How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Soft Tissue Injury?
By Cat Way. Last Updated 29th November 2023. If you’ve suffered a soft tissue injury that was someone else’s fault, you might be wondering if you can claim compensation. In this guide, we’ll detail the steps you could take to begin a soft tissue injury claim, including gathering evidence to prove you meet the eligibility criteria and ensuring your case is started within the relevant time limit.
Additionally, we provide some examples of different kinds of soft tissue injuries that could be suffered.
Following this, we’ll touch on the compensation that could be awarded to address the way in which your injuries have affected you. We also look at why it can be difficult to provide the average compensation for a soft tissue injury due to the several factors that can be considered when calculating payouts.
Finally, our guide will discuss the benefits of working with a solicitor when making your claim. Read on to learn more, or contact our advisors to get started by:
To see the key points from our guide, why not watch our video on soft tissue injury claims below:
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- What Is The Average Compensation For A Soft Tissue Injury?
- Who Could Make A Soft Tissue Injury Claim?
- Do I Need Evidence To Support A Soft Tissue Injury Claim?
- No Win No Fee Soft Tissue Claims
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If you have a valid personal injury claim, you may be wondering ‘What is the average compensation for a soft tissue injury?’ Since compensation is awarded on a case-by-case basis, it may be more beneficial to know how compensation is calculated as opposed to the average payout for a soft tissue injury in the UK.
If you make a successful personal injury claim, you will be awarded general damages. This head of claim compensates you for the pain and suffering you have experienced due to your injury.
When a legal professional is working out your soft tissue injury claim value, they may refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) for assistance. This document provides guideline compensation brackets for various types of injuries. In the table below, we have provided some soft tissue injury settlement guidelines taken from the 16th edition of the JCG.
Please only refer to this table for guidance, and note that the top entry is not included in the JCG.
|Multiple Severe Injuries With Special Damages||Severe||Multiple severe injuries paired with financial losses, for example, lost earnings, counselling costs, and the cost of mobility aids.||Up to £100,000+|
|Back Injuries||Severe (iii)||Disc fractures, lesions or soft tissue injuries that cause significant pain and discomfort with other chronic conditions.||£38,780 to £69,730|
|Back Injuries||Moderate (ii)||A soft tissue injury that exacerbates or accelerates a pre-existing condition by 5+ years.||£12,510 to £27,760|
|Back Injuries||Minor (i)||This bracket may apply to soft tissue injuries or other types of back injuries where a full recovery or recovery to nuisance level takes place without surgery within about two to five years.||£7,890 to £12,510|
|Neck Injuries||Severe (iii)||Severe damage to the soft tissues or ruptured tendons that cause a significant disability with chronic conditions.||£45,470 to £55,990|
|Neck Injuries||Moderate (i)||Includes cases involving soft tissue injuries in the back and neck combined which could lead to impaired function.||£24,990 to £38,490|
|Neck Injuries||Moderate (ii)||This bracket can apply to soft tissue injuries or a wrenching-type injuries and disc lesion which could result in cervical spondylosis.||£13,740 to £24,990|
|Neck Injuries||Moderate (iii)||This bracket may apply to moderate soft tissue injuries where the period of recovery has been fairly protracted. The risk of further trauma or permanent nuisance type symptoms remains.||£7,890 to £13,740|
|Leg Injuries||Less Serious (i)||Serious soft tissue injuries in one or both legs that may result in some nerve damage and a cosmetic deficit.||£17,960 to £27,760|
|Knee injuries||Moderate (ii)||A soft tissue strain-type injury that resolves within 6-7 months and doesn't significantly affect daily activities.||Up to £13,740|
|1+ Whiplash Injuries & 1+ Psychological Injuries||N/A||Symptoms that last between 18 - 24 months.||£4,345|
|1+ Whiplash Injuries||N/A||Symptoms that last between 18 - 24 months.||£4,215|
Special Damages For A Soft Tissue Injury Payout
If you make a successful personal injury claim, your soft tissue injury payout may also include special damages. This head of claim compensates you for the expenses and financial losses you have experienced due to your injury.
Some examples of the losses that you could be compensated for as part of your settlement for a soft tissue injury inlcude:
- Essential travel costs.
- A loss of earnings.
- Prescription costs.
Providing evidence of these losses could help support your claim for special damages, such as invoices and receipts.
Contact our advisors today to receive a free valuation of your personal injury claim.
What Is The Whiplash Reform Programme?
On May 31st 2021, the way some road traffic accident claims are made in England and Wales, such as those for Whiplash, changed with the introduction of the Whiplash Reform Programme. Now, you will make your claim differently if:
- You are a driver or passenger aged 18 or over.
- Your injuries are valued at £5,000 or less.
Compensation for whiplash injuries will be awarded in line with the tariff outlined in the Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021. You can find some examples of these in the table above. However, any non-whiplash injuries will be valued in the traditional way.
If you’ve suffered whiplash in a car accident, contact our team of advisors today. They evaluate soft tissue injury claims for free and can offer more information on the average payout for a soft tissue injury in the UK.
You might be wondering when you could make a personal injury compensation claim for a soft tissue injury. The first step is proving that you were owed a duty of care, which is a responsibility for your health and safety owed to you by a third party. Some examples of when you may be owed a duty of care could include:
- In public: Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, those who control a public space have a duty of care to ensure reasonable safety to those that visit the area. This could include supermarkets, hotels, and gyms.
- On the road: Road traffic accidents can also potentially lead to a soft tissue injury claim. A road user owes a duty of care to prevent harm to others while on the road. To uphold this duty, they are expected to comply with the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Highway Code.
- At work: Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers owe their employees a duty of care to take reasonable steps to protect them from harm at work.
If you would like to know more about whether you’re eligible to claim for a soft tissue injury, please contact our advisors for free today. Our team of advisors can also discuss other related matters with you, such as the average payout for a soft tissue injury in the UK.
When making a soft tissue injury claim, you’ll need to prove that negligence occurred. To strengthen your claim for a soft tissue injury payout, you should collect evidence that proves who was liable for the accident and the severity of your injuries.
Some examples of the evidence you could collect include:
- The contact details of any witnesses who can provide a statement at a later date about the incident.
- Any CCTV footage of your accident occurring.
- Photographs of the accident scene.
- Medical evidence, such as your medical records, that states the injury you suffered and the treatment you required.
After discussing your claim with one of our advisors, they may connect you with one of our solicitors who could help you gather evidence, provided you have a valid case.
Contact our advisors today if you have any questions or to receive some examples of potential soft tissue injury settlements. Our friendly team is available 24/7 to help you and offer free advice.
Now that you’ve learned more about the average payout for a soft tissue injury in the UK, you might be wondering how working with a solicitor could benefit you. Solicitors can help you through the personal injury claims process by explaining complex legal jargon and procedures, gathering evidence, and helping you negotiate a settlement.
One of our solicitors could help you with your soft tissue injury claim on a No Win No Fee basis through a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Under a CFA, you won’t be asked to pay any ongoing or upfront fees for your solicitor’s work, nor will you pay them a fee for their services if your claim fails.
However, if your soft tissue injury claim is successful, then a percentage of your compensation will be given to your solicitor as their success fee. However, this percentage is limited by law. The legal cap helps to ensure that the larger share of what you receive stays with you.
To find out if one of our No Win No Fee solicitors could help you, contact our team of advisors today. When you get in touch, a member of our team can offer a free consultation, during which they can answer any questions you might have about the personal injury claims process.
To get started, you can:
- The links below will take you to some of our other related guides to claiming compensation.
- Find out how to make a compensation claim for whiplash injuries with this guide.
- Find out how much compensation you can claim for a manual handling accident with this guide from Legal Expert.
- Visit this guide to find out whether you’re eligible to claim following a breach of health and safety.
Other Helpful Compensation Guides
- Bradford Personal Injury Solicitors
- Castlereagh Personal Injury Solicitors
- Ceredigion Personal Injury Solicitors
- Chatham Personal Injury Solicitors
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.