If your claim is successful, you will be awarded compensation. Such awards are intended to put you in the same financial position in which you would have been had your accident not occurred.
Damages are assessed under various categories which include:
Damages for pain, suffering and loss of quality of life This type of damages are often called “general damages” and is the compensation that you receive for the actual injuries that you have sustained. The amount of compensation that you get will depend on the nature and extent of your injuries and the effect on your normal activities such as sports and hobbies.
You may be entitled to damages if you witness or are involved in an accident in which someone else is injured and if you suffer a psychiatric injury.
Damages for your financial losses
This type of compensation is also known as “special damages” and is compensation for all losses you have suffered or expenses that you have incurred because of your injury.
These will include:
It is important that you keep a note of all of the expenses that you have incurred and retain receipts for items purchased as a result of the accident so as to prove that you have suffered these losses.
Damages for future losses and expenses
Some people who have sustained serious injuries suffer long-term losses and expenses as a direct result of their injuries. Calculation of the actual sums involved is complicated, however, compensation will take into account some or all of the following:
Extra costs of transport, particularly if a specially adapted vehicle is necessary.
Compensation may be available to the family members (including co-habitees) of anyone who is killed in a road accident.
The law in relation to who is entitled to compensation and how much is complex and should be discussed with your solicitor.
In essence, compensation is based on the extent of your financial dependency on the deceased or on the services (e.g., housework, DIY, gardening) he or she provided, although there is an award that is made for bereavement.
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