Motorcycle Accident Claims – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

Motorbike accidents often involve serious injury and motorcyclists need specialist legal support and expertise to help them secure the maximum compensation and best possible rehabilitation after the accident.

Our guide below outlines your legal rights if you’ve been injured in an accident.

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A Dedicated Motorbike Accident Claim Team

Our dedicated motorbike accident team are used to dealing with bikers and bike claims and have settled motorcycle claims for over £1million in cases where injuries have been catastrophic and life-changing.

We don’t just focus on the compensation, but we make sure you receive all the care and rehab you need after the accident, and we’ll even recover compensation to pay for adaptations to your home if required.

Motorbike Accidents

Analysis by the road safety charity, Brake, shows that those on two wheels face 63 times higher risk of being killed or seriously injured, per mile travelled than car drivers. This is an alarming statistic and demonstrates how serious injuries can be for motorcyclists.

Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents

There can be a number of causes for motorbike accidents but the most common include accidents caused by:

  • Motorists filtering
  • Road spillages such as diesel
  • Potholes or defective road surfaces
  • Opening car doors
  • Exiting junctions
  • Hit and run collisions

Our specialist legal team are familiar with all motorcycle claim circumstances and will be able to provide you with the best support and advice on your claim whatever the cause. We’ve even won claims where the other side have argued the motorcyclist was driving too fast.

Motorcyclists have much less protection than car occupants so in collisions involving both types of vehicle it is almost always the motorcyclist that comes of worse, and often much worse. The nature of these types of injuries requires a particularly skilled lawyer with extensive experience in handling the sensitivity and serious nature of your situation.

Our motorcycle accident solicitors have dealt with cases that include brain and head injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, and severe bone fractures, all of which can be life-changing for the injured person and their family.

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No Win No Fee Motorcycle Accident Claims

We work on a no-win no-fee basis, so you don’t need to worry about costs when we’re on your side.

No matter how long the claim takes to settle – and more serious injuries can take many months or even years – we’ll request interim payments to help with household finances, loss of earnings, and medical treatment.

What Compensation Can I Claim For If I’ve Had A Motorcycle Accident?

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, then you can make a claim for the injuries suffered as well as for any other losses or costs incurred as a result of the accident or subsequent treatment and rehabilitation.

Our specialist motorcycle solicitors will go through a schedule of losses with you in order that we can make sure that every possible cost and all the damages are included in the claim put to the third party insurers.

Some of the things you can claim for are:

  • The injuries sustained in the accident.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other mental health problems caused by the accident.
  • Damage to your bike and clothing and other personal possessions.
  • Lost earnings during your rehabilitation and if you are unable to work for a period of time.
  • Medical care and costs of rehab (including travelling to and from medical appointments)
  • Any ongoing care as a result of long term injuries/li>

What Are The Average Compensation Settlement Amounts For Motorcycle Accidents?

The amount of compensation awarded in each case depends on many of the factors listed above. Most commonly, the compensation amount is affected by the scale and severity of the injuries.

The compensation for injuries is determined by the Judicial College guidelines and are set over broad ranges based on the injury type – this is where the experience and ability of our solicitors and their legal negotiating skills mean you recover the maximum possible compensation.

Insurers want to settle at much lower amounts, and our job working for you is to make sure we get as much as possible, and we regularly settle claims at amounts many times higher than the original insurer offer.

Our interactive calculator below will help you find out how much compensation you may be able to claim for your injury.

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Additional Compensation

The above figure, known as 'general damages' only relates to the compensation you may be able to claim for
your injuries. You may also be able to claim for 'special damages' which includes your out of pocket expenses,
medical costs, and loss of earnings. Contact our legal team to discuss the specifics of your accident and how
much you might be able to claim.

The amounts listed are based on average settlement figures awarded by Judges at Trial and are intended to ensure a fair settlement is reached.

Please be aware that compensation amounts vary on a case by case basis. These figures are intended only as a guide towards what your claim may be worth.

As part of claiming with Bott and Co, you will undergo an independent medical assessment. It is following this assessment, that we will know an accurate amount of compensation we may be able to claim for you.

A comprehensive list of compensation amounts is available at the bottom of this page.

How Do I Make A Claim Injuries Caused By A Motorcycle Accident?

To make a claim with Bott and Co simply give us a call on 01625 415850.

Our friendly client first response team will speak with you initially to take some details of the accident and injuries and assess whether it’s something we can help you with. They will also talk you through the claims process in more detail and answer any questions you have.

Following that initial assessment, your case will be passed to our legal manager who will contact you to discuss the specifics of the accident and injuries in order to begin building a strong case and to help determine the value of your claim.

We will arrange for you to attend a medical appointment to assess the extent of the injuries – this is a legal requirement for all personal injury claims.

The medical report is crucial in identifying the severity of the injuries and the likely recovery time plus any ongoing care or rehab requirements you might need. This information will then form the main part of the compensation claim.

If you need rehab, then we will arrange for the best possible rehabilitation care for you as part of the claim with us. On most occasions we can arrange this without you having to pay for it, we simply present the invoice to the third party insurers.

We will also look at any long term adaptations to your home if you need them – for example, wheelchair accessibility, shower and toilet adaptations.

Once your lawyer has valued the claim, they will negotiate a favourable settlement. On occasions, proceedings may need to be issued to ensure you receive the settlement you are entitled to. You will be advised of all appropriate steps through the claim.

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    We negotiate the maximum settlement for you

How Long Does It Take To Claim For A Motorbike Accident?

For claims valued at less than £25,000 there is a claims portal process set out by the Ministry of Justice that enables a fast track service – this means these cases can often be settled in less than 6 months.

Anything over this amount (which is quite often the case in motorcycle accidents due to the nature of the injuries) follows a different procedure and because of the serious nature of some injuries, this leads to longer settlement times.

For much more serious injuries the claims can take up to several years as it’s not possible to settle a claim for the maximum amount until the medical position is clear in terms of the prognosis.

When possible we will always secure interim payments so you’ll not be out of pocket. Our legal team will negotiate with the other side to ensure you have sufficient funds to put you back in the same position as you were before the incident.

Why Choose Bott and Co

Bott and Co have specialist solicitors to work specifically on motorcycle accident claims. Our law firm is ranked the number one in the entire UK for revenue per lawyer – meaning we get you more compensation than other firms, and we do it quicker.

We are one of the leading no win no fee and consumer law firms in the country and have won multiple awards for our customer service, technology and innovation, and our specialist legal teams.

If you want someone that understands, and is experienced in, the intricacies of motorcycle accident claims and of settling million-pound cases, making sure we get the most from the insurers, then Bott and Co is the right choice for you.

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    We make immediate, sometimes same day payment upon settlement of your case

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What To Do In The Event of a Motorbike Accident

We hope you never need this guide, but in the unfortunate event you’re involved in a motorcycle accident then there are a number of things to remember to do, depending on the severity of any injury.


Make a note of the vehicle details and registration numbers. Also take the name, addresses and insurance information of any drivers and passengers involved in the incident. If there are any witnesses, ask them for contact information as well.


It’s important to make a note of all the road conditions, weather and visibility at the time of the accident. If you have a camera with you, on your phone, for example, then take plenty of pictures of the vehicles, the damage, and the surroundings.

Call For Help:

You may need to call for an ambulance if you or anyone else involved is injured. You should also call the police, they will provide you with an incident number that can be used in your claim as further evidence.


Call us as soon as you can after the accident. We will be able to arrange alternative transport, such as a hire vehicle, and medical and rehabilitation for any injuries sustained. You should also inform your insurers of the incident.

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Recent Motorcycle Accident Compensation Claims Case Studies

£1.1million In Compensation Recovered

We settled a motorcycle accident claim for over £1.1million for our client who lost his leg and suffered severe injuries in a collision with another motor vehicle.

Mr F was a fit and healthy engineer who enjoyed a variety of sporting and leisure pursuits. He was a keen motorcyclist and was driving along a 30mph road with a car travelling towards him. Suddenly a motorbike with a sidecar pulled out to overtake the car and drove straight into Mr F.

The injuries were so severe that his leg was almost torn completely off and there were various leg and pelvic fractures plus numerous internal injuries and following several operations over 2 years doctors decided the leg wasn’t able to be saved and it was amputated above the knee.

Ongoing psychological trauma persisted and Mr F suffered deteriorating mental health over the years. The house he and his wife lived in was not suitable for a wheelchair as it had no downstairs bathroom and had steps up to the front door.

Our Legal Manager, Andrew Peters, worked on the case for several years to make sure we were able to secure the maximum possible compensation to account for all the lifestyle adaptations and medical care.

We ultimately settled the claim for £1,132,000 which enabled Mr F to purchase a new property that was wheelchair accessible and make sure he could pay for ongoing care and support.

£7,500 in Compensation Recovered

We secured almost £7,500 for a motorcyclist after the insurers offered only £2,500 following a road traffic accident with an RSPCA van.

The claimant was driving his Yamaha motorbike at around 60mph along the A41 in Aylesbury when an RSPCA van in front of him suddenly turned right into his path causing him to collide with the side of the van.

Our client was wearing protective clothing which was badly damaged during the accident and sustained several injuries including bruised ribs and damage to the left hamate (the bond in the wrist).

The motorbike was written off following the damage it sustained and due to the insurance policy that the claimant took out prior to the accident he was only covered for a replacement motorbike and not a car, so had no means of getting to work for five months following the accident.

We recovered damages for injury and financial losses totalling £7,480.41 which includes the cost of travelling to work, damage to clothing, and the cost of buying a replacement vehicle. The defendant’s insurers initially denied liability and only offered an initial £2,512.

However, as a result of Bott and Co’s specialist motorbike accident team, we secured three times the amount of compensation than was initially offered.

Why Should You Contact Us Today?

  • You’ll have access to free legal advice from our expert team of specialist legal advisors who can explain your legal rights to claiming compensation.
  • We can arrange for a replacement vehicle and provide you with a number of medical services such as physio and rehabilitation.
  • Get our expert legal team on your side, and draw on over 20 years of experience successfully claiming what is rightfully yours.
  • We’re independent of any insurers or third parties. We only look out for your best interests.
  • Our legal advice comes with no obligation to make a claim, and all information shared is strictly confidential.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Documentation Is Needed In Order To Recover The Cost Of My Motorbike Repairs/Replacements?

In order for us to be successful in recovering the repairs to your bike you will need to provide the following evidence in support:

  • A repair estimate or invoice from an independent cycle shop.
  • Photographs of the damaged bike to include a wide angle photo showing the make of the bike.
  • The approximate age of the bike.

What Documentation Is Needed In Order To Claim Back The Replacement Cost Of Damaged Clothing?

In order to give us the best possible chance of recovering the full value of these items we will require the following:

  • Photographs of damaged item, this must show the brand of the item being claimed.
  • A screenshot from a motorcycling website showing the cost of replacing the items.

Am I Able To Recover The Full Amount I Paid For The Motorbike?

We will always aim to recover the highest amounts possible for you. However, there are many factors which can affect the amount we are able to recover. One of the main factors affecting the amount recoverable is the age of the motorbike and the wear and tear are factored into the compensation.

The general perception is that the claims are made new for old. Unfortunately, this is not the case. In personal injury cases, the Defendant is only liable to put you back in the same position you were prior to the accident. Therefore were they to provide you with a brand new motorcycle you would be in a better position than you were prior to the accident.

When Am I Able To Recover The Cost Of Replacing My Motorbike/Damaged Items?

We are able to make an interim payment on your behalf as soon as we are in receipt of the appropriate evidence in support. Please note that your opponent is under no obligation to make this payment until liability is admitted and they are satisfied that the evidence provided is sufficient to enable them to release such payment.

Can I Claim For Travel Expenses If My Usual Mode Of Transport Is My Motorcycle?

Yes. We are able to make a claim for any reasonable travel expenses incurred whilst without your bike. Details of any expenses incurred must be kept such as receipts, without these we may experience difficulties in recovering the full amount.

Can I Continue To Get A Taxi To Work Even After My Motorbike Is Repaired?

In circumstances where your injuries are preventing you from riding your motorcycle then you are able to continue to incur reasonable expenses.

Will My Details Be Kept Confidential At All Times?

Yes. We will never pass your details onto third parties without your expressed consent.

Please note that in order to progress your case we will need to pass your details onto your opponent. In order to aid your recovery and progress your claim, we will also be required to pass your details onto a medical agency and rehabilitation provider.

Will I Have To Have A Medical?

In most cases, you will be required to attend a medical appointment. In order for us to accurately value your case and provide you with sound advice, we will require sight of an independent medical report.

In a small minority of cases, pre-medical offers are made to entice early settlement of the case. There are not necessarily reflective of the value of your case and therefore we do not advise acceptance of them. Each individual offer will be assessed on a case by case basis and upon receipt of any such offer, you will be provided with advice accordingly.

What Does No Win No Fee Actually Mean?

It’s simple. When you instruct one of our expert solicitors to make a claim on your behalf, it won’t cost you a penny. So in the unlikely event that we handle your case and your claim is unsuccessful, we won’t charge you a thing. When your claim is successful, we take our fees from the amount that you are awarded before we pay the compensation into your bank account, so you never have to deal with legal bills or any hidden costs.

What Does It Cost Me To Claim?

We limit the costs we can charge on your case under the terms of our Conditional Fee Agreement. This means that however much work we need to do to settle your claim we will never charge you more than 35% + VAT (& ATE) of the personal injury part of your claim. The result is that you get the best possible service whilst retaining the majority of your compensation, without ever having to worry about finding the money to pay an unexpected hefty legal bill.

In the event that you are not already insured with ATE (After the Event Legal Expense Insurance) then you will also need to purchase this to cover any costs that you need to pay to the other side. Purchasing ATE also means that you are insured if we do not win your claim, meaning that you won’t have to pay us a penny in the unlikely event that this happens.

What Is A Medical Report And Why Do I Need One?

A medical report is an official document written by a medical professional who has carried out an assessment of your injuries, including any injuries you may have sustained as a result of your accident.

We need to have a medical report in order to be able to carry out a thorough assessment of your case and to ensure that we are able to recover the appropriate amount of compensation for you. Without a medical report, the insurer will not be able to make an offer, as they will have no evidence to work out the loss.

Will I Have To Have A Medical?

Yes, we always advise that you receive a medical assessment in order for us to recover the appropriate amount of compensation for your injuries. We’ll arrange your medical appointment for you at a location that’s as convenient for you as possible.

Can You Take Over A Case From My Current Solicitors?

Yes. In most circumstances, we can take over a case from your current solicitor, but this does depend on the exact circumstances of your case and the stage that it is currently at. You can always call us to ask whether we can take over your case; our advice is free and you are under no obligation.

Will I Receive Any Help In Recuperating From My Injuries?

On most occasions, we will arrange for your medical assessments and any physiotherapy or rehabilitation that you might need. The costs of these services will be submitted to the other side for funding.

How Many People Do I Have To Speak To About My Claim?

If you’ve had an accident or personal injury, you’ll know the catastrophic effect it can have – not only on your life but on your loved ones too. We understand that choosing the right solicitor is a personal choice and one that’s not to be made lightly.

When you choose Bott and Co, you choose to have your own dedicated lawyer to be there to support you sympathetically and with respect, from the moment you begin your claim, to the day that your compensation is paid into your bank. Once we have accepted your personal injury claim, we strive where possible for you to only ever speak to your allocated lawyer or their assistant to ensure that you’re only dealing with the people who understand your claim inside out.

If I Don’t Understand Something, Can I Talk To My Lawyer At Any Time?

From the first call, you’ll find a personable, friendly and experienced claims handler ready to understand the nature of your claim. We’ll always try to make the claims process easy to understand, but if you ever have any questions at all you can contact the person dealing with your claim by telephone or email. You don’t need to worry about checking in to find out how your claim is getting along; we’ll keep you up to date on the status of your claim through emails, letters and telephone calls.

Will I Have To Come To Your Offices?

In the majority of cases your solicitor will not have to meet with you face-to-face and you will not need to come to our offices. In some, more serious cases however we may send the solicitor dealing with your case to your house to discuss matters in more detail.

Will I Have To Go To Court?

Almost certainly not. For the vast majority of our cases, a claimant will never have to appear in court. However, it does remain a small possibility for, particularly serious or complicated cases. In the unlikely event that you did have to appear in court, then your lawyer would be present with you every step of the way to make the process as simple and stress-free as possible.

Average Compensation Claim Amounts For Motorcycle Accidents (Updated May 2024)

Part of Body Level of Injury Compensation Amount Injuries May Include
Head Injury Severe £247,280 – £354,260 Badly disabled, brain damage with little or no response. Includes people in a vegetative state in need of full time nursing. At the lower end, cases resulting in minimally conscious state with life expectancy of less than 15 years.
Head Injury Serious £192,090 – £247,280 Serious physical symptoms or a significant change to your intellect or personality. It could cause substantial dependence on others, paralysis and reduced life expectancy.
Head Injury Moderate £13,430 – £192,090 Symptoms can range from minor personality change, depression, poor concentration, and a small risk of epilepsy. At the top end of the bracket, symptoms could result in permanent vegetative state, high risk of epilepsy and some intellectual deficit.
Head Injury Minor £1,940 – £11,200 In these cases, if there has been any brain damage, there is likely to have been a recovery within a few weeks. Awards can be influenced by the presence or absence of headaches.
Eye Injury Severe £56,070 – £354,260 Injuries leading to complete blindness, or blinded in one eye and/ or severely reduced vision in other.
Eye Injury Serious £7,990 – £57,590 Injuries leading to the loss of an eye, lost sight in one eye or suffering some but not total visual impairment.
Eye Injury Minor £1,930 – £7,650 Minor injuries, such as being struck in the eye, explosion to fumes, or being splashed by liquids. In the majority of cases, recovery is within a few weeks.
Ear Injury Severe £79,560 – £123,310 Injury leading to complete deafness. If injured as child, higher compensation may apply is there is a loss of speech.
Ear Injury Serious £27,450 – £39,940 Loss of total hearing in one ear, amounts dependent on additional symptoms such as dizziness and tinnitus.
Ear Injury Moderate £11,040 – £26,040 Compensation amount apply for those suffering from partial hearing loss to mild or severe tinnitus.
Ear Injury Minor Up to £6,140 Very slight or occasional tinnitus, possible NIHL (Noise Induced Hearing Loss).
Facial Injury Severe £26,120 – £85,340 Facial disfigurement, very serious multiple fractures to the jaw, (resulting in eating restrictions and risk of arthritis in the joints) chronic tooth pain, or scarring, amounts depending on how seriously affected. Men could receive less for facial disfigurement than women with same injury. Typically teens to early 30s, those psychologically damaged receive higher awards.
Facial Injury Serious £15,750 – £42,460 Facial fractures such as broken jaw or nose. Amounts dependent on severity. Also apply to broken, damaged or lost teeth.
Facial Injury Minor £1,500 – £7,650 Facial injury that didn’t include broken bones and left only very light or no scarring. Cases may include loss or damage to two front teeth or less, simple fractures of the jaw and nose with full recovery.
Neck Injury Severe £39,870 – £130,060 Neck injuries involving serious fractures, damage to discs and partial paraplegia. Cases also include severe soft tissue damage, leading to chronic pain conditions and significant disability of a permanent nature.
Neck Injury Moderate £6,920 – £33,750 Injuries such as fractures or dislocations which may result in spinal fusion. Cases may include disc lesion, cervical spondylosis, serious limitation of movement, permanent recurring pain. Also injuries which have accelerated a pre-existing condition.
Back Injury Severe £34,000 – £141,150 Back injury usually requiring surgery such as damaged spinal cord leading to partial paralysis, loss of bowel/bladder function and psychological issues. Cases may include nerve root damage, disc lesions, fractures, impaired agility, personality change and arthritis.
Back Injury Moderate £10,970 – £34,000 Compression or crushed fracture of the lumbar spine causing a large risk of osteoarthritis and constant pain. May include spinal fusion, prolapsed disc requiring surgery and prolonged acceleration or exacerbation of a pre-existing back condition.
Back Injury Minor £2,150 – £10,970 Soft tissue injuries, including less serious strains and sprains and disc prolapses. Full recovery takes place between 3 months and 5 years.
Shoulder Injury Severe £16,830 – £42,110 Injuries associated with damages to the neck and the brachial plexus resulting in significant disability.
Shoulder Injury Serious £4,520 – £16,830 Serious injuries may include fractures to the humerus, fractures to the clavicle and rotator cuff tears leading to surgery.
Shoulder Injury Minor £2,150 – £6,920 Suffered pain from a soft tissue injury lasting 3 months to less than 2 years, but have eventually had a full recovery.
Injury To Pelvis and Hips Severe £34,340 – £114,810 Severe hip or pelvis fractures that have led to bowel damage or have required a spinal fusion. Amounts depend on long-term effects (e.g. child-birth complications) and likelihood of more surgery. Injuries include minor fractures resulting in hip replacement.
Injury To Pelvis and Hips Moderate £11,040 – £34,340 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.
Injury To Pelvis and Hips Minor £3,460 – £11,040 Minor soft tissue injuries with complete recovery, where there is little or nor residual disability within 2 years.
Arm Injury Severe £114,810 – £263,060 Amputation of one or both arms. Amount awarded depends on where amputation is, age and the effect the operation has on life and whether there are phantom pains.
Arm Injury Serious £34,340 – £114,810 Arm injury not resulting in amputation, but has a serious effect on ability to use arm(s) resulting in disability.
Arm Injury Moderate £16,830 – £34,340 If there is 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.
Arm Injury Mild £5,810 – £16,830 Simple fractures of the forearm. Awards at the top end of the scale will include longer than usual recovery periods and other extenuating factors.
Elbow Injury Severe £34,340- Amounts could apply if injury has required surgery or resulted in severe disability.
Elbow Injury Serious £13,720 – Elbow injuries that did not require surgery or lead to a disability, but has resulted in restricted movement.
Elbow Injury Moderate Up to £11,040 The majority of elbow injuries fall under this category. These amounts apply to injuries like tennis elbow, deep cuts or simple fractures that don’t lead to permanent damage.
Hand Injury Severe £25,430 – £176,660 When a person has had one/both hands amputated, or had their hand rendered almost useless by amputation of more than one finger. Also cases where several fingers have been amputated but re-joined, leaving it clawed, clumsy and unsightly.
Hand Injury Moderate £3,810 – £25,430 Injuries like deep cuts and soft tissue damage that have resulted in impaired function of the hand that may require surgery. At the bottom end of the scale, this will cover crush injuries, penetrating wounds and any permanent but non-intrusive symptoms.
Hand Injury Minor £800 – £3,810 Soft tissue injuries with a recovery time of 6 months or less. Less serious injuries include crush injuries and laceration.
Wrist Injury Severe £21,480 – £52,490 Wrist injuries resulting in complete loss of function and significant permanent disability.
Wrist Injury Serious £11,040 – £21,480 Injuries include broken wrist or soft tissue damage, resulting in some permanent disability.
Wrist Injury Moderate £3,090 – £8,970 Injuries including minor undisplaced fractures and an uncomplicated Colles fracture requiring the use of plasters, but recovery expected between 12 months and 2 years.
Finger Injury Severe £7,990 – £32,210 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. This includes total and partial loss of index finger and fractures of the index finger.
Finger Injury Moderate £3,460 – £14,330 At the top end of the scale, amputation or loss part of the little finger. On the lower end, If you have suffered from a broken finger but have had a complete (or almost complete) recovery.
Finger Injury Minor Up to £4,160 Injuries such as fractured fingers that have healed fully within 12 months. At the bottom end of the scale, there will be minor scarring.
Thumb Injury Severe £11,040 – £48,080 Injuries include having part or all of your thumb amputated, suffering nerve damage, fractures, or losing your ability to grip properly. May also involve the insertion of wire.
Thumb Injury Moderate £3,460 – £11,040 Injuries including fractures, recovering within six months and at the higher end of the scale, damage to tendons or nerves, causing impairment of sensation. At the higher end of the scale, cosmetic deformity of the thumb.
Thumb Injury Minor Up to £1,930 These injuries may have caused severe pain for a short time, but will have resolved completely within 3 months.
Leg Injury Severe £48,080 – £247,280 Injuries would usually include either a single or double amputation (the higher awards reserved for above the knee amputations), extensive degloving including bone grafting, and in most cases a permanent future mobility restriction.
Leg Injury Moderate £15,750 – £48,080 Injuries including a broken leg, multiple fractures or crushing injuries, generally to one leg. Compound fractures or ligament injuries resorting in instability with a near-certainty of arthritis . Minor fractures with an incomplete recovery or serious soft tissue injury.
Leg Injury Minor Up to £12,350 Injuries that resolve within a few months, including soft tissue injuries, cuts, bruising, contusions. At the top end of the scale, simple fractures of femur, tibia and fibula.
Knee Injury Severe £22,960 – £84,360 Joint injury that has resulted in serious disability, constant pain or muscle wastage. Compensation amounts would depend on whether you are likely to need surgery in the future and the effects your injury will have on your life.
Knee Injury Moderate £13,010 – £22,960 Serious damage to the kneecap, ligaments or muscles, resulting in some disability with continued pain and discomfort. Also included are injuries involving dislocation, torn meniscus or acceleration type injuries over a prolonged period of years.
Knee Injury Minor Up to £12,050 Injuries involving twisting, lacerations or bruising, where there is continuous aching or discomfort. At the bottom end of the scale, soft tissue injuries resolving in a few months.
Ankle Injury Severe £43,900 – £61,110 Severe ankle injury leading to serious deformity, disability or even the possibility of amputation in the long-term.
Ankle Injury Moderate £12,050 – £43,900 Ankle injury requiring operation/plaster. Amount depends on if injury affects ability to work and if you need special footwear. Fractures, ligamentous tears, which lead to less serious disabilities when walking/standing, risk of future osteoarthritis.
Ankle Injury Minor Up to £12,050 Minor or undisplaced fractures, sprains and ligamentous injuries where there is an element of scarring. At the bottom end of the scale, injuries where recovery is complete without scarring and within a year.
Achilles Injury Severe £21,910 – Muscles have been severed and this has led to restricted ankle movement. Injuries include a limp and residual scarring, and where further improvement is unlikely.
Achilles Injury Moderate £11,040 – Cases involving partial rupture or significant injury to the tendon. At the top end of the scale, injuries involving disability and permanent scarring.
Achilles Injury Minor £6,800 – £11,040 Tendon damage to the ankle, resulting in minor instability. At the top end of the scale, cases may involve scarring.
Foot Injury Severe £73,620 – £176,600 Amputation of one or both feet, including traumatic amputation of the forefoot where there was a significant risk of the need for full amputation.
Foot Injury Moderate £12,050 – £61,410 Fractures of both heels with restriction on mobility, including degloving, heel fusion and deformity. At the bottom end of the scale, injuries will include metatarsal fractures, resulting in permanent deformity and continuing symptoms.
Foot Injury Minor Up to £12,050 Injuries include ruptured ligaments, puncture wounds where symptoms include a permanent limp, pain or aching, minor fractures, lacerations or contusions from which a complete recovery has been made within 2 years.
Toe Injury Severe £12,050 – £49,180 Amputation of all of your toes or your big toe. Amount depends on whether you lost your toe(s) in an incident or had them surgically removed. Severe crush injuries leading to amputation of one or two toes, but not the big toe.
Toe Injury Moderate £8,420 – £12,050 Injuries include multiple fractures or crush injury to two or more toes including the big toe. At the top end of the scale, there will be some permanent disability, and there will have been a number of unsuccessful operations.
Toe Injury Minor Up to £8,420 Injuries include one or more broken toes. Compensation amounts will depend on how quickly you recover and whether or not you will suffer long-term symptoms. Injuries at the bottom end of the scale will have resolved completely within a short space of time.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Severe £52,490 – £88,270 Cases will involve permanent effects which prevent the injured person from working at all, or at least from functioning at the pre-trauma level. Cases arising as a result of a traumatic event/accident.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Moderate £22,290 – £52,490 This category involves the same type of symptoms as the severe category, but there is a much better prognosis, with a likely recovery with professional help over a number of years.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Minor £3,460 – £7,170 At the top end of the scale, the injured person will have largely recovered, and any continuing effects will not be grossly disabling. At the bottom end of the scale, virtually a full recovery will be made within 2 years.
Scarring (not facial) Severe £6,870 – £19,930 A number of noticeable laceration scars or single disfiguring scars.
Scarring (not facial) Moderate Up to £7,580 At the top end of the scale, the injured person will have largely recovered, and any continuing effects will not be grossly disabling. At the bottom end of the scale, virtually a full recovery will be made within 2 years.
Scarring (not facial) Minor £2,080 – £6,870 A single noticeable scar, or several superficial scars of leg, arm or hand, with some minor cosmetic deficit.