Involved in an accident? Are you aware of your legal rights in Cyprus?
Personal Injury is a term used for an injury to body and/or mind and/or emotions caused by the negligent conduct of another party. In Cyprus, personal Injury claims are regulated under the Civil Wrong Law, CAP 148. This legislation mostly follows the principles of English Law and covers negligence, personal injury and any other harm, wrongfully caused by one person to other.
MOST COMMON TYPES OF PERSONAL INJURIES
The most common types of accident in Cyprus are:
- Accidents in the workplace;
- Road Traffic Accidents;
- Clinical / Medical Negligence Accidents;
- Occupiers liability Accidents;
- Slips, Trips and Falls
Many Cypriot citizens do not have a full understanding of their legal rights and of their ability to proceed with court proceedings in case of an accident. If it’s proven that the damage the injured party suffered is caused by another’s party liability, and the injured party experienced financial loss due to this injury, then the injured party is entitled to monetary compensation.
TYPES OF DAMAGES
There are two types of Compensatory damages in Cyprus:
- General Damages: These are not measurable damages such as bodily harm, emotional and psychological harm, pain and suffering, loss of amenity, damage to private and family life.
- Emotional and Psychological harm: Includes things like mental anguish, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, fear, anger, humiliation, anxiety, and shock. Mental pain and suffering is basically any kind of negative emotion that a victim suffers as a result of the physical pain and harm of the accident.
- Pain and Suffering: Includes the physical and mental injury that the victim is suffering not only from the date of the accident but also detrimental effects that the victim is likely to suffer in the future.
- Loss of Amenity: Relates directly to the non-financial impact the injury has on the victim’ social and family life and their ability to do their job.
- Special Damages: These are measurable damages such as loss of earnings, medical expenses, travel expenses and any financial expenses incurred directly linked to the injury. They represent the actual monetary damages that lead to the victim’s financial loss.
HOW TO MEASURE YOUR COMPENSATION
For General Damages, there is not an exact measure of calculating damages, as the reaction of every victim in an accident is unique. Therefore, the victim’s compensation depends on the type and the severity of the injury and the impact on the victim.
On the other hand, calculating Special Damages is a more straightforward procedure as it takes into consideration the actual expenses the victim experienced as a result of the accident. Any future expenses such as medical care or loss of income directly linked to the injury, are also considered.
DO YOU HAVE A PERSONAL INJURY CASE?
If you were a victim of an accident due to someone else’s negligence, which caused you to experience financial loss, either due to payment of medical bills or due to your inability to work, then you probably have a personal injury case and you can seek compensation.
Please keep in mind that there are types of injuries that may not be immediately noticeable and it may be take days, weeks or months after the accident to realize that you have been injured. Pay attention to your health and always visit a doctor immediately after an accident.
The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter and does not constitute a legal advice.