Personal injury compensation guide – how much is your claim worth?

These personal injury compensation amounts are GUIDELINES only, and relate solely to the INJURY aspect of a claim. In addition, you may also be able to claim for your loss of earnings, medical treatment, care and services, post traumatic stress and any other disorders that are as a result of your accident. We have acted for clients who have received much, much more than the personal injury compensation amounts quoted below, in some cases reaching seven figure settlements.

Personal injury compensation for paralysis

Quadriplegia: £206,750 to £257,750

The top of the bracket will be appropriate only where there is significant effect on senses or ability to communicate. It will also often involve significant brain damage.

Paraplegia: £140,000 to £181,500

The presence of increasing paralysis or the degree of risk that this will occur, for example, from syringomyelia, might take the case above this bracket.

The latter might be the subject of a provisional damages order.

Brain Damage and Traumatic Brain Injury compensation

Very Severe Brain Damage: £180,000 to £257,750

Moderately Severe Brain Injury: £140,000 to £180,000

Moderate Brain Injury: Cases in which there is moderate to severe intellectual deficit, a personality change, an effect on sight, speech and senses with a significant risk of epilepsy and no prospect of employment: £96,000 to £140,000

Cases in which there is a moderate to modest intellectual deficit, the ability to work is greatly reduced if not removed and there is some risk of epilepsy: £58,000 to £96,000

Cases in which concentration and memory are affected, the ability to work is reduced, where there is a small risk of epilepsy and any dependence on others is very limited: £27,500 to £58,000

Minor Brain Damage: £9,875 to £27,500

Minor Head Injury: £1,400 to £8,100


Established Grand Mal: £64,250 to £96,000

Established Petit Mal: £35,000 to £83,750

Other Epileptic Conditions: £6,750 to £16,750

Psychiatric Damage

Severe Psychiatric Damage: £35,000 to £74,000

Moderately Severe: £12,250 to £35,000

Moderate: £3,750 to £12, 250

Minor: £1,000 to £3,750

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Severe: £40,000 to £64,250

Moderately Severe: £14,825 to £37,000

Moderate: £5,250 to £14,825

Minor: £2,500 to £5,250

Chronic Pain

Severe Chronic Pain Syndrome: £26,750 to £40,750

Moderate Chronic Pain Syndrome: £6,975 to £21,000

Fibromyalgia: £21,750 to £40,750

Severe Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy: £32,500 to £64,250

Moderate Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy: £16,250 to £24,500

Somatoform Disorder: In the region of £29,000

Injuries affecting Sight

Total Blindness and Deafness: In the region of £255,000

Total Blindness compensation: In the region of £172,500

Loss of Sight in One Eye with Reduced Vision in the Remaining Eye: £40,750 to £115,000

Total Loss of one eye: £35,000 to £42,000

Complete Loss of Sight in One Eye: £31,500 to £35,000

Serious but incomplete loss of vision in one eye: £15,250 to £25,000

Minor but permanent impairment of vision in one eye: £8,000 to £13,375

Minor Eye Injuries: £2,500 to £5,600

Transient Eye Injuries: £1,400 to £2,500

Deafness compensation

Total Deafness and Loss of Speech: £70,000 to £90,000

Total Deafness: £58,000 to £70,000

Total Loss of Hearing in One Ear: £20,000 to £29,000

Partial Hearing Loss/Tinnitus: £4,750 to £19,000

Impairment of Taste and Smell

Total Loss of Taste and Smell – In the region of: £25,000

Total Loss of Smell and Significant Loss of Taste: £21,000 to £25,000

Loss of Smell: £16,000 to £21,000

Loss of Taste: £12,250 to £16,000

Chest Injuries

(a) Total removal of one lung and/or serious heart damage with serious and prolonged pain and suffering and permanent significant scarring: £64,250 to £96,000

(b) Traumatic injury to chest, lung(s) and/or heart causing permanent damage, impairment of function, physical disability and reduction of life expectancy: £42,000 to £64,250

(c) Damage to chest and lung(s) causing some continuing disability: £20,000 to £35,000

(d) A relatively simple injury (such as a single penetrating wound) causing some permanent damage to tissue but with no significant long term effect on lung function: £8,000 to £11,500

(e) Toxic fume/smoke inhalation, leaving some residual damage, not serious enough to interfere permanently with lung function: £3,450 to £8,000

(f) Injuries leading to collapsed lungs from which a full and uncomplicated recovery is made: £1,400 to £3,450

(g) Fractures of ribs or soft tissue injuries causing serious pain and disability over a period of weeks only: Up to £2,500

Lung Disease

(a) For a young person with serious disability where there is a probability of progressive worsening leading to premature death: £64,250 to £86,500

(b) Lung cancer, causing severe pain and impairment both of function and of quality of life: £50,000 to £64,250

(c) Disease: £35,000 to £50,000

(d) Breathing difficulties, requiring fairly frequent use of an inhaler; where there is inability to tolerate a smoky environment and an uncertain prognosis but already significant effect on social and working life: £20,000 to £35,000

(e) Bronchitis and wheezing not causing serious symptoms; little or no serious or permanent effect on working or social life; varying levels of anxiety about the future: £13,250 to £20,000

(f) Some slight breathlessness with no effect on working life and the likelihood of substantial and permanent recovery within a few years of the exposure to the cause or the aggravation of an existing condition: £6,750 to £13,250

(g) Least serious cases where the provisional award excludes any risk of malignancy: £3,450 to £6,750

(h) Temporary aggravation of bronchitis or other chest problems resolving within a very few months: £1,400 to £3,450

Reproductive System

Male: £95 to £90,000

Female: £4,250 to £108,000

Neck Injuries

Severe: £16,000 to £95,000

Moderate: £5000 to £16,000

Minor: £850 to £2750

Whiplash injury claims are among the most common cases in the UK, falling into the minor category.

Back Injuries

Severe: £24,750 to £108,000

Moderate: £8,000 to £24,750

Minor: Up to £8000

For spinal injury compensation amounts involving paralysis, see above.

Shoulder Injuries

Severe: £12,250 to £30,750

Serious: £8,100 to £12,250

Moderate: £5,000 to £8,100

Minor in less than two years: £2,750 to £5,000

Minor within a year: up to £2,750

Fracture of Clavicle: £3,250 to £7,750

Injuries to the Pelvis and Hips

Severe: £50,000 to £83,500

Injuries a little less severe: £25,000 to £50,000

Moderate: £17,000 to £25,000

Injuries of Limited Severity: £8,000 to £17,000

Lesser Injuries: up to £2,500 to £8,000

Arm Injury Compensation

Loss of both Arms: £154,000 to £191,500

Loss of One Arm: £61,500 to £87,500

Severe Injuries: £61,500 to £83,500

Injuries resulting in Permanent and Substantial Disablement: £25,000 to £38,250

Less Severe Injury: £12,250 to £25,000

Simple Fractures of the Forearm: £4,250 to £12,250

Injuries to the Elbow

A Severely Disabling Injury: £25,000 to £35,000

Less Severe Injuries: £10,000 to £20,500

Moderate or Minor Injury: Up to £8,000

Wrist Injuries: £2,250 to £38,250

Hand Injury Compensation

Total or Effective Loss of Both Hands: £90,000 to £129,000

Serious Damage to Both Hands: £35,000 to £54,000

Total or Effective Loss of One Hand: £61,500 to £70,000

Amputation of Index and Middle and/or Ring Fingers: £9,500 to £58,000

Serious Hand Injuries: £18,500 to £39,500

Less Serious Hand Injury: £9,250 to £18,500

Moderate Hand Injury: £4,000 to £8,500

Minor Hand Injuries: £600 to £2,750

Severe Fractures to Fingers: Up to £23,500

Total Loss of Index Finger: In the region of £12,000

Partial Loss of Index Finger: £7,750 to £12,000

Fracture of Index Finger: £5,850 to £7,750

Total Loss of Middle Finger: In the region of £10,000

Serious Injury to Ring or Middle Fingers: £9,500 to £10,500

Loss of the Terminal Phalanx of the Ring or Middle Fingers: £2,500 to £5,000

Amputation of Little Finger: £5,500 to £7,750

Loss of Part of the Little Finger: £2,500 to £3,750

Amputation of Ring and Little Fingers: In the region of £14,000

Amputation of the Terminal Phalanges of the Index and Middle Fingers: In the region of £16,000

Fracture of One Finger: £1,900 to £3,000

Loss of Thumb: £22,750 to £35,000

Very Serious Injury to Thumb: £12,500 to £22,500

Serious Injury to the Thumb: £8,000 to £10,750

Moderate Injuries to the Thumb: £6,150 to £8,000

Leg Injury Compensation

Total Loss of Both Legs: £154,000 to £180,000

Below-knee Amputation of Both Legs: £128,500 to £172,500

Above-knee Amputation of One Leg: £61,500 to £90,000

Below-knee Amputation of One Leg: £58,500 to £83,500

Severe Leg Injuries The Most Serious Injuries Short of Amputation: £61,500 to £86,500

Very Serious: £35,000 to £54,000

Serious: £25,000 to £35,000

Moderate: £17,750 to £25,000

Less Serious Leg Injuries Fractures from which an Incomplete Recovery is Made: £11,500 to £17,750

Simple Fracture of a Femur with No Damage to Articular Surfaces: £5,750 to £9,000

Simple Fractures and Soft Tissue Injuries: Up to £5,750

Knee Injury Compensation

Severe: £17,000 to £61,500

Moderate: Up to £17,750

Ankle Injuries

Very Severe: £32,000 to £44,500

Severe: £20,000 to £32,000

Moderate: £8,500 to £17,000

Modest Injuries: Up to £8,750

Foot Injury Compensation

Amputation of Both Feet: £108,000 to £128,500

Amputation of One Foot: £53,500 to £70,000

Very Severe: £53,500 to £70,000

Severe: £29,250 to £43,000

Serious: £16,000 to £25,000

Moderate: £8,750 to £16,000

Skeletal Injuries

Le Fort Fractures of Frontal Facial Bones: £15,250 to £23,500

Multiple Fractures of Facial Bones: £9,500 to £15,250

Fractures of Nose or Nasal Complex: £1,100 to £14,750

Fractures of Cheekbones: £1,500 to £10,100

Fractures of Jaws: £4,100 to £29,000

Facial Scarring Compensation


Very Severe Scarring: £31,000 to £62,000

Less Severe Scarring: £19,250 to £31,000

Significant Scarring: £11,500 to £19,250

Less Significant Scarring: £2,500 to £8,750

Trivial Scarring: £1,100 to £2,200


Very Severe Scarring: £19,000 to £42,000

Less Severe Scarring: £11,500 to £19,000

Significant Scarring: £5,850 to £11,500

Less Significant Scarring: £2,500 to £5,850

Trivial Scarring: £2,500 to £5,850

To learn more about how much personal injury compensation you could be entitled to claim, contact our specialist solicitors today on 0800 652 9515. We will strive to get you the maximum compensation you deserve, to bring you peace of mind following the trauma of an accident or injury.

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