How to Use Our Personal Injury Claims Calculator
To use our personal injury compensation calculator, simply click on the injured part of your body below. Let us know how severe your injuries are and how much income you think you may have lost due to your accident. Our compensation calculator will provide you with a rough estimate of what your claim could be worth based on the latest guidelines by the Judicial College. If you would like to find out if you are able to make a claim, our caring and experienced team are on hand 24 / 7 to answer any questions that you may have.
How Much Compensation Can You Claim?
From our experience, we can tell you that every claim and compensation settlement is different. This is not only down to the fact that every injury is different, but also, the final amount that you can receive is not just dependent on the injury itself. Your claim can also factor in ‘special damages’ such as your loss of earnings from work, money spent on travel, treatment and care during your recovery. Though we do not guarantee to recover all of these additional costs, we can certainly try to do so. Keeping a diary of any expenses you have incurred and the tasks you have needed assistance with can certainly help us to compile this information.
We are specialist personal injury solicitors and we have a proud history of helping people claim for a variety of accidents that were not their fault. Our firm has over 30 years’ experience covering everything from accidents at work, road traffic accidents, cycling accidents and even injuries sustained from slips, trips and falls.
FAQ About Injury Compensation Calculator
Compensation Claim Amounts
Taken from ‘Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases’, Fifteenth Edition (2019) by Judicial College. Each settlement will be valued according to the individual merits of each case. Please note that even the most severe cases brought before 1st April 2013 may settle for approximately 10% less than indicated in the calculator due to changes in legislation. This is intended as a guide only. Your own solicitor will be able to advise you of the settlement you could be entitled to and will be able to offer more tailored guidance through the settlement stages of your claim. Smith Jones do not currently accept claims that we believe will settle for under £1000 therefore in some injury types, the minimum figure has been replaced with £1000 where the guidelines may have quoted a lesser amount.
Compensation Claim Amounts Explained
Compensation is the payment of money to an individual in acknowledgement of any suffering or loss they may have endured. In the case of personal injury (PI), some payouts are provided in order to protect workers in circumstances whereby an injury may limit or prevent them from continuing their employment. The claims are therefore in place as a means of personal security, protecting against a loss of earnings and helping the individual to return to the financial position they were in before the injury occurred. Within the legal sector, personal injury refers to both physical and psychological issues, each of which may be accidental or as a result of negligence. For instance, although individuals may be eligible for claims due to dental or medical negligence, they may also be owed compensation due to sports-related injuries and trips and falls. Personal injuries may include – but are not limited to – accidents on the road, accidents at work, slips, trips and falls, holiday illness, occupational disease, supermarket accidents, or fatal illness claims.
When it comes to compensation claim amounts, there is no “one size fits all” approach. The amount of compensation an individual can claim for personal injury, therefore, depends on a number of factors, including the ability of the individual to continue working, the length of time it takes for them to recover, and the reaction of the opposing side of the claim. In addition to this, the claims process should also take into account any extra costs which may occur as a result of long-term discomfort. For example, a compensation pay-out for severe back injury may cover not only the cost of surgery, but also the treatment for any further physical distress. Potential psychological distress is also a factor which must be considered throughout the personal injury claims process. In cases where the claimant has suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), shock, or depression as a result of the injury, they may be entitled to an extra pay-out in compensation known as ‘special damages’.
One of the largest misconceptions regarding compensation claim amounts is that there are set values for each injury. In actuality, the appropriate payout value is agreed upon after an in-depth analysis of each individual case, and a diagnosis of the severity of the injury. Personal injuries require a thorough medical analysis, and are rated according to the following scale:
- Minor – it might take a couple of days and a couple of weeks for the individual to recover.
- Moderate – it might take a couple of months for the individual to recover.
- Moderately severe – the injury has likely caused long-lasting damage and a full recovery may never be possible.
- Severe – the injury has caused permanent damage.
Although compensation claims vary from firm to firm, there are average values which individuals might expect to receive. For instance, minor shoulder injuries might receive a payout of between £1,000 – £6,600, whereas you might expect up to £80,440 for severe knee injuries. There are, however, some circumstances in which the above scale doesn’t necessarily apply. For example, in the case of epilepsy, taste/smell impairments, or finger-related injuries, you might expect to receive the same pay-out for a ‘minor’ injury as you would a ‘severe’ injury. At Smith Jones Solicitors, our average pay-out is £11,500, and claimants can get an estimate of how much their claim may be worth using our trusted compensation calculator.
To date, one the largest reported amounts to having been paid out in personal injury compensation is £24 million. The compensation was paid by the NHS to the family of Maisha Najee, who was left with life-altering injuries after doctors injected glue into her brain instead of dye. The accident, which was cited as ‘medical negligence’, left Maisha requiring constant medical care and unable to walk. In a case as severe as this, with the hospital admitting full liability, it is likely that Maisha’s family faced few legal obstructions during the claims process. As a result, they were promised yearly instalments of £383,000 until Maisha turned 19, and instalments of £423,000 a year from the age of 19 until her death. It is predicted that she will live until the age of 64, meaning that £24 million will have been paid out altogether in personal injury compensation. This figure may adjust accordingly, meaning that the NHS could end up paying more or less than the agreed sum depending on Maisha’s lifespan.
At Smith Jones Solicitors, we understand that there is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to personal injury compensation claims. With our dedicated team of legal experts and years of experience, we are specialists in helping individuals receive the money they are entitled to. We are so confident in our approach that we operate on a “no win, no fee*” basis, so you can rest assured that your claim is being handled by people who care. Contact us at Smith Jones Solicitors to start your claims process today!
A personal injury can either be something physical like an injury, disease or illness or it can be a psychological injury or illness. Some personal injuries can result in long term complications, changes to the quality of life and even, in some cases, death. There are lots of kinds of personal injuries:
- An injury at your place of work. This includes illnesses caused by your work environment such as a disease caused by hazardous materials.
- An injury caused in a traffic accident including motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents and car accidents
- An injury caused by faulty goods
- An injury caused by the negligence of other such as Dental Negligence
- An injury caused by a trip or fall
- A physical or psychological injury sustained by a victim as a result of a crime
How much personal injury compensation will I receive?
When assessing how much personal injury compensation you could be entitled to there are no fixed amounts per injury. This is because each client we work with is affected by a unique set of circumstances (we have published some guidelines and a compensation amounts table). If you have sustained a personal injury, you should seek the advice of our expert personal injury lawyers who will assess your case on its merits and advise how much you could expect to receive by way of general damages. However, there is some guidance available.
For serious injuries, we also recover compensation to cover additional costs that arise as a result of your accident, including; loss of future earnings, a lifetime of care and treatment, help with chores, medication, prosthetic limbs and adaptations to your accommodation. Depending on the severity of the injury, this can lead to you being awarded up to millions of pounds.
General damages are paid as compensation for an injury, for example, a payment for pain and suffering or loss of future earnings. The court will decide on the amount to be paid. Special damages are paid as compensation for actual financial loss caused by the accident up to the date of the hearing. These can include damage to clothing or other belongings, the costs of care, travel costs to hospital and medical expenses.
There are some circumstances in which the damages you receive may be reduced as your injuries may have been made worse due to something you did/didn’t do. An example of this would be if you were not wearing a seatbelt when you were involved in a traffic accident.
How much will it cost me to claim?
An insurance policy might cover your legal fees for instance, many house, car and travel insurance policies have legal expenses cover attached. A more common and much more accessible option is using a conditional fee agreement, also known as ‘no win, no fee*.’ This means that if you lose your case your solicitors will receive no fees. However, you might have to pay the legal fees of the other side and any expenses incurred by your solicitors (disbursements). Your solicitor may ask you to take out insurance to cover this outcome. If you are successful in winning your case, the other side will pay part of your solicitor’s expenses and fees and you will most likely be asked to contribute a pre-arranged percentage of your compensation to cover the remaining fees. At Smith Jones specialist personal injury solicitors, we operate on a no win, no fee* basis in the majority of cases.
I want to make a claim, what should I do?
If you feel you are entitled to compensation for a personal injury contact Smith Jones personal claim solicitors today. With over 30 years’ legal experience, our personal injury solicitors team are here to help you. Our lawyers are all specialists in personal injury litigation and we are supported by a national network of medical experts and accident investigators, this allows us to provide an outstanding service throughout England and Wales. Every year we deal with a huge variety of injury claims for thousands of people. We understand that every case is unique and one approach doesn’t fit all that’s why we tailor our approach to suit you. Personal injury cases can often be of a sensitive nature so we deal with every claim with the utmost professionalism and compassion.
To find out more about making a claim for personal injury compensation, call us on 0800 195 95 90 and discuss your claim with one of our expert solicitors. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are ready to take your call.
Compensation Guidelines For Personal Injury
If you have suffered a personal injury you are entitled to claim compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured as a consequence of the injury and for all the losses you may have suffered as a result of the injury (use our compensation calculator). These can include:
- Loss of earnings
- Any insurance excess you might have had to pay
- Damage to your clothing and property
- Rehabilitation and the cost of ongoing care
- Home adaptations required
- Any future losses, for example, inability to work or loss of promotion prospects.
The compensation you receive will usually be split into two categories, special damages and general damages. General damages are those which are easily quantifiable. Examples of general damages could be medical expenses or taxi fares. It’s a good idea to keep a record of any expenses (including receipts) that you incur as a result of the personal injury so that your solicitor can claim them back on your behalf, though there are no guarantees that these will be paid by your opponent. Special damages tend to be more difficult as they are ‘assessed.’ A monetary value must be placed on the pain and suffering you have endured, your possible future losses and the effect the injury might have on your lifestyle, along with many other factors.
Lawyers and judges will seek a medical report to allow them to value your claim. Your case will be compared to similar past cases and use the level of damages awarded as guidance for your claim. The Judicial College which provides training and instruction for all judges in England and Wales also periodically issues guidelines for the assessment of general damages in personal injury cases. These figures are used in our trusted claims calculator.
If a court feels that you are partly responsible for a personal injury they may reduce the general damages you receive. For example, if you weren’t wearing a seatbelt in a road traffic injury or if you didn’t follow the correct safety procedures in your workplace.
When should I claim?
If you feel that you are entitled to compensation for your personal injury you should be aware that there are time limits on taking legal action. The time limits differ which is why we would advise you to seek legal advice as soon as possible if you hope to claim compensation. The most common claim in personal injury cases is negligence. The time limit for negligence claims is three years. This means that court proceedings must be issued within three years of your first being aware that you have suffered an injury. Depending on the circumstances of the case, this limit may be extended for instance, for cases involving a minor.
How long will my claim take?
Every claim is unique so the time it takes will vary according to the individual circumstances. Whether the third party admit or deny responsibility for the personal injury will also affect how long the claim takes.