There are two main categories of compensation that you can recover in a medical negligence claim, which are:

1. General Damages

‘General Damages’ is compensation awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity. Simply, this means the inability to complete activities, either temporarily or permanently, after the injury sustained from the negligent medical care, which could be undertaken before, such as being unable to undertake certain hobbies or pastimes.

2. Special Damages

‘Special Damages’ are designed to compensate you for the financial losses and expenses incurred as a result of your injury. The aim is to put you back in the financial position you would have been in, had the medical negligence not occurred.

A person who has experienced an injury or ill-health has a duty to take reasonable steps to minimise their losses and/or expenses.

More information on General Damages and Special Damages can be found here.