Being involved in an accident whereby someone else was to blame can be a traumatic experience, and one which has a physical and psychological impact as well as financial implications. Making a claim for compensation is an important step following your accident, helping to compensate as much as possible for what you have experienced through no fault of your own. One of the first questions on your mind may be, how are compensation rates for personal injury decided, and how much am I entitled to receive?
How are compensation rates for personal injury calculated?
If you have been involved in an accident resulting in a personal injury and are eligible to make a claim, there are certain considerations that your legal representation will take into account when pursuing your claim. These include:
- Your injury type and severity. If you have endured a particularly severe injury such as a brain injury or spinal injury, then this will be taken into consideration with regards to compensation rates for personal injury claims.
- Your prognosis – detailing whether you are expected to recover quickly (perhaps within days or weeks), medium term (over a course of months), long term or even indefinitely. Some severe injuries such as a complete spinal injury where the spinal cord is totally severed will mean that you are permanently paralysed downwards from the point of injury. By contrast, a whiplash injury will subside with rest, and a broken leg will heal with proper care.
- Financial implications – including medical expenses and loss of earnings. Your finances may be impacted upon through medication bills, specialist treatment costs or even through the need to adapt to your home – for example if you now require the use of a wheelchair. Loss of earnings may also be experienced if you are out of work either short or long term. If you are unable to return to work on a permanent basis, your compensation rates for personal injury will take into account future promotions and pensions.
To get an idea of how much you may be able to claim, at Accident Advice Helpline we have a handy online 30-second test which will return an estimated compensation figure within just half a minute. You will be provided with a lower and upper range, depending on the severity of your injury. This is an approximation only, and the finer details are best discussed with one of our friendly professional advisers.
How are personal injury claims processed?
At Accident Advice Helpline, the details of your accident and personal injury claim will be taken by one of our highly trained advisers, and matched to a legal expert with specific experience in your injury type – meaning your chances of success are as high as possible. In most cases, claims can be processed entirely via the telephone, and you may not even need to attend court, although in some instances a further medical assessment may be required. All cases are handled with utmost professionalism on a no win no fee basis.
Date Published: 28th February 2013
Author: Sharon Parry