If you have been injured in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be eligible to make a car accident claim for compensation.
Irrespective of whether you were driving the car, suffered whiplash as a passenger, or are a pedestrian injured in a collision, you could be compensated for your injuries, anxiety, your medical expenses, lost income, lost potential future income, and other related expenses that are directly related to the car accident.
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1. What Should I Do After A Car Accident?
2. How Do I Claim Compensation For Car Accident?
3. What Evidence Do I Need For A Car Accident Claim?
4. How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Car Accident?
5. Car Accident Compensation Calculator
6. Average Compensation Claim Amounts For A Car Accident
7. Is There A Car Accident Claim Time Limit?
8. Why Choose Our Car Accident Claims Solicitors?
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.
More detailed guidance on what to do generally following a car accident can be found on the AA’s website here.
Initially, the car accident claims process can seem daunting. However, we have vast experience in this area of road traffic accident claims and can walk you through the initial stages. This is something we have carried out many times before, almost daily in fact, and our solicitors’ understanding of the legal system will ensure your case is handled in a professional manner. If we conclude after discussing your car accident injury that you do have a good claim for car accident compensation and we take your claim on by way of a No Win No Fe agreement there are a number of actions that need to be taken to proceed.
Firstly, we will arrange a free medical examination in your local area to assess the severity of your injuries and estimated recovery time. In many cases, we are able to obtain early partial compensation payments to cover immediate costs such as physiotherapy if required – which can also be arranged at facilities in your area. The evidence gathering process will involve a full account of the car accident, when it happened, where it happened, and why it happened. We will also assist you in gathering photographs and witness statements where applicable which, together with your medical records, will form the core backbone of evidence as we seek to prove negligence.
The vast majority of car accident injury claims will be settled out of court where there is strong evidence proving negligence and liability. If the defendant seeks an out of court settlement we will discuss with their representatives an appropriate compensation settlement. Where negligence is disputed, or perhaps there is shared negligence with other parties, your case will go before the courts. We have vast experience in court cases, where you may be called to give evidence and rest assured we will be there to support you every step of the way.
Make notes about the road traffic 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 car crash.
• 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 car accident claim that cannot otherwise be substantiated with receipts. For example, if you are an injured motorist undergoing treatment at the hospital for whiplash, 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 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 meaning the car accident claims payouts can vary from case to case. The best approach to getting an accurate assessment on the amount of car crash 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.
The amount of compensation you can claim for a car accident injury will depend on your specific injuries/ circumstances. Although the car crash compensation calculator can guide you to how much compensation you can claim, the figures should be taken as a guide only.
For a 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 compensation claim with us.
Below is a table that displays the average compensation amounts for various injury claims including car accident injury. The description acts as a guide to show how the different compensation payouts for various areas of the body that have been affected can vary depending on the severity of the injuries.
|Part of Body||Severity||Compensation Amount||Comments|
|Achilles Injury||Most Serious||In the vicinity of £36,060||A severed achilles tendon, restricted ankle movement.|
|Achilles Injury||Serious||£23,460 - £28,240||A complete division of the achilles tendon has been repaired succesfully but has left some disability with no further improvement likely.|
|Achilles Injury||Moderate||£11,820 - £19,770||Partial rupture of the achilles tendon/significant injury. Considered factors include treatment required, level of pain and suffering, any disability.|
|Achilles Injury||Mild||£6,820 - £11,820||Some damage to the achilles tendon where support to the ankle may be affected.|
|Ankle Injury||Extremely Severe||£46,980 - £65,420||The most severe ankle injuries that may cause deformity, degeneration of joints, and potentially amputation.|
|Ankle Injury||Moderate to Severe||£12,900 - £46,980||Fractures, extensive treatment, disability are just a few factors that will be considered when calculating the level of compensation for ankle injuries in this bracket.|
|Ankle Injury||Mild||Up to £12,900||Less serious ankle injuries such as ankle fractures, ankle sprains. Factors considered would be amount of recovery time, aching, scarring etc.|
|Arm Injury||Extremely Severe||£90,250 - £281,520||This 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 Injury||Severe||£36,770 - £122,860||For major restriction and disability present in one or both the arms and causes significant pain and suffering.|
|Arm Injury||Less Severe||£18,020 - £36,770||The range shown is set for persons who have suffered a restriction in movement and/or disability in the arms but there is substantial recovery. Simple forearm fractures would expect to be at the lower end of the bracket.|
|Back Injury||Severe||£36,390- £151,070||Severe injury to the upper or lower back, possibly causing paralysis or any relating issues to organs in the lower parts of the body.|
|Back Injury||Moderate||£11,730 - £36,390||This range of compensation amounts might cover a wide range of back injuries such as compression of the lumbar vertebrae, ligament or soft tissue damage, any constant pain and/or any discomfort.|
|Back Injury||Mild||Up to £11,730||For less serious back injuries such as strains and sprains, soft tissue injuries, a slipped disc, muscle pain. Factors such as recovery time and treatment would also be considered.|
|Ear Injury||Extremely Severe||£85,170 - £102,890||Complete loss of hearing because of the injury.|
|Ear Injury||Moderate to Severe||£29,380 - £42,730||Complete hearing loss in one of the ears. The final compensation amount will depend on how the hearing loss affects the person.|
|Ear Injury||Mild||£££'s - £42,730||This 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 Injury||Extremely Severe||£36,770 - £51,460||Total restriction in elbow movement that has now caused a disability or that has needed surgery.|
|Elbow Injury||Less Severe||£14,690 - £30,050||Because of the injury to the elbow there is now restriction of movement in the arm but doesn't cause significant disability and major surgery is not required.|
|Elbow Injury||Mild||Up to - £11,820||An injury to the elbow that is mild to moderate which now causes pain but total movement will be possible.|
|Eye Injury||Extremely Severe||£51,460 - £252,180||Loss of sight in one eye and some loss in the other, or loss of sight in both eyes will receive the maximum compensation.|
|Eye Injury||Moderate to Severe||£8,550 - £51,460||This range of injury compensation is awarded with very restricted vision in a single eye or loss of sight in one eye.|
|Eye Injury||Mild||£2,070 - £8,200||Pain in an eye, vision problems or temporary loss of vision in an eye.|
|Eye Injury||Temporary||£2,070 - £3,710||Temporary eye injuries where full recovery takes but a few weeks.|
|Facial Scarring||Very Severe||£27,940 - £91,350||Facial disfigurement and severe scarring might warrant somewhere in this range of injury compensation. The severity of the injury shall determine how much compensation is awarded.|
|Facial Scarring||Less Severe||£16,860 - £45,440||Facial disfigurement is substantial and there is significant psychological damage.|
|Facial Scarring||Significant||£8,550 - £28,240||Plastic surgery has reduced the worst scarring but not all and any psychological damage is not considered significant.|
|Facial Scarring||Mild to Less Significant||£1,600 - £12,900||These amounts cover what might be considered trivial scars to less severe scarring.|
|Face Injury||Mild to Severe||£2,180 - £34,480||This compensation range covers simple fractures to multiple fractures and breaks to the facial area, for example the nose.|
|Finger Injury||Severe Fractures||Up to - £34,480||This compensation range covers severe fractures where the consequences might include loss/impairment of grip, deformities, partial amputation, reduced mechanical function.|
|Finger Injury||Amputation of Terminal Phalanges to Index/Middle Fingers||In the vicinity of £23,460||Where there is impaired grip, restriction of movement, scarring.
|Finger Injury||Amputation of Ring & Little Fingers||In the vicinity of £20,480||Amputation of ring and little fingers.|
|Finger Injury||Serious Injury to Ring/Middle Fingers||£13,970 - £15,330||Breaks/fractures to ring/middle fingers, serious tendon damage, deformity, permanent loss of grip/dexterity.|
|Finger Injury||Total/Partial Loss of Index Finger||£11,420 - £17,590||The upper end of the range of compensation will likely be paid for the total loss of the finger.|
|Finger Injury||Broken/Fractured Index Finger||£8,550 - £11,490||Where grip remains impaired and pain from heavy use, likelihood of osteoarthritis.|
|Finger Injury||Little Finger Amputation||£8,110 - £11,480||Amputation of a little finger.|
|Finger Injury||Minor||Up to - £4,461||Minor finger injuries e.g. hairline fractures, minor scarring.|
|Foot Injury||Extremely Severe||£78,800 - £189,110||This range covers the amputation of one or both feet and how it might affect the persons life.|
|Foot Injury||Moderate to Severe||£12,900 - £65,710||Severe injury to one or both feet that causes restriction, fractures or disability to the foot.|
|Foot Injury||Mild||Up to £12,900||Covering injury to a foot that will recover.|
|Hand Injury||Extremely Severe||£132,040 - £189,110||This 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 Injury||Very Severe||£90,250 - £102,890||Injuries such as the total or effective loss of one hand that has been crushed and then amputated, or most of the palm and all fingers have been amputated.|
|Hand Injury||Severe||£27,220 - £85,170||Injuries in this range might include finger amputations, major loss in function.|
|Hand Injury||Less Severe||£13,570 - £27,220||Crush injuries to the hand, penetrating wounds, deep lacerations. The upper end of the bracket would be in cases where the claimant has been left unable to use a hand properly.|
|Hand Injury||Moderate||£5,260 - £12,460||Moderate crushing injuries, deep lacerations, penetration wounds.|
|Hand Injury||Minor||Up to £4,461||Minor soft tissue damage, penetration wounds, crush injuries where recovery time is usually 6 months or less.|
|Head Injury||Extremely Severe||£264,650 - £379,100||Victims who are unresponsive due to severe brain damage and are unresponsive or what might be referred to as a vegetative state.|
|Head Injury||Moderately Severe||£205,580 - £264,650||Serverely disabled from brain damage, lost feeling in limbs, change in personality and/or a mental disability.|
|Head Injury||Moderate||£40,410 - £205,580||Cases where memory may be affected with a reduced ability to work to more severe cases where there is no chance of being able to work, change in personality, high risk of epilepsy.|
|Head Injury||Less Severe||£14,380 - £40,410||There may still be some issues such as an affected memory or a slight chance of epilepsy but overall a good recovery has been made. Factors considered include any disability, severity of the original injury.|
|Head Injury||Mild||£2,070 - £11,980||Head injuries which haven't caused brain damage or very minimal brain damage but the head injury might still have lasting effects.|
|Hip/Pelvis Injury||Severest||£73,580 - £122,860||Extremely severe injury involving multiple fractures of the pelvis which leads to other significant disability such as hip deformities, sexual dysfunction.|
|Hip/Pelvis Injury||Severe||£58,100 - £73,580||Very severe injury to the pelvis , examples being fractures and dislocations that may involve issues such as impotence or traumatic myositis ossificans.|
|Hip/Pelvis Injury||Less Severe||£36,770 - £49,270||Injury that leads to degenerative changes, leg instability, problems walking, possible future surgeries.|
|Hip/Pelvis Injury||Significant||£24,950 - £36,770||Severe hip injury but any disability isn't major.|
|Hip/Pelvis Injury||Less Significant||£11,820 - £24,950||Surgery to the hip or hip replacement, continuing symptoms deemed more severe than minor.|
|Hip/Pelvis Injury||Moderate||£3,710 - £11,820||Injuries that may have led to minor or no lasting disability.|
|Hip/Pelvis Injury||Minor||Up to £3,710||Soft tissue injuries that will heal completely.|
|Knee Injury||Severe||£24,580 - £90,290||Disability because of a knee injury, major damage to muscles, muscle wastage and soft tissue damage.|
|Knee Injury||Moderate||Up to £24,580||Minor disability because of the knee injury, damage to the muscle, cartilage, soft tissue injury, that causes pain and suffering.|
|Leg Injury||Extremely Severe||£91,950 - £264,650||Amputation of one or both legs. The compensation range also takes into consideration should the leg have been amputated below or above the knee.|
|Leg Injury||Moderate to Severe||£26,050 - £90,320||Injuries to the leg which has caused restriction in movement and disability that might have a life long prognosis.|
|Leg Injury||Less Severe||Up to £26,050||From simple leg fractures, breaks or soft tissue damage which has affected the muscle to leg fractures with an incomplete recovery.|
|Neck Injury||Extremely Severe||£42,680 - £139,210||Very severe neck injuries, those causing movement problems to other parts of the body.|
|Neck Injury||Moderate to Severe||£7,410 - £36,120||Neck fractures, causing pain when moving, causing stiffness and inability to use the full movement of the persons neck.|
|Neck Injury||Mild||Up to £7,410||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.|
|Nose Injury||Severe||£9,990 - £21,700||Serious/multiple fractures to the nose that will have resulted in permanent damage and/or requiring a number of operations to repair.|
|Nose Injury||Less Severe||£3,710 - £4,790||Example displaced nose fractures where there has been complete recovery after surgery.|
|Nose Injury||Moderate||£2,370 - £2,960||Moderate nose injuries such as displaced nose fractures that do not need surgery.|
|Nose Injury||Minor||£1,600 - £2,370||Example being simple undisplaced fractures with full recovery.|
|PTSD||Severe||£56,180 - £94,470||The most severe cases of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with permanent effects of trauma badly affecting the individual preventing them from being able to work or function anywhere close prior to the trauma might see compensation payouts within this range.|
|PTSD||Moderately Severe||£21,730 - £56,180||PTSD causing significant disability but the individual has a better future prognosis than the most severe cases might see compensation payouts within this range.|
|PTSD||Moderate||£7,680 - £21,730||PTSD where any lasting effects are not grossly disabling with the individual has largely recovered.|
|PTSD||Less Severe||£3,710 - £7,680||PTSD where the individual should essentially have made a full recovery in a year or two but minor symptoms could persist for longer.|
|Shoulder Injury||Severe||£11,980 - £45,070||Paralysis, limb numbness, restriction in movement because of the injury in the neck and shoulder.|
|Shoulder Injury||Moderate||£7,410 - £11,980||Neck tissue damage that might last for a considerable length of time and that restricts the movement in the persons arm and elbow.|
|Shoulder Injury||Mild||Up to £7,410||Damage to soft tissue that should recover within the year or slightly longer, and causes or has caused moderate pain.|
|Toe Injury||Extremely Severe||£34,270 - £52,620||Amputation of all toes. Depending on whether the amputation was traumatic or surgical can affect level of compensation.|
|Toe Injury||Very Severe||In the vicinity of £29,380||Amputation of a big toe.|
|Toe Injury||Severe||£12,900 - £19,770||Severe crush injuries that lead to amputation of a single or more toes, partial amputations.|
|Toe Injury||Serious||£9,010 - £12,900||Multiple fractures, crushed toes.|
|Toe Injury||Moderate||Up to £9,010||Straightforward toe fractures.|
|Toe Injury||Minor||Up to £5,250||Minor toe injuries such as simple fractures that are expected heal fully and short-term injuries.|
|Wrist Injury||Very Severe||£44,690 - £56,180||Wrist injury causing complete loss of function.|
|Wrist Injury||Significant||£22,990 - £36,770||Wrist injury leaving significant and permanent disability, there is still some useful movement.|
|Wrist Injury||Less Severe||£11,820 - £22,990||Broken wrist causing some permanent disability such as continuing pain/stiffness.|
|Wrist Injury||Moderate||Up to £9,620||Wrist fractures, soft tissue injury where recovery is complete or expected to be complete but may take longer than 12 months.|
|Wrist Injury||Minor||Up to £6,970||Uncomplicated Colles' fracture and minor wrist fractures.|
The time limit for a car accident claim is 3 years from the date of the accident, or 3 years from when an injury is diagnosed and can be proven to be as a result of the car accident. In some circumstances the 3-year time limit in which to make a car accident claim may be extended, however, you should get legal advice sooner rather than later to be sure you can still start a claim.
A car accident claim is to compensate victims of road traffic accidents for their pain and suffering when they’ve suffered an injury due to somebody else’s negligence. 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 for your car crash in exchange for dismissing the case.
Many car insurance companies want to get car accident victims a quick settlement instead of having the case potentially go to 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.
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 provides 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.