How Much Are My Injuries Worth?
01 May 2018
If you are looking to claim compensation for an injury (or injuries) that you have suffered, then one of the first things you’ll probably want to know is how much compensation your injuries could be worth. As you might expect, the value of a personal injury claim will vary significantly depending on a number of different factors.
Here we provide some guidance into the factors that will need to be considered when calculating the amount of compensation awarded in a personal injury claim in England and Wales.
What Pain and Suffering has the Injury Caused?
When assessing a potential personal injury claim, it’s necessary to establish exactly how the injury has affected your life and general wellbeing both now and in the future. Has the injury caused you lasting pain? How have you suffered as a direct result of the injury? Are you no longer able to do certain things that you were able to do before you were injured?
These factors all come under what’s known as General Damages in a personal injury claim.
Has the Injury Caused You Financial Losses?
When calculating full and fair compensation it will also be necessary to establish exactly how the injury has impacted on you financially. Have you lost earnings because of the accident that caused your injuries? Have you needed to pay for taxis because you were unable to drive, walk or cycle? Were you forced to cancel a holiday that had already been paid for? These losses are all potentially recoverable.
Medical expenses will also need to be factored in here. Have you needed to pay for treatment, medication or rehabilitation aids? In order to ensure that the compensation is fair, any future medical expenses that you are likely to incur will also need to be identified and included in the compensation calculation.
In addition, when you were injured were any of your personal possessions damaged? If you were knocked off your bike, for example, was the bike damaged as a result? If you were injured in a fall, it may be that you broke your watch or tore your clothing. These are all additional costs that you would not have incurred if the accident had not happened.
Finally, are there adaptations that have been made or that need to be made to your home or car in order for you to remain as independent as possible? The cost of such adaptations can be very significant and will need to be factored into any claim for compensation.
These financial losses are all categorised under what’s known as Special Damages in a personal injury claim.
Examples of Personal Injury Compensation Amounts
For some examples of compensation amounts that our Personal Injury Solicitors have achieved for our clients, see the case studies below.
- Car Accident Claim Awarded £1.3 Million Compensation
- £225,000 Compensation for Injuries and Losses after Car Accident
- Cycling Accident Claim Settled for Over £50,000 Compensation
- Work Accident Claim Settled for £19,545 Compensation
As you can see, there are many different factors that need to be considered when calculating how much compensation is due to an injured person. Therefore it’s impossible to provide a clear cut answer as to how much your injuries might be worth without knowing all of the facts.
With our free personal injury claim assessment service we can help you to understand whether there’s a reasonable chance of your claim being successful and, if so, we can then estimate the amount of compensation that you should be entitled to.
It is part of the Co-op’s ethos and values to provide help and support in enforcing legal rights so as to prevent injustice. We will always strive to secure the best possible compensation and rehabilitation for our clients.
If you choose to instruct us, our Personal Injury Solicitors will fight to ensure that you receive full and fair amount of compensation for the accident which caused your injuries. Most claims can be dealt with on a No Win No Fee basis.