Personal injury compensation is an umbrella term for many different types of compensation that could involve a physical or mental injury. For example, if you have been in a road traffic accident specifically whilst riding a motorbike, you may need to speak to a motorbike compensation lawyer. If you have been injured after a dog bite (whether due to physical injury or due to the trauma of the attack), you may need to speak to a dog bite lawyer. In the first instance, your job is to contact a personal injury law firm – from here you will be directed to the relevant department based on the circumstances of your injury. From here, your case will begin to take shape.
After gathering evidence and making contact with the third party to announce your intent to bring a claim, your lawyer will begin to analyse the finer details that will make up the total value of your claim. Let’s look at the typical ways in which your claim will be put assessed and together.
Assigning a value to monetary losses
Monetary losses are also known as special damages. This includes expenses that you can prove. Let’s say, for example, that you have been involved in an accident whilst riding your bike. If your bike was damaged, the repair value is a known value. This would, therefore, constitute special damages. Wages may also be affected during this time, and because your income is something that you can prove, your lawyer will be able to put forward a case for special damages in relation to your salary. Medical bills and transport to medical appointments are also known values that would fall into this category of your compensation claim.
Assigning a value to non-monetary factors such as pain
Assigning a value to non-monetary factors can be difficult – this is where your legal team come into effect. For example, securing damages for the pain suffered both during the incident and during any rehabilitative medical treatments is not something that comes with a handbook, but will include examining medical reports and establishing how different levels of pain or mental anguish may have had a negative effect on your work life, your social life, your employment prospects, and any personal relationships. The important thing to remember is that speaking to a lawyer as early as possible gives you the time to gather all relevant information in support of your claim.