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What are the Different Claims You can Make for a Personal Injury? Here's Your All-Important Guide

submitted on 23 June 2020 by
Personal injuries can range from a minor cut or scrape to a more serious head injury, and these accidents can occur due to the recklessness, negligence, or lack of attention of another party. But a personal injury has to be proven to be the fault of the other party without any doubt, and you can prove this with the proper evidence as well as records and documentation. Personal injury can range from a road traffic accident to medical malpractice or negligence, but even though each case may vary, the approach is usually the same. When making a claim for compensation for a personal injury, however, you need to know what kind of compensation and claim you can demand. So what are the different claims you can make for a personal injury? Here’s your all-important guide.

How a claim is computed
The amount you will receive is often based on the severity of the injury. It follows that if you have a more serious injury, then your compensation amount will usually be higher. If you hire a solicitor to help you, they can do an estimation of your compensation figure depending on both your injury's severity and any emotional or mental effects it has had on you and your life. The calculation may also include your loss of earnings or income, which also takes into account how long you will be incapacitated due to your injury.

Different types of claims for personal injury

General damages
The most common type of compensation you can receive for a personal injury claim is general damages, which refers to the suffering and pain you experience due to your injury. The legal system has established a kind of 'price list' for calculating your amount of compensation depending on your injury, and although the exact amount varies according to individual situations, there is a general or average amount. For instance, if you have had a minor head injury without any brain damage, compensation can range from £3,000 to £6,000. If the injury has resulted in significant damage to the brain, compensation can be from £20,000 upwards.

Loss of earnings
You can also claim compensation for your loss of earnings due to the injury. You can ask for this if your injury has prevented you from working, and your solicitor may consult with a medical professional to determine the period of time you need to recover. Based on this, your solicitor can set forth an amount for compensation.

Out of pocket expenses
This includes any expenses you have during the course of having your injuries cared for, so this would cover transportation expenses, additional living expenses, and other incidental costs related to your injury.

This kind of compensation is awarded to those who may require extra care from a professional for their injury; in certain situations, even family members who care for the individual can receive service compensation as well.

Other compensation claims include loss of society and loss of support, where the former is awarded to those who have lost their parent, child, or spouse, and the latter refers to the family who seeks compensation if the accident resulted in a fatality and the deceased was the family’s breadwinner.
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