suffering

Physical pain; mental anguish. There is no adequate definition of pain; the best that can be done is to describe a reaction to pain. This reaction is the body's awareness of unpleasant changes or activities that call attention to a particular region of the body. Pain is thus a protopathic sensation located in the nervous system. Recognition of the possible danger resulting from this sensation is "suffering," as distinguished from the initial and continuing pain. Sometimes courts refer to this type of pain and suffering as physical pain and suffering. 22 Am J2d Damg § 105. The word "suffering" in a policy of insurance on an animal against destruction "necessary in order to immediately relieve incurable suffering" means conscious pain, so acute as to demand action without delay in order to put the animal out of its misery. Abraham v Insurance Co. of N. A. 117 Vt 75, 84 A2d 670, 29 ALR2d 783.

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