Use our interactive compensation claim calculator below to see the amount of compensation you may receive for a personal injury you may have suffered.


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Ankle
Very Serious
Up to£58,300

Including injuries causing deformity and those that might necessitate a future below-knee amputation.

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Ankle
Serious
Up to£22,220

Including fractures and torn ligaments bringing less serious disabilities.

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Ankle
Minor to Moderate
Up to£11,500

Less serious, minor or undisplaced fractures, sprains and ligament injuries. Where recovery is complete within a year the award is unlikely to exceed £4,590.

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Arm
Very Serious
Up to£250,800

Loss of both arms, reducing a person with full awareness to a state of considerable helplessness.

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Arm
Serious
Up to£109,450

Extremely serious injuries which leave the person little better off than if the arm had been lost.

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Arm
Minor to Moderate
Up to£32,780

Simple fractures of the forearm range from £5,500-£16,060. The higher figures are for cases with significant disabilities but where substantial recovery expected.

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Back
Very Serious
Up to£134,590

For cases of the most severe injury involving damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots, leading to a combination of very serious consequences.

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Back
Serious
Up to£32,420

Examples at the higher end of this scale include crush fracture of the lumbar vertebrae with a substantial risk of osteoarthritis and constant pain.

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Back
Minor to Moderate
Up to£10,450

This category includes less serious strains, sprains, disc prolapses and soft tissue injuries with recovery, possibly to nuisance level, taking up to 5 years.

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Brain Damage

Usually there will have been an impact on the functioning of the brain as a consequence of an injury to the head or brain.

Very Serious
Up to£337,700

Cases where there is little, if any, evidence of meaningful response to environment, little or no language function and a need for full-time nursing care.

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Brain Damage

Usually there will have been an impact on the functioning of the brain as a consequence of an injury to the head or brain.

Serious
Up to£183,150

Injuries where the degree of dependence is not at the highest level but there is a moderate to severe intellectual deficit, personality change etc.

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Brain Damage

Usually there will have been an impact on the functioning of the brain as a consequence of an injury to the head or brain.

Minor to Moderate
Up to£35,970

The injured person will have made a good recovery but may not have restored all normal functions.

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Elbow
Very Serious
Up to£45,840

A severely disabling elbow injury.

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Elbow
Serious
Up to£26,790

Injuries causing impairment of function but not involving major surgery or significant disability.

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Elbow
Minor to Moderate
Up to£10,530

Most elbow injuries are in his category. Simple fractures, tennis elbow and lacerations.

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Face

In cases of scarring the courts have traditionally awarded more compensation to women than men, but this could change in the future.

Very Serious
Up to£81,400

This figure would be for injuries leading to very severe scarring for a relatively young woman. The upper figure for a male under 30 is £55,000.

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Face

In cases of scarring the courts have traditionally awarded more compensation to women than men, but this could change in the future.

Serious
Up to£25,160

Significant scarring where the appearance can be improved by plastic surgery. The equivalent figure for males is £15,020.

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Face

In cases of scarring the courts have traditionally awarded more compensation to women than men, but this could change in the future.

Minor to Moderate
Up to£2,940

Scarring where the effect is minor. The figure is the same for men and women.

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Finger
Very Serious
Up to£30,720

Severe fracture to multiple fingers that may lead to partial amputations, deformity etc.

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Finger
Serious
Up to£20,900

Amputation of the of the index and middle fingers from the upper joint, causing impairment of grip, function and sensation.

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Finger
Minor to Moderate
Up to£3,960

Fracture of one finger depending on recovery time.

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Foot
Very Serious
Up to£168,520

The amputation of both feet.

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Foot
Serious
Up to£20,900

Displaced metatarsal fractures resulting in permanent deformity and continuing symptoms.

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Foot
Minor to Moderate
Up to£11,500

Simple metatarsal fractures, ruptured ligaments, puncture wounds etc.

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Hand

Higher payments are usually where the injury is to the dominant hand.

Very Serious
Up to£168,520

Injury resulting in extensive damage to both hands rendering them little more than useless.

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Hand

Higher payments are usually where the injury is to the dominant hand.

Serious
Up to£24,260

Such as a crush injury resulting in significantly impaired function.

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Hand

Higher payments are usually where the injury is to the dominant hand.

Minor to Moderate
Up to£3,630

Where recovery time is within a few months.

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Hearing
Very Serious
Up to£91,660

Total deafness – higher awards may be made where there is also speech deficit or tinnitus.

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Hearing
Serious
Up to£38,060

This figure would cover a total loss of hearing in one ear, with higher awards also including problems such as tinnitus, dizziness or headaches.

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Hearing
Minor to Moderate
Up to£24,860

Including tinnitus and or noise-induced hearing loss.

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Knee
Very Serious
Up to£80,440

Where there is disruption of the joint, osteoarthritis, gross ligament damage, lengthy treatment and pain and arthroplasty or arthrodesis is required.

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Knee
Serious
Up to£21,890

Injuries involving dislocation, torn cartilage or meniscus.

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Knee
Minor to Moderate
Up to£11,500

Less serious injuries, lacerations, twisting or bruising.

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Leg
Very Serious
Up to£235,790

Such as the loss of both legs. Level will depend on factors including injuries, level of any phantom pains and associated psychological problems.

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Leg
Serious
Up to£32,780

Includes complicated or multiple fractures or severe crushing injuries, generally to a single limb.

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Leg
Minor to Moderate
Up to£11,770

Simple femur fracture with no damage to articular surfaces.

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Neck

This includes a very wide range of injuries, often together with back and shoulder problems.

Very Serious
Up to£124,030

Including incomplete paraplegia or injuries resulting in permanent spastic quadriparesis or where there is little or no movement in the neck.

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Neck

This includes a very wide range of injuries, often together with back and shoulder problems.

Serious
Up to£32,180

Injuries such as fractures or dislocations which cause severe immediate symptoms and require spinal fusion.

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Neck

This includes a very wide range of injuries, often together with back and shoulder problems.

Minor to Moderate
Up to£3,630

Where a full recovery takes place between three months and a year.

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Pelvis/hips

These injuries can be as devastating as a leg amputation and will be treated accordingly by the courts.

Very Serious
Up to£124,030

At the higher end, extensive fractures with substantial residual disabilities.

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Pelvis/hips

These injuries can be as devastating as a leg amputation and will be treated accordingly by the courts.

Serious
Up to£32,780

Significant injury to the pelvis but any permanent disability is not major and any future risk is not great.

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Pelvis/hips

These injuries can be as devastating as a leg amputation and will be treated accordingly by the courts.

Minor to Moderate
Up to£10,530

Cases where despite significant injury there is little or no residual disability.

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Shoulder
Very Serious
Up to£40,150

Often associated with neck injuries and involving damage to the brachial plexus resulting in significant disability.

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Shoulder
Serious
Up to£10,670

Frozen shoulder with limitation of movement and discomfort persisting for about two years. Also some non-permanent soft tissue injuries persisting after two years.

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Shoulder
Minor to Moderate
Up to£6,600

Soft tissue injury to shoulder with considerable pain but almost complete recovery. Level will depend on recovery time.

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Sight
Very Serious
Up to£224,680

Injuries resulting in total blindness.

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Sight
Serious
Up to£45,840

Such as complete loss of sight in one eye.

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Sight
Minor to Moderate
Up to£7,320

Including injuries causing initial pain and temporary interference with vision.

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Thumb
Very Serious
Up to£45,840

Loss of a thumb.

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Thumb
Serious
Up to£10,530

Injuries resulting in impairment of sensation and function and cosmetic deformity.

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Thumb
Minor to Moderate
Up to£11,770

Simple femur fracture with no damage to articular surfaces.

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Toe
Very Serious
Up to£46,860

The amputation of all toes.

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Toe
Serious
Up to£8,030

Including relatively straightforward fractures with prolonged minor symptoms, the need for surgery or scarring.

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Toe
Minor to Moderate
Up to£4,680

Fractures or soft tissue crush injuries to one or more toes with complete or near recovery.

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Wrist
Very Serious
Up to£50,050

Injuries resulting in a complete loss of wrist function.

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Wrist
Serious
Up to£20,490

Less severe injuries which still result in some permanent disability.

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Wrist
Minor to Moderate
Up to£3,960

Undisplaced or minimally displaced fractures and soft tissue injuries.

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Exclusively cases where there is a specific diagnosis following a psychologically distressing event causing intense fear, helplessness and horror.

Very Serious
Up to£84,150

Permanent damage preventing the injured person working or functioning at pre-trauma level. All aspects of life badly affected.

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Exclusively cases where there is a specific diagnosis following a psychologically distressing event causing intense fear, helplessness and horror.

Serious
Up to£19,360

Prognosis of some recovery with professional help, but significant disability for foreseeable future.

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Exclusively cases where there is a specific diagnosis following a psychologically distressing event causing intense fear, helplessness and horror.

Minor to Moderate
Up to£6,850

Where continuing effects are not grossly disabling.

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Other psychological disorder

Cases where there is a recognisable psychiatric injury.

Very Serious
Up to£96,800

Cases affecting ability to cope with life and work, relationships, with a very poor prognosis.

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Other psychological disorder

Cases where there is a recognisable psychiatric injury.

Serious
Up to£15,950

Significant effect on ability to cope with life and work, relationships but with a good prognosis.

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Other psychological disorder

Cases where there is a recognisable psychiatric injury.

Minor to Moderate
Up to£4,900

Amount will depend on timescale and extent of disability.

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No amount of money can make up for suffering an injury through no fault of your own. However, the justice system does what it can to make up for accident victims’ pain, suffering and losses through financial compensation.

While no two cases are ever the same, it’s important to have some consistency in the level of payments awarded. To do this, the courts turn to the Judicial College Guidelines, which form the basis of the figures given here. It’s very important that they are only used to give a very general “ballpark” figure of what any given individual will be able to recover for their injuries.

The categories provided are by their nature very broad and cover only a few very specific circumstances. The descriptions are generally of cases at the upper level of injury in each category. Assessing multiple injuries can be especially complex. In addition, there are many other factors to take into account when assessing the value of a claim, including loss of earnings, the costs of medical treatment and care and compensation for things you now have to pay for or are no longer able to do.

For a more accurate assessment of what your claim might be worth, please make an appointment for a personal consultation with one of our experienced and highly trained team of personal injury lawyers.