ROAD ACCIDENT SOLICITORS - UK PERSONAL INJURY COMPENSATION CLAIMS
Our road accident solicitors represent the victims of negligent drivers throughout the United Kingdom. We deal with compensation claims using a no win no fee agreement. Our solicitors are members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and the Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme.
UK Road Accident Solicitors Compensation Claim Awards
The sums awarded for damages in a road accident solicitors compensation claim generally fall into two main categories being those where items of loss can be calculated accurately known as 'special damages' and those items where a strict mathematical calculation is not possible which require a degree of assessment and are known as 'general damages'. Overall the items that are covered in most road accident compensation claims include the following :-
- pain and suffering caused by the injury including long term consequences of the physical damage
- loss of wages both up to the date of settlement and projected into the future
- compensation for loss of promotion or other job opportunities
- loss of a congenial job or inability to continue with such a job due to disability or continuing illness
- disadvantage in the labour market due to factors related to any disability caused by the accident
- inability to carry out day to day tasks or hobbies thereby reducing the enjoyment of leisure time
- loss of the enjoyment of current lifestyle or anticipated lifestyle
- out of pocket expenses that have been incurred as a result of the illness or continuing disability
- expenses for physical care both in the immediate aftermath of the accident and long term when necessary
- damage to vehicle and insurance excess
- vehicle hire whilst awaiting repairs
- diminution in value of a repaired vehicle
- interest on any losses either from the date of the accident or the date of issue of legal proceedings
If there is a 'measurable' chance that you will develop a serious illness or that you will deteriorate in the future as a direct result of injuries sustained then your road accident solicitor may apply to the court which can, instead of making a once and for all payment, reconsider the issue of damages on no more than two occasions in the future and only in limited cases. In addition the court now has the power, instead of awarding a lump sum in personal compensation claims, to award periodical payments in cases where life expectancy may be in issue.
Evidence & Assessment
General damages are usually proved by documentary evidence including receipts or estimates for the specific items of loss however special damages usually require a degree of assessment. In making these assessments judges will rely on evidence obtained from experts or specialists and in assessing damages for personal injury will rely on their own previous experience, on previously decided cases and on official guidelines outlined in a publication by the Judicial Studies Board.