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    Frequently asked questions personal injury

    Personal Injury FAQs

    What is the average payout for a personal injury claim?

    It’s difficult to place an exact figure as to the average payout for a personal injury claim. Many factors go into assessing the value of a case, from the severity of the injury to the duration of painful symptoms. However, we can look at publications like the Judicial College Guidelines to give us an idea.

    For example, for a straightforward neck injury claim, such as one involving whiplash, which resolves within 3 months, the average payout is between £1,000 and £2,300.

    How is a personal injury settlement paid out?

    A personal injury settlement is usually paid out in one lump sum at the end of the claim. This lump sum will factor in both general damages and any special damages. However, if injuries are ongoing or permanent, such as in cases of brain injuries, there may be a need for compensation payments to be regular and ongoing for the duration of the claimant’s life. This may result in monthly or annual payments.

    How long do I have to make a personal injury claim?

    In claims involving accidents or single-event incidents, you will have 3 years from the date of the accident to make a claim.

    For cases involving the likes of industrial diseases, delayed-onset injuries or illnesses, you have 3 years from the date you acquired knowledge that you were suffering an injury or illness that you suspected was the fault of the defendant.