What Are Typical Payouts For Personal Injury In The UK?

By Max Mitrovic. Last Updated 9th May 2022. If you’re wondering what the typical payouts for personal injury in the UK are, this article should help. As you may know, a personal injury claim may be possible if you’ve been injured in an accident caused by somebody else who owed you a duty of care.

Employers, those in control of places accessible to the public and road users owe you a duty of care to protect your safety. That might mean seeking damages for a car accident, a back injury at work, or a head injury following a slip, trip or fall, for instance. Whatever type of accident you’ve been involved in, we’ll look at what compensation payout you could be entitled to.

Typical payouts for personal injury guide

Typical payouts for personal injury guide

If you’d like to look into starting a claim, why not contact our advisors? They’ll review your claim with you and give free legal advice about what to do next. If you decide to proceed, and your claim is strong enough, we could pass it to a personal injury solicitor from our panel. Importantly, they’ll offer a No Win No Fee service to make your claim less stressful if it’s taken on.

To speak with an advisor right away, please call us on 0800 408 7825 today. To find out more about the typical payouts for personal injury in the UK first, please read on.

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How Do You Find Out The Average Payout For A Personal Injury Claim?

When making personal injury claims, you can’t just suggest an amount of money you’d like to be paid. That’s because compensation awards are not penalties or fines. Instead, they aim to return you to the position you were in before the accident occurred. Therefore, any amount you seek as damages must be justified and supported by evidence.

Generally, you can claim for your injuries, any psychological suffering and the financial impact of your injuries. We’ll explain this in more detail later in this guide. For now, let’s look at what evidence you could supply to help establish your eligibility to claim. You could use:

  • A medical report. This is an important piece of evidence. It can prove what injuries you sustained and the treatment you endured.
  • Witness contact information. If needed, a statement from a witness could help to corroborate your accusation.
  • An accident report. By law, accident report books must be used by many businesses. Your copy can help to show where and when your accident occurred.
  • Photographs and videos. A picture of the accident will make it easier to explain what happened. CCTV or dashcam footage can also help to clarify who caused the accident.
  • Receipts or invoices. As part of your claim, you may be entitled to claim back any associated costs. Therefore, receipts could be used as evidence.

Our advisors can review any evidence with you and let you know if you need anything further to support your claim.

What Are The Most Common Types Of Accidents?

Before looking at how typical payouts for personal injury in the UK are calculated, let’s look at what types of accidents could lead to a claim. They include:

Essentially, you could claim compensation if:

  • You were owed some form of duty of care by the defendant; and
  • They breached their duty, causing an incident or accident; and
  • As a result, you were injured.

Additionally, you’ll need to abide by the time limits linked to personal injury claims. Usually, this is 3 years from the date of your accident. However, if your injuries are not diagnosed immediately, the limitation period could start later.

What Injuries Could You Claim For?

Now we’ll look at what types of injuries could be compensated for by a personal injury claim. Common examples include:

As you can imagine, the list of potential injuries you could claim for is too long to include here. For now, all you need to know is that if you’ve been injured because of somebody else’s negligence and they owed you a duty of care, you could be compensated. Please let us know if you’d like your case assessed for free.

Are There Typical Payouts For Personal Injuries?

So, as we’ve shown, there’s no such thing as typical payouts for personal injury in the UK. That’s because each claim will be unique and each claimant will be affected differently.

Compensation figures are based on the level of suffering you’ve had to deal with. This includes compensation for financial losses you suffer due to the injury. As a result, a set payout structure would not accurately reflect each individual’s suffering.

Our panel of solicitors always try to ensure that the maximum compensation is achieved for their clients. To see if they could help you claim compensation for your injuries, please get in touch today.

List of Compensation Payouts for Personal Injury

Personal injury claims payouts can be made up of two different heads of claim. General damages relate to the suffering and pain caused by the injury itself. This can be a physical or psychological injury. You can also claim for multiple injuries as part of the same claim if they were the result of the same incident and you’re able to prove that they were caused by third-party negligence.

The personal injury compensation levels for general damages are based on many factors, including the severity of the injury, whether any permanent symptoms were caused and the length of your recovery period. Examples of general damages payouts can be found in the section below.

The other head of claim is special damages. This relates to the financial losses you’ve experienced because of the injury. Examples of what you could claim for include:

  • Travel expenses
  • Care costs. You could claim this if the injury has led to you needing to pay for professional help (such as a nurse).
  • Loss of earnings. You could also claim for future loss of earnings if you’ve suffered long-term or permanent health issues that lead to you being unable to work.
  • Healthcare costs
  • Adjustments to your home.

Evidence is required to prove the value of the financial losses. This could include receipts, invoices, bank statements and payslips. Given that the amount you could receive can be dependent on the financial losses you’ve experienced, it’s difficult to provide you with an average personal injury settlement.

However, we can provide you with a compensation estimate that relates to your injuries. Contact us for free legal advice using the details above.

Calculating Typical Payouts For Personal Injury In The UK?

We’ve provided the table below which shows the possible compensation ranges for certain injuries. This is a much better method than suggesting that there are typical payouts for personal injury in the UK. We’ve used figures from the Judicial College in our compensation table. That’s because courts, insurers and lawyers use their guidelines when finalising compensation amounts.

Body Part / InjuryLevelCompensation BracketFurther Notes
Nose(i) Serious£9,990 to £21,700Covers fractured nose injuries where permanent damage results or where multiple surgeries are necessary.
Teeth(i) Serious£8,200 to £10,710Includes cases where there has been serious damage or loss of several front teeth.
Back (a)(iii) Severe£36,390 to £65,440This category covers disc fractures or lesions and soft tissue injuries that, even after surgery, cause severe pain and other disabilities.
Clavicle(e) Fracture£4,830 to £11,490This bracket is based on the severity of the fracture and what disability or symptoms it causes.
Arm(b)(iii) Amputation£90,250 to £102,890Where the claimant's arm is amputated below the elbow.
Leg(iv) Moderate£26,050 to £36,790A bracket that includes injuries like multiple or complicated fractures or crushing injuries.
Knee(a)(i) Severe£65,440 to £90,290This is the bracket that covers disruption to the knee joint, severe ligament damage, extensive treatment and considerable loss of function.
Achilles Tendon(b) Serious£23,460 to £28,240Although the division of the tendon will have been repaired successfully, limited ankle movement, a limp or other disabilities will prevail.
Psychiatric Damage (Mental Harm)(b) Moderately Severe£17,900 to £51,460The claimant will initially suffer significantly from distress, anxiety, depression or similar conditions. However, their prognosis will be relatively optimistic.

Settlement amounts are partly based on the severity of your injuries. For that reason, the claims process requires all claimants to have a medical assessment. Your personal injury lawyer will therefore book an appointment with an independent medical professional, locally where possible. After they’ve reviewed your medical records, examined you and discussed your injuries, they’ll produce a report. This will explain your prognosis and the extent of your injuries.

Begin Your No Win No Fee Claim

If you decide to claim for a personal injury, we believe that using the services of a solicitor can make the process easier. It could also increase the chances of being properly compensated. If you work with a solicitor from our panel, they’ll offer a No Win No Fee service.

If your claim is taken on, your solicitor will send you a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This is the formal term for a No Win No Fee agreement. Once signed, your solicitor can begin processing your claim without any upfront payment for their work. Should the claim not work out, you won’t have to pay any solicitor fees at all.

Where your claim is won, a success fee will be deducted from your compensation. When using a CFA, this fee is capped by law and only taken from the compensation award you win after it comes through.

Get In Touch

We hope this guide on typical payouts for personal injury in the UK has helped. If you’d like to discuss starting a claim with us, why not do one of the following?:

Helpful Resources

Herniated Disc Injury Claims – Information on claiming if you’ve suffered back problems because of a herniated disc.

Broken Hip Claim – Advice on taking action if you’ve broken your hip because of somebody else’s negligence.

Rights After An Accident At Work – Guidance on what you can do if you’ve been injured at work.

Broken A Bone? – NHS information on what to do if you’ve fractured a bone.

Whiplash Reforms – The latest information on changes to whiplash compensation claims.

Health And Safety Executive (HSE) – The organisation that enforces and regulates safety standards in the workplace.

We hope that this article has given you some idea of the typical payouts for personal injury in the UK. Please let us know if you need anything further.

Article by RA

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