How Much Can I Claim?

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The amount you can claim will depend on the type of injury you have sustained and the financial losses you have suffered. Compensation is awarded on a case-by-case basis and there is no quick formula for determining the claim amount, so we don’t want to mislead you by pulling figures out of the air.

We will always be honest and realistic about your claim and the sums you are likely to achieve, while striving to get you the best possible settlement. You should be wary of solicitors that immediately give you precise compensation figures, as these are rarely accurate. Claims are often not straightforward; and often involve a lot of negotiation and compromise.

When deciding reasonable compensation, a court takes two factors into account:

1) The Relative Financial Value Of Your Injury:

It is impossible to quantify the suffering caused by an injury into a monetary value, but this aspect of the claim tries to take into account the amount of pain and difficulty caused. Injuries cause suffering in different ways, so relative value varies according to the type of injury. Values are established over time by comparing payments made for similar injuries in the past. Context is also critically important. Broadly speaking, the more serious the injuries are, the more valuable this aspect will be.

2) Your Financial Losses As A Result Of Your Injury:

This is easier to quantify but also takes different factors into account. The sum includes such things as past and future loss of earnings, vehicle hire, taxi fares, hotel accommodation, the cost of care, medical treatment, insurance policy excess charges and money spent on lifestyle adjustments due to the injury. If your injury meant that friends and family had to look after you in some way then this can also be taken into account.

Litigation depends on what claims can be proved through evidence, so all financial losses have to be calculated based on real-world costs. Please note that every case is different. For personal advice or to discuss a potential injury claim, please call us on 0113 357 1165, or request a call back through our enquiry form.

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