One of the most common questions asked of personal injury solicitors is “How much compensation could I get for…?’ It’s a difficult question to answer, but if you have been injured in an accident that was somebody else’s fault then you could find you are eligible to make a claim for compensation. There’s a three-year time limit in place to make a claim and you will need to provide evidence that you sought medical attention after your accident; but those are the only criteria for claiming.
How much compensation?
There really is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to answering the question of how much compensation you could get. There are a number of different things which can affect the amount you could receive, from the severity of your injuries to the amount of financial losses you have suffered, and every claim is different.
Is there a way to get an idea of how much compensation I could get?
The good news is that although it’s impossible to tell you exactly what you could get as compensation for your injuries without knowing a bit more about your accident, there is a quick and easy way to get an idea of what you could receive. A quick browse online for ‘injury calculators’ will bring up hundreds of websites which offer a personal injury calculator, designed to ask you a few questions about your accident and then provide you with a rough idea of what you could be entitled to claim. The problem with many of these sites is that they are not regularly updated or they may be inaccurate. But on our website you will find our 30-second calculator which will be able to help you.
What other factors can affect how much compensation I get?
Generally speaking, more serious injuries will attract higher compensation awards. But it’s still worthwhile claiming if you have suffered a minor injury, like whiplash, for example. This is because as well as compensation for your injuries you could be compensated for loss of earnings and other financial losses. Other factors that could affect how much compensation you get include:
- The time it takes you to recover from your injuries
- Your medical prognosis for the future
- How much time you have taken off work
- Any expenses you’ve incurred, like the cost of travelling to medical appointments
Your earnings will also be taken into consideration, so if you are struggling to pay your bills after your accident, making a personal injury claim is a good move.
Call Accident Advice Helpline today
Although you have three years from the date of your accident to get in touch with us, we recommend calling us as soon as possible after your accident. You can call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile to find out more about making a claim. All advice is offered on a no-obligation basis so there is no pressure to proceed with a claim at any point. There are no upfront fees to worry about either as our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis.
Date Published: October 15, 2017
Author: Rob Steen