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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

    General damages for pain and suffering


    General damages for pain and suffering

    Compensation is paid out to people who have suffered personal injury through no fault of their own. The claim is made against the person or body responsible for the claimant’s misfortune. The role of the compensation is, financially at least, to return the claimant to where he would have been before suffering the injury. This is known as special damages. General damages for pain and suffering are recompense for the physical effects and stress caused by the personal injury.

    Because the special damages in a claim are meant to help the victim recoup expenses and losses following the incident, they are quantifiable. This means the figures can be added up and the figure awarded as part of the claim. With general damages the courts have much more leeway when making awards. For instance, if you are making a personal injury claim the severity of the suffering and pain, as well as loss of amenity – the inability to physically perform tasks you previously could do – are taken into account before the actual amount of compensation is awarded.

    General damages are a very important element in personal injury claims. To ensure you receive a just settlement and the compensation you deserve you should contact personal injury solicitors, such as those at the Accident Advice Helpline.

    What personal injury solicitors can do for you

    The whole process of making a claim for compensation is complicated. It is essential to describe exactly how the pain and suffering caused by the personal injury has impacted on your life if you are to receive the general damages you deserve.

    Our personal injury solicitors will help you build your case for compensation. In order to do that we will need to know the precise details of your injury and if you had any previous disabilities or injuries. We will also need to learn if your condition is likely to improve or deteriorate.

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    This information can be accessed from your medical records and from the doctor’s report produced following your injury. You may also need to have an examination carried out by an independent doctor to assess the impact of your injury. The medical information is essential because it will be used as evidence when pursuing your claim for personal injury compensation. It can also be used to counter any attempts by the other side to deny liability.

    In order to qualify for compensation you must have been the innocent party in the incident which led to the injury and the pain and suffering. If need be, our legal experts will also be able to help you prove that you were not to blame for your own misfortune.

    Our role is also to provide representation for you when the claim goes to court where the size of your compensation claim will be decided.

    How much do our services cost?

    It will cost you nothing for us to open your case because we will represent you on a 100% no win no fee basis. If it is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay our fees.

    Just give our team a call now on 0800 689 0500 to find out more about claiming.

    Date Published: October 14, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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