A Guide To Claiming Compensation For A Soft Tissue Injury

By Cat Grayson. Last Updated 14th May 2024. Below, you will find a guide to making a compensation claim for an accident causing soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue injuries are the most common of all injuries. They range from simple bruises to sprains and strains. This guide aims to teach you all that you need to know about making a claim for such an injury.

If you finish reading this guide and still have questions that need to be answered, please speak to one of our claims team on 0161 696 9685. They will be able to answer any questions for you, and also tell you how we can help you to make your claim using our simple and effective claims service.

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Select A Section:

  1. Who Can Make A Claim For Soft Tissue Damage In The UK?
  2. Average Compensation For A Soft Tissue Injury In The UK
  3. Soft Tissue Injury Claim – Time Limits
  4. Soft Tissue Injury Claim – Do I Need Evidence?
  5. No Win No Fee Soft Tissue Injury Claims
  6. Further Help And Advice

Who Can Make A Claim For Soft Tissue Damage In The UK?

In order to have valid grounds to make a soft tissue injury claim, you must meet the personal injury claims criteria. This means that you must prove that:

  • You were owed a duty of care. 
  • This duty was breached. 
  • You suffered an injury because of this breach. 

There are various daily situations where you could suffer a soft tissue injury. These include:

Read on to learn about the average payout for a soft tissue injury. Or, contact our team of helpful advisors to start a free consultation.

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Average Compensation For A Soft Tissue Injury In The UK

You might be wondering what the average compensation award for a soft tissue injury is. However, it can be hard to pinpoint an average amount. This is because every personal injury claim is different, and each compensation award depends on the unique circumstances of each case.

Generally, soft tissue injury payouts are made up of two headings: General damages, and special damages.

All successful claimants will receive general damages. Under this heading, you can claim compensation for the pain and suffering you feel as a result of the soft tissue injuries. This heading covers both physical and psychological injuries.

The Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) can help calculate this head of claim. This document lists a number of different injuries, including soft tissue injuries, in addition to guideline compensation amounts.

Below, you can find some examples of these. Please note that these are not fixed amounts, and that the first entry is not taken from the JCG.

Guideline Compensation Brackets

Type of InjurySeverityInformation About the InjuryCompensation Amount
Multiple Injuries Plus Special DamagesSevereSeveral injuries combined with substantial monetary losses, such as lost earnings.Up to £50,000+
BackModerate (b)Damage to an intervertebral disc causing reduced mobility and nerve root sensitivity.£33,880 to £47,320
ArmLess SevereSignificant disabilities but mostly a full recovery.£23,430 to £47,810
FootModestInjuries such as lacerations, abrasions, sprains, strains, scrapes and burns of the soft tissue of the foot.£16,770 to £30,500
AnkleModestInjuries such as lacerations, sprains, strains, abrasions, scrapes and burns of the soft tissue of the ankle.Up to £16,770
HandModerateThis covers crush injuries, penetrating wounds and soft tissue injuries.£6,910 to £16,200
LegLess Serious (iii)Injuries such as lacerations, abrasions, sprains, strains, scrapes and burns of the soft tissue of the leg.Up to £14,450
NeckMinor (i)A full recovery between 1-2 years.£5,310 to £9,630
Whiplash Injuries With Psychological Injuries One or moreLasting for 18-24 months£4,345
Whiplash InjuriesOne or moreLasting for 18-24 months£4,215

Special Damages

Whether you have suffered a soft tissue injury in your foot or in your arm, your injury claim may also include special damages. This head of claim compensates you for any financial harm you have incurred as a result of your accident.

Types of financial losses or expenses you could endure, include:

  • A loss of earnings if you need time off work. For example, you may have needed surgical repair for damage to your soft tissues.
  • Prescription fees if you require medication to alleviate any symptoms of your injuries, such as steroid injections to the affected area.
  • Adaptations made to your home to accommodate your injuries, such as a stairlift if you have broken your legs.
  • The cost of any physical aids you needed, such as an elastic bandage to wrap the body part while it healed or reduce the pain and swelling it caused.
  • Physical therapy costs, this may include items such as strength training, particularly if you are suffering from muscle weakness following the initial treatment.

Please contact us for a free consultation if you would like an estimate of your soft tissue damage claim value in the UK. We can answer any queries you have and give you a compensation estimate that relates to your specific injury. Additionally, we can also connect you with a solicitor from our panel who could work your case using a No Win No Fee basis.

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Soft Tissue Injury Claim – Time Limits

It’s important to make sure that your claim for soft tissue damage falls within the relevant time limit. For personal injury claims, you will typically have three years to start a claim, starting on the date that you suffer your injuries. This is outlined in the Limitation Act 1980, which also outlines the exceptions to this rule.

For example, the time limit freezes for those injured while under the age of eighteen. A litigation friend can start the claim on their behalf while it is frozen. If no claim is started, then the time limit is reinstated on their eighteenth birthday and runs until they turn twenty-one.

Similarly, the time limit does not apply to those who lack the mental capacity to make their own claim. A litigation friend can start the claim on their behalf, but if no claim is made, the time limit will only be reinstated if they regain the needed capacity.

To learn more about your potential soft tissue injury claim value, or to find out if you are within the correct time limit to claim, contact our helpful advisors today.

Soft Tissue Injury Claim – Do I Need Evidence?

Evidence can benefit your personal injury claim in several ways. Firstly, it can be used to demonstrate that you experienced harm as a result of your employer breaching the duty of care they owed you. As such, you could gather:

  • Contact details of those who witnessed the accident in which you were injured
  • CCTV footage of the accident
  • Photographs of the accident scene and any hazards which may have caused your accident and subsequent injuries

Secondly, evidence can be used to estimate your soft tissue injuries claim value and how much you could be awarded in compensation.

For example, if you have suffered soft tissue damage to your knee, compensation can be calculated by looking at several factors, such as the severity of your injury and the treatment you required. As such, medical evidence, such as a report from a medical assessment can help to assess how much you should be awarded.

Speak to our advisors if you would like to be put in touch with an expert personal injury solicitor from our panel. They can give you tips on what evidence to gather and can discuss the average compensation for a soft tissue injury in the UK.

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Soft Tissue Injury Claims – No Win No Fee Solicitors

If you are eligible to make a personal injury claim for compensation, a solicitor from our panel could help you. They could assist you with gathering evidence and ensuring your claim is filed within the correct limitation period. Furthermore, they may offer to represent you in your soft tissue injurie claim under a type of No Win No Fee agreement known as a Conditional Fee Agreement.

Some of the benefits of making a personal injury claim with a No Win No Fee solicitor under this arrangement include:

  • Zero upfront service fees to pay to your solicitor.
  • No ongoing service fees to pay during your claims process.
  • Not having to pay your solicitor for their work if your claim does not succeed.

Should your claim succeed, your solicitor will take a small, legally capped percentage from your compensation settlement. This is known as a success fee.

To find out if you could be eligible to work with a solicitor on our panel for your soft tissue injuries claim, you can contact our advisors. They can be reached via:

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Further Help And Advice

You might find the following related links to give useful information:

We have lots of guides on claiming personal injury compensation, which you can find below.