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Serious Injury Compensation Claims – How Much Can I Get?

By Stephen Taylor. Last Updated 12th January 2021. Welcome to our guide on serious injury compensation claims.

Accidents are unexpected. When they result in a serious injury, they can have a considerable impact on your life. Serious injuries, also known as catastrophic injuries, can be devastating. For most people, figuring out the next step after an accident causing serious damage can be stressful and confusing.

Serious Injury Compensation

Serious Injury Compensation

If you have been the victim of an accident that wasn’t your fault, and have suffered a serious injury as a result, you may consider making a claim. If that is the case, then we will be able to help you through the serious injury claims process.

We’ve put together this guide which will explain the options you have available. If you have suffered a serious injury, then you may be due compensation. With the aid of this guide, you can determine whether you may have a claim or not, and receive a rough idea of how much you might be entitled to in damages. You can also call us on 0800 073 8804. Alternatively, read on to find out more.

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What is a Serious Injury?

Before we look at serious injury claims, let’s look at what a serious injury can be defined as.

A serious injury would be an injury that has been incurred with an associated risk of death, severe physical pain, lengthy unconsciousness, disfigurement, loss of limb, organ or mental ability. Put simply, any injury which is serious enough to have a long-term impact on the quality of life of the victim.

Examples Of Serious Injuries

A serious injury is often a direct result of an accident, such as a slip and trip or car accident. In return, a serious injury can contribute to various complications and damage to your health and well-being, which may last some time or have permanent effects.

Serious injuries can cover a wide range of injuries and subsequent effects. Some serious injuries we’ve dealt with in the past include amputations, injuries involving paralysis, brain damage and bones that are fractured in multiple places, leading to permanent disability.

Serious Brain Injury Claim

A serious brain injury usually has severe and long-term consequences for the victim. This can include a reduction in mental capacity. Therefore, if such an injury occurs due to negligence from another party, a very substantial amount of compensation could potentially be claimed by the victim (or on the victim’s behalf).

Serious Back Injury Claim

A serious back injury can be caused by a range of different accidents, such as work accidents or road traffic accidents. Such an injury can lead to long-term or even permanent restrictions to a person’s mobility and subsequently can impact their quality of life.

What is Claim For Serious Injury Compensation?

Serious injury claims involve life-changing injuries that the claimant is entitled to compensation for. Serious injuries could include a spinal injury impacting mobility, a severe head injury impacting brain function, a traumatic limb injury resulting in amputation and even fatalities.

As mentioned above, if you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury through no fault of your own, you could be entitled to make serious injury claims. Given the gravity of these types of injuries, getting the compensation you deserve for them can be of the utmost importance.

Therefore, if you’d like help navigating the claims process from our panel of personal injury solicitors on a No Win No Fee basis, please get in touch today to receive your free initial consultation. Our panel has more than 30 years of experience successfully winning their clients the serious compensation they deserve and can handle your case on your behalf while you focus on your recovery.

What is a Serious Injury Compensation Payment?

In the wake of an accident, serious injury compensation payment aims to:

  • Compensate victims and their loved ones for any damage
  • Recover any out of pocket expense spared e.g. medical bills
  • Cover any future treatment or rehabilitation costs
  • Account for any lost earnings or future loss of earnings
  • Cover any home adaptation costs e.g. stairlifts
  • Cover professional care costs or compensate gracious care
  • Compensate victims for any hindrance to their quality of life

This list is not exhaustive but if you’d like to seek compensation for any of the above damages, you could do so by making a claim with our help. For a free consultation, please get in touch today or continue reading to learn more.

What To Do If You Are Involved In An Accident Causing A Serious Injury?

For some people who have been the victim of an accident causing a serious injury, the first thing they may know about it is when they wake up in the hospital. This makes it very difficult to gather first-hand information about just what happened leading up to, during and after the accident.

However, this kind of information is required as supporting evidence for serious injury claims. The more information you can give your serious injury lawyers, the better the chances of winning your case will be.

So, below we have given five steps for you to take, that will help you provide the kind of information your solicitors will need if you have suffered a serious injury.

  • Step 1 – make sure that all aspects of your injury have been thoroughly documented. The hospital which treated you will already have all of the physical details of your injury. Yet these details will seldom include the opinions of the doctor that treated you and how they perceived your injury. Once you are recovered, you should ask your doctors about how the injury will likely affect your life, and how long it will be before you recover, as well as any specific medical complications that could arise. Ask them to put these opinions into writing, and include them in your medical records. This is an important step; for example, serious head injury symptoms may not fully come to light for many months or even years.
  • Step 2 – try to find out if there were any witnesses to the accident. The best way to do this is to contact the police if the accident occurred in a public place. It is very likely that the police took statements from witnesses to the accident, and they are allowed to share the witness details with you. If the accident did not occur in a public place, then it likely happened at work. This means there are probably co-workers who witnessed the injury, and their statements should have been recorded in the company accident book for you to review.
  • Step 3 – spend some time documenting what you know about the accident. Many serious injury victims find they cannot remember events leading up to and during the accident. This is one of the body’s defence mechanisms, protecting the victim from psychological trauma by blocking the memories of the event. Over time, these memories come back, and after a few days, people are able to remember most details. Be sure to write these details down each time you remember a fresh one.
  • Step 4 – document the financial effects that the accident has had on your life. This will include out of pocket expenses such as medical and travel costs. It will also include loss of earnings if you have been unable to attend work for some time.
  • Step 5 – make contact with a serious injury solicitor. They will be able to take everything you have done in the previous 4 steps and turn it into a solid case for claiming damages against the party that is liable for the accident taking place.

These are some of the most logical actions that a person can take following an accident that results in a serious injury. We cannot stress enough that preparation is essential in these cases. The combination of what will likely be a very high serious compensation claim, alongside the victims own fragmented recollection of the incident, means that preparation is the key to success.

What Types Of Accidents Can Cause A Catastrophic Injury?

Accidents can happen anywhere, and due to an incredibly wide range of interrelated causes. Catastrophic injuries can potentially occur due to an accident at work or an accident in a public place.

Work-related accidents are common and can often lead to serious injury claims being made as particular jobs run the risk of exposure to serious injury. For example, a person working in a warehouse spending a large portion of their day lifting heavy items would be at an increased risk of a serious back injury. So, it is essential to understand that in many accident at work claims, there can be viable grounds to sue your employer for damages.

When an accident occurs in a public place, then it is very likely that somebody is responsible for ensuring the accident could not occur in the first place, resulting in serious injury claims.

Fatal Workplace Accident Claims

Some injuries can be so severe that they result in the death of the injured party. This is known as a fatal accident. HSE statistics tell us that in 2020/21, there were 142 workers who died of the injuries they sustained in the workplace.

The graph below shows some of the industries in which this occurrence was the most common.

Fatal accident graph

Fatal accident graph

Car Accident Injury Claims

Serious injury compensation can also be claimed as the result of a road traffic accident (RTA). Government statistics regarding reported road casualties across Great Britain tell us that there were an estimated 1,460 deaths reported on the road in 2020. This figure includes 4 months of a national lockdown that ran from April to June and November.

The number of reported casualties of all severities came in at 115,584 in the same year. This was a 25% reduction in the figures from 2019. However, this could be due in part to the coronavirus pandemic. This theory is reinforced further by the fact that road traffic was also decreased by 21% over 2019.

There is a collection of graphs below that shows the rates of those who have suffered fatal accidents on the road since 2010. The rates of those who were killed or seriously injured (KSI) have also been combined and included for a broader picture of the situation.

Road traffic accident statistics graph

Road traffic accident statistics graph

Injury Through Medical Negligence

Of all the ways that a serious injury can be incurred, a medical error, causing an injury through medical negligence or clinical negligence, is probably the weightiest type of claim we take on.

Serious injuries that have been caused by medical negligence carry very heavy consequences not only for the victim but also for the medical practitioner who caused the serious injury. Therefore, these medical negligence compensation claims are amongst the most complex we handle. You will need the help of an expert medical negligence solicitor to have the best chance of winning your claim.

The graph below is made up of the NHS Resolution Annual Report from 2021. This report contains details regarding claims made against the NHS for medical negligence. As you can see, the value of the payments made by the NHS for this kind of claim is over £2 billion.

Medical negligence graph

Medical negligence graph

What Evidence Do You Need To Prove Serious Injury Claims?

Beginning a claim for compensation following an accident that has caused a serious injury, is quite straightforward. The first step is to reach out to us, using the contact information found at the bottom of this guide.

We will work through the details of your accident with you, and offer you solid advice on how to move your claim forward. We can arrange for a local medical examination to take place if needed. We can indicate just how much we think you can claim and what your chances of being awarded compensation actually are. We will offer a No Win No Fee form of legal representation for most people who contact us.

Can I claim for a serious injury where I was partly to blame?

Sometimes. This is known as a contributory negligence case where you accept that you had a role in the accident taking place. Your compensation will reflect the fact that you were partly to blame for the accident.

Examples Of Serious Injury Claim Payouts

Although giving actual hard numbers for the amount of compensation you could receive for a serious injury is outside the scope of this serious injury guide, we have provided some rule-of-thumb figures for serious injury claims below. These are based on the amount of compensation we have historically seen awarded to serious injury victims:

Head InjuryVery Severe£264,650 to £379,100
Head InjuryModerate£140,870 to £205,580
Head InjuryLess Severe£14,380 to £40,410
Back InjurySevere£85,470 to £151,070
Back InjuryModerateUp to £2,300
Back InjuryMinorUp to £9,500
Neck InjurySevereIn the region of £139,210
Neck InjuryModerate£12,900 to £23,460
Neck InjuryMinor£4,080 to £7,410
Shoulder InjurySevere£18,020 to £45,070
Shoulder InjurySerious£11,980 to £18,020
Shoulder InjuryMinor£2,300 to £4,080
Arm InjurySevere£90,250 to £122,860
Arm InjuryModerate£18,020 to £36,770
Elbow InjurySeverely Disabling Injury£36,770 to £51,460
Elbow InjuryLess Severe Injuries£14,690 to £30,050
Hand InjuryTotal or Effective Loss of Both HandsLess Severe Injuries
Hand InjuryModerate£5,260 to £12,460
Wrist InjurySevere£90,320 to £127,530
Leg InjurySevere£73,150 to £103,250
Leg InjurySerious£36,790 to £51,460
Leg InjuryModerate£26,050 to £36,790
Knee InjurySevere£65,440 to £90,290
Knee InjuryModerate£13,920 to £24,580
Ankle InjuryVery Severe£46,980 to £65,420

These payouts are produced here for guidance only. Once we have learnt all of the facts of your injury, we will be able to give a more accurate prediction of the amount of compensation you could be entitled to.

Special Damages In Serious Injury Claims

There are two types of damages which you may be able to claim for through a serious injury compensation claim. They are known as general damages and special damages. General damages pertains to all the physical aspects of the serious injury.

All damages related to financial loss or out of pocket expenses you’ve incurred are known as special damages. It is usually only possible to claim for any special damages if you are eligible to claim for general damages. Examples of special damages which may be potentially claimed for can include the cost of ongoing care, loss of earnings and travel expenses.

No Win No Fee Agreements And Serious Injury Claims

People with limited financial resources may find themselves in a dilemma if they wish to get legal help making a claim following an accident. This is because legal representation can be extremely expensive, and if a claim is unsuccessful, the client is often still required to cover their solicitor’s fees.

We offer a different way for people to seek the serious injury compensation they are entitled to, without any financial risk at all. Our No Win No Fee claims service will not cost you anything. There is no cost to start a claim, there is no cost for us to represent you during your claim, and if we don’t win your case, you won’t owe us anything.

Specialist legal representatives such as spinal injury solicitors and brain injury solicitors are expensive. We offer a way to receive the very best legal help possible, without paying anything across the lifetime of your compensation claim. We only take a fee if we win your case for you.

Connect With Specialist Serious Injury Solicitors

As a leading claims service provider, we offer expert legal advice and representation for victims of serious injury. We provide our clients with straightforward, easy to understand advice and help them to claim the compensation they are rightly entitled to.

We always keep your needs at the forefront of our actions and never do anything that could jeopardise your compensation claim. We will always try to get you the most compensation possible and work in an ethical and responsible manner.

Get Free Advice On Serious Injury Claims

If you have recently been the victim of an accident that has resulted in a serious injury, you need professional legal help to pursue serious injury claims. We are on hand to offer just this type of service. You can use the contact form on this website, the live chat function or call us on 0800 073 8804.

The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can discuss your legal needs with you, and begin the process of claiming the compensation you deserve for your serious injury.

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