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Damages for Personal Injury


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17 January 2013

Calculating compensation for personal injury

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

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

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.

By Rehana Ali, a paralegal at Lawdit that can be contacted at

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