If my claim for personal injuries was successful what would I be entitled to receive?

If you are successful in your claim for personal injuries* you will be entitled to receive compensation which is composed of General Damages and Special Damages.

What are General Damages?

General Damages cover compensation for pain and suffering resulting from injuries which you sustained in your accident.

The Book of Quantum will provide you with a guide to the damages you may receive. This was produced by the Injuries Board and is intended as a Guideline as to the likely compensation for a particular injury. This book only reflects compensation for pain and suffering which is supported by appropriate medical evidence.

An assessment of general damages has a number of components, covering some or all of the following:

• A sum to compensate for pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life

• Specific losses such as past loss of earnings and medical bills

• Future cost of medical care

You can view the updated Book of Quantum here.

What are Special Damages?

However every claim is unique and will be decided on its merits and of course does not deal with the financial losses associated with an accident such as loss of income, medical expenses incurred etc.

Special Damages are any expenses that you have incurred as a result of an accident. Special Damages cover areas such as loss of earnings, medical expenses, out of pocket expenses and vehicle damage costs. In serious cases there may also be future loss of earnings, future expenses etc.

How is loss of income calculated?

Loss of earnings into the future caused by the injury A claim will be assessed in its entirety including all components appropriate to the case that have been vouched


*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.