The one question that people ask more than any other when they believe they have grounds for making a personal injury claim is: ‘How much compensation will I be awarded?’ You may be surprised to learn that no one can answer that question with authority. This is because, although there are “The Judicial Studies Guidelines,” published by the Judicial Studies Board (JSB), there are other factors which affect the amount of compensation awarded in each case.
How much compensation will I be awarded?
Your accident solicitor will be able to give you an estimate. However, this can only be done if they do the necessary research into cases similar to yours, so that they can discover how much other people have been awarded in the past. The JSB’s guidelines will also be consulted. This will take time, so you should be prepared to wait for an answer to the question, ‘How much compensation will I be awarded?’ Even when an answer is given, it will only be an estimate as no one can accurately predict how much you are going to get, if your claim is successful.
Your solicitor can advise you to accept or reject any offer of compensation you receive, as they will readily understand if the offer is reasonable or not.
How much compensation will I be awarded for a minor psychiatric disorder?
A specific question which asks about a particular injury, whether physical or psychological, can be answered in part by referring to the JSB guidelines. Minor psychological damage, which could be caused by stress after an accident, is defined as being anxious about travelling, loss of sleep (insomnia) and stress which has been ongoing for some time. However, where the problem is thought to be temporary, the amount of compensation you would be likely to receive would be at the lower end of this scale. For such disorders you could get between £1,000 and £3,875. The range is quite broad and the amount of compensation awarded will depend on the nature of the symptoms.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you believe that you have grounds to make a personal injury compensation claim, but you are not sure how to go about doing this, then you may want to contact us at Accident Advice Helpline. We are a law firm with more than 15 years of experience working in this sector, and we work with a team of expert solicitors. They are all personal injury specialists and work on a no-win, no-fee basis. Between them, they can answer questions about any type of personal injury claim you may have.
Why not visit our website and find out more about our firm and our services? Alternatively, you could simply phone us on 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone.