Personal Injury

Personal injury is a serious matter – a man or woman who has sustained a personal injury can suffer for weeks, months, years (even for the rest of his or her remaining life) depending on how serious the injury is, and what the consequences thereof may be. Unfortunately, personal injuries happen every day, despite the fact that most of them could be avoided and prevented. If you have sustained a personal injury – such as a burn injury, for example – then you may be entitled to compensation in the form of damages (such as burn compensation, as in the previous example). For those who have been hurt, here is some specific information on general damages and special damages for a personal injury.

What are damages?

The term ‘damages’ is a legal term; understood to be a form of compensation that is awarded to the claimant if the defendant has been found guilty of negligent, intentional, or reckless behaviour that results in injury to the claimant. There are two kinds of damages: general damages and special damages.

image00What are general damages?

General damages are given to the claimant as compensation for direct harm caused where there is a clear link between the injuries of the claimant and the actions (or inactions) of the defendant. These damages could include:

  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Physical disfigurement
  • Physical impairment
  • Lessened quality of life due to injuries
  • Mental anguish

What are special damages?

Special damages are damages that are awarded for direct financial loss due to the injuries that are sustained. Examples of special damages are:

  • Loss of income due to sustained injury
  • Medical costs
  • Property damage
  • Insurance costs
  • Necessary transportation
  • Cost of assistance
  • Therapy

Making claims for damages

A person who has been injured through no fault of his or her own may claim both general and special damages. The amount of compensation depends on the kind of injury, the seriousness, the circumstances of the incident, and the effects of the incident.

You have to remember that it’s very important you seek compensation in the form of general or special damages as soon as possible. It’s crucial, and not just for your own sake and that of your loved ones. You have the right for compensation to help you recover – physically and emotionally – and to help your loved ones cope with your condition, but it goes further than that. You have a duty to ensure that these kinds of injuries do not happen to anyone else, and that the responsible person will be held accountable for the mistakes that were made. If you have ever been a victim and sustained a personal injury, contact legal help as soon as possible and seek the proper burn compensation or other personal injury compensation.

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