Calculating Car Accident Injury Payouts

Have you sustained a car accident injury through no fault of your own? Can you prove that third-party negligence was to blame? If so, you could be entitled to compensation.

In this guide, we’ll explain how you could make a personal injury claim and how our panel of specialist solicitors could help you get the maximum compensation you deserve.

Calculating car accident injury payouts guide

Calculating car accident injury payouts guide

Let’s start by saying that no two cases are the same. Therefore, car accident injury payouts vary depending on the severity of damage suffered by each claimant. However, you may still want to know how much you could receive.

With this in mind, we have produced this guide to explain how car accident injury payouts are valued and how you could give your claim the best chances of success.

Please carry on reading our guide to car accident injury payouts to learn more about how to calculate compensation amounts or alternatively, get in touch with us today for a free consultation. To speak to an advisor about whether you could make a claim please contact our team today:

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A Guide On Calculating Car Accident Injury Payouts

Here, you’ll find information on how general damages and special damages are calculated to make up a final settlement. In addition, we’ll cover the process of making a car accident injury claim and discuss the type of evidence you’ll need to support your case. What’s more, we’ve created a compensation calculator table within our guide to illustrate some payouts for specific injuries.

In this guide, you’ll also find valuable information on how a No Win No Fee or Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) can benefit you. These are arrangements between a No Win No Fee lawyer and their claimant, whereby both parties agree that legal fees are only charged on the condition that their claim is successful. In short, you won’t have to pay any upfront or running fees and if your case is unsuccessful, you won’t have to pay your lawyer for their services.

To speak to an experienced member of our team about your case and get an idea of how much compensation you could be entitled to, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today. One of our specialist advisors will provide you with free advice if you have a valid claim and can connect you to a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel to handle your case for you. In the meantime, please read on for more information.

Calculating Car Accident Injury Payouts

The amount of personal injury compensation you receive would depend on a few things. Firstly, the amount will be based on the extent of your suffering, both physically and psychologically. Secondly, whether the accident will impact you negatively in future will also be considered.

Below, our compensation calculator table provides information on some bracket amounts paid for specific injuries taken from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This is a document that legal entities use to value personal injuries as part of a claim, created by the Judicial College, an organisation responsible for training Britain’s judges.

Injury TypePotential General Damages Awarded taken from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG)Details
Moderate injury to the neck (i)£23,460 to £36,120Claimants suffer moderate neck damages which includes dislocations and fractures. Spinal fusion surgery could be needed. Injuries includes soft tissue damage which negatively impacts the claimant’s back and neck.
Moderate injury to the back (ii)£11,730 to £26,050Claimant suffers pain and discomfort because of damage to ligaments. This results in backache. The amount awarded would depend on the severity of the injury and the claimant’s ability to function normally.
Moderate injury to a shoulder ©£7,410 to £11,980Claimants suffer frozen shoulder which can limit their mobility for up to 2 years. A claimant may suffer soft tissue damage that get better over time and as such, their injuries would not be permanent.
Fractured Clavicle£4,830 to £11,490The level of compensation awarded would be based on the severity of the fracture and whether a claimant has to deal with ongoing symptoms.
Moderate pelvis/hip injury (i)£24,950 to £36,770Claimant suffers significant injuries but there will be no major disability and the risk of future damage is limited.
Forearm Fractures£6,190 to £18,020Simple fracture to the forearm
Injuries to the Wrist (b)£22,990 to £36,770The claimant suffers a permanent and significant disability, but some mobility may remain
Moderate injuries to the leg (iv)£26,050 to £36,790Claimant suffers severe crushing injuries to one of their limbs limb or may suffer multiple fractures. The level of compensation awarded would be based on the severity of the damages and the treatment/surgery required.

In order to get a more accurate idea of how much compensation you could claim, you would need more details about your case, including a medical report. The medical report must be done by an independent specialist to detail the extent of your injuries in the report, summarising how they believe your injury has affected you.

A personal injury solicitor can organise this for you. Usually, they can be arranged locally.

To get a free consultation with one of our specialist advisors, please get in touch today to discuss details about your case. You can reach a member of our team on the number at the top of the page. Once your case is reviewed, we can connect you to a solicitor from our panel to handle your claim on a No Win No Fee basis.

Types Of Damages

Personal injury claims after a car accident, if successful will usually have two heads of damage; general damages and special damages. In this section, we’ll explore what you could claim within these categories.

General damages can be claimed for any physical or psychological suffering that you experienced as a result of your injury or are predicted to experience in future. This could include the pain of your injury and the trauma of your accident, for example. Generally, the more severe your suffering, the more compensation you could be entitled to claim. We looked at these in the table above.

On the other hand, special damages can be claimed for any financial losses that you experienced as a result of your injury. This could include any prescription costs you had to pay out of pocket and any future loss of earnings, for example.

To claim special damages, you must provide proof of your losses and expenses. Without relevant evidence in the form of receipts, bank statements and other documentation, you risk not being able to recover your losses.

Some examples of costs you could recover as  part of claiming special damages could include the following:

  • Medical expenses, such as the cost of prescriptions, private treatment and therapy. You could also claim the cost of medical aids if not provided by the NHS.
  • Travel costs relating to your injury, such as the cost of getting to and from medical appointments or visits to see your solicitor. You could recover travel costs ranging from public transport tickets to parking fees.
  • Care costs incurred as a result of your injuries including both the cost of professional care or gracious care you received from family and friends.
  • Loss of earnings for the time you had to take off work as a result of your injury.
  • Loss of future earnings if your injuries leave you unable to carry on working in future.

What Are Car Accident Injury Payouts?

When you are injured in a road traffic accident, you could be able to claim compensation providing that you can prove that a third party was at fault for it. As explained in the previous section, you could claim for your injuries, both physical and psychological, as well as any out-of-pocket losses and expenses. You must also provide enough evidence to support your claim and show that a third party was to blame.

In order to do so, here are some steps you could take in the wake of your accident:

  • Take photos of your injuries and those of any passengers
  • Take photos of any damage your car sustained
  • Collect witnesses’ contact details for future statements to be taken by your solicitor
  • Obtain the police report if the car accident was a reportable incident
  • Collect the other driver’s details, including insurance information and vehicle registration

The more evidence you can provide for your claim, the better chance you’ll have of getting the compensation that you deserve.

Before taking any of these steps, however, you should ensure you seek immediate medical attention for any injuries that you and any passengers may have sustained. Some common injuries that could be claimed for as a result of a car accident could include:

  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Soft tissue damage (such as whiplash)
  • Back and spinal injuries
  • Pelvic and leg injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Brain damage
  • Burns, cuts and lacerations
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

To learn more about how compensation is calculated, please read on or get in touch today to receive your free legal consultation.

How Is Your Car Accident Injury Payout Calculated?

You are awarded general damages for the physical and psychological pain you suffer, together with special damages for any financial losses you experienced as a result of your injury. Furthermore, you must provide proof of any expenses incurred, such as payslips and relevant receipts.

To discuss your potential car accident injury payout with a member of our team, please get in touch today. We provide free advice on how to pursue your claim and can tell you how much you could be entitled to in compensation. In the meantime, please see the next section of our guide to learn about traumatic brain injury payouts.

Car Accident Injury Payouts For A Traumatic Brain Injury

When you or a loved one suffers a traumatic brain injury in a car accident, the amount of compensation awarded will likely be significant. The reason for these higher compensation awards is due to how detrimental a brain injury can be to a claimant’s life. Often, these injuries result in permanent disability, ongoing health issues and long-term care for the rest of their lives.

When a claimant suffers very severe brain damage, they could be awarded up to £379,100 for their injury alone according to the Judicial College Guidelines. In addition, they would also be entitled to claim special damages for any financial losses. This includes any necessary home or vehicle adaptations, medical expenses, care costs.

Please get in touch with a member of our team if you have any questions about car accident injury payouts for traumatic brain damage. You can reach an experienced and friendly advisor by calling the number at the top of this page.

Car Accident Injury Payouts For Breaks And Fractures

Many people suffer broken bones and fractures as a result of a car accident. The amount awarded for these types of injuries will depend on the severity of the break or fracture, as well as how the claimant’s life is impacted.

For example, if you suffer a severe wrist injury, you could receive anything up to £56,180 according to the Judicial College Guidelines. Alternatively, if you suffer an ankle transmalleolar fracture, you could receive in excess of £65,420.

To speak to an adviser about making a car accident injury claim and see how much you could be entitled to for your broken or fractured bones, please call a member of our team today.

Car Accident Injury Payouts For A Soft Tissue Injury

Whiplash is one of the most common car accident injuries that people sustain. As a type of neck injury, this is typically sustained when the head is violently rocked in a certain direction. The result is an overextension of the neck, causing the ligaments and tendons to bend outside of their comfortable range.

You may only suffer minor soft tissue damage as a result of sustaining whiplash in a car accident, which typically only lasts between 2 and 3 months. That said, you could sustain a more serious, painful and debilitating injury. Should this be the case, you may be left with a permanent disability, which would, in turn, entitle you to a larger compensation award.

To find out if you have a valid soft tissue damage claim after being injured in a car accident, please get in touch with a member of our team today.

Car Accident Injury Payouts For A Back Injury

When your neck muscles and ligaments are overextended in a car accident, it can also result in damage to your back and spine. This sort of damage can be particularly debilitating as it could leave you with a permanent disability. As a result, you may not be able to work during your recovery period and in serious cases, you may not be able to return to work at all.

When you suffer a severe back injury in a car accident, you could receive around £151,070. The amount is awarded in general damages. This figure is taken from the Judicial College Guidelines. On top of the general damages awarded, you could recover any financial losses, of course, by claiming special damages, too.

If you would like to discuss a back injury claim in the wake of a car accident, please speak to one of our specialist advisors today for a free consultation and some legal advice.

Car Accident Injury Payouts For A Pelvis, Hip Or Leg Injury

When you are involved in a car accident, you may suffer other common injuries involving the pelvis, hips and legs.

If the type of injury you sustain is serious, you may not be able to work for a considerable amount of time. A particularly severe injury may prevent you from ever working again, which can be detrimental to your life.

You could receive anything up to £122,860 when you suffer a severe injury to the hip. However, if both your legs need to be amputated, the amount awarded could be in excess of £264,650.

To find out whether you have a valid pelvis, hip or leg personal injury claim after a car accident, please contact a member of our team today. An adviser will provide free advice on whether you have grounds to make a claim and how much compensation you could be entitled to.

Secure Your Car Accident Injury Payout With A No Win No Fee Claim

When you are injured in a car accident that was not your fault, you may be worried about the cost of legal representation. This is due to the fact that solicitors’ fees can be high in some circumstances. If your claim is unsuccessful, you would have paid out of pocket for their services without any compensation to show for it.

For many, the prospect of hiring legal representation to make a claim is financially unattainable. However, by getting in touch with a member of our team today, they could connect you to a solicitor from our panel that works on a No Win No Fee basis.

When a No Win No Fee lawyer agrees to take on your claim, you don’t have to pay them an upfront fee and there are no running fees during the claims process. What’s more, you will only have to cover your solicitor’s legal fees if they win your claim for you, meaning you can use some of your payout to cover any costs.

There’s no need to worry about losing much of your award either, as any ‘success fees’ that you’re charged are capped to ensure that you take home the compensation that you deserve.

To find out if you can make a car accident injury claim with a No Win No Fee solicitor, please reach out to a member of our team for a free consultation. If you have a valid claim, you’ll be connected with a No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor.

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Statistics On Reported Road Casualties In Great Britain

According to recent statistics from the Department of Transport, the following figures break down the total reported road casualties (of all severities) in Great Britain for the year ending June 2020:

  • Around 1,580 people were killed in road traffic accidents
  • There were 131,220 casualties
  • 24,470 people were killed or seriously injured

These figures show a significant drop compared to recent years, which could be attributed to the 30% decrease in motor traffic levels as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

FAQs People Ask About Car Accident Injury Payouts

We have included several frequently asked questions about car accident injury payouts with the relevant answers found below.

What damages could I claim?

General damages and special damages are the two heads of damage that you could claim for personal injury. General damages cover pain and suffering, both physical and mental, whereas special damages cover financial losses, such as loss of earnings.

How much is pain and suffering worth in a car accident?

The more severe an injury happens to be, the higher the multiplication will be.

How can I determine third-party negligence?

If you’re wondering whether you could hold a third party liable for your car accident injury, whether that’s another road user, your local council or otherwise, the following questions can help. If you answer yes to all of them, there’s a good chance that you can establish third-party negligence:

  1. Did the third party owe you a legal duty of care?
  2. Did they fail to uphold their duty to you?
  3. Did you suffer as a result of this failure?

Thank you for reading our car accident injury claims guide.

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