If you have had an accident which was not your fault and suffered injuries, a personal injuries compensation claim may be owed to you by those responsible for the accident. However, the idea of making a claim might seem intimidating, as it’s such an unfamiliar process for most people. It might seem like it’s better just to soldier on, as it can seem impossible to know what compensation you should receive.
Q. How much will I be compensated for my injuries?
A. Following an accident which leads to injuries, a personal injuries compensation claim is calculated by adding together a number of different factors. First and foremost, a lump sum payment will be ordered to compensate for the injuries themselves. The size of this award depends on the exact nature of the injuries, as well as the personal circumstances of the person who suffered the accident. For example, children suffering serious injuries are likely to be compensated more than elderly people who fall prey to the same injuries, as those injuries will affect the child’s entire life.
Q. What if I need to pay a carer?
A. If any care is required following the accident, this will be taken into account, and a significant contribution towards the cost of this care will likely be made by the party who caused the accident, either as a lump sum or as an ongoing payment.
Q. What if I can’t carry on working in my old job after the accident?
A. If your ability to work is affected by your injuries then this will also be reflected in the financial award. For example, if somebody can no longer work as a builder following an injury which leaves them unable to lift heavy weights, their loss of earning potential will be accounted for.
Q. What if I have to replace items which were damaged or destroyed in the accident?
A. Any incidental damage to personal property will also be compensated. This could range from damage to a car in a traffic accident, to a broken mobile phone following a slip or fall.
Q. How do I find out how much my personal injuries compensation claim is worth? Will my claim succeed?
A. Getting a rough idea of the level of injuries compensation you could expect to recover could not be easier. Simply visit our website and take the 30 Second Test, or call our freephone number 0800 689 0500 (or, if you are using your mobile phone to call us, on 0333 500 0993) to speak to one of our friendly and professional advisers. This initial enquiry is free of charge, and will give you a good idea of how much compensation you could expect to receive and the likelihood of your claim being successful.
Compensation awards can vary widely, and it’s important to have lawyers with real expertise making sure that you get the full amount you deserve, so if you have had an accident that wasn’t your fault, contact Accident Advice Helpline.