By Megan Hale. Last Updated 19th December 2022. If you’re looking to see if you can claim personal injury compensation for pain and suffering from an incident that wasn’t your fault, we could help. Our experienced panel of No Win No Fee solicitors could help you secure thousands of pounds in compensation. To see how much you could claim, you can now use our personal injury pain and suffering settlement calculator.
You may have questions about the claims process, such as:
- How much should I settle for pain and suffering?
- How much is pain and suffering worth?
- What is the average payout for a personal injury claim in the UK?.
- How are personal injury settlements calculated?
Our 24/7 advisors offer free legal advice so, if you have any questions or queries, you can contact them at a time that works for you. You can call them using 0800 408 7826. For more information on using a personal injury calculator and how it could help you, please read on.
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- A Guide To Using A Personal Injury Pain And Suffering Settlement Calculator
- What Is A Personal Injury Pain And Suffering Settlement?
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- Types And Causes Of Pain And Suffering
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- How To Use A Personal Injury Pain And Suffering Settlement Calculator
- How Much Could I Expect To Claim For Pain And Suffering?
- Pain And Suffering Settlement Examples In The UK
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Pain and suffering can happen from many different types of incidents. It can change the way you’re able to live; it can change how you interact with your friends and family and, in extreme cases, can even lead to you being unable to return to work. Due to this, if the accident that causes these injuries wasn’t your fault, you could look into making a personal injury claim.
One way in which you could experience physical pain and psychological suffering is in a road traffic accident. The statistics above are provided by the Department for Transport. They highlight the number of motorcyclists either killed or seriously injured on the road in the UK from 2017 to 2019. As you can see, over that three-year period alone, over 3,000 motorcyclists have either been killed or seriously injured.
A road traffic accident can be an extremely dangerous and traumatising event to experience and, if you have experienced one where you weren’t liable, you could claim.
Calculating Compensation – How Much Time Do I Have To Claim?
An important part of the process of making a personal injury claim is ensuring you start your claim within a certain time.
Your time limit to start a claim for being injured by negligence is generally three years. This is either:
- Three years from the date of the incident that caused your injury
- Three years from the date you were first made aware of your injury and its cause – the date you first received a medical diagnosis for your injury is the date commonly used
If you, or a person you know, were incapacitated during the time limit and so were unable to begin a claim, an exception can be made. Considerations are given to people who are mentally unable to begin a claim – their time limit will only start when they regain their mental capacity.
In this type of situation, a litigation friend can be appointed to act on their behalf. This will also be the case for people who were injured before their 18th birthday. You cannot represent yourself in a claim until you are aged 18 or over – while a litigation friend can represent you while you are still considered underage, you will not have a time limit to begin your claim until the date of your 18th birthday.
If you want to know whether you are still within your time limit to start a claim, please reach out to one of our team. They can walk you through the time limit process listed in the Limitation Act 1980 and give you any help you may need with using our injury claims calculator or calculating your compensation.
Compensation for pain and suffering is the amount you could receive if your personal injury claim is successful. Our compensation payout calculator can provide you with an accurate estimate regarding what you might receive.
Pain and suffering can come from many types of incidents, including:
- A road traffic accident
- Emotional distress caused by a traumatic incident
- Accidents at work
- Slips, trips and falls
The crucial aspect of any claim is showing and proving that you weren’t liable for your own injuries.
To see if our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors can take on your case, call our advisors now using the phone number at the top of this page. They’ll run through the circumstances of your injury with you to see if you’ll be able to make a valid claim.
There are two potential heads of claim when making a personal injury claim. General damages compensation relates to the physical pain, emotional distress and negative impact to your quality of life caused by the injury.
Special damages, meanwhile, revolve around the financial losses caused by the injury. This can include claiming for things like:
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of future earnings
- Travel costs
- Recreational activities that you can now no longer commit to.
One thing to bear in mind: if your claim for general damages is successful, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your claim for special damages will be. Financial losses are judged independently of general damages but will only be considered if you’re deemed not to be liable for the injury. It’s also vital that you provide evidence of your expenses—without it you may be unable to prove you incurred those costs.
Many incidents can lead to you wanting to use a personal injury pain and suffering settlement calculator. Particularly severe injuries can have a damaging effect on your life, and you’re more than within your right to see if you’re able to claim for the pain and suffering caused.
Below are examples of just some types of incidents that you would be able to claim for to better understand your own situation.
Compensation For Emotional Distress
Emotional distress is a psychological injury that can be caused by a situation that feels completely out of our control. As such, it could feel like there’s no way out of it. Therefore, it’s important to identify the root causes of the emotional distress to see if it’s a situation you’re able to change or distance yourself from and see if you can claim for how it’s affected your mental health.
Examples of situations you could be in that could cause you to claim include:
- Emotional distress could be a part of a larger claim. For example, you could injure yourself in a public place and, as such, want to claim compensation from the council due to negligence. This could lead to causing stress and could greatly affect your mental health.
- If you suffer a facial scar, one that is likely to be permanent, this could cause emotional distress. You may feel self-conscious, lose self-esteem. You may develop depression and this, in turn, may impact your relationships with friends and family.
Compensation For Psychological Effects
Many different types of psychological injuries can come from trauma. Trauma is caused due to your brain struggling to process the extreme and stressful event you’ve experienced. It can have a lasting impact on your personality and your sense of self and it’s due to this that you might want to use a personal injury pain and suffering calculator. Examples of psychological injuries that you could claim include:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) caused by a poorly run and implemented military training exercise, which resulted in you suffering a serious injury. This could lead to you wanting to seek a personal injury, pain and suffering settlement.
- Depression and anxiety caused by a medical procedure having gone wrong. If there was an obvious and devastating surgical mistake, you might have experienced what is widely regarded as a never event.
- Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) due to a traumatic road traffic accident. This could leave you with a fear of getting into cars or even driving again. You may want to use representation from our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors if you’ve been harmed in this way.
Accidents At Work
An accident at work can cause debilitating and difficult injuries to deal with, particularly if you work in manual labour. This can result in you being unable to work and, as such, can lead to financial difficulties.
Like with all personal injury claims, whether you can claim or not revolves around showing that someone else was negligent. Your employer has a duty of care to their employees to make sure they can work their role to the best of their abilities safely and securely. They would be liable for your injury if they were not ensuring this, and your injury was caused due to their negligence. Your employer’s duty of care is detailed in full in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
Examples of how your employer can breach their duty of care includes:
- You being asked to lift an object that is too heavy for you to carry, causing back pain. This could result in you wanting to use a personal injury pain and suffering settlement calculator.
- Wanting to make a personal injury pain and suffering claim due to unsafe work conditions. For example, this could be from you falling downstairs due to a faulty handrail.
- Looking to make a personal injury claim for pain and suffering due to you injuring yourself because of malfunctioning equipment. This could be due to the necessary safety checks not being performed on the item in question.
Road Traffic Accidents
Road traffic accidents can cause a great deal of pain and suffering. Millions of people use the roads in the UK every day and, due to the sheer number of road users, accidents are bound to happen. The Highway Code was created to stop accidents caused by negligence but, unfortunately, they still occur.
The Highway Code sets out every road user’s duty of care so, when they breach it, they are being negligent and could be deemed liable if injuries are caused due to it. Examples of this include:
- A driver running through a red light causing a side collision with your vehicle. This could result in you wanting to use a personal injury pain and suffering calculator.
- A car swerving sharply into your lane on the motorway. More serious accidents like this can cause a multi-car pile-up.
- Wanting to use a personal injury calculator due to a driver going over the speed limit and, as such, causing a rear-end collision with your vehicle.
Something else to bear in mind with these types of injuries: if the value of the harm you’ve sustained comes to less than £5,000, there is a different method of claiming that you would have to use. This is outlined in The Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021. However, we always recommend getting in touch first before going down this route—your claim may be worth more.
Slips, Trips And Falls
You could also be seeking personal injury pain and suffering compensation due to a slip, trip or fall. The degree to which the injury has affected you, both physically and mentally, will determine the answer to questions such as “How much is pain and suffering worth?”
You may have injured yourself in a public place and be unsure of who is liable for the injury. The third-party in control of the space will be liable for the damage if their negligence has caused you to be injured. Their responsibility is to make sure, within reason, that you’re safe and able to enjoy the facilities they’re offering without risk of injury. Their duty of care is detailed further in The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.
Examples of slips, trips and falls that could cause you to want to use a personal injury pain and suffering settlement calculator include:
- A kerbstone that has been pushed higher by adverse weather could lead to people tripping and falling. In such cases, if the local council is aware of the hazard, they should take steps to make it safe.
- You slipping on a wet floor with no warning signs present.
- Carpet or flooring not being installed correctly, leaving a trip hazard which has resulted in you falling.
Seeking special damages compensation involves wanting to receive compensation for the financial losses caused by the injury. Care costs can be an important part of this due to the adjustments that may be needed. For example, you could claim for such things as:
- Adjustments to your home, such as a care bed or a chair lift.
- Amendments to your vehicle, such as needing a new one due to it needing to be wheelchair accessible.
- Costs of having a nurse to look after you, whether full or part-time. If a loved one has to take time off work to look after you, you could also claim for gracious care.
If you’d like to call our advisors to discuss in more detail the things you could claim for, they offer free legal advice and can be contacted using the phone number at the top of this page.
A personal injury pain and suffering settlement calculator can easily and quickly provide you an accurate estimate of what you could receive. In just a few clicks, it can provide you with a compensation bracket that will make you understand more about what your injury could be worth.
These compensation brackets are based on payouts given by the courts in previous personal injury claims. The Judicial College has created these brackets based on the severity and nature of every single type of injury. This answers such questions as “How much should I settle for pain and suffering?” and “How are personal injury settlements calculated?”
In relation to general damages compensation, you would either receive the amount they deem that your injury is worth or your claim will be unsuccessful. They could, however, theoretically only agree that some of your injuries were due to the incident. As such, the potential settlement amount is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
The compensation brackets help give a breakdown of what you could receive for each individual injury and, in that, help you understand what you could be awarded.
Special damages can also supplement this compensation. This relates to the financial losses caused by the injury. One thing to consider, however: your personal injury solicitor will request evidence to show the financial losses you’re looking to claim. This can be in the form of:
- Bank statements
You may receive some or none of the special damages compensation you’re claiming if the evidence you supply is not considered sufficient.
As we have already stated in this guide, following a successful claim you could be awarded compensation for damages both general and special.
Our compensation payout calculator may be able to help you gain a clearer idea of how much compensation you could be awarded in general damages. It will do this by asking you questions about your accident, and the injury you sustained. However, it may not be able to give you a comprehensive estimate as it may not take special damages into account.
Alternatively, you could use the table we have created below to help you understand how much you could receive in compensation following a successful claim in the UK for your pain and suffering. The settlement examples listed have been taken from the 16th edition of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). We have used the figures provided in the JCG as it lists compensation brackets for various injuries. It is also used by many legal professionals to help them when valuing claims.
However, it is important to remember that compensation is awarded on a case-by-case basis. Meaning the settlement you receive may differ from the figures listed below.
|Brain and Head Injury
|Moderate to severe intellectual deficit, a personality change, an effect on sight, speech and sense with a high risk of epilepsy and no prospect of employment.
|£150,110 to £219,070
|Severe pain and disability caused by serious damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots.
|£91,090 to £160,980
|One leg is amputated below the knee. Whether the amputation caused complications or not, will affect how much is awarded.
|£97,980 to £132,990
|Pelvis and Hip Injury
|Extensive pelvis fractures that dislocate the lower back joint and rupture the bladder.
|£78,400 to £130,930
|Involves damage to the brachial plexus and is usually associated with neck injuries.
|£19,200 to £48,030
|Dislocations or fractures that may require spinal fusion and cause immediate symptoms.
|£24,990 to £38,490
|Simple forearm fractures.
|£6,610 to £19,200
|Twisting or bruising injuries, or lacerations, that cause aching and discomfort.
|Up to £13,740
|Puncture wounds, metatarsal fractures or ruptured ligaments that cause a limp that is permanent and pain.
|Up to £13,740
|Soft tissue injuries or fractures that cause pain for a few weeks.
|Up to £3,950
Contact our advisors today if you have any questions about starting a personal injury claim for your pain and suffering.
Our panel of solicitors offer their services on a No Win No Fee basis. What does this mean?
- Your personal injury solicitor will not request legal fees either upfront or during the entirety of your claim. Instead, they will take a legally capped amount of your compensation upon your claim being successful. This payment covers their costs.
- Your personal injury solicitor will not request any legal fees unless you’ve received compensation from the claim. As such, if you don’t win, you won’t owe them any legal fees.
This means that you can rest assured knowing that your No Win No Fee solicitor won’t waste your time. They will only take your case if they feel you have a reasonably good chance of winning.
Use our personal injury pain and suffering settlement calculator to find out in minutes if you’ll be able to claim. Our 24/7 advisors offer free legal advice and are available at a time that works for you. In addition, our No Win No Fee panel of solicitors could help you receive thousands of pounds.
- Call us on 0800 408 7826
- Write to us using the Live Chat window on the right-hand side of your screen.
- Contact us via our website.
If you don’t want to use our compensation payout calculator, don’t worry! You can call our advisors, who can provide you with free legal advice to inform you of what you could claim. So don’t wait – call us today!
If you’d like more useful information, please view the links below.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides statistics about accidents at work. For more information on them, please view their website.
Mind, a mental health charity, provides more information about the types of mental health problems you could suffer from. Visit their website for more information.
Headway, a brain injury charity, offers more information about how to cope with serious brain injuries.
If you’ve broken your leg and want to see if you can claim, click here.
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For answers to frequently asked questions about pain and suffering, please see below.
How do I claim on behalf of another person or a child?
You can be appointed as their litigation friend and therefore represent them in relation to the claim.
What happens to a child’s personal injury settlement?
If the settlement amount is due to go back to the child, it will be held in a trust fund until they are eighteen. They will then receive the compensation.
How much should I settle for pain and suffering?
It depends on the injury you’ve sustained and the damages you’re looking to claim. Please call us so we can discuss your injury with you in more detail.
How much is pain and suffering worth?
It varies as it depends on the injury and the way the injury has negatively impacted your life.
How are personal injury settlements calculated?
The courts delegate compensation based on the physical pain, emotional turmoil and decline in quality of life caused by the injury. You could also receive special damages compensation.
How is pain and suffering calculated in personal injury?
The extent of your injuries and how it has negatively affected you are taken into account. Our personal injury pain and suffering settlement calculator can help show you how much your respective injuries are worth.
Guide by DOM
Edited by BER