The compensation amounts below are based upon the “Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases”. These are guidelines that all solicitors are required to use.
In addition to compensation for personal injury, you may also be entitled to compensation for loss of earnings and any other expenses incurred due to the accident.
All personal injury claims are individual and the amount of compensation awarded can vary, depending upon the individual circumstances of the claim.
- Neck / Back Injury
Neck Injuriesupto £7,410
Where a full recovery takes place within a period of about one to two years.
Neck Injuries£23,460 to £36,120
Injuries such as fractures or dislocations which cause severe immediate symptoms and which may necessitate spinal fusion.
Neck Injuries£42,680 to £139,210
Neck injury associated with incomplete paraplegia or resulting in permanent spastic quadriparesis.
Back InjuryUp to £11,730
Where a full recovery or a recovery to nuisance level takes place without surgery within about two to five years.
Back Injury£11,730 to £26,050
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.
Back Injury£85,470 to £151,070
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.
- Head Injury
Brain or Head InjuryUp to £11,980
In these cases brain damage, if any, will have been minimal. The bottom of the bracket will reflect full recovery within a few weeks.
Brain Damage£40,410 to £205,580
This category is distinguished from the moderately severe category by the fact that the degree of dependence is markedly lower.
Brain Damage£40,410 to £264,650
The insured person will be very seriously disabled. There will be substantial dependence on others and a need for constant professional and other care.
Brain Damage£264,650 to £379,100
In cases at the top of this bracket there may be some ability to follow basic commands, recovery of eye opening and return of sleep and waking patterns and postural reflex movement.
- Shoulder Injury
Shoulder InjuryUp to £7,410
Soft tissue injury to your shoulder with considerable pain but almost complete recovery within one to two years.
Shoulder Injury£7,410 to £11,980
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.
Shoulder Injury£18,020 to £45,070
Often associated with neck injuries and involving damage to the brachial plexus resulting in significant disability.
Fracture of Clavicle£4,830 to £11,490
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.
- Eye Injury
Eye Injury£3,710 to £8,200
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.
Complete Loss of Sight in One Eye£46,240 to £51,460
This award takes account of some risk of sympathetic ophthalmia.
Total Loss of One Eye£51,460 to £61,690
The level of the award within the bracket will depend on age, psychiatric consequences, and cosmetic effect.
- Hearing Loss
Partial Hearing Loss and/or Tinnitus£6,580 to £42,730
This category covers the bulk of deafness cases which usually result from exposure to noise at work over a prolonged period.
Total Loss of Hearing in One Ear£29,380 to £42,730
Cases will tend towards the higher end of the bracket where there are associated problems, such as tinnitus, dizziness or headaches.
Total Deafness£85,170 to £102,890
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.
- Facial Injuries
Fractures of Nose or Nasal Complex£3,710 to £4,790
(Displaced fracture where recovery complete but only after surgery.)
Fractures of Cheekbones£9,570 to £14,810
Serious Fractures requiring surgery but with lasting consequences such as paraesthesia in the cheeks or the lips or some element of disfigurement.
Fractures of Jaws£16,860 to £28,610
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.
Damage to Teeth£8,200 to £10,710
Loss of or serious damage to several front teeth.
- Arm Injury
Loss Of One ArmNot less than £128,710
Arm amputated at the shoulder.
Arm Injury£18,020 to £36,770
While there will have been significant disabilities, a substantial degree of recovery will have taken place or will be expected.
Simple Fractures£6,190 to £18,020
Simple Fractures of the Forearm
- Elbow Injury
Elbow Injury£36,770 to £51,460
A Severely Disabling Injury
Elbow Injury£14,690 to £30,050
Injuries causing impairment of function but not involving major surgery or significant disability.
Elbow InjuryUp to £11,820
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.
- Wrist Injuries
Wrist Injuries£3,310 to £4,450
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.
Wrist Injuries£11,820 to £22,990
where these still result in some permanent disability as, for example, a degree of persisting pain and stiffness.
Wrist InjuriesUp to £56,180
Injuries resulting in complete loss of function in the wrist, for example, where an arthrodesis has been performed.
- Hand / Finger Injuries
Damage to Both Hands£52,310 to £79,360
Such injuries will have given rise to permanent cosmetic disability and significant loss of function.
Hand Injury£5,260 to £12,460
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.
Hand InjuriesIn the region of £17,590
Total Loss of Index Finger
Hand Injuries£33,330 to £51,460
Loss of Thumb
- Hip / Pelvis Injury
Hip / Pelvis Injury£36,770 to £122,860
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.
Hip / Pelvis Injury£24,950 to £36,770
Significant injury to the pelvis or hip but any permanent disability is not major and any future risk not great.
Hip / Pelvis InjuryUp to £11,820
Cases where despite significant injury there is little or no residual disability. Where there has been a complete recovery within two years, the award may but is unlikely to exceed the mid-point in the range.
- Leg Injury
Above-Knee Amputation of One Leg£98,380 to £129,010
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.
Leg Injury£36,790 to £51,460
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.
Leg Injury£16,860 to £26,050
Fractures from which an incomplete recovery is made or serious soft tissue injuries.
Leg Injuries£8,550 to £13,210
Simple fracture of a femur with no damage to articular surfaces.
- Knee Injury
Knee Injury£24,580 to £90,290
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.
Knee InjuryUp to £24,580
Injuries involving dislocation, torn cartilage or meniscus which results in minor instability, wasting, weakness, or other mild future disability.
- Ankle Injury
Ankle Injury£29,380 to £46,980
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.
Ankle Injury£12,900 - £24,950
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.
Ankle InjuryUp to £12,900
The less serious, minor or undisplaced fractures, sprains and ligamentous injuries.
- Toe Injury
Toe InjuryUp to £29,380
Amputation of the Great Toe
Toe InjuriesUp to £9,010
These injuries include relatively straight forward fractures or the exacerbation of a pre-existing degenerative condition or laceration injuries to one or more toes.
Toe InjuryUp to £12,900
Such injuries will be serious injuries to the great toe or crush and multiple fractures of two or more toes
*Please note that due to a recent change in the law, the compensation examples provided may no longer be applicable to road traffic accident claims where the accident occurred on or after 31 May 2021. Our solicitors will be able to advise further.