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Things Included in Special Damages

Things Included in Special Damages

When someone is awarded compensation after making a medical negligence claim, part of their settlement will include special damages.

What are special damages?

Special damages reflect the actual financial loss you have incurred because of the negligence. This can cover a large range of losses, including the cost of:

  • Medical care and medication
  • Travelling to receive medical care
  • Your loved ones travelling to visit you in hospital/take you to medical appointments
  • Taking time off work

There are also other things that can be included in your special damages. These are not so obvious and you may not be aware that they can be incorporated into your claim. For example, you can claim for the cost of your past, present and future needs, such as the cost of:

  • Adaptations needed to accommodation and surroundings e.g. moving to a bungalow, fitting a stair lift, replacing the bathroom with a wet room
  • Changes needed to vehicle/other transport needs e.g. swapping a manual car for an automatic care, adapting a car
  • Aid and equipment required e.g. wheelchair, special mattress, walking aids
  • Your loss of earnings due to change in occupational status e.g. loss of job, reduced hours, loss of pension
  • Your loss of ability to holiday and perform leisure activities e.g. hobbies, travel, usual holiday activities
  • You loss of ability to perform domestic activities e.g. gardening, washing, cleaning, shopping, cooking, DIY, childcare
  • Your loss of ability to perform everyday living activities e.g. standing, sitting, walking, sleeping
  • Care provided by loved ones e.g. a spouse, parent or other family member

Your solicitor may ask an occupational therapist to write a report on you and your injuries. This will detail the costs you will incur during your rehabilitation process, which may be long-term. This report will help your solicitor accurately assess the value of your claim, ensuring you receive the correct sum of money at the end of the case.

General damages

Along with special damages, your compensation settlement will also include a sum for general damages. General damages are intended to reflect the physical and psychological injuries you have experienced as a result of the negligence. Your solicitor may also obtain reports on these areas, but they will be written by a medical expert rather than an occupational therapist.

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