Personal injuries sustained in accidents at work, slips, trips and falls or a road traffic accident, for example, can vary significantly in severity. Recovery times subsequently also vary and may take anything from days or weeks to months or years. Some injuries are, in fact, so severe that the accident victim is left unable to ever return to work. This, of course, means the costs from missing work can become a major concern for both the injured individuals and their families.
Costs from missing work
Depending on the severity of an accidental injury and the time required to recover after a work accident, slip, trip or fall or motoring accident, the costs from missing work may not only consist of the actual loss of earnings, but may also include charges for paying bills late, bank charges for returned direct debits, and so on.
In addition to the basic costs from missing work, an injury at work; slip, fall or trip injury, or a driver or passenger injury may also incur prescription or treatment charges, expenses for transport to and from hospitals or other treatment facilities, home care and more. As a result, families are often left to face serious financial hardship at an already stressful and traumatic time in their lives.
Fortunately, damages awarded in compensation claims are calculated by taking both general and special damages into consideration. General damages are concerned with the injury itself and the pain and suffering caused by it. Special damages include loss of earnings (including possible loss of work bonuses and pension contributions), medical expenses and other costs incurred as the result of the injury. Payslips showing how much the injured person could have earned during their recovery period and receipts for any costs incurred during this period would, of course, be required as evidence to support a claim for special damages.
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Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown