If you have been injured in an accident caused by somebody else then chances are you are considering making a claim for personal injury compensation. As well as claiming for your injuries, you may also be able to make a claim for other things like loss of earnings or the impact your injuries have had on your life. The amount you’ll get will largely depend on how serious your injuries are.
What are special damages in personal injury?
When you make a claim for damages, there are two different types: general and special damages. Special damages usually refers to monetary losses, for example things like loss of earnings, medical expenses and so on. Many people also claim compensation for the cost of travelling to and from medical or legal appointments after their accident.
How do I know if I’m entitled to special damages?
Although making a personal injury claim is normally quite simple, you will need the services of a lawyer to handle your claim. It’s always best to appoint a specialist personal injury lawyer as they will have experience of personal injury law such as drafting demand letters, negotiating settlements and so on. Your lawyer will be able to advise you what damages you are entitled to claim. They’ll normally have a discussion with you about your accident and injuries before letting you know what you could receive.
Is it worth claiming for special damages?
Special damages in personal injury claims are well worth claiming for. It may be that your injuries were relatively minor – for example, maybe you hurt your back after slipping on a wet floor at the supermarket. Although you’ve suffered minor injuries, you might need to pay for prescription painkillers or physiotherapy appointments, and you might also need to take a few weeks or months off work, depending on your job, which can lead to loss of earnings. These things all count as special damages in personal injury claims, and they can add up. For more serious injuries, your special damages total could be even higher, as you may need to claim for future loss of earnings, the cost of medical care and even home care, in some cases.
Choosing the right personal injury lawyer
As well as looking for a lawyer with experience in personal injury claims, you want a firm which isn’t going to charge you expensive legal fees. The aftermath of an accident can be a difficult time financially, and legal fees may not be affordable, which can put many people off making a claim. Accident Advice Helpline doesn’t charge any upfront fees as all our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis, so anybody can afford to make a claim. We have specialised in personal injury law since 2000, and because we have a large nationwide team of lawyers, we can match you with the right lawyer for your specific type of claim. To find out more, just call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile today.
Date Published: October 15, 2017
Author: Rob Steen