Soft Tissue Injury Compensation Claims
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.
Claiming injury compensation with a solicitor
You can make a compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.
Your solicitor will ask you about what happened, and they will collect evidence to prove what caused your injuries. Your solicitor will also work out how much money you can claim, based on your injuries, lost earnings and other expenses.
We can help you make a personal injury compensation claim on a No Win No Fee basis.
In this article
What is a soft tissue injury?
Soft tissue injuries affect ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves, and cartilage.
They include sprains, strains, contusions, tendonopathy, bursitis, lacerations, ruptures, crushing, and compression injuries. They can occur as a result of nearly any type of physical trauma.
Soft tissue injury statistics
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.
Do I have an injury claim?
It should be possible to make an injury claim if you were injured:
- in the last 3 years, and;
- someone else was to blame, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Do I have a claim? - Common questions
What if a child was injured?
The 3 year rule does not apply to minors.
A claim can be pursued for anyone under the age of 18 by a parent, guardian or litigation friend. The injured child has up to the age of 21 to start an injury claim on their own behalf.
Can I still claim if I didn't report the soft tissue injury?
If you did not report the accident it can make it more difficult to pursue a soft tissue injury claim, but a claim may still be possible. This will depend on the circumstances of your case and on the other evidence available.
Soft tissue injury compensation payouts for general damages are set out in the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Fifteenth Edition by the Judicial College.
These tables are used by solicitors or by the courts as a starting point when calculating general damages.
Calculating my soft tissue injury compensation
The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:
- the seriousness of your injury, and
- any financial losses or costs you have incurred (special damages).
Average compensation for soft tissue injury in the UK
Average compensation for soft tissue injuries is misleading. Your compensation will depend largely on how long your soft tissue injury takes to heal, and on the specific impact the injury has had on your life.
At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your soft tissue injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.
Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for. This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.
Find out what your soft tissue injury claim could be worth now:
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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.
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.
Road accident soft tissue injuries - Updated March 2022
Since 31st May 2021, a new, lower soft tissue injury tariff applies to injuries caused when riding inside a road vehicle.
|Duration||Pre-31 May||New amount||New amount with psychological harm*|
|Less than 3 months||£300 to £1,950||£240||£260|
|3 to 6 months||£1,950 to £3,470||£495||£520|
|6 to 9 months||£1,950 to £3,470||£840||£895|
|9 to 12 months||£1,950 to £3,470||£1,320||£1,390|
|12 to 15 months||£3,470 to £6,290||£2,040||£2,125|
|15 to 18 months||£3,470 to £6,290||£3,005||£3,100|
|18 to 24 months||£3,470 to £6,290||£4,215||£4,435|
Is it worth claiming compensation for a soft tissue injury?
Although the recovery period of soft tissue injuries is relatively short, the law recognises that all unnecessary suffering deserves to be compensated.
Some solicitors may suggest that a potential soft tissue injury award is too small to be worth the trouble of making a claim.
However, even relatively minor injuries can result in reasonable compensation settlements, especially if you have incurred expenses or taken time off work as a result of the accident.
Accepting an early offer
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.
Will I have to go to court?
Highly unlikely. Solicitors settle the vast majority of claims out of court.
Less than 5% of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.
Cases that do ultimately go to court are decided by a judge or magistrate, not a jury.
Even if the claim does go to court, it is very unlikely you will have to attend.
No win, no fee, no risk
With a no win, no fee agreement, your solicitor agrees that you will have no legal fees to pay if you do not winn your claim .
No win, no fee - our guarantee
Our no win, no fee guarantee means there is zero financial risk in making an injury claim, even if you don't win your claim. Read more about making a No win, no fee claim
What do I pay if I win my injury claim?
Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee which is deducted from your compensation, only after your compensation is awarded. The solicitor's success fee can be up to 25%. Your solicitor will agree a success fee with you before you start your claim.
What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?
If your injury claim is not successful then you do not have to pay any legal fees at all. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.
Why do most solicitors charge 25%?
25% success fees are charged by most law firms as this is the maximum fee that the Ministry of Justice allows them to charge. soft tissue injury claims can take a solicitor hundreds of hours work and they receive nothing if the case is lost. The success fee will be subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may vary. Call us for more information.
How we can help you
Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims.
If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:
- 8am to 9pm weekdays
- 9am to 6pm on Saturday
- 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday
Call us for FREE advice on 0800 376 1001, or arrange a call back from a friendly, legally-trained advisor:
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if you can claim
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to start a claim
Can I claim for someone else?
Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.
If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.
The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.
Can I claim if I feel I was partly responsible for my accident?
Yes. You may still be able to claim compensation even if your actions may have contributed to the accident.
However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.
How long do I have to make an injury claim?
In general, you have a time limit of up to 3 years from the date of the injury to make an injury claim.
The last date you can make a claim is known as the claim limitation date - after which your injury claim becomes 'statute barred'.
Can I claim for an injury after 3 years?
Possibly. The general rule for adults is that a claim must be started within three years.
However, the three-year countdown starts on the day you learned of your injury or illness. This will usually be the date of the accident, but could be the date your doctor gave you a diagnosis.
If you were injured as a child, you do have up until your 21st birthday to make a claim.
There other circumstances that can also impact the limitation date. Call us now on 0800 376 1001 to find out if you are still able to claim injury compensation.
In reality, there are a number of factors that can affect whether an injury claim will be taken on by a solicitor.
Will I have to visit a solicitor's office to start a claim?
No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. Personal injury claims are handled by email, post and phone.
Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.
I need the money now - what are my options?
If you are unable to work and have bills to pay, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.
An interim payment is an advance on your compensation payment. Any amount you receive in interim payments would be deducted from your final compensation payment.
Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher
About the author
Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.