If you make a successful claim following an accident that was somebody else’s fault, you may be entitled to several different forms of compensation. These are designed to take account of the different ways in which your accident has affected you. You can find out how much compensation you might be entitled to overall by using the accident claim calculator on our website or discussing the case with our telephone advisers.
General damages are intended to reflect how your accident has affected you on a personal basis. The first element of these is money to compensate you for the immediate suffering — physical, psychological or both — caused by your accident. There may also be an element that relates to ongoing problems, such as post-traumatic stress disorder or a lasting physical disability.
Special damages is the term used to refer to the economic impact of your accident on your life. It can include basic things like the cost of medical treatment and transport to and from hospital. It can cover loss of earnings if your accident meant you were unable to work for a while, or money to help you enjoy a reasonable standard of living if you are left unable to work in the long term. If you have become physically disabled due to your accident, you may receive a special damages payment to enable you to adapt your home, making it easier for you to live independently.
Personal factors and compensation
Just as you may be entitled to different forms of compensation, you may receive a different level of compensation depending on personal factors. For instance, if you are young and have a family, a court is likely to decide that you will need more money to help you get by day to day than if you are older and living on your own.
Levels of compensation can also be affected by how severely your injuries are expected to impact you. For instance, if your looks are important in your field of employment you may receive a bigger compensation payout for scarring than somebody else would. If you are an emotionally tough person and you bounce back from what happened, you may be awarded less than somebody who suffers lasting emotional trauma.
Getting the best deal
At Accident Advice Helpline, we will always aim to get you the best possible compensation deal. As a national organisation, we have access to a large pool of expert solicitors. Getting a good solicitor with the right speciality can make all the difference when it comes to winning your case and getting a good settlement.
Sometimes, when it is obvious that you have a strong case, the other side will offer to settle out of court. If this happens, your solicitor will discuss the offer with you and advise on whether or not you should accept it. It’s possible for it to result in a better deal for all involved. Whatever happens, we’ll be on your side and we’ll do our best to see that you get fair compensation.
Date Published: October 8, 2013
Author: David Brown