Compensation Claims Estimator

Where a person is injured as a result of the negligence of someone else, that person may be entitled to claim compensation from that party or their insurers.

The amount of compensation is dependent on a number of factors while it is important to remember that the severity of the injury is only one of these factors.

Where the injured party is partially responsible for the accident, then a deduction will be made in respect of any compensation that will be made in respect of any compensation that may be awarded and accordingly, it is very important to remember that the information set out below is in respect of compensation where the issue of liability is not in question i.e. no issue whatsoever arises in relation to the issue of liability and accordingly the only issue is one of quantum or amount.

How much compensation is applicable to a given injury type?

This is a very popular question which is often asked by clients.  However, it is a complex and difficult question to answer but a very useful tool in arriving at an estimate of the amount of compensation any injury will attract is the Book of Quantum.

The Book of Quantum is a publication by the Injuries Board which is the Statutory Body set up in 2004 to deal with personal injury claims*.  The latest Book of Quantum contains various guidelines as to what is appropriate compensation in respect of all types of injuries, the book was compiled to a detailed survey of approximately 50,000 personal injuries actions from recent years and based on actual court figures.

This calculation is used by the Injuries Board when making assessments in injury claims where assessments are made by the Injuries Board.

A court is obliged to have regard to the Book of Quantum in arriving at its award, but it is not obliged to follow it religiously – it has the power to deviate from the figures set out in the Book of Quantum and arrive at its own conclusions in terms of monetary awards for injuries.

SETTLEMENT OF CASES

Before settling a case a Plaintiff and his Solicitor/Counsel should consider all aspects of a case to include the following;

  • Pain and suffering to date and into the future;
  • Loss of earnings to date and into the future, if applicable;
  • All items of out of pocket expenses such as medical expenses, physiotherapy etc;
  • Medical costs into the future.

SEVERITY OF THE INJURY

The Book of Quantum categorises injuries into four main categories:

  1. Minor

The injured person is usually fully/substantially recovered from the injury complained of.

  1. Moderate

Moderate injures are categorised where a person has substantially recovered from an injury but may have ongoing symptoms which may impact upon their day to day lives.  However, it is generally anticipated that the injured party will reach full recovery from these types of injury in due course.

  1. Moderately Severe

This type of injury is categorised where the injured party had sustained a long term/permanent incapacity of physical limitation that impact the part of the body that was injured in the accident.

  1. Permanent and Severe Conditions

This type of injury is categorised by an injured party who has sustained a severe and permanent injury resulting in major disruption in the persons quality of life and ability to carry out daily functions which result in long term chronic pain and/or may require continuous medical assistance.

MULTIPLE INJURIES

It is important to note when using the Book of Quantum it is not appropriate to simply add the different values of different injuries together as this will not give you an accurate assessment of compensation.  The Book of Quantum states that the correct method of assessing multiple injuries is by looking firstly at the most severe injury and thereafter making an adjustment value to take into account any less serious injuries to eventually arrive at a level of compensation that maybe appropriate in all the circumstances.

HOW TO USE THIS COMPENSATION ESTIMATOR

It is important to remember that the amount of compensation set out in respect of the various injuries below are estimates only and will vary greatly from case to case. 

They are intended to provide you with an approximate guide to the amounts of compensation that may be payable in the event that you are wholly successful in your claim for compensation*.  The amounts set out below are general guidelines only and there is a great deal of variation in the figures applicable to each category and accordingly it is important and in your interest to seek the advices of an experienced solicitor in Quinn Solicitors to deal with all aspects of  your case so that you will be assured that no important matter has been overlooked.

In order to arrive at an estimate of the compensation* that may be payable in respect of a particular injury, an assessment of the severity of your injury, the length of time for your recovery and the outcome of your recovery requires to be taken into consideration.  When that is assessed, it is important to do the following:

  • Identify the category that related to your injury;
  • Assess the severity of your injury;
  • Assess the value range of your injury;
  • Consider multiple injuries

Head Injuries (Head & Skull)

Concussion

  • Minor Concussion with No Loss of Consciousness: Up to €21,800
  • Moderate Concussion with Less than 24 hours’ Loss of Consciousness: €19,000 – €35200
  • Severe Concussion with more than 24 hours’ Loss of Consciousness: €41,600 – €74,000

Skull Fracture/Minor Head Injuries with no loss of consciousness

  • Minor: €34,700 – €60,200
  • Moderate: €54,200 – €91,800
  • Severe and Permanent: €73,400 – €105,000

Skull Fracture/Severe Head Injuries with loss of consciousness

  • Minor – €52,800 – €124,000
  • Moderate – €68,200 – €128,000
  • Severe and Permanent (Excluding Brain Damage) – €87,400 – €144,000

Eye Injuries (Injuries affecting sight)

  • Minor Eye Injuries: Up to €9,800
  • Reduced Loss of Sight in One Eye: €22,500 – €45,500
  • Total Loss of Sight in One Eye: Up to €138,000

Cheek Fractures

  • Minor: €21,200 – €42,200
  • Moderate: €37,700 – €47,300
  • Severe and Permanent: €47,500 – €55,600

Nose Fractures

  • Minor: €18,000 – 22,100
  • Moderate: €22,100 – €32,200
  • Moderately Severe: €32,400 – €46,600
  • Severe and Permanent: €44,500 – €63,900

Jaw Injuries (Soft Tissue) 

  • Minor: €11,000 – €20,800
  • Moderate: €19,500 – €27,600
  • Severe and Permanent: €25,900 – €52,700

Jaw Injury – Dislocation

  • Minor: €21,200 – €35,400
  • Moderate: €36,100 – €63,300
  • Severe and Permanent: €52,700 – €68,600

Jaw Injury – Fracture

  • Minor: €21,200 – €47,100
  • Moderate: €35,900 – €74,900
  • Severe and Permanent: €52,700 – €80,200

Damage to Teeth

  • Loss of Milk Tooth: €4,400 – €7,000
  • Broken Tooth: €7,500 – €10,300
  • Loss of One Tooth: €10,300 – €12,700

Neck Injuries

Whiplash/Soft Tissue Injuries

  • Minor – Substantially Recovered: Up to €15,700
  • Minor – Expected Full Recovery: Up to €19,400
  • Moderate: €20,400 – €30,200
  • Moderately Severe: €34,400 – €52,200
  • Severe and Permanent: €44,600 – €77,900

Back Injuries and Spinal Fractures

Back Injury – Soft Tissue

  • Minor – Substantially Recovered: Up to €14,800
  • Minor – Expected Full Recovery: Up to €18,400
  • Moderate: €21,400 – €34,400
  • Moderately Severe: €32,100 – €55,700
  • Severe and Permanent: €52,300 – €92,000

Vertebrae Injuries

  • Minor: €32,500 – €63,300
  • Moderate: €54,900 – €92,700
  • Severe and Permanent: €76,000 – €139,000

Upper Limb Injuries

Arm/Hand/Finger Amputation

  • Index Finger – Partial: Up to €55,800
  • Index Finger – Total: Up to €61,200
  • Middle Finger – Partial: Up to €51,100
  • Middle Finger – Total: Up to €57,200
  • Ring Finger – Partial: Up to €43,300
  • Ring Finger – Total: Up to €57,200
  • Little Finger – Partial: Up to €41,600
  • Little Finger – Total: Up to €46,400
  • Thumb – Partial: Up to €44,200
  • Thumb – Total: Up to €80,500

Shoulder/Upper Arm Soft Tissue Injuries

  • Minor: Up to €33,500
  • Moderate: €22,000 – €60,900
  • Severe and Permanent: €34,700 – €67,700

Shoulder/Upper Arm Dislocation

  • Minor: €17,500 – €43,200
  • Moderate: €33,000 – €70,600
  • Severe and Permanent: €48,400 – €76,700

Humerus Fracture

  • Minor: Up to €36,800
  • Moderate: €34,700 – €64,500
  • Severe and Permanent: €50,100 – €83,900

Clavicle Fracture (Collar Bone)

  • €22,100 – €44,000

Crushed Arm or Hand

  • Minor: €14,400 – €33,300
  • Moderate: €32,000 – €48,400
  • Moderately Severe: €43,800 – €69,100
  • Severe and Permanent: €64,200 – €87,700

Elbow/Forearm Soft Tissue Injuries

  • Minor: Up to €9,200
  • Moderate: €8,000 – €29,500
  • Moderately Severe: €22,000 – €59,600
  • Severe and Permanent: €39,900 – €63,900

Elbow/Forearm Dislocation

  • Minor: €21,200 – €40,700
  • Moderate: €37,400 – €70,800
  • Severe and Permanent: €55,400 – €75,300

Elbow/Forearm Fracture (Radius and Ulna Bones)

  • Minor: €22,100 – €38,300
  • Moderate: €37,700 – €40,000
  • Moderately Severe: €39,200 – €81,700
  • Severe and Permanent: €57,200 – €83,700

Wrist Injuries – Soft Tissue

  • Minor: Up to €27,800
  • Moderate: €21,900 – €32,900
  • Severe and Permanent: €41,200 – €67,500

Wrist Injuries – Dislocation

  • Minor: €19,800 – €43,500
  • Moderate: €35,000 – €75,500
  • Severe and Permanent: €54,400 – €77,600

Wrist Fractures

  • Minor: €19,300 – €36,800
  • Moderate: €35,000 – €45,000
  • Moderately Severe: €54,200 – €70,100
  • Severe and Permanent: €68.400 – €78,000

Hand Injuries – Soft Tissue

  • Minor: Up to €21,700
  • Moderate: €21,900 – €43,700
  • Severe and Permanent: €41,200 –  €67,500

Hand Injuries – Fractures

  • Minor: €14,600 – €32,200
  • Moderate: €30,300 –  €64,800
  • Severe and Permanent: €49,600 – €67,700

Thumb Injuries – Soft Tissue

  • Minor: Up to €21,200
  • Moderate: €24,100 – €48,700
  • Severe and Permanent: €35,600 – €57,300

Thumb Injuries – Dislocation

  • Minor: €14,400 – €26,100
  • Moderate: €28,900 – €50,600
  • Severe and Permanent: €41,400 – €59,000

Thumb Injuries – Fracture

  • Minor: Up to €30,300
  • Moderate: €29,600 –  €46,900
  • Moderately Severe: €38,600 –  €54,900
  • Severe and Permanent: €43,700 –  €62,700

Finger Injuries – Soft Tissue

  • Minor: Up to €19,100
  • Moderate: €17,300 – €40,700
  • Severe and Permanent: €29,300 – €51,900

Finger Injuries – Dislocation

  • Minor: €12,800 – €22,400
  • Moderate: €28,900 – €50,600
  • Severe and Permanent: €41,400 – €59,000

Finger Injuries – Fracture

  • Minor: Up to €16,600
  • Moderate: €19,500 – €44,900
  • Moderately Severe: €32,800 – €46,200
  • Severe and Permanent: €31,500 – €56,400

Upper Limb Disorder

Tenosynovitis (Inflammation of the tendon sheaths)

  • Minor: €22,000 -€29,400
  • Moderate: €25,900 – €34,400
  • Moderately Severe: €38,700 – €66,500
  • Severe and Permanent: €58,000 – €68,600

De Quervains Tenosynovitis (Inflammation of the tendon of the thumb)

  • Minor: €17,500 – €18,300
  • Moderate:  €27,800- €32,800
  • Moderately Severe: €33,100- €36,100
  • Severe and Permanent: €43,600 – €47,900

Radial/Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

  • Minor: €22,400 – €32,300
  • Moderate: €29,400 – €40,900
  • Moderately Severe: €42,400 – €73,300
  • Severe and Permanent: €61,800 – €76,600

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Minor: €22,100 – €32,000
  • Moderate: €28,300 – €39,700
  • Moderately Severe: €41,100 – €71,700
  • Severe and Permanent: €60,300- €74,100

Epicondylitis (Tennis/Golfers Elbow)

  • Minor: €18,400 – €19,100
  • Moderate: €31,800 – €34,700
  • Moderately Severe: €35,600 – €37,800
  • Severe and Permanent: €47,700 – €51,400

Arm/Hand Dermatitis

  • Minor: Up to €14,000
  • Moderate: €14,000 – €19,800
  • Severe and Permanent: €32,800 – €53,700

Lower Limb Injuries

Hip/Pelvis Injury – Soft Tissue

  • Minor: Up to €29,600
  • Moderate: €13,400 – €60,600
  • Severe and Permanent: €60,600 – €70,000

Hip/Pelvis Injury – Dislocation

  • Minor: €27,100 – €45,800
  • Moderate: €45,000 – €70,400
  • Moderately Severe:  €46,300 – €86,700
  • Severe and Permanent: €59,800 – €94,500

Pelvis Fracture

  • Minor: €27,700 – €54,300
  • Moderate: €47,100 – €58,400
  • Moderately Severe: €68,500 – €86,500
  • Severe and Permanent: €79,300 – €94,800

Upper Leg Fracture (Femur)

  • Minor: €27,700 – €59,100
  • Moderate: €47,000 – €84,700
  • Moderately Severe: €60,600 – €97,700
  • Severe and Permanent: €83,100 – €102,000

Knee Injuries – Soft Tissue

  • Minor: Up to €14,800
  • Moderate: €16,900 – €23,400
  • Moderately Severe: €24,000 – €75,600
  • Severe and Permanent: €65,700 – 81,600

Knee Injury – Dislocation

  • Minor: €22,100 – €50,400
  • Moderate: €39,200 – €87,300
  • Severe and Permanent: €55,200 – €93,400

Knee Injuries – Fractures (Patella)

  • Minor: €20,600 – €47,200
  • Moderate: €37,000 – €77,200
  • Severe and Permanent: €52,800 – €89,100

Lower Leg Fractures (Tibia and/or Fibia)

  • Minor: Up to €49,400
  • Moderate: €40,500 – €70,400
  • Moderately Severe:  €68,800 – €91,900
  • Severe and Permanent: €77,700 – €96,800

Ankle Injuries – Soft Tissue excluding Achilles Tendon

  • Minor: Up to €23,100
  • Moderate: €23,000 – €56,600
  • Severe and Permanent: €38,900 – €62,300

Ankle Injuries – Achilles Tendon Injury

  • Minor: Up to €12,600
  • Moderate: €14,600 –  €25,700
  • Moderately Severe: €35,900 –  €42,200
  • Severe and Permanent: €41,200 –  €51,500

Ankle Injuries – Dislocation

  • Minor: €22,100 – €49,300
  • Moderate: €41,100 – €77,100
  • Severe and Permanent: €56,800 – €82,800

Ankle Injuries – Fractures (distal Tibia, distal Fibula and Talus)

  • Minor: Up to €54,700
  • Moderate: €39,100 – €87,600
  • Moderately Severe: €79,900 – €89,300
  • Severe and Permanent: €80,500 – €93,300

Foot Injuries – Soft Tissue

  • Minor: Up to €20,000
  • Moderate: €19,900 – €38,400
  • Severe and Permanent: €36,400 – €54,400

Foot Injuries – Dislocations

  • Minor: €16,300 – €43,700
  • Moderate: €31,900 – €71,500
  • Severe and Permanent: €47,700 – €77,500

Foot Injuries – Fractures

  • Minor: €18,000 – €34,900
  • Moderate: €34,000 – €61,200
  • Moderately Severe: €49,800 – €83,100
  • Severe and Permanent: €65,200 – €92,900

Foot Injuries – Crush

  • Minor: €12,800 – €40,900
  • Moderate: €14,500 – €73,900
  • Severe and Permanent: €26,600 – €78,300

Loss of Toes

  • Toe (other than big toe): Up to €48,200
  • Big Toe: Up to €70,600

Toe Injuries – Big Toe

  • Minor: €11,000 – €18,800
  • Moderate: €15,500 – €42,400
  • Severe and Permanent: €27,500 – €46,800

Toe Injuries – Big Toe Fracture

  • Minor: €12,600 – €21,500
  • Moderate: €20,900 – €36,300
  • Severe and Permanent: €28,000 – €41,200

Toe Injuries – Other Toe(s)

  • Minor: €10,900 – €18,300
  • Moderate: €13,000 – €30,700
  • Severe and Permanent: €25,100 – 32,600

Toe Injuries –  Other Toe(s) Fracture

  • Minor: €10,900 – €20,300
  • Moderate: €13,000 – €32,800
  • Severe and Permanent: €25,100 – €33,700

Body and Internal Organs

Rib(s) / Chest Bone Fracture

  • Minor: €13,700 – €45,900
  • Moderate: €29,600 – €63,400
  • Severe and Permanent: €49,500 – €80,000

Heart

  • Heart Contusion: €18,500 –  €22,100

Lung Injuries

  • Contusion: €15,900 –  €21,900
  • Laceration: €16,000 –  €31,700

Lung Injuries – Punctured/Collapsed Lung

  • Minor: €14,600 – €17,900
  • Moderate: €19,900 – €42,100
  • Severe and Permanent: €52,600 – €82,700

Kidney Injuries

  • Kidney Contusion or Haematoma: €13,400 –  €28,000
  • Lung Laceration: €21,300 – €35,500

Bowels and Digestive System

  • Minor: €21,300 – €45,900
  • Moderate: €56,800 – €73,000
  • Severe and Permanent: €61,900 – €93,900

Bladder

  • Bladder Contusion: €14,200 – €28,500
  • Where ongoing loss of function is expected: €24,600 – €86,000
  • Any injury to the Ureter: €21,400 – €44,500

Spleen

  • Haematoma/Laceration: €21,300-  €44,700
  • Total Loss/Severe Loss of Function or Removal: Up to €73,100

Hernias

  • Minor: Up to €25,700
  • Moderate: €31,400 – €46,000
  • Severe and Permanent: €46,700 – €60,300

Food Poisoning

  • Minor to Moderate: Up to €14,500
  • Severe and Permanent: €23,700 – €40,300

** The information and compensation estimates provided above are taken from the Injuries Board Book of Quantum, 2016.