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How is My Claim Valued?

There are two parts to a Personal Injury claim:

* General damages – for pain and suffering

* Special Damages – for loss of earnings and other losses.


General Damages

This is a standardised calculation made with reference to other cases and the Judicial Studies Board Guidelines. After obtaining any required reports we will then be able to value this part of your claim and use the valuation as the basis to claim damages. A general guide:

Whiplash: 1,000 – 6,000

Broken nose: 1,000 – 2,500

Sprained ankle: 1,000 – 3,000

Torn ligament: 1,000 – 3,000

Broken finger: 1,500 – 4,000

Broken wrist: 2,500 – 8,000

Burns to arm: 1,500 – 10,000

Burns to body: 5,000 – 30,0000

Broken arm: 3,000 – 12,000

Broken leg: 3,000 – 25,000

Broken hip: 7,000 – 15,000

Broken shoulder: 10,000 – 25,000

The above figures are only general guide lines.

All expenses and lost earnings to be added to all claims.


Special Damages

The calculation may include;

* Lost earnings and future loss of earnings.

* Medical expenses.

* Travel expenses.

* Care expenses.

* Damage to property.

* Loss of insurance excess.

* Unutilised membership of a club or gym.


Contributory Negligence

Your opponents will only be responsible to compensate you to the extent that they are to blame. If the accident was half your fault then you will only be able to recover half the anticipated compensation.


CRU Repayment

Any payments made by the DSS as a result of your accident, may have to be repaid to the DSS out of your compensation. This effectively stops the claimant obtaining compensation twice, one from the defendant and once from the DSS.

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