History of personal injury accident claims payments
Personal injury accident claims payments come under the heading of damages in common law and generally take the form of financial compensation paid to the victim suffering the loss and injury. Damages come under two headings: punitive and compensatory.
- Punitive damages are applied as a further punishment to discourage the guilty party from repeating the offence and are awarded in cases where compensatory damages are not considered sufficient.
- Compensatory damages are paid to cover the loss, injury and harm caused by a breach of duty of the guilty party to the affected person. Compensatory damages take into account medical expenses, general and property damages, plus loss of earnings and non-pecuniary damages such as pain, suffering and emotional trauma.
Origin of personal injury accident claims payments
The concept of damages goes back to early medieval Salic law (in the kingdom of the Franks in middle Europe, which gradually extended over most of the continent). Every human had a “weregild” or “man price.” Should a person cause harm to an individual, under weregild they had to pay restitution to the victim’s family.
Salic law had a formative influence on the modern law of many European countries, although it should be noted that English law differs in many fundamental points to the law of various European countries, which is based on Roman law or other influences such as the Napoleonic Code (French Civic Law) in France.
Your personal injury accident claims payments
If you have suffered a personal injury at the hands of a third party, or as a result of negligence or actual harm, you could be entitled to claim compensation. If so, and you received medical attention, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline to see if you have a valid claim and how much your compensation award might be worth.
You can take the base test on our website using the online tools — the 30-second test and the compensation calculator — or you can talk to one of our trained advisors on 0800 689 0500, or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone. Contact us today.
Accident Advice Helpline
We can advise you on all kinds of personal injury accident claims, and should you need individual advice from a solicitor then we can find you one from our nationwide network of legal experts. Accident Advice Helpline were established in the year 2000 and are one the UK’s leading specialists in this field of law.
Date Published: 19th September 2013
Author: Louise Thacker