- Severe neck injuryIn the region of £148,330
- Serious neck injury involving fractures or damage to discs£65,740 - £130,930
- Neck injury involving fractures, dislocations or severe soft tissue damage causing permanent symptoms£45,470 - £55,990
- Neck injury involving fractures, dislocations or severe soft tissue damage with some recovery£24,990 - £38,490
- Neck injury causing spondylosis, serious limitation of movement or permanent/recurring pain£13,740 - £24,990
- Neck injury with varying levels of recoveryUp to £13,740
If you have suffered a neck injury, you may be entitled to claim compensation against the party responsible for the accident. As soon as you have sought medical treatment and ensured your safety, speak to the expert personal injury lawyers at JMW for legal advice.
The figures below are estimates from JMW’s personal injury and neck injury compensation calculator and will provide a rough estimate of how much compensation you could receive for your neck injury claim.
How Much Neck Injury Compensation Can I Claim?
The figures are based on the Judicial College Injury Tables.
For a more accurate calculation of how much your case could be worth, get in touch with the expert solicitors at JMW today. Contact us by calling 0345 872 6666, or by filling in our online enquiry form to request a call back. You can find out more about our personal injury claim services here.
What affects the value of neck injury claims?
If you have suffered a neck injury, the amount of compensation you are able to secure will depend on the severity of the injury, as well as the impact it has had on your life, finances and your ability to work.
Neck injuries can be particularly debilitating, affecting your mobility and potentially causing long-term conditions. The neck is a delicate and complex area of the human body that houses the spinal cord, which is crucial to the transmission of messages from the brain throughout the body.
As a result, an injury to the neck can have serious and sometimes lifelong implications for the sufferer. In the most severe cases, victims can lose all feeling and ability to move parts of the body.
Compensation can be helpful by ensuring you are able to pay for treatment, rehabilitation and equipment that may be required as a result of your injury.
The amount of compensation you could receive for a neck injury depends on several factors and can vary widely from case to case. It's not possible to provide an exact figure without knowing the specifics of your injury and circumstances. However, these factors typically influence the amount of compensation you will receive:
- Severity of the injury: the extent of your injury, the pain and suffering you've experienced, and any long-term or permanent impact on your health and mobility will significantly affect the compensation amount. More serious injuries will typically receive higher compensation.
- Medical expenses: any costs related to medical treatment, therapy, medication, or future medical care related to your injury will be considered.
- Loss of earnings: if your neck injury has caused you to take time off work, resulting in a loss of earnings, or if it impacts your future earning potential, these lost earnings can be claimed back.
- Care and assistance: if your neck injury has required you to seek professional care or assistance, or if family members have had to provide care, you can claim compensation for this too.
- Lifestyle changes: if your injury has had a significant impact on your quality of life, such as preventing you from participating in hobbies or activities you used to enjoy, this can also be factored into your compensation.
For more information, use our neck injury settlement calculator, or speak to us today. Our legal team can provide a more accurate estimate once we understand the full details of your case. We strive to ensure that our clients receive the maximum compensation they are entitled to, reflecting the full impact of their injury on their life.
Can I make a neck injury compensation claim on behalf of someone else?
It is possible to make a compensation claim on behalf of someone else in certain circumstances. This is typically the case if the person who has suffered the neck injury is unable to make a claim themselves due to their age (if they are under 18) or mental capacity, or if they have sadly passed away as a result of their injuries.
These types of claims are often made by a parent, guardian or 'litigation friend', who can represent the best interests of the person who has suffered the injury.
If you are considering making a neck injury compensation claim on behalf of someone else, it is strongly advised that you seek legal advice.
How JMW Can Help
A neck injury can be life-altering, leading to months or years of reduced mobility, medical treatment and suffering. Making a neck injury compensation claim can reimburse you for the costs you have incurred as a direct result of your injury, and for any pain and psychologcal suffering it caused.
Once the compensation process begins, your solicitor will contact the responsible party, before collecting evidence to demonstrate why you are entitled to claim compensation. This will help to ensure that you are able to receive the maximum amount of compensation available to you.
The compensation we secure can cover:
- Loss of past or future earnings
- Rehabilitation and expert medical treatment
- Transport costs
- Equipment and modifications to your home
- Physical and psychological damage
For more information on your next steps, have a look at our guide to the Lifecycle of a Claim.
Am I Eligible to Claim Compensation for a Neck Injury?
To be eligible to claim compensation for a neck injury, you will need to prove that:
- You have suffered an injury to your neck.
- The injury was caused by someone else's negligence or a breach of statutory duty.
- The injury has led to a loss, such as an inability to work, medical expenses or pain and suffering.
Each case is unique, and determining eligibility can sometimes be complex. At JMW, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your situation and assess your potential claim. Our experienced team of solicitors will examine the details of your case, provide honest advice, and outline the next steps if you decide to proceed with a claim.
We understand that suffering a neck injury can be a difficult and traumatic experience. That is why we strive to make the claims process as smooth and straightforward as possible.
What Evidence Do I Need to Provide to Make a Neck Injury Compensation Claim?
In order to pursue a neck injury compensation claim successfully, you must provide a robust set of evidence that demonstrates the circumstances of your accident, the extent of your injuries, and the impact they have had on your life. This evidence can include:
- Medical records: these are vital as they document the nature and extent of your injuries. They will usually include details of your diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. It is important to seek medical attention promptly after your injury to ensure it is properly documented.
- Accident reports: if your injury happened at work or in a public place, there should be an accident report. If your injury resulted from a road traffic accident, a police report would be very beneficial.
- Photographs and videos: if possible, take photographs or videos of where the accident occurred, especially if it clearly shows the cause of the accident, such as a spill on the floor or a hazardous working condition.
- Witness statements: statements from people who witnessed the accident can strengthen your claim, particularly if they corroborate your account of what happened.
- Financial documents: these can help to demonstrate the financial impact of your injury. They might include payslips (to show loss of earnings), bills and receipts related to medical treatment, travel expenses and costs associated with adjustments to your home or lifestyle as a result of your injury.
- Diary or log: keeping a record of your injury, your symptoms, the treatment you've received, and how it has affected your daily life can be useful evidence when making a claim.
Every neck injury claim is different, and the evidence needed will vary depending on the circumstances. The team at JMW can guide you on the types of evidence that will strengthen your specific case and help you to collect it.
Are There Time Limits to Making a Neck Injury Compensation Claim?
There are time limits in place when making a neck injury compensation claim. In the UK, the standard rule is that you have three years from the date of the accident or injury in which to start legal proceedings. This time limit is known as the 'limitation period'.
However, there are some exceptions to this:
- Children: if the person who suffered the neck injury is under 18, the three-year limit doesn't start until their 18th birthday. This means they have until they turn 21 to start a claim. If a claim needs to be made before the child turns 18, it must be done by a responsible adult on their behalf.
- Mental capacity: for those who lack the mental capacity to manage their own legal affairs, the three-year limit doesn't apply unless (or until) they regain capacity.
- Late diagnosis: if your neck injury wasn't apparent immediately after the accident, the three-year limit may start from the 'date of knowledge' - the date when you first realised you had suffered an injury and that it was linked to the accident.
- Fatal injuries: if a person passes away from their injuries, the family typically has three years from the date of death to make a claim, even if the initial injury occurred more than three years ago.
Given these time limits, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible after an accident or injury. This allows your solicitor to gather evidence while it is still fresh and start building a robust case. If you have suffered a neck injury and wish to make a claim, contact the team at JMW today.
How Long Does a Neck Injury Claim Take to Resolve?
The duration of a neck injury claim can vary significantly based on the specifics of the case. While some straightforward claims can be resolved within a few months, others, particularly those involving serious injuries or disputed liability, may take a couple of years or more.
Several factors influence the length of time it takes to resolve a neck injury claim:
- Complexity of the case: if the circumstances of the accident or injury are complicated, or if multiple parties are involved, the case may take longer to resolve.
- Severity of the injury: severe or complex injuries may require extensive medical evidence, and it is important to wait until the prognosis is clear so that the full impact of the injury can be assessed. This can delay the process.
- Disputed liability: if the party responsible for the injury disputes their liability, it can lengthen the process as additional evidence may need to be collected to establish who was at fault.
- Negotiation and court proceedings: the negotiation process to agree on a compensation amount can take time, especially if it is not easy to reach an agreement. If the case goes to court, this can also add to the length of time it takes to resolve the claim.
While it may be frustrating to wait for your claim to be resolved, it is important to remember that this process is essential in ensuring you receive the full and fair compensation you deserve.
What Accidents Can Cause Neck Injuries?
There are numerous circumstances where an accident might cause a neck injury. Some of the most common scenarios include:
- Road traffic accidents: collisions involving cars, motorbikes, cyclists, and pedestrians can result in severe neck injuries, particularly if the impact is sudden or the driver or passengers are not adequately restrained.
- Workplace accidents: these can occur in various employment settings, from offices to construction sites. They may involve falls from height, lifting heavy objects or being hit by falling objects.
- Slips, trips, and falls: whether it happens on a wet supermarket floor, or on an uneven pavement, a slip, trip, or fall can cause a neck injury if the victim lands awkwardly.
- Sports injuries: contact sports, high-impact sports, or those involving a lot of twisting and turning can often lead to neck injuries.
- Assaults: violent attacks, whether involving punches, kicks, or weapons, can result in serious neck injuries. If you sustained your neck injury due to a criminal attack, you may be able to receive support from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
What Should I Do After Suffering a Neck Injury?
If you suffer a neck injury, the first thing you should do is seek medical help - your own health is the most important factor in the situation. Even if you do not believe you have been injured, you should seek medical help anyway. Some injuries may only manifest years later and can be life-altering if left until this stage. This is especially true with neck injuries, which can be some of the most severe you can face.
Once you are safe and have been seen by a doctor, you should speak to a specialist personal injury solicitor as soon as possible. This will give you an opportunity to discuss the specific details of your case with a legal expert and receive advice on the next steps to take.
What Types of Neck Injuries Can be Claimed For?
Neck injuries can occur in different types and severities, as can the extent of their impact on the sufferer. Our highly experienced solicitors have acted on behalf of clients who have suffered from mild muscle and ligament strains and fractures, serious disc lesions, and brachial plexus damage.
However, the most severe types of neck injury involve spinal cord damage, which can occur when the vertebrae and discs in the neck are crushed or shifted out of place.
The most severe instances of neck injury can result in:
- Quadriplegia (also known as tetraplegia), which is the full or partial loss of use of all four limbs
- Paraplegia, which is the partial or total loss of use of the legs
Those neck injuries that are less severe can still have a significant impact on a sufferer’s life, leading to one or more of the following symptoms:
- Chronic pain
- Reduced mobility
- Muscle spasms
- Weakness in the limbs
- Pins and needles in the arms
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, and we encourage you to contact our neck injury solicitors if you have suffered any type of neck injury due to someone else's negligence or a breach of statutory duty.
Talk to Us
To find out how much neck injury compensation you could be entitled to, speak to JMW Solicitors today. Our neck injury compensation claims team will provide you with a clearer idea of how much you are eligible for and help you start your no win, no fee claim.