Serious Injury Claims Guide – How Much Compensation Can I Claim? – What Can Be Claimed For?

By Joanne Jeffries. Last Updated 24th September 2021. Welcome to our guide on serious injury compensation claims. This is all about how to make serious injury claims.

serious injury compensation claimsOn this page, you will find a guide to the legal process that needs to be followed to make a compensation claim for a serious injury. If you believe that you have a valid reason to seek serious injury compensation, then this guide will help you learn about the way your solicitor will make a claim on your behalf.

If you don’t want to read this guide in its entirety, you can give Accident Claims UK a call on 0800 073 8801 today, and we will do our best to talk you through the induction process we operate to start you on the road to making a no win no fee claim today.

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A Guide To Claiming Compensation For A Serious Injury

Within this guide, you will find plenty of valuable information about the process of making a compensation claim for a serious injury. It covers everything from the personal injury claims time limit of three years, through to how much you might receive in compensation. The latter is done by providing a full table of actual values, not an inaccurate personal injury claims calculator. The information in this guide about serious injury claims includes:

  • A description of what serious injuries are and how they can entirely change the life of the victim.
  • A discussion of just how severe, serious injuries can be, and the long-term implications of this severity.
  • Information about the legal process of claiming compensation for a work-related accident that has resulted in a serious injury.
  • Information about the legal process of claiming compensation for an accident in a public place that has resulted in a serious injury.
  • Information about the legal process of claiming compensation for a serious injury that was caused by a cycling accident.
  • Information about the legal process of claiming compensation for a serious injury that was caused by a motorcycle accident.
  • Information about the legal process of claiming compensation for a serious injury that was caused by a road traffic accident.
  • Information about the legal process of claiming compensation for a serious injury that was caused during childbirth to either the mother or the child.
  • The steps you should take to maximise your chances of making a successful compensation claim if you have suffered a serious injury.
  • A list of all of the most common types of damages that a settlement for a serious injury might include.
  • A table that details the amounts of compensation you might be able to claim for a wide range of different injuries.
  • An introduction to the Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) that Accident Claims UK uses as the basis of its national claims service, and why we believe using this service is the best way to make a compensation claim for a serious injury.

When you have read this guide completely, you might have some additional questions. If you do, then place call Accident Claims UK on the number at the end of the page, and we will do our best to answer all of them for you.

What Are Serious Injuries?

When you contact a serious injury compensation solicitor’s firm, you will need to be able to demonstrate that you have indeed suffered a serious injury. A serious injury will typically display one or more of the following aspects:

  • The injury presented a risk of death.
  • You were in very severe physical pain for an extended period.
  • You were unconscious for an extended period.
  • The injury has resulted in some form of permanent disfigurement.
  • You have lost a limb or one of your extremities.
  • The injury has resulted in impaired mental function.

If you have suffered a serious injury, the Accident Claims UK can advise you on personal injury compensation amounts, and help you make a claim. Call us at the number at the end of this page to find out how to make serious injury compensation claims.

How Severe Can Serious Injuries Be?

Serious injuries will generally be the most severe of all injuries that a personal injury solicitor will make a claim for. Serious injury claims cover injuries that will have a permanent and catastrophic effect upon the quality of life of the victim.

For example, brain damage that will prevent the victim from living a full and active life, or amputation on multiple limbs, leaving them seriously disabled for the rest of their life.

If you have suffered a serious injury, if you are eligible to claim compensation, Accident Claims UK can help you. Call us at the number in the final part of this guide to proceed.

Can You Claim Compensation For Serious Injuries At Work?

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Serious injury statistics

Take a look at the graph above from the HSE’s 2019/20 figures; it demonstrates quite well how frequent work-related accidents are. Every company in the UK is required by law to maintain a working environment that is safe for their staff. If the employer fails to comply with these legal requirements, and an accident causes a serious injury to an employee, a reason to make a claim will exist.

You could use a workplace injury compensation calculator to get an idea of how much, for example, knee injury compensation amounts might be. A better way is to contact Accident Claims UK on the number at the end of this page to get a personalised estimate.

Can You Claim Compensation For Serious Injuries Which Happened In A Public Place?

If you suffer a serious injury due to an accident in a place that the public is allowed access to, then if the third party responsible for making sure the public space is safe was the cause of the accident, you can start a compensation claim. Public roads and pavements are the responsibility of the local council. Other places, such as inside a supermarket, restaurant, hospital, public library, etc. all have a building operator who is responsible for keeping the public safe. When they fail in this, you can make a claim.

Instead of using a personal injury insurance settlement calculator to get a rough idea of how much you might claim for a serious illness, call Accident Claims UK on the number at the end of this guide for a more accurate estimate.

Claiming For Serious Injuries Caused By Cycling

When a cyclist is hit by a car, lorry, bus, or any other form of vehicle, the resulting injuries can be the most severe of all with regards to road traffic accidents and will often attract the most compensation when making serious injury compensation claims. Cyclists wear no protective clothing such as a motorcycle rider might, so when they are involved in an accident, they sustain very serious injuries.

If you were involved in a cycling accident that resulted in a serious injury, call Accident Claims UK to start your claim today.

Claiming For Serious Injuries From A Motorbike Accident

When you engage a serious injury solicitor to represent you in a claims case for a serious injury caused by a motorcycle accident, you need to be able to prove the event was caused by a third party. Although motorcycles make up only 1% of all road traffic in the UK, they account for 21% of all fatalities on the road, and a very high percentage of serious injuries caused by road traffic accidents.

Accident Claims UK can help motorcyclists to claim for a serious injury caused by a road traffic accident that was not their fault. Call us at the number in the last section of this page to proceed with your serious injury claims.

Serious Injuries Resulting From A Road Traffic Accident

Road traffic accidents are the most common types of accidents that a personal injury lawyer will make claims for in the UK each year. Even low-speed car collision can result in some very serious injuries, especially to the neck and the back due to the whiplash effect.

If you suffered a serious injury in a road traffic accident that was caused by somebody else, call Accident Claims UK on the number at the end of this guide to start your serious injury compensation claims today.

Serious Injury Claims For Birth Injuries

Of all of the types of personal injury claims we make here at Accident Claims UK, birth injuries are amongst the most tragic. A birth injury to the mother can cause a serious injury, but it is serious injuries to the baby that are the most devastating. An injury such as permanent brain damage can be caused very easily, either through traumatic birth shock or lack of oxygen. In these cases, the baby will have almost zero life quality for their entire lives.

If you are coming to terms with a serious birth injury to your child, call Accident Claims UK on the number at the end of the page, and we will do all we can to get you the most compensation possible.

Claims For Serious Injuries Caused By Medical Negligence

Every medical professional, including nursing staff and carers, have a duty of care towards their patients. When they fail in this duty of care, which results in the patient coming to harm in some way, then clinical negligence will be deemed to have occurred. If you suffer a serious injury at the hands of a medical professional who was supposed to be caring for your health, you should be able to make serious injury claims. And this includes for any medical treatment requirements.

Rather than use a personal injury calculator to get an idea of how much you might claim for a serious injury caused by medical negligence, call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page for a personalised estimate.

What Steps Should You Take After Suffering A Serious Injury In An Accident?

Before you make a personal injury claim for a serious injury, there are some steps you can take to ensure you have the best chance possible of winning your serious injury compensation claims case. And these include:

  • Gather evidence such as photos and video
  • List financial losses
  • Capture witness contact details
  • Get an expert medical opinion

These steps and more will help you to win your compensation claim for a serious injury. Call us at the number at the end of this guide to find out how we can help you further.

How To Start Serious Injury Compensation Claims

If you believe you have a valid reason to make a compensation claim for a serious injury, then call Accident Claims UK on the number at the end of this guide. When we do so, we will ask you questions such as:

  • When and where did the accident occur that caused the injury?
  • Who was at fault?
  • What is the prognosis for your recovery?
  • Have you had to miss work?
  • Have you suffered a financial loss?
  • Did anyone witness the event?

Once we have asked you these kinds of questions, we will be in a better position to give you some free legal advice on what we think your best course of action would be.

What Can I Claim For After Suffering A Serious Injury?

When you successfully make a claim for a serious injury, the settlement you are awarded will comprise of a number of different types of damages such as:

  • Pain and suffering (general damages)
  • Mental trauma (general damages)
  • Psychological injuries (general damages)
  • Painful recover (general damages)
  • Permanent disability (general damages)
  • Medical fees (special damages)
  • Travel costs (special damages)
  • Care costs (special damages)
  • Loss of earnings (special damages)
  • Loss of potential (special damages)

For a better idea of how much you might claim and the damages you could receive for your serious injury claims, rather than use a personal injury claims calculator, call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this guide.

Calculating Compensation Settlements For Serious Injuries – Updated September 2021

We have not provided a soft tissue injury compensation calculator. Instead, we have published this table of real amounts you might receive for a range of serious injuries:

InjurySeverityNotesAmount
Toe injuryModerate to severeThis category covers an injury to one or more toes, that ranges from simple cuts and abrasions, up through fractures both simple and compound, all the way to amputation.Up to £52,620
Ankle injuryMinor to severeThis category covers an injury to the ankle, that ranges from simple cuts and abrasions, up through fractures both simple and compound, all the way to loss of function.Up to £65,420
Foot injuryMinor to very severeThis category covers an injury to one or both feet, that ranges from simple cuts and abrasions, up through fractures both simple and compound, all the way to amputation.Up to £189,110
Leg injuryMinor to severeThis category covers an injury to one or both legs, that ranges from simple cuts and abrasions, up through fractures both simple and compound, all the way to amputation.Up to £264,650
Neck injuryMinor to severeThis category covers an injury to the neck, that ranges from simple cuts and abrasions, up through fractures both simple and compound, all the way to loss of function.Up to £139,210
Back injuryMinor to severeThis category covers an injury to the back, that ranges from simple cuts and abrasions, up through fractures both simple and compound, all the way to loss of function.Up to £151,070
Hand injuryMinor to seriousThis category covers an injury to one or both hands, that ranges from simple cuts and abrasions, up through fractures both simple and compound, all the way to amputation.Up to £189,110
Wrist injuryMinor to severeThis category covers an injury to the wrist, that ranges from simple cuts and abrasions, up through fractures both simple and compound, all the way to loss of function.Up to £56,180
Arm injuryModerate to severeThis category covers an injury to one or both arms, that ranges from simple cuts and abrasions, up through fractures both simple and compound, all the way to amputation.Up to £281,520
Thumb injuryMinor to severeThis category covers an injury to one or both thumbs, that ranges from simple cuts and abrasions, up through fractures both simple and compound, all the way to amputation.Up to £51,460
Finger injuryMinor to severeThis category covers an injury to one or more fingers, that ranges from simple cuts and abrasions, up through fractures both simple and compound, all the way to amputation.Up to £85,170
PTSDSevereHere we find cases of PTSD that will lower the quality of life of the victim for a long time.£56,180 to £94,470
PTSDModerately severeHere we find cases of PTSD that will lower the quality of life of the victim for a fairly long time.£21,730 to £56,180
PTSDModerateHere we find cases of PTSD that will lower the quality of life of the victim for the medium term.£7,680 to £21,730
PTSDLess severe£3,710 to £7,680£3,462 to £7,172
Mental anguishModerateThis covers simple shock and mental trauma.Up to £4,380
Psychiatric damageSevereThis covers mental problems such as phobias, anxiety and depression that will last a long time.£51,460 to £108,620
Psychiatric damageModerate to severeThis covers mental problems such as phobias, anxiety and depression that will last a fairly long time.£17,900 to £51,460
Psychiatric damageModerateThis covers mental problems such as phobias, anxiety and depression that will last a for quite some time.£5,500 to £17,900
Psychiatric damageLess severeThis covers mental problems such as phobias, anxiety and depression that will last a short time.£1,440 to £5,500

For a more accurate estimate than these typical payouts for personal injury, call Accident Claims UK on the number below. We can explain more about what you might receive if your serious injury compensation claims are successful.

Serious Injury Claims With Our No Win No Fee Solicitors

Accident Claims UK offers our No Win No Fee claims service as the best vehicle for claiming compensation in a risk-free manner. You will pay absolutely nothing to have us begin a claim for you, and nothing further even though your claim may take months. If we fail to claim for you, then there is no cost at all. When you do receive compensation, this is when you have to pay our fees.
Call Accident Claims UK on the number below to learn more about how this claim service works and how we can assist you.

Using A Personal Injury Solicitor For Serious Injury Claims

We believe that having a specialist solicitor is vital in serious injury claims. It’s important because you can only make one claim so you must get it right if all aspects of your suffering are to be covered by any compensation. After all, if you need changes to your home or vehicle, long-term care or you lose your ability to earn money, any compensation settlement should cover all of these things.

If your claim is suitable and accepted by one of our solicitors, they’ll try to earn the maximum compensation for you by:

  • Reviewing your case in fine detail to make sure they fully understand how you have suffered.
  • Arrange for a medical assessment to be carried out by an independent specialist to evaluate exactly how you have suffered.
  • Collect evidence to try and prove how the defendant was liable for you serious injuries.
  • File the claim with the defendant or their insurers.
  • Take responsibility for all communication so that you don’t need to handle any complex legal or medical questions.
  • Provide you with updates as and when your case progresses.
  • Be on hand to answer any queries that you think of during the claims process.

We understand how important it is for you to be compensated fairly. While any settlement might not resolve any long-term injuries, it could make coping with them a lot easier. For free legal advice on how to proceed with your serious injury claim, why not give us a call today?

Why Choose Accident Claims UK for Serious Injury Compensation Claims?

Accident Claims UK has a long track record of winning our client significant amounts of compensation in serious accident claims cases. We can do exactly the same for you in your case.

Once you call us, one of our team will always be on hand to deal with any queries you have, and to give you regular updates on how we are progressing with your serious injury compensation claims. We always aim to win you the most compensation we can and give you the best chance of achieving a successful outcome.

Contact Accident Claims UK Today

Do you believe that you have a valid reason to make a compensation claim for an accident at work that caused you a serious illness? If so, then call Accident Claims UK right now on 0800 073 8801, and we will evaluate your potential serious injury claims, and then offer you advice on what we think you need to do next.

Serious injury compensation claims- FAQs

A loved one has suffered from a serious injury that’s left them unable to claim. Can I make a claim on their behalf? 

Serious injuries, by their very nature, have a profound effect on someone’s quality of life. In some cases, these effects can leave someone unable to make a claim for themselves. For instance, if a person has been seriously brain damaged then this will leave them with little to no language function or meaningful environmental response.

If your loved one has suffered from a serious injury that means they aren’t able to manage their court case and deal with a solicitor, then you may be able to act as a litigation friend. This is someone who manages the court case on behalf of someone who lacks the capacity to do so.

When you apply to be a litigation friend or are appointed as one by the court, you’ll be expected to attend court hearings, consult with the solicitor and sign all legal documents relevant to the case. You’ll also be required to keep the person you’re representing up to date on the proceedings, although the level to which this will be expected will depend on their mental capacity.

I’ve had to make changes to my home as a result of my injuries. Am I able to claim these costs back?

If you’ve had to pay to make changes to your home because of a serious injury resulting from an accident that wasn’t your fault, then you’ll be able to claim these costs back. This can be anything from installing a ramp at the front of your property if you use a wheelchair, to a stairlift if you’re no longer able to use the stairs. These will be included in the special damages head of your claim, and it’s really important that you keep proof of these costs. Hold on to any bills, receipts or invoices for these expenses so they can be taken into account. And that includes the non-financial impact of your injury for how you live your life in the future.

What is a good settlement offer?

This is an offer which the defendant can afford but which also satisfies the request of the claimant.

Should I accept the first offer of compensation?

We strongly recommend that you don’t accept the first offer because it’s generally a prelude to a subsequent, larger offer.

What happens if you refuse a settlement offer?

Usually, the defendant will make a second offer, but sometimes they may try to pressure a claimant by refusing to negotiate. This is why it helps to have a personal injury solicitor representing you who can spot these tactics.

How do you counter offer a Personal Injury Settlement?

You can do this by saying the original offer is inadequate before requesting a more suitable figure along with supporting evidence.

How long does it take to receive an offer of compensation?

You should receive your settlement within 14-28 days once you and the defendant reach an agreement on a sufficient settlement.

Is it better to settle or go to trial?

It’s wise to try and settle outside of court because then you have lower legal costs. However, the settlement may be lower than what you could receive via a trial if you’re successful.

Should I keep an injury diary when making serious injury compensation claims?

In some cases, it could be useful for you to keep an injury diary when you have suffered serious injuries in an accident that wasn’t your fault. In this diary, you could keep notes of when you’ve had medical appointments as well as how you have felt on any given day, how much your symptoms have affected you and what you have and have not been able to do because of your injuries. This, alongside the independent medical report, could form a bigger picture of your injuries when you are claiming compensation. When you go to see the independent medical expert to gather the medical evidence for your claim, it might be useful for you to take along your injury diary, to give them a bigger picture of how you have been affected by your injuries. They could take this into account when writing the medical report, as well as the examination and the answers to any questions they have asked you. All this could impact the level of compensation you could receive for your claim. Therefore, if you have an injury diary, it could be useful to your claim.

Could I make serious injury claims to pay for any medical treatment I may need in the future?

If the serious injuries you suffered lead you to need further medical care in the future, this could be taken into account when negotiating your compensation payout. The idea of a compensation claim is to return you as closely as possible to how you would have been should the injury not have happened. Therefore, it could be possible to include future medical expenses within your compensation payout. Please feel free to call us and ask how our specialist solicitors, who are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority could help you claim the maximum compensation possible for your injuries and their future effects.

Useful Links Regarding Serious Injury Claims

The following link will take you to a guide on claiming for a head injury:

Head injury claims guide 

The link we have given below will lead you to a full guide to claiming for road traffic accidents:

A guide to road traffic accident claims

The link we have given below will lead you to a full guide to claiming for clinical negligence:

A guide to clinical negligence claims

The link we have given below will lead you to a webpage with UK Government published statistics about clinical negligence:

UK Government statistics on clinical negligence

The link we have given below will lead you to a webpage with UK Government published statistics about road traffic accidents:

UK Government road traffic accident statistics

The NHS has provided a guide to serious head injuries, which you can find below:

Serious head injuries NHS 

Thank you for reading our guide on serious injury compensation claims. We hope you have learned a lot about making serious injury claims.