What compensation can I claim

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Injury compensation can be awarded for any injury that was not your fault.

Accident compensation can be awarded for any injury that was not your fault

Accident Compensation Claim

A Personal Injury is defined as any disease or impairment of physical and mental condition including death.

Compensation or damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity.

  1. Pain and suffering means the positive infliction of unpleasant things
  2. Loss of amenity means the extent to which the good things in life are taken away

The General Principles of Compensation

The only mechanism by which a Court can seek to compensate a person who has suffered damage or loss, as a consequence of a wrong done to him, is to award him monetary compensation, whatever the nature of the damage which he has sustained.

In Personal Injury cases, a physical injury cannot be eliminated and is often not even substantially improved by an award of money. Nevertheless, it is a tangible recompense for the victim and it is the only form of compensation known to Law.

The theoretical objective of the Courts in the assessment of compensation in a Personal Injury case is to give a sum of money which will put the Party who has been injured or who has suffered, in the same position as he would have been in if he had not sustained the wrong for which he is now getting his compensation.

A money award can be calculated to make good a financial loss, but problems will arise when placing a monetary value on damage which is not strictly financial. As a result, the Courts have developed a tariff award for pain and suffering and loss of amenity so as to promote consistency in awards for comparable injury.

In deciding the amount of compensation, the Court will asses the claim on the individual facts of the case having regard to the established tariffs but making adjustments for the particular facts of the particular case.

What compensation can I claim following an injury?

Below are the tariffs for the most common type of injury. These can only be viewed as guidelines and each particular claim for compensation will be valued depending upon its own particular facts and merits.

  1. Injury involving paralysis
    1. Quadriplegia £206,750 to £257,750
    2. Paraplegia £140,000 to £181,500

  1. Head Injury
    1. Brain Damage
      1. Very severe brain damage i.e. persistent vegetative state £180,000 to £257,750
      2. Moderately severe brain injury including epilepsy or a significant risk of epilepsy £140,000 to £180,000
      3. Moderate Brain damage £27,500 to £140,000
      4. Minor brain damage £9,875 to £27,500
    2. Minor Head Injury £1,400 to £8,100
    3. Epilepsy
      1. Established Grand Mal £64,250 to £96,500
      2. Established Petit Mal £35,000 to £83,750
      3. Other Epileptic conditions £6,750 to £16,750
  2. Neck Injury
    1. Severe i.e. with incomplete paraplegia or resulting in permanent spastic quadriparesis up to £95,000
    2. Less severe i.e. injury resulting in significant disability of a permanent nature £16,000 to £83,500
    3. Moderate i.e. causing serious limitation of movement permanent or recurring pain and where there remains an increase vulnerability to further trauma £5,000 to £16,000
    4. Minor
      1. Moderate with a full recovery within about two years up to £5,000
      2. With a full recovery between a few weeks and a year £850 to £2,750
  3. Back Injury
    1. Severe £24,750 to £108,000
    2. Moderate £8,000 to £24,750
    3. Minor
    1. Full or recovery made without surgery within 5 years £5,000 to £8,000
    2. Within 2 years, up to £5,000
  • Shoulder Injury
    1. Severe up to £30,750
    2. Serious up to £12,250
    3. Moderate up to £8,100
    4. Minor up to £2,750 to £5,000
  • Arm Injury
    1. Amputation of both arms up to £191,500
    2. Amputation of one arm £61,500 to £87,500
    3. Serious fractures of one or both forearms resulting in permanent and substantial disablement £25,000 to £38,250
    4. Injuries resulting in less significant disability £12,250 to £25,000
    5. Simple fractures of the forearm up to £12,250
    6. Injuries to the elbow, severely disabling injury up to £35,000
    7. Less severe injury up to £20,500
    8. Moderate or minor injury i.e. simple fractures, tennis elbow syndrome and lacerations up to £8,000
  • Wrist Injury
    1. Severe i.e. involving an arthrodesis up to £38,250
    2. Less severe but involving significant permanent disability up to £25,000
    3. Less severe i.e. a degree of persisting pain and stiffness up to £15,750
    4. Minor un-displaced or minimally displaced fractures £2,250 to £3,000
  • Hand Injury
    1. Total loss of both hands up to £129,000
    2. Serious damage to both hands up to £54,000
    3. Total loss of one hand up to £70,000
    4. Serious hand injury up to £39,500
    5. Less serious hand injury up to £18,500
    6. Moderate hand injury up to £8,500
    7. Minor hand injury up to £2,750
    8. Amputation of index and middle and/or ring fingers up to £58,000
    9. Total/partial loss of index finger up to £12,000
    10. Severe fracture to fingers i.e. involving partial amputation and impairment of grip up to £23,500
    11. Fracture of index finger up to £7,750
    12. Total loss and/or serious injury to ring or middle fingers up to £10,500
    13. Amputation of little finger up to £7,750
    14. Loss of Part of the little Finger up to £3,750
    15. Loss of thumb up to £35,000
    16. Serious injury to thumb up to £22,500
    17. Severe dislocation of the thumb up to £4,300
    18. Minor injuries to the thumb up to £2,500
    19. Trivial thumb injuries £1,400
  • Leg Injury
    1. Amputation/total loss of both legs up to £180,000
    2. Below knee amputation of both legs up to £172,500
    3. Above knee amputation of one leg up to £90,000
    4. Below knee amputation of one leg up to £83,500
    5. Severe leg injury i.e. the most serious injuries short of amputation up to £86,500
    6. Less serious but require the need for crutches for life up to £54,000
    7. Severe complicated or multiple fractures up to £25,000
    8. Simple fractures from which an incomplete recovery is made up to £17,750
    9. Simple fracture of a femur up to £9,000
    10. Simple fractures and soft tissue injuries with full recovery up to £5,750
  • Knee Injury
    1. Severe and involving an arthropdesis or arthroplasty up to £61,500
    2. Leg fracture extending into the knee joint resulting in severe disability and osteoarthritis up to £44,500
    3. Moderate involving dislocation or torn cartilage up to £17,000
    4. Minor up to £8,750
  • Ankle Injury
    1. Very severe i.e. transmalleolar fracture up to £44,500
    2. Severe i.e. where pins and plates have been inserted up to £32,000
    3. Moderate i.e. causing permanent disability such as difficulty in walking on an even ground up to £17,000
    4. Moderate i.e. some minor ongoing symptoms up to £8,750
    5. Minor with complete recovery up to £3,500
  • Foot Injury
    1. Amputation of both feet up to £128,500
    2. Amputation of one foot up to £70,000
    3. Very severe i.e. permanent and severe pain and serious permanent disability up to £70,000
    4. Severe i.e. resulting in substantial restriction on mobility up to £43,000
    5. Moderate i.e. displaced metatarsal fractures resulting in permanent deformity and continuing symptoms up to £16,000
    6. Modest i.e. simple metatarsal fractures with some ongoing symptoms up to £8,750
    7. Minor i.e. simple fractures from which a full recovery is made up to £4,250
  • Toe Injury
    1. Amputation of all toes up to £36,000
    2. Amputation of the great toe up to £20,000
    3. Serious crush injuries and multiple fractures up to £8,750
    4. Simple fractures from which a full recovery is made up to £3,500
  • Facial Injury
    1. Multiple fractures of facial bones up to £23,500
    2. Broken nose £1,000 to £14,750 depending upon severity
    3. Fractured cheek bone £1,500 to £10,100 depending upon severity
    4. Fractured jaw £4,100 to £29,000 depending upon severity
  • Facial Scaring
    1. Females
      1. Very severe scarring up to £62,000
      2. Trivial scarring up to £2,200
    2. Males
      1. Very severe scarring up to £42,000
      2. Trivial scarring up to £2,200
  • Damaged teeth
    1. Loss or serious damage to several front teeth up to £7,250
    2. Loss of or serious damage to one front tooth up to £2,500
  • Internal Injury
    1. Reproductive System Male
      1. Impotence up to £95,000
      2. Sterility up to £90,000
    2. Reproductive System Female
      1. Infertility up to £108,000
  • Kidney, serious and permanent damage to or loss of both kidneys up to £134,000
  • Bowels
    1. Total loss of natural function up to £96,000
  • Bladder
    1. Complete loss of function and control up to £90,000
  • Hernia
    1. £2,150 to £15,400 depending on severity and ongoing symptoms.
  • Spleen
    1. £2,750 to £16,750 depending on severity and ongoing symptoms.
  • Eyes, Ears, Taste and Smell
      • Eyes
    1. Total blindness and deafness up to £255,000
    2. Total blindness £172,500
    3. Total loss of one eye up to £42,000
    4. Minor eye injuries causing some permanent impairment of vision up to £13,375
      • Deafness
    1. Total deafness and loss of speech up to £90,000
    2. Total deafness £70,000
    3. Total loss of hearing in one ear up to £29,000
    4. Partial hearing loss £4,750 to £29,000 depending upon severity
      • Impairment of taste and smell
    1. Impairment of taste and smell up to £25,000
  • Psychiatric Damage
    1. Severe psychiatric damage up to £74,000
    2. Minor/moderate up to £12,250

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