One of the most common questions asked by people who are pursuing a personal injury claim * following an accident that was not their fault is how much compensation they will get.
This is a difficult question to answer as there are many factors that are taken into consideration when a compensation amount is settled on and is a question that a personal injury solicitor cannot give a definitive answer to. Therefore, a useful tool in estimate a compensation claim amount is the Injuries Board book of quantum.
What is the Book of Quantum?
The Injuries Board Book of Quantum provides us with general guidelines as to how much compensation may be awarded in a personal injury claim * and is used by the Injuries Board when they are assessing a personal injury claim *. This book was compiled by examining sample cases from over 51,000 closed personal injury cases * from 2013 and 2014 and is based on actual court figures.
Compensation claims take into account certain aspects of a personal injury along with any after effects the injury has/will have on a personal quality of life and ability to earn money. A compensation claim amounts are decided with the following aspects in mind:
Pain/suffering and loss of quality of life/enjoyment of life
Past loss of earnings
Medical bills as a result of the injury
Loss of future income caused by the injury
Cost of future medical care
How does the severity of an injury affect the amount of compensation * awarded?
The Book of Quantum and the figures you will see below will vary depending on the severity of a person’s injury and will generally categorise injuries into the following ranges:
The person usually fully/substantially recovers from an injury.
Moderate injuries where a person has substantially recovered from an injury but ongoing symptoms persist following recovery which interferes with a person’s quality of life and/or interferes with them carrying out their day to day activities. Generally, the person will reach full recovery from these types of injuries.
- Moderately Severe
The injury has resulted in long-term/permanent incapacity or physical limitations that impact the part of the body that was injured.
- Severe and Permanent Conditions
The injury has caused major disruption to the person’s quality of life, ability to carry out their daily tasks and other areas of their life resulting in long-term serious pain and/or continuous medical attention.
What if I have multiple injuries?
Generally, when the Injuries Board is assessing your injury they will look to the most severe injury first and then adjust that value to incorporate any other less serious injuries to arrive at a final amount of compensation * to be awarded to you.
Based in Dublin, Ireland, with 30 years’ experience Tracey Solicitors are specialists in Personal Injury Law. Serving clients from Ireland and Abroad our team of personal injury solicitors will guide you on all aspects of accident compensation claims.
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*In contentious business a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.