If a soft tissue injury has set you back, we'll help you move forward

If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a soft tissue injury, we can help.

If your injuries were caused by someone else's actions or negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

You can make a No Win, No Fee soft tissue compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.

What is a soft tissue injury?

Soft tissue injuries affect ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves, and cartilage. One of the most common types of soft tissue injury is whiplash, which is a neck injury caused by a sudden and forceful back-and-forth movement of the neck, often occurring in car accidents.

Sprains, strains, contusions, tendonopathy, bursitis, lacerations, ruptures, crushing, and compression injuries are also typical soft tissue injuries. They can occur as a result of nearly any type of physical trauma.

With over 200,000 admissions for soft tissue injuries each year, you are not alone

216,000 patients were admitted to NHS hospitals in 2021-22 with soft tissue injuries (digital.nhs.uk).

According to the British Orthopaedic Foundation (BOA), soft tissue injuries and conditions account annually for an estimated:

  • 300,000 inpatient hospital visits
  • 1m outpatient visits
  • 3m A&E visits

In many cases, soft tissue injuries are sustained in preventable accidents caused by third-party negligence. If you have suffered a soft tissue injury that was not your fault you may be entitled to make a compensation claim.

If you decide to make a soft tissue injury claim, your personal injury solicitor will take you through every step of the claims process. Your solicitor will be with you until you win your claim and get the compensation you need to move forward.

If you are looking for information on whiplash symptoms and treatment, see: whiplash (nhs.uk).

Am I eligible for soft tissue injury compensation?

You will be able to claim compensation if you've been injured or diagnosed with an illness in the last three years and it wasn't your fault.

Use our injury claim calculator to find out if you can claim. Or you can call 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor. Find out in minutes if you have a claim.

Can I claim compensation if I was partly at fault?

The law concerning liability (or blame) for an accident is complex, and varies depending on the situation.

In our 2024 Personal Injury Claimant Survey, 13.99% of respondents believed they were partly responsible for their injuries, or were uncertain.

When fault on both sides caused a claimant's injuries, this is called 'contributory negligence'. In these situations, compensation may still be payable on the basis of a split liability agreement.

Read more:

Can I claim if I feel I was partly responsible for my accident?

How long after a soft tissue injury do I have to start a claim?

In most cases, you have up to 3 years from the date of your accident or injury to start a claim.

For an injured child, the three-year limitation period begins on their 18th birthday, giving them until they are 21 to start a claim.

How much compensation can I claim for a soft tissue injury?

The amount of money you could claim for a soft tissue injury will depend on:

  • the severity of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.

Soft tissue injury compensation calculator

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Updated June 2024 Compensation Calculator v3.04

Average soft tissue injury general damages compensation

The following soft tissue injury payouts refer to the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Sixteenth Edition by the Judicial College (oup.com).

These tables are used by solicitors or by the courts as a starting point when calculating your compensation.

Please note: these average figures represent general damages only, and do not include any element of special damages (e.g. lost wages).

Example Amount
Neck injury
Soft tissue injury £12,490 to £22,720
Fractures or dislocations or severe soft tissue damage £41,350 to £50,900
Pelvis and hip injury
Soft tissue injury Up to £3,590
Whiplash
Full recovery within 3 months Up to £220
Full recovery within 1 year £220 to £1,200
Full recovery within 2 years £1,200 to £3,830

Can I claim for PTSD or other psychological trauma?

Psychiatric harm is less obvious than physical injury, but the consequences can be just as difficult to deal with.

According to our 2024 Personal Injury Claimant Survey shows that 29.03% of potential claimants sustained a psychological injury, 70.97% of which related to a physical injury.

Soft tissue injuries often cause anxiety about healing time, re-injury, and they can affect confidence in physical activities.

A specialist solicitor will consider psychological harm when calculating your compensation. Psychiatric injuries are recognised in the official guidelines for compensation, and the cost of treatment and other mental health support should be included in your compensation award or settlement.

Our compensation calculator can estimate your compensation for psychological injuries. Or you can call us on 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor.

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College (judiciary.uk) and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

These tables are used by solicitors or by the courts as a starting point when calculating general damages.

How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?

Special damages

Special damages is compensation awarded to cover any financial losses and expenses you incur as a result of your soft tissue injury or negligent medical treatment. These damages aim to put you back in the financial position you would have been in, had your injury not occurred.

Special damages will also cover your medical treatment expenses, that might include X-rays, CT and MRI scans, and physiotherapy.

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A complete list of recoverable losses in a personal injury claim

Should I accept an early offer of compensation?

Due to the short-term nature of soft tissue injuries, accepting a compensation offer from an insurance company at the earliest opportunity can be tempting. However, in the early days after an accident, it is difficult to accurately assess the full extent of injuries and how they might develop.

By accepting an early, no-fuss offer - known as 'third party capture' - the claimant may be settling for less than they may have been entitled to.

For this reason, it is usually recommended to first seek advice from an expert personal injury solicitor to ensure the best possible outcome.

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Should I accept a pre-medical offer in an injury claim?

Common types of soft tissue claim

The most common example of a soft tissue injury is whiplash, usually sustained in a road traffic accident. All road users owe a duty of care to all other road users.

However, soft tissue injuries can happen in any environment, including:

Work-related soft tissue injuries

A further example would be a laceration affecting soft tissue caused by defective machinery in the workplace.

In this case, employers are responsible for providing a safe workplace, including regular checks on work machinery.

Employers are required by health and safety legislation (primarily the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974) to safeguard their employees. Employers owe a duty of care to their employees.

Other injuries often seen in work-related claims include: sprains to the lower back, knee and upper arm; and cumulative trauma disorders, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).

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How do I make a work injury compensation claim?

Back injury compensation claims

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) injury claims

Knee injury compensation claims

Sports-related soft tissue injuries

In addition, a sporting injury, such as a torn ligament, could be claimed for if another person was responsible for ensuring a player's safety at the time the player was injured, such as a referee or umpire, and the player was injured as the result of the official's negligence.

Similarly, if an individual sprained their ankle after tripping on an unidentified hazard in a public place, such as a supermarket, they could claim against the owner or occupier of the premises.

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Ligament damage claims

How do I make a sports injury claim?

How did your injury happen?

The process for a soft tissue injury claim depends the circumstances of the accident. To learn more, click the icons below:

No win, no fee soft tissue injury compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim soft tissue injury compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

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Chris Salmon, Director

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Chris Salmon, Director