By Richie Billing. Last Updated 29th November 2023. If you have suffered nerve damage and can prove this occurred because a relevant party breached their duty of care, you might be eligible to seek compensation for nerve damage.
There are lots of different day-to-day situations in which you are owed a duty of care. These include while using the roads, in the workplace and in a public place. In this guide, we look in more depth at the duty of care you are owed in these different situations. Additionally, we also look at the requirements you must meet in order to have valid grounds for a personal injury claim.
If you are eligible to make a claim, you might be looking for a nerve damage compensation calculator. However, a calculator may not be able to consider all aspects of your claim when providing a figure. Instead, this guide provides information on how settlements are valued and awarded in personal injury claims. We further illustrate this with a case study about a successful claim for nerve damage.
Furthermore, we will conclude with a look at the benefits of making a claim with the support of a No Win No Fee solicitor.
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Mr Jones was driving home from the supermarket and was waiting at the lights when the driver behind swerved into his lane but failed to stop in time, rear-ending Mr Jones and causing sudden pain to both of his legs.
Mr Jones was taken to the hospital where severe soft tissue injuries to his legs were diagnosed. After several weeks the pain had not subsided so he decided to go back to the hospital, investigative tests were carried out and it was concluded that Mr Jones had suffered nerve damage to both his leg.
Walking was difficult and Mr Jones needed help for weeks to cope with everyday domestic tasks. He started intense physiotherapist sessions that were very expensive and after he saw his savings dwindling, it became obvious he needed help. He decided to sue the other driver to see if he could successfully win compensation to help his predicament.
The case was settled quickly in his favour with the other driver admitting liability and the police and doctor’s statements validating Mr Jones’s claim. He also retained all the receipts for his out of pocket expenses and his No Win No Fee solicitor was able to successfully present these expenses as evidence. He was awarded £25,000 in general and special damages.
Our case study is merely a typical example of the sort of cases our panel of personal injury solicitors handle all over the country. If you think that there was negligence in the lawful duty of care and it caused your injuries, speak to our friendly team today for a free, no-obligation assessment of your case. Nerve damage settlement cases could win a much higher payout for you when you consult a personal injury lawyer.
To have valid grounds to claim compensation for nerve damage, you will need to prove that you meet the personal injury claim eligibility criteria. This is:
- Someone owed you a duty of care.
- This duty was breached.
- You suffered an injury as a result of this breach.
There are different types of accidents that could lead to a claim for nerve damage compensation:
- Accident in a public place – Injuries from an accident in a public area may lead to a claim against whichever party is responsible for managing that area. The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 establishes that those responsible for a public space owe a duty of care to ensure reasonable safety to whoever visits it.
- Accident at work – Nerve damage from an accident at work may potentially be the result of your employer breaching the duty of care they owe you. Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers owe their workers a duty of care to take reasonable steps to protect from injuries or illnesses.
- Road traffic accident (RTA) – Nerve damage could potentially be the result of a road traffic accident that was caused by another road user. Road users owe each other a duty of care to take reasonable action to prevent causing harm to one another. They must also adhere to the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Highway Code.
To learn more about your eligibility to make a personal injury claim, or other related matters such as the average payout for nerve damage, please contact our advisors for free either online or on the phone.
The anatomy although strong and durable can be damaged with any sudden twist or jolt from the impact which could have the potential to injure you, leading in some cases to years of pain and discomfort. Specific accident hot-spots for an injury like this could include:
- Car collision
- Sudden impact with something heavy
- Slipping or tripping and landing badly
- Falling from any height
- During an assault or as a victim of crime
- Using faulty machinery or equipment
Statistics show that workplace injuries are alarmingly common and it’s possible that nerve damage can be sustained as an additional injury. Sciatica is a type of transferred nerve pain that commonly results from neck and back injuries that can be incredibly debilitating, requiring months of chiropractor sessions or even surgery to overcome.
Equally, the roads are fraught with peril and each year motorists and cyclists are involved in accidents that may include nerve damage as a part of their injuries. However you sustained your injuries, if you feel that a duty of care was breached, speak to us today and see how we might be able to help.
One of the most important steps of the nerve damage compensation claims process is collecting evidence. Evidence can benefit a number of areas of your claim, as it can help prove who is responsible for the damage to your nerves, as well as how it occurred, how severe the damage is, and the physical and financial effects of your injuries.
Some examples of evidence that you could collect to help you support a claim for compensation for nerve damage include:
- Medical records: Your medical records can give more information surrounding your injuries, as well as their severity and the treatment you needed and will need going forwards. If you work with a solicitor, they could arrange an independent medical assessment to assess your injuries.
- Witness statements: You cannot take these statements yourself, but if you note down the contact details of potential witnesses, then their statements can be taken by a professional at a later date.
- CCTV footage: A CCTV camera may have caught the accident that caused your nerve damage. In this case, you could potentially request the footage to be used as evidence.
- Photographs: Taking photographs of visible injuries, such as lacerations, or the results of the nerve damage, such as paralysation, can help illustrate how severe your injuries are.
- Financial records: Evidence of financial losses caused by your injuries can help support a claim for special damages.
One of the benefits of choosing to work with a solicitor on your claim is that they can help you with this aspect of the process. To find out if a solicitor from our panel could help you, contact our team of advisors today.
There can be many different injuries your nerves can sustain, including sciatic nerve damage. A settlement for any nerve injury, however, can be calculated by legal professionals. They can use different resources to arrive at an amount that is deemed suitable for the level of pain and suffering you experience due to your injuries.
The portion of your claim that addresses your pain and suffering is referred to as a general damages payment. There are factors such as how severe your injuries are and their overall effect on your life that will affect how much you could receive.
Legal professionals can use a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to help them when valuing the general damages portion of your settlement. We have included a table below that contains compensation brackets corresponding to different injuries from the latest edition of the JCG, published in April 2022. However, you should only use the amounts shown as a guide. Your unique circumstances will result in a bespoke figure being awarded.
Please note that the JCG only applies to claims made in England and Wales. Also take note that the first entry in this table is an estimated figure that is not based on the JCG.
|Type of Injury
|Multiple Serious Injuries Plus Special Damages
|If you’re claiming for multiple serious injuries, then you could receive a payout for these as well as special damages, such as loss of earnings.
|Up to £500,000+
|Severe injuries in this bracket can lead to nerve root damage as well as damage to the spinal cord.
|£91,090 to £160,980
|Nerve root damage involving symptoms such as impaired mobility, sexual difficulties and loss of sensation.
|£74,160 to £88,430
|Injuries in this bracket might include intervertebral disc damage involving irritation of the nerve root and limited mobility.
|£27,760 to £38,780
|Less Serious Leg Injuries (i)
|This bracket includes serious soft tissue injuries that can cause some nerve damage to lower limbs.
|£17,960 to £27,760
|Fractures of the Nose or Nasal Complex (i)
|More than one fracture of a serious nature that may result in damage to the nerves and tear ducts.
|£10,640 to £23,130
|Serious Injury to the Thumb
|Such injuries can include nerve damage, amputation of the tip or a thumb fracture.
|£12,590 to £16,760
|Moderate Injuries to the Thumb
|This injury can cause nerve or tendon damage as well as other issues.
|£9,670 to £12,590
You may also be able to claim under special damages. This helps you recover any financial losses you might suffer as a direct result of your injuries, for example:
- Lost earnings
- Travel costs to and from hospital appointments
- Medical expenses
- Domestic help
- Childcare costs
However, you must provide proof of these expenses to make a claim.
For more information about claiming, or to find out the settlement for nerve damage in your hand or other part of your body you could receive, get in touch with our advisors today. We can give you an individual assessment of your claim.
If you have a valid personal injury claim, one of the solicitors on our panel could assist you with claiming nerve damage compensation. If they agree to take on your case, they could help you with gathering evidence, guiding you through the claims process, and valuing how much injury could be worth in compensation.
Furthermore, they offer you a type of No Win No Fee arrangement known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Under this arrangement, you will not have to pay anything to your solicitor for them to begin working on your claim. You also won’t have to pay them for their services if the claim fails.
Instead, if your claim is successful, the solicitor will deduct a legally capped success fee from your compensation payout.
To see if you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim for compensation for nerve damage with one of the No Win No Fee solicitors on our panel, you can contact our advisors.
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- For more information on cycling accidents, please read here
- For further reading on accident hot spots, please read here
- More information on negligence claims against the council, please read here
- For more information on NHS self-care costs, please read here
- For more information on workplace accidents, please read here
- For further reading on sciatic and nerve damage, please read here
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