How much compensation could I receive if I apply for a crushed vertebrae injury compensation claim?
Eoin P. Campbell, LL.B., Solicitor
Editor in Chief
The amount of compensation you are entitled to for a crushed vertebrae injury compensation claim will depend entirely on your claim’s individual merits. No two claims are exactly alike, even when the injuries sustained are identical.
Compensation for your pain and suffering is calculated by measuring the severity and permanence of your injury against a publication known as the Book of Quantum which lists a variety of injuries and assigns to them a financial value. This value is then altered to account for your age, general state of health prior to the injury and – in some cases – your sex. You may also be able to claim compensation for emotional trauma if you have developed depression, for example, or anxiety, as a result of your accident or injury.
An additional element that may be included in crushed vertebrae injury compensation is loss of amenity. This refers to the negative effect your injury has had on your quality of life such as if you can no longer participate in a social or leisure activity that you enjoyed prior to the accident or if you cannot perform everyday tasks.
Additionally, you may be able to recover any expenses that you have incurred that are directly attributable to your injury, medical costs, for example, or public transport fares if are unable to drive. Any future financial losses such as loss of income may also be included. When your claim is ultimately resolved you should be no worse off financially than you were before the accident occurred.
You should be aware that if you are approached by the negligent party’s insurers with an early offer of crushed vertebrae injury compensation, the amount they offer may be lower than what you are genuinely entitled to. Offers such as these are often calculated by an online claims calculator or by referring to a previous similar case. You would be well advised to contact an experienced solicitor if you receive an unsolicited offer of compensation. He or she would be able to assess it and determine whether or not it is a fair and reasonable reflection of your injury and the impact it has had on your life.
A solicitor could also assess your claim and give you a preliminary indication of how much compensation you should qualify for. Most solicitors offer an initial consultation without charge where they can answer any questions you may have about your claim.