Alma Law is a bespoke, client focused and ethical firm of personal injury solicitors. We dedicate ourselves to helping people who have suffered serious injuries to rebuild their lives. We deliver a high-quality service to ensure that each and every one of our deserving clients receives the very best advice and support. We are very proud to say that the vast majority of our work comes through recommendations by our own clients.
“Thank you so much again, you have changed my life”
We know that bringing a personal injury claim can be daunting so we offer sophisticated, modern and affordable solutions. We embrace technology and communicate with you quickly and succinctly. Our correspondence with you is devoid of legal jargon and delivered in a method preferred by you, the client, whether that be by telephone, email, text messaging, WhatsApp, Facetime and Law Connect, which is our cloud based document management system. We can visit you at home, at hospital, at work – whenever and wherever is best for you. From the outset, we will give our opinion on your prospects of success, the likely value of your claim, how long it could take to resolve and the probable cost involved.
If you suffer a serious injury you must expect excellence; you will get that from Alma Law.
What is Compensation?
Personal injury compensation is the money that will be paid to you by the losing Defendant, either by agreement or, when ordered by a Court. Compensation is made up of General Damages for your injuries and Special Damages for your financial losses, past and future.
i. General Damages
General Damages covers several heads of loss, the main one of which is an award of money to compensate you for your pain, your suffering and your loss of amenity.
The amount of General Damages will vary, and no two cases are the same so assessing the appropriate award is not an exact science. Some examples:
- Paraplegia £192,090 to £249,270
- An above knee amputation of one leg £91,910 to £120,530
- Complete loss of sight in one eye £43,200 to £48,080
There are several additional heads of loss which fall under General Damages. These can include any handicap in the labour market caused by your injuries and the loss of congenial employment, often claimed by injured serviceman to account for the loss of a much-loved military career.
ii. Financial Losses
Whereas General Damages are based upon medical expert opinion, past and future financial losses, called ‘Special Damages’, are mostly fact based and provided you have gathered the evidence, they can be easier to prove and calculate. A Claimant is able to claim the reasonable expenses which have been incurred or will incur as a direct consequence of the accident and injuries. A non-exhaustive list of special damages is as follows:
- Paid and unpaid care and assistance
- Loss of earnings and pension
- Travel expenses
- Medication and medical aids and appliances
- Home adaptations
- Loss of domestic skills such as DIY and gardening
Sadly, we can’t turn back the clock and so the purpose of compensation in a personal injury claim is to restore you, so far as is possible, to the position you would have been in had the accident not occurred.