How much is my injury claim worth?
Fact: travelling by car is the most dangerous form of transport. We might not think it with the CD player on and the air conditioning making the car a comfortable temperature, but the reality is that more people are killed and injured on the road than any other form of transport.
Most car accidents result in just minor damage to the vehicles involved, but other more serious accidents can cause dreadful injuries such as head and spinal cord injury. When a car accident is caused by someone else, the person injured is legally entitled to make a compensation claim. But 'how much compensation?' is a question people always ask.
As no two claims are the same, the amount of personal injury compensation awarded does vary a lot. There are four types of compensation you can receive:
Figures for all these types of compensation are based on the circumstances of the accident and injury. When setting a figure for general damages previous awards are taken into consideration, although again these figures can vary greatly (higher or lower) depending on the nature and length of recovery. As a rough guide these are figures that have been awarded, but will not necessarily be relevant to your particular case:
Figures for general damages only (i.e. the pain and suffering experienced). Compensation for other losses such as loss of earnings, may be paid in addition.
Contributory negligence - how it affects compensation
In summary, it is only once a claim has been fully assessed that a more realistic estimate can be made on how much compensation is likely to be awarded. If you are looking to make a compensation claim you should seek legal advice from an expert personal injury solicitor.