In this guide, we will explore how you could use our serious injury compensation claim calculator to value your claim. Have you suffered an injury that was caused by a breach of duty of care? For example, you might have had an accident at work, in a public place or been involved in a road traffic accident.
You may have questions such as:
- How much compensation will I get?
- Could a UK compensation calculator be useful to me?
We will look at injuries you could sustain as a result of an accident and the physical and mental impact they can have on your life. We will also examine how settlements are valued and how much you could be owed if injured as a result of negligence.
Additionally, we will inform you of the evidence you can provide to support your claim and increase your chances of being awarded compensation. Furthermore, we will address the role of No Win No Fee solicitors and how their services can help you.
You can speak with a member of our team, and if your case is valid, they could connect you with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel. They are available to give free legal advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To get in touch:
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- What Is A Serious Injury?
- How Do Serious Injuries Happen?
- What Impact Could A Serious Injury Have?
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- Learn More About Using Our Serious Injury Compensation Claim Calculator
If you would prefer not to use our compensation claims calculator, we have taken figures from the Judicial College (JCG) to create the table below, which are the same figures we use in the calculator. The JCG is a document that legal professionals use to help them when valuing claims.
If your personal injury claim is a success, the compensation you are awarded could be made up of two heads of claim; general damages and special damages.
General damages compensate you for any physical or mental pain and suffering caused by the accident. For instance, you may be compensated for two broken legs that see you sustain permanent disabilities.
The life-changing injuries may also have a negative impact on your mental well-being, which you could also be compensated for. For example, you could become depressed or anxious as a result of the impact on your quality of life.
It must be remembered that each personal injury claim is unique. Therefore, these figures should only be used as guidance.
Body Part Severity Compensation Bracket Details
Arm Amputation £240,790 to £300,000 Loss of both arms leading to helplessness.
Arm Amputation Not less than £137,160 Amputation at shoulder level.
Head/Brain Moderately severe £219,070 to £282,010 Severe disabilities sustained where the injured person is considerably dependent on others.
Head/Brain Moderate £150,110 to £219,070 Moderate to serious intellectual impact such as a personality change or impact on sight or speech.
Leg Amputation (ii) £201,490 to £270,100 Below the knee amputations of both legs.
Leg Severe (i) £96,250 to £135,920 The most severe of leg injury other than amputation. For example, considerable degloving of the leg.
Back Severe (i) £91,090 to £160,980 Most serious of injuries including to the spinal cord and nerve roots.
Foot (b) £83,960 to £109,650 Treated as similar to a below-knee amputation because the useful ankle joint is lost.
Neck Severe (ii) £65,740 to
£65,740 to £130,930
Injuries including considerable fractures or damage to discs in the cervical spine
Neck Severe (iii) £45,470 to
Injuries such as a fracture, dislocation, severe damage to soft tissues and ruptured tendons that cause chronic conditions.
On the other hand, special damages seek to reimburse you for any financial losses incurred due to your injuries. For instance, you may have to buy a wheelchair and make home adaptations because of an ongoing disability. Special damages could cover these costs.
It may also reimburse you for:
- Care costs
- Medical expenses
- Loss of pay
To find out more about special damages and general damages and the different things that they cover, get in touch with a member of our team.
Whilst there isn’t one specific definition for a serious injury, it can be understood as an injury that causes long-lasting or continuing pain and discomfort for the sufferer. It will likely have an impact on the person’s everyday life, such as their ability to work, and could be life-threatening or life-changing.
What is a duty of care?
In order for you to claim for a serious injury, you must have been owed a duty of care, which was then breached in a way that resulted in you being harmed. A duty of care means someone else had a legal responsibility for your safety.
Below are examples of when a third party has a responsibility for your safety:
- At work. This is outlined in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, which states your employer must take all practical steps to guarantee the safety of their employees. If your employer’s negligence causes an accident in which you’re injured, you could be eligible to make an accident at work claim.
- In public. Under the Occupier’s Liability Act, 1957, those in control of spaces that the public can access must take practical steps within reason to maintain the safety of the space for its intended purpose. Consequently, if you have suffered an injury that was the fault of the person in control of the space, you may be eligible to claim.
- On the road. You may be involved in a car accident that was caused by somebody else’s negligence. The duty of care of road users is outlined in the Road Traffic Act 1988. Furthermore, the Highway Code outlines the ways that road users can ensure their own safety and the safety of others; some of these are backed up elsewhere in the law. If another road user’s breach of duty of care led to a road traffic accident that caused a serious injury, you may be able to claim.
If you would like to find out more about serious injuries or our compensation claims calculator, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Now that we have established that you can only claim when a breach of duty of care has occurred, we will look at some potential accident scenarios. We have provided you with some examples of how serious injuries may occur due to negligence:
- Despite being made aware of the issue, your employer has failed to clear or signpost a spillage. As a result, you slip on it and sustain and serious back injury.
- You may sustain an injury on a piece of broken public gym equipment that is controlled by your local council. Subsequently, you suffer a broken arm.
- Another driver might fail to stop at a junction because they are driving too fast. Consequently, they T-bone your vehicle, which sees you suffer a serious shoulder injury and neck injury.
For more information on using a serious injury compensation claim calculator to value your claim, speak with an advisor today. If you have a valid case, you could be connected with a No Win No Fee lawyer from our panel.
Suffering a serious injury can have major physical and psychological impacts on your life. For instance, a serious arm injury may result in complete loss of function in a limb or even amputation.
This could have a knock-on effect on your day-to-day life. For example, you may be forced to stop working or you might have to stop attending the gym, which was something that you did for both your physical and mental wellbeing.
Furthermore, this could have an impact on your mental health. You may experience anxiety and depression due to a loss of pay and the inability to socialise.
If you would like more information on the potential impacts of serious injuries on your quality of life, and how that could affect your compensation settlement, please get in touch. Our team can also give you guidance on how to use our serious injury compensation claim calculator.
Gathering as much evidence as possible is a great way to maximise the success of your claim and enhance your chance of receiving compensation.
You can do this in many ways, but after sustaining an injury in an accident, it is always important to seek medical attention. This allows you to receive treatment for your injuries but also generates medical records that can be used as evidence.
You could also:
- Gather witnesses details – this is so that witness statements can be obtained at a later date
- Gather CCTV footage of the incident
- Photographs – Take pictures of the scene of the incident and/or your injuries
Finally, you should seek legal advice. Our team of advisors are available to help 24/7 and could connect you with a solicitor from our panel if you have a valid claim.
Being represented with a No Win No Fee agreement in place is popular amongst claimants. Under the No Win No Fee umbrella is a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), which allows you to access legal representation without upfront or ongoing payments.
Under a CFA, there are no legal fees to pay your solicitor unless your case is won. Additionally, you do not have to pay for the legal services they provide if your claim is not a success.
However, if your claim is successful, you will have to pay your solicitor a legally capped success fee which will be taken from your compensation payout. The cap on this prevents you from being overcharged.
For more information on how you could use our serious injury compensation claim calculator to help you value your claim, speak with an advisor today.
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One of our No Win No Fee solicitors could use their years of experience to ensure all bases of your claim are covered and increase your chance of you getting the compensation you deserve. Find out whether they could represent you on this basis by getting in touch with a member of our team.
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Here we have included some further reading that you might find useful:
We have also included some of our own guides that could benefit you:
- Broken ankle injury compensation calculator guide
- Compensation for a broken wrist at work
- Bodily injury claims – a complete guide
Thank you for reading our guide on using our serious injury compensation claim calculator.
Writer Beck Pratt
Publisher Fern Scott