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Please use our compensation calculator to see how much your claim is worth. You can use our tool as a personal injury calculator or for medical negligence cases.

We know how important it is for clients to see an estimated value of their claim before they decide if they want to pursue compensation.

Online claims calculators cannot show you the exact value of your claim because all solicitors need to know all the critical aspects of your case. Our calculator has been developed to give you a realistic, but estimated compensation claim value to allow you to make an informed decision on whether you wish to work with us and begin legal proceedings to make a claim.

"Jeanette Whyman is a well-established figure in the clinical negligence field"

Chambers UK

Please select the area of the body affected on our injury claim calculator below to see the guidance payout figures. You will then be able to see the range of payments awarded in compensation for your type of injury. 

Compensation calculator

Our calculator will give you an initial estimation of your compensation award, your actual claim value will depend on a variety of factors, please contact us for a free assessment.

Compensation calculator UK

It’s not possible to predict precisely how much compensation you will receive for your claim. It’s common for people to think certain injuries automatically attract a specific amount, but when you make a claim your personal suffering, pain, recovery time and any financial impact are all taken into account. You can expect to be compensated for your injuries and to recoup your financial losses.

Our medical negligence calculator will give you an estimated value for the most common types of injuries. Please click in the boxes to select the area of your body that has been injured - you’ll see a scale of compensation payouts and awards. Please contact us for a free consultation where we can discuss your circumstances and offer you a more accurate estimate based on your case.

Online claims calculators cannot show you the exact value of your claim because all solicitors need to know all the critical aspects of your case. Our calculator has been developed to give you a realistic, but estimated compensation claim value to allow you to make an informed decision on whether you wish to work with us and begin legal proceedings to make a claim.

No win no fee claims

The majority of the claims we handle are on a no win no fee basis.

In simple terms, a no win no fee claim is a CFA (conditional fee agreement) between you and your solicitor where there is no financial risk to you.

If you win the case, you will be required to pay our fees, in many instances, this can be paid by the person or organisation you are claiming against. The costs can also be paid from your compensation. If the claim is unsuccessful, you will not be liable to pay our fees. 

There are many different types of compensation claim. This tool concentrates on personal injury and medical negligence, but we have specialists across a range of negligence fields that can help you claim compensation.

Our solicitors understand that claiming compensation can be a daunting prospect, especially if you’ve never dealt with legal proceedings or lawyers before. 

We explain everything to you in plain English and guide you through the process step by step, explaining what will happen, when and what you can expect at each stage.

You can start by either calling us or filling in a brief form with your details, and we’ll call you back. We need to know the answers to a few simple questions about your injuries and how they came about. 

We can quickly tell you if you have a valid compensation claim and give you a clearer idea on how much compensation you are likely to receive for your injury if your claim is successful.

Our team will then update you at regular intervals to let you know how your claim is progressing.

Case studies

August 27th, 2019 Our most notable medical negligence cases 2019

The NHS is facing an existential crisis. The negotiations over junior doctors’ pay and conditions and widespread dissatisfaction among GPs, combined with a £2.45bn overspend by NHS Trusts, is impacting on patient care.

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October 8th, 2017 Wrong chemotherapy drug led to death

Mr G was suffering from cancer. As part of the treatment he had an orchidectomy (an operation to remove his testicle).

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March 2nd, 2017 The prevention of accidents and claims

The importance of complying with Health and Safety Law is vital to prevent avoidable accidents in the workplace. Ultimately compliance will reduce personal injury claims made by employees and visitors to the premises for injury which in turn will lead to the smooth running of your business.

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Our team 

Our compensation claim team have over 25 years’ experience dealing with claims for both medical negligence and personal injury.

Well regarded as an expert in her field, Jeanette Whyman leads the team; she is top ranked in Chambers and The Legal 500.

Jeanette is accredited by the Law Society for Clinical Negligence and The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. She is also a member of Action Against Medical Accidents. 

" ... in a hospital negligence claim. Jeanette was friendly, compassionate, helpful and professional. The case was successful and I am sure this would not have happened without Jeanette's determination, professionalism and expertise."

Lynn Morrison

FAQs

  • How is compensation calculated?

    Compensation is calculated in two parts. The first is 'general damages' this relates to your pain and suffering. It is assessed on all the things you could do before your injury that you can no longer do, such as playing sport or gardening.

    The second part is 'special damages'- this is for your out of pocket expenses, such as loss of wages, costs of car parking or employing someone to tend to your garden if you are no longer able to do so. These two parts make the total of the compensation you will receive.

  • How do you calculate pain and suffering?

    The first part of the compensation claim is for 'general damages', this is for your pain and suffering. It is calculated using both Court guidelines which give brackets of likely compensation for your injury and previously decided cases in which similar injuries have been suffered. Using these two sources, we provide you with a range of the likely compensation you will receive.

  • How long does it take to get an offer of compensation?

    The time it takes to receive an offer of compensation depends on the complexity of the case. If your case is not defended, an offer can be made or received within months. If yours is a complicated case, it may be longer, but generally, most cases don't take longer than 2- 3 years to settle.

  • Can you get compensation for misdiagnosis?

    The simple answer is yes; you can get compensation for misdiagnosis. This is one of the most significant areas for medical negligence cases. Someone who is not correctly diagnosed, or it takes time for a correct diagnosis to be given, can claim for compensation if this has caused pain and suffering. 

  • How do you prove medical negligence?

    There are two aspects to prove medical negligence. We have to prove that something has gone wrong with your treatment or care and that an injury has been caused because of this. 

    For example, if you break your wrist and go to the hospital where you are told your wrist is sprained, then you have been misdiagnosed. If months later you need surgery to put it right which is deemed to be an 'injury' (and you wouldn't have needed the surgery if you had been treated straight away) then you will have proved your claim.

    However, if you go back to the hospital later the same day and you are treated with a plaster cast (and this is the treatment you would have had if you had been treated straight away), then this is not a claim. Although something had gone wrong, there is no 'injury' because you have been treated in the same way as you would have been treated in any event.

    This second aspect of proof is usually the most difficult to prove. 

The compensation claims process

For us to move forward with your claim there are a number of things we need from you to help us understand your case and advise you on the matter. These include:

  • The details of the incident, the date and time it happened and who was involved, this is relevant to both personal injury and medical negligence cases.
  • We’ll need the details of your injuries and any treatment undertaken. For medical negligence cases we’ll also need your medical records if we think you have a valid claim.

There are other things that can prove useful in establishing a claim, for example:

  • Any notes you have on the expenses you have incurred as a result of your injuries, this can include travel expenses, child care and medical expenses.
  • Details of any insurance policies you have, there are lots of household and motor insurance policies that included legal expenses, this will help us advice you on how to fund your claim.  

Once we have all this information and we’ve had a detailed conversation with you we will study the cases notes and evidence and be able to advise you on whether you have the grounds to make a claim.

If you feel you want to move forward with your claim we will give you an estimated timeframe and an estimate calculation of your compensation. We will also discuss with you the options to fund your claim, the majority of our cases are handled on a no win no fee basis.

It’s then over to our team to look at the evidence you have provided and advise you on whether you are in a position to make a claim. Your claim will then be processed; we will let you know who will be handling your claim and the timeframes and stages of the process. At this point your options for funding will be discussed, personal injury solicitors fees are often a concern for clients, the majority of our cases are taken on a no win no fee basis but we will discuss this with you.

What you can do

For any claim you will need to see a medical professional to document the extent of your injuries, you can arrange this yourself or we can sort this for you. The report will help us to estimate the value of your claim.  

Letter of claim

Once we have all these details we will send a “letter of claim” to the organisation or person responsible for your injury. The letter will outline your injuries and how they occurred. If at this stage the defendant accepts liability for your injuries we will aim to settle your matter without going to court.

If defendant does not accept full or partial liability or they offer you a lower sum that you can expect to settle the case we can advise you on the options available to you which can include going to court.

Court proceedings

If you case needs to go to court, the timeframe is in the hands of the judge. The court will advise on the hearing date and we will let you know what you need to do. The judge will look at the details of your case and make an award which is usually received in about a month.

Compensation for personal injury

When many people think of personal injury compensation, they immediately think of whiplash. Over 70% of claims are indeed related to neck injuries, usually caused in road traffic accidents. However, personal injury claims cover a broad spectrum of accidents and injuries caused in traffic collisions, in the workplace or trips and slips in public places.

Compensation for injuries is awarded for two distinct things, general damages and special damages. General damages are specifically for your injuries, and the pain caused, special damages are designed to cover your financial losses, this could be for things like time off work, rehabilitation and costs relating to your care and recovery.

Claims management companies

Many insurers encourage their customers to use claims management companies to deal with smaller claims, usually those for whiplash injuries. It is important to note that many of these companies do not use a solicitor; in these instances, the claim will not be able to go to court should it need to, this growing trend has led to a significant increase in claims being undervalued, meaning you do not receive the compensation you are entitled to. 

Time limits

As with all compensation cases, there is a time limit for making a claim. It is three years from the date you were injured or the date you became aware of the injury; this is usually particularly relevant for industrial disease cases where the injury does not become apparent for several years. It is therefore advisable to seek the advice of a solicitor as soon as you are aware of an issue.

Claims for medical negligence compensation

The first question clients usually ask us is about compensation payouts and guidelines. Medical negligence claims are very different to claims for personal injury. For a successful claim, it is essential to prove a "breach of duty" by the healthcare professional which means the care you received was below the standard that could reasonably be expected of a competent medical or healthcare professional. Our claims calculator will help you understand the broad scale of values for claims.

Time limits

As with all negligence claims, there is a time limit to claim. This is why it is so important to speak to a medical negligence solicitor as soon as you become aware of your injuries or aware that there is an issue. For the majority of claims, you have three years from the date of knowledge to start your claim.

The details 

Our medical negligence lawyers will need to know as much detail as possible about your injuries and the impact they have had on your life. This is to make sure the claim for compensation covers your lifetime needs.

Medical law cases are complicated by their nature. The process involves gathering medical evidence, reports, scans and x-rays and seeking the guidance of expert witnesses. We also take a witness statements from you to determine the impact the injuries have had on your life. 

It can seem like a drawn-out process, but it is crucial to ensure you receive the right compensation. 

We do the majority of the work so it shouldn't deter you if you are a victim of negligent medical care.

An apology

It's important to remember that pursuing a claim will only help you seek financial compensation. Many of our clients are looking for more; they want an apology and an explanation for their treatment and injuries. Our solicitors can explain the complaints processes and options available to you. 

Medical negligence cases payouts UK

Our team have over 25 years' experience dealing with medical negligence claims. Please see our medical negligence case studies for further details of our cases. 

Compensation guideline values

  • Brain and head compensation value
    Head injuries and trauma Estimated compensation value
       
    Very severe brain damage £227,900 - £344,825
    Moderately severe brain damage £177,000 - £240,295
    Moderate brain damage £34,800 - £186,850
    Less severe brain damage £12,300 - £36,735
    Minor brain or head injury £1,700 - £10,915

     

    Epilepsy Estimated compensation value
    Grand mal £82,000 - £128,365
    Petit mal £44,300 - £112,195
    Epileptic related conditions £8,500 - £22,560
  • Facial injuries compensation value
    Facial injuries and trauma Estimated compensation value
    Fractures  
    Frontal facial bones £19,000 - £30,975
    Multiple fractures of facial bones £12,000 - £20,965
    Nose fractures £1,200 - £20,425
    Cheekbone fractures £1,700 - £13,930
    Jaw fractures £5,100 - £38,640
    Damage to teeth £850 - £32,235

     

    Facial disfigurements  Estimated compensation value
    Female facial scarring £1,300 - £83,530
    Male facial scarring £1,300 - £55,950
    Other body scarring £1,900 - £20,215
    Serious burn injuries from £88,725
    Hair damage  £3,000 - £9,745
    Dermatitis £1,300 - £16,875
  • Neck injury compensation value
    Neck injuries and trauma Estimated compensation value
    Severe neck injuries £36,700 - £139,175
    Moderate neck injuries £6,300 - £38,550
    Minor neck injuries £700 - £6,815

     

  • Paralysis injury compensation value
    Paralysis Estimated compensation value
    Quadriplegia £262,300 - £342,835
    Paraplegia £177,000 - £241,185

     

  • Shoulder injuries compensation value
    Shoulder injuries Estimated compensation value
    Severe shoulder injuries £15,500 - £40,940
    Serious shoulder injuries £10,300 - £16,275
    Moderate shoulder injuries £6,300 - £10,815
    Minor shoulder injuries £3,500 - £6,615
    Fractured clavicle £4,100 - £10,185

     

  • Back and spinal injury compensation value
    Back and spinal injuries Estimated compensation value
    Severe back and spinal injuries £31,300 - £136,905
    Moderate back and spinal injuries £10,100 - £23,720
    Minor back and spinal injuries £750 - £11,515
  • Arm injury compensation value
    Arm injuries and trauma Estimated compensation value
    Amputation of both arms £194,500 - £255,625
    Amputation of one arm £77,700 - £116,340
    Other arm injuries £5,300 - £111,090
    Elbow injuries up to £46,515
    Wrist injuries  up to £50,715
  • Hand injury compensation value
    Hand injuries Estimated compensation value
    Amputation of both hands to amputation of finger/fingers £33,800 - £170,980
    Total or effective loss of both hands £113,000 - £170,835
    Severe hand injuries £23,300 - £52,950
    Moderate hand injuries £4,900 - £11,735
    Minor hand injuries £735 - £3,675
    Injuries to fingers up to £31,080
    Injuries to thumbs up to £46,515

     

    Vibration white finger or hand-arm vibration syndrome Estimated compensation value
    Severe vibration white finger or hand-arm vibration syndrome £25,500 - £33,550
    Moderate vibration white finger or hand-arm vibration syndrome £6,900 - £14,775
    Minor vibration white finger or hand-arm vibration syndrome £2,400 - £7,245
    Upper limb disorders £1,700 - £19,530
  • Leg injury compensation value
    Leg injuries Estimated compensation value
    Amputations £79,100 - £239,295
    Severe leg injuries £22,400 - £114,450
    Minor - moderate leg injuries up to £23,520
  • Knee injury compensation value
    Knee injuries Estimated compensation value
    Severe knee injuries £21,100 - £81,585
    Minor - moderate knee injuries up to £22,155
  • Pelvis and hip compensation value
    Injuries to the pelvis and hips Estimated compensation value
    Severe pelvis and hips injuries £31,600 - £111,090
    Moderate pelvis and hips injuries £10,100 - £33,180
    Minor pelvis and hips injuries up to £10,815
    Lesser injuries up to £3,255
  • Loss of sight or hearing compensation value
    Sight and vision Estimated compensation value
    Total blindness and deafness  up to £326,500
    Total blindness  up to £217,200
    Loss of sight in one eye (with reduced vision in the remaining eye) £51,600 - £145,100
    Total loss of one eye £44,300 - £53,000
    Loss of sight/impairment of vision in one eye £7,300 - £44,300
    Minor Eye Injuries £3,100 - £7,000

     

    Deafness/loss of hearing Estimated compensation value  
    Total deafness and loss of speech £88,600 - £113,500
    Total deafness £73,300 - £88,600
    Total loss of hearing in one ear £25,200 - £36,800
    Partial hearing loss/tinnitus £5,600 - £36,800
  • Internal injury compensation value
    Internal injuries Estimated compensation value
    Chest injuries £3,100 - £127,365
    Lung disease £1,770 - £114,500
    Asbestos-related disease £12,200 - £106,575
    Asthma £4,100 - £55,650
    Male reproductive system £5,300 - £130,410
    Female reproductive system £8,200 - £143,745
    Digestive system £735 - £52,500
    Kidneys £24,800 - £178,395
    Bowels £10,100 - £127,365
    Bladder £18,900 - £119,175
    Spleen £3,500 - £22,260
    Hernia £2,700 - £20,570
  • Foot injury compensation value
    Foot injuries Estimated compensation value
    Amputations £67,800 - £170,835
    Severe foot injuries £33,900 - £93,030
    Moderate foot injuries £11,100 - £59,430
    Minor foot injuries up up £11,655

     

    Toe injuries Estimated compensation value
    Amputation of all toes £29,500 - £47,565
    Amputation of the big toe up to £26,460
    Severe toe injuries £7,700 - £17,850
    Moderate toe injuries up to £8,085
  • Ankle injury compensation value
    Ankle injuries Estimated compensation value
    Severe ankle injuries £25,200 - £59,115
    Moderate ankle injuries £11,100 - £22,575
    Minor ankle injuries up to £11,655

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