rape or racial discrimination. Through this analysis, we determined the average amount of economic damages awarded and the average amount of pain and suffering awarded for loss of hearing and tinnitus injuries.

In cases involving a plaintiff’s loss of hearing, we saw an average award for economic damages of $20,424.15 and an average award for pain and suffering of $75,393.580. We determined that the average award for economic damages was equated to 27.09% of the average award for pain and suffering (Fig. 1). The award for pain and suffering was 269.14% greater than the award total for economic damages.

Figure 1. This figure shows the percentage of economic damages awards in relation to pain and suffering compensation. The blue band at the bottom represents the 27.09% of the total amount of pain and suffering, which is in orange.

Tinnitus cases displayed an average amount of economic damages of $114,670 and an average award for pain and suffering of $52,375. The amount of economic damages was equal to approximately 218.94% of the award for pain and suffering (Fig. 2). The award for pain and suffering was 54.33% less than the total average of economic damages.

Figure 2. This figure shows the percentage of economic damages awards in relation to pain and suffering compensation. The blue band represents the 218.94% of the total amount of pain and suffering, which is in orange.

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