Pain, Suffering, and Loss of Amenity (PSLA) | Definition
When making a persona injury claim, a claimant is not technically compensated for the physical injury itself. General damages compensation is actually awarded for the loss suffered as a result of that injury, e.g. being unable to lead a full life or to realise your full earnings potential.
Pain, Suffering, and Loss of Amenity (PSLA) is a legal term used to describe the physical and emotional distress that you have experienced as a result of your injury. PSLA can include things like physical pain, discomfort, and limitations in your ability to carry out daily activities.
Loss of Amenity refers to the loss of enjoyment of life as a result of the injury, this may include things like an inability to participate in hobbies or social activities, or a loss of independence.
Both of these elements are considered as part of a claim for personal injury compensation and can be factored into the overall settlement amount.
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