Compensation comes in two categories known as Special Damages and General Damages.

Special Damages can be calculated in money terms that you have already lost at the time the case is settled such as lost wages, medical expenses, car repairs, insurance excess and so on. These are usually fairly easy to calculate.

General Damages are less easy to put a value on. For instance what your injury is worth, how much future earnings you may lose, what the future medical expenses or cost of care or rehabilitation might be. This is not an exact science and every case is different. The Judicial Studies board have issued some guidelines for judges and lawyers on the expected compensation for certain types of injury.

How much can I claim?

  • HEAD
  • FACE
  • NECK
  • CHEST & LUNGS
  • SHOULDER
  • ARM
  • ELBOW
  • WRIST
  • HAND
  • BACK
  • HIP
  • GONADS
  • LEG
  • KNEE
  • ANKLE
  • FOOT



  • Head Injuries

    Minor Head Injuries

    £1,540 - £8,910

    Minor Brain Damage

    £10,863 - £30,250

    Moderate Brain Damage

    £33,275 - £165,440

    Moderately Severe Brain Damage

    £154,00 - £198,000

    Very Severe Brain Damage

    £198,00 - £283,525

    Epilepsy

    £7,425 - £105,600

    Minor Psychiatric Damage

    £1,100 - £4,125

    Moderate Psychiatric Damage

    £4,125 - £13,475

    Moderately Severe Psychiatric Damage

    £13,475 - £38,500

    Severe Psychiatric Damage

    £38,500 - £81,400

    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

    £2,750 - £70,675

    depending on severity

    Damage to Hair

    £2,750 - £7,700

    Additional compensation may be obtained in cases where this has resulted in psychiatric damage


  • Face Injuries

    Injuries to the Nose

    Simple undisplaced with full recovery

    £1,210 - £1,760

    Displaced requiring manipulation

    £1,760 - £2,200

    Displaced recovery after surgery

    £2,750 - £3,575

    Serious fractures with permanent damage

    £7,425 - £16,225

    Injuries to the Cheekbone

    Simple fracture, minor surgery

    £1,650 - £2,090

    Serious fracture with some permanent damage

    £3,025 - £4,510

    Serious fracture with permanent damage

    £7,150 - £11,110

    Injuries to the Jaw

    Simple fracture, some immobilisation, full recovery

    £4,510 - £6,160

    Serious fracture with some permanent damage

    £12,650 - £21,450

    Very serious fracture with permanent damage

    £21,450 - £31,900

    Injuries to the Teeth

    Loss of one front tooth

    £1,540 - £2,750

    Loss of two front teeth

    £3,025 - £5,335

    Loss or damage to several front teeth

    £6,160 - £7,975

    Loss or damage to back teeth

    £770 - £1,210

    Facial Scarring

    Depending on extent

    £1,210 - £68,200


  • Neck Injuries

    Severe

    £18,040- £107,250

    Injuries ranging from incomplete paraplegia through to severe tissue or tendon damage. Resulting in permanent disability and limitations to function and movement.

    Moderate

    £5,665 - £18,040

    Injuries ranging from wrenching injuries and disc lesions resulting in spondylosis. This may also include whiplash type injuries with a long recovery period (in excess of 2 years)

    Minor

    £963 - £5,665

    Minor soft tissue injuries and whiplash injuries recovery taking place between a few weeks and two years.


  • Chest & Lung Injuries

    Injuries to the Chest

    Very Minor

    £1,540 - £3,795

    Minor

    £1,430 - £3,493

    Moderate

    £3,795 - £8,800

    Moderate to serious

    £8,800 - £12,650

    Serious

    £22,000 - £38,500

    Severe

    £46,200 - £70,675

    Very Severe

    £70,675 - £105,600

    Lung Disease

    General lung disease

    £1,540 - £95,150

    Asbestos related disease

    £4,675 - £89,650

    Asthma

    £1,100 - £46,200


  • Shoulder Injuries

    Severe

    £13,860 - £34,650

    Often associated with neck injuries including damage to the brachial plexus. Resulting in significant disability.

    Serious

    £9,240 - £13, 860

    Dislocation and damage to the lower part of the brachial plexus causing pain and weakness of grip.

    Moderate

    £5,665 - £9,240

    Frozen shoulder, limitation of movement and discomfort persisting for about 2 years.

    Minor

    1 year up to £3,135

    less than 2 years Up to £5,665

    Soft tissue injuries with a complete or almost complete recovery in less than 2 years.


  • Arm Injuries

    Amputation

    Loss of both arms

    £173,800 - £216,700

    Loss of one arm €“ from shoulder

    Not less than £9,900

    Loss of one arm - above elbow

    £79,200 - £94,600

    Loss of one arm - below elbow

    £69,300 -€“ £79,200

    Severe Injuries

    Not as serious as the loss of an arm but extremely serious leaving the person little better off than if the arm had been lost.

    £69,300 - £94,600

    Serious fractures resulting in significant permanent disability

    £28,325 - £43,230

    Less Severe Injuries

    £13,860 - £28,325

    In spite of disabilities a substantial degree of recovery will have taken place or can be expected

    Simple Fractures of the Forearm

    £4,785 - £13,860


  • Elbow Injuries

    Severely Disabling Injury

    £28,325 - £39,600

    Less Severe Injury

    £11,330 - £23,100

    Some impairment of function but not resulting in a significant disability.

    Moderate or Minor Injury

    Up to £9,075

    Simple fractures, tennis elbow, lacerations etc


  • Wrist Injuries

    Very Severe

    £34,100 - £43,230

    Complete loss of function

    Severe

    £17,710 - £28,325

    Significant permanent disability

    Less Severe

    £9,075 - £17,710

    Some permanent disability

    Moderate

    Up to £7,425

    Fracture or soft tissue injury. Full recovery if somewhat protracted.

    Minor

    £2,530 - £3,438

    Undisplaced fracture or soft tissue injury, full recovery within a matter of months.


  • Hand Injuries

    Amputation

    £101,200 - £145,200

    Total or effective loss of both hands

    £69,300 - £79,200

    Total or effective loss of one hand

    Very Severe

    £39,600 - £61,050

    Permanent cosmetic disability and significant loss of function to both hands.

    Severe

    £20,900 - £44,715

    Reduced capacity to about 50%. Includes cases where fingers have been amputated and re-attached but have not returned to full function.

    Less Severe

    £10,450 - £20,900

    Significantly impaired function.

    Moderate

    £4,510 - £9,570

    Crush injuries, soft tissue injuries and deep lacerations resulting in some permanent disabilities.

    Minor

    £660 - £3,135

    Similar to moderate injuries but recovery is within a few months.


    Finger Injuries

    Amputations

    Loss of index and middle and/or ring finger

    £44,715 - £64,900

    Loss of index finger

    £13,475

    Partial loss of index finger

    £8,800 - £13,475

    Total loss of middle finger

    In the region of £11,275

    Partial loss of ring or middle finger

    £2,600 - £5,150

    Loss of little finger

    £5,700 - £8,000

    Partial loss of little finger

    £2,860 to £4,235

    In the region of £15,785

    Loss of ring and little finger

    Partial loss of the index and middle fingers

    In the region of £18,040

    Loss of Thumb

    £25,575 - £39,600

    Serious injury to ring or middle finger

    £10,725 - £11,825

    Fracture of one finger

    £2,200 - £3,438

    Serious injury to thumb

    £9,075 - £25,300

    Moderate injury to the thumb

    £6,930 - £9,075

    Minor Injury to the thumb

    In the region of £2,860

    Vibration White finger

    Most Serious

    £22,825 - £27,775

    Serious

    £12,100 - £22,297

    Moderate

    £6,270 - £12,100

    Minor

    £2,200 - £6,270


  • Back Injuries

    Severe

    £28,050 - £122,100

    Injuries including severe disc lesions or fractures of discs. Ongoing disabilities including pain, impaired mobility and in the more serious cases loss of continence and or sexual function.

    Moderate

    £9,075 - £28,050

    A wide variety of injuries including ones that result in a risk of osteoarthritis and or constant pain and discomfort.

    Minor

    Up to £9,075 for 5 years.

    Up to £5,665 for 2 years.

    Strains, sprains and disc prolapses were full recovery or recovery to nuisance levels is achieved within 5 years.


  • Hip and Pelvis injuries

    Severe

    £55,000 - £91,850

    Serious

    £43,450 - £55,000

    Moderate to Serious

    £27,500 - £36,850

    Moderate

    £18,700 - £27,500

    Limited Severity

    £8,800 - £18,700

    Minor

    £2,750 - £8,800

    Very Minor

    Up to £2,750


  • Gonad Injuries

    Injuries to the Male

    Minor sterility

    to £4,675

    Moderate/Serious sterility

    £16,775 - £90,900

    Impotence

    £30,250 - £55,000

    Serious Impotence

    around £104,500

    Injuries to the Female

    Infertility

    £4,675 - £118,800

    Failed sterilisation

    around £7,150


  • Leg injuries

    Amputations

    Total loss of both legs

    Up to £173,800 - £203,500

    Below knee amputation of both legs

    £146,299 - £195,250

    Above knee amputation of one leg

    £69,300 - £101,200

    Below knee amputation of one leg

    £66,000 - £94,600

    Very Severe

    Degloving injuries, serious shortening of the leg or when extensive bone grafts are required.

    £69,300 - £97,900

    Permanent problems with mobility

    £39,600 - £61,050

    Severe

    Damages to joints or ligaments resulting in instability, prolonged treatment and a lengthy period of non-weight-bearing.

    £28,325 - £39,600

    Moderate

    Severe, complicated or multiple fractures.

    £18,250 - £25,750

    Less Serious

    Fractures with an incomplete recovery made.

    £12,980 - £20,075

    Simple femur fractures.

    £6,600 - £10,120

    Simple fractures and soft tissue injuries

    Up to £6,600


  • Knee Injuries

    Severe

    Injuries resulting in severe damage, lengthy treatment, loss of function and considerable pain.

    £50,325 - £69,300

    Leg fracture extending to the knee joint causing pain and loss of function.

    £37,675 - £50,325

    Less severe than above, some continuing symptoms, pain, instability or deformity.

    £19,250 - £31,075

    Moderate

    Dislocation, torn cartilage, exacerbation of existing condition resulting in instability or weakness.

    £10,725 - £19,250

    Lacerations, twisting, bruising

    Up to £9,900

    Complete recovery

    Up to £4,235


  • Ankle Injuries

    Very Severe

    Transmalleolar fracture with extensive tissue damage resulting in deformity and future risk of amputation

    £36,025 - £50,325

    Severe

    Requiring the insertion of pins and plates leaving significant residual disability

    £22,550 - £36,025

    Moderate

    Fractures, torn ligaments leading to difficulty walking on uneven ground or negotiating stairs

    £9,570 - £19,250

    Modest Injuries

    Less serious, minor or undisplaced fractures / Incomplete recovery

    Up to £9900

    Complete recovery within 1 year

    Up to £3,960


  • Foot Injuries

    Amputation

    Both feet

    £122,100 - £145,200

    One foot

    £55,000 - £79,200

    Very Severe

    Permanent and severe pain or serious permanent disability.

    £66,550 - £79,200

    Severe

    Fractures of both heels or feet, restricted mobility or considerable permanent pain.

    £33,000 - £48,620

    Serious

    Grievous burns to both feet. Or injuries resulting in fusion of foot joints, prolonged treatment, continuing pain.

    £17,600 - £28,325

    Moderate

    Displaced metatarsal, continuing symptoms

    £9,900 - £18,040

    Modest

    Simple fractures, ruptured ligaments

    £4,350 - £9000

    Permanent symptoms / Full or near full recovery

    Up to £4,785


    Toe Injuries

    Amputation

    Of all toes

    £26,400 - £40,700

    Of big toe

    In the region of £22,550

    Severe

    Injuries resulting in significant continuing problems.

    £9,900 - £13,860

    Serious

    Some permanent disability, pain or sensitivity etc.

    £6,930 - £9,900

    Moderate

    Straightforward fractures / Continuing symptoms

    Up to £6,930

    Full or near full recovery.

    Up to £3,960

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