Here at Accident Advice Helpline, one of the most frequently asked questions regarding personal injury compensation is, ‘How is compensation calculated?’
Most people have the natural curiosity in wanting to know how much they will be paid for their physical and/or emotional injuries. After all, they were involved in an accident that was not their fault and will have suffered physically, emotionally and in most cases, financially too.
Accident Advice Helpline is a personal injury law firm with over 15 years of experience in helping victims of negligence. We were established in the year 2000 and ever since, we have helped thousands of people claim compensation for their personal injuries. Over this time, we have seen most types of accidents and injuries. Based on our experience we can estimate how much compensation you may be awarded. So if you are wondering, ‘How is compensation calculated?’ you can chat to Accident Advice Helpline today.
You can also try our 30-second online test to see if you are eligible to make a claim, and how much compensation you could be entitled to. If you want to discuss your situation in more detail, you can give us a call to have a friendly chat about your claim. Our advisers will be happy to answer any questions and tell you more about the claims procedure.
How is compensation calculated?
Your appointed personal injury solicitor will calculate the total amount of compensation they think you are eligible to claim. This is based on two categories of awards; general damages and special damages.
The general damages award is based on subjective tests i.e. how seriously you have been injured and how much you have suffered. Your statement will be taken into account, along with medical evidence that supports and documents your injuries.
Loss of amenity would also come under the general damages category. For example, if you were attending a dance class prior to the accident and now due to your injuries you are unable to attend, this loss of enjoyment can be included in your compensation award.
The special damages award can be calculated more easily and precisely. This will include:
- Loss of earnings
- Medical expenses
- Travel expenses to and from medical appointments
- Costs of living with any disabilities caused by the accident
It is important that you keep all wage slips, receipts and invoices relating to the financial losses resulting from the accident. That way, your personal injury solicitor can accurately calculate the amount to which you are entitled.
Your personal injury solicitor will help to negotiate a compensation figure on your behalf that they feel is fair. If the negligent party was to offer a figure that they feel was unacceptable, then they would fight to win you the maximum compensation you deserve.
This may mean that you need to be further assessed by a medical expert or that your case needs to go to court. But you can rest assured that your solicitor will do their best to help you.
To contact Accident Advice Helpline, all you need to do is dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone. You can ask an adviser, ‘How is compensation calculated?’ and any other questions you might have about the claim process. Our initial advice is free.
Date Published: 15th January 2013
Author: Rebecca Smith
Category: Personal injury claims