How To Claim Compensation For A Soft Tissue Injury? – Calculate Compensation Amounts Payouts For Soft Tissue Injuries

By Max Misoka. Last Updated 24th June 2022. Below, you will find a guide to making a compensation claim for an accident causing a soft tissue injury. 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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A Guide To Claiming Compensation For A Soft Tissue Injury

Soft tissue injury claims guide

Soft tissue injury claims guide

In this guide to claiming for soft tissue injuries, you will learn everything that you need to know so that you can make informed choices about your own claim. It contains information such as:

  • A basic definition of what a soft injury is, why you could be eligible to make a claim, and how to decide who might be liable to pay compensation.
  • A table that shows typical compensation ranges for soft tissue injuries to different parts of the body.
  • A list of the most common types of damages—both general damages and special damages—that are commonly paid to claimants for soft tissue injuries.
  • A list of some of the most frequently seen types of soft tissue injuries to various parts of the body.
  • An explanation of the difference between sprain injuries and strain injuries, and why the difference is important when related to a claim.
  • An overview of making a claim for a soft tissue injury that has been caused by a sporting accident, or whilst involved in some form of adventure activity.
  • An overview of whiplash and other neck-related injuries, and why we believe any whiplash victim should get themselves a medical examination to support their claim.
  • An overview of soft tissue injuries to the back, and many of the kinds of accidents that can cause this type of injury.
  • An explanation of why your employer could be liable for compensation if you have suffered a soft tissue injury in an accident at work.
  • A list of the main symptoms that are associated with soft tissue injuries, and how you can identify them.
  • Examination of the treatment options for a range of soft tissue injuries, and where to go for medical treatment.
  • An explanation of the various recovery times for soft tissue injuries, and why some of these injuries can take a very long time to heal.
  • A table that shows the various time limits that are in place, within which you will need to begin making your soft tissue injury claim.
  • An overview of the process of starting your compensation claim, and how our team can help you through this using our simple claims process.
  • An introduction to the claims service that we offer to people all across the UK as an effective and simple way to get the compensation they are entitled to, at no financial risk to themselves.

You may have questions about the contents of this guide, or the claims process in general. If so, please speak to one of our claim advisors on the contact telephone number near the top of the page. They will be ready and waiting to give you any assistance that you need.

What Is A Soft Tissue Injury?

A soft tissue injury (STI) is a very common type of injury that a personal injury solicitor will process a claim for. A soft tissue injury could be defined as any kind of injury to a muscle, ligament or tendon. They are generally caused by simple accidents such as twisting an ankle or injuries such as whiplash that are caused by moving the soft tissue abruptly. STIs are also commonly caused by overusing or overstressing a specific muscle, tendon or ligament, for example, when involved in a sporting activity.

What is the Average Compensation for a Soft Tissue Injury in the UK for 2022?

You may be wanting to know what the average compensation is for a soft tissue injury in the UK. There is no average compensation amount because every claim is unique. If your claim is successful, the compensation figure is based on many different factors.

General damages relate to the pain and suffering caused by your injury. Factors that contribute to the amount you could receive include:

  • The length of your recovery period
  • Whether any long-term or permanent symptoms have been caused
  • The extent of the injury

Soft Tissue Injury Compensation Calculator

As previously explained, we cannot give you an average payout for a soft tissue injury in the UK. However, the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) can give you a better idea of your potential general damages compensation. The figures below are taken from the latest guidelines, published in April 2022.

Please bear in mind that these figures only relate to past successful claims that took place in England and Wales. As such, if you’re looking to claim in Scotland and Northern Ireland, please remember that the figures below may be less useful when determining your potential compensation amount.

With that in mind, it’s important to know that these figures are not guaranteed as every claim is different. There are many factors that can determine the amount of compensation you receive from a successful claim.

Type of InjurySeverityInformation About the InjuryCompensation Amount
ArmLess SevereSignificant disabilities but mostly a full recovery.£19,200 to £39,170
FootModestInjuries such as lacerations, abrasions, sprains, strains, scrapes and burns of the soft tissue of the foot.Up to £13,740
AnkleModestInjuries such as lacerations, sprains, strains, abrasions, scrapes and burns of the soft tissue of the ankle.Up to £13,740
HandModerateThis covers crush injuries, penetrating wounds and soft tissue injuries.£5,720 to £13,280
BackMinor (i)Surgery not required in order to make a full recovery normally within two to five years. Potentially covers exacerbation or acceleration injuries too. £7,890 to £12,510
LegLess Serious (iii)Injuries such as lacerations, abrasions, sprains, strains, scrapes and burns of the soft tissue of the leg.Up to £11,840
ToeModerateInjuries to the toe such as cuts, sprains, strains, scrapes, burns and torn nails.Up to £9,600
NeckMinor (i)Injuries such as lacerations, abrasions, sprains, strains, scrapes and burns of the soft tissue of the neck. Full recovery in around one to two years. £4,350 to £7,890
ThumbMinorA dislocation of the thumb£6,340 to £7,780
Wrist(e)An uncomplicated Colle's fractureIn the region of £7,430
FingerMinorInjuries to the finger such as cuts, scrapes, sprains, strains, burns and torn nails.Up to £4,750

Please contact us for a free consultation if you would like an estimate of your soft tissue injury 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.

What A Personal Injury Claim Compensates You For

When you make a compensation claim for a soft tissue injury, if your claim is successful, the settlement you receive could be made up of two kinds of damages. These damages cover both physical harm, and other losses, such as financial ones. For example, for a back injury claim, the overall soft tissue back injury claim value will be the total of these damages. Speak to one of our claims team to find out which types of damages might apply in your case.

General damages – covering all of the physical and psychological harm, such as:

  • Negative effect on your quality of life

  • Pain and suffering

  • Mental anguish and trauma

  • Disability either permanent or for the long-term

  • Psychological injury

Special damages – covering all of the non-physical and financial losses related to the injury, such as: 

  • Lowered prospects of future employment

  • The cost of travel 

  • Private medical costs

  • Loss of current wages/salary

  • Cost of hiring in nursing or home help

Common Soft Tissue Injuries

There are many kinds of soft tissue injuries, and we could be able to help you claim for any injury as long as a third party was at least partially to blame for it. Common STIs include:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Soft tissue injury knee related
  • Soft tissue injury back related
  • Soft tissue injury hand related
  • Neck injuries including whiplash
  • Back strain
  • Calf strain
  • Golfers/tennis elbow
  • Hamstring strain
  • Soft tissue injury of the foot
  • Soft tissue injury of the shoulder

Strains Vs Sprains

When a personal injury lawyer claims on your behalf for a soft tissue injury, they can help to claim for either a sprain or a strain. These two different injuries can be defined as:

  • When trauma is caused to the tendons that attach a muscle to a bone by overstretching, then this is known as a strain.
  • When trauma is caused to the ligaments that attach a muscle to a bone by overstretching, then this is known as a sprain.

Or put more simply, strains happen to tendons and sprains happen to ligaments. We can help you claim for either, just speak to one of our claims team learn how today.

Injuries Caused By Sports

Personal injury compensation levels are dependent upon the severity of the injury. When it comes to soft tissue injuries, those caused by sporting activities can be very serious, and attract a large settlement. STIs related to sports could injure one of the three primary soft tissues, and these are:

  • Muscles – these are attached to the bone, and can contract to move bones/limbs.
  • Tendons – these are strong yet elasticated tissues. They help to attach muscles to bones.
  • Ligaments – these are strong bands of tissue that are inelastic and attach muscles to bones.

No matter which type of tissue you have damaged, we could be able to help you claim. Speak to one of our claim advisors to learn more.

Whiplash And Neck Injuries

Whiplash is the most common of all injuries in the UK. Often caused by even low-velocity road traffic accidents. A whiplash injury is a very hard injury to both diagnose and treat. If you are seeking whiplash compensation, we recommend that you have a medical examination either with your GP, at a local walk-in centre, or if serious enough, an A&E department. The results of this can be submitted as evidence for your claim. We can also arrange for you to have a local medical examination with an expert as part of the claims process. Speak to one of our claims team to find out more.

Back Soft Tissue Injury Claims

The value of soft tissue back injury claims is once again driven by the severity of the injury and its effect on the life of the victim. In the case of a back injury, this effect can be very profound indeed. Even a minor back injury can leave the victim unable to walk or even stand. In this case, the victim’s solicitor would likely try to process a claim for damages based on this loss of life quality. If you would like to know more about this process, please speak to one of our claims team.

Accidents And Injuries At Work

Soft tissue injury at work

Soft tissue injury at work

When seeking soft tissue injury compensation, UK residents who have been injured at work could be able to claim against their employer. Every company in the UK must comply with all health and safety regulations that relate to the industry it operates in. There are also general bodies of legislation, such as the Occupiers Liability Act 1957 and the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, that they must comply with. When compliance protocols fail, leading to an accident that injures a member of staff, a reason to claim could exist.

Soft Tissue Injury Symptoms

To answer the question, ‘how much can you ask for pain and suffering?’ then we would say that it depends on the severity of the symptoms experienced, and the level of pain they inflict. Typical STI symptoms include:

  • Swelling
  • Discolouration
  • Bruising
  • Difficulty in movement
  • Inflammation
  • Pain

Treatment Options

To answer the question, ‘is soft tissue damage permanent?’ then the answer is generally no. There is a well-established therapy process, PRICE therapy, that is very effective at treating STIs. PRICE stands for:

  • Protection – the area must be prevented from being injured further, for example, using a brace or support.
  • Rest – the area should be rested as much as possible. For example, with a shoulder injury, the arm could be immobilised using a sling so that it cannot be moved.
  • Ice – or ice packs can be applied to the affected area regularly to reduce pain, swelling and inflammation.
  • Compression – the use of surgical appliances such as compression bandages help to stop the area swelling further.
  • Elevation – by keeping the area elevated, blood flow is minimised, reducing swelling and pain.

How Long Will My Recovery Take?

Soft tissue injury statistics

Soft tissue injury statistics

A partial answer to the question, how much compensation do you get for soft tissue injury? is that it depends upon how long it takes for the injury to heal. Unfortunately, soft tissue injuries, especially serious ones, can take quite some time to heal. Even once the injury is healed, the victim may need a period of physiotherapy to get them functioning at 100% once again. Typically, minor STIs will clear up within two to three weeks. More serious ones can take months, with the most serious of all taking several months or even a year or more to heal.

Limitation Period For Injury Claims

There is a personal injury claims time limit that you must begin your claim within. The table below shows these time limits. However, in some situations it can differ, so we recommend you speak to one of our claims team to check which is applicable in your case.

Circumstances of ClaimTime Limit
If you were over the age of 18 when you suffered the injury.3 years.
If you were under the age of 18 when you suffered the injury.3 years from your 18 th birthday.

Getting Your Compensation Claim Started

If you need to make a personal injury claim for a soft tissue injury that was caused by an accident that was not your fault, then the process of starting your claim is very simple. Just speak to one of our claims team, who will ask you several questions, such as:

  • Where and when did the accident happen?
  • Who do you think was at fault for the accident?
  • Why do you think you have a claim?
  • What injuries did you suffer?
  • Did you have to take time off work?
  • Does your doctor believe you will make a complete recovery?
  • Have you suffered any ad-hoc or financial losses?

Questions such as these tell us all about your injury and the accident that caused it. Once we know enough, we will offer you some free, informed legal advice on how to best proceed with your claim.

No Win No Fee Soft Tissue Injury Claims

All of the solicitors on our panel offer a financially risk-free way for residents all across the UK to have their claim processed. Our No Win No Fee service is simple to access, yet an effective way to make your claim. The solicitors on our panel charge no fee to take your claim on, and charge no fee as they process it, no matter how long this takes. If they don’t get you a compensation settlement, then they still charge no fee. If they succeed, then they may take a small cut of the money awarded to you. This contribution is called a success fee. It is capped by law, so you won’t need to worry about your solicitor taking a chunk of your compensation. If you would like a deeper explanation of how this service works, please speak to one of our claims team on the number down below.

How Our Experts Can Help You

If you need to know more about soft tissue injury compensation amounts or have any other kind of question about a claim, then our claim advisors can help. They will always use plain and simple English and not legalese to explain everything to you so that you understand what we can do for you on your behalf. We attempt to do all that we can to ensure you win your claim, and that you receive the most compensation possible. The simple process below outlines how we handle a new claim:

Reach out to our team by email, web chat or phone.Our team will evaluate whether you have a valid claim.We will move on to processing your claim for you.

Contact Our Experts

Have you suffered a soft tissue injury that wasn’t your fault? Do you believe that a third party could be liable to pay you compensation? If so, speak to a claim advisor today on 0161 696 9685. They will go over your claim with you, and once they know enough, they will explain how we can help you to get the compensation that you are entitled to. You really have nothing to lose, as you only pay a fee when we have received a compensation payment for you.

Further Help And Advice

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

Information about soft tissue injuries

NHS information about sprain and strain injuries

Information about the treatment of soft tissue injuries

Workplace Rights

No Win No Fee Claims

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

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Edited by DEG