Book of Quantum
The Book of Quantum, created by the Injuries Board, provides us with a general guideline on how much compensation * may be awarded in a personal injury claim *. Last revised in 2016, it is used by the Injuries Board when they are assessing a personal injury claim *. The information in this book is compiled by assessing sample cases from a large number of cases over a certain period of time. All information is based on actual court figures. The book outlines information on all types of personal injuries and how cases have been awarded in the past. The claims examined are from both 2013 and 2014 so it is important to note that value ranges may differ today. All claims to the Injuries Board must be supported by appropriate medical evidence. This includes all reports and records from the time of the injury and all examinations since the accident occurred.
The book is a general guide as to how much may be awarded for personal injury claims *. It gives us a guide in respect of various injury types, depending on the severity and how long it takes to recover. It does not fully determine the amount you will receive.
Valuing your Claim
There are a number of steps involved in this process:
1. Identify the injury
Assessing your claim starts with identifying which body part has suffered the most severe injury. All other injuries will also be taken into consideration once this has been determined.
2. Determine severity of injury
The severity of the injury is determined by the effect it will have on your life and the long-term effects caused as a result of the injury. The book outlines four categories of severity.
- Minor (Injuries that have mostly recovered)
- Moderate (Injuries that have mostly recovered but there are still some ongoing problems that interfere with day to day life)
- Moderately severe (Moderate injuries that have resulted in a permanent effect on the body part injured)
- Severe and permanent (Severe injuries that have caused major impacts on day to day life or that require ongoing permanent medical attention)
3. Find information on the value range of compensation
After you have completed the previous two steps you can find our information on how similar injuries have been awarded in the past. The Book of Quantum will give you a value range based on the injury and severity.
4. Consider the effect of multiple injuries
It is important to note that if you have suffered multiple injuries you cannot estimate your claim by adding all values of the various injuries. The Injuries Board will assess the most severe injury first. The value of damages will then be adjusted to include the other less serious injuries and provide you with a final figure.
The book is very detailed in outlining the different types of injuries and what effect they have had. There is a number of different injury types covered, including the following:
- Back Injury and Spinal Fractures
- Upper Limb
- Lower Limb
Settlements take certain aspects of the injury and any effects of the injury into account when assessing a claim for compensation. This includes:
- Pain/suffering and loss of quality of life
- Past loss of earnings
- Medical bills as a result of the injury
- Loss of future income caused by the injury
- Cost of future medical care
If you do decide that you want to bring a claim to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board you may be entitled to a legal remedy along with any additional expenses known as damages:
- General damages: Non-financial damages for pain and suffering and/or physical and emotional damage as a result of the injury.
- Special Damages: Out of pocket expenses incurred as a result any injuries. This may include loss of wages, medical bills and any added travel costs as a result of the effects of the injury, such as travel to and from the hospital.
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