Your Accident Claim: What You Can Claim

by admin on July 26, 2010

English law allows injured parties to make an accident claim against the person responsible for their injury in order that monetary compensation be awarded in respect of their injury and losses. For some people, making an accident claim can be highly confusing and some injured parties are not entirely sure of what they are and aren’t entitled to claim for.

In the English legal system, compensation can be categorised as either General Damages or Special Damages. If you are in the process of making an accident claim, your solicitor will be able to help you to decide what you need to claim for.

General Damages is the term for compensation for the pain and suffering the injury has caused you, as well as compensation for the impact of the injury on your quality of life and ability to perform day to day tasks and the things you enjoyed before the accident.

Special damages is a much wider term. Fortunately, your accident claim solicitor will normally be on hand to help with this area of accident claim law. Special Damages can include compensation for money you have lost or had to pay out as a result of your injury. This might include loss of earnings, travel costs or prescription costs. You must keep receipts so that the solicitor dealing with your accident claim can understand the special damages you may need.

You may also be entitled to include in your accident claim compensation for future loss of earnings if you are left unable to work or are forced by your injuries to return to a lower paid job than before the accident.

The law relating to accident claims is rarely clean cut, and an accident claim may take months or years to come to fruition. The most important thing therefore, is ensuring you have an experienced solicitor at hand.

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If you are making an accident claim be sure you have all the information before you start. The process can be costly and stressful if not managed carefully. Always choose an experienced accident claim solicitor.
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