Road accidents happen in the UK every day. In 2018 alone, there were 1,782 reported road deaths and 160,378 casualties that stemmed from road traffic accidents. Even though the numbers have decreased compared to the 2017 stats, car accidents aren’t something you should take lightly.
The impact of being involved in a car accident can go way beyond the traumatic event. It can result in injuries and out of pocket expenses that you did not plan for. If you’ve ever been a victim of a car accident, especially one that wasn’t your fault, you are entitled to claim compensation for the injury you have sustained and the costs that you were forced to shoulder due to the incident.
The car accident settlement amount you would receive depends on the injury you have incurred and the consequences you’ve had to go through. To help you figure out how to maximize compensation, below is a handy guide.
What constitutes a car accident?
A car accident is any type of incident that involves a moving vehicle. It could be a collision between two cars, or it could be an automobile hitting a motorcycle or bicycle. It could also be an accident where a vehicle hits a pedestrian or bystander. Whatever type of incident it is, as long as it involves a car and you’re not at fault, then you have every right to demand compensation.
Common types of injuries and possible compensation
Head Injury – If you ever suffer from severe brain damage and reach a vegetative state, you may claim for as much as £215,000 to £310,000. If it’s a serious or moderate injury where you lost feeling in the limbs, incur a mental disability or change in personality, you may claim a ballpark of £12,500 – £20,000. And if you sustained a minor head injury that did not result in brain damage, your payout amount could be from £1,500 to £9,500.
Neck Injury – An extremely serious neck injury that causes problems with your motor skills can be claimed for as much as £35,500 to £112,450. For fractures to the neck that result in pain while moving, stiffness, or inability to make full movements can warrant compensation from £29,600 to £42,300. Meanwhile, milder neck injuries like whiplash may be compensated in the amount of £1,800 to £ 6,200 depending on the pain level or long term prognosis.
Face Injury – Depending on the severity of the injury, severe damage like scarring and facial disfigurement could be compensated for £15,400 to £73,200. Fractures to the facial area like the noise can have a payout amount of £12,200 to £27,300. For minor scarring and other mild facial injuries, compensation can be from £1,700 to £12,350.
Aside from physical injuries, you also have the right to claim for things like loss of benefits, especially if the accident caused you to miss work and lose income. You can also be compensated for the loss of anticipated earnings if you are expected to lose more of your income due to having to take more time away from the workplace.
Should you ever find yourself involved in a car accident and need help in filing for accident claims, get in touch with us today! We’re happy to help.