Many victims of accidents at work, road traffic accidents or slips, trips and falls, for example, believe that when they claim for personal injury compensation, they will only be awarded compensation for physical injury. This, however, is not true.
Awarded compensation for physical injury
How much a claimant will ultimately receive in terms of compensation is calculated by taking two separate sets of damages, namely special and general damages, into account. Special damages in this context are any financial losses resulting from a work accident, for instance, and could include:
- Loss of income
- Medical and/or travel expenses
- Cost of care required by the individual injured at work or dependants (a single parent may, for example, need to pay someone to look after his or her children while recovering from his or her work injury)
- Cost of potentially required modifications to cater for permanent disability
In short, special damages cover any expenses incurred as a consequence of a workplace accident.
A large proportion of awarded compensation is dictated by general damages, which take the following into consideration:
- The personal injury and its extent (severity)
- Any pain and suffering triggered by the injury
- The possibility of permanent disability
- Any psychological (emotional) damage caused by an injury
In other words, claimants will not only be awarded compensation for physical injury, but also for potential emotional consequences and any expenses they have to deal with as a direct result of their work-related accident.
Accident Advice Helpline
Our in-house injury lawyers have in excess of 15 years’ experience in ensuring people who sustained injuries at work are awarded compensation for physical injury, emotional trauma and any expenses resulting from their work-related injuries. Boasting an impeccable success record, we proudly count TV personality Dame Esther Rantzen, the famous consumer champion, as our patron and provide our services under strict conditional fee agreements (no win no fee*).
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We can be contacted via our website or via our freephone helpline. Callers using home phones should dial 0800 689 0500, while mobile phone users can get in touch with us by dialing 0333 500 0993. Our lines are open 24 hours every day, 365 days a year. All calls are treated with utmost confidentiality, initial claim advice is free and while callers will be offered assistance by one of our legal representatives, they are under no obligation to pursue a claim with us, although doing so is obviously highly recommended.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown