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General damages and special damages. What’s the difference? 

If you are pursuing a personal injury claim for an accident that was not your fault, then the money that you could receive as financial compensation is known as damages. 
 
These damages can be broken down into two basic types, general and special damages. So, what is the difference? Our No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors explain below. 

General damages: 

General damages are the compensation that is awarded to the victim for their pain, suffering, and loss of amenity (PSLA). Generally speaking, PSLA covers the impact that an injury itself will have on your life. 
 
Some common examples of general damages are:- 
 
Physical pain and suffering 
Physical impairment and injury 
Mental pain and anguish 
Reduced quality of life 
Loss of companionship or loved one 
Loss of a unique career 
 
The amount that you will be awarded for the general damages that you have suffered will depend on the severity of your injury and how it affects your life. Our expert personal injury solicitors are well versed on the most up-to-date guidance available in the Judicial College’s ‘Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury’ 15th edition. 

Special damages: 

While general damages are referring to pain and suffering that an injury has caused, special damages in a personal injury case are instead awarded for financial losses and expenses that you have experienced as a result of the injury. 
 
These include, but are not limited to:- 
 
Loss of current and future earnings 
Costs of any medical treatments needed 
Travel costs 
Costs of care 
Repair or replacement of damaged property or goods 
The costs to adapt a property or car to allow mobility 
 
The calculation of special damages happens on a case to case basis, but is much more straightforward than general damages. This is because it is calculated using all of the relevant evidence for expenditures and losses, and it is therefore much easier to come to a concrete amount. 

How can MG Legal help me? 

Our expert personal injury solicitors have over thirty years of experience in the field. They are well versed in the process for calculating and assess both general damages and special damages, and are able to ensure that you receive the amount of financial compensation that you deserve. 
 
If you have a No Win No Fee claim that you would like to get started, or discuss with our solicitors, get in touch today, here. Alternatively, visit our offices in Garstang, Longridge, or Lancaster from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. 

 MG Legal’s expert personal injury solicitors have a success rate in excess of 99%, and settle many thousands of personal injury claims every year. Click below to learn more about our team, and why they are the right solicitors for you.  

 
 
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