Personal Injury is an injury or illness which occurs as a result of the actions or negligence of someone else (e.g. accident). A personal injury can be physical or psychological in origin. Negligence is the term used to describe blame following an accident. In real terms negligence can be defined as “The failure to use the reasonable care that a reasonable person would have used under the same or similar circumstances.”
If you feel that your injuries were caused by or contributed to by another person, company or organisation then you may be able to start your claim.
There are two main types of claim award in personal injury matters.
General Damages: An award for pain & suffering including loss of amenity. This award compensates you for the suffering you have encountered usually in its physical form e.g. whiplash, broken leg, strained muscles etc but can include psychological injuries.
Special Damages: These damages relate to out of pocket expenses (past or future) including but not limited to – loss of earnings (also bonuses or overtime) car hire expenses, care and services, extra expenses i.e.; travel costs incurred going to doctors, hospitals, etc, damaged clothing, prescription charged etc.
The law requires that a personal injury claim must either be resolved within a certain period of time from the date of injury, or that proceedings have commenced at Court within that time period.
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