Personal injury claims payout guide
Learn more about how much compensation you could be entitled to with our detailed guide to compensation payout levels below.
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Compensation claims payouts
To be able to work out how much you may be able to claim for personal injury, the following aspects of your claim need to be taken into account:
- The type of injury you have suffered
- The severity of the injury
- How long your rehabilitation takes
- The psychological effects of the injury
- Any loss of earnings you incurred because of the injury
Personal injury claims payouts are awarded as a form of redress – a payment that is made with the intention of putting the claimant back into the position they would have been had they never been injured.
Personal injury settlement amounts are calculated by assessing the levels of pain and suffering caused by the injury.
Typical personal injuries are caused by road traffic accidents, industrial disease, falling on pavements and medical negligence. The more harm caused by the accident, and the longer lasting the effects of the injury, the higher the personal injury claims payout.
When working out how much you will get for your personal injury claim the court will also take into account any financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of your injury or illness.
The amount you are ultimately awarded will therefore depend on what your loss of income is throughout the duration of your injury, and what expenses you paid as a result of your injury, including: medical bills, transport fares to the hospital and any aids you have purchased to help you.
To give you an idea of how much compensation for personal injury you are likely to get for your injury or illness, please see the below list of typical personal injury compensation levels for each type of injury.
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Personal injury compensation levels
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Head injury compensation amounts
- Minor head injury – a head injury not resulting in brain damage, compensation dependent on level of ongoing symptoms such as headaches - £1,500 - £10,000
- Serious head injury – with serious physical symptoms and/or significant change to your personality, intellect etc… - £10,000 - £215,000
- Severe head injury – injury leading to severe long term effects like disability. This includes those in a permanent vegetative state - £215,000 - £310,000
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Eye injury compensation amounts
- Minor eye injury – no permanent damage with a few weeks of disruption - £1,300 - £2,500
- Moderate eye injury – injuries with more painful effects (i.e. chemical or trauma injuries) but with no lasting damage - £2,500 - £5,500
- Temporary loss of vision – injuries that affect vision in one or both eyes, but no permanent damage - £5,500 - £25,000
- Blindness in one eye – maximum of £35,000
- Blindness in both eyes – maximum of £173,000
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Ear injury and deafness compensation amounts
- Minor ear injury - for those suffering from partial hearing loss to mild or severe tinnitus - £5,000 - £35,000
- Serious ear injury – total loss of hearing in one ear, with payout amounts dependent on additional symptoms e.g. dizziness - £23,850 - £34,650
- Very serious ear injury – an injury leading to total and profound deafness. Higher compensation is paid if injured as a child, due to the loss of the ability to speak - £68,950 - £107,500
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Face injury compensation amounts
- Minor facial scarring – no broken bones with light scarring or fading injuries - £1,000 - £2,200
- Visible scarring – facial scars that are visible from a short distance - £6,000 - £11,500
- Severe scarring – Severe facial disfigurement (women can receive more than men for same injury) - £13,000 - £74,500
Neck injury and whiplash compensation amounts
- Mild whiplash – symptoms last no longer than two years - £1,850 - £6,250
- Whiplash with spinal disc injury – causing restricted neck movement - £5,000 - £16,000
- Severe neck injury – fractures and dislocations that require surgery - £29,300 - £42,500
- Very serious neck injury – injuries that seriously affect the movement of one or more limbs - £34,500 - £112,500
- Permanent paralysis – neck injury that leads to paralysis from the neck downwards - £140,000 - £260,000
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Back injury compensation amounts
- Minor back injury – minor injuries such as strains and soft tissue damage that heal after a few weeks/months - £350 - £9,450
- Serious back injury – injury that leaves you in constant pain that may require surgery - £9,500 - £30,000
- Severe back injury – back injury with serious consequences such as paralysis, loss of organ function etc. - £30,500 - £122,750
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Shoulder injury compensation amounts
- Minor shoulder injury – pain from a soft tissue injury that lasts from a few weeks to two years - £300 - £6,500
- Serious shoulder injury – conditions such as ‘frozen shoulder’ or pain that lasts for more than two years - £6,500 - £9,750
- Severe shoulder injury - fractures, dislocations and nerve injuries possibly limiting shoulder movement - £9,750 - £36,500
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Hip/pelvis injury compensation amounts
- Minor hip injury – completely recovered within two years - £3,250 - £9,500
- Hip replacement – injury that leads to hip operation but no serious disability - £9,500 - £30,000
- Severe hip injury - multiple fractures leading to bowel damage, disability, impaired ability to walk, continuing pain - £30,000 - £100,000
Arm injury compensation amounts
- Minor arm injury – injury that leads to a degree of disability for a period of time but make a complete recovery (e.g. broken arm, muscle damage) - £5,000 – £29,750
- Serious arm injury – an arm injury that has a significant effect on your ability to use one or both arms, but does not lead to amputation - £29,750 - £99,500
- Severe arm injury – amputation of one or both arms. Payout depends on where the amputation is and how old you are, among other factors - £73,000 - £228,500
Elbow injury compensation amounts
- Minor elbow injury – injury such as tennis elbow or cuts/strains that leave no permanent damage - £2,500 - £9,500
- Serious elbow injury – an elbow injury that does not require surgery, but has led to restricted movement - £9,500 - £24,000
- Severe elbow injury – an elbow injury that requires surgery or has led to a severe disability - £29,750 - £41,500
Hand and finger injury compensation amounts
- Thumb fracture - quick recovery – up to £2,500
- Severance of little finger – up to £8,000
- Severance of ring finger – up to £9,000
- Severance of middle finger – up to £10,000
- Severance of index finger – up to £12,000
- Severance of thumb – up to £35,000
- Minor crush of hand - recovery within a few months - £2,500
- Serious crush of hand - surgery and small disability required - £8,500
- Minor hand injury – injuries such as soft tissue damage and lacerations - £650 - £22,000
- Moderate hand injury – injury that has reduced the functionality of your hand and/or fingers - £22,000 - £47,000
- Serious hand injury – higher compensation amounts apply due to amputation of one or both hands - £47,000 - £153,000
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Wrist injury compensation amounts
- Minor wrist injury – minor fractures and sprains that may require bandaging or plaster, but a full recovery is expected - £2,000 - £3,500
- Serious wrist injury – broken wrist or soft tissue damage with full recovery expected in the long-term - £5,000 - £18,500
- Severe wrist injury – any type of injury that causes permanent damage to the wrist and reduces movement/flexibility - £18,500 - £45,500
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Leg injury compensation amounts
- Minor leg injury – Soft tissue damage or leg break. Compensation levels depend on any long-term effects and recovery time - £1,850 - £19,500
- Serious leg injury – serious damage with long-term/permanent effects, but no amputation - £21,000 - £103,000
- Severe leg injury – amputation of one or both legs. Amounts dependant on whether amputation is above or below the knee - £74,500 - £214,000
Knee injury compensation amounts
- Minor knee injury – muscle/cartilage damage, fractures, dislocations with full recovery expected with no long-term damage or disability - £4,500 - £19,750
- Serious knee injury – more serious injury that results in some disability and ongoing pain/discomfort - £19,850 - £32,500
- Severe knee injury – serious disability with constant pain and muscle wastage. Compensation payout levels depend on the extent the injury has impacted your day-to-day life - £39,500 - £72,000
Ankle injury compensation amounts
- Minor ankle injury – sprained or broken ankle with full recovery and no long-lasting disability - £10,400 - £20,000
- Serious ankle injury – injury that typically requires surgery or plaster cast on ankle - £23,500 - £38,000
- Severe ankle injury – injury that leads to disability, deformity or even amputation - £38,000 - £52,500
Achilles injury compensation amounts
- Minor Achilles injury – damage to the tendon that leaves the ankle weaker - £5,000 - £16,000
- Serious Achilles injury – tearing of the Achilles tendon. Compensation levels depend on severity of tear and long-term effects - £18,500 - £22,750
- Severe Achilles injury – muscles severed leading to reduced mobility of the ankle – up to £29,000
Foot injury compensation amounts
- Minor foot injury – simple fracture with no long-lasting effects or disability - £5,000 - £10,500
- Serious foot injury – more serious damage to one or both feet, including broken bones and heels - £19,000 - £53,000
- Severe foot injury – amputation of one or both feet - £63,750 - £153,250
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Toe injury compensation amounts
- Simple fracture/strains – recovery within 6 months – up to £3,500
- Fracture with complications – taking longer than 6 months to heal - £3,500 - £6,200
- Crush fracture – will need surgery and could lead to scarring and extra pain - £6,200 - £12,300
- Amputation - £20,000 - £37,000
How are personal injury compensation levels calculated?
To work out the potential value of your personal injury compensation claim, a lot of different factors need to be considered, including:
- The type of injury/illness you have
- How severe it is
- The time it takes you to recover
- Psychological effects
- Your loss of earnings as a result of your injury
The purpose of personal injury compensation is to get you, the Claimant, back into the position you were in prior to the accident that caused your injury. Compensation payouts are calculated by evaluating the severity of the pain and suffering the injury has caused, so the more serious your injury the higher the payout.
When awarding compensation, the court also takes into account any financial losses you have incurred due to your injury, such as loss of earnings, treatment costs/medical bills, transport costs and more.
The two types of compensation are known as Special Damages and General Damages.
Special Damages compensation
Special Damages are designed to reimburse you for financial losses linked to your injury. These typically include loss of earnings, medical costs, rehabilitation costs, travel costs and so on.
The level of compensation you are awarded as Special Damages depend on your individual circumstances, for example if you are no longer able to work because of your injury you will be paid more than if for someone who missed a few days of work.
General Damages compensation
General Damages compensate you for the pain and suffering caused by your injury, as well as the effect the injury has on your quality of life.
To work out the General Damages the extent of your injuries are considered and a medical report evaluated. Your case is then viewed in line with the Judicial College Guidelines, which are legal precedents that set out compensation levels for each type of injury.