Psychiatric And Mental Health Compensation Calculator

By Stephen Moreau. Last Updated 29th February 2024. This guide will look at when you might be eligible to make a personal injury claim for a mental health compensation payout. If you’ve recently been in an accident, you may have suffered a psychological injury. This could be in addition to physical injuries or by itself. If you can prove that your injury was caused by a relevant third party breaching their duty of care, you may be entitled to compensation.

In this guide, we take a look at a few examples of injuries you could suffer to your mental health following an accident, such as anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We will also discuss the specific eligibility criteria you must meet to be able to make a psychological injury claim. We will also look at the different heads of claim you could be awarded should your case be successful. This guide will also look at some of the benefits of making a claim with a No Win No Fee solicitor.

If you have any questions or would like help starting your claim, please speak to an advisor from our team. They’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with free advice.

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  1. Psychiatric And Mental Health Compensation Calculator
  2. Mental Health Claim – Who Is Eligible To Claim?
  3. What Could Cause A Mental Health Injury?
  4. Is There A Time Limit When Claiming For Mental Health Compensation In The UK?
  5. Make A No Win No Fee Claim For Mental Health Damage
  6. Learn More About Using A Mental Health Compensation Calculator

Psychiatric And Mental Health Compensation Calculator

Those who can make a valid psychological injury claim may ask how much compensation they will receive and may seek out a mental health compensation calculator.

Compensation payouts for such claims vary on a case-by-case basis, so it can be hard to offer an average amount. However, we can offer more information on what your compensation could be made up of.

A typical compensation payout can include two heads of compensation. One of these is general damages, and this compensates you for the pain and suffering caused by the physical and mental injuries caused by your accident.

You can view psychological injury guidelines compensation brackets for general damages in the table below, which are based on the 16th and latest edition of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). Please note, however that the first entry in the table is an estimated figure that’s not based on the JCG.

If a personal injury solicitor supports your psychological injury claim, then they may refer to the JCG to calculate the value of your claim. The table should be viewed as a guide only.

Injury Severity Compensation Notes
Multiple Serious Injuries Plus Special Damages Serious Up to £250,000+ If you are eligible to claim for multiple serious injuries (mental and/or physical), then you could receive a payout for all of these plus related special damages, such as the cost of certain treatments like therapy.
Psychiatric Damage Generally Severe £54,830 to £115,730


The prognosis is not good even if medical help is sought.
Psychiatric Damage Generally Moderately Severe £19,070 to £54,830 Work-related stress is included in this bracket.
Psychiatric Damage Generally Moderate £5,860 to £19,070


There is a marked improvement in symptoms and the prognosis is better.
Psychiatric Damage Generally Less Severe £1,540 to £5,860 Daily activities and sleep being affected influences the award in this bracket.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Severe £59,860 to £100,670 You are unable to function at the same level you did before your trauma.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Moderately Severe £23,150 to £59,860


The effects will possibly continue to cause significant disability in the future.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Moderate £8,180 to £23,150 The impact is not too grossly disabling.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Less Severe £3,950 to £8,180 A recovery is made by two years with only minor symptoms persisting afterwards.

What Are Special Damages?

If you’re eligible to claim for general damages, then you may be able to receive additional compensation for what’s known as special damages. Compensation for special damages can cover financial losses directly linked to your injuries. An example of special damages is loss of earnings, which you may be able to claim if your injuries have led you to take unpaid time off work.

For more advice on how much compensation you may receive for psychological injuries, contact our advisors for free today. If you have a valid case, our advisors may connect you with a solicitor from our panel.

Mental Health Compensation – Who Is Eligible To Claim?

If you are considering using a mental health compensation calculator, it’s worth clarifying whether you have grounds to make a valid personal injury claim

Firstly, you will need to determine whether a duty of care was owed to you. For example, you could be owed a duty of care:

  • On the roads: All road users owe each other a duty of care to use the roads in a way that prevents harm to themselves and others. To uphold this duty, they’re expected to comply with the Highway Code and the Road Traffic Act 1988.
  • In public: Those in control of public places must ensure you are reasonably safe whilst using the premises for their intended purposes under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 (OLA).
  • At work: Employers have a duty of care to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure the health and safety of their employees under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA).

In order to form the basis of a valid mental health injury claim, you must be able to prove that:

  • You were owed a duty of care
  • This duty was breached
  • As a result, you suffered physical or mental injuries

To learn more about mental health claims or to find out if you could be eligible to start a claim for compensation, contact our team of advisors today.

What Could Cause A Mental Health Injury?

There are many types of accidents or other incidents which could potentially cause psychological trauma. Examples include:

  • A road traffic accident. For example, if you were crossing at a pedestrian crossing, and you were hit by a car that was speeding, meaning they were unable to come to a stop in time, this could cause you to suffer not only physical injuries but a psychological ones also.
  • An accident at work. For example, if a machine on a production line was not regularly maintained, this could cause you to suffer an arm amputation and also post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Accidents in public. If you fell from a height in a leisure centre due to a faulty railing, this could cause you to suffer from anxiety as well as physical injuries. 

It is important to remember that in order to have a valid personal injury claim, your injury must have been caused by someone breaching their duty of care towards you. Additionally, it is important to note that you can also claim for a psychological injury without having suffered a physical injury.

For more information on your eligibility to claim or whether you can use a mental health compensation calculator, you can contact our advisors for free today. You can reach our advisors either online or by calling them, and they can answer any questions you may have about the process of claiming for psychological harm.

Is There A Time Limit When Claiming For Mental Health Compensation In The UK?

Under the Limitation Act 1980, there’s usually a three-year time limit for starting a personal injury claim for mental health injuries and/or physical injuries. This time limit normally begins from the date of the incident that caused your injuries.

Under some circumstances, the time limit can work differently. If the injured party lacks the mental capacity to make their own personal injury claim, then the time limit is suspended indefinitely. A court-appointed litigation friend could make a claim on the injured party’s behalf. If, however, this does not happen, and the injured party later recovers this mental capacity, then the time limit will start from the day of recovery.

If a child has suffered psychological injuries, then the time limit will not begin for them until their 18th birthday. A claim could be made on the child’s behalf by a court-appointed litigation friend before this day comes. If this doesn’t happen, then the injured party will have three years to start their own claim once they turn 18.

If you would like to speak to an advisor to ask about your eligibility to claim compensation for mental health injuries, please contact our team today on the phone or online.

Make A No Win No Fee Claim For Mental Health Damage

A solicitor could help you through the psychiatric injury claims process by assisting you in gathering evidence as well as building and presenting your case in full within the relevant time limit.  All of the solicitors on our panel can work under a type of No Win No Fee arrangement known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).

If you make your claim for mental health damage under the terms of this contract, you will pay a success fee to your solicitor if your case succeeds. This is subject to a legal cap. As such, you will receive the majority of your mental health compensation payout. If your claim fails, you are no longer required to pay your No Win No Fee lawyer this fee.

To find out more, including if you could be eligible work with a No Win No Fee solicitor, get in touch with our advisors today. To reach them, you can:

Learn More About Using A Mental Health Compensation Calculator

We hope you now have a much greater understanding of mental health compensation calculators. This also includes having more knowledge about mental health issues. However, if you wish to find out more information, check out these additional research links below.

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