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Can I Claim For Travel Costs In A Personal Injury Claim?

You may be wondering whether you can claim travel costs in a personal injury claim. If so, this guide could help. It will provide information on what your settlement could comprise following a successful personal injury claim.

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A guide on making a claim for travel costs in a personal injury claim

A personal injury claim can be made if you are able to prove that someone else’s negligence caused you to experience harm. This includes both physical and psychological harm.

Although it’s difficult to provide an average amount that you could receive, generally, your settlement can include the following heads of claim:

  • General damages which compensate you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity your injuries caused.
  • Special damages which reimburse you for the necessary expenses associated with your injuries. This includes future expenses.

Your special damages could include your travel expenses if the expenses were necessary costs associated with your injuries.

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Please contact our advisors today to see if you can make a personal injury claim. They can advise you on how much compensation you may be eligible to claim. If it’s found that you have a valid basis to make a claim, they can provide a skilled accident at work solicitor to work on your case.

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Can I Claim Travel Costs In A Personal Injury Claim?

In some cases, you may be able to make a personal injury claim. You would need to prove that another party who owed you a duty of care acted negligently.

A duty of care means that a third party is responsible for taking reasonable steps to protect you from experiencing harm. This could include employers, road users and those in control of a public space.

If any of these fail to uphold the duty of care they owed you, it could result in accidents at work, road traffic accidents and public place accidents. Furthermore, the accidents could result in you experiencing physical or psychological harm.

In these instances, you may be eligible to put forward a claim for compensation. Part of the compensation you receive could reimburse travel costs under the special damages head of claim, which accounts for financial losses associated with the injuries.

Please see our website for more information on how to claim travel costs in a personal injury claim.

Mobility Aids And Equipment

We have established that you can sometimes claim travel costs in a personal injury claim. Other expenses you can claim after an accident include mobility equipment expenses.

This may be applicable if you experienced life-changing injuries and became disabled because of the accident. For example, you may have been involved in a car accident that caused you to sustain a paralysis injury due to another road users negligence.

Below are some examples of types of mobility equipment you may have required:

  • Wheelchair
  • Crutches
  • Hearing aid

Additionally, you may have required adaptations to your car or other vehicle. The cost of this and mobility equipment could be claimed back as part of your compensation.

In order to claim the costs back, you should keep proof, such as receipts.

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Claim For Travel Costs In A Personal Injury Claim Related To Medical Treatment?

You can also claim compensation for the costs of any necessary medical treatment you had for your injuries. As such, the special damages head of claim could include travel costs in a personal injury claim related to your medical treatment.

For example, if you attended hospital appointments, you may be eligible to claim compensation for the cost of petrol or car park charges.

Here are some other medical treatment related travel costs that could be part of your injury claim:

  • Mileage
  • Public transport costs
  • Hospital parking charges

What Other Costs Could You Be Reimbursed For?

Examples of other costs you could be reimbursed for when you make a personal injury claim include:

  • Expenses for medical treatment
  • Costs for adaptations made to your home
  • Domestic care costs
  • Childcare costs
  • Loss of earnings, including future losses
  • Pension contributions
  • Attendance bonuses at work
  • Damage to property

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You can often claim travel costs in a personal injury claim. However, you will not receive special damages unless you receive general damages.

As mentioned, this head of claim compensates you for the pain and suffering caused by any physical and psychological injuries.

In order to accurately calculate the value of your injuries, you may be asked to attend an independent medical assessment. One of our solicitors can organise this appointment for you as part of their services. It can produce a report on the full extent of your injuries, including the nature and severity.

Additionally, solicitors may use a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to help them value your injuries alongside the medical evidence you provide.

This publication sets out a list of injuries with corresponding bracket compensation amounts based on past cases. We have used figures from the edition published in April 2022 to create the table below.

The figures are not necessarily a reflection of what you will receive so please only use them as a guide.

Severe finger fractures (f)Up to £36,740The injury could have resulted in a partial amputation of the finger. Effects could include impaired grip, loss of motor function and deformity.
Hernia Injury (c)£3.390 to £7,230The person suffered an inguinal hernia (indirect). This is not complicated and there are no other abdominal injuries.
Severe Shoulder Injury (a)£19,200 to £48,030Shoulder injuries associated with a neck injury involving brachial plexus damage.
Moderately Severe Brain Damage (b)£219,070 to £282,010This person is left severely disabled and is heavily dependent on other people. They may also have a reduced life expectancy.
Moderate Brain Damage (c) (i)£150,110 to £219,070The person has been left with a moderate or considerable degree of mental deficit. There could also be changes to their personality.
Severe Back Injury (a) (i)£91,090 to £160,980There may have been damage to the spinal cord as well as nerve roots. There could be extreme pain, disability and even paralysis.
Moderate Back Injury (b) (i)£27,760 to £38,780Crush fracture or compression fractures affecting the lower back. There could be a prolapse of an intervertebral disc.
Moderate Psychological Damage (c)£5,860 to £19,070Awarded damages depend on the person's prognosis for recovery in the future as well as future vulnerability.
Severe Neck Injury (a) (i)In the region of £148,330Cases of incomplete paraplegia which causes quadriparesis or which necessitates a neck collar.
Moderate Neck Injury (b) (i)£24,990 to £38,490Dislocation and fracture injuries. These cause immediate symptoms and may cause chronic conditions.

Alternatively, you could use our compensation calculator to get a rough estimate of what your claim will comprise. Or you can call our team for a free valuation of what your claim could be worth.

How To Claim Travel Costs In A Personal Injury Claim?

You can claim travel costs in a personal injury claim by hiring an experienced solicitor who offers No Win No Fee services. Our solicitors work under a Conditional Fee Agreement which means you won’t be expected to pay an upfront fee for their services.

Additionally, you won’t need to pay for your solicitors services if the claim fails. If the claim succeeds, you will need to pay a success fee from your compensation. This fee is outlined in the agreement you sign before your claim proceeds. However, it is subject to a legal cap.

To find out whether you can work with one of our solicitors on this basis, our advisors can help. They can assess your case, and if they find you have legitimate grounds to claim compensation, they can connect you with one of our experienced personal injury solicitors.

To get in touch, you can:

  • Call on 0800 073 8804
  • Send your query by filling out our online claim form
  • Chat with an advisor now, using our live support feature.

Learn More About What You Could Claim

Below, we have provided some additional resources that you may find helpful. This includes some of our other guides on claiming compensation and external resources.

We hope our guide on making a claim for travel costs in your personal injury claim has helped. However, if you need any other information, get in touch on the number above.

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