Compensation is only part of the story. Our first aim is to help an injured person access the rehabilitation, medical care and support needed to make the best recovery possible. Only then will we look at the financial aspect which involves us treating each person as an individual.
In most cases, there will be two main elements of compensation – an award for the injuries themselves (“General Damages”) and the repayment of any money you have paid out, or not received, because of your injuries (“Special Damages”).
In the same way as the individual claimant is unique so each claim is unique and the amount of compensation is personal to the Claimant. Accordingly, we need to look at how a particular accident has affect the injured person. The medical evidence will identify the “pain, suffering and loss of amenity” which has been and will be suffered, and we will assess the General Damages by looking at what Courts have awarded previously to persons with similar injuries. The sum for a minor injury from which a full recovery is made within a few months is a few thousand pounds; the most serious types of injury leaving devastating permanent symptoms attract award in excess of £350,000. Our solicitors are specialists in identifying where in that range ant claim falls.
In addition, we will claim for the actual, and projected future, financial losses that may be encountered. In many cases, this will cover loss of earnings and possibly private medical care and treatment. A calculation will be prepared tailored to the particular circumstances of the individual.