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 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.
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
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.