By Jo Anderson. Last Updated 14th November 2023. If you’re looking for guidance on the average payout for a soft tissue injury in the UK, you’ve come to the right place.
We explore the personal injury claims process, what No Win No Fee agreements are, and provide a list of compensation guidelines for various types of soft tissue injuries.
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- Can I Make A Soft Tissue Injury Claim?
- Evidence Examples For A Soft Tissue Injury Claim
- What Is The Average Payout For A Soft Tissue Injury?
- No Win No Fee Claims For Soft Tissue Injuries
- Essential Resources On Personal Injury Claims
To have a valid soft tissue injury claim, you must be able to prove:
- Someone owed you a duty of care.
- This duty was breached.
- The breach led to your injury.
There are various relevant parties that owe you a duty of care, including:
- Road users – All road users must avoid causing harm to themselves and others on the road by using the roads in a safe manner. They must also follow the rules found in the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Highway Code. This is their duty of care.
- Employers – All employers owe their employees a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. They must take reasonable steps to prevent employees from suffering illness or injury while in the workplace.
- Occupiers – Those in control of public places are known as occupiers. Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, they must take steps to ensure the reasonable safety of those using the premises for its intended purposes.
If a relevant third party, such as those above, breaches their duty of care towards you, and this results in a injury, you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim.
To find out more about the average compensation for a soft tissue injury, or check your eligibility to claim, please contact an advisor.
Claim For A Whiplash Soft Tissue Injury
The Whiplash Reform Programme changed the way certain claims are made for road traffic accidents in England and Wales. They apply to drivers and passengers in vehicles who are aged 18 or older with injuries valued at £5,000 or less.
If you suffered a whiplash injury, this will be valued in accordance with the tariff set out in the Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021. Other injuries that are not covered by the tariff will be valued in the traditional manner. Later in this article, we look at how your personal injury claim will be valued.
Please get in touch with our advisors if you would like more information about the average payout for a soft tissue injury.
When making a claim for soft tissue injury compensation, you’ll need to gather as much evidence as possible.
Some examples of the evidence you could potentially gather for a personal injury claim include:
- A copy of your medical records that confirm your injuries and the treatment you received for them.
- Photographs of the accident scene where you suffered your injury.
- Any video footage of the accident, such as CCTV or dashcam footage.
- The contact details of any witnesses who may be able to provide a statement at a later date.
Solicitors who support cases seeking soft tissue settlement amounts should be able to assist with the process of gathering evidence.
Contact our advisors to discuss your potential personal injury claim today. They may also connect you with one of our solicitors who could assist you with collecting evidence.
If your soft tissue injury claim is successful, you may wish to know how much compensation you could receive. However, knowing the average compensation for a soft tissue injury wouldn’t give you much insight into your payout. All claims are unique and assessed on their own facts and circumstances. Therefore, it more be more helpful for you to know how compensation is calculated.
Typically, a successful claim could bring you special damages and general damages.
Special damages compensate you for financial costs and losses caused by your injuries. These could include:
- Medical expenses, for prescription costs or other medical treatments that the NHS does not fund.
- Travel expenses, for extra costs travelling to medical appointments or meeting with your solicitor.
- Loss of income, if you have needed to take time off to recover and lost out on pay.
- Care costs, if you have needed care at home with daily activities, and this has come at a cost.
General damages compensate you for the pain and suffering of your injury. Those calculating general damages payouts could refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This outlines guideline compensation brackets for various injuries at different levels of severity. We have used some figures from the 2022 edition of the JCG in the table below for reference. Please note, however, that this is only to be used as guidance.
It is also important to note, that the top entry does not appear in the JCG.
|Multiple injuries||Serious||Up to £100,000+||Multiple injuries which combined, lead to serious consequences. Settlement would include financial losses also.|
|Back Injuries||Moderate (iii)||£38,780 to £69,730||Severe soft tissue injuries leading to considerable pain and long-term impaired ability. This would be despite surgical intervention.|
|Neck Injuries||Severe (iii)||£45,470 to £55,990||Severe soft tissue injuries causing a significant disability of a permanent nature.|
|Neck Injuries||Moderate (ii)||£13,740 to £24,990||Soft tissue or wrenching type injuries causing pain and stiffness.|
|Shoulder injuries||Serious (b)||£12,770 to £19,200||Serious soft tissue injuries leading to permanent discomfort.|
|Chest injuries||(G)||Up to £3,950||Soft tissue injuries causing pain for a number of weeks.|
|Whiplash Tariff||£4,345||For this tariff, the claimant has suffered whiplash with psychological injuries for longer than 18 months, but not longer than 2 years.|
|Whiplash Tariff||£4,215||For this tariff, the claimant has suffered whiplash that has lasted or is expected to, for longer than 18 months but not any longer than 2 years.|
To learn more about claiming compensation, please contact an advisor. They may be able to give you a personalised estimate of how much you could receive.
If you are eligible to make a claim, you may wish to do so with the support of a solicitor. One of our personal injury solicitors could help. They usually offer to represent their clients under a type of No Win No Fee arrangement known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
When your solicitor works on your claim for a soft tissue back injury under this type of agreement, they generally don’t take an upfront payment for their services. They also won’t ask for ongoing payments. Additionally, you won’t have to pay for their work if they fail with your claim.
If your case is successful, a success fee will be taken from the compensation awarded to you and given to your solicitor. This amount is a percentage that is capped by the law.
Our advisors can give you a free, personalised valuation. You may find this personalised approach more beneficial. They can also help you get started on your case should it seem like you have valid grounds for a claim by passing you on to one of our solicitors.
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We hope that this online guide about soft tissue injury claims has sufficiently explained the personal injury claims process and how our solicitors, regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, could help you.
In addition to the information provided within the guide, we have supplied some additional materials. We believe these could be of use. You can find the links and relevant information located below.
Further guides by us
- A Guide To Hip Or Pelvic Injury Claims
- How Much Could I Receive For A Fractured Ankle?
- How To Claim Compensation For A Hairline Fracture
- Leisure Centre Accident Claims Guide
- How To Make An Orthopaedic Injury Claim
- Loss Of An Arm Claims Guide
- Shoulder Injury Compensation Claims
- Cut on Barbed Wire Personal Injury Claims Guide
- Elbow Injuries Claims Guide
We hope you found this guide on the average payout for a soft tissue injury in the UK useful.