Answer: As much as you want.
Pain and suffering is completely subjective so you can ask for as little or as much as you believe a jury will reasonably award you.
But keep in mind the phrase, “pigs get fed, hogs get slaughtered.”
One of my goals as a trial attorney is to appear reasonable as I aggressively advocate for my client.
I believe a jury appreciates an attorney and litigant who are aggressive but reasonable.
As Attorney and client, we will consider the impact the accident has had on your daily living and the limitations you have experienced on your ability to enjoy life. These factors will allow us to come up with an aggressive but reasonable amount to seek for pain and suffering.
I once tried a case where the Injured person’s primary limitation following a neck surgery was her inability to dance. To many, this limitation is seemingly insignificant, but in her particular case the jury sympathized with her inability to continue dancing.
She was awarded more than $100,000 for pain and suffering.
In the case of an automobile accident you must first prove you have suffered a permanent injury before you are eligible to recover pain and suffering.