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What's it worth? - Compensation Detail Page

I hope you've made yourself a cup of tea because there's a lot to go through here! We've set out a summary of the sort of awards of compensation that have been made for certain types of injury. These are used as a basis for future decisions with the idea being that if two people have exactly the same injury they get more or less the same amount of compensation.

You can think about it too much when deciding how much you thumb is worth for instance. It's not actually saying how much it's worth - it's saying what the 'usual' award is for that particular type of injury, and that's what you could expect.

HOWEVER..... the award will then be adjusted according to individual circumstances - if you're partly to blame then the award will be reduced. Other factors may come into play such as a facial scar could be traumatic for a teenage girl, but could be considered macho for a teenage boy - in such circumstances the girl may get a higher award.

If you think you might have a claim and you want us to assess your particular case that's not a problem - go to our 'personal injury claim online' page and we'll get back to you within 1 working day with a 'no obligation' assessment of whether or not you've got a case

Alternatively you can phone us on 0845 9011 960 (ask for Russell Jones or Rebecca Brough) and we can provide you with more detailed advice.

Neck Injuries  
(i) At lowest level, a minor strain, may not have time off work, and may suffer symptoms for a week up to £750
(ii) Where a full recovery between a few weeks and a year.    £750 to £2,550
(iii) Where a full recovery takes place within about two years;      £2,550 to £4,575
Back Injuries  
Strains, sprains, disc prolapses and soft tissue injuries from which a full recovery or recovery to 'nuisance' level has been made without surgery:  
(i) within about two years. Up to £4,575
(ii) within about five years; £4,575 to £7,125
(iii) Injuries to the back such as disturbance of ligaments and muscles giving rise to backache, soft tissue injuries resulting in exacerbation of an existing back condition or prolapsed discs necessitating laminectomy or resulting in repeated relapses. £7,125 to £16,300
Arm Injuries  
Simple Fractures of the Forearm (Uncomplicated fractures of the radius and/or ulna with a complete recovery within a short time) In the region of £3700
Very minor undisplaced or minimally displaced fractures and the like necessitating application of plaster or bandage for a matter of weeks and a full or virtual recovery within a matter of months. £2,000 to £2,800
Less severe injuries where there is  still some permanent disability as, for example, a degree of persisting pain and stiffness. £7,375 to £14,250
Hand Injury  
Minor Hand Injuries. (Crush injuries, penetrating wounds, soft tissue type and deep lacerations. with recovery within a few months. £500 to £2,550
Moderate Hand Injury. (Injuries similar to above but more serious. At the higher end it would be where surgery has failed and permanent disability remains). £3,800 to £7,625
Trivial Thumb Injuries. These may have caused severe pain for a very short time but will have resolved within a few months. In the region of £1,250
Minor Injuries to the Thumb. Such an injury would be a fracture which has recovered in six months except for residual stiffness and some discomfort. In the region of £2,300
Severe Dislocation of the Thumb  £2,300 to £4,000
Moderate Injuries to the Thumb.These are injuries such as those necessitating arthrodesis of the interphalangeal joint or causing damage to tendons or nerves. Such injuries result in impairment of sensation and function and cosmetic deformity.    £5,600 to £7,375
Serious Injury to the Thumb. Such injuries may involve amputation of the tip, nerve damage or fracture necessitating the insertion of wires as a result of which the thumb is cold and ultra-sensitive and there is impaired grip and loss of manual dexterity. £7,375 to £9,700
Knee Injuries  
Minor - This bracket includes Injuries involving dislocation, torn cartilage or meniscus or which accelerate symptoms from a pre-existing condition and also lacerations, twisting or bruising injuries. Where recovery has been complete the  award is unlikely to exceed £3,500. Where there is continuous aching or discomfort, or occasional pain, the award will be towards the upper end of the bracket.   Up to £8,150
More Serious - injuries similar to those above, but more serious, and which additionally result in minor instability, wasting, weakness or other mild future disability. £8,400 to £15,500

Important note:- These figures are a general representation of what is being awarded at the time this article was originally written - middle of 2008. The figures will change over time and each individual case will be decided on it's own particular merits - so they can be higher or lower than the amounts quoted above.