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How is compensation for pain and suffering calculated?

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What is a compensation claims calculator?

Our claims calculator is a very rough guide to the damages payment you may be entitled to. ‘Damages’ are paid as compensation for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity you have experienced following an accident. However, the amount we predict is not guaranteed.

This is because  solicitors, insurers, and judges value claims based upon evidence. An independent medical expert usually obtains this evidence. Firstly, this expert will detail the injuries you have suffered and then give a prognosis as to whether you will recover. Furthermore, if recovery is possible the independent medical expert will estimate how long this might take.

From this evidence, the value of a claim can be more accurately established. However, we do our best to provide a good estimate, so if you want to find out what your claim might be worth then click here.

Why am I compensated for pain and suffering?

The basic legal principle behind an award of compensation for pain and suffering is to put the injured person back into the financial position they would have been in had the accident not occurred.

How are damages for pain and suffering valued?

The valuation is largely subjective. Most judges, solicitors, and insurers value the claim against guidelines drawn up by the judicial college which set out various brackets for different sorts of injuries. You may see damages for pain, suffering, and loss of amenity being described as ‘general damages.’ Valuations are also made based upon previous case law. They are not something which can always be precisely calculated.

To see an estimate of what your claim might be worth, use our claims calculator below:

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