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When you’re injured, and it’s somebody else’s fault, then the first cause of action, other than seeking medical assistance, is to go and see your local no win no fee personal injury solicitor. If your injury is such that it could affect your future earning potential, then you need a good, local personal injury solicitor to assist you with your claim for lost earnings claim. Mark Gregory, no win no fee compensation specialist, and Director at MG Legal, discusses personal injury compensation, and the Smith and Manchester Award. 

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Understanding Smith v Manchester Award in Personal Injury Claims 

When you're seriously injured, whether at work or elsewhere, navigating the complexities of personal injury claims can be overwhelming. A key concept to understand in these claims is the "Smith v Manchester" award, a vital component in securing fair compensation for future losses. 
"Smith v Manchester" awards refer to a legal concept in UK personal injury settlements. They are named after the case "Smith v Manchester Corporation" (1974). These awards provide compensation for an injured party who, while not currently experiencing a loss of earnings, is likely to suffer a disadvantage in the labour market in the future due to their injuries. 
The case of Natasha Palmer v Seferif Mantas may not be widely known or may not have set a significant legal precedent, hence it might not have specific relevance to the concept of Smith v Manchester awards. Similarly, for the case of Liverpool Victoria Insurance Co Ltd 2022, without more context, it's challenging to draw direct parallels to the Smith v Manchester principle. 
Generally, in cases involving future loss of earnings, courts assess the likelihood of the claimant's reduced earning capacity in the future due to their injuries. This is where the principle of a Smith v Manchester award comes into play. It's a lump sum compensation awarded to cover the potential future disadvantage in the labor market, even if the claimant hasn't yet suffered an actual loss of earnings. 
Each case is unique, and the specifics of the injury, the claimant's profession, and their future earning capacity are all considered in determining the award. The case law continually evolves as new judgments add nuances to the application of this principle. 

The Essence of Smith v Manchester Awards 

The Smith v Manchester award is named after the landmark case from 1974. It's designed to provide compensation to those who, though not currently experiencing a loss of earnings, are likely to suffer a disadvantage in the labour market in the future due to their injuries. 

How Do These Awards Impact Your Compensation Claim? 

For anyone seriously injured, especially in workplace accidents, this principle is crucial. It acknowledges that while you may return to work, your injury might limit future career prospects or earning potential. Therefore, it's essential to factor in this potential future loss when claiming compensation. 

The two steps to required to claim a Smith v Manchester award 

1. Is there a real risk that, at some time in the future, you will be out of work before you reach retirement age, as a result of your injury? 
2. Does your medical report (our solicitors will arrange for you to be medically examined) advise that you may be disadvantaged on the open labour market, when trying to find a new job, or that you will be required to take a lower-paying job, as a result of your injury. Even worse, would you be able to find any suitable job at all, or could you be deemed unemployable as a result of your injury? 
If the answer to the above is yes, then our no win no fee solicitors in Preston, Lancashire, will prepare a schedule of loss, giving the best estimate possible of your future losses. Remember, your accident claim solicitors are there help put you in the financial position you would have been in, had the incident leading to your injury, not happened. 

Why Choose MG Legal for Your Personal Injury Claim? 

MG Legal stands out with their dedication to securing the best possible outcome for their clients. Their expertise in understanding and applying the Smith v Manchester awards in personal injury cases ensures that your claim comprehensively covers both current and potential future losses. 

MG Legal’s Approach to Maximising Your Compensation 

MG Legal’s approach focuses on a detailed assessment of your case, considering how your injury might impact your future earning capacity. Our experienced team works tirelessly to ensure that every aspect of your claim is robustly represented, aiming to secure the compensation you need for your recovery and future security. We also use the best medical experts in their field, to leave no stone unturned when preparing the medical report upon which we calculate the value of your personal injury compensation. 

Take Action Today with MG Legal’s Expert Team 

Don't let the complexity of personal injury claims deter you from seeking what you're entitled to. MG Legal's expert team is here to guide you through each step, ensuring your claim includes potential future losses in line with the Smith v Manchester awards. Contact MG Legal today for a free consultation and embark on your journey to fair compensation with a trusted, experienced legal partner. 
This article was published on 6 November 2018, and updated on 28 December 2023. 
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