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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

    Will your claim for compensation cover your recovery treatment?

    In personal injury claims, compensation is typically calculated by taking two kinds of damages into consideration, namely ‘’general’ and ‘special’ damages, but is recovery treatment included within this?

    General damages

    These damages are awarded to compensate you for the physical (pain) and psychological (depression, anxiety, PTSD) suffering you have or had to endure as a result of your accidental injury. The amount to be awarded is calculated by considering the type and severity of your injury and the effect it has or will have on you as a person and your life in general.

    Differences in general damages

    A minor injury by slipping, like a stubbed toe, for example, would need very little time or recovery treatment to heal and usually does not have a major psychological impact on a person.

    The general damages awarded for this kind of slip injury would subsequently be far lower than, say, they would be if you had a fall from height and sustained a severe ankle injury that refuses to heal for months on end and causes you to develop anxiety and depression due to financial worries because you are unable to go to work and had to pay for physiotherapy to get your ankle to heal.

    Special damages

    This type of damages is concerned with actual, usually fairly easy to calculate, financial losses or expenses you had to deal with as a result of your injury.

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    Let’s stay with the example of the serious ankle injury by falling to take a closer look at what may be included in special damages.

    Here, the awarded amount would include an amount for your loss of earnings, as well as any fees you had to pay for physiotherapy and perhaps counselling to help you deal with your anxiety and depression.

    Compensation and recovery treatment

    The latter two of these special damages are obviously expenses for recovery treatment. The answer to the question whether a claim for compensation will cover your recovery treatment is subsequently yes.

    Naturally, in order to recover your expenses, it is important to keep all of your receipts as evidence to support your claim. This, by the way, not only applies to injuries by slips, trips and falls, but also to injuries by any other kind of accident.

    Accident Advice Helpline

    If you have any questions about personal injury compensation, please do not hesitate to call our freephone advice line on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, or 0800 689 0500 from a landline. Our advisors will be happy to provide you with all the answers you need.

    Date Published: April 6, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice

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