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What are Special Damages?

Personal injury special damages are additional elements of a personal injury claim that that may form part of any claim for personal injuries compensation submitted to the Injuries Board Ireland. They cover any expenses you have incurred directly from an accident sustained through the negligence of another and any loss of earnings due to your injuries preventing you from being able to work.

Personal injury special damages for expenses you have incurred have to be supported on your application form to the Injuries Board Ireland with receipts and invoices. Expenses can include any cost of medical treatment, transport fares to attend appointments and could also include vehicle damage. In claims for compensation following a fatality, costs such as funeral expenses would also be counted as personal injury special damages.

Personal injury special damages for loss of earnings is calculated by taking your net monthly salary, multiplying it by twelve and then dividing it by fifty-two for the number of weeks you have been unable to work. Any sickness pay or welfare benefit you receive is deducted from the calculation, which can also be forward planned to include any anticipated future loss of earnings.

How to Claim Personal Injury Special Damages

As the guidelines provided by the Injuries Board Ireland are not clear on what qualifies as personal injury special damages, it is always in your best interests to speak with an experienced solicitor at the earliest possible opportunity, rather than incur an expense which you are later unable to recover. Of course, your priority after any accident should be attending to your injury, but once your health issues have been resolved, you should contact a solicitor.

Your solicitor will first of all establish that you have a personal injury claim that is worth your while to pursue, and then go through how your injuries have affected your quality of life and ability to work. You will discuss costs you have already incurred, and those that you may still experience, in order that your solicitor can compile a list of personal injury special damages that you will be able to claim for.

This list will be submitted with your application form to the Injuries Board Ireland either by post or online – in which case the receipts for costs you have incurred and documents supporting your loss of earnings will have to be uploaded also. This may all sound a little daunting at a time when you have just experienced a traumatic event in your life, and so we have established a legal claims advice helpline to provide guidance with this process.

Professional Personal Injury Special Damages Advice

If you have been involved in an accident for which you were not to blame, and intend making a claim for personal injury compensation, it is always in your best interests to have the assistance of a specialist personal injury solicitor. This is even more important when it comes to personal injury special damages – which in some cases can exceed an injury compensation settlement in value.

By calling our legal claims advice helpline, you will be able to discuss the special damages you are entitled to claim with an experience personal injury claims solicitor. We will be able to give you practical and helpful advice about personal injury special damages and offer information about how you can maximise the value of your personal injury claim.

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What to Expect When You Call

We understand the importance of ensuring the maximum amount of personal injury special damages is claimed for. To omit or overlook any item may well leave you under-compensated for your personal injury and result in financial hardship in the future.

Therefore, when you call our legal claims advice helpline we want to hear as much as possible about the circumstances surrounding your injury, the treatment you have been receiving and also the impact that the injuries have made to your quality of life.

This information will enable us to assess your claim, calculate how much personal injury compensation you should be entitled to claim and start to compile a list of personal injury special damages you are entitled to receive.

We are also happy to answer any questions you may have about personal injury special damages and the process for claiming them, and provide advice about making a claim for personal injury compensation in general.

You are under no obligation to act on our advice or proceed with a claim for personal injury compensation once you have called our legal claims advice helpline, but it will be to your advantage to call us sooner rather than later.

All claims for personal injury compensation have a time-line, at the end of which your entitlement to claim expires and you could lose all the compensation due to you. Therefore, call us today or complete your contact details in the call-back box below and one of our experienced solicitors will get back in touch with you.