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    Injury claim jargon buster: Special damages


    When making an injury claim  from an accident at work it can be stressful enough without  the often complex and confusing jargon that solicitors use during the claims process. Trying to translate long, technical words can be tiring and something you could easily do without during an accident at work claim.

    One such phrase that is commonly used in work injury claims is special damages.

    What does special damages mean and how is it relevant to a work injury claim?

    Special damages are the precise costs that are sought from such claims as an accident at work. For example, if you were to make an accident at work claim, special damages may be loss of earnings, hospital costs and any future medical costs, which could be incurred.

    If you were making an accident claim for pain, mental health or anguish, this would be classed as general damages as they are not specific to the accident at work. To summarise, special damages are the costs that are sought for individual aspects of your work injury from certain medical costs to loss of earnings.

    How can I make an accident at work claim?

    Making a work injury claim can be a stressful and tiring time especially if your work injury is still affecting your life and health. Our team of lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline understand this and they will make the claims process as simple and stress free as possible. In fact, many of our clients are able to settle their work injury claim without even stepping foot in a courtroom.

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    Accident Advice Helpline has 15 years’ experience managing accident claims such as those for a work injury. All of our lawyers work on a no-win no-fee* basis, and most claims can even be processed over the phone, for your convenience. You can speak to one of our professional, friendly advisers in confidence, with no obligation to pursue your claim following your call.

    To find out if you could make an accident at work claim or any other accident claim speak to Accident Advice Helpline via our Freephone number, 0800 689 0500. Alternatively, to find out how much your work injury claim could potentially be worth take the simple 30-second compensation calculator test online.

    Date Published: March 2, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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