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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Injury claim jargon buster: General damages

    When you have an accident such as a slip, trip or fall it can be a stressful and painful time. If your injury claim is ongoing and still affecting you whilst you are going through the claims process the last thing you want is to be confused by long, complex words or jargon.

    One such phrase you may come across during your slip, trip or fall claim is general damages.

    What does general damages mean and how does it apply to my slip, trip or fall claim?

    There are two different types of cost that your lawyer or solicitor will try to recover for your slip, trip or fall claim this is special damages and general damages.

    If you are claiming for pain, anguish and stress caused by your slip, trip or fall then this is called general damages, as the reasons are vague and non-specific to your accident claim.

    If you were to claim for specific items for your slip injury such as medical costs or loss of earnings this would come under special damages.

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    Depending on how severe the trip injury you have sustained is will depend on whether your lawyer applies for general damages, special damages or even a mixture in certain circumstances.

    What happens if I have a slip, trip or fall?

    If you do have an accident such as a slip, trip or fall which wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim.

    Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that specialises in accident claims such as those from a trip injury. We have 15 years’ worth of experience and will make the claims process as simple and stress free as possible. Many of our clients are even able to settle their claim without stepping foot in court.

    Our legal team provide a 100 per cent no-win no-fee service, and are always available to talk to in confidence with no obligation to pursue your claim following your initial discussion.

    If you have had a slip, trip or fall or any other accident that wasn’t your fault within the last three years, speak to Accident Advice Helpline on our 24-hour Freephone number, 0800 689 0500. Alternatively, you can take the online compensation calculator to see how much your trip claim could potentially be worth.

    Date Published: March 2, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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