General damages refers to the compensation a claimant receives in recognition of the pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA) they have experienced as a result of their injury. These are sometimes referred to as "non-financial losses".
General damages are calculated with reference to the nature and severity of a claimant's injuries.
See: Special damages
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