An auto accident law firm can help you claim compensation
Injuries caused as a result of auto accidents can often have far-reaching effects on the victim and their families. In some cases, the victim may require weeks or even months off work while they recover from their injuries and this can put a lot of financial strain on everyone involved as they struggle to come to terms with their adjusted circumstances. Compensation can make a real difference to a victim and their family and encompasses far more than being compensated for the pain and suffering sustained.
This article looks at what, according to an auto accident law firm, a victim of an auto accident is entitled to claim if they are successful in showing that the accident was caused by the negligence of another driver. Claims are split into two parts – general damages and special damages. Here we look at what both parts of the claim include.
General damages for an auto accident law firm
According to auto accident law, ‘general damages’ refers to your claim for compensation for the pain and suffering you have sustained and/or are likely to continue to sustain in the future. Your solicitor will assess the value of your general damages claim based on expert medical evidence and previous case law. In most cases, you will be examined by a medical expert who will assess your injuries and compile a report detailing his findings. Your solicitor will use this report to compare your injuries to claimants in previously settled cases who suffered similar injuries to you and who took a similar amount of time to recover. The amount of compensation you are awarded will ultimately depend on how seriously you were injured and the expected length of your recovery period.
The part of your claim referred to as ‘special damages’ relates to any financial losses you have sustained due to the occurrence of the accident. Often, this part of your claim is easier to quantify as you are likely to have documentary evidence (such as pay slips, receipts and invoices) in support of each individual item of loss. Special damages may include :
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of overtime
- Loss of future earnings
- Travel expenses to attend doctors’ appointments
- Treatment costs
- Prescription charges
The best auto accident law firm
If you have been injured in an auto accident and would like advice and assistance relating to auto accident law, Accident Advice Helpline are available 24 hours a day to answer your call and provide answers to the many questions you may have on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.