compensation is a financial award and can be paid for all sorts of reasons including:
- To recognise the injuries, physical and mental, caused by someone’s negligence or as a result of a violent crime
- In certain circumstances, for past or future lost earnings or other expenses
- For losses you have suffered because a person or organisation has broken a contract they have made with you
- To recognise the fact that someone has ruined the enjoyment of your property by behaving in an unreasonable way e.g. a tree root from a neighbour’s garden has damaged your house or the owners of a neighbouring factory allow noisy machinery to interfere with your sleep.