I was involved in a car accident where I suffered a lot of damage to my left knee, the driver of the other vehicle has already admitted liability. How much compensation should I get for a medial collateral ligament injury claim?
The amount of compensation your medial collateral ligament injury claim is worth depends on many factors such as the nature of the accident and the severity of the injuries sustained. No two compensation claims are the same and although in accidents it is common for victims to suffer similar injuries, the amount of compensation awarded usually varies.
This is because the impact an injury can have on your life can vary depending on the person. For example you may lead a very active life partaking in various social and sporting activities; your accident could mean you are – at least temporarily – unable to participate in these events, this would mean you should be entitled to more compensation for your medial collateral ligament injury claim than someone who suffered the same injury but spends all their free time watching TV.
This form of compensation is known as ‘Loss of Amenity’ and it is intended to reflect the impact an injury has had on your personal life. In order to successfully claim compensation for loss of amenity, friends and relatives may need to confirm that you are no longer capable of participating in events that were a part of your life before the accident. It could also be worthwhile maintaining a diary giving details of the various activities you were unable to take part in and explaining how that made you feel as this could be useful evidence.
Under compensation for ‘Special Damages’, you may be entitled to recover any loss of earnings that resulted from you missing work. Special damages are awarded with the intention of returning your finances to what they were before the accident, therefore any medical expenses directly incurred by you or any other expenses that can be directly attributed to the incident can be recovered assuming you can provide evidence (such as receipts) of these expenses.
If you have suffered any psychological trauma as a result of your injury, it may also be possible to include this in your claim although it must first be verified by a psychologist.
Age, sex and the state of your health are other factors that may affect the amount of compensation you are entitled to, however in order to receive an accurate assessment of the potential value of your medial collateral ligament injury claim, it is strongly recommended that you speak with a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible.