What are the different injury values in compensation claims?
Injuries vary in severity and consequence and are assessed under certain criteria to make a fair judgement of how much compensation should be awarded. This method helps to set a benchmark by which claimants and defendants alike know approximately how much money should be paid. The different injury values are usually a starting point and the final award made will depend upon the individual claim and any special circumstances pertaining to it.
How do I find the injury values which apply to me?
Common types of injuries have precedents and values attached to them.
Some examples of the most common awards for injury values with precedents.
Fractured leg upwards of £6000
Whiplash anywhere from £1000 to £16000
Forearm fracture between £4000 and £12000
A wrist injury starts at £2000
Minor ankle from £9000
Minor knee injury around £9000
Whiplash injury can be complex and hard to diagnose, hence the wide range of values. Complications can set in. A light whiplash injury resulting in a week or so off work will be at the lower end of the scale, whereas the whiplash injury leading to complications such as persistent migraines, numbness in neck and shoulders, pins and needles in the arms and problems with vision and balance will achieve a higher figure. The problem with whiplash assessment is it’s hard to diagnose.
Get an estimate from Accident Advice Helpline
If you have suffered a non-fault accident and injury and you’d like to know how much your claim could be worth, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. You can take our 30-second test and then go to the online tool which is the compensation calculator, or you can talk to one of our helpful expert advisers on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993. Of course, your claim will need to qualify in order for you to proceed and we can advise on that too. Contact us today. If your claim is complicated and we can’t answer your questions straightaway, we’ll get back to you.
Accident Advice Helpline are the experts
Injury values are our business. We have specialised in compensation claim law for 15 years and we have helped thousands of people win the compensation they needed to help them recover their lives. We take 25,000 calls per month, so there aren’t many questions about injury values we can’t answer.
Date Published: 22nd August 2013
Author: David Brown