Calculating compensation from a personal injury claim
When you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you can pursue a personal injury claim against the person who was responsible for the accident, in order to receive a payment of compensation. This compensation is intended to help the victim get back to the financial state which they were in before the accident took place.
How is compensation actually calculated?
Calculating compensation is a very involved process, requiring an expert to examine the various different factors in play, in every case, on an individual basis.
A compensation payment is typically split into two types; there is a payment for general damages, and a payment for special damages. General damages is a payment for the physical and psychological injury and harm directly inflicted on the victim, and is calculated based on factors such as the severity of the injury the victim suffered, how long recovery from their injury will take, and what lasting effects the injury is likely to have on their day-to-day lives.
Special damages is a payment for the incidental costs of an accident that the victim has faced. Examples include the cost of travel to and from hospital appointments, the loss in earnings if they are unemployed because of their accident, or even vehicular damages in the case of a road traffic accident.
As a result of this complex network of factors, it’s clear to see that there is no “standard” compensation payment for an accident. Every accident is as unique as the people who are involved in the accident. That’s why claims for accidents that appear superficially similar can result in very different amounts of compensation being awarded.
While it isn’t possible to get a guaranteed figure for calculating compensation before starting a claim, it is possible to get an estimate, thanks to Accident Advice Helpline’s 30-second test. All that’s required are some answers to key questions about the nature of the accident and injury. Using that information, the 30-second test then provides an estimate as to what could be expected from a successful claim.
Calculating compensation with the help of Accident Advice Helpline
Have you been injured and sought medical attention for an accident in the last three years that wasn’t your fault?
You could be eligible for compensation for the injuries that you suffered – and Accident Advice Helpline can offer advice and representation for your claim.
Call today on 0800 689 0500 from your landline phone, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone.
Date Published: 1st June 2014
Author: David Brown