As one of the most common questions asked by clients, many solicitors will tell you that it depends, however this does not really help you to understand what your compensation claim is actually worth.
A personal injury claim is made up of many different elements, and it does help to understand exactly which of these elements apply to your personal injury claim. This will give you a better idea of how your compensation is calculated.
The first part of your compensation claim is for your injuries and the amount will depend on how serious your injuries are. For example, if you were involved in a car accident and you suffered from a small amount of scarring to your face and a minor head injury, you could receive a minimum £1,100 for the scarring and £1,400 for the minor head injury.
In comparison, if the scarring to your face was severe and you suffered a serious brain injury, your awards are more likely to be up to £62,000 for the scarring and up to about £250,000 for a serious brain injury. So you can see that the award really does depend on the severity of the injury. You can get a rough idea of how much some injuries are worth by looking at our Compensation Calculator.
In the event of a serious injury which is life changing, you will need to consider any future costs which you may incur as a result of your injuries. This can include any adaptations which need to be made to your home or your vehicle or even if you need to move to a new house or buy a new car, which better suits your needs. In addition, any equipment required, special aides and even future nursing care costs will be included in your claim. This will be calculated over the whole of your lifetime too.
If you had time off from work, this should be included in your personal injury claim. It doesn’t matter if you are self-employed either, you can still claim. This includes any overtime, bonuses, pension payments and anything else you missed as a result of your accident and injuries.
Lastly, any expenses you have paid out can be claimed back. For example, if you have paid for physiotherapy or prescription medication, you will be able to receive these costs back. Any phone calls, letters, taxi fares or indeed any costs (as long as they are reasonable), should be added to your compensation claim.
You can see that a personal injury claim is not just dependent on how much your injuries are worth, but in fact incorporate all costs associated with your accident and injuries. The best way to find out how much your claim is worth is to speak to a specialist solicitor.
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