Different types of accident lead to different types of injury.
Some Personal Injury accidents will result in injuries that are complex, such as Brain and Spinal injuries, Asbestosis Disease and Clinical and Dental Negligence.
Often Personal Injury claims are referred to according to the type of accident, such as a Road Traffic Collision or a Public Liability case or Accident at Work.
There two main areas of compensation claims, which are known as General Damages and Special Damages.
General Damages are awarded for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity where the court takes into account pain and suffering and the extra inconvenience that it causes.
Special Damages are out-of-pocket losses that have occurred as a direct result of the injury. These out-of-pocket losses often include the following:
- Loss of earnings, including bonuses and overtime which may be relevant to past, present and future earnings.
- Travel to and from medical appointments with your GP or hospitals.
- Medication expenses as a result of the injuries sustained.
- Medical care and rehabilitation required such, as physiotherapy or other treatment.
- The cost of any special equipment or adaptations to your home that need to be made.
- Any care given to you by members of your family or friends or professionals, such as assistance with domestic duties like housework, shopping or laundry, and more personal activities such as washing, dressing and feeding yourself.
- Damage caused to any of your personal effects, such as clothing or equipment.
- Loss of future employment opportunities that may arise as a result of the injuries sustained, such as a promotion that you would not be able to take up or the fact that you may have to stop working in the job you were in when your were injured.
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