Average payout for whiplash in 2012


In England and Wales, an organisation known as the Judicial Studies Board produces guidelines for legal professionals who deal with personal injury cases. These guidelines are frequently updated and provide advice on the awards that should be issued to successful compensation claimants. They ensure that compensation awards are kept at a consistent level and eliminate the need for guesswork when putting a financial value on a claimant’s pain and suffering.

What does the average payout for whiplash consist of?

The average payout for whiplash comprises two main components: general and special damages.

General damages

General damages is the term used to describe the financial value of the pain experienced as a result of an accident and any subsequent injuries. The general damages assessment should include:

  • The seriousness of the injuries sustained
  • The extent to which a full recovery is likely
  • Any loss of earnings as a direct result of the accident
  • The degree of pain experienced
  • The impact the injuries have had on daily living

Often the Judicial Studies Board guidelines are used in conjunction with documentation from previous personal injury cases that occurred under the same circumstances and were associated with similar injuries. Naturally, the longer the length of time that a claimant is suffering, the higher the average whiplash payout they can expect to receive.

Special damages

Special damages is the term used to describe the financial value of any expenses incurred as a result of an accident and any subsequent injuries. The special damages assessment will be worked out through totalling up the cost of the following expenses:

  • Lost earnings
  • Travel expenses
  • Health and social care expenses
  • Miscellaneous expenses, such as cancelled holidays and unused gym memberships

What was the value of the average payout for whiplash 2012?

The average payout for whiplash 2012 varies, depending on the severity of the injuries sustained. For minor whiplash, the average payout fell between £850 and £5,000. For moderate whiplash injuries associated with a long recovery period, the average payout fell within a higher bracket of £5,000 to £8,750.

How can I find out more about whiplash claims?

Accident Advice Helpline has over ten years’ experience of providing advice on whiplash injury claims. To find out more about making a personal injury claim on a 100% no win no fee* basis, contact our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or use our compensation calculator.

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