If you have been injured in a road traffic accident, a slip, trip or fall or even an accident at work, chances are that making a personal injury claim has crossed your mind at some point. Perhaps you’ve done some online research about claiming compensation, or spent some time getting advice from friends and family, wondering who is at fault for your accident. During your online research, you have probably stumbled across a personal injury claim calculator or two, but you may not be sure what they are for or why you might need them.
What is a personal injury claim calculator?
The purposes of a personal injury claim calculator is to give you an idea of how much compensation you could be entitled to if you make a successful personal injury claim. It can be difficult to say exactly how much you could receive, as claims are assessed individually, taking into account an array of different factors. But a personal injury claim calculator could give you an idea of how much compensation you could receive.
How to use Accident Advice Helpline’s personal injury claim calculator
Our personal injury claim calculator will ask you a number of questions about your accident, such as:
- Did your accident happen in the last three years?
- Where were you injured?
- Was the accident your fault?
- Did you receive medical attention for your injuries?
By gathering this basic information, we’ll be able to assess whether or not you are eligible to make a claim and give you an idea of how much compensation you could receive.
How our personal injury claim calculator differs from others
Not every personal injury claim calculator you will find online is as accurate as ours. Some may not be up to date, and they could give you a false impression of how much compensation you are entitled to receive. Our personal injury claim calculator has been developed by our expert team of advisors and legal professionals, so you know that it will give you reliable, accurate information. Nevertheless, bear in mind that the amount of compensation the calculator suggests you could receive is only a guideline amount. The actual amount you could receive may be higher or lower than this, depending on your personal circumstances and other factors.
What we do
For over 16 years, Accident Advice Helpline has helped members of the public to claim personal injury compensation. We are not a claims management company – we are a firm of personal injury lawyers and advisors specialising in personal injury law; we don’t deal with any other area of the law. This means that we have a team of expert lawyers with experience handling a variety of different types of claims. So we can assign a lawyer with experience handling road traffic accident claims to you if you have suffered whiplash after a rear-end collision on a motorway.
Our aim is to make claims as simple and stress-free as possible. That’s why we offer advice on a no-obligation basis, as we believe everybody should be informed about the claims process and have the opportunity to decide whether or not they wish to proceed with a claim, without the pressure normally associated with contacting a personal injury solicitor.
Why might you need to use our calculator?
Perhaps you have suffered injuries after a slip, trip or fall at work. Or maybe you were injured after an accident in a shop or other public place. Many people don’t want to wait around to find out how much compensation they could get – in some cases the claims process can take some time, and wouldn’t you rather know now how much you could be entitled to? So you might need to use our personal injury claim calculator if you want to find out how much compensation you could get, before you decide whether or not to proceed with a claim.
In the case of minor injuries such as whiplash, a sprained ankle or lacerations, you might be looking at a smaller personal injury settlement than somebody who has sustained a major, life-changing injury. So an idea of what you’re going to receive is always a good idea.
How can our calculator help you?
Using our personal injury claim calculator could be the difference between making a claim and not making one. It can give you the incentive you need to proceed with a claim – for instance, if you find out that you could be entitled to a substantial settlement, this could encourage you. Alternatively, it might suggest that you’re not really entitled to very much compensation at all, and you may decide not to pursue a claim after all. Remember that we work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis. This means it is still worth pursuing a claim even if the amount of compensation you could receive seems small, as there are no upfront legal fees to pay.
How is personal injury compensation calculated?
When we calculate your claim for compensation, we will look at your claim on an individual basis. We’ll need to ask you some questions about your accident and find out more about how severe your injuries are, as well as the impact they have had on your life. This allows our personal injury experts to tailor your personal injury settlement.
For example, two people who have suffered whiplash after a road traffic accident could receive very different personal injury settlements if one has taken several months off work to recover and one has been unable to return to work straight away. This is because we’ll take into account things like time off work and loss of earnings when we process your claim. So what are the factors that could affect how much compensation you receive?
- The severity of your injuries
- Your prognosis for the future – are your injuries permanent, or will you recover?
- How your injuries have affected your life
- Whether you have taken time off work
- How your finances have been affected
These things can all affect the amount of compensation you could receive, so obviously when you use our personal injury claim calculator, you will only get a rough idea of what you could be entitled to if your claim is successful.
Why did somebody else get more compensation than me?
Generally speaking, the amount of compensation you’ll receive increases the more severe your injuries are. So, for example, somebody who has sustained a brain injury after a car accident is likely to receive more compensation than somebody who has sprained their ankle after slipping on a wet floor in a supermarket. This is because a serious brain injury will impact quality of life in the future – the person injured may be unable to return to work or live their life to the full. They may suffer loss of earnings and other financial losses – for example, they may need to pay for medical treatment or to make modifications to their home, or even for 24/7 care.
You could even find that two people with seemingly similar injuries receive very different amounts of compensation, and that’s because every claim we process is handled on an individual basis. It’s hard for us to say exactly how much compensation you could get until we have looked at every aspect of your accident in more detail.
Will my compensation claim be successful?
There are never any guarantees in life and we’re unable to say with 100% certainty that any claim will be successful. However, most personal injury claims are less complex than you might expect. In addition, Accident Advice Helpline’s lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis. This means we only take on genuine claims that have an excellent chance of being successful. If we think it’s unlikely that your claim will be successful, or if we suspect somebody of making a fraudulent claim, we will be unable to help. The best way to find out if your claim is viable is to get in touch with us for advice – we’ll be able to tell you if we think you have a good chance of receiving the compensation you are entitled to.
What happens after my accident?
After any accident, it is a good idea to try and gather some evidence. Of course, if you have been seriously injured and rushed to hospital, this won’t be possible. But if you have time after a road traffic accident or any other type of accident to gather evidence, you should try to do so. What do we mean by evidence? These types of things could be helpful when it comes to making a claim:
- Photographs of your injuries
- Photographs of the scene of your accident
- Photos of vehicles involved in a road traffic accident
- Contact details from any witnesses
- Contact details of anybody else involved in the accident
- A copy of your medical report (we can obtain this)
- Receipts for any expenses you have incurred
- Proof of any loss of earnings (wage slips or a letter from your employer)
This evidence can prove useful when it comes to making a claim, but there is no need to worry if you don’t have all of these things to hand. Accident Advice Helpline’s lawyers can gather evidence to support your claim – in fact, we have over 16 years’ experience gathering evidence and helping people with their personal injury claims.
What happens after I use your personal injury claim calculator?
Whether you have already used our personal injury claim calculator or you would prefer to speak to an advisor first, you can get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline at any time after your accident. We recommend calling us as soon as possible after your accident as there is a three-year time limit in place for all claims.
You can call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or call from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 (charges may apply). When you call us, our expert personal injury advisors will be on hand to answer any questions you have and offer confidential, no-obligation advice. This means there’s no pressure to proceed with a claim at any point. Should you decide you want to proceed with a claim, we will match you with a solicitor with experience handling claims related to your type of accident, giving your claim the best possible chances of success.
Remember that there are no upfront fees to worry about as all our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis, so you really do have nothing to lose by getting in touch with us today. Whether you have sustained serious, life-changing injuries after an industrial accident at work or minor injuries like whiplash after a road traffic accident, we will be able to help you. Use the personal injury claim calculator on our site today, or just pick up the phone and give us a call right now to find out more about making a claim.