If you have suffered a soft tissue injury through no fault of your own, then you may be eligible for compensation, if your accident happened within the last three years. This is because in the United Kingdom, personal injury claims become statute-barred after three years, preventing you or a law firm from bringing a claim forward.
In addition to the above time-based eligibility criteria, you must also have a level of diminished liability to have a claim. This means you cannot be 100 per cent responsible for the accident in which you were injured. Otherwise, the other side will be under no obligation to pay you compensation. Providing you meet these criteria, then it is highly likely that you are eligible for financial compensation for your soft tissue injury.
How much is My Claim Worth?
This very much depends on where on the body you have sustained your soft tissue injury, and how extensive your injuries are. However, your recovery period will also be taken into account as will your prognosis for the future. Below, you will find a brief run-down of what you can expect for your soft tissue injuries.
Severe soft tissue injuries to the face and/ or neck: £30,000 to £100,000. These amounts usually apply to people whose injuries have seriously affected movement;
Serious soft tissue injuries to the face and/ or neck: £25,000 to £50,000. These amounts usually apply to people who experience permanent pain from injuries;
Moderate soft tissue injuries to the face and/ or neck: £2,000 to £10,000. These amounts usually apply to people whose injuries will have recovered within 2 years.
Other areas of the body generally receive less compensation that the face and neck. For example, the pay-out for a back soft tissue injury or a shoulder soft tissue injury is always going to be less than a face or neck soft tissue injury. For a more accurate estimate, you should contact solicitors for claim to and discuss your accident with an expert. A lawyer will be able to help you establish a more accurate estimated compensation pay-out.
What Other Factors can Influence a Pay-out?
In terms of general damages, which is the compensation awarded for injuries, the key influencers in terms of value are the extent of your injuries, how your injuries have and will affect your life, and your age. However, you can also put in a claim for ‘special damages’, which is the compensation awarded for financial loss related to an accident. You can claim lost income including overtime and any expenses, such as travel expenses and medical expenses. Your special damages will be tacked onto your general damages to create a single settlement demand which will be put forward to the other side.