How much compensation am I likely to receive?
To get a rough idea of how much compensation you could receive for certain injuries, take a look at our compensation calculator page.
When it comes to personal injury compensation, the question of how much money is likely to be rewarded is, in some ways, the most difficult question of all to answer. At the start of the process your injury solicitor will listen to your version of the accident in question, in this case a car accident, and, taking on board any other relevant information such as medical records and police reports, will give you an honest evaluation of whether a claim is likely to be successful.
The no win no fee system, as well as guaranteeing you will not owe legal fees if you lose your case, means that your lawyer only gets paid if they win the case. This has the effect of ensuring that any sensible lawyer will only take on a case which they genuinely feel has a strong chance of success.
Many people, at the very start of the process, ask how much they are likely to receive. This is an understandable question, and your lawyer may be able to use their experience and know how to come up with an educated guess, but the actual final figure will depend upon a large set of variable factors. The first of these will be the type and severity of any injury you’ve suffered, with set amounts for certain parts of the body being laid out for the use of the court. The extent of your injury, of course, will be something which your own medical witnesses will have to convey to the court, and the court may well opt to pay a little less if they feel that you contributed in some way to the injuries you received.
The second factor the court will take into account when calculating compensation is the amount that the accident has cost you in monetary terms. In the first instance this will mean adding up out of pocket payments such as travel expenses and medical bills. On top of this, however, the court may decide that the injury has had a detrimental effect upon your ability to earn a living, and will therefore pay an amount based upon wages you’ve lost in the immediate aftermath and a figure extrapolated from any on-going loss of earning power.