UK vs. USA Who Has The Biggest Personal Injury Compensation Payouts Awards? Infographic
The Biggest Compensation Payout In History
Which country has the biggest personal injury claims and compensation culture, the UK, or the USA? It is often said that where the USA goes, the UK will follow. In recent years the idea that the UK is adopting an American style ‘compensation culture’. The myth goes that whenever anything bad happens to someone, and regardless of whether it might be ethical or moral to do so, people will always make a claim for compensation. The idea is that this is costing all of us more in insurance premiums and other costs. We call this a myth because the number of compensation claims in the UK has stayed the same since 1989. The consumer group Which? Believes it is important to dispel this myth as it can put people off making a genuine claim.
At Legal Expert, we are one of the biggest and best sources of personal injury claim advice. As such, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the biggest compensation payouts in history on either side of the Atlantic and see how the UK stacks up against our American cousins.
Infographic: The Largest Insurance Claims In History
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The Biggest Personal Injury Payouts
The first part of our infographic compares the biggest personal injury claim payouts in the UK and the USA. The first thing we can see from the top five claims in both countries is that the fifth highest payout in the USA is almost five times the size of the largest UK personal injury claim. The biggest compensation payout in the USA looks massive, and at $150 billion it certainly is. This was awarded back in 2011 and due to the size of the award, it may never be paid out. In the next section, we look at medical malpractice and negligence. These cases are always sensitive and deal with serious injuries or conditions. Again the USA has the UK beat when it comes to the size of the payouts in the top five. And, just like before, the largest payout in the UK isn’t close to the fifth-place American claim. Finally, we move on to the last part of the infographic and the highest road accident personal injury payout examples from the USA and UK.
In each section, we can see that whether they are in the UK or the USA, people are often claiming for very similar accidents and injuries. However, whilst the claims may be similar, the awards that people receive are very, very different.
The Biggest Personal Injury Claims In the UK
The highest compensation payout in the UK’s history was made to a young woman, who has not been named. The young woman, who had intended to pursue a career as a vet, was involved in a car crash. At the time of the accident, she was in her parents’ car which was parked. The vehicle was hit at speed from behind. As a result of the accident, the girl (who was under 10 when the accident happened) was left with multiple injuries. She lost the use of her arms, requires 24-hour care and can’t walk or week independently. As a result of the girls’ young age, and the severity of her injuries, she was awarded a record £28 million in general and special damages.
Biggest Personal Injury Claim In The USA
The biggest compensation payout in the USA is a little bit more than we had here in the UK at a $150 billion. Again the case involved a child who faced life-changing injuries. Robbie Middleton and family were awarded the record payout after he passed away due to complications from his injuries 12 years after the attack at the age of 20. The young boy was doused with petrol and set on fire as well as being assaulted. It is unlikely that the couple will ever see the $150 billion, but it has been awarded to them by the court.
Biggest Medical Malpractice Compensation Claim In The UK
Again this claim paid out to a claimant who was a child at the time the medical malpractice occurred. The claimant, Maisha Najeeb, was ten years old at the time and was undergoing treatment. This involved injecting glue into her to block off bleeding in blood vessels. She was left brain damaged after the glue was injected by accident into her brain. The courts awarded her a total of £28 million in general and special damages.
Biggest Medical Malpractice Compensation Claim USA
The claimant, Tiffany Applewhite, was awarded a record $172 million dollars in damages, the biggest medical negligence payout in US history. Her claim was against the State of New York. Tiffany had suffered brain damage whilst waiting for an ambulance to get to her. Tiffany was provided with the wrong medication by a private nurse which sent her into anaphylactic shock. Whilst an ambulance was dispatched, it was a more basic version which did not have the necessary, life-saving equipment. Tiffany suffered brain damage whilst the waiting for a second ambulance to arrive. After several cases, the claimant was awarded the biggest personal injury claim filed for medical malpractice.
Highest Road Accident Claim UK
The record road accident compensation claim in the UK was also the largest personal injury claim in UK history.
Highest Road Accident Claim USA
The biggest payout in the USA for a road accident was a record $262 million which was paid out to an unnamed claimant. There are not too many details about the case in the public arena, but we do know it involved the family of a deceased child who brought an automotive product liability claim against a US company.
No Win No Fee Personal Injury Claims
Being injured in an accident which wasn’t your fault can have consequences beyond the physical or emotional trauma you have suffered. It can cost you lost income if you can’t work and result in extra costs, such as prescriptions, specialist medical care, adaptations to your home and vehicle. With some many extra costs, the last thing you may be able to afford is to hire a solicitor and claim the damages you are owed.
At Legal Expert, we have developed a specialist no win no fee service that is designed to help everyone access the legal services they need. We believe that no one should be stopped from making a personal injury claim because they can’t afford upfront or ongoing costs. You can find out more about our no win no fee legal services by visiting our guide to no win no fee here.
Why You Should Choose Legal Expert
We have helped to secure some of the biggest personal injury claims in the UK. Once you have sought the medical help and treatment you need, you need to find the right solicitors. This is perhaps the most important part of your claims process. We offer unparalleled no win no fee services. You can start by taking advantage of a free, no obligation, legal consultation with one of our experts. From there we can provide the help and advice you need.
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