We receive numerous inquiries regarding the type and amount of
compensation that can be claimed in Spain after a road traffic
accident, a fall in a shop or office, a stumble in the street due to a
pavement in poor condition etc. This is what is known as PERSONAL
INJURY. This is a matter of vital importance because the compensations
that we could ask or claim for could be very high.

As per
Spanish Law, we can also say that there is an obligation to compensate
the damage caused by a negligent acts or omissions.

depending on the country and its legislation, there would be a deadline
to start a legal action requesting compensation; therefore, it is very
important that when suffering any damage caused by another, we contact
our lawyer or solicitor to determine the legal deadlines applicable and
the next legal steps to be taken.

In general personal injuries
in Spain are compensated and determined per the R.D.L. 8/2004 (Ley
sobre responsabilidad civil y seguro en la circulación de vehículos a
motor) Law of civil liability and motor vehicles insurances and the
amounts are annually updated; for this year it was reviewed on the 20th
of January 2011 by the Direction of General Insurance.

Spanish Law, compensation to be received is set and fixed according to
the objective criteria fixed in the said RDL 8/2004, so for example the
compensation for a death will depend on the age of the victim, number
of descendants, etc., and the amount will vary according to other
circumstances such as income of the deceased, siblings, dependants, ,

In reference to permanent damages suffered as the result of
injuries, these are ruled by a points system set out in the RDL 8 /
2004 and the compensation for each point is updated annually and
increases with the number of points and the seriousness of the injury.
Also it includes a valuation for what is known as temporary disability
days (necessary time to heal), for 2011 the value of one hospital day
is of 67, 98 € per day, other days out of the hospital but without
being able to develop the normal life or activity are set at 55, 27
Euros per day and the rest of the days (those where you have a normal
life) are set at 29,75 Euros per day; these quantities could be
increased according to the income level of the injured.

example a man of 19 years old who suffered an accident caused by a
window falling in a shop and who lost part of his nose and remained in
the hospital for 2 days and has to take 20 days of sick leave without
being able to work, and with an annual salary of 15,000 Euros, could
claim for a compensation as the following:

First the partial loss of his nose (permanent injury) is valued from 5 to 25 points.
there is also a slight cosmetic injury this will be valued separately
from 1 to 6 points; so we could say that this injury could reach a
maximum valuation of 31 points.
For a damage of 31 points the compensation per point would be 1,601.10 Euros .
into account that this could be increased up to 10% for economic damage
and considering the annual net income of this example, the compensation
could be as much as 1601.10 Euros x 31x 10% = 54,594.10Euros.

for the days that he will need to be in the hospital without having a
normal life, he would be able to claim: 2 days of hospital 2x 67.98
Euros per day, plus 20 days x 55.27 Euros per day, plus 10% economic
damage in this case, = 1,365.49 Euros .

This makes an approximate compensation (without going into any other criteria that could change it) of about 55,959.59 Euros .

Should you suffer any kind of accident in Spain and you need our legal assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The information provided on this article is not intended to be legal advice, but merely conveys general information related to legal issues.

White & Baos
Carlos Baos (Lawyer 5756)
Tel: 966 426 185
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