When it comes to filing a personal injury claim, one of the things you’ll want to know is how much compensation you can claim, as well as how compensation is calculated. Bear in mind that calculating a personal injury claim isn’t always straightforward. This is especially the case if you are currently suffering with an injury.
We’ve provided a few examples below to give you an idea of what claims might be worth. However, amounts can vary from one case to the next. We recommend contacting us to speak about your injury. One of our solicitors can provide you with more info and assess your potential claim.
There are various types of personal injury incidents. This includes medical negligence and road traffic accidents to name a few. Generally speaking, most personal injury claims are filed in a similar manner.
When it comes to calculating a personal injury claim, there are a number of factors that have to be taken into consideration. What makes things even more complicated is that personal injury claims can sometimes fall under multiple branches of litigation. However, you do want to get a rough estimate of how much your claim is worth. That being said, let’s go into more details about how claims are calculated.
Personal Injury Claims: How Are They Calculated
The extent of the injuries that the person suffered plays a major role in how much they will be compensation. Generally speaking, the more serious the injury is, the more compensation a person will receive. Usually this is the case, but sometimes it’s not.
A personal injury solicitor will take a look at two factors, with one being how severe your injury is and whether or not you suffered with emotional or mental repercussions. If you have not contacted a solicitor and you have suffered an injury, then do not hesitate to contact us. We can schedule a free initial consultation and you are under no obligation to use us after the consultation has taken place.
There are a number of types of personal injury compensations. We’ll discuss what they are in the next section. Afterwards, you can calculate so you get a rough estimate of how much your claim is worth.
The Different Types Of Personal Injury Compensation
General Damages & Solatium
General damages relate to the suffering and the pain of the person filing the claim. In Scotland, Solatium is what these damages are known as, and the legal system has actually created a type of price list. This price list is used to get an idea of what to do when it comes to calculating compensation for various things such as diseases and injuries.
The figures provided in the list are not exact amounts. If you continue to read on, we’ll go over a few examples of the amounts that are usually asked for in various personal injury claims. Remember, if you want to get a more accurate estimate, then it’s best to go and see a personal injury solicitor. An experienced solicitor will give you a much better idea of what your claim is worth.
Average Compensation Amounts
A head injury is serious, regardless of how minor it may seem because a head injury puts the brain at risk of becoming injured. If you suffered a head injury but no injury to the brain, then your claim might be worth around £4,000. However, a claim could be worth at least £20,000 of much more if you suffered a serious head injury and the brain was injured too. For brain damage, there really is no maximum limit for how much a person can be awarded, but the extent of the damage is what determines how much the person will get.
Mental Or Psychological Injuries
The degree of harm in a mental injury case will be a major factor in how much a claim is worth. If the psychological harm is deemed not permanent and that the person will return to normal in the near future, then the person might be given between £4,000 and £10,000. For permanent injuries and more serious psychological injuries, compensation can be more near £50,000.
Upper Body Injuries
If you suffered minor wounds to your upper body, then you might receive around £5,000 for your claim. Serious injuries can go higher. Generally speaking, serious injuries can result in claims being £10,000 or more.
You can be left in a lot of pain if you suffer a back injury. Not only that, but when you injure your back, then your spine is at higher risk of suffering damage. Compensation for back injuries can be as low as around £6,000 to as high as £20,000 or more, depending on the severity of the injury.
Hands, Wrists Or Arm Injuries
Calculating compensation for these injuries can be a challenge due to various factors. Less severe injuries to the arms, wrists or hands can result in an award of around £3,000, while a serious injury that results in permanent disability can fetch around £10,000. In some cases, the award can go up to as high as £30,000.
Lower Body Injury
Lower body consists of areas such as your legs, ankles, hips and knees. The seriousness of your injury to the lower body will be a major deciding factor in how much compensation you’ll receive. Less serious injuries can go from £3,000 up to £10,000, while serious ones can potentially go up to £25,000 or more. The higher end usually involves severe pain and permanent disability.
Loss Of Earnings
The law has been created in a way that a person can ask for damages due to not being able to work because they’ve suffered an injury. This is so they can be compensation for the income they would have been able to continue to earn. A personal injury solicitor will speak with medical professionals to get an idea of what the recovery process will entail.
Basically, the longer the person has to wait until they can go back to work, the more they will be compensated. After a solicitor has done their research and spoke with medical professionals, they will determine how much compensation they should ask for on behalf of their client. Then they will ask the court to award the client that amount.
Out Of Pocket Expenses
During the process of recovery, the client might have to pay out of pocket expenses. This includes living costs to accommodate their injury, transportation costs and things of that nature. If a client has to pay out of pocket expenses, then they can usually ask for that amount back when they file their personal injury claim.
This compensation is to give to those who have suffered a bad injury and have to rely on a professional service to help care for themselves. Sometimes the compensation is given to relatives taking care of the injured person. The amount given will depend on the extent of the care required.
Loss Of Society
This type of compensation is for those who have only lost a parent, spouse or a child. If an accident has resulted in a person losing close family members, then the remaining family members can ask for compensation. Solicitors can help create a formula to give clients an idea of how much their claim is worth.
Loss of Support
Finally, there is loss of support. When a family member dies and they were one of the main financial providers, then the rest of the family can request to be compensated for the financial support they have lost. An example of this is if a sole earner dies in an accident, the wife and the child or the husband and the child can ask for compensation under loss of support.
Have you suffered an injury? Do you know someone who has? If so, then contact a solicitor today.