Medical evidence will be required from a specialist which will help address these factors and allow your personal injury solicitor to place a valuation bracket on your claim. There is no exact figure for any type of injury, everyone is different and everyone recovers at their own pace, so personal injury solicitors and judges allocate a bracket and then determine where in that bracket your compensation should be. We aim for the top of the bracket and insurers aim for the bottom, we usually agree a level in the middle which everyone is happy with, if not we go to court and a judge will make final decision on the level of compensation you will receive.
The Compensation Calculation and Injury Claim procedure
The total work injury Claim compensation settlement amount is usually allocated in 2 separate parts, General and Special damages:
General Damages are paid to compensate you for post-accident pain and suffering experienced as a result of your accident-related injuries and any loss of amenity. They will also take in to account the traumatic nature of the accident itself.
At the first stage, it’s very important for us to address your immediate well being and healthcare needs. We must also start the process of evaluating the level of general damages matching your injury. This will be achieved by instructing a medical expert to both assess you physically and to prepare a report for your accident-related claim.
The expert will be given a full copy of your GP records which we will request in confidence. The medical expert may recommend treatment which will assist your recovery for which the insurers of the person responsible for causing your accident may be asked to pay.
The medical expert will advise us on the degree of your injuries and any likely ongoing effects caused by your injury. Where serious injury is sustained, the impact on your future life cannot always be known immediately and in some case not even for a long period of time. The Medial experts will also consider whether any pre-existing health conditions have been heightened by your accident.
Subject to what the report says, we will be more likely to accurately advise you of your general damage claim value. This will be assessed from the date of the accident to the date of recovery (or estimated date of recovery) if you have not yet fully recovered.
On occasion, we may recommend that you or a loved one keep a diary in which you record any activities that you have not been able to complete, due to your suffering. We will send a copy of this to the medical expert who will be able to see just how much you have suffered and been inconvenienced by your accident. This will be very helpful to the medical expert as they will be able to make a more accurate assessment surrounding how much you have been affected by the work-related accident.
This would include any hobbies, sports, or holidays that you have had to sacrifice as a result of the sustained injuries.
The expert may also need to know the details of any lack of sleep or nightmares in conjunction with your accident.
Special Damages are compensated based on any financial losses you may have acquired as a direct result of your accident.
Financial loss or additional outlay, such as loss of earnings or bills for additional medical treatments and therapies will be covered by Special damages. In severe cases, special damages will need to cover modifications to your home or vehicle and unfortunately where people suffer life-changing injury, possibly even the provision of round-the-clock care.
Personal care including school runs or friends/relatives supporting you in daily life, housework undertaken by friends and/or relatives as a direct result of the accidents, prescriptions and/or medicines you have paid for, such as painkillers or any other medical items. Travel expenses based on bus or taxi fares to the Hospital, Doctor or to see your Solicitor and telephone bills, damage to clothing or any other personal effects will also be taken into account.
Some of these items may seem inconsequential at a time when your only thought should be that of recovery, but they can all add up to place a further burden on you or your family, through no fault of your own.
As such, and as our case progresses, we will work with you to describe how much you have been inconvenienced as a direct result of your accident.
In order to support the ‘special damages’ aspect of your claim, you would be required to provide us with various documents including copies of your wage slips and receipts for items paid. Therefore it’s very important for you to keep copies of all receipts and information to support you with your claim.
We would also require details of any activities (even if they are only minor) such as driving, going upstairs, cooking, cleaning, and washing which you have been unable to do because of your accident. Providing details of care provided, as trivial as it may sound, will undoubtedly support your case in this situation.
Our Serious Injury Compensation Calculator is meant to give an idea of the amount you would expect to receive in general damages but its settlement figures do not portray an exhaustive illustration of what you might expect and is no substitute for speaking to one of our experienced team of Serious Injury Lawyers who will be in a better position to provide you with more information on the amount that you could expect to receive.
This is because added to the general damage claim will usually be a claim for special damages to give the total award. This is something a member of our expert team will be able to advise you on.
You can call us for free now on 0800 0209 167 or complete our contact form and a member of our expert team at PSR Solicitors will be happy to speak with you to discuss any queries in confidence with you.
As our “No Win No Fee” promise suggests, in many cases we will be able to handle your case in this way. Where this applies, It will cost you nothing to make that call and there are no upfront charges if you decide to proceed with PSR Solicitors. If your claim is unsuccessful and you are not awarded any compensation for your injuries, then you will not have to worry about any legal charges as you do not have to pay us anything.
Multiple injury calculations
As a result of having numerous injuries in an accident, which are defined as being injuries to different parts of the body that happen as a result of a single accident or neglectful act, can have a shattering effect on the injured person’s life.
Therefore, the calculations for compensation on multiple injuries are calculated on each case individually and will take into account the influence that the injuries have had altogether on your life. Multiple injury claims are considerably more complex, which in turn could take longer to process, depending on recovery time and the severity of the multiple injury accident.