Soft tissue injury compensation amounts
How much compensation could you claim for a soft tissue injury? Find out with our guide below, and get in touch today to start your No Win No Fee claim.
According to the British Orthopaedic Foundation, there are an estimated three million visits to A&E in the UK because of soft tissue injuries and conditions, as well as 300,000 inpatient visits and one million outpatient visits.
In a lot of cases, soft tissue injuries are the result of preventable accidents that are due to the negligence of a third party. In such cases, the injured party is entitled to make a claim for compensation – even if the injury is ‘minor’.
Below we explain exactly what constitutes a soft tissue injury, how they are commonly caused and how much compensation you could claim if you suffer one. To find out more about how we can help you progress a compensation claim, get in touch today.
What is a soft tissue injury?
A soft tissue injury is an injury to a muscle, ligaments or tendons anywhere on the body. Soft tissue provides support and stability to our bones, so such injuries can have a huge impact on our day to day lives.
Some of the more common soft tissue injuries include:
- Muscle sprains, and strains
- Cartilage damage
- Muscle or tendon rupture
Damage to soft tissue will usually result in immediate pain and often some swelling, and bruising may become evident in the days following the accident.
As anyone who has sprained an ankle will know, there will usually be a period of instability following an injury – with weight bearing becoming difficult or even impossible. It is also likely that you will experience some stiffness.
Following any sort of soft tissue damage it is recommended that you seek a medical evaluation – either at hospital or with your GP.
Causes of soft tissue injuries
There is a common misconception that soft tissue injuries only really refers to injuries suffered after a car accident – with whiplash being the most well-known of these.
However, soft tissue injuries can be caused by a wide variety of different accidents – including:
Soft tissue injuries can be caused by any kind of physical trauma, from a car crash to falling over at work, or slipping on ice while walking to the shops.
Making a soft tissue injury compensation claim
You may be entitled to make a claim if your soft tissue injury was caused by the negligence of a third party.
An example would be if you suffer whiplash after a car accident where the other driver was at fault, as all road users owe a duty of care to everyone else using the road. Likewise, if you tripped over at work as a result of your employer not meeting the Health and Safety at work requirements then you could also be entitled to claim.
If you have suffered a soft tissue injury but are not sure whether you are eligible to make a compensation claim, get in touch with us today for a free, no obligation consultation.
How much compensation you could claim for a soft tissue injury
The amount of compensation you could be entitled to depends on a variety of different factors, including how serious your injury is and what effect it has had on your day-to-day life (e.g. unable to work, no longer able to carry out normal activities etc…)
Personal injury claim payouts tend to split into two different categories: General and Special damages.
- General damages – these are designed to compensate you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity caused as a direct result of your injury.
- Special damages – these cover any financial losses you have incurred due to the injury, such as loss of earnings and the cost of any medical treatment/rehabilitation.
As compensation amounts can vary so much depending on your individual circumstances, it’s not possible to give you an accurate calculation on how much you could claim. However, there are guidelines we can use as an estimate. The below are example payouts for soft tissue injuries using the Judicial College guidelines.
- Moderate neck injury – soft tissue/wrenching type injury of over 5 years: £10,960 – £19,920
- Severe neck injury – severe soft tissue damage leading to chronic conditions: £36,240 – £44,630
- Minor shoulder injury – soft tissue injury with full recovery within 2 years: £1,950 – £6,290
- Moderate shoulder injury – soft tissue damage with longer recovery time: £6,290 – £10,180
It is important to note that the above figures are to be used as estimates only, for more information visit our personal injury claims payout guide.
Make a claim
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