Compensation Calculator For Car Accident Claims
By Marlon Madison. Last Updated 17th February 2023. If you are been injured in a car accident, you may be curious as to know how much you could be awarded should your personal injury claim be successful. Throughout this guide, we will look at how a compensation calculator for car accident claims works, what you can be compensated for and how hiring a No Win No Fee Solicitor can be beneficial.
Additionally, we explore the differences between types of compensation and what you would need to prove in order to make a personal injury claim. We also look at alternative ways that injuries are valued and resources that personal injury solicitors can utilise when valuing such.
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- What Is A Compensation Calculator For Car Accident Claims?
- What Compensation Could You Expect To Claim?
- How To Use A Compensation Calculator For Car Accident Claims
- Accident Compensation Amounts – Examples Of How Much You Could Receive
- No Win No Fee Compensation Claims For A Car Accident
A compensation calculator for car accident claims is an online tool that can estimate what compensation you could receive. It assesses your injuries and generally any loss of earnings.
There are numerous ways you could suffer an injury in a car accident and various different injuries you could endure. For example, you may sustain a neck injury or back injury from a car accident, particularly if it’s a rear-end collision.
However, that said, not all those injured in a road accident can make a personal injury claim for the harm they have suffered. In order to have a valid injury claim after a car accident, a third party must be liable for the accident.
Every road user has a duty of care to reasonably act to prevent injury to one another, as set out in The Road Traffic Act 1988. When road users fail to adhere to the rules of the road, they are in breach of their duty of care. Should this breach result in an accident that injures others, this is known as negligence.
How Common Are Car Accidents?
We have taken the below statistics from the Reported road casualties in Great Britain, provisional estimates: year ending June 2022. These figures show:
- 1,760 reported fatalities in road collisions, which has decreased by 4% from the year ending June 2019
- 29,804 were reported to be killed or seriously injured. This has decreased by 6% from the year ending June 2019.
- 137,013 reported casualties of every severity, decreasing by 12% from the year ending June 2019.
- 76% of fatalities and 62% of casualties were all males for the year ending June 2022.
When making a personal injury claim following a car accident, if the case is successful, you could receive up to two types of damages.
Firstly there are general damages that are awarded to compensate the claimant for the pain and suffering their injuries have caused. General damages will also compensate for psychological suffering caused by being involved in the accident.
Secondly, there are special damages. These damages compensate for the financial losses the injuries have caused, such as loss of earnings, travel costs or care expenses.
Gathering evidence is key to proving a personal injury claim and also receiving the right amount of compensation should your claim be successful. Evidence such as:
- Medical records. When you are injured in a car accident, it is vital that you seek medical attention even if you think that you are not seriously hurt. Receiving treatment promptly can ensure you make a speedy recovery. Also, it can all be documented in your medical records and used as evidence.
- CCTV/dashcam footage – can show how that accident occurred and who is responsible for what happened.
- Photographs of your injuries – can show what type of injuries you suffered.
- A diary you kept after the accident can help to show the impact the accident and injuries had on your quality of life.
Personal injury lawyers can assist you in acquiring these forms of evidence to strengthen your claim. A compensation calculator for car accident claims would give you an estimate of how much you could receive.
The compensation calculator provides a rough overview of the damages you may be awarded for your injury. It may not include the factors considered in special damages. Although some do take loss of earnings into consideration. Though the figures are not guaranteed, they are useful in offering you estimated amounts that you could potentially be awarded.
The table in the section below is also useful for guidance on potential payouts. The different injuries have varying severities, showing the possible monetary values of such. You can check this table to see what you could potentially receive in general damages.
The compensation information you find in a claims calculator is usually derived from the figures found in the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). We used the same publication to create our table as it is likely to be the source that legal professionals use to value your injury.
The entries you find in our table are injuries that could potentially be sustained in a car accident:
|Injury Resulting from Brain Damage||Very Severe (a)||The amount that is awarded in this category will depend on; life expectancy, if any meaningful response to environment, sensory impairment, ability to communicate and physical limitation.||£282,010 to £403,990|
|Back Injuries||Severe (a) (i)||Spinal cord and nerve roots, incomplete paralysis and severely impaired organ function.||£91,090 to £160,980|
|Back Injuries||Moderate (b) (ii)||Disturbed ligaments. Backache and prolapsed discs.||£12,510 to £27,760|
|Neck Injuries||Severe (a) (i)||Incomplete paraplegia or spastic quadriparesis. Little/no neck movement.||In the region of £148,330|
|Neck Injuries||Moderate (b) (ii)||Soft tissue/wrenching types of injuries. Cervical spondylosis. Limited movement.||£13,740 to £24,990|
|Arm Injuries||Severe (a)||A serious brachial plexus injury.||£96,160 to £130,930|
|Arm Injuries||Serious (b)||Permanent and substantial disablement.||£39,170 to £59,860|
|Leg Injuries||Less Serious (c) (i)||Fractures from which an incomplete recovery is made.||£17,960 to £27,760|
|Shoulder Injuries||Serious (b)||Dislocation or damage to brachial plexus.||£12,770 to £19,200|
As discussed, the accident compensation amounts featured in our table do not reflect compensation for financial losses. However, if you get in touch, our advisers could calculate a personal injury claim estimate for you using the information you can provide them with about your injury and losses. This could give you a clearer idea of what you may be able to claim in compensation.
What Is The Whiplash Reform Programme?
The Whiplash Reform Programme changed how whiplash claims are handled onwards from May 31st 2021. Whiplash is when your neck is suddenly forced beyond its usual range of movement, typically from the impact of a collision, and the tissues in the neck are strained.
The Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021 state that if you or a passenger are over eighteen and have sustained whiplash or soft tissue injuries, you are to go through the government’s Official Injury Claims Portal if they are valued at £5,000 or less. The tariff from the regulations will be used to value your injuries.
The fixed tariff may still apply even if you are not required to make a claim through the government portal. Some tariffs are illustrated in the whiplash injury table below. If you have other injuries that, combined with your whiplash injury, are over £5000, you will not make your claim through the Official Injury Claims Portal. Call our advisors now to find out which way you will be required to make your claim.
|Duration of Injury||Table A Amount - Regulation 2 (1) (a)||Table B Amount - Regulation 2 (1) (b)|
|More than 15 months but 18 months maximum||£3,005||£3,100|
|More than 18 months but 24 months maximum||£4,215||£4,345|
A Conditional Fee Agreement is a form of No Win No Fee arrangement, which usually means that you may not be required to pay for the upfront fees of your solicitor’s services.
In the event that your claim is successful, your solicitor will usually take a success fee. This is a deduction from your award, which is capped at a certain percentage by the Conditional Fee Agreement Order 2013. Unsuccessful claims do not require you to pay for your solicitor’s service.
Please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us if you have any queries about using a compensation calculator for car accident claims.
You can reach us by:
- Calling us on 020 3870 4868
- Contact us through our online form
- Speaking with us using our live chat feature
Visit Our Other Compensation Pages
Thank you for reading our guide on using a compensation calculator for car accident claims. If you found our information useful, you can explore our other guides through the links below:
- Cosmetic Injury Claims
- Claiming Compensation For Permanent Injury
- Broken Hand Compensation
- How To Make A Split Liability Claim For A Road Traffic Accident
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