Personal Injury Payouts

Compensation – General Damages

An individual who suffers personal injury as a result of the negligence of another person (or organisation) is entitled to financial compensation. Compensation for actual injuries sustained and loss of earnings are called ‘general damages’. Special damages covers other losses, usually financial, suffered as a result of the injuries.

The amount of general damages for personal injury that an individual may receive depends on many factors, and is based on the specific circumstances of their case.

Factors taken into account may include:

  • The nature and severity of the injury/ies
  • The rehabilitation time
  • The extent of any long term disabilities suffered
  • The psychological damage of an injury
  • Loss of earnings

How much will I receive?

There is no fixed amount per injury given there are so many variables. If you have sustained a personal injury, you should seek the advice of expert personal injury lawyers who will assess your case on its merits and advise how much you could expected to receive by way of general damages. However, there is some guidance available.

The Judicial College Guidelines (13th edition) is commonly used by lawyers to help them assess an award for general damages in light of recent court awards (and the Retail Price Index). The maximum award for general damages under these guidelines is £337,700 for conditions such as very severe brain injury or tetraplegia. It is common to hear of multi-million pound personal injury awards and settlements: these will be mostly be made up of special damages.

The guidelines suggest:

  • Neck whiplash with a recovery period of four weeks: up to £2,050
  • Neck whiplash with a recovery period of one year: £2,050 – £3,630
  • Neck whiplash with a recovery period of two years: £3,630 – £6,600
  • Whiplash that the person never fully recovers from: £6,600 – £11,500
  • Fractured collarbone with a recovery period of 1 year: £4,290 – £10,230
  • Fractured wrist with a recovery period of two years: up to £8,580
  • Fractured sternum with a recovery period of two years: up to £4,000
  • Post traumatic stress disorder with a recovery period of two years: £3,300 – £6,850
  • Simple leg fracture with a recovery period of two years: up to £7,620
  • Multiple fractures of facial bones: £12,430 – £20,020
  • Fractures of nose: £1,430 – £19,330
  • Fractures of cheekbones: £1,950 – £13,200
  • Fractured jaw: £5,390 – £38,060
  • Damage or loss of a front tooth: £1,840 – £3,300
  • Damage or loss of two front teeth: £3,630 – £6,380
  • Damage or loss of several front teeth: £7,320 – £9,540
  • Facial scarring on a woman: £1,430 – £81,400
  • Facial scarring on a man: £1,430 – £55,000
  • Injuries to the eye: £1,840 – £33,000
  • Complete loss of sight (one eye): £41,200 – £45,840
  • Partial damage to hearing or tinnitus: £6,160 – £38,060
  • Total loss of hearing in an ear: £26,180 – £38,060
  • Brain damage: £12,820 – £337,700
  • Minor Head Injuries: £1,840 – £10,670
  • Damage to hair: £3,300 – £9,210
  • Minor back injuries: up to £10,450
  • Moderate back injuries: £10,450 – £32,420
  • Severe back injuries: £32,420 – £134,590
  • Dislocated shoulder (with possible permanent damage): £10,670 – £16,060
  • Frozen shoulder: £6,600 – £10,670
  • Soft tissue injury shoulder: up to £6,600
  • Asbestos related disease: £12,600 – £105,270
  • Hernia: £2,830 – £20,210
  • Simple fracture of the forearm: £5,500 – £16,060
  • Serious fractures of the forearm: £16,060 – £50,050
  • Below elbow arm amputation: £80,410 – £91,660
  • Fractured elbow: up to £10,530
  • Simple wrist injury/fracture: up to £6,220
  • Wrist injury that causes ongoing problems (from minor to more severe): £10,530 – £50,050
  • Minor/moderate crushing of a hand: £770 – £11,110
  • Severe crushing of a hand: £12,100 – £24,260
  • Fractured finger: up to £3,960
  • Severe fractures to fingers: up to £30,720
  • Finger amputation: £7,230 – £15,680
  • Dislocated thumb: £3,300 – £5,670
  • Vibration white finger: £2,500 – £32,120
  • Hip or Pelvis injury: £3,300 – £109,540
  • Fractured femur: £7,620 – £11,770
  • Amputation below the knee of one leg: £81,920 – £111,180
  • Knee dislocation/cartilage injury/injury to soft tissues: up to £21,890
  • Severe knee injury: £21,890 – £80,440
  • Minor ankle fracture/injury: up to £11,500
  • Moderate ankle fracture/injury: £11,500 – £22,220
  • Severe ankle fracture/injury: £26,180 – £58,300
  • Achilles Tendon injuries: £6,080 – £32,120
  • Simple foot injuries and fractures: up to £11,500
  • Moderate foot injuries and fractures: £11,500 – £20,900
  • Serious foot injuries: £20,900 – £58,520
  • Amputation of a foot: £70,210 – £91,660
  • Simple toe fracture: up to £4,680
  • Crushed toes or multiple toe fractures: up to £17,600
  • Amputation of a big toe: £26,180

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