What compensation will I get for my personal injury claim?
If you’ve been injured either at work, out in public or whilst driving, then you may be entitled to compensation. The amount you receive will very much depend on the severity of the injury and the circumstances surrounding your accident, but it’s always worth approaching a personal injury solicitor to see if your claim is valid and how much you might be owed.
Claim your compensation
Being injured through no fault of your own can be an incredibly traumatising and difficult experience. The repercussions of an injury can last either a relatively short amount of time or become an ongoing and long-lasting thing, but either way, you are probably entitled to compensation. Injuries can lead to people having to take time off work or even lose their jobs, affecting their financial stability. They can also mean a loss of mobility, social life and have an impact on the wider family who have to step in to take on caring responsibilities.
What level of compensation will I receive for my personal injury claim?
Again as mentioned it all depends on circumstances and your injuries. An initial call with an experienced Personal Injury solicitor is worthwhile. They will be able to give you a guide on what your injury is worth as an initial estimate.
It is worth noting that compensation for personal injuries is divided into two categories:
1. General damages
General damages is the sum awarded for your general pain and suffering for the injury you sustained. These are to compensate you for the physical and psychological damage an injury may have caused, and the amount you receive depends on which parts of your body were injured.
For instance as a very general guide the injuries board book of quantum currently provides for the below range as a guide for head injuries and whiplash injuries suffered in a personal injury:
Concussion – Head Injury
Symptoms of a concussion injury commonly includes headaches, dizziness and nausea. Permanent symptoms may result but most cases recover
Minor up to €21,800
Moderate €19,000 to €35,200
Severe €41,600 to €74,000
Minor – substantially recovered up to €15,700
Minor – a full recovery expected up to €19,400
Moderate €20,400 to €30,200
Severe €34,400 to €52,200
These amounts are simply guides and so the amount recovered can vary vastly from these amounts. The key factor again is the injury itself, the duration of symptoms, treatment received, impact on the persons life etc.
No two personal injury claims are ever the same but again your solicitor will be able to guide you on the level of compensation that should be relevant to your case from a very early stage.
2. Special damages
The second amount of compensation that is awarded is called special damages. Essentially these are your out of pocket expenses such as medical bills, prescriptions, physiotherapy, loss of earnings etc. When you’re making a personal injury claim, the costs can quickly rack up if you’ve had to take time off work and your income has been impacted as a result.
Again the amount depends on your circumstances however this second category can form a substantial part of a personal injuries claim especially where there are loss of earnings involved.
Get the right help
Pursuing compensation for a personal injury claim can also be a complex process, not to mention time-consuming. For that reason, it is always recommended that you pass your claim to a qualified and experienced personal injury solicitor. They will have dealt with many personal injury claims and will understand the system, ensuring you get the maximum compensation possible and can move on with your life as best you can.
It’s not ‘greedy’ to seek compensation, if you have been injured through no fault of your own. In fact, it’s your legal right. If you have been injured as a result of the negligence of others, then you are completely entitled to compensation by way of an apology and acknowledgement.
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