There are two parts to a Personal Injury claim:
* General damages – for pain and suffering
* Special Damages – for loss of earnings and other losses.
This is a standardised calculation made with reference to other cases and the Judicial Studies Board Guidelines. After obtaining any required reports we will then be able to value this part of your claim and use the valuation as the basis to claim damages. A general guide:
Whiplash: 1,000 – 6,000
Broken nose: 1,000 – 2,500
Sprained ankle: 1,000 – 3,000
Torn ligament: 1,000 – 3,000
Broken finger: 1,500 – 4,000
Broken wrist: 2,500 – 8,000
Burns to arm: 1,500 – 10,000
Burns to body: 5,000 – 30,0000
Broken arm: 3,000 – 12,000
Broken leg: 3,000 – 25,000
Broken hip: 7,000 – 15,000
Broken shoulder: 10,000 – 25,000
The above figures are only general guide lines.
All expenses and lost earnings to be added to all claims.
The calculation may include;
* Lost earnings and future loss of earnings.
* Medical expenses.
* Travel expenses.
* Care expenses.
* Damage to property.
* Loss of insurance excess.
* Unutilised membership of a club or gym.
Your opponents will only be responsible to compensate you to the extent that they are to blame. If the accident was half your fault then you will only be able to recover half the anticipated compensation.
Any payments made by the DSS as a result of your accident, may have to be repaid to the DSS out of your compensation. This effectively stops the claimant obtaining compensation twice, one from the defendant and once from the DSS.