When you make a personal injury claim, you are awarded compensation for general damages and special damages. Special damages are intended to recover the financial losses you have incurred as a direct result of the accident.

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If you want to make a personal injury claim, contact our personal injury lawyers for a free enquiry.

You can call us on 0333 009 6275. We are available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You can also email us on enquiries@ashmanssolicitors.com or complete our Free Online Enquiry Form and we’ll be in touch soon.

Personal injury compensation

Personal injury compensation is made up of two elements. These are general damages and special damages.

General damages compensate for your pain, suffering and loss of amenity. This can be both physical and psychological.

Special damages compensate for your actual financial loss. Therefore you should be put back in the financial position you would have been in, had it not been for the accident.

What do special damages include?

Special damages include a wide variety of losses. These include.

  • Loss of earnings – both past and future
  • The cost of treatment and medication
  • Cost of travelling to receive treatment
  • The cost of specialist aids and equipment
  • Cost of replacing damaged possessions
  • The cost of care

For most Claimants, earnings are their greatest loss. When taking time off work, lots of people are only entitled to Statutory Sick Pay, while self-employed people typically receive nothing. It can be difficult to deal with this loss of income.

Where the injuries are serious, the Claimant may be unable to return to work at all. Or, he/she may only be able to return in a reduced capacity, or in a less onerous role. This can result in serious financial difficulties.

Thankfully a personal injury claim allows you to recover both past and future earnings. This includes any overtime and bonuses that you would ordinarily have received. It also takes into account any promotions (and pay rises) you would have enjoyed in the future.

The cost of care can be another significant expense. In cases where catastrophic injuries have been sustained, the Claimant may need ongoing, round-the-clock care. Where the injuries are less serious, the Claimant may still require help around the house with cleaning, washing, gardening and DIY. Even if this care is provided by friends or family members compensation can be obtained.

Calculating your special damages

When we pursue a personal injury claim on your behalf, we calculate your special damages for you. We investigate every financial loss thoroughly with our specialist team. Thus ensuring you are not left out of pocket because of your accident.

To aid your personal injury claim, it is useful to keep receipts and details of other losses, wherever possible. However, you need not worry about anything else. We do all the hard work for you.

Personal injury lawyers Leeds

If you want to claim compensation for a personal injury accident. Then contact our personal injury lawyers for a free enquiry.

You can call us on 0333 009 6275. We are available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You can also email us on enquiries@ashmanssolicitors.com or complete our Free Online Enquiry Form and we’ll be in touch soon.