What Is My Motorcycle Accident Injury Claim Worth?

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Motorcycles are one of the most popular ways to get around in the UK. There are around 1.2 million motorbikes on Britain’s roads today. As you can imagine, they provide a fun and versatile way to travel. Plus, they are useful for avoiding traffic jams, given their small size compared to cars.

For the most part, motorcycle riders experience little to no problems on the road. But, the sad truth is that some get involved in collisions with other road users. As you can appreciate, motorcycles are vulnerable on the road compared to other vehicles. That’s because they don’t feature a metal cage and glass around them.

When a motorcycle accident happens, the results can sometimes be devastating. And, in a lot of cases, injured motorcyclists could end up with life-changing disabilities.

If you’re injured in a motorcycle accident, you’ll likely experience physical injuries and trauma. As a result, you may have to take time off work to recover. And that alone can impact other areas of your life, your financial stability being one of them.

In those situations, you could get awarded compensation for your motorcycle accident. The trouble is, few people know what kind of awards they could expect to receive.

If you wish to pursue a compensation claim, it’s important to know all the facts. The following details some common examples of injuries. Plus, you can learn how much compensation you could get awarded as a result of your accident:

Hearing loss

If you have slight hearing loss following your accident, you could get £4,850 to £8,250. Some people suffer from tinnitus, which is a ringing or buzzing noise in the ears. In those cases, a compensation award will usually range between the following:

  • £8,250 to £9,570 – mild tinnitus;
  • £9,750 to £19,500 – moderate tinnitus;
  • £19,500 to £30,000 – severe tinnitus.

A total loss of hearing in one ear can attract £20,500 to £30,000. For total deafness in both ears, the compensation goes up: £59,500 to £72,000.

Head trauma and brain damage

As you can imagine, head trauma and brain damage have devastating consequences for motorcyclists. At the less severe end, mild head trauma injuries are worth £1,450 to £8,400 for compensation. If epilepsy ensues, as a result, claim awards go up and are worth £36,000 to £98,500.

Brain damage tends to attract high levels of compensation. That’s because injuries are usually permanent and disabling. In some cases, injured motorcyclists may need lifelong care as a result. The compensation levels vary depending on the severity of the brain damage:

  • £10,000 to £150,000 – minor brain damage;
  • £144,500 to £1,500,000 – moderate to severe brain damage;
  • £185,000 to £3,000,000 – very severe brain damage.

Neck and shoulder injuries

They are the injuries that usually happen the most in a motorcycle accident. Depending on the speed of all vehicles involved, the force of impact can be moderate to quite severe. The compensation that one can claim will depend on the severity of any neck and shoulder injuries.

For instance, whiplash injuries that take less than two years to heal are worth £1,000 to £6,000. If the healing process is nearer two years, the compensation will rise from £5,150 to £9,000. Clavicle bone fractures can attract awards of £3,400 to £8,000. And a shoulder injury that can lead to disability is worth £5,150 to £8,400.

Severe neck injuries, such as fractured bones, can range from £16,400 to £21,600. Meanwhile, a permanent disability from neck injuries is as much as £21,600 to £97,500.

Arm and wrist injuries

When a rider falls off their bike after impact with other vehicles, they will often injure their arms. Compensation claims can include such injuries as well as the ones listed on this page so far.

A fractured wrist can result in claims worth £2,300 to £4,850. If those injuries lead to long-term pain and stiffness, the claim’s worth £8,250 to £16,100. A disability that follows a severe wrist injury attracts compensation of £16,100 to £39,000.

£4,350 to £12,600 is what you can expect for minor arm injuries and fractures. Serious arm injuries that lead to disabilities increase the claim to £25,750 to £86,000.

Back and leg injuries

Of course, the upper body isn’t the only area that can get injured in a motorcycle accident. Minor back sprain injuries can result in claims of up to £8,250. Permanent disabilities increase compensations awards to around £111,000.

Leg injuries are also similar when it comes to compensation amounts. For example, minor leg fractures range from £1,000 to £6,000. And serious foot injuries range from £16,400 to £20,500.

July 8, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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