Calculating how much compensation might be awarded for a personal injury claim is quite straightforward for a personal injury solicitor.
If you have been injured due to no fault of your own but of the fault of a third party then you may have the legal right to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Making a claim is much more straightforward than people think especially when a personal injury solicitor is appointed to oversee the case.
A frequently asked question we receive is how much compensation will I get for my personal injury? By telling your solicitor how that accident came about and why you think the third party is responsible a well-experienced personal injury solicitor will be able to advise you straight away whether you have a claim for personal injury and give an assessment of how much compensation you can claim for.
What Is Personal Injury?
The term personal injury is a broad term that represents many different areas such as road traffic accidents, accidents at work, slip, trip and falls etc. If you feel that the injury you have sustained or the illness that you have acquired is due to the negligence of another do not hesitate to call us and we will ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Deciding whether or not to make a personal injury compensation claim can be the hard part, once the decision is made the next steps are a lot easier. We offer all potential clients the opportunity to have a free and confidential consultation so that they can have their case reviewed and evaluated before entering into any legal litigation without any commitment to appoint our law firm as your representation. We appreciate that being harmed by another due to their negligence can be a trying and worrying time that is why we are here to help you on a personal and professional basis.
Table of contents
- Can I Make A Personal Injury Claim?
- Most Common Types Of Personal Injury Claims
- How To Start A Personal Injury Claim?
- What Is Needed To Pursue A Personal Injury Claim?
- What Can I Claim For In A Personal Injury Compensation Claim?
- How Much Compensation Will I Get For Personal Injury?
- Why Choose Our Solicitors
A person can make a personal injury claim for a variety of reasons. The most common types of personal injury claims come from those that are injured in road traffic accidents, accidents that happen while working, and slips and trips that happen in public areas. It is fair to say that such accidents can happen and there will be nobody to blame, they are just ‘accidents’. However, if such accidents happen that would not have happened had it not been for the fault of a third party then you have the right to make a claim for compensation.
Personal injury does not necessarily mean that a person has been injured and has sustained a physical injury, it also covers people who have become ill as a result of the negligence of another. If you think that you’ve become ill as a result of another, maybe your workplace was unsuitable and unhealthy and as a direct result it has made you ill then you have a good case for a personal injury accident at work claim.
We are aware that for people wanting to pursue a personal injury claim, compensation, is just part of it, making a claim for personal injury can mean that hopefully you will be put back into the position physically, health-wise and financially to the place that you was in before the accident took place. Making a claim can also mean that you can have access to rehabilitation and physiotherapy so that your road to recovery can be sped up and you can return to your usual life.
- Road Traffic Accident Claims
- Accident at Work Claims
- Slip, Trip and Falls
- Industrial Claims
- Asbestos Claims
- Holiday Accident Claims
As personal injury solicitors, we always advise those that want to pursue a personal injury claim to do so with the help of a legal professional for the simple reason that they will be the ones who will aim to ensure that your personal injury case reaches its maximum potential. We have a long-standing respect in the legal industry for ensuring that our clients receive not just a tailor-made service so that all the client’s needs are met but for the expertise and knowledge we have among our solicitors.
We have decades of experience working with people who have had many different injuries and illnesses caused by the negligence of another and therefore have the knowledge needed to ensure that your case receives the compensation it deserves.
Cases of personal injury can be complicated especially to the untrained eye however pursuing a personal injury compensation claim through us could not be simpler as we handle all the complex and difficult parts of the claim so that you can put all your energy into recovering and getting back to your normal self as soon as possible. We do not shy away from hard work and see a complicated personal injury case as a challenge.
The first step to making a personal injury claim is choosing a law firm in which you would like to be represented by. How we begin is by offering any potential client the opportunity to have a free and confidential consultation where they can gain free legal advice on how best to move forward with their case. Even if a person goes through the free consultation they are at no point required to appoint us as their representative, we offer the consultation so that people can gain as much legal information as possible before entering into any personal injury claim.
After the consultation is finished you can either decide to start your claim if you have been advised that you have a valid and potential personal injury claim or you can have as much time as you need to decide on how to proceed next. If you wish for us to represent you we would need to take further information.
The information that is required to start a personal injury claim includes;
- Personal information – the solicitors will take information regarding personal details such as name, address, DOB etc in order to start compiling a personal file.
- Information of the third party – information regarding the third party i.e. who you believe is to blame for the injury or illness you have sustained. In regards to a road traffic accident, RTA, it is vital that you manage to get the registration details of the person/persons who you think are at fault, get as much detail as possible as it will mean that your case will be more straightforward. If the personal injury is a work-related injury then your company name and address are sufficient and in terms of slip, trip and falls the name or place or where it happened.
- Identification – personal identification of yourself will also be needed in terms of passport, driving licence, and proof of address.
- Photographs – images are a really important part of proving your case, they can show how it may have happened, where it happened, in some cases the severity of the incident and also images of injuries that have been sustained.
- In terms of,
– RTA’s if possible images of the scene are important or possible sketches, images of the damage to vehicles both yours and any others involved and also images of injuries.
– Slip, Trip and Falls – it is important that photographs are taken of the area which caused the slip or trip especially if it was a raised curb measurements will also need to be taken. If the defect of the raised curb is less than 1 inch in depth then there may be no case. Knowing specifically where the slip or trip took place is important so if possible have recognisable objects or numbers such as a door number in the image.
– Accidents at Work – these may require photographs of particular parts of the workplace, machinery or hazardous objects which as resulted in your personal injury.
– Industrial Disease – medical evidence is required to prove your case.
- Documentation – if police or medics attended the scene copies of their reports are very important however these can usually be accessed by the solicitor requesting them. Police reference numbers if they attended the scene are vital so that further documents can be ascertained.
- Out-of-Pocket Expenses – receipts or images of any out-of-pocket expenses that have occurred due to the incident that has taken place.
Having all the correct and precise information along with relevant documentation will ensure that any personal injury case will have a good foundation. It seems unfair but it is up to the claimant to prove and provide evidence to support their claim and to prove that the third party was at fault. The more valid documentation that can be presented the more likely a case is to succeed and with maximum potential gaining you the compensation you deserve.
Each case of personal injury has to be looked at on a personal basis as no two personal injury cases are ever exactly the same. Although some cases may appear to be very similar in reality when it comes to special damages i.e. personal financial circumstances, they will warrant different amounts of compensation as each person has a different financial status.
Calculating how much compensation for a personal injury precisely can only be done so when the victim of the incident has been examined by a medical examiner and all out-of-pocket expenses have been calculated. Attaching any type of amount to a personal injury claim is near impossible at the very beginning of the case as both general damages and special damages need to be calculated (please see below).
We fully appreciate that any type of personal injury can take a toll on a person’s life, the smallest of injury or illness can cause disruption as well as psychological effects which is why personal injury compensation was introduced. It was felt that those that suffer due to the negligence or fault of another should be compensated for their pain and suffering along with any financial expenses that they occur.
The law states that the victims of personal injury have a legal right to be able to make a claim for compensation as they would have not been injured or incurred an illness if not for the negligence of a third party. However, the law strongly emphasizes that personal injury compensation is not for personal financial gain, it is there so that the claimant can be put back into the position financially and health-wise that they were in before the incident took place.
The amount of personal injury compensation that is awarded for an injury claim is based on two main areas;
General Damages –
Such damages were introduced so that victims of personal injury can be compensated for the pain and suffering that they have gone through. General damages (also known as hedonic damages) cover the following,
- Loss/impairment of mental health.
- Loss/impairment of physical capacity.
- Reduced enjoyment of life.
- Loss of companionship.
- Loss of consortium.
- Physical disfigurement.
Each and every person is different and suffers in different ways. It is difficult to judge or calculate how much a person is suffering or has suffered. People’s pain thresholds differ so a person who may have been injured in a similar way as another may experience different levels of pain. When calculating a personal injury compensation amount in terms of general damages solicitors will use medical evidence from a medical expert along with personal injury amounts awarded in past similar cases in order to be able to award an accurate amount of compensation.
Special Damages –
Compensate the victim of personal injury for quantifiable money and financial losses that have occurred as a direct consequence of the accident.
Special damages are put in place so that the personal injury claimant can recuperate any expenses that have been caused or incurred due to the injury or illness suffered from the negligence or fault of the third party. In regards to Tort law special damages are awarded so that the claimant can be put financially back into the position they were in before the incident occurred. They cover the following –
- Loss of earning present, past and any future earnings that are lost.
- Loss regarding future job opportunities, pensions career development.
- Medical care.
- Any rehabilitation that is needed.
- Home help and care.
- Home adaptation.
- Prescription costs.
The table below illustrates the amount of compensation that may be awarded depending on the injury and how severe that injury may be.
The amounts given have been estimated using the guidance given by the Judicial College which sets out figures in terms of compensation amounts for different injuries and illnesses that can occur. However, it is vital that you understand that the amounts shown are only personal injury compensation amounts that are awarded for the injury itself and may not take into consideration any financial matters as it is near on impossible to estimate the overall amount a person would receive without knowing how they will be affected financially, as each person has their own personal financial circumstances.
|Achilles Injury||Most Serious||In the vicinity of £38,340||A severed achilles tendon, restricted ankle movement.|
|Achilles Injury||Serious||£24,490 - £30,090||A complete division of the achilles tendon has been repaired succesfully but has left some disability with no further improvement likely.|
|Achilles Injury||Moderate||£12,590 - £21,070||Partial rupture of the achilles tendon/significant injury. Considered factors include treatment required, level of pain and suffering, any disability.|
|Achilles Injury||Mild||£7,270 - £12,590||Some damage to the achilles tendon where support to the ankle may be affected.|
|Ankle Injury||Extremely Severe||£50,060 - £69,700||The most severe ankle injuries that may cause deformity, degeneration of joints, and potentially amputation.|
|Ankle Injury||Moderate to Severe||£13,740 - £50,060||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 £13,740||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||£96,160 - £300,000||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||£39,170 - £130,930||For major restriction and disability present in one or both the arms and causes significant pain and suffering.|
|Arm Injury||Less Severe||£19,200 - £39,170||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||£38,780- £160,980||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||£12,510 - £38,780||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 £12,510||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||£90,750 - £109,650||Complete loss of hearing because of the injury.|
|Ear Injury||Moderate to Severe||£31,310 - £45,540||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 - £45,540||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||£39,170 - £54,830||Total restriction in elbow movement that has now caused a disability or that has needed surgery.|
|Elbow Injury||Less Severe||£15,650 - £32,010||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 - £12,590||An injury to the elbow that is mild to moderate which now causes pain but total movement will be possible.|
|Eye Injury||Extremely Severe||£54,830 - £268,720||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||£9,110 - £54,830||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||£2,200 - £8,730||Pain in an eye, vision problems or temporary loss of vision in an eye.|
|Eye Injury||Temporary||£2,200 - £3,950||Temporary eye injuries where full recovery takes but a few weeks.|
|Facial Scarring||Very Severe||£29,780 - £97,330||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||£17,960 - £48,420||Facial disfigurement is substantial and there is significant psychological damage.|
|Facial Scarring||Significant||£9,110 - £30,090||Plastic surgery has reduced the worst scarring but not all and any psychological damage is not considered significant.|
|Facial Scarring||Mild to Less Significant||£1,710 - £13,740||These amounts cover what might be considered trivial scars to less severe scarring.|
|Face Injury||Mild to Severe||£2,320 - £36,740||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 - £36,740||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 £24,990||Where there is impaired grip, restriction of movement, scarring.
|Finger Injury||Amputation of Ring & Little Fingers||In the vicinity of £21,810||Amputation of ring and little fingers.|
|Finger Injury||Serious Injury to Ring/Middle Fingers||£10,320 - £16,340||Breaks/fractures to ring/middle fingers, serious tendon damage, deformity, permanent loss of grip/dexterity.|
|Finger Injury||Total/Partial Loss of Index Finger||£12,170 - £18,740||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||£9,110 - £12,240||Where grip remains impaired and pain from heavy use, likelihood of osteoarthritis.|
|Finger Injury||Little Finger Amputation||£8,640 - £12,240||Amputation of a little finger.|
|Finger Injury||Minor||Up to - £4,750||Minor finger injuries e.g. hairline fractures, minor scarring.|
|Foot Injury||Extremely Severe||£83,960 - £201,490||This range covers the amputation of one or both feet and how it might affect the persons life.|
|Foot Injury||Moderate to Severe||£13,740 - £70,030||Severe injury to one or both feet that causes restriction, fractures or disability to the foot.|
|Foot Injury||Mild||Up to £13,740||Covering injury to a foot that will recover.|
|Hand Injury||Extremely Severe||£140,660 - £201,490||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||£55,820 - £109,650||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||£29,000 - £61,910||Injuries in this range might include finger amputations, major loss in function.|
|Hand Injury||Less Severe||£14,450 - £29,000||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||£5,720 - £13,280||Moderate crushing injuries, deep lacerations, penetration wounds.|
|Hand Injury||Minor||Up to £4,750||Minor soft tissue damage, penetration wounds, crush injuries where recovery time is usually 6 months or less.|
|Head Injury||Extremely Severe||£282,010 - £403,990||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||£219,070 - £282,010||Serverely disabled from brain damage, lost feeling in limbs, change in personality and/or a mental disability.|
|Head Injury||Moderate||£43,060 - £219,070||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||£15,320 - £43,060||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||£2,210 - £12,770||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||£78,400 - £130,930||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||£61,910 - £78,400||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||£39,170 - £52,500||Injury that leads to degenerative changes, leg instability, problems walking, possible future surgeries.|
|Hip/Pelvis Injury||Significant||£26,590 - £39,170||Severe hip injury but any disability isn't major.|
|Hip/Pelvis Injury||Less Significant||£12,590 - £26,590||Surgery to the hip or hip replacement, continuing symptoms deemed more severe than minor.|
|Hip/Pelvis Injury||Moderate||£3,950 - £12,590||Injuries that may have led to minor or no lasting disability.|
|Hip/Pelvis Injury||Minor||Up to £3,950||Soft tissue injuries that will heal completely.|
|Knee Injury||Severe||£26,190 - £96,210||Disability because of a knee injury, major damage to muscles, muscle wastage and soft tissue damage.|
|Knee Injury||Moderate||Up to £26,190||Minor disability because of the knee injury, damage to the muscle, cartilage, soft tissue injury, that causes pain and suffering.|
|Leg Injury||Extremely Severe||£97,980 - £282,010||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||£27,760 - £96,250||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 £27,760||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||£45,470 - £148,330||Very severe neck injuries, those causing movement problems to other parts of the body.|
|Neck Injury||Moderate to Severe||£7,890 - £38,490||Neck fractures, causing pain when moving, causing stiffness and inability to use the full movement of the persons neck.|
|Neck Injury||Mild||Up to £7,890||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||£10,640 - £23,130||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||£3,950 - £5,100||Example displaced nose fractures where there has been complete recovery after surgery.|
|Nose Injury||Moderate||£2,520 - £3,150||Moderate nose injuries such as displaced nose fractures that do not need surgery.|
|Nose Injury||Minor||£1,710 - £2,520||Example being simple undisplaced fractures with full recovery.|
|PTSD||Severe||£59,860 - £100,670||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||£23,150 - £59,860||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||£8,180 - £23,15||PTSD where any lasting effects are not grossly disabling with the individual has largely recovered.|
|PTSD||Less Severe||£3,950 - £8,180||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||£12,770 - £48,030||Paralysis, limb numbness, restriction in movement because of the injury in the neck and shoulder.|
|Shoulder Injury||Moderate||£7,890 - £12,770||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 £7,890||Damage to soft tissue that should recover within the year or slightly longer, and causes or has caused moderate pain.|
|Toe Injury||Extremely Severe||£36,,520 - £56,080||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 £31,310||Amputation of a big toe.|
|Toe Injury||Severe||£13,740 - £21,070||Severe crush injuries that lead to amputation of a single or more toes, partial amputations.|
|Toe Injury||Serious||£9,600 - £13,740||Multiple fractures, crushed toes.|
|Toe Injury||Moderate||Up to £9,600||Straightforward toe fractures.|
|Toe Injury||Minor||Up to £5,590||Minor toe injuries such as simple fractures that are expected heal fully and short-term injuries.|
|Wrist Injury||Very Severe||£47,620 - £59,860||Wrist injury causing complete loss of function.|
|Wrist Injury||Significant||£24,500 - £39,170||Wrist injury leaving significant and permanent disability, there is still some useful movement.|
|Wrist Injury||Less Severe||£12,590 - £24,500||Broken wrist causing some permanent disability such as continuing pain/stiffness.|
|Wrist Injury||Moderate||Up to £10,350||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 £7,430||Uncomplicated Colles' fracture and minor wrist fractures.|
*Please note that it is important not to take any figures above as fact as they are mere estimates of what compensation a claimant of personal injury may be entitled to and may not include any special or financial damages. They are given as guidance only for victims or claimants of personal injury to use them as guidelines.
Each case of personal injury differs from some aspect to another, although cases on the surface may appear the same especially when it comes to general damages i.e. pain and suffering as certain brackets of compensation amounts are already set out. However, a person‘s personal circumstances such as loss of earnings or financial expenses can vary among victims of personal injury therefore personal injury compensation amounts cannot be truly estimated until all aspects are taken into consideration.
Our law firm is among the leading personal injury law firms in the UK, with our team of professional solicitors who come highly recommended and have many years of experience. We absolutely pride ourselves on the service that we give to each and every one of our clients. No client is referred to as a reference number as we like to build a good personal foundation with each of our clients who entrust us to pursue their personal injury cases for them.
There is no doubt that any person who has experienced personal injury will suffer as a consequence whether it be mentally or physically and that is why we offer a personal tailor-made service that suits the need of the individual and do not make any pre-assumption about a case on the basis that it may be similar to a previous case. Putting the client first and ensuring they are happy with how the case is being run is our main priority.
Personal injury cases can become complicated especially if liability is disputed, however, if we have taken your case on in the first place we must feel that you have the right to claim compensation and will ensure that we put 100% effort into gaining you the compensation you deserve.
We will keep you in the loop at all times so that you are aware of all the steps that we are taking to secure the maximum amount of personal injury compensation. You can contact us at any time and we will endeavour to respond to your query or question as soon as possible as we are working for you and know that going through any type of personal injury case can put a strain on your life.
We have an outstanding reputation among our peers and clients. Many past and present clients are more than happy to recommend us to friends and family. We have a well-experienced staff many of whom have many years of experience in dealing with all kinds of personal injury claims and we will not shy away from even the most complex and multidimensional of cases.
We are confident in all the cases that we handle so much so that we offer all personal injury clients a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that at no point will our clients be at financial risk.
Our No Win No Fee solicitors are there to answer any questions or queries you may have no matter how big or small you think they may be, do not hesitate to contact us on 0800 6524 881. We will always ensure that we offer you the service you require ensuring that all your requirements are met and without a doubt, we always strive to get you the maximum amount of compensation for your personal injury claim.