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    Accident claim in Ribble Valley


    What is the difference between general damages and special damages?

    Are you thinking about making an accident claim in Ribble Valley? If so, it is important to know about the claim process and the way compensation is calculated. One thing that tends to confuse many people is the fact that compensation is split into two parts. There are general damages and special damages. What is the difference between the two? Read on to find out everything you need to know.

    General Damages

    Let’s begin by taking a look at general damages. This is the type of compensation you are probably already familiar with. It relates to the sum of money you will receive for the injury you have suffered. Therefore, it is calculated based on the severity of your injury, how your injury has impacted your daily life and how much pain you have been in since your accident. If you would like to get a better idea of how much compensation you could receive in regards to general damages you can take the 30 second test on our website.

    Special Damages

    Next we have special damages. This has nothing to do with the injury itself. In fact, special damages are essentially out of pocket expenses. They compensate you for the money you have had to spend during the recovery period.

    Have you paid for treatment? Have you had to pay for a child minder to look after your children whilst you recover? Have you suffered a loss of income due to your inability to work? Special damages are designed to compensate you for all of this. However, you will have to have proof in order to claim, so keep your receipts and such like and tell us about them when you get in touch.

    Need to claim?

    Hopefully you now have a better understanding of the difference between general damages and special damages. If you want to make an accident claim in Ribble Valley or you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. We are one of the UK’s leading law firms, with over 15 years of experience helping personal injury victims to get the compensation they are entitled to.

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    Date Published: 20th October 2015

    Author: David Brown

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