One of the most frequently asked questions is; how much is my case worth? Unless we are at a point where we have complete medical evidence almost always the answer is unknown. So how do we calculate your personal injury compensation?
A claim for personal injury will be made up of two parts: a) General Damages and b) Special damages. So what is the difference?
This is the compensation for the actual injury you have sustained i.e. a broken leg, whiplash, broken teeth etc. Once we have complete medical evidence as to the injuries you have sustained as a result of the accident and an experts opinion on the likely prognosis (how long it will take you to go back to a pre-accident state) we will be able to value your case. We do this by using guidelines set out by the Courts, these are documented in the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) and we also by look at case law, which will give us an idea of what similar injuries were awarded by a court. Once we have done the above we will be able to provide you with a rough estimate as to what we think your case will be worth, most likely we will give you a bracket to provide you with an idea of the best and worst case position.
Special damages are any other losses incurred as a result of the accident. This could include damage clothing or possessions. A loss of earning if you could not work, treatment costs if treatment was required or care if you needed help with your day to day living. This can also include a claim for future loss of earnings if the accident has stopped or changed your ability to work and future care and assistance if future care will be needed. If you wish to bring a claim for special damages we will have to prove it so ensure you keep any receipts or invoices.