The aim of compensation is to put you in the same position had your accident not occurred. Therefore you can claim for:
- Damage to property
- Loss of earnings if you are unable to work as a result of your accident
- Medical costs including transport to and from medical appointments – hospital visits, physiotherapy for example
- Cost of care provided by friends or family members
- The pain you suffered – the amount you receive will depend on the severity of your injuries and how long you suffered the consequences
- If your injuries are serious you may need to claim for the loss of future earnings if you are not able to return to work or if you return to work to a lower paid job
- Other future costs such as adapting your home to deal with a disability and aids to help you with any problems.
Provided that your claim is successful you may be entitled to have your costs paid by the other side, however if you lose you could be liable for both your costs and theirs. You may therefore be advised to take out insurance to cover any potential liability. Your solicitor will advise you accordingly regarding the cost of your claim and ways to minimise it, along with all other aspects.