Personal Injury Claims: How Much Compensation?

How much compensation am I going to get? That is one of the most frequent questions that we encounter here in the personal claims industry. That’s completely understandable – even if a solicitor and an expert in claims deal with the vast majority of the work, launching a claim for compensation is still something that will take time, so you’ll want to be aware of the expected level of compensation.


To get a good idea of the amount of compensation that will be owed to you, two major factors need to be considered. The first of these is the seriousness of the insult, injury, or other wrong-doing, and how it will affect, or how it has has affected, your life. The second factor is a consideration of the level of blame the offender carries for the incident in question. As an example, let’s look at compensation for personal injury claims.

We’ll use the hand as an example to illustrate the level of expected compensation in various cases, since this body part has a number of elements to it. For instance, if you hold something between your index finger and thumb, this is known as a “pincer” grip and is frequently used in everyday life for manipulating things. On the other hand, your little finger is likely to be used less from day to day and therefore, a legal view would be that an injury to this finger would attract a lower level of compensation than one to your index finger or thumb.

When personal injury cases are being discussed, the level of compensation that will be owed to you also depends, to an extent at least, on how severe the injury actually is. A hairline fracture will attract less compensation than a complex break, but more than a simple cut requiring several stitches but nothing more serious. To provide some hard figures: last year in Britain the average level of compensation for a fractured little finger was £1,100, while the equivalent sum for a fractured thumb was about £2,900.

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A similar pattern applies in determining the level of compensation due in other kinds of compensation claim. If discrimination at work has caused you psychological suffering, that would be seen as a serious case and the outcome, in terms of compensation, would be decided by an assessment of how much you had suffered by a psychologist. If discrimination had led you to be sacked, you would also receive compensation for loss of earnings. In cases like these, it is clear that someone else is to blame and this is significant, since you have done nothing wrong. In car accident claims, however, blame is usually allocated by percentages – more compensation will be paid if the other driver was 100 per cent responsible for an incident.

We hope that some of the uncertainty over issues surrounding compensation levels has been dispelled by this article. Take a look at My Compensation, who specialise in traffic accident claims, to learn more about claims for car accidents and other types of personal claim.

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