If you have been involved in an accident for which you were not to blame and which caused you personal injury, compensation is a legal entitlement. In this post, we review how much a claimant might expect to receive for a personal physical injury suffered in the UK. To obtain compensation, civil court action is necessary and there is usually a three-year time limit. Choose a specialist like WINWales accident compensation.
The amounts successfully claimed vary from a few hundred pounds to sums in the region of £200,000 depending on the circumstances, the type of injury and its severity. In other words, much depends on the effect it has (or is likely to have) on the claimant in his or her day-to-day life and career. The Judicial Studies Board publishes an indication of the level of compensation claims, though the loss of future earnings and additional care (in the case of severe injuries) is also taken into account.
When the casualty has fully recovered from the personal injury, it is possible to provide a reasonably accurate estimate of the sum that can be expected. Conversely, if symptoms are still ongoing, it may be prudent to see how the case develops within the claim time limit so that any settlement is based correctly on medical reports and evidence.
As head injuries can be serious, they pay the highest compensation, especially when brain damage is involved. Sums can reach £214,000 if full-time nursing care is required. If there are serious symptoms including effects on intellectual performance, the amount awarded can vary from £11,600 upwards. In contrast, modest injuries usually pay less than £10,000.
Eye injuries pay from £1,650 for transitory pain or momentarily affected vision, up to £204,000 for total blindness. Ear injuries can vary from tinnitus that may attract compensation of £5,300, or £107,500 for total deafness. Accidents involving the face may be awarded from £1,290 if there are no broken bones, but perhaps £74,500 for disfigurement or permanent scarring.
A moderate neck injury might be compensated with an award of £2,000, whereas serious cases that affect movement should pay over £100,000. Back injury compensation depends on whether ligaments are disturbed and future treatment plans, from £300 for lighter cases but up to £122,000 for paralysis or reduced control of the bowel or bladder.
Other typical maximum compensation figures for more serious injuries vary from £10,000 for a shoulder to £100,000 for the hips, £228,000 for amputated arms and £41,650 for elbow cases. Hand injuries may be awarded up to £153,150 for amputations or if rendered useless due to the amputation of two or more fingers. Individual finger compensation awards can reach £69,000 depending on how much manual dexterity is affected. £1,850 may be awarded for leg soft tissue damage and up to £74,450 in graver cases. Compensation for foot injuries ranges from £5,000 to £153,000 – or from £4,000 for toes to over £40,000 if the big toe is affected.
Finally, personal injury not only includes illnesses, diseases and trauma that are the result of accidents but also health problems due to faulty services or goods, along with gradual work-related causes.