Damages for Personal Injury
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17 January 2013
Calculating compensation for
Ultimately the whole point of a claim for personal injury is to obtain
compensation i.e. in the form of monetary damages. The majority of
claims are quantified through special and general damages, this article
looks at the differences between the two.
Special damages is a term used by PI specialists to define the items of
monetary loss incurred by a person that has suffered personal injury
between the date of an accident and the date of a future trail that are
capable of specific calculation. They most commonly include but are not
limited to items such as:
- Earnings lost due to inability to work.
- Personal items and clothing.
- Medical costs.
- Costs of care/nursing services.
- Costs of housework, DIY and gardening.
- (if relevant) costs of repairs to a vehicle.
General damages is a term used by PI specialists to define damages that
are not capable of accurate calculation. These may include but are not
limited to the following:
- Loss of a congenial job.
- Future loss of earnings.
- Future costs of care including medical care, appliances and aids.
- Lost pension.
- Pain and suffering.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2013-02-07 09:07:06 in Legal Articles