Calculating A Personal Injury Claim

When you file a personal injury claim, one of the most important things you would want to know is how much compensation can I claim and to get a good idea it helps to know how the compensation is calculated. This is not always Calculating Personal Injury Claimstraightforward or simple, especially if you’re suffering with an injury.

We’ve provided various examples below of what some claims may be worth, but as amounts can vary due to individual circumstances we suggest contacting us to discuss your injury in confidence with one of our solicitors or expert advisors who’ll be able to provide a more accurate assessment.

There are various different forms of personal injury actions that range from  Road Traffic accidents to Medical Negligence. The general rule is that all of these forms of action pursue the same approach.

There are a few different factors that have to be considered when making a compensation calculation, which make it quite complicated. Making it even more difficult is the fact that all personal injury claims do not fall under a single branch of litigation. However, no matter how trying you find it, it is important to try and determine at least a “ballpark figure” as this could have a bearing on the outcome of your case.

How A Personal Injury Claim Is Calculated

The amount of compensation is usually directly proportional to the extent of injury that the pursuer has suffered. This generally means, the more severe your injury, the higher the amount of compensation you would expect to receive.

Your personal injury solicitor will calculate an approximate figure based on two factors – the severity of your injury and any mental and emotional repurcussions of the injury. If you haven’t already found a solicitor then please contact us to speak with one of ours. An initial consultation is free and there’s no obligation to use our legal firm following the consultation.

The following kinds of personal injury compensation will allow you to get a basic understanding on how this is done so that you can calculate a rough estimate of your personal injury claim.

Different Kinds Of Personal Injury Compensation

  1. Solatium/General Damages

General Damages are the damages that relate to the pain and suffering of an individual. In Scotland, general damages are referred to as ‘Solatium’. Strange though it may sound, there is actually a kind of ‘price list’ that has been created by our legal system. They use this price list as a kind of reference when calculating compensation for different kinds of injuries and diseases.

Although the figures mentioned are not the exact amount, there is a usual trend of asking for compensation within a certain band. The following are examples of the average amounts usually asked for while calculating different kinds of personal injury claims. For expert advice on what the true value of your claim could be worth you should contact a personal injury solicitor.

  • Compensation Amounts for Head Injuries

Any injury to the head is a major concern, especially as it also puts the brain at high risk of injury. A person suffering from minor head injury and no injury to the brain, may be entitled to claim compensation in the region of about £3,000 to £6,000. However, major damage to the head and brain can result in compensation that is upwards of £20,000.

There is no upper limit to compensation for brain damage. It usually depends on the extent of the damage.

  • Compensation Amounts for Mental or Psychological Injury

The amount of compensation that can be claimed for a mental injury will depend on the degree of “harm”. If the psychological harm is deemed to be temporary and the prognosis is that everything will return to normal soon, a typical claim of an amount between £4,000 and £10,000 isn’t unusal.

For mental and psychological injuries that are more severe or permanent, the compensation can approach up to £50,000.

  • Compensation Amounts for Injury to the Upper Body

Minor wounds to the upper body area (which includes the neck and the shoulders) can warrant compensation in the region of £4,000 to £6,000. More serious injuries may result in successful claims for above £10,000.

  • Compensation Amounts for Back Injury

Back injuries can be extremely painful  and debilitating. Moreover, there is a high risk of spine damage when the back is injured. This could result in severe mobility restrictions or in extreme circumstances, paralysis. Compensation for back injuries could range from £6,000 to £20,000.

  • Compensation Amounts for Injuries to the Arms, Hands or Wrists

The tricky part with injuries to the arms, hands or wrists is that it can be difficult to calculate the potential loss that can be suffered by the person after getting injured in these areas. It is not uncommon for less severe injuries to fetch in the region of £3,000 – £5,000, meanwhile an injury that leads to a permanent form of disability or loss could lead to compensation in the region of £10,000 – £30,000.

  • Compensation Amounts for Lower Body Injury

The lower body area will include any kind of injury to the ankles, the knees, the hips and the legs. As in most other cases, the seriousness of the injury will help to determine the amount of compensation that can be claimed by the injured party.

Recovery claims for less serious injury that have a good chance of recovery can reach between £3,000 and £10,000. More serious injuries that lead to a permanent disability, loss of use or constant pain could potentially reach  upto £25,000.

  1. Claims For Loss of Earning

The law has been framed in such a way that if an injured person cannot continue to work due to the injury, they can ask for damages as a way of being compensated for the loss of income.

Personal Injury solicitors usually consult with medical professionals in order to determine the amount of time that their client would require to recover from the injury and how long before they would be well enough to go back to work. Based on this time, both during the pendency of the case as well as after, an amount is put forth to the court as fair compensation that should be awarded.

  1. Expenses that are ‘Out of Pocket’

Any out of pocket expense includes all expenses that are made during the process of getting the injuries taken care of. So any transportation costs, extra living costs and other incidentals that were incurred while addressing the injury will be counted as out of pocket expenses.

  1. Services Compensation

Services compensation is given to people who have been badly injured and require an extra level of care by any professional service for their care. In some cases, this compensation is even given to family members who need to take care of the needs of the individual who has been in the accident.

  1. Loss of Society

This category of compensation will only apply to a few people such as those who have lost a spouse, a child or a parent.

If there is an accident which results in the death of a close family member, the remaining members of the family may be able to ask for a certain sum as compensation for this loss. Usually, the amount claimed is calculated using a particular formula by the solicitors.

  1. Loss of Support

If a member who provided financially for the family dies, the rest of the family may ask for compensation as a way of repayment for this loss of financial support. For example, if a man who is the sole earner in the family passes away, his wife and children could ask for compensation under this category.

How Much Personal Injury Compensation Can I Claim?

As we have shown above, you can calculate to a degree how much compensation you might get for different kinds of personal injury claims. These could be for various accident claims such as work accident claims, car accident claims, whiplash claims, and so forth. Below is a table of figures that displays example personal injury compensation amounts that a claim might bring.

Part of BodySeverityCompensation AmountComments
Achilles InjuryMild to Severe£5,250 - £30,050Severely damaged or severed muscle that's causing restriction and/or disability to the weaker ankle muscles.
Ankle InjuryMild to Severe£10,250 - £53,050Dislocation, deformation, disfigurement, possibly an operation is needed - sprained or broken ankle.
Arm InjuryExtremely Severe£74,150 - £227,200This range of compensation covers the amputation of both complete arms, the amputation of a single arm, or whether an arm is amputated partially or completely. Future restrictions will also be considered.
Arm InjuryModerate to Severe£30,050 - £99,700For major restriction and disability present in one or both the arms and causes significant pain and suffering.
Arm InjuryMild£4,450 - £30,200The range shown is set for persons who have suffered a restriction in movement and/or disability in the arms but who will recover.
Back InjuryExtremely Severe£29,700 - £123,250Severe injury to the upper or lower back, possibly causing paralysis or any relating issues to organs in the lower parts of the body.
Back InjuryModerate to Severe£8,700 - £30,700This range of compensation amounts might cover ligaments or the soft tissue on the back, any constant pain and /or any discomfort.
Back InjuryMild£300 -
£9,800
For soft tissue, a slipped disc, any muscle pain would receive this amount of injury compensation.
Ear InjuryExtremely Severe£69,050 - £108,450Complete loss of hearing because of the injury.
Ear InjuryModerate to Severe£22, 250 - £34,450Complete hearing loss in one of the ears. The final compensation amount will depend on how the hearing loss affects the person.
Ear InjuryMild£4,250 - £37,450This range of compensation is awarded for hearing loss in one or both ears and for those that now suffer with tinnitus because of the injury or the work environment.
Elbow InjuryExtremely Severe£29,150 - £42,200Total restriction in elbow movement that has now caused a disability or that has needed surgery.
Elbow InjuryModerate to Severe£11,350 - £23,850Because of the injury to the elbow there is now restriction of movement in the arm.
Elbow InjuryMild£3,050 - £9,700An injury to the elbow that is mild to moderate which now causes pain but total movement will be possible.
Eye InjuryExtremely Severe£81,150 - £205,250Loss of sight in one eye and some loss in the other, or loss of sight in both eyes will receive the maximum compensation.
Eye InjuryModerate to Severe£7,050 - £49,350This range of injury compensation is awarded with very restricted vision in a single eye or loss of sight in one eye.
Eye InjuryMild£1,550 - £7,550Pain in an eye, vision problems or temporary loss of vision in an eye.
Face InjuryExtremely Severe£15,350 - £73,150Facial disfigurement and scarring might warrant somewhere in this range of injury compensation. The severity of the injury shall determine how much compensation is awarded.
Face InjuryModerate to Severe£12,150 - £27,250This compensation range cover fractures and breaks to the facial area, for example the nose.
Face InjuryMild£1,650 - £12,300These amounts cover scarring. Please note that men tend to receive lower compensation than women.
Finger InjuryMild to Severe£370 -
£69,300
This range covers the amputation of fingers or a broken finger which should mend completely.
Foot InjuryExtremely Severe£64,050 - £152,700This range covers the amputation of one or both feet and how it might affect the persons life.
Foot InjuryModerate to Severe£18,450 - £52,850Severe injury to one or both feet that causes restriction, fractures or disability to the foot.
Foot InjuryMild£5,250 - £11,000Covering injury to a foot that will recover.
Hand InjuryExtremely Severe£46,250 - £151,200This range of compensation amounts shall cover the amputation of one or both hands or if a hand is made completely useless due to the injury.
Hand InjuryModerate to Severe£22,450 - £47,700Unable to use a hand properly and/ or disfigurement to fingers.
Hand InjuryMild£695 -
£22,295
Soft tissue damage, ractures, cuts and surgery will warrant this range of injury compensation.
Head InjuryExtremely Severe£215,050 - £310,050Victims who are unresponsive due to severe brain damage and are unresponsive or what might be referred to as a vegetative state.
Head InjuryModerate to Severe£12,450 - £200,050Lost feeling in limbs, change in personality and/ or a mental disability.
Head InjuryMild£1,450 - £9,450Head injuries which haven't caused brain damage but might still have lasting effects.
Knee InjuryExtremely Severe£39,650 - £72,920Disability because of a knee injury, major damage to muscles, muscle wastage and soft tissue damage.
Knee InjuryModerate to Severe£20,200 - £33,150Disability because of a knee injury, damage to the muscle, cartilage, soft tissue, that causes pain and suffering.
Knee InjuryMild£4,700 - £19,550A knee injury which is painful but the knee will recover in time so it has a full and normal working function.
Leg InjuryExtremely Severe£75,050 - £214,950Amputation of one or both legs. The compensation range also takes into consideration should the leg have been amputated below or above the knee.
Leg InjurySerious-Moderate£21,700 - £104,050Injuries to the leg which has caused restriction in movement and disability that might have a life long prognosis.
Leg InjuryMild£1,750 - £17,850Leg fractures, brakes or soft tissue damage which has affected the muscle and has caused great pain and discomfort.
Neck InjuryExtremely Severe£35,450 - £112, 400Very severe neck injuries, those causing movement problems to other parts of the body.
Neck InjuryModerate to Severe£29,550 - £42,250Neck fractures, causing pain when moving, causing stiffness and inability to use the full movement of the persons neck.
Neck InjuryMild£1,750 -
£ 6,150
Whiplash type injuries, can depend on the length of time the injury lasts, how painful the injury is and what the long-term prognosis is.
Shoulder InjuryExtremely Severe£9,450 - £36,950Paralysis, limb numbness, restriction in movement because of the injury in the neck and shoulder.
Shoulder InjuryModerate to Severe£6,200 - £9,700Neck tissue damage that might last for a considerable length of time and that restricts the movement in the eersons arm and elbow.
Shoulder InjuryMild£355 -
£6,750
Damage to soft tissue that should recover within the year or slighly longer, and causes or has caused moderate pain.
Toe InjurySevere - Mild£4,450 - £43,200Covers the amputation of the victims big toe or several other toes.
Wrist InjurySevere - Mild£2,500 - £44,450The wrist isn't able to function because of the injury but the prognosis says the wrist will recover fully.

*All figures in the table above are estimated and should be used only as a guide as each individual personal injury claim is different to the next. How much compensation you might get for your personal injury claim may differ from the figures shown so call us today to get a more accurate evaluation.

Update: 29th July 2016.

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