Broadly speaking, if a party is successful in a personal injury claim, they will receive two categories of damages; general damages and special damages.
General damages are damages which a Claimant receives for pain, suffering and loss of amenity following an injury. The level of general damages is assessed by reference, firstly to guidelines which have been issued by the judiciary (the Judicial Studies Board Guidelines) which broadly categories each type of injury and gives a range of damages which the injured party can expect to receive in relation to each injury, and secondly, by reference to case law (i.e. previous legal cases). When considering case law, it is often possible to identify a previous legal case which has a similar factual background.
Special damages are the damages which an injured party receives for all other loss which he or she incurred which is attributable to the injury. Common categories of special damages are travelling expenses to and from doctors and hospitals; expenditure on medicines and medical equipment; the time a husband or wife or family member has spent caring for the injured party during their recovery; and often most importantly, loss of earnings.
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