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Assessment Guidelines for General Damages in Personal Injury Cases

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personal injury guidelines ukLawFuel.com – Best Law Firm Newswire – Evaluating a personal injury claim is not necessarily simple and will require the help and assistance of skilled compensation claims solicitors. There are a lot of different variables and factors involved in valuing the general damages aspect of a compensation claim, and only experienced solicitors will be able to reach an accurate assessment of general damages.

However, there are guidelines that indicate what the approximate value of a compensation claim is. These come from a book published by the Judicial Studies Board and entitled ‘Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases’, and provide a rough estimation of the overall value of the ‘general damages’ aspect of an individual claim.

As well as general damages, you will also be able to claim ‘special damages’. These relate to your quantifiable financial losses, such as lost wages and medical bills. Every claimant’s special damages are unique, and these losses will be added to your general damages to come up with a final figure for your compensation claim.

The unique circumstances of your own case means your personal injury claim could be worth considerably more than the values on this page, so call Clearwater Solicitors today to discuss the exact circumstances of your claim and we will provide you with a more accurate calculation.

The following figures come from the 9th Edition of the Judicial Studies book.

Head injuries:

– Very severe brain damage – £180,000 – £257,750

– Moderate to severe brain damage – £140,000 – £180,000

– Moderate brain damage – £27,500 – £140,000

– Minor brain damage – £9,875 – £27,000

– Minor head injury – £1,400 – £8,100

– Epilepsy – £6,750 – £96,000

Facial disfigurement (male):

– Very severe scarring – £19,000 – £42,000

– Less severe scarring – £11,500 – £19,000

– Significant scarring – £5,850 – £11,500

– Less significant scarring – £2,500 – £5,850

– Trivial scarring – £2,500 – £5,850

Facial disfigurement (female):

– Very severe scarring – £31,000 – £62,000

– Less severe scarring – £19,250 – £31,000

– Significant scarring – £11,500 – £19,250

– Less significant scarring – £2,500 – £8,750

– Trivial scarring – £1,100 – £2,200

Facial injuries:

– Nose fracture – £1,100 – £14,750

– Cheekbone fracture – £1,500 – £10,100

– Jaw fracture – £4,100 – £29,000

– Loss of a tooth – £1,400 – £2,500

Psychiatric illnesses:

– Severe – £35,000 – £74,000

– Moderately severe – £12,250 – £35,000

– Moderate – £3,750 – £12,250

– Minor – £1,000 – £3,750

– PTSD – £2,500 – £64,250

– Chronic pain – £6,975 – £64,250

Paralysis:

– Quadriplegic – £206,750 – £257,750

– Paraplegic – £140,000 – £181,500

Internal organ injuries:

– Serious chest injuries – £42,000 – £96,000

– Lung disease – £1,400 – £86,500

– Asbestos-related diseases – £4,250 – £81,500

– Asthma – £3,250 – £42,000

– Hernia – £2,150 – £15,400

Damage to the senses:

– Total blindness and deafness – £255,000

– Total blindness – £172,500

– Total loss of one eye – £35,000 – £42,000

– Complete loss of sight in one eye – £31,500 – £35,000

– Minor eye injuries – £2,500 – £5,600

– Total deafness – £58,000 – £70,000

– Total loss of hearing in one ear – £20,000 – £29,000

– Partial hearing loss/tinnitus – £4,750 – £29,000

– Loss of taste – £12,250 – £16,000

– Loss of smell – £16,000 – £21,000

Orthopaedic injuries:

– Vibration white finger (VWF) – £1,900 – £24,500

– Work related upper limb disorder (WRULD) – £1,400 – £14,750

– Total loss of both legs – £154,000 – £180,000

– Below knee amputation of one leg – £58,500 – £83,500

– Simple fracture of femur – £5,750 – £9,000

– Knee injuries Up to – £8,750 – £61,500

– Ankle injuries Up to – £8,750 – £44,500

– Amputation of one foot – £53,500 – £70,000

– Simple metatarsal fracture – £8,950

– Amputation of great toe – £20,000

– Wrist injuries – £2,250 – £38,250

– Loss of one hand – £61,500 – £70,000

– Minor hand injuries – £600 – £2,750

– Severe fractures to fingers – £23,500

– Loss of index finger – £12,000

– Fracture of index finger – £5,850 – £7,750

– Loss of little finger – £5,500 – £7,750

– Fracture of one finger – £1,900 – £3,000

– Loss of thumb – £22,750 – £35,000

– Fractured clavicle – £3,250 – £7,750

– Loss of both arms – £154,000 – £191,500

– Loss of one arm – £61,500 – £87,500

– Fractured forearm – £4,250 – £12,250

– Severe elbow injury – £25,000 – £35,000

– Less severe elbow injury – £10,000 – £20,500

– Moderate or minor elbow injury – £8,000

– Severe neck injuries – £16,000 – £95,000

– Moderate neck injuries – £5,000 – £16,000

– Minor neck injuries – £850 – £5,000

– Severe back injuries – £24,750 – £108,000

– Moderate back injuries – £8,000 – £24,750

– Minor back injuries – £5,000 – £8,000

– Severe shoulder injuries – £12,250 – £30,750

– Serious shoulder injuries – £8,100 – £12,250

– Moderate shoulder injuries – £5,000 – £8,100

– Minor shoulder injuries – £2,750 – £5,000

 

 

Hellen Geek has spent many years researching the Health and Safety at Work Act and other specific regulations and helping businesses to implement this legislation in their own corporate strategy. She is deeply interested in preventing clinical negligence claims and personal injury solicitors Preston, as she comes from a family of healthcare providers and knows just how damaging these cases can be for businesses as well as for patients.

 

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