Injury payouts guide

Assessing the amount of pain and suffering caused by an injury can be difficult. Everybody is different and the context of their lives affect the severity of an injury.

In regards to personal injury, however, some things are universal, such as who was at fault and whether the injury was due to negligent behaviour. In these instances it is easier to classify a guide pay-out amount relating to certain types of injury.

Accident Line Direct have provided this information up front but before you take a look, we would like to make you aware of a couple of things;

Since 2013 there have been some changes to the law surrounding personal injury cases. The changes now mean that a solicitor’s success fee, from a No Win No Fee type claim, must now be deducted from claimant’s compensation award rather than recovered from the defendant (the person you are claiming money from).

In 2013 the courts also increased a claimants No Win No Fee compensation by 10% for general damages.

If you would like any more information regarding our injury Payout Guide then please contact us and we will be happy to help.

For an idea of your personal injury compensation value, please see the list below.

Brain Damage

Severity Compensation
Very Severe Brain Damage £224,800 to £322,060
Moderately Severe Brain Damage £174,620 to £224,800
Moderate Brain Damage £34,330 to £174,620
Less Severe Brain Damage £12,210 to £34,330
Minor Brain or Head Injury £1,760 to £10,180


Severity Compensation
Total Deafness and Loss of Speech £87,410 to £112,100
Total Deafness £72,330 to £87,410
Total Loss of Hearing in One Ear £24,950 to £36,310
Partial Hearing Loss and/or Tinnitus £5,870 to £36,310
Impairment of Taste and Smell £15,300 to £31,220


Severity Compensation
Established grand mal £81,310 to £119,650
Established petit mal £43,710 to £104,660
Other epileptic conditions £8,480 to £10,950

Facial injury

Severity Compensation
Le Fort Fractures of Frontal Facial Bones £18,980 to £29,290
Multiple Fractures of Facial Bones £11,890 to £19,090

Impairment of taste and smell

Severity Compensation
Loss of smell £19,920 to £26,230
Loss of taste £15,300 to £19,920
Total loss of smell and significant loss of taste £26,230 to £31,220
Total loss of taste and smell In the region of £31,220

Injuries Affecting Sight

Severity Compensation
Total Blindness and Deafness in the region of £322,060
Total Blindness in the region of £214,210
Loss of Sight in One Eye with Reduced Vision in the Remaining Eye £50,970 to £143,270
Total Loss of One Eye £43,710 to £52,360
Complete Loss of Sight in One Eye £7,270 to £43,710
Minor Eye Injuries £3,150 to £6,960
Transient Eye Injuries £1,760 to £3,150

Post traumatic stress disorder

Severity Compensation
Severe- Permanent effects - all aspects of life will be badly affected £47, 720 to £80,250
Moderately severe - better prognosis for recovery with professional help £18,450 to £47,720
Moderate- will have largely recovered with minial continuing effects £6,520 to £18,450
Less severe- full recovery within two years with minor persisting symptoms £3,150 to £6,520

Psychiatric and psychological damage

Severity Compensation
Severe - the ability to cope with work, education and life has been damaged with future liklihood of vulnerability £43,710 to £92,240
Moderately severe - marked decrease in ability to cope with work, life and education but the prognosis is much more optimistic £15,200 to £43,710
Moderate - there will be marked improvement and the prognosis will be good £4,670 to £15,200
Less severe - the award will consider the length of the disability experienced, phobias or anxity will relate to minor injuries £1,220 to £4,670

Back Injuries

Severity Compensation
Severe £30,910 to £128,320
Moderate £9,970 to 30,910
Minor £1,950 to £9,970

Neck injury

Severity Compensation
Severe: £36,240 to £118,240
Little/no movement in the neck and severe headaches: In the region of £118,240
Serious fractures or damage to disks with disabilities of considerable severity: £52,390 to £104,370
Fractures/dislocations or severe damage to soft tissues that lead to chronic conditions: £36,240 to £44,630
Moderate: £6,290 to £30,690
Fractures/dislocations: £19,920 to £30,690
Soft tissue/wrenching type injury/exacerbation of over 5 years: £10,960 to £19,920
Accelerated/exacerbated injury less than 5 years: £6,290 to £10,960
Minor: £1,950 to £6,250
Full recovery takes place within 1-2 years: £3,470 to £6,290
Full recovery takes place between 3 months - 1 year: £1,950 to £3,470
Full recovery within 3 months: Up to £1,950


Severity Compensation
Full recovery within 3 months £300 to £1,950
Full recovery between 3 months and 1 year £1,950 to £3,470
Recovery between 1 and 2 years (see "neck injury" for longer-term whiplash injury) £3,470 to £6,290

Shoulder Injuries

Severity Compensation
Severe £15,300 to £38,280
Serious £10,180 to £15,300
Moderate £6,290 to £10,180
Minor £1,950 to £6,290
within 3 months up to £1950
within a year £1950 to £3,470
in less than 2 years £3,470 to £6,290

Amputation of arms

Severity Compensation
Loss of Both Arms £191,950 to £239,140
Loss of One Arm (arm amputated at the shoulder or above-elbow amputation) £87,410 to £109,330


Severity Compensation
Severe Fractures to Fingers Up to £29,290
Total Loss of Index Finger In the region of £14,930
Partial Loss of Index Finger £9,700 to £14,930
Fracture of Index Finger £7,270 to £9,760
Total Loss of Middle Finger In the region of £12,460
Serious Injury to Ring or Middle Fingers £11,890 to £13,020
Loss of the Terminal Phalanx of the Ring or Middle Fingers £3,150 to £6,260
Amputation of Little Finger £6,890 to £9,760
Loss of Part of the Little Finger £3,150 to £4,670
Amputation of Ring and Little Fingers In the region of £17,380
Amputation of the Terminal Phalanges of the Index and Middle Fingers In the region of £19,920
Loss of Thumb £28,310 to £43,710
Very Serious Injury to Thumb £15,620 to £27,910
Serious Injury to the Thumb £10,040 to £13,360
Moderate Injuries to the Thumb £7,700 to £10,040
Severe Dislocation of the Thumb £3,150 to £5,410
Minor Injuries to the Thumb Up to £3,150
Trivial Thumb Injuries Up to £1,760

Hand injury

Severity Compensation
Total or Effective Loss of Both Hands £112,100 to £160,600
Serious Damage to Both Hands £44,550 to £67,410
Total or Effective Loss of One Hand £76,650 to £87,410
Amputation of Index and Middle and/or Ring Fingers £49,350 to £72,330
Serious Hand Injuries £23,110 to £49,350
Less Serious Hand Injury £11,520 to £23,110
Moderate £4,640 to £10,580
Minor £730 to £3,460

Injury to the elbow

Severity Compensation
A Severely Disabling Injury £31,220 to £43,710
Less Severe £12,480 to £25,510
Moderate or Minor Injury Up to £10,040

Other arm injury including fractures and nerve damage

Severity Compensation
Severe £76,650 to £104,370
Injuries Resulting in Permanent and Substantial Disablement £31,220 to £47,720
Less Severe £15,300 to £31,220
Simple Fractures of the Forearm £5,280 to £15,300

Vibration white finger (VWF) and/or hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS)

Severity Compensation
Most Serious £25,220 to £30,630
Serious £13,360 to £25,220
Moderate £6,890 to £13,360
Minor £2,390 to £6,890

Work-related upper limb disorders

Severity Compensation
Continuing bilateral disability with surgery and loss of employment £17,460 to £18,440
Continuing, but fluctuating and unilateral symptoms £11,890 to £13,020
Symptoms resolving in the course of up to three years £6,890 to £8,570
Complete recovery within a short period of time £1,760 to £2,810

Wrist injury

Severity Compensation
Injuries resulting in complete loss of function in the wrist £37,960 to £47,720
Injury resulting in significant permanent disability £19,530 to £31,220
Less severe injuries where these still result in some permanent disability £10,040 to £19,530
Where recovery from fracture or soft tissue injury takes longer but is complete Rarely exceed £8,160
An uncomplicated Colles' fracture In the region of £5,920
Very minor undisplaced or minimally displaced fractures and soft tissues injuries £2,810 to £3,790

Injuries to the Pelvis and Hips

Severity Compensation
Severe £31,220 to £104,370
Moderate £10,040 to £31,220
Lesser Injuries £3,150 to £10,040

Achilles tendon

Severity Compensation
Most Serious In the region of £30,630
Serious £19,920 to £23,980
Moderate £10,040 to £16,800

Ankle injury

Severity Compensation
Very Severe £39,910 to £55,560
Severe £24,950 to £39,910
Moderate £10,960 to £21,200
Modest Injuries Up to £10,960

Foot injury

Severity Compensation
Amputation of Both Feet £135,030 to £160,600
Amputation of One Foot £66,930 to £87,410
Very Severe £66,930 to £87,410
Severe £33,460 to £55,830
Serious £19,920 to £31,250
Moderate £10,960 to £19,920
Modest Up to £10,960

Knee injury

Severity Compensation
Severe £20,880 to £76,690
Moderate £10,960 to £20,880

Leg injury

Severity Compensation
Amputations £78,100 to £224,800
Severe Leg Injuries £76,730 to £108,370
Less Serious Leg Injuries £14,320 to £22,130

Toe injury

Severity Compensation
Amputation of All Toes £29,110 to £44,710
Amputation of the Great Toe In the region of £24,950
Severe £10,960 to £16,800
Serious £7,650 to £10,960
Moderate Up to £7,650

Minor injury

Severity Compensation
short duration, where there is a complete recovery within three months, Cases where there is significant pain or multiple injuries albeit full recovery within three months may fall outside. Likewise cases involving, for example, travel anxiety (associated
Injuries where there is a complete recovery within seven days A few hundred to £550
Injuries where there is a complete recovery within 28 days £550 to £1,090
Injuries where there is a complete recovery within three months £1,090 to £1,950

Chronic pain

Severity Compensation
Moderate complex regional pain syndrome £22,340 to £41,860
Moderate pain disorders generally £16,800 to £30,690
Severe complex regional pain syndrome £41,860 to £66,970
Severe pain disorders generally £33,590 to £50,210

Injuries involving paralysis

Severity Compensation
Tetraplegia / quadraplegia £258,740 to £322,060
Paraplegia £174,620 to £226,610
Paraplegia leading to death within 2 years of the accident £39,330

Asbestos-related disease

Severity Compensation
Mesothelioma causing severe pain and impariment of both function and quality of life £55,830 to £100,350
Lung cancer £55,830 to £77,580
Asbestosis and pleural thickening £30,630 to £84,380
Asbestosis and pleural thickening-where the level of respiratory disability/lung function impairment attributable to asbestosis is 1-10% £12,020 to £30,630


Severity Compensation
Severe and permanent disabling asthma £34,330 to £52,390
Chronic asthma £20,950 to £34,280
Bronchitis and wheezing affecting work or social life £15,300 to £20,950
Relatively mid asthma-like symptoms £8,480 to £15,300
Mild asthma, bronchitis, colds and chest problems Up to £4,110


Severity Compensation
In cases involving double incontinence namely total loss of natural bowel function and complete loss of urinary function and control Up to £146,840
Complete loss of function and control Up to £112,100
Serious impairment of control with some pain and incontinence £51,000 to £63,720
Where there has been almost a complete recovery but some fairly long-term interference with natural function £18,660 to £24,950


Severity Compensation
In cases involving double incontinence namely total loss of natural bowel function Up to £146,840
Total loss of natural function and dependence on colostomy, depending on age Up to £119,650
Severe abdominal injury causing impairment of function and often necessitating temporary colostomy £35,540 to £55,590
Penetrating injuries causing some permanent damage but with an eventual return to natural function and control £10,040 to £19,520

Chest Injuries

Severity Compensation
Total removal of one lung and/or serious heart damage £80,250 to £119,650
Traumatic injury to chest, lung(s) and/or heart causing permanent damage £52,390 to £80,250
Damage to chest and lung(s) causing some continuing diability £24,950 to £43,710
A relatively simple injury (such as a single penetrating wound) £10,040 to £14,320
Toxic fume/smoke inhalation £4,240 to £10,040
Injuries leading to collapsed lungs £1,750 to £4,240
Fractures of ribs or soft tissue injuries Up to £3,150

Digestive System

Severity Compensation
Damage Resulting from Traumatic Injury £34,280 to £49,350
Illness/Damage Resulting from Non-traumatic Injury, e.g. Food Poisoning £730 to £41,860


Severity Compensation
Continuing pain and/or limitation on physical activities, sport or employment, after repair £11,890 to £19,260
Direct (where there was no pre-existing weakness) inguinal hernia, with some risk of recurrence, after repair £5,590 to £7,270
Uncomplicated indirect inguinal hernia, possibly repaired £2,710 to £5,760


Severity Compensation
Serious and permanent damage to or loss of both kidneys £135,030 to £167,690
Where there is a significant risk of future urinary tract infection or other total loss of natural kidney function Up to £51,000
Loss of one kidney with no damage to the other £24,530 to £35,780

Lung disease

Severity Compensation
For a young person with serious diability where there is a probability of progressive worsening leading to premature death £80,250 to £108,370
Lung cancer £55,830 to £77,580
Disease, e.g., emphysema, causing significant and worsening lung function £43,670 to £55,830
Breathing difficulties (short of disabling breathlessness) £24,950 to £43,710
Bronchitis and wheezing not causing serious symptoms £16,580 to £24,950
Slight breathlessness with no effect on working life and the likelihood of substantial and permanent recovery £8,480 to £16,580
Temporary aggravation of bronchitis £1,760 to £4,240

Reproductive System: Female

Severity Compensation
Infertility whether by reason of injury or disease, with severe depression and anxiety, pain and scarring £91,600 to £135,030
Infertility resulting from failure to diagnose Ectopic Pregnancy £27,140 to £81,420
Infertility without complications where there is significant psychological damage £14,320 to £29,290
Infertility where the injured person would not have had children in any event £5,280 to £10,040
Failed sterilisation leading to unwanted pregnancy In the region of £8,130
Where delay in diagnosing Ectopic Pregnancy but fertility not affected £2,700 to £16,280

Reproductive System: Male

Severity Compensation
Total Loss of Reproductive Organs In excess of £122,640
Cases of orchidectomy with some psychological consequences £16,000 to £18,000
Impotence In the region of £118,240
Cases of sterility £5,280 to £112,100


Severity Compensation
Loss of spleen where there is continuing risk of internal infection and disorders due to the damage and the immune system £16,580 to £20,950
Where the above risks are not present or are minimal £3,470 to £6,890

Damage to Hair

Severity Compensation
damage which causes hair to fall out leading to distress which can inhibit social life. Thining may continue and prospects of re-growth are poor £5,850 to £8,780
Stress loss of hair and damage causing bald patches. Hair generally grows back within two years. £3,150 to £5,850

Damage to Teeth

Severity Compensation
Significant, chronic tooth pain extending over a number of years in which the condition of the teeth deteriorates Up to £30,390
Loss of or serious damage to several front teeth £6,960 to £9,100
Loss of or serious damage to two front teeth £3,470 to £6,080
Loss of or serious damage to one front tooth £1,760 to £3,150
Loss of or damage to back teeth: per tooth: £870 to £1,360

Dermatitis and Other Skin Conditions

Severity Compensation
(a) Dermatitis of both hands, with cracking and soreness, affecting employment and domestic capability, possibly psychological consequences, lasting for some years, perhaps indefinitely. £10,960 to £15,300
(b) Dermatitis of one or both hands, continuing for a significant period, but settling to with treatment and/or use of gloves for specific tasks. £6,890 to £9,100
(c) Itching, irritation of and/or rashes on one/both hands, resolving within a few months treatment. A short-lived aggravation of a pre-existing skin condition will also fall within this bracket. £1,360 to £3,150

Facial Disfigurement

Severity Compensation
Very Severe Scarring £23,740 to £77,580
Less Severe Scarring £14,320 to £38,600
Significant Scarring £7,270 to £23,980
Less Significant Scarring £3,150 to £10,960
Trivial Scarring £1,360 to £2,810

Fractures of Cheekbones

Severity Compensation
Serious fractures which need surgery but with lasting consequences such as paraesthesia in the cheeks or the lips or some element of disfigurement £8,130 to £12,580
Simple fracture of cheekbones for which some reconstructive surgery is necessary but from which there is a complete recovery £3,470 to £5,150
Simple fracture of cheekbone for which no surgery is required and where a complete recovery is effected £1,850 to £2,390

Fractures of Jaws

Severity Compensation
Serious multiple fractures followed by prolonged treatment and permanent consequences, including severe pain, restriction in eating, paraesthesia and/or the risk of arthritis in the joints £24,300 to £36,310
Serious fracture with permanent consequences such as difficulty in opening the mouth or with eating or where there is paraesthesia in the area of the jaw £14,320 to £24,300
Simple fracture requiring immobiliisation but from which recovery is complete £5,150 to £6,960

Fractures of Nose or Nasal Complex

Severity Compensation
Serious or multiple fractures requiring a number of operations and/or resulting in permanent damage to airways, difficulty breathing and/or nerves or tear ducts and/or facial deformity £8,480 to £18,440
Displaced fracture where recovery complete but only after surgery £3,150 to £4,070
Displaced fracture requiring no more than manipulation £2,010 to £2,510
Simple undisplaced fracture with full recovery £1,360 to £2,010

Orthapaedic Injuries

Severity Compensation
Severe £36,240 to £118,240
Moderate £6,290 to £30,690
Minor £1,950 to £6,290

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