Three million people are injured in accidents each year

And if someone or something else is at fault, you have a right to compensation. The law is complicated, but WR Personal Injury can help you make a claim and make sure you get what you should. If you’ve had an accident or injury, the recommended advice from the Law Society is to think twice before you say ‘yes’ to the first compensation payment you’re offered.

You might get a much better deal if you take advice from a solicitor. You should do so as soon as possible because certain time limits apply to making accident or injury claims.

On average, people get two – three times more if they consult a solicitor, according to the Financial Conduct Authority.

There are different categories of personal injury which cover types such as injury at work or due to a traffic accident, an injury sustained because of defective products, goods or services, or an injury caused by tripping over paving stones, an injury caused by mistakes in hospital treatment or one inflicted upon a victim of crime.

  • Road Traffic Accident

Traffic accidents are those which occur on either a road or a place to which the public have access such as a footpath or bridleway.

In some cases there is no doubt as to who has caused an accident and who is therefore liable, however different circumstances often mean that the extent of liability may be difficult to establish or indeed that liability is disputed. It is important to seek legal advice from a solicitor in such cases.

  • Accident at Work

Accidents sustained at work carry with them a depth of complexity which make the assistance and advice from a Solicitor all the more important. The law requires employers to comply with specific duties to ensure your safety at work whether you are in temporary or permanent employment. It is not uncommon for people who have sustained an accident at work to feel uncomfortable about the prospect of instigating a legal process with their employer however it is important to involve a solicitor at the earliest opportunity so that all of the circumstances surrounding your accident can be properly investigated in a professional manner.

Your solicitor will also work to ensure that where appropriate your claim will cover compensation for both general damages in relation to pain and suffering caused by the injury you have sustained and also any financial losses incurred as a result of the accident at work.

  • Slipping or tripping resulting in injury

Accidents involving slips or trips are very common occurrences and may cause a range of injuries from bruises and sprains to more serious fractures and head injuries. The circumstances surrounding your slip or trip accident will affect how your compensation claim may be handled. For example, specific rules apply to slip and trips which have occurred on a public road, pavement, path or bridleway as generally the local Highways Authority or Council has responsibility. Similiarly, your solicitor will be able to guide through the compensation claim process which applies if your slip or trip occurred on private or public premises, e.g. at work or in a supermarket.

  • Criminal Injuries claims

If you have been injured as a result of a criminal assault or violent crime you may be entitled a compensation award via the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). There are specific rules and time limits involved in making CICA claims and every case has to be carefully examined so it is important to seek advice at the earliest opportunity.

You solicitor will help you navigate the claims process and advise you on how to avoid or overcome some of the potential pitfalls such as:

  • Lack of medical evidence
  • Delay in reporting a crime
  • Discrete injury such as those caused by domestic or sexual abuse
Injuries involving ParalysisMinMax

Head Injuries

Brain DamageMinMax
Very Severe Brain Damage£155,000£220,000
Moderately Severe Brain Damage£120,000£155,000
Moderate Brain Damage£23,500£120,000
Minor Brain Damage£8,500£23,500
Minor Head Injury£1,250£7,000

Post Traumatic Epilepsy MinMax
Established Grand Mal £55,000£82,000
Established Petit Mal £30,000£71,500
Other Epileptic Conditions £5,750£14,250

Psychiatric DamageMinMax
Severe Psychiatric Damage£30,000£63,000
Moderately Severe Psychiatric Damage £10,500£30,000
Moderate Psychiatric Damage£3,250£10,500
Minor Psychiatric Damage £800£3,250

Post-Traumatic Stress DisorderMinMax
Severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder£34,000£55,000
Moderately Severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder£12,500£31,750
Moderate Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder£4,500£12,500
Minor Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder£2,150£4,500

Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain SyndromeMinMax
Moderate £6,000£18,000

Fibromyalgia MinMax
Fibromyalgia £19,000£35,000

Chronic Fatigue SyndromeMinMax
(in the region of)£27,500-

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (also called complex regional pain syndrome)MinMax
Severe £28,000£55,000
Moderate £14,000£21,000

Somatoform DisorderMinMax
(in the region of) £25,000-

Injuries Affecting Senses

Injuries Affecting SightMinMax
Total blindness and deafness (in the region of)£220,000-
Total blindness (in the region of)£147,500-
Loss of sight in one eye with reduced vision in the remaining eye£35,000£98,000
Total loss of one eye £30,000£36,000
Complete loss of sight in one eye £30,000£27,000
Serious but incomplete loss of vision in one eye £13,000£21,000
Minor but permanent impairment of vision in one eye £6,750£11,500
Minor Eye Injuries £2,150£4,750
Minor Eye Injuries £1,250£2,150

Total Deafness and Loss of Speech £60,000£77,000
Total Deafness £50,000£60,000
Total Loss of Hearing in one Ear £17,500£25,000

Partial Hearing Loss/TinnitusMinMax
Mild with some hearing loss £6,750£8,000
Slight of occasional tinnitus with slight hearing loss£4,000£6,750

Impairment of Taste and SmellMinMax
Total loss of taste and smell (in the region of) £21,500-
Total loss of smell and significant loss of taste £18,000£21,500
Loss of smell £13,500£18,000
Loss of taste£10,500£13,500

Injuries to Internal Organs

Injuries to Internal OrgansMinMax
Chest Injuries £1,250£82,000
Lung Disease£1,250£72,500
Asbestos-Related Disease£5,000£70,000
Bowels £6,750£82,000
Bladder £13,000£77,000
Spleen £2,250£14,500

Reproductive System: MaleMinMax
Impotence £3,500£80,000

Reproductive System: FemaleMinMax
Infertility £3,500£93,000

Digestive SystemMinMax
Damage Resulting from Traumatic Injury £3,500£34,000
Illness/Damage Resulting from Non-traumatic Injury e.g. Food Poisoning £500£32,000

Neck, Back and Shoulder Injuries

Neck InjuriesMinMax
Moderate £4,250£13,750
Minor £750£4,250

Back InjuriesMinMax
Severe £21,500£93,000
Moderate £6,750£21,500
Minor (Up to)£7,500-

Shoulder InjuriesMinMax
Severe £10,500£26,500
Serious £6,750£10,500
Moderate £4,250£7,000
Minor (Up to)£4,500-
Fracture of Clavicle £2,750£6,500

All Other Injuries

Injuries to the Pelvis and HipsMinMax
Severe £21,500£71,500
Injuries of Limited Severity£6,750£14,750
Lesser Injuries (Up to)£7,000-

Amputation of ArmsMinMax
Both Arms£132,500£165,000
One Arm£52,500£75,000
Other Arm Injuries£3,500£71,500

Injuries to the ElbowMinMax
(Up to)£30,000-

Wrist InjuriesMinMax
(Up to)£33,000-

Hand InjuriesMinMax
From loss of both hands to amputation of finger/fingers£34,000£110,000
Serious Hand Injuries £8,000£34,000
Moderate £3,500£7,250
Injuries to finger/s (Up to)£13,500-
Injuries to Thumb (Up to)£30,000-

Vibration White Finger and/or Hand-Arm Vibration SyndromeMinMax
Serious £9,250£21,000
Minor £1,500£4,750

Work Related Upper Limb Disorders MinMax
Work Related Upper Limb Disorders £1,250£12,500

Leg InjuriesMinMax
Amputations £50,000£155,000
Severe Leg Injuries £15,250£74,000
Less Serious Leg Injuries (Up to)£15,250

Knee InjuriesMinMax
Severe £14,750£52,500
Moderate (Up to)£14,750-

Ankle InjuriesMinMax
Moderate (Up to)£14,750-

Foot InjuriesMinMax
Amputation of both feet £93,000£110,000
Amputation of one foot £46,000£60,000
Severe Injury £13,750£60,000
Moderate £7,500£13,750
Modest (Up to)£7,500-

Toe Injuries MinMax
Amputation of all Toes £20,000£31,000
Amputation of the Great Toe (In the region of)£17,500-
Severe Toe Injuries £5,250£10,500
Moderate (Up to)£5,250-

Facial Injuries

Skeletal InjuriesMinMax
Le Fort Fractures of Frontal Facial Bones£13,500£20,000
Multiple Fractures of Facial Bones £8,000£13,250
Fractures of Nose or Nasal Complex £1,000£12,750
Fractures of Cheekbones £1,350£8,750
Fracture of Jaws £3,500£25,000
Damage to Teeth £600£6,250

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Females – Scarring£1,000£53,000
Males – Scarring£1,000£36,000

Scarring of Other Parts of the BodyMinMax
Scarring of Other Parts of the Body£1,300£7,500

Damage to HairMinMax
Damage to Hair£2,150£6,000

Dermatitis MinMax
Dermatitis £1,000£10,500