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Head Injuries

(Including brain damage & epilepsy)
£1,575 to £288,500

The bottom of this bracket is appropriate in those cases where the head injury is minor and any injury to the brain is minimal. Recovery will have taken place within a few weeks. The amount will rise where there is continuing symptoms and headaches. Where there is a less severe brain injury accompanied by depression and a change in personality, the awards can range from £11,000 to £30,750.

Affects on memory and intelligence can result in awards ranging from £30,750 to £156,750 and where there is a serious disability associated with epilepsy or a risk of epilepsy developing, awards of compensation will range from £156,750 to £201,500. It is only in cases of very severe brain damage with significant physical limitations and an effect on life expectancy, where awards can range from £201,500 to £288,500. Epilepsy has its own separate levels of compensation and awards can range from £7,600 to £107,250 depending on the frequency of attacks and the effects they have on daily living.

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Facial Injuries

£780 to £69,500

The compensation awarded for facial injuries will depend on whether there is facial disfigurement or whether the injury is of a skeletal nature. For skeletal injuries, awards vary depending on whether the injury is related to the teeth, the jaw, the cheekbones or the nose. Compensation for injuries to the teeth can range from £780 to £27, 250.  Injuries to the jaw can result in awards between £4,600 to £32,500. Awards for injuries concerning the cheekbones can vary between £1,680 to £11,285. Injuries to the nose can result in wards of compensation ranging from £7,600 to £16,500. When determining the appropriate level of compensation for each of the possible injuries, regard will be had to whether surgery has been required and the success of that surgery.

In cases of facial disfigurement, women will always receive more than men and the amount awarded will depend on how visible the disfigurement is, the treatment required and the psychological effects. Awards for facial disfigurement will vary between £1,225 and £69,500.  For men, awards will range from £1,225 to £46,900

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Neck Injuries

£200 to £106,000

Compensation for neck injuries can range from just a few hundred pounds up to £106,000 and will depend on the nature and severity of the injury and the period of recovery. Where a full recovery takes place within 2 years, the award of compensation will not exceed £5,600. The award will rise where there is an aggravation of a pre-existing condition and will continue to rise where there is a need for surgery and the injury affects other parts of the body.  In cases where there is a loss of movement in the neck and loss of function in one or more limbs, the award can range from £46,900 to £93,500. It is only cases involving significant disability that awards will exceed £93,500.

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Shoulder Injuries

£200 to £34,300

Awards of compensation for shoulder injuries can range from just a few hundred pounds to as much as £34,300. Where the injury is a soft tissue injury, it will depend on the period of recovery. If recovery takes place in less than 2 years, then the award is unlikely to exceed £5,600. A frozen shoulder with limitation of movement/discomfort, may warrant an award up to £9,100. Awards for serious shoulder injuries, such as dislocation, can range from £9,100 to £13,700 and severe shoulder injuries, often associated with beck injuries can, can attract awards towards the top end of the bracket.​

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Back injuries

£200 to £115,000

Compensation for injuries to the back vary between a few hundred pounds and £115,000 and the amount awarded will again depend on the nature and severity of the injury and the period of recovery.  Where there is a full recovery within 2 years, the award will not exceed £5,600.  If a full recovery takes place within 2 to 5 years, the award will not exceed £8,900.  In cases where there is a disturbance of muscles or ligaments or an aggravation or an acceleration (bringing forward) of a pre-existing condition, awards can range from £8,900 to £27,700. Higher awards will be made where there is severe pain and disability with effects on bladder and sexual function.

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Arm Injuries

£4,750 to £214,250

Amputations of the arms attract much higher awards and the amount awarded will be reflected by a person’s age, whether it was their dominant arm, whether the amputation was above or below the elbow, whether a prosthetic arm could restore function and the effect on everyday living. Where there is an amputation of one arm, awards can range from £68,750 to in excess of £98,000. Amputation of both arms could result in an award between £172,000 to £214,250. The amount of compensation awarded for other arm injuries will depend on the severity of the injury and the level of disability. A simple fracture of the arm could range from £4,750 to £13,700 whereas someone with significant disabilities as a result of the injury to the arm/s, could be awarded a figure between £13,700 and £42,750. Arm injuries that fall short of but leave a person with significant disabilities, could result in an award of £68,750 to £93,500. ​

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Elbow Injuries

£9000 to £39,150

Compensation for minor or moderate elbow injuries can be as much as £9,000, depending on the recovery period and whether surgery was required. Elbow injuries involving impairment of function but not involving surgery or significant disability can result in an award between £11,200 to £22,900 and a severe disabling injury to the elbow may result in an award between £28,000 to £39,150.

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Hand Injuries

(Including fingers)
£650 to £144,000

Compensation for hand injuries is wide ranging and will also cover injuries to the thumb and finger(s). The amount of compensation awarded will depend on the level of disability that remains, if any, how the hand looks cosmetically and whether the injury is to the dominant hand.

Awards for minor injuries where recovery takes place within a few months, will range from £650 to £3,100. Awards for crush injuries, wounds and deep cuts can range from £4,500 to £9,500 and will depend on the level of disability.  Where there is significantly impaired function, awards can range from £10,350 to £20,750. Serious injuries to the hand can range from £20,750 to £44,200 although awards will only be made in this region when there is significant disfigurement of the hand and/or severe restrictions in terms of grip and dexterity, say for example if the fingers have been amputated but rejoined to the hand.

Where there is total or effective loss of one hand, the award may range from £68,750 to £78,300. Total or effective loss of both hands could result in an award between £100,500 to £144,000. Amputation of index, middle and/or ring fingers could mean an award between £44,200 to £64,800.

In terms of fingers, again, it will depend on what, if any, restrictions there are and whether these affect the dominant hand. A simple fracture of one finger will warrant an award of compensation up to £3,375. However, severe fractures of fingers which may lead to partial amputations and or deformities, could result in an award up to £26,250. Serious injury to middle or ring fingers may warrant an award up to £11,700 depending on the impact on grip and dexterity.

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Wrist Injuries

£2,500 to £42,750

Awards of compensation for wrist injuries can vary between £2,500 to £42,750 depending on the recovery period and the effect on function. A simple fracture where there is recovery within 12 months, is not likely to exceed an award of £3,375. Where recovery is complete but takes longer, the award may be as much as £7,350. Where there is persisting symptoms of pain and stiffness, awards can range from £9,000 to £17,500. If there is significant disabilities arising from the injury but some useful movement remains, awards will range from £17,500 to £28,000.  Injuries resulting in complete loss of function will warrant awards towards the higher end of the bracket.

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Thumb Injuries

£1,575 to £39,150

Thumb injuries can range from £1,575 to £25,000 and factors taken into account will be the extent of, if any, nerve damage as well as sensitivity and the effects the injury has on grip and dexterity. The loss of a thumb may result in an award of compensation between £25,400 to £39,150.

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Pelvis and Hip Injuries

£2,800 to £93,500

Compensation awards for injuries to the hips and pelvis will depend on the period of recovery and the extent of any disability. Minor soft tissue injuries with complete recovery will warrant awards up to £2,800. Where recovery has taken place within 2 years, the award is unlikely to exceed £5,500. Where a successful hip replacement has been carried out or where there is a chance in the future that a hip replacement will be necessary, awards will range from £9,000 to £19,000.  Significant injuries to the hips and pelvis could mean an award between £19,000 to £28,000. Fractures of the femur or hip requiring a hip replacement which is only partially successful, may mean an award between £28,000 to £37,500 and extensive fractures of the pelvis or hips resulting in sexual dysfunction and/or lack of bladder control, can warrant an award between £44,200 and £93,500.

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Knee injuries

£200 to £68,750

Compensation for injuries to the knee are spilt into 2 categories; moderate and severe. Injuries involving dislocation or torn cartilage/ligaments which result in minor instability, weakness or other mild disabilities can range from just a few hundred pounds to as much as £18,700. Where recovery is complete, the award is unlikely to exceed £4,200. However, much will depend on the period of recovery, the risk or presence of osteoarthritis and whether there has been an acceleration of a pre-existing condition.  Severe injuries to the knee might include injuries where there is significant disability due perhaps to a disruption of the joint or a fracture extending into the knee joint.  Awards can range from £18,700 to £68,750 depending on what surgery is required, the extent of osteoarthritis and remedial surgery that has been required, amongst other things.

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Leg Injuries

£650 to £201,500

Simple fractures of the legs and soft tissues injuries can result in awards of up to £6,500 depending on recovery period and length of time in plaster.  Where there is an incomplete recovery from a fracture or serious soft tissue injuries, awards can range between £12,850 to £19,850.  Multiple fractures or severe crushing injuries, generally to a single leg, can result in an award between £19,850 to £28,000 depending on matters such as the extent of treatment necessary, the presence or risk of developing osteoarthritis and the chances of future surgery.  Serious fractures such as compound or comminuted fractures or injuries to joints and ligaments with extensive scarring, prolonged treatment and a certainty that arthritis will develop, awards can range between £28,000 to £39,150.  Very serious leg injuries which result in problems with mobility and the need for a person to use mobility aids for the rest of their lives or where there is serious deformity and limitation of movement, awards may range between £39,150 to £60,400.  The most serious leg injuries just short of amputation say for example where fractures have not healed and extensive bone grafting has been carried out or where there is a significant shortening of the leg, awards can range between £68,750 to £96,800.

Some leg injuries can unfortunately result in amputation and it will very much depend on whether the amputation is above or below the knee and whether it is to one or both legs as to what amount of compensation will be awarded.  Awards of compensation can range between £70,000 to £201,500.

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Ankle Injuries

£9,800 to £49,800

Simple fractures, sprains and ligamentous injuries can result in awards of up to £9,800. Much will depend on the recovery period and the treatment that has been necessary. Where recovery is complete without any ongoing symptoms or scarring, the award is unlikely to exceed £5,500. If recovery takes place within a year, the award will not generally exceed £3,925. Where there are fractures or injuries to ligaments which result in difficulty walking on uneven ground and/or standing/walking for long periods of time as well as irritation from metal plates and scarring together with a risk of developing osteoarthritis, awards can be as much as £19,000. Severe ankle injuries resulting in a lengthy period of treatment, significant disabilities in the form of ankle instability and limited ability to walk together can result in awards between £22,350 to £35,750 and factors taken into account will be the presence or risk of osteoarthritis, sleep disturbance, effects on employment and any need to wear special footwear.  The final bracket of awards is between £35,750 to £49,800 and this would only be in very extreme cases for example where there is a risk that the injury might necessitate a below the knee amputation.

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Foot Injuries

£200 to £144,000

The compensation awarded for a foot injury will vary between a few hundred pounds to as much as £78,300, depending on severity. Where there has been a simple fracture but there is continuing symptoms such as a permanent limp or pain/aching, a person may be awarded between £5,000 and £9,800. Complicated fractures with continuing symptoms, prolonged treatment and the risk of osteoarthritis /future surgery, awards can range between £9,800 and £28,000. Fractures of both heels or feet with a substantial restriction on mobility and/or considerable and permanent pain can result in awards between £30,000 to £50,000. Very severe foot injuries may warrant an award between £60,000 to £78,300 and might include cases where there has been an amputation of the forefoot with a high risk of the need for a full foot amputation. An amputation of one foot would also warrant a similar award whereas an amputation of both feet, is likely to range between £121,000 to £144,000.

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Toe Injuries

£400 to £40,000

Simple fractures or crushing injuries to one or more toes where complete or near complete recovery is made, awards will not generally exceed £4,000.  More serious injuries to the toes resulting in permanent disability, discomfort/pain and/or sensitive scarring, may warrant an award between £6,850 to £9,800.  Severe crush injuries which can lead to amputation of one or more toe, other than the big toe, where there is significant continuing symptoms, will attract an award between £9,800 to £15,000.  An amputation of the big toe will usually mean an award slightly in excess of £20,000 and where there is an amputation of all toes, the award will range from £26,100 to £40,000 and will depend on whether or not the amputation was traumatic together with effects on mobility.

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