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.
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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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:
- Employers have a duty of care towards those they employ under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. They have to take reasonable steps to prevent accidents at work that could harm their workers.
- Drivers owe other road users a duty of care under the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the rules in the Highway Code. They should act in a way that prevents road traffic accidents.
- Those in control of spaces that the public can access owe visitors to the space a duty of care under the Occupier’s Liability Act 1974. They must ensure the reasonable safety of those who use the public place for the intended purpose.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
|£150,110 to £219,070
|Moderate to severe effect on intellect. Change in personality and impact on senses.
|£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.
|Severe (ii) Very Serious
|£54,830 to £87,890
|A leg injury which leads to permanent mobility issues.
|£39,170 to £52,500
|A fracture of the acetabulum which leads to degenerative changes. There could also be instability.
|£24,500 to £39,170
|An injury to the wrist which causes significant and permanent disability.
|Less Serious (g)
|£14,450 to £29,000
|This could include severe crush injuries of the hand.
|£27,760 to £38,780
|Compression fractures and crush injuries impacting the lumbar spine.
|£13,740 to £26,590
|A torn ligament or fracture leading to severe forms of disability.
|£14,840 to £26,190
|A tear in the joint’s cartilage or a dislocation which could result in weakness, instability and wasting.
|£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 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.
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.
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