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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    What are some of the biggest compensation payouts?

    Compensation payouts can vary significantly in size and depend on the circumstances surrounding each case.

    Compensation payouts reflect injury severity

    In a road traffic accident, for example, injuries can range from minor cuts or whiplash injuries to life-changing spinal or brain injuries. Compensation payouts will reflect the severity of sustained driver or passenger injuries and can subsequently be anywhere between a couple of thousand to hundreds of thousands, if not millions of pounds.

    Record compensation payouts

    One example of a record pay-out was not a traffic accident, but the tragic case of a five-year-old who was severely brain damaged at birth. Here, the ruling court awarded a record £11.5million.

    Calculation of compensation payouts

    Compensation amounts are calculated by taking special and general damages into account. Special damages are basically any expenses the injured party has incurred as a result of his or her injury.

    General damages

    These are the damages awarded for the pain and suffering an injury has caused. General damages consider the type of injury sustained and the effect it has on the victim’s life.

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    A relatively minor car accident injury like whiplash, which will heal within a few weeks or months at the most, for instance, would result in far lower general damages being awarded than if, for example, a driver suffered severe brain or spinal trauma that paralysed him for life.

    Psychological effects

    Sometimes, an injury can have a psychological effect on a car crash victim. Particularly serious accidents on the road, for example, can result in an injured driver or passenger developing anxiety, depression or PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). The effects of such conditions will also be taken into account when calculating general damages.

    Other factors

    Whether the injured party was at least partly to blame for their accidental injury, how a vehicle collision, for instance, was caused will also come into consideration. For example, was the responsible driver negligent, careless or reckless? Or were road or weather conditions partly to blame?

    Knowing what to expect

    People calling Accident Advice Helpline often ask how much they will get for their personal injury. We can provide a rough estimate of how much compensation is typically awarded in similar cases, but because of these variations in circumstances, we cannot guarantee specific amounts.

    Our promise

    What we can promise is that we will get you the compensation you are entitled to based on your injury and the impact it has had on your life. Call us now to learn more on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile or on 0800 689 0500 from landlines.

    Date Published: April 29, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice


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