How much could you claim?

Find out in 30 seconds...
Injured in the last 3 years?
Was the accident your fault?
Did you recieve medical attention?
Please tell us where you were injured
  • Please enter your full name
  • Please enter a valid name
  • Please enter your telephone number
  • Please enter a valid telephone number
  • Please read our Terms & Conditions

    "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

    Learn more

    Assessment of general damages in personal injury


    Assessment of general damages in personal injury

    General damages are costs that, unlike special damages, cannot be determined on the basis of totalling up the value of receipts for injury-related expenditures. The predominant factor for a solicitor to consider when carrying out an assessment of general damages in personal injury claims is your pain, suffering and loss of amenity. However, a number of other factors must also be taken into consideration.

    Pain, suffering and loss of amenity

    You will be entitled to recover compensation for any pain, suffering and loss of amenity resulting from your accident. The pain and suffering element includes the past, present and future physical and psychological effects of your injury. In addition, you are entitled to compensation for loss of amenity, which includes your inability to perform essential daily tasks such as gardening and shopping.

    The Judicial Studies Board Guidelines offer financial recommendations for common types of personal injuries. However, your solicitor will also need to consider your age and any pre-existing disabilities you may have had.

    Labour market handicaps and loss of employment

    If your personal injury has made it difficult for you to find work, you may be entitled to recover damages for labour market handicaps and future loss of earnings. Similarly, if you are able to demonstrate that you had to give up your job because of your injuries, you may be entitled to recover compensation for loss of employment.

    Loss of future prospects

    You are entitled to recover damages under loss of job prospects if you are able to show, for example, that you have lost marriage prospects because of your personal injury.

    Open Claim Calculator

    Loss of use

    Loss of use compensation covers you for your inability to use items damaged at the time of your accident. This award therefore covers the loss of items such as cars, motorbikes, vans and bicycles.

    Loss of leisure time

    Loss of leisure time compensation covers you for your inability to enjoy holidays and hobbies.

    Contacting a solicitor to receive an assessment of general damages in personal injury claims

    To receive an assessment of general damages in personal injury claims, contact the Accident Advice Helpline via the Freephone helpline and discuss your case with a trained claims advisor. They will talk you through the claims process and pass your case onto an experienced personal injury solicitor, who will collect the evidence required to estimate the value of your personal injury claim.

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

    Disclaimer: This website contains content contributed by third parties, therefore any opinions, comments or other information expressed on this site that do not relate to the business of AAHDL or its associated companies should be understood as neither being held or endorsed by this business.

    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.