pain and suffering
a category of damages in tort for physical, mental and emotional distress or trauma She is suing for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, permanent disability and property damage.
- The claimant obtained damages (=compensation) for pain and suffering.
- The large award was justified despite the absence of (=lack of) pain and suffering.
- The dollar value of damages for pain and suffering is subjective, as distinguished from medical bills, future medicals and lost wages which can be calculated (=special damages).