Compensation Guidelines

The compensation amounts below are based upon “Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases”. These are guidelines that all solicitors are required to use. Beware of any company who offer you more.

In addition to compensation for personal injury, it may also be possible to claim compensation for personal care and support, loss of earnings, damaged possessions and any other losses and expenses incurred due to the accident.

Please note that each personal injury claim is individual and the amount of compensation awarded will vary, depending upon the individual circumstances of the claim.

  • Neck / Back Injury
    • Neck Injuries
      Minor - Where a full recovery takes place within a period of about one to two years.
      £3,300 to £6,000
    • Neck Injuries
      Moderate - Injuries such as fractures or dislocations which cause severe immediate symptoms and which may necessitate spinal fusion.
      £19,000 to £29,250
    • Neck Injuries
      Severe - Neck injury associated with incomplete paraplegia or resulting in permanent spastic quadriparesis.
      In the region of £112,750
    • Back Injury
      Minor - Where a full recovery or a recovery to nuisance level takes place without surgery within about two to five years.
      £6,000 to £9,500
    • Back Injury
      Moderate - Many frequently encountered injuries to the back such as disturbance of ligaments and muscles giving rise to backache, soft tissue injuries resulting in a prolonged acceleration and / or exacerbation of a pre-existing back condition.
      £9,500 to £21,100
    • Back Injury
      Severe - Cases of the most severe injury involving damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots, leading to a combination of very serious consequences not normally found in cases of back injury.
      £69,200 to £122,350
  • Head Injury
    • Brain or Head Injury
      Minor - In these cases brain damage, if any, will have been minimal. The bottom of the bracket will reflect full recovery within a few weeks.
      £1,675 to £9,700
    • Brain Damage
      Moderate - This category is distinguished from the moderately severe category by the fact that the degree of dependence is markedly lower.
      £114,100 to £166,500
    • Brain Damage
      Moderately Severe - The insured person will be very seriously disabled. There will be substantial dependence on others and a need for constant professional and other care.
      £166,500 to £214,350
    • Brain Damage
      Very Severe - In cases at the top of this bracket the injured person will have a degree of insight. There may be some ability to follow basic commands, recovery of eye opening and return of sleep and walking patterns and postural reflex movement.
      £214,350 to £307,00
  • Shoulder Injury
    • Minor Shoulder Injury
      Soft tissue injury to your shoulder with considerable pain but almost complete recovery within one to two years.
      £3,300 to £6,000
    • Moderate Shoulder Injury
      Frozen shoulder with limitation of movement and discomfort with symptoms persisting for about two years. Also soft tissue injuries with more than minimal symptoms persisting after two years but not permanent.
      £6,000 to £9,700
    • Severe Shoulder Injury
      Often associated with neck injuries and involving damage to the brachial plexus resulting in significant disability.
      £14,600 to £36,500
    • Fracture of Clavicle
      The level of the award will depend on extent of fracture, level of disability, residual symptoms, and whether temporary or permanent, and whether union is anatomically displaced.
      £3,900 to £9,300
  • Eye Injury
    • Eye Injury
      Minor - In this bracket fall cases of minor injuries, such as being struck in the eye, exposure to fumes including smoke, or being splashed by liquids, causing initial pain and some temporary interference with vision.
      £3,000 to £6,650
    • Complete Loss of Sight in One Eye
      This award takes account of some risk of sympathetic ophthalmia.
      £37,450 to £41,675
    • Total Loss of One Eye
      The level of the award within the bracket will depend on age and cosmetic effect.
      £41,675 to £50,000
  • Hearing Loss
    • Partial Hearing Loss and/or Tinnitus
      Mild tinnitus with some NIHL.
      £9,575 to £11,300
    • Total Loss of Hearing in One Ear
      Cases will tend towards the higher end of the bracket where there are associated problems, such as tinnitus, dizziness or headaches.
      £23,800 to £34,600
    • Total Deafness
      The lower end of the bracket is appropriate for cases where there is no speech deficit or tinnitus. The higher end is appropriate for cases involving both of these.
      £69,000 to £83,325
  • Facial Injuries
    • Fractures of Nose or Nasal Complex
      Displaced fracture where recovery complete but only after surgery.
      £3,000 to £3,875
    • Fractures of Cheekbones
      Serious fractures requiring surgery but with lasting consequences such as paraesthesia in the cheeks or the lips or some element of disfigurement.
      £7,750 to £12,000
    • Fractures of Jaws
      Serious fracture with permanent consequences such as difficulty in opening the mouth or with eating or where there is paraesthesia in the area of the jaw.
      £13,650 to £23,175
    • Damage to Teeth
      Loss of or serious damage to several front teeth.
      £6,650 to £8,675
  • Arm Injury
    • Loss Of One Arm
      Arm amputated at the shoulder.
      Not less than £104,250
    • Less Severe Injury
      While there will have been significant disabilities, a substantial degree of recovery will have taken place or will be expected.
      £14,600 to £29,800
    • Simple Fractures of the Forearm
      £5,000 to £14,600
  • Elbow Injury
    • A Severely Disabling Injury
      £29,800 to £41,675
    • Less Severe Injuries
      Injuries causing impairment of function but not involving major surgery or significant disability.
      £11,900 to 24,350)
    • Moderate or Minor Injury
      Most elbow injuries fall into this category. They comprise simple fractures, tennis elbow syndrome and lacerations; i.e., those injuries which cause no permanent damage and do not result in any permanent impairment of function.
      Up to £9,575
  • Wrist Injuries
    • Very minor undisplaced or minimal displaced fractures and soft tissue injuries necessitating application of plaster or bandage for a matter of weeks and a full or virtual recovery within up to 12 months or so.
      £2,675 to £3,600
    • Less severe injuries where these still result in some permanent disability as, for example, a degree of persisting pain and stiffness.
      £9,575 to £18,625
    • Injuries resulting in complete loss of function in the wrist, for example, where an arthrodesis has been performed.
      £36,200 to £45,500
  • Hand / Finger Injuries
    • Serious Damage to Both Hands
      Such injuries will have given rise to permanent cosmetic disability and significant loss of function.
      £42,250 to £64,275
    • Moderate Hand Injury
      Crush injuries, penetrating wounds, soft tissue type and deep lacerations. The top of the bracket would be appropriate where surgery has failed and permanent disability remains. The bottom of the bracket would be appropriate for permanent but non-intrusive symptoms.
      £4,100 to £10,100
    • Total Loss of Index Finger
      In the region of £14,250
    • Loss of Thumb
      £27,000 to £41,675
  • Hip / Pelvis Injury
    • Severe
      Extensive fractures of the pelvis involving, for example, dislocation of a low back joint and a reputed bladder, or a hip injury resulting in spondylolisthesis of a low back joint with intolerable pain and necessitating spinal fusion.
      £59,600 to £99,500
    • Moderate
      Significant injury to the pelvis or hip but any permanent disability is not major and any future risk not great.
      £20,200 to £29,800
    • Lesser Injuries
      Cases where despite significant injury there is little or no residual disability. Where there has been a complete recovery within two years, the award is unlikely to exceed £5850.
      £3,000 to £9,575
  • Leg Injury
    • Above-Knee Amputation of One Leg
      The award will depend upon such factors as the level of the amputation; the severity of any phantom pains; associated psychological problems; the success of any prosthetics; any side effects such as backache and the risk of developing osteoarthritis in the remaining joints of both lower limbs or in the hips and spine.
      £79,700 to £104,500
    • Severe Leg Injury
      Serious compound or comminuted fractures or injuries to joints or ligaments resulting in instability, prolonged treatment, a lengthy period of non-weight-bearing, the near certainty that arthritis will ensue; extensive scarring. To justify an award within this bracket a combination of such features will generally be necessary.
      £29,800 to £41,675
    • Less Severe Leg Injuries
      Fractures from which an incomplete recovery is made or serious soft tissue injuries.
      £13,650 to £21,100
    • Simple fracture of a femur with no damage to articular surfaces.
      £6,925 to £10,700
  • Knee Injury
    • Severe
      Serious knee injury where there has been disruption of the joint, the development of ostearthristis, gross ligamentous damage, lengthy treatment, considerable pain and loss of function, an arthroplasty or arthrodesis has taken place or is inevitable.
      £53,000 to £73,125
    • Moderate
      Injuries involving dislocation, torn cartilage or meniscus which results in minor instability, wasting, weakness, or other mild future disability.
      £11,275 to £19,900
  • Ankle Injury
    • Severe
      Injuries necessitating and extensive period of treatment and/or a lengthy period in plaster or where pins and plates have been inserted and there is significant residual disability in the form of ankle instability and severely limited ability to walk.
      £23,800 to £38,050
    • Moderate
      Fractures, ligamentous tears and the like which give rise to less serious disabilities such as difficulty in walking on uneven ground, difficulty standing or walking for long periods of time, awkwardness on stairs, irritation from metal plates and residual scarring.
      £10,450 to £20,200
    • Modest Injuries
      The less serious, minor or undisplaced fractures, sprains and ligamentous injuries.
      Up to £10,450
  • Toe Injury
    • Amputation of the Great Toe
      In the Region of £23,800
    • Moderate Toe Injuries
      These injuries include relatively straight forward fractures or the exacerbation of a pre-existing degenerative condition or laceration injuries to one or more toes.
      Up to £7,300

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