Compensation Tables for Personal Injury Claims

By Danielle Fletcher. Last Updated 25th October 2023. 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. When Could I Make A Personal Injury Claim?
  2. What Is A Compensation Table For Personal Injury Claims?
  3. Personal Injury Compensation – List Of Compensation Payouts For UK Claims 
  4. Criminal Injuries Compensation Tables
  5. What Evidence Do I Need To Make A Personal Injury Claim?
  6. No Win No Fee Agreements
  7. Accident Claims Guides

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 Is A Compensation Table 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.

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. 

In our table below, you can find figures from the JCG. 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 Type Details Potential Compensation
Brain Injury – Very Severe Cases in this bracket involve very little meaningful response to their environment, with little to no language function and double incontinence. The injured party requires full-time nursing care. £282,010 to £403,990
Leg Injury – Amputation of Both Legs (i) The claimant has either lost both legs above the knee or one leg above the knee at a high level and the other below the knee. £240,790 to £282,010
Arm Amputation – Loss of One Arm (ii) The claimant required one of their arms to be amputated above the elbow. The award considers the level of amputation. £109,650 to £130,930
Facial Disfigurement – Very Severe This bracket is appropriate for relatively young claimants (teens to early 30s) with facial scars that are very disfiguring and cause a severe psychological reaction. £29,780 to £97,330
Hand Injury – Index and Middle and/or Ring Finger Amputation The claimant’s hand is of very little use and they are left with exceedingly weak grip. £61,910 to £90,750
Hand Injury – Serious Cases in this bracket include those that have rendered the hand function to about 50% capacity, such as when several fingers have been amputated but rejoined. £29,000 to £61,910
Back Injury (ii) – Severe Injuries included within this bracket have special features such as nerve root damage with loss of sensation, mobility impairments, impaired bladder and bowel function, impairments to sexual functioning and unsightly scarring. £74,160 to £88,430
Foot Injury – Severe This bracket includes fractures of both heels or feet along with substantial mobility restrictions and considerable permanent pain. It also includes unusually severe injuries to a single foot that prevent the wearing of ordinary shoes. £41,970 to £70,030
Knee Injury – Severe (ii) In these cases, a leg fracture has extended into the knee joint and this results in constant pain, permanent movement limitation or impaired agility and the claimant will be prone to osteoarthritis. £52,120 to £69,730
Neck Injuries – Severe (iii) Injuries found in this bracket include fractures, dislocations and severe soft tissue damage or ruptured tendons. These result in chronic problems and permanent significant disability. £45,470 to £55,990
Injuries to the Pelvis and Hips – Moderate (iii) Included in this bracket are injuries that cause degenerative changes and leg instability that require an osteotomy and likely will need a hip replacement in the future, such as a fracture of the acetabulum. £39,170 to £52,500
Other Arm Injuries – Less Severe In this bracket, the claimant suffered significant disabilities, but they’ve made a substantial recovery (or are expected to). £19,200 to £39,170
Toe Injury – Amputation This bracket includes the amputation of the big toe. In the region of £31,310
Ankle Injuries – Moderate This bracket includes fractures, ligamentous tears and similar injuries that result in less serious disabilities. £13,740 to £26,590
Wrist – Less Severe The claimant will have some permanent disability, such as persisting pain and stiffness. £12,590 to £24,500
Achilles Tendon – Moderate The claimant has suffered a partial rupture or significant tendon injury with the award considering the treatment required, recovery, ongoing pain, scarring and whether they have any continuing functional disability. £12,590 to £21,070
General Psychological Damage – Moderate The claimant has experienced problems coping with life, relationships work and education. However, they’ve experienced marked improvements and the overall prognosis is positive. £5,860 to £19,070
Skeletal Injuries – Cheekbone Fractures (i) This bracket includes serious fractures that need surgery but still include lasting consequences such as some level of disfigurement. £10,200 to £15,780
Shoulder Injuries – Moderate Cases found in this bracket include movement limitations and discomfort from a frozen shoulder with symptoms that last for around 2 years and soft tissue injuries with more than minimal symptoms lasting beyond this time, but not permanent. £7,890 to £12,770
Elbow Injuries – Moderate or Minor Injuries found within this bracket include simple fractures and lacerations that don’t cause permanent damage or function impairment. Up to £12,590

Your settlement might also consist of special damages. This compensates for any expenses incurred due to your injury.

However, this guide can list examples of what you could claim under special damages. A few of these include:

  • Loss of earnings if you needed time off work to recover from your injuries
  • Domestic help, which could include hiring a cleaner or childminder
  • Nursing care
  • Medical expenses
  • The cost of home and vehicle adaptions

In order to include special damages as part of your claim, you should submit evidence of your costs, such as receipts and invoices. 

If you would like more help after reading our compensation payout guide, contact one of the advisors from our team. They can evaluate your claim for free, and offer further guidance.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Tables 

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. 

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.

Injuries Comments Amount
Loss of Eye Loss of both eyes £110,000
Major Paralysis – Paraplegia Minimal paraplegia. £27,000
Mental Injury A disabling mental injury, as confirmed by a psychiatrist, that last for more than 5 years but is not permanent. £13,500
Shoulder – Dislocation Both shoulders have been dislocated and result in a continuing significant disability. £6,200
Burns – Face Moderate facial burns £3,500
Hip – Fractured or Disloacted One hip has been fractured or dislocated but makes a substantial recovery. £2,400
Lung – Punctured One lung has been punctured. £1,800

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. 

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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