When you make a claim for compensation there are a number of different parts that make up your whole claim and you are compensated for any losses you have had as a result of your accident. There are many different things that form a claim for compensation and these are some of the more common items which you may be able to claim for.
• Loss of Earnings – if you are injured in an accident you may not be able to go to work for a while. This could just be for a couple of weeks, or for a much longer period if your injuries are serious. As a result, your sick pay at work may run out or if you are self-employed you may find yourself in financial difficulty if you cannot work. You will be able to claim back any earnings you lost as a result of your accident. In addition, if your injuries were so serious that you will never work again, you will receive compensation for any future loss of earnings.
• Your Injuries – compensation amounts for injuries are calculated on a sliding scale. So the more serious the injury, the higher the amount of compensation. Furthermore, if there is a permanent impact such as scarring or an acceleration of a condition as a result of the accident, there will be an increased award.
• Treatment Costs – if you have had physiotherapy or other types of treatment to help you recover from your injuries, this will all be covered in your personal injury claim. This could include counselling, rehabilitation or even holistic therapies such as acupuncture. This also includes any prescriptions for medication related to your accident and any over the counter painkillers you purchased, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.
• Personal Belongings – during your accident your personal belongings may have been damaged. For example, a pair of spectacles, a mobile phone, crash helmet or specialist clothing such as motorcycle leathers. It is important that you keep track of anything that was damaged so you can include it in your claim.
• Vehicle Damage – if you were in a car, motorcycle or bicycle accident you will be able to claim back the cost of the repairs to your vehicle or if your bicycle was a total loss, the money to replace it. You can even claim back the excess on your insurance too if you claim through your own insurance company.
These are only some of the items that you can claim for; therefore it is important that you get advice from a specialist solicitor who will be able to make you aware of everything you are entitled to claim for.
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