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Ankle Injury How Much?

Ankle Injuries and how much would I receive if I made a personal injury claim?

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Ankle Injury

An ankle injury can happen at work, at home, or even walking along a pavement. It can be caused by slipping, tripping or even stumbling over a defect. Even if it is not fractured or broken a sprain or strain is just as painful and can prevent you from working and enjoying your home life.

Ankle Injuries
(a) Examples of injuries in this bracket include Transmalleolar fracture of the ankle with extensive soft tissue damage resulting in deformity and the risk that any future injury to the leg might necessitate a below knee amputation. Bilateral ankle fractures causing degeneration of the joints at a young age necessitating arthrodesis. £48,500 – £100,000
(b) Awards in this bracket are justified where the ankle injury is severe necessitating an extensive period of treatment and/or lengthy period in plaster or with pins and plates inserted and where there is a significant residual disability by way of ankle instability, severely limited ability to walk etc. The position within the bracket will, in part, be determined by, e.g. a failed arthrodesis, regular disturbance of sleep, unsightly operational scarring and any need to wear special footwear. £42,000 – £85,000
(c) This would include fractures, ligamentous tears and the like, giving rise to less serious disabilities such as difficulty walking over uneven ground, awkwardness on stairs, irritation from metal plates and residual scarring. £20,000 – £50,000
(d) Less serious, minor or undisplaced fractures, sprains, and ligamentous injuries. The position within the scale will be determined by whether or not a complete recovery has been made and if not whether there is any tendency for the ankle to give way, any scarring, aching or discomfort, or the possibility of later osteoarthritis. To £20,000
N. Achilles Tendon
(a) Where there has been a severance of the tendon and peroneus longus muscle giving rise to cramp, swelling and restricted ankle movement necessitating the cessation of active sports. £24,500 – £50,000
(b) This figure is appropriate for an injury resulting in a complete division of the tendon, followed by a successful repair operation but leaving residual weakness, a limitation of ankle movements, a limp and residual scarring with further improvement unlikely. £20,000 – £35,000
(c) Complete division of the tendon but with no significant functional disability. £10,000 – £20,000
(d) Ankle turned resulting in damage to tendon and feeling of being unsure of ankle support. £7,500 – £15,000

Hand Injury – How Much?

How much is a hand injury worth if I make a personal injury claim?

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Hand Injury

A Hand Injury can have a massive effect on your ability to perform day to day tasks and the value of the compensation award you may receive is dictated by the normal tests that of the severity of the injury along with time to heal. However, there are a few additional factors that may increase the award.

  1. Was it your dominant hand, the one you use most.
  2. Was a thumb damaged (try picking things up without a thumb?)
Hand Injuries
Of the arm, the hand is both functionally and cosmetically the most important feature. The loss of a hand is valued close to the amount which would be awarded for loss of an arm. The upper end of any bracket will generally be appropriate where the material injury is to the dominant hand.
(a) Total Effective Loss of Both Hands
A serious injury resulting in extensive damage to both hands.
£210,000 – £350,000
(b) Serious damage to both hands giving rise to permanent cosmetic disability and significant loss of function. £85,000 – £175,000
(c) Total or Effective Loss of One Hand
This bracket will apply to a hand which was crushed or thereafter surgically amputated or where all fingers and most of the palm have been traumatically amputated. The upper end of the bracket is indicated where the hand so damaged was the dominant one.
£70,000 – £120,000
(d) Amputation of the index, middle and/or ring fingers, rendering hand of very little use with exceedingly weak grip. £57,000 – £115,000
(e) Serious Hand Injuries
For example, loss reducing hand to 50% capacity with, e.g. several fingers amputated and rejoined to hand leaving it clawed, clumsy and unsightly or amputation of some fingers together with part of the palm resulting in gross diminution of grip and dexterity and gross cosmetic disfigurement.
£60,000 – £110,000
(f) Severe fractures to fingers with partial amputations resulting in deformity, impairment of grip, reduced mechanical function and disturbed sensation. £35,000 – £70,000
(g) Total Loss of Index Finger £28,000 – £42,000
(h) Moderate Hand Injury
This is a broad category which will include crush injuries penetrating wounds soft tissue type injuries and deep lacerations. The top of the range would be appropriate where there is a loss of sensation and scarring, permanent disability and surgery has failed.
£15,000 – £60,000
(i) Partial loss of index finger or injury giving rise to disfigurement and impairment of grip or dexterity. £17,500 – £35,000
(j) Minor Hand Injuries
Where recovery occurs within a short period the award will be significantly lower. Pain and reduction in functional use will be relevant aggravating features.
Up to £15,000
(k) Fracture of Index Finger
This level is appropriate where a fracture mended quickly but the grip has remained impaired, there is a pain on heavy use and osteoarthritis is likely in due course.
To £14,000
(l) Total Loss of Middle Finger £20,000 – £35,000
(m) Total loss of both Ring and Little Fingers £28,500 – £50,000
(n) Amputation of Ring and Little Fingers To £30,000
(o) Serious Injury to Ring or Middle Fingers £14,000 – £28,000
(p) Total loss of little finger
The little finger is the main contributor to effective grip in the hand and has a greater functional importance than might be thought.
£20,000 – £35,000
(q) Loss of terminal phalanx of the ring or middle fingers. £10,000 – £20,000
(r) Loss of part of the little finger where the remaining tip is unusually sensitive. £8,000 – £14,000
(s) Amputation of the terminal phalanges of the index and middle fingers with further injury to the fourth finger, scarring and restriction of movement with grip and fine handling impaired. £20,000 – £35,000
(t) Fracture of one finger with complete recovery within a few weeks. To £4,000
(u) Total Loss of Thumb £35,000 – £60,000
(v) Very Serious Injury to Thumb £30,000 – £50,000
(w) Injury to thumb involving amputation of tip, nerve damage or fracture necessitating insertion of wires, and operative treatment leaving limb cold and ultra-sensitive, or leading to impairment of grip and loss of manual dexterity. £20,000 – £35,000
(x) Moderate Thumb Injuries £14,000 – £25,000
(y) Severe Dislocation of the Thumb To £12,500
(z) Minor Thumb Injuries
Such as a minor dislocation or sprain or laceration with or without some minor functional sequelae.
To £10,500

Facial and scarring injuries – How much?

Scarring and Facial Injuries

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Scarring

In the land of equal opportunities receiving a scar or a facial injury from an accident that was not your fault means still a Women will receive a bigger payout than a man. Go figure. That aside there are two main elements that decide the overall personal injury compensation payment received.

  1. Most of the more serious injuries are those to the bone, however, where there is a massive distinction between minor scarring and disfigurement the award will be far greater.
  2. Secondly, for the disfigurement part of the award, it makes a massive difference if it clearly visible or whether it is hidden most of the time. With a clearly visible disfigurement to women as stated above receiving a higher award for her injury claim than a man.
Facial Disfigurement
This is an extremely difficult area for generalization.

In this class of case the distinction between male and female and the subjective approach are of particular significance:

(a) Females
(i) Very severe facial scarring. Factors to be taken into account: – age, cosmetic deficit, and psychological reaction. £75,000 – £225,000
(ii) Less severe scarring where the disfigurement is still substantial and where there is a significant psychological reaction. £30,000 – £75,000
(iii) Significant scarring where the worst effects have been or will be reduced by plastic surgery leaving some cosmetic disability and where the psychological reaction is not great or having been considered at the outset has diminished to relatively minor proportions. £28,000 – £75,000
(iv) Some scarring but not of great significance, either because there is but one scar which can be camouflaged or because although there are a large number of very small scars the overall effect is to mark but not markedly affect the appearance and where the reaction is no more than that of an ordinary sensitive young woman. To £30,000
(v) Trivial Scarring
In these cases, the effect is minor only.
£1,000 – £6,000
(b) Males
(i) Particularly severe facial scars especially in males under 30, where there is permanent disfigurement even after plastic surgery and a considerable element of psychological reaction. £60,000 – £180,000
(ii) Severe facial scarring leaving moderate to severe permanent disfigurement. £30,000 – £75,000
(iii) Significant but not severe scars which will remain visible at conversational distances. To £32,000
(iv) Relatively minor scarring which is not particularly prominent except on close inspection. To £15,000
(v) Trivial scarring where the effect is minor only. £1,000 – £6,000

 

Skeletal Injuries
(a) Fractures to the front mid-facial bones. £28,500 – £50,000
(b) Multiple fractures of facial bones involving some facial deformity of a permanent nature. £23,500 – £40,000
(c) Fracture of Nose
(i) Serious fractures requiring a number of operations and resulting in permanent damage to airways and/or facial deformity. £20,000 – £35,000
(ii) Displaced where recovery complete but only after surgery To £14,000
(iii) Displaced fracture requiring no more than manipulation. To £10,500
(iv) Simple undisplaced with full recovery. To £10,500
(d) Fractures of Cheek-Bones
(i) Serious fractures requiring surgery but with lasting consequences such as paraesthesia in the cheeks or the lips or some element of disfigurement. £17,500 – £35,000
(ii) Simple fracture of cheekbones for which some reconstructive surgery is necessary but from which there is a complete recovery with no or only minimal cosmetic effects. To 14,500
(iii) Simple fracture of cheekbones for which no surgery is required and a complete recovery is achieved. To £11,000
(e) Fractures of Jaws
(i) Very serious fractures followed by prolonged treatment and permanent consequences, including severe pain, restriction in eating, pins and needles and/or the risk of arthritis in the joints. £28,000 – £58,000
(ii) Serious fracture with permanent consequences such as difficulty in opening the mouth or with eating or where there are pins and needles in the area of the jaw. £20,000 – £35,000
(iii) Simple fracture requiring immobilization but from which recovery is complete. To £14,000
(f) Damage to Teeth
In these cases, there would generally have been a course of dental treatment. The amounts awarded will vary as to the extent and discomfort of such treatment. Costs incurred to the date of trial will, of course, be special damage but it will often be necessary to award a capital sum in respect of the cost of future dental treatment.
(i) Loss of or Serious Damage to Several Front Teeth £11,500 – £28,500
(ii) Loss of Two Front Teeth To £17,000
(iii) Loss of One Front Tooth To £9,000
(iv) Loss of or Damage to Back Teeth: per tooth To £3,000

Leg Injury – How much?

How much compensation will I receive for a leg injury?

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Leg Injury Claims

A Leg Injury can affect your mobility, with it then having an effect on your work if you need to be moving around, your home life, especially if you live alone or have kids. In addition, it can have an effect on your social life including your hobbies if you are active. One of the key benefits to making a personal injury claim for a leg injury is that to speed up recovery you can often get private care along with physio as whilst it is true you can get this on the NHS it often takes too long and all too often you do not get enough sessions. Have a look at the brackets below to get an idea of what your leg injury claim is worth and then make a claim.

For this section, we have included Leg, Knee, and Achilles injuries;

Achilles Tendon
(a) Where there has been a severance of the tendon and peroneus longus muscle giving rise to cramp, swelling and restricted ankle movement necessitating the cessation of active sports. £24,500 – £50,000
(b) This figure is appropriate for an injury resulting in the complete division of the tendon, followed by a successful repair operation but leaving residual weakness, a limitation of ankle movements, a limp and residual scarring with further improvement unlikely. £20,000 – £35,000
(c) Complete division of the tendon but with no significant functional disability. £10,000 – £20,000
(d) Ankle turned resulting in damage to tendon and feeling of being unsure of ankle support. £7,500 – £15,000

 

 Knee Injuries
(a) This bracket is appropriate to the serious knee injury where there has been disruption of the joints, gross ligamentous damage, lengthy treatment, considerable pain and loss of function and an arthrodesis has taken place or is inevitable. £50,000 – £100,000
(b) This applies where a leg fracture extends into the knee-joint causing pain which is constant, permanent, limits movement or impairs agility and renders the injured person prone to osteoarthritis and the risk of arthrodesis. £42,000 – £80,000
(c) The injuries justifying awards falling within this bracket are less serious than those in the higher bracket and/or result in less severe disability. There may be continuing symptoms by way of pain or discomfort and limitation of movement or instability and deformity with the risk of degenerative changes occurring in the long-term, consequent upon ligamentous or meniscal injury, damage to the kneecap or muscular wasting. £28,000 – £50,000
(d) This bracket is appropriate to cases involving a torn cartilage or meniscus, dislocation, ligamentous damage and the like or injuries which accelerate symptoms from a pre-existing condition but which injuries additionally result in minor instability, wasting, weakness or other mild future disability. £20,000 – £28,000
(e) Awards in this bracket will be made in respect of injuries less serious than but similar to bracket (d) or in respect of lacerations, twisting or bruising injuries. Injuries resulting in continuous aching or discomfort or occasional pain will attract awards towards the upper end of the bracket. To £17,500

 

Leg Injuries
(a) Total Loss of Both Legs £245,000 – £385,000
(b) Below Knee Amputation of Both Legs £170,000 – £325,000
(c) Above Knee Amputation of One Leg £170,000 – £245,000
(d) Below Knee Amputation of One Leg £115,000 – £200,000
(e) Leg Injuries
(i) There are some injuries which, although not involving amputation of the leg, are nevertheless so severe that the courts have awarded damages in the same region.
Examples would be a degloving injury from knee to ankle, gross shortening of the leg, non-union of fractures and extensive bone grafting.
£82,500 – £210,000
(ii) Awards within this bracket will be made where the injuries leave permanent disability necessitating the use of crutches for the remainder of a person’s life with very limited walking capacity; where multiple fractures have taken years to heal with resulting leg deformity and limitation of movement; or where arthrosis has developed in e.g. the knee joint and further surgical treatment is likely to be necessary. £82,500 – £175,000
(iii) A claim may be brought within this bracket by reason of some factors such as significant damage to a joint or ligaments causing instability, prolonged treatment or a lengthy period of non-weight bearing, substantial and unsightly scarring, the likelihood of arthrodesis to the hip, the near certainty of arthritis setting in, the gross restriction of walking capacity and the need for hip replacement. A combination of such features will be necessary to justify such an award. £64,000 – £130,000
(iv) This level of award still applies to relatively serious injuries, including severe, complicated or multiple fractures. The position of an award within this bracket will be influenced by the period of time off work and by the presence or risk of degenerative changes, imperfect union of fractures, muscle wasting, limited joint movements, instability of the knee, unsightly scarring and permanently increased vulnerability to damage. £42,000 – £100,000
(v) Most awards that fall within this range comprise fractures where there has been incomplete recovery.
Examples are:A defective gait, a limp, impaired mobility, sensory loss, discomfort or an exacerbation of a pre-existing disability.
£20,000 – £57,500
(vi) Simple fracture of the femur, with no damage to articular surfaces. £11,000 – £20,000
(vii) Simple fracture of the tibia or fibula with complete recovery will attract a figure towards the top of the bracket. Below that level will be a variety of different types of soft tissue injuries, lacerations, cuts, severe bruising or contusions all of which will have recovered completely or almost completely, with any residual disability comprising scarring or being of a minor nature. To 14,000

Arm Injury – How Much?

Arm Injury how much can you claim?

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The Arm injury section covers injuries to the upper arm and the fore arm, along with the shoulder and sadly amputation or partial amputation. The range of award is huge as can be expected as a 2-week bruise will affect you little where as an amputation will have life changing effects.

Work-related Upper Limb Disorders
This section covers a range of upper limb injury in the form of the following pathological conditions from finger to elbow.

  • Tenosynovitis. Inflammation of synovial sheaths of tendons usually resolving with rest over a short period. Sometimes it leads to continuing symptoms of loss of grip and dexterity.
  • De Quervain’s tenosynovitis. A form of tenosynovitis, rarely bilateral, involving inflammation of the tendons of the thumb.
  • Tenovaginitis steno-vans. Otherwise trigger finger/thumb: thickening of tendons.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome. Constriction of the median nerve in the wrist or thickening of surrounding tissue, often relieved by decompression operation.
  • Epicondylitis. Inflammation in the elbow joint: medial (golfer’s elbow), lateral (tennis elbow).

The various levels of award below apply to each such condition. The following considerations affect the level of award regardless of the precise condition:

  1. Bilateral or one-sided
  2. Level of symptoms (pain, swelling, tenderness, crepitus)
  3. Ability to work
  4. Capacity to avoid recurrence of symptoms
(a) Continuing bilateral disability with surgery and loss of employment. £17,500 – £42,000
(b) Continuing symptoms, but fluctuating and unilateral. £14,000 – £28,000
(c) Symptoms resolving over two years £8,000 – £11,000
(d) Complete recovery within a short period To £8,000
  • Cases of Vibration White Finger

(This is not an orthopedic injury)

This is a particular form of Raynaud’s phenomenon caused by prolonged exposure to vibration.

(i) Extensive blanching of most fingers with episodes in summer and winter of such severity as to necessitate changing occupation to avoid further exposure to vibration. £17,500 – £28,000
(ii) Blanching of one or more fingers with numbness. Usually occurring only in winter and causing slight interference with home and social activities. £10,000 – £17,000
(iii) Blanching of one or more fingertips, with or without tingling and numbness. To £10,500

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 Injuries to the Elbow
(a) A Severely Disabling Injury £35,000 – £70,000
(b) Less Severe Injuries
These injuries lead to impairment of function but do not involve major surgery or significant disability.
£14,000 – £35,000
(c) Moderate or Minor Injury
Most elbow injuries fall into this category. They comprise a simple fracture, tennis elbow syndrome and lacerations; i.e. those injuries which cause no permanent damage and do not result in any permanent impairment of function.
To £14,000

 

Shoulder Injuries
(a) Serious Injury
Dislocation of the shoulder and damage to the lower part of the brachial plexus causing pain in shoulder and neck, aching in the elbow, sensory symptoms with forearm and hand and weakness of grip. The higher level would be appropriate where there is damage to the brachial plexus resulting in significant disability. This does not include injuries which fall more properly under loss of arm which is dealt with at para. D sub-para. (b) above.
£20,000 – £75,000
(b) Moderate Injury
Frozen shoulder with the limitation of movement and discomfort with symptoms persisting for some years.
£10,000 – £25,000
(c) Minor Injury
(i) Simple fracture of clavicle with good recovery
To £11,500
(ii) Soft tissue injury to shoulder with considerable pain but almost complete recovery in less than one year. To £10,000
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Arm Injury
Severe Injuries
Injuries which in terms of their severity fall short of amputation but which are extremely serious in their own right and leave the Plaintiff little better off than if he had lost his arm.
£92,000 – £125,000
(b) Injuries Resulting in Permanent and Substantial Disablement
Examples are serious fractures of one or both forearms where there is significant permanent residual disability whether functional or cosmetic.
£42,000 – £70,000
(c) Less Severe Injury
While there will have been significant disabilities, a substantial degree of recovery will have taken place or will be anticipated.
£14,000 – £42,000
(d) Simple Fractures of the Forearm To £14,000
(a) Loss of Both Arms
The high figure would normally apply where the arms are lost at the shoulder region.
£280,000 – £500,000
(b) Loss of One Arm
The value of a lost arm depends upon:

  1. Whether it is amputated below or above the elbow. The loss of the additional joint obviously adds greatly to the disability.
  2. Whether or not the amputation was the dominant arm.
  3. The intensity of any phantom pains
(1) Arm amputated at the shoulder £125,000 – £175,000
(2) Above elbow amputation
A shorter stump may create difficulties in the successful use of a prosthesis. This will make the level of the award towards the top end of the bracket. Amputation through the elbow, however, will normally produce an award at the lower end of the bracket.
£92,000 – £140,000
(3) Below elbow amputation
Amputation through the forearm with residual severe organic and phantom pains would attract an award at the upper end of the bracket.
£75,000 – £115,000

 

Head Injury – How Much?

Head Injury – How Much?

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A head injury is an often over looked injury in a personal injury claim. Most people think that if it is not visual and there is no blood then it is not worth claiming. However, sadly it is well documented that a head injury can have a massive life changing effect on the injured person resulting in a change in personality or a loss of smell, taste, hearing or even sight.

It is very important to note down anything that feels different after a personal injury. Do not dismiss it as not important. Early treatment and notification can make a massive difference not only in your claim but more importantly in your recovery.

Head Injury £3,000 – £30,000
This category is a broad one. Where a head injury involves other injuries or damage (e.g. loss of taste or smell, damage to hair, injury to the jaw, scarring, psychological or psychiatric damage and personality change) the level of damages will take account of the ranges applicable to these other injuries in addition to damages for physical injury to the head (e.g. by reason of a fractured skull). The damages will range from a lower end of about £3,000 in cases where a full recovery is established within a few weeks to cases of more longstanding sequelae. In more serious cases the damages may exceed the upper level of award shown.

These are not cases of brain damage from which they must be distinguished.

Considerations affecting the level of the award:

  1. Severity of initial injury
  2. Period of recovery from acute symptoms
  3. Extent of continuing symptoms at trial
  4. Headaches
  5. Cases where there are one or two discrete epileptic episodes, or a temporary resurgence of epilepsy, but there is no risk of further recurrence beyond that applicable to the population at large.

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Moderate Brain Damage
(i) Moderate to severe intellectual deficit, a personality change, an effect on sight, speech and senses with an epileptic risk. £200,000 – £375,000
(ii) Modest to a moderate intellectual deficit, the ability to work is greatly reduced if not lost and there is a risk of epilepsy. £110,000 –£225,000
(iii) Concentration and memory are affected, the ability to work is reduced and there may be a risk of epilepsy. £38,000 – £140,000
(d) Minor Brain Damage £35,000 – £70,000
A good recovery will have been made. The Plaintiff can participate in normal social life and return to work but a restoration of all normal functions is not implicit. There may still be persistent defects such as poor concentration and memory or disinhibition of mood which may interfere with lifestyle, leisure activity, and future work prospects.

Considerations affecting the level of the award:

  1. Extent and severity of the initial injury
  2. Extent of any continuing and possibly permanent disability
  3. Extent of any personality change.
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Head injury claims
Moderately Severe Brain Damage £200,000 – £450,000
Severe disability. Conscious, but total dependency and requiring constant care. Disabilities may be physical, e.g. limb paralysis, or cognitive, with marked impairment of intellect and personality.

Considerations affecting the level of the award:

  1. Insight – low insight or awareness will diminish general damages.
  2. Life expectancy
  3. Extent of physical limitations
Very Severe Brain Damage £300,000 – £550,000
In the most severe cases, the Plaintiff will be in a vegetative state; there may be a recovery of eye opening and some return of sleep and waking rhythm and postural reflex movements; no evidence of meaningful response to the environment. Unable to obey commands; no language functions and a need for 24-hour nursing care.

Considerations affecting the level of the award:

  1. Insight – low insight or awareness will diminish general damages.
  2. Life expectancy
  3. Extent of physical limitations.

 

Back Injury – How Much ?

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How Much is my Back injury worth

As with all injury awards, the figures quoted here are the award of the actual injury and there are other elements to claim for that cover care and loss of earnings for example. The figures quoted below are purely speculative and each claim is unique and an award is based on the merits of each claim.

A Back injury can be caused by any type of accident. What makes a massive difference on the award is the severity of the injury and then the length of recovery time. So if your injury occurred as a result of a car accident, an accident at work or even a trip or fall on a pavement or in a shop then the information provided below should give you some idea what you would be entitled to if you pursued a no win no fee personal injury claim.

Minor Back injury

A minor back injury is deemed as a sprain, strain and or soft tissue injury.

Where a full recovery is made within a period of a few days, or a few weeks or a few months. To £4,000
Where a full recovery takes place without surgery within a period of several months and two years. This bracket will also apply to very short-term acceleration and/or exacerbation injuries, usually less than two years. £3,000 – £15,000
Where a full recovery or a recovery to nuisance level takes place without surgery within about two to five years. This bracket will also apply to shorter term acceleration and/or exacerbation injuries, usually between two to five years. £10,000 – £25,000

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Moderate to Serious Back injuries

This range of awards varies massively from the exasperation of a pre existing injury, to crush fractures and broken backs where there is a chance of paralysis.

A wide variety of injuries qualifies for inclusion within this bracket. The precise figure depends on the severity of the original injury and/or the existence of some permanent or chronic disability. £14,000 – £42,000
Permanent residual disability albeit of less severity than in the higher bracket. This bracket contains a large number of different types of injury; for instance,

  1. a crush fracture of the lumbar vertebrae with risk of osteoarthritis and constant pain and discomfort and impaired sexual function
  2. traumatic spondylolisthesis with continuous pain and risk of spinal fusion
  3. prolapsed intervertebral disc with substantial acceleration of back degeneration.
£28,500 – £50,000
Serious back injury, involving disc lesions or fractures of vertebral bodies where, despite treatment, there remains continuing pain or discomfort, considerations affecting the level of award may include: – impaired agility and sexual function, depression, personality change, alcoholism, unemployability and the risk of arthritis. £50,000 – £92,000
Special features exist which take the particular injury outside any lower bracket applicable to orthopaedic damage to the back, e.g. impaired bladder and bowel function, severe sexual difficulties and unsightly scarring. £55,000 – £115,000
The most severe of back injuries which fall short of paralysis but the results of which include, e.g. impotence. £120,000 – £245,000

Whiplash claim- How much?

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Whiplash injury

Whiplash Claims and how much you might receive for making a no win no fee personal injury claim

Whiplash for personal injury is a difficult injury to diagnose and difficult to disprove. Although don’t think for a minute insurers won’t try.

Generally, whiplash injury claims are caused by car accidents and the unique dynamics of these types of accidents. The value of an injury for Whiplash is normally dictated by the length of time you take to recover or expect to be recovered by.

Where a full recovery is made within a period of a few days, a few weeks or a few months. £500 – £3,000
Where a full recovery takes place within a period of several months and a year. This bracket will also apply to very short-term acceleration and/or exacerbation injuries, usually less than one year. £3,000 – £5,000
Where a full recovery takes place within a period of about one to two years. This bracket will also apply to short-term acceleration and/or exacerbation injuries, usually between one to two years. £5,000 – £12,500

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Complicated Whiplash injuries

Generally, it is assumed recovery for a Whiplash injury is no longer than 2 years. However, there are occasions where the injury may last longer or it accelerates and makes a pre existing injury worse.

In these instances, the personal injury compensation award is greater.

Minor soft tissue and whiplash injuries and the like where symptoms are moderate and full recovery takes place within, at most, two years. ​To £12,000
Relatively minor injuries which may or may not have exacerbated or accelerated some pre-existing unrelated condition but with, in any event, a complete recovery within a few years. This bracket will also apply to moderate whiplash injuries where the period of recovery is fairly protracted and where there is an increased vulnerability to further trauma. £10,000 – £25,000​
Whiplash or wrenching-type injury and disc lesion of the more severe type, which may result in cervical spondylosis, serious limitation of movement, permanent or recurring pain, stiffness or discomfort, the potential need for further surgery or increased vulnerability to trauma. ​£24,000 – £50,000

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Will i have to appear in court?

generally the short answer is no.

The long answer is less than 5% of all claimants will have a court date assigned to them. Notice I did not say attend court. Many claims will settle on the day of court. But in the main the decision to go all the way to court will be taken well before the claim is even issued. If it gets that close then your solicitor will seek additional and more experienced advice as to the prospects of success of your claim. especially if it was to go in front of a judge. If they feel it has less than a 50% chance of success then your claim could be withdrawn. Your solicitor might speak separately with your ATE insurer to see if they will fund your claim despite the barristers advice. In the main though the answer is still no. Trying to have your day in court on principle is an expense most people cannot afford.

Can i claim for someone else?

If you are the legal guardian to a minor then you may claim on their behalf as a litigation friend as long as you are not the person/ company that caused their accident and injury.

If you are the legal carer of an adult with diminished mental capacity then you may also start a claim on their behalf.

What is a Personal injury claim

What is a personal injury claim?

If you are unfortunate enough to be injured in an accident that was not your fault that resulted in you needing medical attention. The person that caused the accident has some sort of insurance cover that you can claim against. You will normally qualify for a personal injury claim.

In Britain you get an amount to put you back in the same financial position that you were in prior to the accident. There are no punitive damages like you see on American soaps. The British system is not there to benefit you.

That said the insurers love to make a big scene about fraudulent claims and whiplash to scare people from making a claim. A claim for personal injury will be against the person who caused the accident (the third party). The third parties insurers will pay the award you receive.

Why does the third party have to be insured?

Sadly in most cases the third party will not have the available finances to pay you for your injury. Pay to repair any property damaged. Your solicitor. And their own solicitor. Unless you can show that the thirdparty has a large amount of spare cash then there are not many solicitors that will take your claim on.

How long does it take to claim compensation?

To claim compensation is a decision only you can make.

There are no hard and fast rules. When you claim compensation you start a process. Whilst there are fairly strict guidelines many things can derail or change them so the following is a rough guideline. One of the key issues though is if you have not recovered from your injuries you do not really want to settle your claim. Wait until you are fairly certain that the award covers the total injury and not just up to this point. Once it is paid then that is that normally.

How long does it take to claim compensation?

If your injuries are serious and no one really knows how quickly you will recover then you do not want to rush your claim. With that said a straight forward RTA claim should take 6 months from start to finish if the injury was just whiplash. An uncomplicated work claim can take as long as 18 months. A shop or council trip claim could be 24 months, but these are just estimates.

What is No win No fee?

No win No fee is the catch phrase that basically means that as long as you have been honest with your solicitor throughout the life of your claim, if your claims fails to succeed then you will not be liable for any of your solicitors costs or disbursements incurred in running your claim.

Do i have a claim?

If you were injured in the last 3 years (or it has been less than 3 years since your 18th birthday) and the accident was not your fault, you sort medical attention, and the person that caused (is liable for) the injury has insurance then you will be able to make a claim in most instances.

How much does it cost to claim?

It should cost nothing to start a claim initially (you should never pay upfront for a personal injury claim), however you will need to agree with your solicitor at the start in the event you are successful. There are a few solicitors out there who claim to run your claim for free, I would however steer clear of them as recent changes in law mean that a sensible solicitor should charge you a ‘success fee’ in the event you win.

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