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Valuing General Damages

Alexia Simeoni

Posted by Alexia Simeoni | Solicitor
On 16th February 2018

Thousands of people have suffered a personal injury as a direct result of an accident due to no fault of their own. A claim can be made against the negligent party for monetary compensation; this compensation exists to put claimants back in the position they would have been, had their accident not taken place.

Claimants are entitled to be compensated for Pain and Suffering and ‘Loss of Amenity’ (‘PSLA’), commonly known as General Damages. The pain and suffering element of the award aims to compensate claimants for physical and psychological symptoms. The loss of amenity compensates claimants for loss of enjoyment of life or a reduction in ability to perform everyday tasks.

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Accidents at work can have catastrophic and life changing impacts

Posted by Rachel Steel | Legal Executive
On 2nd February 2018

Latest statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that in the year 2016/17 there were:

1.3 million working people suffering from a work-related illness
2,542 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2015)
137 workers killed at work
609,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey
70,116 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR
31.2 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
£14.9 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2015/16)

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