If you have been injured in an accident at work, in a public place or even whilst driving, did you know that you could be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation if somebody else was to blame? Since 2000, Accident Advice Helpline has helped thousands of people to claim compensation for injuries ranging from whiplash, cuts and bruises to life-changing injuries like brain injuries, and we are used to answering questions about the claims process.
What is my personal injury claim worth?
It’s very difficult to answer the question, “What is my personal injury claim worth” as every claim is unique. When a personal injury lawyer assesses your claim, they will take into account a wide range of different factors, which means that everybody will be eligible for a different amount of compensation.
What factors can influence how much compensation I get?
Imagine you have suffered a spinal injury after falling from scaffolding whilst working on a construction site. You’ll probably need treatment in hospital which may involve surgery and rehabilitation. In serious cases, you may be left paralysed, which can impact your future, and you may be wheelchair-bound, unable to work and in need of help around the home. In cases like this, you could be entitled to a substantial amount of compensation – generally speaking, the more serious your injuries, the more compensation you could get. If you have suffered a relatively minor injury like whiplash which will heal within a few weeks or months, you’re likely to receive less compensation. Other factors which can influence what your personal injury claim is worth include:
- How your injuries have affected your life
- Whether or not you are able to return to work
- How long your recovery period is
- If your injuries have left you with a permanent disability
- Any financial losses you have suffered (such as loss of earnings)
A personal injury lawyer will take all these things into account when processing your claim.
Call us for all the information you need
When it comes to what your personal injury claim is worth, it’s tempting to do your own research online and read articles about what people with similar injuries received in compensation, or what the ‘average’ awards are for specific injuries such as whiplash. It is always best to take these types of things with a pinch of salt though, as they may or may not be accurate. In actual fact, you won’t find out exactly how much compensation you could get until you proceed with a claim and a personal injury lawyer accurately works out your settlement for you. However, we understand that you probably want an idea of how much you could claim before you proceed, and that’s why Accident Advice Helpline developed the 30-second test, which you’ll find on our website. This will give you a rough idea of what your personal injury claim is worth. Once you’ve taken the test, why not give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile to find out if you are eligible to make a claim and get some more advice?
Date Published: October 15, 2017
Author: Rob Steen