Making A Car Accident Compensation Claim

If you have suffered an injury in a car accident which was clearly the fault of the other party, you may be entitled to file a compensation claim.

Irrespective of whether you were driving the car, a passenger in the car or a pedestrian hit by the car, you have a right to be compensated for all your medical expenses, lost income, lost potential future income and other related expenses that are directly related to the car accident. How much compensation you can claim will depend on your specific injuries/ circumstances, but you can find more on car accident claim compensation amounts further down the page.

Car accident claims

What Should I Do After A Car Accident?

Doing the following after the car accident will help you create a stronger case so that you can get the maximum compensation for your personal injury claim:

Even if the car damage looks minor and the injuries look like they are very mild and do not require immediate medical treatment, it is still advisable to call the police to the scene of the accident so you can get an official record of everything.

At a later date, when you can, get a copy of the official police report and keep it with you. This report will contain several important details that could help you when filing your claim for compensation successfully. In clear cut cases of where the fault lies, the report may also include the police officer’s opinion of who was responsible for the accident.

Documentation Pertaining To The Car Accident Claim

Make notes about the accident as soon as you are able to. Include as many details as you can, even those that may seem insignificant at the time. You will need to maintain all documentation and receipts that are associated with the accident. This could include:

Photographs of the vehicle and of the accident scene

Photographs of your injuries immediately after the accident

Memos, prescription orders and receipts related to your medical care, including X-Rays and details of visits to the physical therapist, family doctor, emergency room or chiropractor. Make sure the necessary documentation is signed and dated. You do not want it dismissed on a technical error.

Keep receipts of all miscellaneous costs that you incurred, which were a direct result of the accident – paying for a taxi service, cost of hiring child care or cancelling airline tickets if you were scheduled to travel.

Letter from your employer verifying your lost work hours and also stating how much income you would have lost.

You should also maintain a daily diary where you record all other details related to the case that cannot otherwise be substantiated with receipts. For example, if you are undergoing treatment at the hospital, write down all details of how you got there and back, what the treatment involved and how long it took as well as the discomfort and pain you had to go through.

Keep a record of your emotional state on most days. Mention all of the difficulties you have to overcome on a daily basis. All of this will help strengthen your case and get you the compensation you deserve especially if you are suffering from long-term effects.

How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Car Accident Injury?

The amount of compensation you can claim for a car accident injury can vary drastically, as with most types of accident claims. This is simply because realistically not every car accident injury is the same. The best approach to getting an accurate assessment on the amount of compensation you could claim for an injury is to speak with us, or a solicitor of your choosing.

Speaking to us however whether by phone or through our chat feature will help us to determine what injuries and other possible effects you might have suffered from the car accident. Most of our initial calls by phone take around 5 – 10 minutes. We can then more accurately estimate what car accident compensation you could be entitled to, and should you like us to take your car accident claim on (there’s no obligation) we can then proceed further.

Car Accident Claims Calculator

 Although the car accident claims calculator can guide you to how much compensation you can claim for a car accident injury, the figures should be taken as a guide only.

For an more accurate and detailed evaluation of your car accident claim please use the Live Chat feature, phone our solicitors on 0800 6524 881, or you can fill in the Call Back form on the page and we can call you back at a convenient time for you. Most phone calls take on average 5 – 10 minutes. It’s free to call and there is no obligation to start a claim with us.

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*Estimates are based upon the severity of the injury and should be used as a guide only.

Average Compensation Claim Amounts

Below is a table that displays the average compensation amounts for various injury claims including car accident claims. The description acts as a guide to show how the different compensation amounts for various areas of the body that have been affected can vary depending on the severity of the injuries.

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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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.

Why Choose Our Personal Injury Solicitors?

If you are planning on filing a car accident compensation claim, and you should, it is always a good idea to have a solicitor representing you for several reasons.

First and foremost, with a solicitor by your side, the car insurance company will not be so quick to tempt you with a dismal settlement in exchange for dismissing the case.

Many car insurance companies make their money off coercing accident victims into entering a quick settlement instead of dragging the case in court. While this may seem like a good offer at the time, the truth is, what they offer is likely to be far lower than what you are entitled to and what you will eventually get if you file an accident compensation claim.

The Law Society itself has a page here that explains why you should think twice about accepting the first offer you’re made.

Another reason for hiring a personal injury solicitor is that they are experienced and will know exactly how to present your case and what factors to include in the presentation so that you get the highest compensation possible.

With decades of experience in personal injury claims such as car accidents and whiplash claims, our solicitors are experts in No Win No Fee claims. Besides our excellent reputation for our expertise we are a law firm that cares about our clients and provide a service that is second to none.

We provide any potential clients a free initial consultation where they will receive confidential legal advice about the injury claim that you would like to pursue, with absolutely no obligation to assign your claim to us.

Contact us today to start your car accident claim.

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