Neck injury is an injury to any part of the top of the spine, bone, muscles, cartilage, ligaments or tendons between the head and back. Neck injuries can also be linked to psychological symptoms including anxiety and depression.
An injury to the neck can be painful and distressing. The severity of a neck injury and the impact it can have on someone’s life, can vary enormously.
Have you suffered a neck injury that was caused by somebody else? We could help you start your compensation claim today.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How is neck injury compensation calculated? udar11685
Compensation awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College (formerly the Judicial Studies Board) in their frequently-updated guidelines for personal injury awards. These awards are calculated in relation to the nature and severity of an injury. They are set out in the form of upper and lower values for a specific injury.
While the Judicial College guidelines are suggested amounts rather than legally binding their suggestions are generally followed. Most insurance companies will, when calculating a settlement amount, also refer to the guidelines.
Compensation could also be claimed for existing conditions or earlier injuries that have worsened as a result of the accident or illness.
How much compensation can I claim for a neck injury? udar11685
Neck injury compensation amounts will vary depending on the severity of the injury. For a soft tissue injury recovering within one year, an average claim may range from £1,000 to £3,300. Neck fractures, dislocations and damage to discs are valued with reference to the severity and duration of the injury, from around £10,000 to over £110,000 for the most serious injuries.
However, the above neck injury compensation payouts only factor in general damages. Special damages, including the cost of healthcare, physiotherapy and other costs incurred as a result of the injury, will also be included in the total settlement or award.
Severe Neck Injury udar11685
As the neck is essentially part of the spine, damage to this region of the body can have serious life changing impact such as complete paralysis (paraplegia, quadriplegia) or permanent spastic quadriparesis. Settlements for injuries of this severity are the highest.
Compensation awards for less severe disabilities work on a sliding scale that considers the extent of pain, disability and time taken to recovery of for symptoms to ease.
Neck injury symptoms may include minor numbness and pain forcing the sufferer to take time off work. Damage to muscle and soft tissue or ligaments and tendons tend the heal well. However there is still typically pain and distress lasting anywhere from months up to a year. Compensation s available under the JSB guidelines for ‘Minor Neck Settlements’ or for ‘Neck symptoms/whiplash lasting up to one year”.