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The Math Behind Compensation: How Are Personal Injury Claims Calculated?

How Are Personal Injury Claims Calculated?

It’s completely natural that when people are contemplating making a personal injury claim, one of the first questions will be “How much compensation could I get?”. However, the truth is, there’s never a straightforward answer to this question.

No matter what type of personal injury claim you are looking to pursue, whether it involves medical negligence, a road traffic accident, workplace incidents, and the like, it will undergo the same calculation process by our solicitors. Nevertheless, the precise amount of compensation you might be entitled to is dependent on your specific circumstances. Determining an appropriate figure involves the consideration of numerous factors.

In this blog we will take a look at the factors that will affect the amount of compensation you could receive. For more information or to start your personal injury claim, contact our team today.

 

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Making a Claim for Personal Injury

Prior to starting any personal injury claim, it is essential you can demonstrate that someone is at fault – that they have violated a duty of care owed to you. The other party concerned could be a healthcare professional, your employer, a property owner, a motorist, or others. Once liability is established, you can proceed to explore how much your compensation claim could be worth.

 

What is the Reasoning Behind Personal Injury Compensation

It’s fair to say that some people may have a jaundiced view of personal injury claims. This is probably the result of being bombarded with phone calls from personal injury companies encouraging them to claim for injuries that may not even have occurred. This has led some people to believe we are cultivating a compensation culture in the UK.

However, it is important to remember that if you have been injured because of negligence on the part of a third party you are entitled to claim compensation.

The reason for compensation is to restore the claimant to, or as near as feasible to, the state they were in before the injury occurred. Claimants have a right to receive compensation for the losses they have suffered, whether that is additional medical costs, loss of earnings, or damages for the pain they have endured.

 

Calculating Personal Injury Compensation Claims

When it comes to calculating personal injury claims there are two distinct types of damages, and they will be looked at in isolation before being added together to reach a final amount.

General Damages

When looking at any claim for personal injury your legal team will first assess the general damages. General damages are awarded to compensate you for the pain, suffering, and loss of amenity caused by your injury. This includes both physical and psychological pain and suffering, as well as any loss of enjoyment of life that you have experienced as a result of your injury.

General damages are calculated based on the severity of your injury and the impact it has had on your life. There are a number of factors that will be considered when calculating general damages.

Special Damages

This is a type of compensation designed to reimburse you for any financial losses you have incurred as a direct result of the injury. It aims to restore your financial status to what it would have been if the accident had never happened. And to work out an accurate figure, your current and future finances will be examined and several factors considered.

These factors consist of but are not limited to:

  • Loss of earnings: If your injuries have affected your ability to work, this will be considered when calculating your compensation.
  • Rehabilitation and care costs: The cost of any specialist care or medical treatments will be included in your compensation.
  • Mobility aids and adaptations: The cost of mobility aids or equipment will also be included in your compensation.
  • Other expenses: You can also claim for any other expenses that you have incurred as a direct result of your accident.

 

What Steps Can You Take to Help Maximise Your Compensation Amount

There are a number of things you can do to ensure you get the full amount of personal injury that your injuries warrant. We have listed some of these below they include:

  • Keep all records of your medical treatment and financial losses.
  • Be honest and open with your personal injury solicitor about your injuries and the impact they have had on your life.
  • Cooperate with your medical team and follow their treatment plan.
  • Be patient and persistent. Personal injury claims can take time to resolve, but it is important to stay focused on getting the compensation you deserve.
  • Employ the services of a personal injury solicitor.

 

How Can a Personal Injury Solicitor Help with My Claim?

Here at Tylers, we are experts when it comes to getting the maximum amount of compensation for our clients. As a leading personal injury solicitor in Manchester and throughout the UK, we have helped numerous clients get the full amount of compensation they are entitled to.

Our team will work with you helping you collate evidence and then submitting your claim to the courts. We will also negotiate with the other party on your behalf to try and reach a settlement that benefits you. If your claim goes to court we will represent you and use our knowledge and experience to get you the personal injury compensation amount you deserve.

 

Contact a Personal Injury Solicitor

Personal injury claims can be complex, but understanding the maths behind compensation can help you to get a better understanding of how your claim will be calculated. If you have been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. Tylers Solicitors is a leading personal injury solicitor in Manchester serving the whole of the UK. Contact our team today on 0800 699 0079 or via our online contact form to start your No Win, No Fee personal injury claim now!

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