Compensation Tables for Personal Injury Claims

Last updated 13th May. By Max Murdock. Have you suffered injuries after an accident at work due to your employer’s negligence? If so, compensation tables for personal injury can help you value your potential claim.

compensation tables for personal injury

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 states that employers have a duty of care to protect and safeguard employees at work. They can do this by minimising hazards as much as reasonably possible, for example. 

Personal injury cases can cause extreme pain and suffering for the victim. It can disrupt their life as it may mean they have to take time off work and limit their social activities. 

You shouldn’t have to suffer because your employer breached their duty of care. Working with an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you receive a compensation payment to help get you back on your feet.

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One of our advisers can have a chat with you about your situation to assess whether you may be able to make a personal injury claim.

If you have strong grounds for a claim, they can connect you with an expert personal injury solicitor from our panel to discuss No Win No Fee agreements with you. They can then begin working on your accident at work claim, helping you receive more compensation.

You can get in touch with our team of advisers by:

  • Giving them a call on 020 3870 4868 to have a chat about your injury.
  • Filling out our claims form online to receive a response whenever suits you best.
  • Chatting with an adviser on our instant live chat pop-up box to receive an immediate response. 

Services And Information

  1. Everything You Need To Know About Compensation Tables For Personal Injury Claims
  2. What Is A Compensation Table For Personal Injury Claims?
  3. What Are The Different Types Of Damages You Could Be Awarded?
  4. Head And Brain Injury Compensation Tables For Personal Injury Claims
  5. Back Injury Compensation Tables For Personal Injury Claims
  6. Accident At Work Compensation Calculator
  7. Car Accident Compensation Calculator Table
  8. Soft Tissue Injury Compensation Table
  9. Criminal Injuries Compensation Tables For Personal Injury Claims
  10. Could Anything Be Deducted From My Settlement?
  11. Other Factors Affecting How Much You Could Get
  12. 2021 Updates To Compensation Levels
  13. No Win No Fee Agreements
  14. Accident Claims Guides
  15. FAQs About Calculating Compensation

Everything You Need To Know About Compensation Tables For Personal Injury Claims 

To begin with, this guide will look at what compensation tables for personal injury claims are and what types of damages you could be awarded. Next, it will explore how you could make a personal injury claim for a head injury, brain injury, and back injury. 

There will also be compensation tables for personal injury regarding a soft tissue injury caused by someone else’s negligence. Furthermore, the guide will offer a criminal injuries compensation table with figures taken from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)

Next, there will be a section talking about whether any compensation could be deducted from your settlement and why this could happen. The article will also look at other factors affecting the amount of compensation you may receive.

Moreover, the guide will explore No Win No Fee agreements, what this means and whether our panel of personal injury lawyers work with claimants on this basis. Then, there will be some further guides to ensure you have as much information as possible. Finally, there will be answers to some frequently asked questions about compensation tables for personal injury.

What Is A Compensation Table For Personal Injury Claims?

Personal injury calculators and compensation tables for personal injury offer an example of how much compensation some injuries could be awarded. The figures displayed are taken from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). The JCG is a publication that shows recommended compensation figures for general damages.

General damages compensate for the injury itself and the psychological and physical damage it has caused you. 

However, there are some limitations to this. A personal injury claims calculator or compensation table can’t give you a fully accurate figure of how much compensation you may receive. Rather, the figures give a solid, general idea, because each case is different and will receive different compensation amounts. To get a more accurate estimate based on your specific circumstances, we recommend getting in touch with legal professionals. 

The chart below includes statistics from RIDDOR regarding reported non-fatal injuries to employees in Great Britain by the site of injury in 2019/20. These statistics include three injuries that took place in the torso area.

As you can see, most injuries in the torso area occurred on the back, with 9,514 reported injuries. Alternatively, the lowest number of workplace injuries in the torso area was sustained to the neck, with 1,199 injuries. 

Compensation tables for personal injury

What Are The Different Types Of Damages You Could Be Awarded?

As stated above, general damages is the compensation awarded for the actual injury and how much physical and emotional turmoil it caused you. On the other hand, special damages award compensation for the financial impact the injury has had on your life.

Please note that it will be difficult to claim special damages if you don’t provide evidence. This is to prove that you suffered a financial loss due to your injury. 

Here are some examples of special damages:

  • Loss of earnings: If you had to take time off work due to your injury, you may have suffered loss of earnings. Therefore, you may struggle to pay rent or buy food. An example of evidence you could provide to prove loss of earnings is payslips.
  • Out of pocket expenses: An example of this is if you paid for bus tickets when travelling to and from medical appointments. You could use the bus tickets themselves as evidence for your claim. Another example is if you spent your own money on prescription medication. An example of evidence for this would be the prescription or receipt to prove you paid for this. 

If you’d like to receive more advice about the different types of compensation you could be awarded for your injury, you can contact our team of advisers. They’d be happy to discuss your situation with you and assess how much compensation you may be eligible for. 

The Latest Personal Injury Compensation Chart

A solicitor may use the Judicial College Guidelines to help them when valuing your claim. The guidelines set out compensation brackets for different injuries based on previous court cases, some of which are shown in our injury compensation chart.

We have used the most up-to-date guidelines published in April 2022 to create the tables in this guide. The guidelines are used for claims made in England and Wales.

Please refer to these tables below for more information regarding the latest personal injury compensation chart. However, you can contact us directly if you want a compensation estimate that relates more to your specific injury.

To understand more about the personal injury compensation guidelines in the UK, please call our team of advisors for legal advice that is completely free. They can inform you of your claim eligibility and connect you with a specialised solicitor from our panel. The solicitors on our panel could help build your compensation case.

Head And Brain Injury Compensation Tables For Personal Injury Claims 

A head injury and brain injury can be extremely serious and have a significant negative impact on someone’s life. These injuries could be caused by:

  • Accident at work claims: A head or brain injury could occur if someone fell off a faulty ladder in the workplace and hit their head. Employers have a duty of care to minimise hazards in the workplace, so all equipment should be checked to ensure it isn’t faulty. If they’re aware that the ladder is faulty but don’t fix or replace it, or if it’s faulty because the employer failed to carry out risk assessments or maintenance, they could be liable for injuries that result. 
  • Public place accident claims: If scaffolding isn’t constructed properly, it could fall on someone’s head and cause a head or brain injury. The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 requires those who’re in control of a place that’s accessible to the public to take reasonable steps to secure visitors’ safety. 
  • Car accident claims: A severe road traffic accident could cause someone to hit their head and suffer a brain or head injury. The Road Traffic Act 1988 outlines the road safety rules that vehicles, drivers and cyclists should follow to protect others’ safety. 

The compensation table below includes the latest Judicial College Guidelines figures. This gives an idea of how some injuries could be valued. Please note that this table is used for example purposes only and figures may vary.

We’ve also included figures for damage to mental health in the table.

Injury:Notes:Compensation:
Brain Damage  Very severe brain damage. Lack of response to the environment around them, double incontinence, lack of language function. £282,010 to £403,990
Brain Damage  Moderate brain damage (i). A change in personality decreased intelligence, unable to work, and risk of developing epilepsy. £150,110 to £219,070
Post-Traumatic Stress DisorderSevere. Unable to work or function how they did before the trauma. £59,860 to £100,670
Post-Traumatic Stress DisorderModerate. Significant progress in recovery has been made and any remaining effects are not severe. £8,180 to £23,150
Psychiatric Damage Generally Severe. Unable to work or attend education and relationships with friends and family are damaged.£54,830 to £115,730
Psychiatric Damage Generally Moderate. Similar issues as above but to a lesser degree and some recovery. £5,860 to £19,070

Back Injury Compensation Tables For Personal Injury Claims 

A back injury could be caused by a variety of different accidents caused by negligence, for example:

  • Workplace accident: A back injury within the workplace could be caused due to excessive heavy lifting that someone hasn’t been properly trained for. It’s the employer’s responsibility to ensure that employees have been through a sufficient amount of health and safety training to prevent injuries.
  • Accident in a public place: Someone could sustain a back injury in a public place due to slips, trips or falls, for example. If the floor is wet in a supermarket, there’s no wet floor sign and it’s not attended by someone (even though staff are aware of it), then the controller of the place could be seen as negligent as the accident could’ve been prevented.
Injury:Notes:Compensation:
Back InjuriesSevere (i). Nerve roots and spinal cord damage. Incomplete paralysis and severe pain and disability. £91,090 to £160,980
Back InjuriesModerate (i). Lumbar vertebrae crush/compression fractures leading to a significant risk of osteoarthritis and severe pain and suffering. £27,760 to £38,780
Shoulder InjuriesSevere. Involves damage to the brachial plexus and is commonly linked to neck injuries. £19,200 to £48,030
Shoulder InjuriesModerate. Limited movement due to frozen shoulder and permanent symptoms for around two years. £7,890 to £12,770

Accident At Work Compensation Calculator

Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employees must receive adequate training from employers to ensure the risk of injury is as low as reasonably possible. Essentially, employers have a duty of care to protect their employees’ health and safety in the workplace. 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is a UK agency that’s responsible for enforcing workplace health and safety. Their statistics show that in 2019/20, non-fatal injuries to employees by most common accident types were as follows:

  • Slips, trips or falls on same level: 29%
  • Handling, lifting or carrying: 19%
  • Struck by moving object: 11%

Though your employer has a responsibility to protect your health and safety at work, you do too. So if you caused your own injuries through recklessness (running in a hazardous area, for example), you might not be able to claim. However, if you share responsibility for your injuries with your employer, you could still claim, but compensation would be reduced.

Injury:Notes:Compensation:
Arm InjuriesSevere injuries where amputation isn’t needed but the arm is left useless. £96,160 to £130,930
Arm InjuriesInjuries resulting in permanent and substantial disablement.£39,170 to £59,860
Leg Injuries Severe (i). A leg injury that’s so severe that the awarded bracket is similar to that of amputation.£96,250 to £135,920
Leg Injuries Severe (iv) - Moderate. Multiple, complicated fractures or crushing injuries that are severe. This is usually to one limb. £27,760 to £39,200

Car Accident Compensation Calculator Table

A common injury sustained from a road traffic accident is a neck injury, such as whiplash. Whiplash is caused by a sudden movement of the head. Symptoms can range from very mild to serious. 

You may suffer other injuries in a car accident too. Even if you are the passenger in a car accident you could claim if you sustain injuries. You could do this against the driver of the vehicle you were travelling in (if they were at fault) or against the driver of the other vehicle if they were.

It’s important to note that car insurance companies usually cover such compensation claims.

Injury:Notes:Compensation:
Neck InjuriesSevere (ii). Fractures or cervical spine disc damage, resulting in disability. £65,740 to £130,930
Neck Injuries Moderate (ii). Soft-tissue injury or severe disc lesion causing constant pain and significant limitation of movement. £13,740 to £24,990
Neck InjuriesMinor (i). Full recovery is achieved within 1-2 years. £4,350 to £7,890

If you need more advice or information about car accident compensation claims, you can contact our team of advisers. They can offer free legal advice and connect you to a personal injury solicitor from our panel if you have a solid claim.

Soft Tissue Injury Compensation Table

Soft tissue injuries tend to occur when a muscle, ligament or tendon experiences trauma or overuse. An example of an accident that could result in a soft tissue injury is bending your ankle in an uncomfortable way, such as rolling over on it. 

As a result, the sufferer may need to take time off work whilst recovering. Therefore, they could suffer a financial loss.

Injury:Notes:Compensation:
Chest Injuries(g) Rib fractures or soft tissue injuries which cause significant pain for a number of weeks. Up to £3,950
Back InjuriesSevere (iii). Disc fractures or lesions or soft tissue injuries resulting in severe pain and suffering, despite having treatment (such as surgery). £38,780 to £69,730
Back InjuriesModerate (ii). Ligament and muscle disturbances resulting in backache and/or soft tissue injuries. £12,510 to £27,760
Shoulder InjuriesSerious. Shoulder dislocation or rotator cuff injury or soft tissue injuries resulting in permanent symptoms. £12,770 to £19,200
Shoulder InjuriesModerate. Frozen shoulder causing limited movement or soft tissue injuries with permanent symptoms. £7,890 to £12,770

If you’ve suffered a soft tissue injury due to someone else’s negligence, our team of advisers would be happy to chat through your situation with you. They can offer free legal advice and guidance about the next steps you can take.

What’s more, if your claim is valid and favourable, an adviser can connect you with a personal injury solicitor from our panel. They can explore No Win No Fee agreements with you and begin working on your personal injury claim. 

Criminal Injuries Compensation Tables For Personal Injury Claims

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority compensates people who have suffered a criminal injury due to being a victim of a crime. Those whose loved ones have passed away because of a crime could also claim.

There are certain circumstances in which someone could receive compensation for a criminal injury. For example, for eligibility, the incident must have occurred in England, Scotland, Wales, or another ‘relevant place’. Plus, you should report the incident to the police (if that’s not already been done) in order to claim. 

We have more information on assault and sexual abuse CICA claims.

Compensation figures for criminal injuries differ from personal injury claims. Therefore, we’ve created the below compensation table using recommended awards from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012.

InjuriesCommentsRecommended Compensation
Facial ScarringSerious disfigurement£11,000
Head burnsSevere£16,500
Facial burnsModerate£3,500
EpilepsySomewhat controlled by medication£13,500
FacePermanent clicking jaw£3,500

If you’d like further information about our compensation tables for personal injury, you can get in touch with our friendly team of advisers. They’ll answer any questions you may have and explore personal injury claims with you. 

Could Anything Be Deducted From My Settlement?

A partial liability claim means that you are partially responsible for your injuries. Therefore, your compensation would be reduced to reflect this. 

For example, if you agree that you’re 50% responsible for your injuries, you get 50% of the overall compensation. Partial liability could also be called split liability.

You might also find that you aren’t able to claim as much if you don’t have evidence of financial losses caused by your injuries.

Our team of advisers are available 24 hours a day to discuss possible deductions from your settlement. They can answer your queries and assess how much compensation you may be eligible to claim. 

Other Factors Affecting How Much You Could Get

Personal injury lawyers on both sides usually try to settle the claim outside of court. This can be because of court fees or the prospect of the court process being lengthy. 

The defendant’s personal injury lawyer is likely to use negotiation tactics to offer a lower level of compensation at the beginning of the claim. However, your personal injury solicitor may decide they’d like more time to gather all the evidence for your claim before accepting an offer.

Negotiation tactics can help you get more money from an injury claim, which you may need to fund care costs. Furthermore, you may need the compensation to reimburse you if you’ve suffered financial loss, such as a loss of earnings due to taking time off work. 

2021 Updates To Compensation Levels

In the past year, the way people make a whiplash claim has changed. The Whiplash Reform Programme means that any injury that has a compensation payment of under £5,000 should be claimed through the online portal. 

This reform affects people who have suffered injuries from a road traffic accident across England and Wales on or after 31st May 2021. However, road traffic accident compensation claims made before this date will follow the pre-existing rules. 

This reform programme has banned people from claiming compensation for whiplash if they don’t provide medical evidence. This is to ensure claimants prove they’ve suffered whiplash and don’t receive compensation for no reason. 

If you’re unsure as to whether your claim would fall under this programme, why not get in touch? Our advisers give free, accurate estimates of claims.

No Win No Fee Agreements

A No Win No Fee agreement, or Conditional Fee Agreement, is when you and your personal injury lawyer sign a contract. This outlines the conditions your lawyer must meet before receiving payment. 

If your case fails, you don’t have to pay your lawyer’s fees. If your case wins, your personal injury lawyer will deduct a small percentage from your compensation. This is called a success fee and it’s capped by law.

Time Limits

When pursuing a personal injury claim, there’s generally a three-year time limit. This means you have three years to make a claim from the date you suffered the injuries. Alternatively, it may be three years from the date you discovered the injuries were due to negligence.

On the other hand, if you’re under 18, the three-year time limit only begins on your 18th birthday. However, somebody you trust can become a litigation friend to file the claim for you sooner than this.

Similarly, if you lack the mental capacity to claim, the three-year time limit begins when your recovery commences. Alternatively, a friend or family member can act as a litigation friend to make the claim on your behalf.

The time limit for criminal injury claims is generally two years from the date of the incident. However, this can vary depending on the circumstances.

You can get in touch with our experienced team of advisers today to further discuss time limits and making a No Win No Fee claim. What’s more, they can connect you to our panel of lawyers if you have a legitimate claim.

You can contact our team of advisers via:

  • Telephone on 020 3870 4868 to discuss your personal injury claim.
  • Our online claims form. You can input your details to receive a response whenever is convenient for you.
  • Our instant chat pop-up box to speak with an adviser right away.

Accident Claims Guides

Agency Worker Injury Claims Guide For Compensation: Are you an agency worker who’s suffered an injury due to your employer’s negligence? Our guide discusses how you can make a personal injury claim.

A Guide To Self-Employed Accident At Work Claims: Our guide explores how you may be able to make a personal injury claim.

A Guide To Claiming For An Accident In A Shop: Have you sustained an injury due to a public place accident in a shop? Our article includes information about personal injury claims. 

How do I know if I’ve broken a bone?: This NHS guide includes important information about bone fractures and the symptoms of a broken bone.

Neck pain: If you’re suffering neck pain that you believe may be whiplash, this NHS guide includes information you should know. 

FAQs About Calculating Compensation

How is personal injury compensation calculated?

Compensation is based on general damages and can also include special damages. General damages compensate you for physical and psychological injuries that weren’t your fault. Special damages compensate you for any financial losses the injuries cause.  

How are general damages calculated?

The valuation of injuries involves looking at the severity of the injury, the length of treatment and the impact the injury had on your life.

As part of the claims process, you’d attend a medical assessment. An independent medical professional would assess your injuries and create a report. If you use the services of a solicitor, they’d use this report to help them calculate general damages.

What is the average compensation payout?

Each compensation payout is unique to individual circumstances. You can see the average compensation payouts for specific injuries in the compensation tables for personal injury throughout this article. 

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