If you have been injured in an accident and you want to find out how much you could claim, then you should discuss your case with a solicitor for the best estimate. A solicitor will listen to you and take the time to understand your case.
If speaking with a solicitor is out of the question for now, then the next best thing you can do is use an injury claim calculator. Injury claim calculators are effectively self-service advisors, that will give you an answer to your question. For example, if you have suffered an injury to your face, and you received medical attention, then you can tell the calculator this and based on that information, it will give you an estimated pay-out.
Another way to get an estimated pay-out is to speak to a claims advisor. It’s important not to confuse claims advisors and solicitors, because they are different. A claims advisor’s role is to help you understand the claims process better, and to provide answers to claims-related questions including those regarding claim value. You can speak to such an advisor by searching Google for “Accident Advice Helpline”. Most helplines are operated by law firms.
Making a claim for compensation
When it comes to making a claim for compensation, it’s important to remember that your own involvement in the process will be minimal. Aside from an initial solicitor-client interview and attending a medical examination, you will be left alone to recover from your injuries, unless your solicitor needs something from you. So, if you are concerned that making a claim will be stressful, don’t be, because it isn’t.
How compensation is calculated
Compensation is split into two types: General damages; the compensation awarded for your injuries, and special damages; the compensation awarded for related financial losses.
General damages compensation is calculated based on the extent of your injuries, and how your injuries have and will affect your life. These will be determined by way of medical examination. The examination will usually take place 2-3 weeks into the claims process, and it will generate a current and up to date medical report for your solicitor.
Special damages compensation is calculated based on projections and evidence. If you have been unable to work for a few weeks or months and you did not receive fill pay, then it may be possible to claim your wages back from the other side. You can also claim back out of pocket expenses, such as bus fares and taxi fares, so long as they are related to your injuries. Your general damages and special damages will be combined to create a single settlement demand, which will then be presented to the other side.