At Bott and Co we settle thousands of personal injury claims every year and recover millions of pounds for injured people to help them get back to where they were before the accident.
One of the most common questions people ask when considering making a claim is how much compensation they might receive. We’ve broken down all of the various factors that go into calculating the value of a potential claim in an easy to read guide below.
Why Should I Claim Compensation
Some people want to claim personal injury compensation for a sense of justice where the third party has been negligent. Others have no choice but to claim where injuries have left them out of pocket due to a loss of earnings or needing on-going care and support.
Compensation exists to put you back to the place you were before the accident.
Compensation exists to put you back to the place you were before the accident. It’s not possible for money to heal broken bones or mend serious injuries so it is there to compensate your pain and suffering and the amounts that can be claimed for injuries are determined by the Judicial Studies Board (JSB).
Each case is unique so putting a value on claims without knowing the full circumstances is almost impossible. However, our solicitors are experienced in dealing with personal injury claims and they know how best to put a figure to the pain you’ve suffered and the costs you’ve incurred.
Personal Injury Claim amounts can vary from £850 right up to £190,000, depending on your injury and how it may affect your life.
You can claim for compensation for an injury but also for any costs incurred as a result of an injury such as:
- Hospital Visits
- Travel Expenses
- Loss of Earnings
- Care or assistance for domestic chores
What Do I Need To Claim Compensation?
To find out for free if you can make a claim for compensation then call our legal team on 01625 415850 or use the online claim form and we will get in touch with you. If we can help you on your claim then you will usually need to provide the following;
- Accident date and location
- How the accident occurred
- Contact details for any witnesses
- The injuries you suffered and any medical reports you’ve already obtained
- Proof of any out of pocket expenses or loss of earnings
- Any other supporting evidence that will help in your claim
You won’t need to have all this information to hand when you first make contact with us but we will at least need to know the details of the accident. You solicitor can talk you through any other information we need.
You should always take photographs of the accident and location as this forms an important part of the evidence we present to the third party. If you don’t have photographs we can still make your claim.
We have a compensation calculator for you to use to get a a guide of how much you might be entitled to claim for your accident as set out by the Judicial Studies Board (JSB).
These amounts can often be the tip of the iceberg after taking into account future loss of earnings and care for more serious injuries.
Average Personal Injury Compensation Amounts
|Type Of Injury||Average Compensation|
|Accident At Work||£5,000|
|Slip, Trip & Fall||£1,000|
If you’ve fully recovered from your injuries we can give you an accurate indication of how much compensation you should receive.
If you have ongoing symptoms then we can base our estimates on medical reports and evidence. You have three years to make a claim from the time you knew you were injured so we sometimes can wait and see how the injuries heal before settling your claim.
Calculate how much you could claim
In order for us to process your claim you must be either over 18 or have a friend or family member who is over 18 and prepared to speak to us on your behalf as your ‘litigation friend’.
You will need to tell us the full details of how and where the accident occurred and provide us with as much information as possible to make the claims process easier.
If you’re not sure whether you can make a claim then get in contact with one of our lawyers who will be able to tell you if you have a legitimate claim. We will always accept claims on a no-win no-fee basis and you can speak to our lawyers for free so you have no financial risk at all.
How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
Personal injury claims can be made up to three years after the accident or when you discover the injury was caused by the accident – whichever date is latest.
This means that in cases where you only found out about an injury months or years after an incident (such as asbestos poisoning) you can still make a claim. Or in the cases of medical and clinical negligence you might not discover the negligence of the medical professionals treating you at the time were the cause of later symptoms.
For children there are slightly different rules. Claims can be made on your child’s behalf if you or someone else over 18 years old acts as a ‘litigation friend’. Alternatively the child has three years from when they turn 18 within which time they can make a claim.
Each claim is assessed on its individual circumstances and depending on whether the third party admit or deny responsibility they can settle very quickly or take much longer if the case goes to court.
We will be there every step of the way to fight on your behalf. We win 99% of all our cases so if we’ve taken on your claim then you should feel very confident of a positive outcome.
Car accidents and other road traffic accident claims usually settle more quickly than accidents at work (employer liability) or general accidents (public liability) which can be more complicated to resolve. We’ve recovered damages from the third party within weeks for car accidents and within months for other claims but they can last longer.
The Law Society say it is important to seek proper legal representation for your claim and we totally agree. We can fight on your behalf against the multi-billion pound insurance companies and their considerable legal teams; and we still win 99% of all our cases.
Insurers will usually try and settle for less and we have hundreds of cases where we’ve negotiated many times more compensation than was originally offered by the insurer. For example, one client was offered just £10,000 by the insurers before our legal team got on the case and ended up settling for £240,000.
The law says anyone injured in an accident that isn’t their fault should be compensated.
The legal process is not straightforward so we always recommend using an experienced law firm to represent you. Unlike some law firms, we offer a 100% no-win no-fee service so you don’t have to pay anything up front and if on the rare occasion we didn’t win your case, we cover all the costs so you don’t pay anything.
This means we take all the risk and with our free no obligation initial evaluation of your claim, you can’t lose anything by getting in touch and speaking to one of our legal team today. We win 99% of all our claims so you’ll be in good hands with Bott and Co.
Bott and Co have a great reputation in the industry as a leading personal injury law firm, and we’re currently the firm with the highest revenue per lawyer, meaning that you’re already in good hands with us and we can secure more compensation for your injuries than any other personal injury law firm.
We will recover the maximum possible compensation for your injuries and circumstances based on medical evidence and what the law allows for us to claim. As we are totally independent from any insurance company, our concern is to recover as much compensation for you as possible.
|Head||Very serious||£214,300 – £307,000||Badly disabled, brain damage with little or no response. Includes people in vegetative state in need of full time nursing. Learn More|
|Head||Serious||£11,600 – £214,300||Serious physical symptoms or a significant change to your intellect or personality Learn More|
|Head||Moderate||£1,600 – £9,700||Head injury not resulting in brain damage, amounts dependent to on-going symptoms such as headaches Learn More|
|Eyes||Very serious||£80,500 – £204,200||Amounts relate to completely blind, or blinded in one eye and/ or severely reduced vision in other. Learn More|
|Eyes||Serious||£6,900 – £50,000||Loss of eye, lost sight in one eye or suffered some but not total visual impairment Learn More|
|Eyes||Moderate||£1,650 – £6,700||Injury to eye that caused pain, or temporary vision issues Learn More|
|Ears||Very serious||£68,950 – £107,500||Injury leading to complete deafness. If injured as child, higher compensation based on lose of ability to speak. Learn More|
|Ears||Serious||£23,850 – £34,650||Loss of total hearing in one ear, amounts dependent on additional symptoms such as dizziness Learn More|
|Ears||Moderate||£5,300 – £34,650||Compensation amount apply for those suffering from partial hearing loss to mild or sever tinnitus Learn More|
|Face||Very serious||£13,700 – £74,500||Facial disfigurement or scarring, amounts depending on how seriously affected. Men could receive less for facial disfigurement than women with same injury.Learn More|
|Face||Serious||£1,770 – £28,950||Facial fractures such as broken jaw or nose. Amounts dependent on severity. Also apply to broken, damaged teeth. Learn More|
|Face||Moderate||£1,290 – £2,670||Facial injury that didn’t include broken bones and left only very light or no scarring. Learn More|
Compensation Amounts For Injuries To The Upper Body
|Neck||Very serious||£34,570 to £112,800||Neck injuries that seriously affect movement of one or more limbs or little or no ability to move their neck years after accident. Learn More|
|Neck||Serious||£29,300 to £42,500||Fractures and dislocations that require surgery. Amounts may apply to those who suffer with permanent pain, discomfort that limits usual activities. Learn More|
|Neck||Moderate||£1,850 to £6,050||Soft tissue or whiplash injury but have recovered within two years of incident. Amounts vary on severity of injury, level of pain and effect on restriction of ability to take part in your usual activities. Learn More|
|Back||Very serious||£29,450 to £122,300||Back injury that would usually require surgery such as damaged spinal cord leading to serious consequences such as partial paralysis, loss of bowel/bladder function and psychological issues. Learn More|
|Back||Serious||£9,450 to £29,500||Back injury that has left you in constant pain or discomfort often due to disturbed ligaments or soft tissue injuries. Amount based on severity of original injury and treatment you may need. Learn More|
|Back||Moderate||£300 to £9,450||Injuries leading to less serious strains, disc problems and soft tissue damage. Amounts relate to severely of original injury, treatment required and long term effects. Learn More|
|Shoulder||Very serious||£9,750 to £36,450||These amounts are usually associated with neck injuries resulting in significant disability. Learn More|
|Shoulder||Serious||£6,050 to £9,750||Compensation could apply for injury causing ‘frozen shoulder’, or soft tissue damage causing pain and discomfort lasting around two years. Learn More|
|Shoulder||Moderate||£300 to £6,050||Suffered pain from a soft tissue injury lasting a few months to two years, but have eventually had a full recovery, you could be entitled to this amount. Learn More|
|Pelvis & Hips||Very serious||£29,800 to £99,550||Severe hip or pelvis fractures that have led to bowel damage or have required a spinal fusion. Amounts depend on long-term effects (such as impotence or complications with child-birth) and likelihood to have to have more surgery in the future. Learn More|
|Pelvis & Hips||Serious||£9,550 to £29,850||Injury that required a hip operation / replacement (or may lead to you requiring one in the future), but are unlikely to suffer from any serious disability as a result. Learn More|
|Pelvis & Hips||Moderate||£3,000 to £9,580||Hip or pelvic injury, but have completely (or almost completely) recovered within two years of the incident, you could be entitled to this amount. Learn More|
Compensation Amounts For Injuries To Arms and Hands
|Arm||Very serious||£73,050 to £228,050||Amputation of one or both arms. Amount awarded depends on where amputation is, your age and the effect the operation has on your life and whether you suffer from phantom pains. Learn More|
|Arm||Serious||£29,750 to £99,450||Arm injury not resulting in amputation, but has a serious effect on your ability to use your arm(s) and left you disabled. Learn More|
|Arm||Moderate||£5,000 to £29,750||If you have suffered a degree of disability for a period of time (such as a broken arm) but are expected to make a complete (or almost complete) recovery. Learn More|
|Elbow||Very serious||£29,750 to £41,650||These amounts could apply to you if your injury has required surgery or has resulted in severe disability. Learn More|
|Elbow||Serious||£11,850 to £24,300||If you have suffered an elbow injury that did not require surgery and has not led to a disability but has resulted in restricted movement. Learn More|
|Elbow||Moderate||£2,650 to £9,550||The majority of elbow injuries fall under this category. These amounts apply to injuries like tennis elbow or deep cuts that don’t lead to permanent damage. Learn More|
|Hand||Very serious||£47,000 to £153,150||Amounts usually apply when a person has had one or both hands amputated, or has had their hand rendered almost useless by amputation of more than one finger. Learn More|
|Hand||Serious||£22,000 to £47,000||Injury that has reduced your hand’s functionality significantly (for example, if you are unable to use your fingers properly), or resulted in severe disfigurement. Learn More|
|Hand||Moderate||£650 to £22,000||Injuries such as deep cuts and soft tissue damage that have resulted in impaired function of the hand that may require surgery in the future. Learn More|
|Wrist||Very serious||£18,600 to £45,450||Wrist injury that has left you either unable to move your wrist, or has significantly reduced your ability to move your wrist, these compensation amounts could apply to you. Learn More|
|Wrist||Serious||£5,600 to £18,620||Broken wrist or have sustained soft tissue damage but will still be able to use your wrist relatively normally in the long-term, despite some pain or stiffness. Learn More|
|Wrist||Moderate||£2,650 to £3,550||Wrist injury that required bandaging or a plaster for weeks, but are expected to make a complete (or almost complete) recovery within a year. Learn More|
|Finger||Very serious||£6,570 to £69,050||One or more finger completely amputated. Amount depends on which finger(s) had to be removed and the level of disability the person suffers as a result. Learn More|
|Finger||Serious||£3,000 to £14,255||Part finger amputation, these compensation amounts could apply to you. How much is awarded depends on which part of which finger had to be removed. Learn More|
|Finger||Moderate||Up to £360||If you have suffered from a broken finger but have had a complete (or almost complete) recovery. Learn More|
|Thumb||Very serious||£9,550 to £12,740||If you have had to have part of your thumb amputated, suffered nerve damage or have lost your ability to grip properly, you could be entitled to this amount of compensation. Learn More|
|Thumb||Serious||£3,050 to £9,550||These are amounts can be awarded where a person has suffered tendon or nerve damage, including severe dislocations. Learn More|
|Thumb||Moderate||Up to £1,680||You could be entitled to these amounts if you suffered pain from a thumb injury but completely (or almost completely recovered within months). Learn More|
Compensation Amounts For Injuries To Lower Body
|Leg||Very serious||£74,450 to £214,300||One or both legs amputated. Amounts dependent on if amputation is above or below the knee and how this could affect you in the future. Learn More|
|Leg||Serious||£21,050 to £103,200||Usually awarded when a person has not had to endure an amputation but has suffered serious damage to the leg(s), that will have serious implications in the long-term. Learn More|
|Leg||Moderate||£1,850 to £19,850||Broken leg or soft-tissue damage. How much would depend on whether or not you made a full recovery and whether the injury stands to affect you in the long-term. Learn More|
|Knee||Very serious||£39,600 to £73,120||Joint injury has resulted in serious disability, constant pain or muscle wastage. Amount will depend on whether you are likely to need surgery in the future and the effects your injury will have on your life. Learn More|
|Knee||Serious||£19,850 to £32,990||Serious damage to the kneecap, ligaments or muscles, resulting in some disability with continued pain and discomfort. Learn More|
|Knee||Moderate||£4,600 to £19,950||Dislocated knee, torn cartilage, cuts or twists, you could be entitled to these amounts depending on how your injury could affect you in the long-term. Learn More|
|Ankle||Very serious||£38,000 to £52,995||Severe ankle injury leading to serious deformity, disability or even the possibility of amputation in the long-term. Learn More|
|Ankle||Serious||£23,850 to £38,000||Ankle injury requiring operation or plaster. Amount depends on if your injury affects ability to work and if you need to wear special footwear. Learn More|
|Ankle||Moderate||£10,400 to £20,150||Sprained or broken ankle. The amount awarded depends on whether your injury results in any less-serious disabilities or a tendency for the ankle to ‘give way’. Learn More|
|Achilles||Very serious||Up to £29,250||Muscles have been severed and this has led to restricted ankle movement. Learn More|
|Achilles||Serious||£18,950 to £22,850||Partial tearing to the Achilles tendon. Amount awarded related to surgery and whether you have been left in permanent discomfort/with a limp. Learn More|
|Achilles||Moderate||£5,520 to £16,050||If your ankle has been left weaker by damage to your Achilles tendon. Learn More|
|Foot||Very serious||£63,820 to £153,250||If you have had one or both feet amputated as a result of your injury. Learn More|
|Foot||Serious||£19,000 to £53,150||Two broken heels or feet, or serious damage to just one foot. The amount awarded depends on level of surgery required. Learn More|
|Foot||Moderate||£5,320 to £10,445||Injury has resulted in constant pain, a limp or aching, but has not led to any serious disability. Learn More|
|Toe||Very serious||£23,750 to £42,650||Amputation of all of your toes or your ‘big toe’. The amount depends on whether you lost your toe(s) in an incident or had to have them surgically removed, and the effect this has had on your life. Learn More|
|Toe||Serious||£7,300 to £16,050||Severe trauma to the toe(s) and have either had toes other than the ‘big toe’ amputated or have not had to have a toe amputated but have suffered serious damage to the toe(s) with ongoing symptoms. Learn More|
|Toe||Moderate||£4,200 to £7,300||One or more broken toes. How much you are awarded will depend on how quickly you recover and whether or not you will suffer long-term symptoms. Learn More|
The figures are taken from the Case Law on general damages in personal injury cases. Amounts may change without notice and figures should not be considered as exact.
Although the compensation amounts in this guide may seem relatively low – they are only the amounts that are awarded for the injuries themselves.
For serious injuries, we also recover compensation to cover additional costs that arise as a result of your accident, including; loss of future earnings, a lifetime of care and treatment, help with chores, medication, state-of-the-art prosthetic limbs and custom built accommodation. Depending on the seriousness of the injury, this can lead to you being awarded up to millions of pounds.
Contact us today for a free, no obligation claim consultation.