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How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Soft Tissue Injury? – Amounts And Payouts Guide

By Daniel Archer. Last Updated 6th June 2022. Within this comprehensive guide, we are going to take a look at soft tissue injury compensation claims. Have you suffered a soft tissue injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault? Maybe you have suffered a whiplash injury in a car accident, or a soft tissue injury on your ankle, back, knee or elsewhere.

Have you suffered a soft tissue injury in an accident that was caused by negligence on the part of a third party? Then you might be entitled to claim soft tissue injury compensation or whiplash compensation. If you have a legitimate soft tissue injury claim to make, Legal Expert would love to handle your case.

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We are a well respected personal injury solicitor’s firm with an excellent track record of helping victims of soft tissue injuries claim the compensation they are entitled to. If you have suffered a soft tissue injury that wasn’t your fault, it’s well worth trying to pursue your claim.

We offer a free legal consultation to all potential compensation claimants, so if you think you could be entitled to claim personal injury compensation for a soft tissue injury on your ankle, soft tissue injury on your back, or soft tissue injury on your knee, please or any other part of your body, please call us on 0800 073 8804 today to speak to one of our friendly advisors.

If you have queries about your potential soft tissue claim amount, you can also contact us through our website or write to us using the Live Chat window on your screen.

If you have a legitimate soft tissue injury claim, you will receive free legal advice, including estimating how much compensation you could claim. And if you’re happy to proceed, we can provide an excellent personal injury solicitor for your soft tissue injury compensation claims.

Please continue reading if you’d like to know more about the average payout for a soft tissue injury in the UK.

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A Guide To Soft Tissue Injury Compensation Claims

Before we begin, let’s define what a soft tissue injury is. Soft tissues are the tissues that surround bones, organs and other structures in the body. This includes your fibrous tissues, tendons, ligaments, muscles, fascia, nerves, blood vessels, synovial membranes and body fat. Soft tissue injuries most commonly affect the muscles, tendons and ligaments. What causes soft tissue injuries?

They can be caused by the soft tissues being overused, such as pulling a muscle in your back during a manual handling injury, or trauma, usually a sudden uncontrolled movement such as twisting your ankle on an uneven paving slab, or suffering a whiplash injury to your neck, if you are suddenly jerked forward in a car crash. What are the causes of soft tissue injuries? Road traffic accidents, accidents at work and criminal assaults are all causes of soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue injuries, including sprain and strains, are the most common form of sporting injury.

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In this guide, we will look at the causes of soft tissue injuries, their effects on the victim and advise you on making a soft tissue injury claim for compensation. What sort of soft tissue injury compensation amounts could you claim?

This guide will highlight important aspects to claiming compensation if, for instance, you’ve suffered soft tissue damage after a car accident. Furthermore, you can use our soft tissue injury compensation calculator on our website to get an estimate that’s relevant to your injury.

Remember, Legal Expert offers a free legal consultation to anyone looking to make soft tissue injury compensation claims. Call us today, and if you have a legitimate claim to make, we provide you with the right personal injury solicitor to handle your claim.

What Are Soft Tissue Injuries?

As we have explained, a soft tissue injury is an injury to the muscle, tendon or ligaments. It is caused by the soft tissues becoming overstrained, for example, by lifting a heavy object without using proper manual handling techniques or trauma, such as a road traffic accident or a sporting accident. Do our clients often want to know how long it takes for a soft tissue injury to heal?

Whilst some soft tissue injuries are minor and will heal by themselves, other injuries such as slipped disc or hernia will require surgery as a form of soft tissue injury treatment. They are known for being are incredibly painful and debilitating. Common types of soft tissue injuries include a soft tissue injury to the shoulder, a soft tissue injury to the back, a soft tissue injury to the knee and a soft tissue injury to the ankle, amongst other places.

If you have been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault, which resulted in you suffering any soft tissue injury, from a twisted ankle to a sprained knee or whiplash injury, then you may be eligible for compensation. Call Legal Expert today for advice on soft tissue injury compensation claims, and we’ll be happy to advise you and potentially take on your claim.

What Are The Most Common Types Of Soft Tissue Injury Claims?

As we have mentioned, if you experience a soft tissue injury caused by negligence on the part of a third party, you could be entitled to make a soft tissue injury claim for compensation. This is because consumers, workers, and public members are protected by certain health and safety regulations, such as The Health And Safety At Work etc. Act 1974 employers are responsible for the health and safety of their employees whilst at work.

This means that if an employee is injured in an avoidable accident at work, which was caused because the employer failed to provide them with a safe and hygienic environment (for example, an employee trips and sprains their knee because an obstruction was left on the floor), the employer could be held liable for their injuries.

The basis of any personal injury claim is that you need to prove that your injury was caused by third-party negligence. So, if, for example, you’ve suffered soft tissue damage after a car accident, you would need to show that the third party responsible for your injury was negligent in some way. 

An example of this would be if another driver breached their duty of care through careless driving, leading to your injury. Every road user has a duty of care as established in the Highway Code.

Other Accident Scenarios

Similarly, the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 places responsibility for people’s health and safety, including customers, employees, and other key stakeholders on the proprietor. Therefore, if you suffered a soft tissue injury in a public place, business, or workplace in an accident caused by the negligent action or inaction of the person responsible for the premises, you could be entitled to make a soft tissue injury claim for personal injury compensation.

So what are the most common soft tissue injury claims? Claims for whiplash compensation, where someone sustained a whiplash injury during a car crash where the other driver was at fault, are common. Soft tissue injury compensation claims at work are also common. Many workplace hazards can cause them, for example, faulty machinery at a manufacturing plant that was not properly maintained, or an assault on security staff at a nightclub, if the employer failed to safeguard the security staff correctly.

However, it’s important to be aware of how the Whiplash Reform Programme could impact the soft tissue claim amount you could receive if you’ve suffered a minor injury in a road traffic accident. If you were the driver or passenger in a vehicle, over the age of eighteen and your injury was worth less than £5,000, you would need to claim using the government’s online portal. 

This is due to The Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021. If your injury is worth more than £5,000, however, you could still claim through the standard method. As such, we can provide you with a second opinion regarding how much your injury is worth. Contact us at a time that works for you to get a quote. You never know – your injury could be worth more than you think.

Workplace Accident Statistics

In this section of the guide, we have taken the time to include some workplace accident statistics. Workplace accidents are extremely prevalent, and there are various factors and implications that can cause them. For instance, it was documented by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that, in 2020/21:

  • Around 1.7 million employees suffered from a work-related illness.
  • 441,000 workers sustained a non-fatal injury.
  • 142 workers were fatally injured at their place of work.

As you can see from the graph below, sprains and strains, a type of soft tissue injury, made up 14,784 of reported non-fatal injuries in the workplace in 2020/21. Although this information isn’t directly related to employer negligence, it gives an idea of the risks that are present in the workplace.

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If you’ve been affected by an accident at work, get in touch with our personal injury claims team to take advantage of free legal advice. To discover more about soft tissue injury compensation claims, please continue reading.

Soft Tissue Sporting Injuries

Sports injuries can also cause soft tissue injuries. Sports injuries can be harder to claim compensation for, as sports, by their nature, can be unpredictable. But if you can prove that the injury was caused by a negligent action or oversight on the referee, coach or activity organizer, you could make a successful sports injury claim for compensation.

What Are The Symptoms Of A Soft Tissue Injury?

Soft tissue injuries usually result in the following symptoms: immediate pain and swelling and delayed swelling. This swelling, as well as the impact that caused the injury, can result in stiffness. 24-48 hours after the soft tissue injury takes place, bruising also usually occurs.

In moderate-severe soft tissue injuries affecting the muscles, tendons and ligaments around a joint, especially a weight-bearing joint such as the knee, hip or ankle, this may result in the joint becoming unstable. Very serious injuries such as a strain of the back muscles, or a slipped disk, can be very debilitating and painful, sometimes leaving the victim unable to walk.

Recovery And Treatment For A Soft Tissue Injury

There are three types of soft tissue injuries:

  • Grade 1: Defined as a strain or sprain. These injuries will involve lower grade overstretching of fibres and perhaps microscopic tearing of the muscle, tendon or ligament fibres. Minimal swelling and tenderness may occur.
  • Grade 2: Defined as a partial tearing of the fibres of the muscles, ligaments or tendons. What’s more, there is tenderness and swelling, and the victim cannot apply weight to the injury without pain.
  • Grade 3: These are the most serious soft tissue injuries, defined as the complete rupture of the soft tissue supporting an existing structure within the body. There are more pain and swelling than a grade 1 or grade 2 injury. The affected joint is unstable, and the affected person is unable to use it.

When To See A Doctor

If you experience any of the following symptoms, please go to a hospital A&E department for immediate soft tissue injury treatment:

  • There was a loud crack or pop sound when you were injured.
  • You cannot put any weight on the injury.
  • Any surrounding bone structures are causing you to experience pain.
  • There is a deformity or a misshapenness to your point of injury.
  • You experience potential neurological symptoms such as numbness or pins and needles at the point where you were injured or elsewhere.

If you wish to make a soft tissue injury claim for compensation, you will need to see a doctor to get a medical report to prove your injuries to use during your claim.

If your injuries cause you to experience this absence from work, we recommend seeing a doctor for soft tissue injury treatment and obtaining a medical report. The report can help clarify the nature of your injuries and could help when calculating the soft tissue claim amount you could receive if your claim is successful.

If you’d like more free legal advice on soft tissue injury compensation claims, then call us today for more information. Otherwise, read on to find out about the different kinds of accidents resulting in soft tissue injury. 

Whiplash Compensation Claims

Soft tissue injuries include whiplash, and sadly whiplash compensation claims are common. The UK is called “the whiplash capital of Europe” due to its relatively high number of whiplash injury claims compared to neighbouring countries. What exactly is whiplash? Whiplash is when the neck’s tendons and ligaments are forcibly extended beyond their usual range of motion, causing a soft tissue injury.

The results can be painful and debilitating. In extreme cases, whiplash injuries can cause the victim a permanent disability. If you have been injured in a whiplash accident that was not your fault, you may be able to claim whiplash compensation. Call Legal Expert today to see if you have a legitimate claim for compensation.

Soft Tissue Accidents And Injuries At Work

The Health And Safety Executive (HSE) reports that over 300,000 people a year suffer an accident at work. Of these, as we have stated, one third are musculoskeletal, including soft tissue injuries. Therefore employers must take reasonable measures to protect their staff from soft tissue accidents. These control factors could include training employees on how to safely handle activities, such as not lifting items outside of the recommended weight to height ratio and when it’s appropriate to use a partner or equipment.

Other possible hazards that could cause soft tissue injuries to control in the workplace could include slip trip and fall hazards or faulty machinery. If you have suffered a soft tissue injury in an accident at work that was not your fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Call Legal Expert today to see if you have a legitimate case or find out more about soft tissue injury compensation claims.

Soft Tissue Injury To The Back Claims

Sprains and strains to the back can be incredibly painful. They can be caused by overuse or overstretching of the back muscles. Common causes of soft tissue back injuries can be inappropriate manual handling at work. To learn how much you could receive from a successful claim, you can use our soft tissue injury compensation calculator. You can have an estimate in just a few minutes.

Establishing Liability For Your Soft Tissue Injury

Parties such as employers and businesses or individuals such as drivers have a duty of care. If you have evidence that they were responsible for your injuries, for example, in the form of CCTV footage, witness statements, an entry into an accident log book or a medical report, then they could be held liable for your injuries. Your personal injury solicitor will help you claim compensation for your injuries when building your case.

What Are The Different Components Of A Soft Tissue Injury Compensation Claim?

Successful soft tissue injury compensation claims will be awarded in two parts. The first part of your awarded amount will be general damages, which will be the largest portion of your claim. This will be to compensate yours for the pain and suffering you experienced as a result of your soft tissue injury to your ankle, soft tissue injury to your back, soft tissue injury to your knee, soft tissue injury to your shoulder, or a soft tissue injury to your foot, or any other types of soft tissue injuries.

You will also receive special damages, which will compensate you for any expenses associated with your injury. This could include soft tissue injury treatment expenses, travel expenses or physiotherapy expenses. You can also claim for loss of income if your injuries caused you to take time off work. Our clients often want to know how much a soft tissue injury claim is worth. Soft tissue injury claim values vary greatly depending on the severity of the injury, so if you are interested in how much your soft tissue injury claim is worth, call Legal Expert today to speak to one of our friendly advisors.

Soft Tissue Injury Compensation Calculator For 2022

We’re often asked as to the value of the average compensation for soft tissue injury in the UK. However, there are many different factors to consider when calculating compensation, and as such, we cannot provide an average. The severity of your injury is just one of these factors that can affect how much your settlement could be worth.

The figure that is awarded to compensate you for your pain and suffering is known as general damages. This payment is calculated by legal professionals by addressing certain resources that assist them during this process. For instance, they will consult a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG).

We have included some figures from the latest edition of the JCG in the table below. The JCG was last updated in 2022. Remember, these figures are only guidelines. You are not guaranteed to receive these amounts.

Injury or illness typeSeveritySettlementDescription
Knee InjuriesSevere£69,730 to £96,210Includes gross ligament damage, lengthy treatment, considerable pain and loss of function.
Knee InjuriesModerateUp to £13,740The upper end of this bracket will be awarded where there is continuous aching or discomfort, or occasional pain.
Leg InjuriesVery Serious £54,830 to £87,890Injuries leading to permanent problems with mobility, the need for crutches or mobility aids for the remainder of the injured person’s life.
Leg InjuriesSerious£39,200 to £54,830Serious injuries to joints or ligaments resulting in instability, prolonged treatment, a lengthy period of non-weight-bearing, the near certainty that arthritis will ensue and extensive scarring.
Leg InjuriesModerate £27,760 to £39,200The level of an award within the bracket will be influenced by the extent of treatment undertaken, impact on employment, muscle wasting, scarring and increased vulnerability to future damage.
Ankle InjuriesVery severe£50,060 to £69,700Includes extensive soft-tissue damage resulting in deformity and the risk that any future injury to the leg might necessitate a below-knee amputation.
Ankle InjuriesModerate£13,740 to £26,590ligamentous tears and the like which give rise to less serious disabilities such as difficulty in walking on uneven ground, difficulty standing or walking for long periods of time, awkwardness on stairs and scarring.
Neck InjuriesModerate£7,890 to £38,490Includes cases involving soft tissue injury of a more severe type, resulting in serious limitation of movement and permanent or recurring pain.
Wrist injuries Moderate £6,080 to £10,350Where recovery from soft tissue damage is longer but is complete
Wrist injuries Minor £3,350 to £4,740soft tissue injuries necessitating application of plaster or bandage for a matter of weeks and a full or virtual recovery within up to 12 months or so

The value of your soft tissue injury claim can also be influenced by whether you are also eligible to receive special damages. This sum is intended to reimburse you for losses caused by considerations such as:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Property damage
  • Medical expenses

If you want to know more about how much you could be owed, call us today. Or, for an online valuation, our soft tissue injury compensation calculator could be helpful to you.

No Win No Fee Soft Tissue And Whiplash Claims

If you have experienced a soft tissue injury and want to make a soft tissue injury claim for compensation, or you have experienced whiplash and wish to claim whiplash compensation, you may want to consider making a No Win No Fee claim. No Win No Fee means that you don’t have to pay an upfront fee to your personal injury solicitor. Instead, you will enter into an agreement that you only have to pay if you win your claim. This is the more affordable and less stressful option for many of our clients for paying the entitled compensation. Please read our online guide about making a No Win No Fee claim, or contact us today to enquire about your options.

Legal Expert Are Personal Injury Claims Experts

Do you need to claim personal injury compensation for a soft tissue injury caused by third-party negligence? Then, trust Legal Expert to handle your claim. Why choose us? Firstly, we have an excellent track record of winning soft tissue injury compensation claims for our clients.

And we will fight to win you the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to receive. We also offer you the choice to make a No Win No Fee claim. What’s more, many of our solicitors have over 30 years of experience practising personal injury law.

Get started on your claim today. Call Legal Expert for your free personal injury claim consultation. And if you have a legitimate claim, we will proceed with your case right away. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

Useful Links

The links below will take you to some of our other related guides to claiming compensation.

Legal Expert’s Whiplash Compensation Calculator

Find out how to make a compensation claim for whiplash injuries with this guide.

How Much Can I Claim For A Manual Handling Accident?

Find out how much compensation you can claim for a manual handling accident with this guide from Legal Expert.

Workplace Safety Negligence

Visit this guide to find out whether you’re eligible to claim following a breach of health and safety.

Other Helpful Compensation Guides

Soft tissue injury compensation claims FAQs

What is a soft tissue injury?

In short, a soft tissue injury is damage to the muscles, ligaments, or tendons. In return, this can result in various types of trauma, pain and health implications.

What are the signs and symptoms of a soft tissue injury?

There are various common symptoms of soft tissue injuries, such as:

  • Muscle weakness.
  • Swelling
  • Pain.
  • Muscular cramping or spasms.
  • Joint instability.
  • A lump or knot at the site of the injury.

How long does it take for a soft tissue injury to heal?

The recovery time of a soft tissue injury can often differ. For instance, the period of time it takes to heal for a minor injury maybe a couple of weeks. In comparison, more severe injuries could take a lot longer to heal and may require additional treatment. If you’ve suffered soft tissue damage after a car accident, you may have suffered multiple injuries that could increase the length of time it takes to recover.

What is the fastest way to heal a soft tissue injury?

You should rest the affected area and use an ice pack on the affected area. Elevate it as much as possible and use a compression bandage to reduce swelling.

How can I increase the strength of my soft tissue injury claim?

To get the maximum compensation you deserve, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible after your accident. This will create a record of your injuries to refer back to. You should also keep a record of any expenses you’ve incurred as a result of your injuries.

Can I claim for soft tissue damage caused by a medical professional?

If your injury stems from a doctor neglecting their duty of care, you could file a medical negligence claim.

Are there time limits to soft tissue injury claims?

Yes. You have three years to claim compensation for soft tissue injury. After this time, you won’t be able to start a claim.

What’s the average payout for soft tissue injury?

The amount of compensation you receive for your injury will vary based on several factors. These include the effect that the injury has had on you and how long you have suffered for. To find out more about how much you could receive, contact our team today.

Thank you for taking the time to read our guide on soft tissue injury compensation claims. While we won’t be able to provide you with an average payout for soft tissue injury in the UK, we can provide you with a compensation estimate over the phone. Contact us at a time that works for you to see if you’re eligible to claim.

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