We can help your fight for justice
If you have been injured through no fault of your own, we can help you make a no win no fee personal injury claim

Compensation Calculator – How much can I claim?

How much compensation can I claim for my injury is one of the most common questions we receive from people interested in making a personal injury claim. Embarking on any legal process can be a difficult decision for many people, so naturally you may want to know if it will all be worthwhile.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple answer to this question, as the level of compensation your claim is worth will depend on your specific circumstances. There are many compensation calculators available online, but these can only be considered as very loose guides. They do not take into account a number of important factors which can have a significant impact on the actual amount of compensation you receive.

The best way to find out how much compensation you could be entitled to is to discuss your case with one of our personal injury solicitors. They will be able to use their knowledge and experience to give you a more accurate assessment which takes into account your particular circumstances. This assessment is completely free and without any obligation.

How is personal injury compensation calculated?

Compensation for a successful personal injury claim is made up of two distinct parts – general damages and special damages.

General damages

General damages is an award of compensation that is based on the injury or injuries you have suffered. It will vary depending on the type of injury, how long the injury lasts and whether it has any ongoing or long-term impact.

The Judicial College produce a document called the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases. This information is used by solicitors and the courts (if a claim actually goes to court) to help establish the amount of compensation that should be awarded for different types and severity of injuries.

Click here to view the current compensation guidelines for different injuries, ranging from severe brain damage and loss of limbs, through to minor whiplash and a fractured thumb.

Special damages

As well as receiving damages for the injury you have sustained, you can also claim compensation for any financial losses associated with your accident or injury. This is known as special damages.

In the majority of cases, loss of earnings will be the most significant element of this award. You may have had to take time off work to recover, change jobs because of your injuries or even be unable to continue in employment at all. However an accident has impacted your working life, the law is on your side and aims to compensate you financially for your losses.

As well as loss of wages, special damages can also include the following:

  • the cost of medical treatment such as psychotherapy
  • the cost of travel for GP or hospital appointments
  • the cost of any home modifications required as a result of your injuries or illness
  • the loss of wages of a partner that has had to take time off work to care for you as a result of your injuries

Guidelines for General Damages in Personal Injury Claims

The table below shows the guideline compensation amounts for general damages. These are based on our experience of successful claims and the recommendations made in the Judicial College Guidelines.

Neck, Back and Shoulder Injuries

Injury Type Description Compensation
Neck Injuries Permanent damage to the neck with little or no movement and suffering from severe headaches In the region of £120,000
Serious neck injuries including damaged discs or fractures to the cervical spine resulting in loss of movement £53,075 to £105,875
Fractures, dislocations or severe soft tissue damage to the neck causing permanent damage and pain. £36,740 to £45,265
Neck injuries such as fractures and severe soft tissue damage that leave impaired function £20,185 to £31,130
Moderate neck injury resulting in spondylosis, significant limitation of movement, permanent or recurring pain, stiffness or discomfort. £11,110 to £20,185
Moderate soft tissue damage or the exacerbation of a pre-existing neck condition £6,380 to £11,110
Minor neck injury where full recovery is achieved within one or two years £3,520 to £6,380
Minor neck injury with a complete recovery within 12 months £1,705 to £3,520
Minor neck injuries lasting no more than a few months Up to £1,705
Injury Type Description Compensation
Back Injuries Severe back injury with spinal cord and nerve damage leaving permanent disability, severe pain and loss of function. £73,700 to £130,130
Permanent back injury with conditions such as impaired mobility, loss of sensation and impaired bladder control. £59,950 to £71,500
Disc lesions or fractures with permanent disabilities such as severe pain and reduced agility. £31,350 to £56,375
Moderate back injuries such as disc compression where some residual disability remains £22,440 to £31,350
Back injury with some permanent symptoms such as back ache £10,120 to £22,440
Minor back injury with a full recovery achieved within two to five years without surgery £6,380 to £10,120
Back injuries with a full recovery without surgery in less than two years £1,705 to £6,380
Minor back injury lasting no more than a few months Up to £1,705
Injury Type Description Compensation
Shoulder Injuries Severe shoulder injury causing significant disability £15,510 to £38,830
Serious shoulder injuries such as dislocation or a fractured humerus causing restricted movement of the shoulder £10,340 to £15,510
Frozen shoulder or soft tissue damage with minimal symptoms lasting over two years £6,380 to £10,340
Fractured clavicle without permanent damage £4,180 to £9,900
Minor shoulder injury with a full recovery within one to two years £3,520 to £6,380
Minor shoulder injury with a full recovery within 12 months Up to £3,520

Arm, Elbow and Hand Injuries

Injury Type Description Compensation
Arm Injuries Amputation of both arms £194,700 to £242,550
Amputation of one arm at the shoulder No less than £110,880
Amputation of one arm above the elbow £88,660 to £105,875
Amputation of one arm below the elbow £77,715 to £88,660
Severe arm injuries resulting in very little use of the arm £77,715 to £105,875
Serious forearm fractures to one or both arms leaving permanent disability £31,625 to £48,400
Serious arms injuries resulting in some long term symptoms £15,510 to £31,625
A simple fracture of the forearm £5,390 to £15,510
Injury Type Description Compensation
Elbow Injuries A severe, disabling injury to the elbow £31,625 to £44,300
Elbow injuries resulting in some long term problems but no significant disability £12,650 to £25,850
Elbow injuries such as simple fractures or tennis elbow that don’t cause any permanent damage Up to £10,175
Injury Type Description Compensation
Wrist Injuries Severe wrist injury causing complete loss of wrist function £38,500 to £48,400
Serious wrist injury with signifiant and permanent disability £19,800 to £31,625
Wrist injury causing some permanent pain and stiffness £10,175 to £19,800
A Colles’ wrist fracture In the region of £5,995
Minor wrist fracture or soft tissue damage with a recovery within 12 months £2,860 to £3,850
Injury Type Description Compensation
Hand Injuries Total loss or effective loss of both hands £113,575 to £162,800
Serious damage to both hands resulting in permanent disability and serious loss of function £45,430 to £68,365
Total loss or effective loss of one hand £77,715 to £88,660
Serious hand injuries with permanent disability, disfigurement and significant loss of use £24,430 to £50,050
Serious hand injuries such as a crush injury or deep laceration that results in significantly impaired function £11,660 to £23,430
Moderate hand injury with some permanent disability £5,060 to £10,725
Minor hand injuries with a full recovery made within a few months £737 to £3,509
Injury Type Description Compensation
Finger Injuries Amputation of index finger and either the middle or ring finger, resulting in limited grip and use £50,050 to £73,315
Severe fractures to fingers resulting in deformity and possible partial amputation Up to £29,700
Complete loss of an index finger In the region of £15,125
Partial loss of an index finger £9,845 to £15,125
Fractured index finger leaving permanently impaired grip or pain £7,370 to £9,900
Complete loss of a middle finger In the region of £12,650
Serious ring or middle finger injuries resulting in permanent loss of grip £12,100 to £13,200
Loss of the end of the middle or ring finger £3,190 to £6,325
Amputation of the little finger £6,985 to £9,900
Partial loss of the little finger £3,190 to £4,730
Loss of the end of both the middle and index fingers In the region of £20,185
Fracture to one finger Up to £3,850
Injury Type Description Compensation
Thumb Injuries Loss of a thumb £28,710 to £44,330
Very serious thumb injury with permanent disability and loss of use £15,840 to £28,325
Serious thumb injuries resulting in permanent sensitivity or impaired grip £10,175 to £13,530
Moderate thumb injury such as tendon or nerve damage causing impaired function or sensation £7,810 to £10,175
Serious thumb dislocation £3,190 to £5,500
Minor thumb injury such as a fracture which recovers within six months Up to £3,190
Minor thumb injury with complete recovery within a few months Up to £1,782
Injury Type Description Compensation
Vibration White Finger (VWF) and/or Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) VWF and/or HAVS with significant symptoms to both hands of a younger person requiring a change of employment £25,575 to £31,075
VWF and/or HAVS with symptoms occurring throughout the year £13,530 to £25,575
VWF and/or HAVS with symptoms mainly in cold weather and limited impact on employment £6,985 to £13,530
VWF and/or HAVS with only occasional symptoms £2,420 to £6,985
Injury Type Description Compensation
Work-Related Upper Limb Disorders Serious symptoms to both sides resulting in surgery and loss of employment £17,710 to £18,700
Continuing symptoms to one side £12,100 to £13,200
Symptoms that recover completely within three years £6,985 to £8,690
Symptoms that recover completely within a few months £1,782 to £2,860

Pelvis, Leg and Foot Injuries

Injury Type Description Compensation
Pelvis and Hip Injuries Extensive fractures resulting in permanent disabilities £63,360 to £105,875
Fractures to the hip or pelvis resulting in long term issues £50,050 to £63,360
Severe pelvis or hip fracture requiring surgery £31,625 to £42,260
Significant injury to the pelvis or hip with only minor long term symptoms £21,505 to £31,625
Hip or pelvis injuries causing no or minor long term symptoms £3,190 to £10,175
Minor soft tissue injuries to the hip or pelvis that have a complete recovery Up to £3,190
Injury Type Description Compensation
Leg Injuries Amputation of both legs with at least one being lost above the knee £194,700 to £227,975
Amputation of both legs below the knee £162,800 to £218,350
Amputation of one leg above the knee £84,700 to £111,100
Amputation of one leg below the knee £79,200 to £107,525
Very serious leg injuries falling just short of requiring amputation £77,825 to £110,000
Serious leg injury with permanent mobility problems £44,330 to £68,365
Serious leg fractures or ligament damage with prolonged treatment and likely arthritis or extensive scarring £31,680 to £44,330
Multiple fractures or crush injuries to the leg £22,440 to £31,680
Leg fractures or significant soft tissue damage with some permanent issues £14,520 to £22,440
Fractured femur £7,370 to £11,385
Fracture to the tibia or fibula, soft tissue injuries or lacerations with a complete recovery Up to £7,370
Injury Type Description Compensation
Knee Injuries Severe knee injury with disruption to the joint and loss of function £56,375 to £77,770
Fractures to the leg that extend to the knee joint £42,130 to £56,375
Knee injury with significant long term symptoms or mobility problems £21,175 to £35,200
Knee injuries such as dislocation or torn ligaments that result in mild long term issues £11,990 to £21,175
Less serious knee injuries such as bruising, lacerations and twists that recover or leave minimal symptoms Up to £11,110
Injury Type Description Compensation
Ankle Injuries Very severe ankle injuries with permanent disability £40,480 to £56,320
Severe ankle injury with permanent mobility problems £25,300 to £40,480
Ankle fractures or torn ligaments that result in some permanent symptoms £11,110 to £21,505
Ankle injuries such as simple fractures, sprains and ligament damage that recover completely or leave some mild symptoms Up to £11,110
Injury Type Description Compensation
Achilles Tendon Injuries Severed achilles tendon and muscle damage with inability to continue active sports In the region of £31,075
Severed achilles tendon successfully repaired with some residual problems £20,185 to £24,310
Partial rupture or significant damage to the achilles tendon £10,175 to £17,050
Minor damage to the achilles tendon £5,885 to £10,175
Injury Type Description Compensation
Foot Injuries Amputation of both feet £136,950 to £162,800
Amputation of one foot £67,870 to £88,660
Severe foot injury with permanent and serious disability or pain £67,870 to £88,660
Severe injury to one or both feet with restricted mobility or considerable and permanent pain £33,935 to £56,650
Serious foot injuries with continuing pain or prolonged treatment £20,185 to £31,680
Displaced metatarsal fractures leading to long term symptoms or permanent deformity £11,110 to £20,185
Foot injuries such as metatarsal fractures, ligament damage or lacerations that make a complete recovery Up to £11,110
Injury Type Description Compensation
Toe Injuries Amputation of all toes £29,535 to £45,375
Amputation of the big toe In the region of £25,300
Severe toe injuries such as crush injuries resulting in one or two toes being amputated or partially amputated £11,110 to £17,050
Serious injuries to the big toe or multiple fractures to two or more toes leaving some permanent disability £7,755 to £11,110
Toe injuries such as fractures and soft tissue damage that have a full recovery Up to £7,755