In the UK, courts work on the principle of precedent. That means that judges don’t simply make their own decisions about what to do in each case (although an element of their personal judgement is included); instead they consider how other similar cases have been conducted. What this means is that in cases of personal injury compensation it is often very easy for the judge (or if the defendant decides to settle before going to court, the solicitors) to decide on what an appropriate sum for compensation would be.
Average compensation sums
Although each case is different and includes a different level of emotional distress, usually minor injuries of any kind receive less than £10,000. This excludes minor brain damage as even what is technically considered minor brain damage is actually a severe injury. Damage to vision usually attracts in the region of £10,000 in compensation. Minor brain damage with good recovery is usually awarded with a sum in the region of £20,000. Whiplash injuries can be compensated with a sum between £1000 and £13,000, depending on the severity of the injury and how it has affected daily functioning. Slips or falls are usually compensated with around £1000.
Psychiatric injuries are usually compensated with far greater sums in the region of £60,000, as they often severely affect the claimant’s quality of life. Being unable to work at all due to stress, depression, anxiety, or PTSD means that the claimant has effectively lost their entire income due to the accident or injury in question. Looked at this way, even £60,000 is a very modest sum indeed. Personal injury compensation is uncapped, which means that an unlimited sum can be awarded depending on the severity of the claimant’s pain and suffering, and the financial impact of their injury.
Claiming personal injury compensation
If you have been injured in any way through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. To discuss your injury with a qualified adviser, call Accident Advice Helpline. The line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0800 689 0500, and our expert advisers will be able to assess the validity of your claim and give you an idea of how much compensation you should expect. Although there is no obligation to make a claim simply by making a call, we work on a no win, no fee basis, and believe that all claims should be carried out with the minimum of stress and hassle to the claimant themselves.
Date Published: December 16, 2013
Author: David Brown