It’s an unfortunate fact that accidents do happen, be they road traffic accidents, slips, trips and falls, or accidents in the workplace. Often, these accidents result in serious injury, and may leave you in dire financial straits. If you’ve been involved in an accident that was someone else’s fault, you may be wondering, ‘What can you claim for if you have an injury?’
The good news is, if your accident happened in the last three years, and it was the fault of someone else, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Here, we detail the different types of damages that you may be awarded in this situation.
What can you claim for if you have an injury?
There are several different types of damages that you can be awarded when making a compensation claim. What you are awarded for and how much you receive will vary case to case, based on your circumstances and the details of your accident.
- General damages
General damages cover the non-financial aspects of your injury. This means you are compensated for your pain and suffering, along with any loss to the quality of your life. This covers both physical and emotional pain and suffering, factors such as loss of independence or enjoyment of life, and issues such as disfigurement.
- Special damages
Unlike general damages, special damages compensate you for your monetary losses, such as those involved in the repair or replacement of damaged property, past or future loss of earnings, or additional domestic costs incurred due to your accident.
- Speculative damages
Speculative damages cover any future losses that have not yet occurred, but are expected to.
How can you claim?
If you’ve been involved in an accident and are wondering, ‘What can you claim for if you have an injury?’, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline today. We will discuss the details of your case with you, and can let you know if you’re eligible to make a claim, and if so what damages you can claim for. To get an idea of what you can claim for, take our 30-second test, or call our free helpline to speak with one of our friendly and experienced advisors.
Ask Accident Advice Helpline, ‘What can you claim for if you have an injury?’
We have over 16 years’ experience in personal injury claims, and our services are backed by consumer champion Dame Esther Rantzen. To chat to us, simply dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone. You can also choose to text, ‘claim365’ to 88010 and we will call you back as soon as possible. Our initial advice is free.
Date Published: 10th July 2014
Author: Jan Newell