What to Claim For In a Personal Injury Case?
Suffering from injuries is a horrible thing. Not only do they make you go through a lot of pain, but you also experience financial losses while paying for your medical treatment and getting time off from work to recover. Thankfully, if it happened because of someone else’s carelessness, the law gives you the right to claim for monetary compensation.
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If you or anyone close to you has sustained injuries, which were caused because of someone else, your claim might be viable. Read further to learn what we offer and how Hamilton Douglas Legal can work on the claim on your behalf. Our experienced and highly skilled personal injury solicitors have dealt with thousands of such cases and have delivered positive results.
Defining The General Damages
General damages are the most common type and also known as the first part of compensation claims. You can get monetary rewards through this type of compensation if you have directly suffered from injuries, an illness that was caused because of negligence of someone else. In simpler terms, any impact the incident has brought on the standard of your life, can be compensated. That being said, the amount of money will depend on the severity of your injury, the pain and loss it has caused you. The courts have also provided guidelines on the amount that should be compensated for general damages.
What Are Special Damages?
The second part of compensation claims, which are also not very common, are special damages. The purpose of these damages is to get you back in a stable financial position that you were in before you sustained injuries. The special damages are meant for any additional costs or losses you experienced as a result of the accident. Since these damages also cover the indirect expenses, they are sometimes called the, “out of pocket expenditures”. The special damages will encapsulate all the direct expenditures that you had to go through as a consequence of the accident, along with all the other expenses that you might have to face in short-term. These will vary depending on the circumstances. They include:
- Loss Of Earnings – the special damages will compensate for all the income losses you’ve incurred as a result of the injury. In addition to that, they shall also cover the future losses which you’ll have to suffer because of being unable to work. You’re entitled to get compensation money if you need to take time off work to recover from serious injuries. If you or anyone close to you who has sustained injuries, was self-employed, the case will have a lot of complications, and it’s advisable to seek a professional personal injury solicitor for such cases.
- Family Loss Of Earnings – if the injuries you sustained were severe, for which you needed someone else to take care of you, those family members will also be compensated. If any of your relatives have taken time off work to take care of you, transport you to the hospital, or bought necessary stuff for your recovery, they can have a claim for it.
- Treatment, rehabilitation, and other care costs – special damages will cover all the treatment costs, rehabilitation, and care costs you have incurred and may need in the future. The compensation will cover these costs for as long as you haven’t fully recovered, even if it’s for the rest of your life.
- Damages To Property And Assets – if the accident has brought any damages to your property or possessions, which include anything as big as your house, car, motorbike to smaller stuff like spectacles, clothes, mobile phones, laptops, and computers can be claimed.
- Aids, Adaptations, and Any Other Material – the damages will cover all the aid and equipment that is necessary for you right now, or for the coming days. Moreover, any adaptation and changes you will have to make to your house will also be covered. For instance, if you need to widen the doors or windows for stretchers and wheelchairs, or install an escalator or lift. All such costs will be covered as well as the whole cost of a new home will be covered if needed.