Compensation Tables for Personal Injury Claims

By Danielle Fletcher. Last Updated 10th July 2024. If you are interested in making a claim for an injury, you may be curious about the typical payouts for a personal injury in UK claims. A personal injury can have a significant effect on your life and have various consequences for your physical and psychological well-being, and as such, you may be due compensation. However, you must be able to prove that your injury was caused by a relevant third party breaching their duty of care. We will discuss the claiming eligibility criteria in more depth within this guide.

In this guide, we’ll also discuss compensation in personal injury claims. There are generally two different heads of claim that you can pursue; we explore these in more detail and explain how legal professionals, such as lawyers and solicitors, value each head.

While we can’t offer a list of compensation payouts or any average settlements, our detailed injury compensation charts use guideline figures from trusted legal documents. These figures are not guaranteed amounts and are only used as a template for legal professionals to refer to, but they may help you get a broad idea of what you could receive.

Finally, we’ll explore how a solicitor from our panel could help you claim compensation. To learn more or to get started, get in touch with our team of friendly advisors today:

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Services And Information

  1. Personal Injury Compensation – List Of Compensation Payouts For UK Claims 
  2. What Are Compensation Tables For Personal Injury Claims?
  3. When Could I Make A Personal Injury Claim?
  4. What Evidence Do I Need To Make A Personal Injury Claim?
  5. No Win No Fee Agreements
  6. Accident Claims Guides

Personal Injury Compensation – List Of Compensation Payouts For UK Claims 

You may wonder what is the average payout for a personal injury claim in the UK. As compensation is awarded on a case-by-case basis, we can’t offer an average amount for personal injury claim payouts. This is because every payout is unique, and calculated based on the individual circumstances of each case.

However, whilst we can’t offer a guaranteed list of compensation payouts for UK Claims, we can offer more information on how compensation is calculated. A settlement for a successful personal injury claim could consist of two parts. These are general and special damages. 

General damages compensate for the mental suffering and physical pain you experienced as a result of your injuries. To assign value to this part of a personal injury claim, legal professionals may refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This is a document that lists guideline compensation amounts for different injuries. 

Compensation Table

Please note that these are not guaranteed amounts. Also, it’s important to be aware that the JCG applies to claims made in England and Wales.

Injury TypeSeverityPotential Compensation
Multiple Very Serious Injuries With Significant Special DamagesVery SeriousUp to £1,000,000+
Brain DamageVery Severe (a)£282,010 to £403,990
Moderate (c)(i)£183,190 to £267,340
AmputationsBelow-knee amputation of both legs (a)(ii)£245,900 to £329,620
Other Arm InjuriesSevere Injuries (a)£117,360 to £159,770
Facial DisfigurementVery Severe Scarring (a)£36,340 to £118,790
Hand InjuriesAmputation of Index and Middle and/or Ring Fingers (d)£75,550 to £110,750
Serious Hand Injuries (e)£35,390 to £75,550
Knee InjuriesModerate (b)(i)£18,110 to £31,960
Ankle InjuriesModest InjuriesUp to £16,770

How Do Special Damages Change Compensation Payouts?

Special damages in the second of the two heads of loss, and compensates for financial loss. In addition to the immediate financial impact of being in an accident, special damages also compensate for future losses. It is, therefore very often the case that the compensation you receive under special damages will be significantly higher than that for general damages. 

Possible examples include:

  • Loss of earnings: if you take leave from work to recover from your injuries, you could claim back the pay you lost. This includes loss of future earnings if your ability to undertake work has been permanently affected.
  • Domestic care and support: in home assistance such as with food preparation, cleaning and tending any outside space if you cannot complete these tasks safely on your own.
  • Medical expenses: such as prescriptions, therapy and counselling or private medical care. 
  • Travel expenses: once you return to work, you could be reimbursed to public transport if you have been medically advised not to drive.
  • Home modifications: you may require adaptations to your home, such as wheelchair ramps or an accessible shower.

You will need to submit some supporting evidence when claiming special damages so be sure to retain copies of your payslips, invoices for care, receipts and other documents as proof you incurred these losses.

If you have any questions regarding typical payouts for a personal injury you can contact our advisors.

What Are Compensation Tables For Personal Injury Claims?

A compensation table for personal injury claim payouts will give you an insight into how much you could be awarded for your injury if your claim is successful. The figures relate to general damages, which account for the pain, suffering or loss of amenity caused by your injuries. This applies to both physical and psychological injuries.

This table later in this guide features guideline personal injury compensation amounts taken from the 16th edition of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This is a document used by many legal professionals to help them value general damages in personal injury claims, as it lists guideline compensation brackets for various injuries.

How much compensation you could be awarded in your claim could be affected by various factors, such as:

  • How long it might take you to recover from your injury.
  • If you have suffered any mental health harm.
  • Your ability to participate in activities you usually would.
  • The severity of your initial injury.

Alongside general damages, you may also be awarded special damages.

Continue reading to find out more about the two heads of claim. Alternatively, speak to an advisor for free advice at whatever time is most convenient for you.

When Could I Make A Personal Injury Claim?

There are a few different day-to-day situations where you could suffer an injury. These include:

  • An accident at work. Your employer owes you a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA). This means that they must take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their employees while they are working.
  • A road traffic accident. All road users owe each other a duty of care to navigate the roads in a way that prevents damage and injury to themselves and others. To uphold this duty, they must adhere to the Road Traffic Act 1988 and any relevant rules and regulations in the Highway Code
  • A public place accident. While you are in a public place, including a salon, restaurant or shopping centre, the controller of the space owes you a duty of care. This is set under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 and means that the organisation or individual must ensure your reasonable safety. 

In order to have valid grounds to make a personal injury claim, you must prove that:

  • A third party owed you a duty of care. 
  • They breached this duty. 
  • You suffered injuries due to this breach. 

Continue reading our compensation payout guide to learn more. Or, contact our team of advisors today to get more information on how personal injury claim payouts are calculated.

What Evidence Do I Need To Make A Personal Injury Claim? 

All claims for personal injury claim payouts must be supported with sufficient evidence. This can help demonstrate both liability for the accident and the injuries you suffered. 

As part of our compensation payout guide, we can provide you with a few examples of evidence that might be useful in supporting a personal injury claim. These include:

  • Any footage of the accident, for example, CCTV or dashcam videos
  • Photographs of your injuries or the accident site
  • A copy of your medical records, which can help illustrate the severity of your injuries and the impact of the treatment you need
  • The contact details of anyone who witnessed the incident so they can provide a statement later

One of the benefits of working with a solicitor on your claim is that they can help you gather evidence. To find out if you could work with a solicitor from our panel, contact our team of advisors today. In addition to providing further guidance on the services a solicitor could offer, they can evaluate your claim for free, and could answer questions like “what is the average payout for a personal injury claim in the UK?”.

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.

You can get in touch with our experienced team of advisers today to further discuss 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.

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