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What is gratuitous care?

Gratuitous care refers to the type of care that is usually received by a claimant from their family or friends following an accident. In the majority of cases, a person who administers gratuitous care is somebody who tends to normal household and domestic tasks. This type of care is recognised as gratuitous because no money is paid for it.

The duties covered under gratuitous care vary greatly and include activities such as accompanying the injured person to medical assessments and appointments, running errands for them, helping to take care of children, driving for them and helping with household chores. There is no exhaustive list of duties that may be performed under this term, and any activity that the injured person cannot complete themselves might be performed by a person offering gratuitous care.

It may be possible to claim compensation if you have acted as a carer who has given gratuitous care to an injured person. The claim would form part of the compensation claim made by the injured party and helps the carer to recover costs for lost time, potential loss of earnings and the cost of the care that they have provided. Because claims for gratuitous care are not made by the carer directly, any compensation awarded for this will be paid to the injured claimant, and they will need to forward this on to their carer. Caregivers can only expect to receive such settlement amounts at the end of a case as no sums for gratuitous care will be paid until the case is complete.