I badly injured my back in a car accident and I want to know what is my personal injury claim worth. How can I tell how much compensation I will receive?
You should speak with an independent personal injury solicitor in order to find out what is your personal injury claim worth as no two personal injury claims will be exactly alike. Even two highly similar injuries can see substantially different personal injury claim amounts awarded.
The reason for this is that the value of a personal injury claim can be affected by a number of factors, such as your age, sex, state of health at the time of the accident as well as the length of time that it will take for you to make a full recovery. The level of pain and suffering caused by your injury must also be factored into personal injury claim amounts.
You can obtain a rough estimate of what is your personal injury claim worth by consulting the Book of Quantum. The Book of Quantum is a reference used by the Injuries Board to assist with the calculation of the value of a personal injury claim. You will not be able to find out exactly what the relevant amount of personal injury compensation will be, but you should be able to find out the typical range of compensation applicable for your injury. Where your injury falls within this range will primarily depend on the severity of the injury and whether a full recovery can be made.
It is often not possible for an accurate amount of personal injury compensation to be calculated until all aspects of an injury are known. Since a claim for personal injury compensation must factor in loss of amenity caused by an injury, it may be necessary to delay making a claim until the full extent of the damage — and the implications for future health — are known. However you should not delay seeking legal advice, as there are a number of procedures which should be completed to ensure your right to claim compensation is not lost.
When you first contact a solicitor you will have your eligibility to make a personal injury claim assessed. You should therefore explain your account of the accident and the evidence you have collected to support your claim. Before a solicitor can accurately calculate how much compensation you can claim it will be necessary for you to undergo a medical examination by a back specialist. Once you have a full diagnosis and prognosis, it will be possible to advise you how much compensation can be claimed for your back injury.