In order to work out what your personal injury claim value would be, you would need to take into account:

  • The type of injury you have sustained
  • How severe your injury is
  • The time it takes you to rehabilitate
  • Psychological effects
  • Your loss of earnings as a result of your injury

Personal injury claims payouts are given as a form of redress, a payment made to try to put the claimant back into the position they would have been in had the accident or injury not happened. Personal injury settlement amounts are worked out by assessing the balance of the pain and suffering caused as a result of the injury. Typical injuries are caused by road traffic accidents, industrial disease, falling on pavements and medical negligence. The more harm caused and the longer lasting the effects, the higher the personal injury claims payout.

When working out your personal injury claim value the courts will also take into account any financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of your injury or illness. The amount you will get will therefore depend on what your loss of income is each week and any expenses you have incurred as a result of your injury, including: medical bills, transport fares to the hospital and any aids you have purchased to help you.


To give you an idea of how much compensation for personal injury you are likely to get for your injury or illness alone, please see the list of typical personal injury compensation levels for each type of injury. 

Estimated personal injury compensation payouts**

Nose:- Simple Fracture with full recovery= £1,300- £1,925 Fracture requiring manipulation= £1,925- £2,400 Fracture requiring surgery= £3,000- £3,875 Serious or multiple fractures= £8,100- £17,575  

Jaw:- Simple fracture with complete recovery= £4,900- £6,650 Serious fracture with permanent consequences (e.g. difficulty opening mouth/eating/paraesthesia in the jaw area)= £13,650- £23,175 Very serious multiple fracture with prolonged treatment and permanent consequences (e.g. severe pain/restricted eating/paraesthesia/risk of arthritis)= £23,175- £34,600  

Damage to teeth:- Loss of/damage to back teeth= £830- £1,300 per tooth Loss of/serious damage to one front tooth= £1,675- £3,000 Loss of/serious damage to two front teeth= £3,300- £5,800 Loss of/serious damage to several front teeth= £6,650- £8,675 Significant chronic tooth pain over a number of years with general deterioration of teeth= Up to £29,000  

Cheekbones:- Simple fracture with no surgery and complete recovery= £1,775- £2,275 Simple fracture with surgery but complete recovery with no/minimal cosmetic effects= £3,300- £4,900 Serious fracture with surgery and lasting consequences (e.g. paraesthesia/element of disfigurement)= £7,750- £12,000  

Head injuries:- Minor brain or head injury= £1,675- £9,700 Less severe brain damage= £11,650- £32,700 Moderate brain damage= £32,725- £166,500 there are categories depending on memory/ability to work/intellectual deficit/risk of epilepsy Moderately severe brain damage= £166,500- £214,350 there are considerations depending on ability to communicate/risk of epilepsy/lift expectancy/degree of dependence Very severe brain damage= £214,350- £307,000 there are considerations depending on life expectancy/extent of physical limitations/degree of insight  

Shoulder:- Minor soft tissue injury with almost complete recovery:-

  • Within 3 months= A few hundred pounds- £1,860
  • Within a year= £1,860- £3,300
  • In less than 2 years= £3,200- £5,800

Moderate injury (i.e. frozen shoulder/soft tissue injury lasting over 2 years)= £6,000- £9,700 Serious injury (i.e. dislocation/permanent symptoms/sensory symptoms)= £9,700- £14,600 Severe injury (i.e. damage resulting in significant disability)= £14,600- £36,500  

Neck:- Minor: (A few hundred pounds- £6,000)

  • Full recovery takes place within 1-2 years= £3,300- £6,000
  • Full recovery takes place between 3 months- 1 year= £1,860- £3,300
  • Full recovery within 3 months= A few hundred pounds- £1,860

  Moderate:  (£6,000- £29,250)

  • Fractures/dislocations= £19,000- £29,250
  • Soft tissue/wrenching type injury/exacerbation of over 5 years= £10,450- £19,000
  • Accelerated/exacerbated injury less than 5 years= £6,000- £10,450

    Severe: (£34,575- £112,750)

  • Little/no movement in the neck and severe headaches= in region of £112,750
  • Serious fractures or damage to disks with disabilities of considerable severity= £50,000- £99,500
  • Fractures/dislocations or severe damage to soft tissues that lead to chronic conditions= £34,575- £42,550

    Back:- Severe= (£29,475- £122,350)

  • Most severe injury= £69,200- £122,350
  • Cases with special features taking them outside the lower bracket= £56,375- £67,200
  • Disc lesions/fractures of disks/ soft tissue injury with chronic conditions= £29,475- £53,000

  Moderate= (£9,500- £29,475)

  • Residual disability less than severe= £21,100- £29,475
  • Disturbance of ligaments/prolonged exacerbation/prolapsed discs etc.= £9,500- £21,100

  Minor= (A few hundred pounds- £9,500)

  • Full recovery or recovery to nuisance level within 2-5 years= £6,000- £9,500
  • Full recovery between 3 months and two years= £1,860- £6,000
  • Full recovery within 3 months= a few hundred pounds- £1,860

  Elbow:- Severe disabling injury= £29,800- £41,675 Less severe injury= £11,900- £24,350 Moderate or minor injury= up to £9,575  

Knee:- Severe= £19,900- £73,125 Moderate= £11,275- £19,900 Minor= Up to £10,450  

Leg:- Amputation of both legs= Up to £214,350 Amputation of one leg= Up to £104,500 Severe leg injury= £21,100- £103,250 Less serious injury= Up to £21,100  

Ankle:- Very severe= £38,050- £53,000 Severe= £23,800- £38,050 Moderate= £10,450- £20,200 Modest injuries= Up to £10,450  

Foot:- Amputation of both feet= £128,750- £153,200 Amputation of one foot= £63,825- £83,325 Very severe injury= £63,825- £83,325 Severe= £31,900- £53,200 Serious= £19,000- £29,800 Moderate= £10,450- £19,000 Modest= Up to £10,450  

Pelvis/hip:- Severe= £29,800- £99,500 Moderate= £9,575- £29,800 Lesser injuries= Up to £9,575 Minor soft tissue injury with complete recovery= Up to £3,000  

Wrist:- Injuries resulting in complete loss of function= £36,200- £45,500 Injuries resulting in significant permanent disability but where some useful movement remains= £18,625- £29,800 Less severe injuries where these still result in some permanent disability (i.e. degree of persisting pain and stiffness)= £9,575- £18,625 Where recovery from fracture/soft tissue injury takes longer but is complete= the award will rarely exceed £7,800 Uncomplicated Colles fracture= in the region of £5,650 Very minor undisplaced/minimally displaced fractures and soft tissue injuries needing plaster or bandage, with full or virtual recovery within up to 12 months= £2,675- £3,600  

Hand:- Total or effective loss of both hands= £107,000- £153,200 Serious damage to both hands= £42,250- £64,275 Total or effective loss of one hand= £73,100- £83,325 Serious hand injury= £22,050- £47,050 Less serious hand injury= £11,000- £22,050 Moderate hand injury= £4,100- £10,100 Minor hand injury= £700- £3,300  

Fingers:- Amputation of index and middle and/or ring fingers= £47,050- £69,000 Amputation of finger= In excess of £6,575 (this is the lower end of bracket for loss of little finger) Total loss of thumb= £27,000- £41,675 Total loss of index finger= In the region of £14,250 Fracture of one finger= Up to £3,600 Severe fracture to fingers= Up to £27,925 Fracture of index finger=£6,925- £9,300  

Chest:- Collapsed lungs with full recovery= £1,675- £4,050 Minor injuries= Up to £3,000 Penetrating wounds=£9,575- £13,650 Lung disease= £23,800- £103,250 Lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis=£11,450- £95,700  

Arm:- Total loss of both arms= £183,000- £228,000 Loss of one arm= £73,100- £83,325 Simple fractures to forearm= £5,000- £14,600 Severe arm injuries = £73,100- £99,500

** Information taken from Judicial College Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases – 13th Edition. - please note that these figures are for guidance only and the compensation that you receive may be outside of these guidelines.   Remember this is just a rough guide on personal injury compensation levels, for a more exact valuation on your personal injury claim it is important to seek specialist advice from one of our solicitors who can work out your personal injury claim value.

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