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Compensation Calculator: How Much Compensation Will I Get?

Find out how much compensation is paid on different types of injuries*.

Please note that these values are only an indication of amounts awarded. Every case is judged on its own merits.

How Is A Personal Injury Claim Calculated in Scotland? What can I claim for?

To determine how much your claim is worth, it is first necessary to determine what you can claim for. The law breaks the award down into different categories and the calculation of each is different. Here is a brief breakdown:

Solatium

Damages for solatium refer to that part of the award which relate to the pain and suffering endured by the 'victim' of the accident (technically called the pursuer). The law relating to personal injury in England & Wales differs slightly. South of the border, these damages are called 'general damages'. The guidelines mentioned above set out values of compensation which differ based on the body part which is injured and the severity of the injury. This list is regularly updated although a rough guide can be found below. A claim for 'pain and suffering' is often the most complex to organise because, as mentioned above, there are different sums of money attached to different parts of the body in terms of their value. Set out below are a list of the different kinds of injury, and that differing values that can be claimed for injury – it should be noted again that the figures set out below are only examples, and the advice of a specialist personal injury lawyer should be sought on the value of any real claim.

Head injury compensation calculator

Clearly, given the possible difference between superficial injury and deep-seated injury which may affect a person's vision, personality and ongoing health and may lead to further complications such as epilepsy, head injury compensation values vary greatly. Minor, superficial injuries attract awards up to £3000. However, if the brain is injured then the award may well be much, much higher. Figures for compensation for more significant injuries can start at £14,500 and run into the hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Head Injuries

Min

Max

Brain Damage

 

 

Very Severe Brain Damage

£214,350

£307,000

Moderately Severe Brain Damage

£166,500

£214,350

Moderate Brain Damage 

£32,725

£166,500

Minor Brain Damage 

£11,650

£32,700

Minor Head Injury

£1,675

£9,700

Epilepsy

 

 

Established Grand Mal  

£77,500

£114,100

Established Petit Mal  

£41,675

£88,000

Other Epileptic Conditions  

£8,100

£20,000

 

 

 

Chest, Neck and Shoulder injury compensation calculator

These types of injury can be severely debilitating and are, unfortunately, all too common. The neck is the source of one of the most common claims – the 'whiplash' claim and the shoulder is a complex and easily injured multi-directional joint often injured in workplace accidents. Minor injuries in this region attract awards of up to £1,860. More severe injuries that have a long-term effect on the sufferer can attract awards in the region of £10,000 to £20,000.

Chest, Neck and Shoulder injury compensation

Min

Max

Chest Injuries  

few Hundred

£114,100

Neck Injuries

 

 

Severe 

£34,575

£112,750

Moderate  

£6,000

£29,250

Minor  

few Hundred

£6,000

 

 

 

Shoulder Injuries

 

 

Severe  

£14,600

£36,500

Serious  

£9,700

£14,600

Moderate  

£6,000

£9,700

Minor (Up to)

£6,000

 

Fracture of Clavicle  

£3,900

£9,300

 

 

 

Back injury compensation calculator

Again, these are often painful and usually debilitating. It's unlikely that the sufferer of a serious back injury will be able to enjoy much quality of life and the compensation awards reflect this. These types of claims attract awards of compensation between £6,000 and £20,000. Paraplegia and quadriplegia claims attract more owing to their permanent nature and seriously life-affecting ramifications.

Back Injury                                                         

Min

Max

Severe  

£29,475

£122,350

Moderate  

£9,500

£29,475

Minor (Up to)

£9,500

 

 

 

 

Arm & Hand injury compensation calculator

While these may seem to be less severe than, say, a spinal injury, the sufferer is likely to lose a lot of the function in the limb and, as such, it will impact on their quality of life. If there are good prospects for a full recovery, then awards of £3,000 - £5,000 are commonplace. If there is permanent injury or damage, then much higher figures of between £10,000 and £30,000 may be awarded.

Arm & Hand Injuries

Min

Max

Amputation of Arms

 

 

Both Arms

£183,000

£228,000

One Arm

£73,100

at least £104,250

Other Arm Injuries

£5,000

£99,500

 

 

 

Injuries to the Elbow (Up to) 

£41,675

 

 

 

 

Wrist Injuries (Up to)  

£45,500

 

 

 

 

Hand Injuries

 

 

From loss of both hands to amputation of finger/fingers 

£42,250

£153,200

Serious Hand Injuries  

£22,050

£47,050

Moderate  

£4,100

£10,100

Minor

£700

£3,300

Injuries to finger/s (Up to) 

£27,925

 

Injuries to Thumb (Up to)

£41,675

 

 

 

 

Vibration White Finger and/or

 

 

Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome

Serious  

£24,050

£29,200

Moderate 

£6,575

£12,750

Minor  

£2,275

£6,575

 

 

 

Work Related Upper Limb Disorders  

£1,675

£17,575

 

 

 

Lower Body Injuries

This category includes the hips, legs, knees and the ankles. Injuries for which there are good prospects for recovery will attract awards up to £10,000 while more serious injuries can attract significantly more. Injuries which result in the loss of use of a limb can attract awards of up to £64,000

Leg Injuries

Min

Max

 

 

Amputations  

74,475

£205,300

Severe Leg Injuries  

£21,100

£103,205

Less Serious Leg Injuries (Up to)

£21,100

 

 

 

 

Knee Injuries

 

 

Severe  

£19,900

£73,125

Moderate (Up to)

£19,900

 

 

 

 

Ankle Injuries

 

 

Severe 

£23,800

£53,000

Moderate (Up to)

£20,200

 

 

 

 

Foot Injuries

 

 

Amputation of both feet  

£128,750

£153,200

Amputation of one foot  

£63,825

£83,325

Severe Injury  

£31,900

£83,325

Moderate  

£10,450

£19,000

Modest (Up to)

£10,450

 

 

 

 

Toe Injuries

 

 

Amputation of all Toes  

£27,750

£42,600

Amputation of the Great Toe (In the region of)

£23,800

 

Severe Toe Injuries  

£10,450

£16,000

Moderate (Up to)

£7,300

 

 

 

 

Mental/Psychological Injury Compensation Calculator

These obviously vary greatly in terms of the potential impact, their severity and the likely ramifications. There are obviously psychological injuries from which full recovery is possible and there may be some that have a long-lasting impact. For injuries with minor symptoms, the compensation will be around the £1,000 to £5,000 mark. More severe, long-lasting injuries will attract awards of up to £88,000

Mental/Psychological Injury Compensation

Min

Max

Psychiatric Damage  

 

 

Severe Psychiatric Damage  

£41,675

£88,000

Moderately Severe Psychiatric Damage  

£14,500

£41,675

Moderate Psychiatric Damage  

£4,450

£14,500

Minor Psychiatric Damage  

£1,170

£4,450

 

 

 

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

 

 

Severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

£45,500 

£76,500

Moderately Severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

£17,600

£45,500

Moderate Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

£6,225 

£17,600

Minor Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

£3,000

£6,225

 

 

 

Compensation Calculator for Loss of Earnings

Many injuries will mean that the sufferer is unable to go to work. Clearly, this will result in the loss of income in many cases. As such, the law provides for compensation for loss of earnings. Damages can be awarded which reflect the wages lost while the pursuer is off work, incapacitated or recuperating.

A claim can be made for wages lost before the case comes to court as well as for the loss of any future earnings. This can be ordinary earnings (i.e. your ordinary pay which you will lose out on while you recover) and the loss of earnings you may or may not have acquired from promotions, etc. This only applies in certain cases, however.
Compensation for expenses

You can also be awarded compensation for your own expenses. You may have paid money to travel to hospital or to your GP or you may have had to replace property that was damaged in the accident. You can add a claim for 'out of pocket' expenses to your overall claim.

Compensation for 'Services'

In many cases, severe injuries will mean that the sufferer will have to be cared for by a family member or professional. If this is the case, then you can make a claim for compensation for their expenses.

Compensation for 'Loss of Society'

Again, this only applies in certain situations. If the accident results in the death of a close family member, then surviving family members can claim compensation which reflects the loss of their company or 'society'. If this applies, you should discuss it with us at as early a stage as possible. This type of award is usually only made to individuals who have lost parents, partners or children as a result of the accident.

Compensation for 'Loss of support'

This is applicable when the deceased family member is providing for his or her family. If the individual who has been killed was the breadwinner, then the family can claim for the loss of this income.

This relates to the financial support that the victim of an injury who has died would have otherwise provided to his/ her family. Where someone provided a degree of financial support before the accident e.g. husband that provided for his family, this will normally be included in any claim for compensation.

 

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