Anyone suffering personal injury in an accident he or she was not responsible for causing has a right to claim compensation against the person or body responsible. Any monies awarded will be for the pain and suffering caused as well as the loss of amenity. However, very often the victim does not just suffer only physical and psychological hurt. The injury can see them racking up expenses and losses, so he or she needs to be able to recover financial expenses when making a claim.
Any expenses and losses recovered when making a claim are known as special damages. The compensation awarded for the injuries are known as general damages. While the courts will base general damages on such things as the extent of the injury, special damages by their very nature are quantifiable. This means every penny awarded will have to be accounted for. The person making the claim should keep receipts and documentary evidence of all the additional expense and added costs resulting from their injury.
Our specialist personal injury and accident solicitors at the Accident Advice Helpline have the experience to ensure you will be able to recover all the financial expenses permitted when you make your compensation claim. A good example of how we can help maximise your claim is if you are offered a compensation payment by a negligent person or body who was responsible for the accident. The special damages part of the payment may not take into account all your expenses, including loss of earnings and the ability to support family and loved ones while your absence from work continues. By using our services we will be able to protect you from being under-compensated.
What can I claim for under special damages?
Under special damages the most obvious claim is loss of earnings, not only up to the time of the claim, but in the future as well if you are unable to return to work for any length of time. Loss of earnings from overtime should be taken into account as well. You can also claim for loss of pension contributions. If the injuries were very serious you can also claim the cost of care, even if it is provided by your own family, and any necessary adaptations to your home.
Road traffic accident payments are not actually met by the NHS; these are claimed from the insurance companies. You can also recover the financial expense of treatment, including private treatment, under special damages when making your claim for compensation.
Not all expenses have to be related to your injuries. You will suffer financially if your car is damaged in a road traffic accident. Provided you are not liable, you can recover the financial losses sustained by having to use alternative transport to travel and from work.
No win no fee
Many people miss out on the compensation they are entitled to because they choose not to use legal expertise to handle their claim. This is often because they fear the service will be too costly. That is not the case with us. We will open your case at no cost you. We also work on a 100% no win no fee basis.
If you want to discuss your accident in more detail just give our advisers a call on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: October 14, 2013
Author: David Brown