What Personal Injury Claim Travel Costs Could You Claim?

If you make a personal injury claim, travel costs could be included in a compensation award. They could be included in your settlement under a head of claim called special damages.

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We will begin this guide by looking at what travel expenses are and the kinds of travel costs that could be reimbursed to you if your claim is a success.

If you are eligible to claim compensation, our team can introduce you to an expert solicitor who will manage your claim. They will present evidence to support you and negotiate with the defendant on your behalf to get you the settlement you deserve.

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What Is A Personal Injury Claim?

A personal injury claim can be made if you have experienced harm as a result of a breach of duty of care. A duty of care is a responsibility that someone has for your safety and well-being.

The duty of care you’re owed might vary depending on the scenario. Below, we have included some examples of duty of care:

To find out if you have a valid claim, speak with a member of our team today for free advice. They could connect you with a lawyer from our panel to work on your case.

Types Of Travel And Mobility Costs You Could Claim

If you were injured in an accident caused by a breach of duty of care, you might have incurred travel costs. You may have had to take a taxi or public transport to the hospital to have your injuries treated. Furthermore, if you experience serious injuries, you might not be able to drive for some time and become reliant on public transport or taxis.

For example, you could claim back:

  • Petrol and parking costs for car journeys
  • The cost of using public transport or taxis
  • The cost of purchasing an adapted vehicle due to disability

For an assessment of how much compensation you could be awarded in a personal injury claim for travel costs, speak with an advisor today.

Claims For Mobility Equipment And Aids

If you experienced life-altering injuries, you might need to pay for accommodations that make it easier for you to live your life. These could include:

  • A wheelchair
  • A prosthesis if you lost a limb
  • Wheelchair ramps
  • A stair lift for your home
  • A vehicle that can accommodate a wheelchair

In some cases, part of the cost of these aids could be covered through other avenues. However, if you have had to pay any money out of pocket towards anything that you need to cope with your disability, then this could be reimbursed through special damages.

Claims For Travelling To Medical Appointments

You could also be reimbursed for the cost of travelling to and from medical appointments that you wouldn’t have needed to attend if it weren’t for your injuries. This could include:

  • Bus or train fare
  • The cost of taxis
  • Parking costs
  • The cost of fuel

If you would like an assessment of your claim’s value, you can speak with one of our advisors today.

Settlements For Personal Injury Claims

General damages is the head of claim that accounts for the pain and suffering your injuries have caused you. It’s always awarded in successful personal injury claims.

You can refer to the table below to see how much you could be entitled to in general damages. The compensation brackets are based on the latest version of the Judicial College Guidelines. We’ve used these guidelines because this is the document that legal professionals use to help them when they’re valuing this head of claim.

Type Of Injury Level Of Injury Guidelines On Payouts Description
Head Injury Moderate (i) £150,110 to £219,070 Moderate to severe effect on intellect. Change in personality and impact on senses.
Arm Injury Severe (a) £96,160 to £130,930 An arm injury which falls short of requiring an amputation, but which leaves the person little better off than if the arm had been lost.
Leg Injury Severe (ii) Very Serious £54,830 to £87,890 A leg injury which leads to permanent mobility issues.
Pelvic Injury Severe (iii) £39,170 to £52,500 A fracture of the acetabulum which leads to degenerative changes. There could also be instability.
Wrist Injury Significant (b) £24,500 to £39,170 An injury to the wrist which causes significant and permanent disability.
Hand Injury Less Serious (g) £14,450 to £29,000 This could include severe crush injuries of the hand.
Back Injury Moderate (i) £27,760 to £38,780 Compression fractures and crush injuries impacting the lumbar spine.
Ankle Injury Moderate (c) £13,740 to £26,590 A torn ligament or fracture leading to severe forms of disability.
Knee Injury Moderate (i) £14,840 to £26,190 A tear in the joint’s cartilage or a dislocation which could result in weakness, instability and wasting.
Shoulder Injury Serious (b) £12,770 to £19,200 Dislocated shoulder with damage to the brachial plexus.

The compensation amounts featured in the table are not guaranteed payments. So, we advise you to call our expert team, who can value your compensation payment.

Special Damages

Special damages aim to reimburse claimants for all costs and expenses they have incurred, not just travel costs. For example, this head of a claim could also cover:

  • Loss of earnings (both past and future)
  • Cost of care, including gracious care by loved ones
  • The cost of medical treatment that you can’t get for free

It’s important that all aspects of your claim are covered because once your case is settled, you cannot revisit it if there’s something that has been left off. For example, if you make a personal injury claim and travel costs are not included because you failed to bring these up, you can’t then go back again to claim for these.

Talk To Us About Claims For Personal Injury Claim Travel Costs

Please don’t hesitate to contact our team to see if you can make an injury claim. Our team can offer you free legal advice and let you know if you meet the criteria to claim compensation. What’s more, if you are eligible to claim, we can connect you with a skilled lawyer to handle your case.

You may wish to work with a No Win No Fee solicitor offering a Conditional Fee Agreement. This generally means you don’t pay for your solicitor’s services in advance or as the claim progresses. Furthermore, you don’t have to pay them for the work they’ve done if your claim isn’t a success.

Instead, you are required to pay a success fee if you receive compensation. Under The Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013, a legal cap applies to the success fee that can be taken.

Please contact our team today to see if you are eligible to claim:

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Learn More About What Makes Up A Personal Injury Claim Settlement

These guides might be helpful if you wish to claim compensation for an injury.

Accident At Work Claims As A Part-Time Employee

How To Claim Compensation For An Accident In A Shop?

Slip, Trip And Fall Claims

Head injury and concussion – an NHS guide

How do I know if I’ve broken a bone? – a guide from the NHS

Your health and safety as a disabled worker – a Health and Safety Executive guide

If you want to know more about making a personal injury claim for travel costs, speak with a member of our team today.

Guide by HC

Edited by FS