Special damages refers to the compensation a claimant receives for financial losses.
Unlike general damages compensation (which is calculated with reference to a set of tariffs that sets out awards for different injuries), special damages relate directly to the financial losses that a specific claimant has incurred following their injury.
Special damages could include:
- Lost wages,
- Treatment costs,
- Travel costs, or,
- Property damage
For example, two claimants who both sustain very similar back injuries in a road accident would receive the same general damages, but they could each receive different special damages compensation, depending on their individual circumstances.
See: General damages
Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher
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