Claim Compensation for Neck Injuries
If you have suffered a neck injury in an accident that was not your fault then you could make a claim for compensation. The neck is a fragile part of the human body and therefore it can suffer injuries from a number of everyday situations from slips and trips, accidents at work and probably more commonly whiplash or other neck injuries following a car crash. An injury to the neck can be serious because it plays a vital role to the body. Not only does it support the head but it filters messages from the brain to the rest of the body.
Neck Injury Compensation Amounts
There is no fixed amount of compensation for neck injuries. The amount of compensation a neck injury victim can claim will depend on a number of factors such as the seriousness of the injury and how many dependents the victim has. Whilst it is difficult to put a figure on the amount of compensation you will be able to claim the following will give you an idea:
Severe Neck Injuries
In the region of £97,500
Neck injuries associated with paraplegia or neck injuries where there is no movement in the neck after a period of years and there are associated incurable headaches.
£43,000 – £86,000
Severe injuries which give rise to disability, but are not as severe as those found above.
In the region of £36,000
Injuries which cause severe damage to soft tissue and/or tendons in the neck. These injuries will cause ‘significant disability of a permanent nature’. The court will take into account the extent and length of symptoms, and the medical outlook/.
£16,400 – £21,600
Injuries such as fractures or dislocations which cause severe and immediate symptoms. These injuries will necessitate the fusion of the spine and leave the sufferer with severely impaired function.
Moderate Neck Injuries
£9,000 – £16,4000
Injuries involving whiplash or other wrenching type injuries which result in serious pain and reduction in movement. These types of injury will also result in stiffness and discomfort and the possible need for surgery.
£5,150 – £9,000
Injuries which worsen or cause a recurrence of a pre-existing condition. There is normally a return to full function or ‘nuisance’ levels of pain and discomfort within a few years. This will also apply to whiplash injuries of a minor nature.
Minor Neck Injuries
£875 – £5,150
Minor soft-tissue injuries from which a full recovery is possible within 1-2 years. The court will take into account the recovery period when deciding upon an appropriate level of compensation.
£9,000 – £16,400
Cases which result in serious limitation of movement, permanent or recurring pain, ongoing stiffness or discomfort
£5,150 – £9,000
Whiplash injuries where the period of recovery is protracted and there is a vulnerability to further injuries.
£2,850 – £5,150
Whiplash injuries where a full recovery takes place within around two years
£875 – £2,850
Whiplash injuries where there is fully recovery between a few weeks and a year.
In addition to the above you can also recover any losses you have incurred as a result of your neck injury, for example medical expenses, loss of income, damage to property, travel expenses and so on.
Make a Claim for a Neck Injury
Even if you are partially to blame for your injury, for example by not wearing a seat belt which exacerbates your neck injury in a car crash, you can still make a claim, but the amount of compensation you can claim will be reduced to take this into consideration.
If you would like to make a neck injury compensation claim then you should instruct our personal injury solicitors** for Leeds to issue a claim on your behalf within three years of the date of the accident. In the case of a child this claim must be brought within three years of their 18th birthday.
Contact Our Neck Injury Claims Solicitors for Leeds
Call us on 0113 223 4466 You can also contact us online by completing our enquiry form.