Delivering the compensation you deserve.
Compensation is split into three parts, known as ‘heads of damages’. Each part considers what the injured person has already lost, what they might lose or need in the future, and how much they have suffered.
i) General damages
This covers compensation for pain, suffering and the detrimental effect on quality of life – and the courts often calculate the compensation figure using previous cases with a similar injury. The length of time that you are in pain and the effect this will have on your personal life is also assessed. Consideration is given to the unnecessary suffering you will experience – for days, weeks, months or even permanently.
ii) Special damages
This covers compensation for upfront expenses related to the injury and is calculated using a record of expenses incurred – from the moment of the injury until the case has settled. Consideration is given to:
- Travel expenses
- Prescriptions and medical treatment
- Any adaptations required to property
- Additional care and assistance while injured
iii) Special damages for future loss
This covers compensation for loss of earnings in the future, or for the loss of earning potential, and for future care. It is calculated depending on your ability to work or continue studying – and becomes more complicated if you are in education or self-employed, as there is no fixed income.
Consideration is given to:
- Nursing care or therapies
- Special equipment such as prosthetic limbs which need to be replaced every few years
- The fact that you may no longer be able to perform the same jobs you did before, if you can work at all
- Missed career or educational opportunities – such as promotions, new projects or other delayed/lost advancement
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The Personal Injury Team
Navdip Gill Partner
Personal Injury 01908 689338Navdip has been a Partner at Geoffrey Leaver for 10 years. He is based within the Personal Injury department. He has over 20 years of experience in Personal Injury litigation and has built up a strong network with spinal surgeons, neurologists and plastic surgeons.
Sam Seaford Partner
Personal Injury 01908 689349Sam Seaford is a serious and catastrophic personal injury solicitor who has over a decade of experience in handling personal injury claims including but not limited to employer’s liability, road traffic accidents and occupier’s liability claims. Sam has extensive experience in claims against insurance companies, large scale employer’s and their representatives, Councils and the Police. He specialises in high value and complex, pedestrian, motorcycle and cyclist claims.
Anne Maguire Consultant
Personal Injury 01908 689365Anne is a Consultant to the Personal Injury Department. Anne is ranked as a leader in her field by Chamber and Partners Legal Directory. She has more than 30 years’ experience representing clients who have suffered serious brain or life-changing injuries, clinical negligence and fatal accidents.
Kerry Gibbs Litigation Executive
Personal Injury 01908 692769Kerry has worked in the legal industry for over 20 years, in various roles acting on behalf of claimants and defendants. The majority of her experience has been gained in Personal Injury, where she worked her way up to client account manager for a large corporation before specialising in claimant based work.