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General Damages

This term covers amounts awarded to an injured person which cannot be calculated in financial term eg. compensation for physical injuries, pain and suffering, loss of amenity and certain other items.

The amounts awarded are assessed by the trial judge taking into account various factors including of course the nature and seriousness of the injury and any ongoing pain, suffering or discomfort.

Personal factors such as age and occupation are considered including how the injury affects or interrupts employment. An amount may sometimes be awarded if it considered that the injured person has been disadvantaged in the labour market. This situation arises where, although the claimant may not have lost his job as a result of his injuries, it is considered that should he lose his job in the future, the injuries would make it more difficult for him to find alternative employment.

The impact of the injuries on hobbies, leisure activities and domestic responsibilities would also be taken into account.

The judge will consider amounts awarded in previous similar claims although no two claims are the same. When using precedents in this way inflation has to be taken into account.

Damages which can specifically calculated in financial terms are dealt with separately - see Special Damages.

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Accident in Supermarket
Mrs H was shopping for a small fold out table in a Supermarket. She reached to take one when the stack collapsed falling onto her right foot. X-rays to her foot showed no fracture but she was still forced to use crutches for a few weeks afterwards.

Within 6 months of being instructed Cooks had obtained a settlement offer of £2,000.00 which Mrs H was delighted to accept. She said
"My Granddaughter found your website and recommended you to me. Thank you for all your efforts for my accident claim, I appreciate your kindness. I received my cheque today and will be taking my grandchildren away on holiday with the money you recovered for me"
Mrs H from Devon

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Examples of Compensation Awards for Injury Claims*
Serious Back Injury
Wrist Injury
Serious Neck Injury
Serious Hand Injury
Ankle Injury
Serious Knee Injury
Serious Head Injury

*damages for loss of earnings and other losses and expenses are commonly paid in addition to the injury award and will vary in each case