How much can you claim for a back and neck injury in a car accident?

By John Dillon April 30th 2017

A number of factors affect the amount of compensation you are entitled to. Both your injuries and your out-of-pocket expenses need to be considered.

It is important to note many people do not suffer from any symptoms straight away. It often takes days, or even weeks, for symptoms to show. That is why it is essential to see your doctor, regardless of whether or not you are feeling well, straight after a car accident.

Injuring your back and neck in a car accident is distressing for a number of reasons. These injuries, no matter how minor, can affect everyday tasks in your life. If you were either the passenger or the driver in a car accident, and you feel the accident was not your fault, you are entitled to claim compensation for your injuries including back and neck injuries. After a car accident contact a personal injury solicitor as soon as you’re able.

The most common type of injury in a car accident is “whiplash”, which means you’ve damaged the soft tissue in the neck. It is caused by the sudden movement, which occurs during a car accident. Other common injuries include fractures to the bones in the neck known as vertebrae.

Injuries to the lower and mid-back are also quite common in a car accident. This again is due to the violent impact that takes place.

So, how much can you claim for a neck injury? This is dependent upon the extent of your injury, but the following should give you a rough estimate of your claim value. Contact a personal injury solicitor and provide them with your exact details to find out more. After obtaining medical reports your solicitor will be able to access more accurately the value of your injuries. A good personal injury solicitor will be able to help you find the best medical care available so you can get back on your feet as quickly as possible.

The following are guidelines only as to the value of these types of injuries.

  • Whiplash type injuries with complete recovery taking between a few weeks and a year – up to £2,850
  • Whiplash type injuries with complete recovery within 2 years – up to £5,150
  • Moderate neck injury – such as severe whiplash or wrenching injury – up to £16,400
  • Fractures or dislocations necessitating spinal fusion – up to £21,600
  • Claim for ruptured tendons leading to permanent disability – up to £36,000

How much can you claim for a back injury in a car accident?

Again this is similar to neck injuries and is very much dependent on the exact injuries suffered, contact your solicitor to get a more accurate amount.

  • £750 to £2500 for a full recovery within 1 year
  • £2400 to £4250 if you make a full recovery within 2 years
  • £4250 to £7750 for slow recovery of more than minor whiplash symptoms with pain for a number of years
  • £7750 to £13750 for permanent symptoms

Neck and back injuries are often interlinked so it’s best to contact your solicitor to find out exactly what you are entitled to claim for. Again, make sure you see a personal injury solicitor immediately after your accident for all your legal and medical requirements.