Personal Injury Claims Calculator
JMW’s personal injury claims calculator can help you to better understand how much compensation you could claim for your specific injury.
Using information from previous client settlements gained over many years, we can provide average payout figures for a comprehensive range of injuries. However, this information should be used as a guide only - there are many variables that affect how much a claim is worth and payouts will differ from person to person. The compensation you are entitled to can depend on your circumstances, the extent of your injury and any financial losses you incurred as a result.
To use our personal injury claims calculator, simply click on the part of the body that corresponds with your injury to find out more about how much you could claim. For a more accurate estimate of the amount of compensation you could claim for your injury, or if your injury is not listed, call 0345 872 6666 to speak to a member of our team, or fill in the contact form.
Please note: figures shown in our personal injury compensation calculator are approximates based on experience and previous settlement amounts attributed to an individual's pain and suffering. Final settlement awards may be worth more or less than the stated amount, depending on injury and individual personal circumstances.
How Your Personal Injury Compensation Award is Calculated
The aim of a personal injury compensation claim is to restore the injured person to the position that they were in prior to the accident, by providing them with the funds to seek support. A personal injury solicitor can help with this by assessing how your injury has affected your life to arrive at an appropriate figure.
Your personal injury compensation award will be made up of two types of financial sums, called ‘damages’. The two types of damages are:
- General damages - a sum of money to compensate you for the injury itself. This is calculated based on previous case law and judicial guidelines, but can vary significantly as it heavily depends on the severity of the injury (or injuries). Our compensation calculator provides guidance on the amounts that we would expect to see for specific injuries
- Special damages - a sum of money that accounts for all of your financial losses as a result of your accident and injuries. This can be precisely calculated, but can still vary between individuals
In most cases, your solicitor will compile a document known as a ‘schedule of loss’, which details every financial outlay and impact your injury has had and is expected to have on your life. This encompasses both types of damages. Your solicitor will then look to agree to a compensation award with the defendant’s representatives. Based on the total of both sets of damages outlined in the schedule of loss, your solicitors will seek to claim as much of it as possible on your behalf.
What Expenses Can Be Included in Special Damages?
Special damages are different in every personal injury claim. There can be any number of financial outlays that you may have made as a result of your accident for which you can claim compensation. Common types of expenses that make up special damages are:
- Personal possessions that were damaged as a result of the accident, such as clothing or special protective gear you may have been wearing at the time of the accident
- Lost earnings from taking time off work. The amount of money you have lost that you would have earned after tax is deducted can be included in your claim - this is known as ‘net loss’, but does not take into consideration benefits at this time. If your injury is so severe that you have had to reduce your working hours, change jobs or are prevented from returning to work, your special damages claim can include compensation for the career you will miss out on
- Medical expenses, such as physiotherapy or medicines, that you require as a result of your injury
- The cost of services provided by professional carers or friends and family (even if you did not pay friends and family for any services they provided as a result of the accident)
- Expenses relating to the cost of living with disabilities caused by the accident. These can cover a range of needs from making adjustments to your home to allow you to move around it more comfortably, to purchasing and regularly replacing any prosthetics you may need as a result of your accident
This is not an exhaustive list and we strongly recommend that you retain receipts and other evidence of purchases you have had to make as a direct result of your accident. This can help us to recover these costs for you.
What Happens After I Have Submitted a Claim?
There are many possible outcomes for a personal injury claim, and the process can unfold in different ways, so it can be difficult to know what to expect. We have put together an interactive flowchart to guide you through what will happen during the lifetime of a personal injury claim.
Why choose JMW Solicitors
The personal injury solicitors at JMW are dedicated to securing the most favourable outcome for you. We will evaluate your case and guide you on your entitlement to claim compensation. Our legal professionals will clarify the entire claims procedure so that you are fully aware of what will transpire once the defendants have accepted responsibility. Throughout the process, we will advise you, ensuring that you have the best representation available.
Annually, our personal injury specialists obtain millions of pounds in compensation for clients throughout the UK by proactively advocating on their behalf and presenting the most compelling case possible. We take pride in delivering exceptional customer service and recognise the impact an injury can have on your daily life.
Our law firm ranks among the top personal injury firms in the UK, boasting a team of seasoned and highly recommended solicitors. We take great pride in the personalised service we provide to each of our clients. We ensure that every client is treated as an individual rather than just a case number, as we strive to establish strong personal connections with those who entrust us with their personal injury cases.
We understand that experiencing a personal injury can result in both mental and physical suffering. As such, we offer a bespoke service tailored to the unique needs of each individual. Our primary focus is to prioritise the your wellbeing and satisfaction throughout the case.
We will keep you informed at all times, ensuring you are aware of every step taken towards obtaining the maximum personal injury compensation. You can reach out to us at any time, and we will promptly address your questions or concerns, as we understand that navigating a personal injury case can be stressful.
We are dedicated to providing the exact services you need, fulfilling all your requirements, and tirelessly pursuing the maximum compensation for your personal injury claim.
FAQs About Personal Injury Compensation
What can I claim for in a personal injury claim?
When you have suffered a personal injury due to someone else's negligence, recklessness, or intentional action, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury claim. The purpose of these claims is to provide financial assistance for your recovery and to help compensate for the various losses you have suffered. In a personal injury claim, there are several types of damages you may be able to recover, depending on the specifics of your case. Some of the most common categories include:
- Medical expenses: One of the primary reasons for filing a personal injury claim is to recover the costs of medical treatment. This can include doctor visits, hospital stays, surgeries, medications, rehabilitation, and ongoing care. If your injuries are severe or long-lasting, you may also be able to claim for future medical expenses.
- Lost wages: If your injury forces you to miss work, you may be able to recover compensation for the income you have lost during your recovery period. This can include both past and future lost wages if your injury impacts your ability to work long-term.
- Pain and suffering: Personal injury claims often include compensation for the physical pain and emotional distress caused by your injury. This can be challenging to quantify, but it is an essential aspect of the overall compensation you may receive.
- Property damage: If your personal property was damaged as a result of the incident that caused your injury, you might be able to recover the cost of repairing or replacing the damaged items.
- Punitive damages: In some cases, where the defendant's conduct is especially egregious or reckless, the court may award punitive damages. These damages are designed to punish the wrongdoer and deter similar behaviour in the future, rather than compensate the victim directly.
Each personal injury claim is unique, and the damages you may be entitled to will depend on the specific circumstances of your case. It is crucial to consult with an experienced personal injury solicitor to evaluate your claim and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
How much compensation will I get?
The amount of compensation you may receive from a personal injury claim can vary significantly based on several factors. It is challenging to provide an exact figure without knowing the specific details of your case. Since every personal injury case is unique, it is crucial to consult with an experienced personal injury solicitor to get a better understanding of the potential compensation in your specific situation. A solicitor can help evaluate your claim, gather evidence, and negotiate with insurance companies to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Take a look at our individual personal injury claims calculator pages for specific personal injury claims.
How accurate is our personal injury compensation calculator?
Our personal injury compensation calculator serves as a helpful tool to estimate the potential compensation you may receive based on typical payouts for various types of personal injuries. However, it cannot provide an exact amount, as this will depend on factors such as the severity of your injury, recovery time, and negotiations between your specialist legal representative and the party responsible for your accident.
The calculator's figures do not account for any fees your solicitor may deduct from your compensation if your claim succeeds. Your solicitor will discuss and agree upon these fees with you at the beginning of your claim to avoid unexpected surprises.
The values generated by the calculator are based on official data from the Judicial College, ensuring their accuracy and relevance.
While our personal injury claim calculator gathers some necessary information, it cannot fully comprehend the psychological impact or pain caused by your injury. As a result, the actual compensation you receive may be higher or lower than the calculator's estimate.
We recommend using our injury claim calculator as an initial step if you are considering making a claim but are hesitant about the time or effort involved. The calculator can assist you in determining whether pursuing a claim is worth your time.
Our personal injury claim calculator is designed for individuals who have experienced various injuries or accidents. It functions as a road accident compensation calculator, medical negligence calculator, and workplace accident claim calculator.
Regardless of the type of accident or injury you have experienced, our claims calculator can help you gauge the potential compensation amount based on typical personal injury payouts in the UK.
What do I need to pursue a personal injury compensation claim?
The necessary information to initiate a personal injury claim consists of:
- Personal details: legal professionals will gather information such as your name, address, date of birth, and other relevant details to create a personal file for your case.
- Third-party information: any contact details pertaining to the involved third party will also be required for the claim.
- Identification: You will need to provide personal identification, such as a passport, driver's licence, and proof of address, to verify your identity.
- Photographs: Visual evidence is crucial for substantiating your case. Images can help demonstrate the circumstances surrounding the incident, the location where it occurred, and, in some cases, the severity of the event. Additionally, photographs of the sustained injuries can be valuable evidence.
- Documentation: If police officers or medical professionals attended the scene, obtaining copies of their reports is essential. In most cases, your legal representative can access these documents by requesting them.
- Out-of-pocket expenses: Ensure you have receipts or images of any expenses incurred due to the incident. These records will help establish the financial impact of the event on your life.
By gathering and providing this information, you can assist your legal representative in building a strong personal injury claim on your behalf.
Will the cause of my injury affect the personal injury compensation claim?
Yes. Not all factors of an injury are taken into account in the official general damages tables. However, the specifics of an injury might have an impact on the total amount of compensation for that condition.
While calculating compensation and determining if you have a claim, our injury compensation calculator considers the details of the accident.
Will anything be added to my personal injury compensation claim?
Yes. Your general and special damages may be combined, and the total may then be modified. Your overall damages will increase if you have sustained multiple wounds.
Is there anything else that could affect how much compensation I can claim?
The majority of injury claims do not proceed to court. Compensation is typically agreed upon, or "settled," through negotiations between your legal representative and the defendant's legal team or insurance company.
The defendant's legal professionals may employ strategies to minimise the compensation amount, such as presenting an initial low offer.
Your legal representative might request additional time for negotiation or to collect more evidence. As more time passes, the severity of your symptoms may become more apparent, allowing for a more precise calculation of compensation.
Compensation amounts for personal injury cases generally do not surpass the figures outlined in general damages guidelines, making the negotiation process vital. This is especially true if you rely on the compensation award to cover care expenses, medical treatments, or necessary modifications to your home.
Will anything be deducted from my personal injury compensation claim?
Most likely, based on the particulars of your accident and the no win, no fee conditions you decide upon with your selected personal injury claims solicitor:
Split liability deduction
In most cases, you can still file a claim even if you contributed to the accident in some way, although your compensation will be less.
Your solicitor will mediate with the defendant's solicitor to divide the culpability (as a percentage) between the two of you. Your award's reduction will be calculated using this percentage.
For instance, if you were in a car accident and suffered a head injury or neck injury, but you were driving negligently, you would be compensated 50% less if you were 50% to blame for your injuries.
Injury solicitor's success fee deduction
If a claim is unsuccessful, no fee is due from the solicitor working on a no win, no fee basis. If the claim is successful, the solicitor will demand a success fee.
Success fees are limited by law to a maximum of 25% of the overall settlement, possibly less.
ATE insurance deduction
In addition to the no-win, no-fee agreement, lawyers frequently urge claimants to get "After the Event (ATE)" insurance coverage.
If a claimant's case is rejected, ATE insurance will reimburse the defendant's legal expenses.
Contrary to popular belief, you would only be required to pay for an ATE policy if your claim is approved. Your pay would be reduced to cover the cost of the policy.
No win, no fee terms
Some no win, no fee contracts merely cover the costs of the solicitor. Medical expert fees, legal counsel fees, or the cost of the other side's solicitors defending the claim are examples of expenses that are not covered. These expenses may total thousands of pounds.
Some no win, no fee contracts feature termination or penalty clauses if you decide to back out.
Your eligibility to receive future means-tested benefits (such as housing benefit or Universal Credit) may be impacted, even if it is not technically a deduction.
What are general damages?
General damages in personal injury cases refer to the compensation awarded for the non-economic losses suffered by the claimant due to their injury. These losses include pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, and other intangible harms. Unlike special damages, which are quantifiable and cover specific financial losses like medical expenses and lost wages, general damages are subjective and more challenging to calculate. Nonetheless, there are guidelines and factors that courts and legal professionals consider when determining the appropriate amount of general damages to award in a personal injury case.
- Judicial guidelines: in some jurisdictions, courts rely on judicial guidelines or reference materials that provide a range of compensation amounts for various types of injuries. These guidelines are based on past case law and take into account the severity of the injury, the duration of pain and suffering, and any lasting impact on the claimant's life. While these guidelines are not legally binding, they serve as a helpful starting point for determining the appropriate compensation for general damages.
- Severity of the injury: the nature and extent of the injury play a critical role in determining general damages. More severe injuries typically warrant higher compensation due to the increased pain and suffering, longer recovery periods, and greater impact on the claimant's life. For example, compensation for a traumatic brain injury will likely be much higher than compensation for a minor sprain.
- Duration of pain and suffering: the length of time the claimant suffers from pain and discomfort due to their injury also affects the amount of general damages awarded. A longer duration of pain and suffering may result in higher compensation.
- Age and health of the claimant: the age and overall health of the claimant at the time of the injury can influence the general damages awarded. Younger claimants with more years ahead of them may receive higher compensation due to the longer-lasting impact of their injury on their life.
- Pre-existing conditions: if the claimant had pre-existing health issues that were exacerbated by the injury, the general damages may be adjusted accordingly. The court will consider whether the injury aggravated a pre-existing condition or if the claimant would have experienced the same level of pain and suffering regardless of the injury.
- Emotional distress: general damages can also include compensation for the emotional distress the claimant has experienced due to their injury. The court will consider factors such as the severity of the emotional distress, the duration of the distress, and any long-term psychological effects.
Talk To Us
If you have a question about what you are able to claim for as a result of your accident or about our personal injury claim calculator, please get in touch with us. Our specialist personal injury solicitors have many years’ experience helping the victims of a whole range of accidents - from road traffic accidents to accidents at work - claim the compensation they deserve. You can contact us on 0345 872 6666, or fill in the contact form on this page, and let us contact you at a time convenient for you.