Knowledge Base

Compensation Claims Estimator

A personal injury accounts for physical and mental injuries suffered by someone, at the fault of someone else. Therefore compensation may be rewarded to someone who has suffered a personal injury, in order to make up for the potential losses incurred.

How much compensation will I get?

One of the most common questions asked by people who are pursuing a personal injury claim*  following an accident that was not their fault is how much compensation they will get. This is a difficult question to answer as there are many factors that are taken into consideration when a compensation amount is settled on and is a question that a personal injury solicitor cannot give a definitive answer to. Therefore, a useful tool to estimate a compensation claim amount is the Injuries Board Book of Quantum.

What is the Book of Quantum?

The Injuries Board Book of Quantum provides us with general guidelines as to how much compensation may be awarded in a personal injury claim* and is used by the Injuries Board when they are assessing a personal injury claim*. This book was compiled by examining sample cases from over 51,000 closed personal injury cases* from 2013 and 2014 and is based on actual court figures. It shows us what personal injury compensation* amounts were awarded in the past and help give an estimate as to how much compensation could be awarded based on a person’s specific injuries.

Case Settlement

Compensation claims take into account certain aspects of a personal injury along with any after effects the injury has/will have on a personal quality of life and ability to earn money. A compensation claim amounts are decided with the following aspects in mind:

  • Pain/suffering and loss of quality of life/enjoyment 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

How does the severity of an injury affect the amount of compensation* awarded?

The Book of Quantum and the figures you will see below will vary depending on the severity of a person’s injury and will generally categorise injuries into the following ranges:

1. Minor

The person usually fully/substantially recovers from an injury.

2. Moderate

Moderate injuries where a person has substantially recovered from an injury but ongoing symptoms persist following recovery which interferes with a person’s quality of life and/or interferes with them carrying out their day to day activities. Generally, the person will reach full recovery from these types of injuries.

3. Moderately Severe

The injury has resulted in long-term/permanent incapacity or physical limitations that impact the part of the body that was injured.

4. Severe and Permanent Conditions

The injury has caused major disruption to the person’s quality of life, ability to carry out their daily tasks and other areas of their life resulting in long-term serious pain and/or continuous medical attention.

What if I have multiple injuries?

If a person has suffered more than one injury in an accident please note that adding the different values together will not give you an accurate estimate of compensation. Generally, when the Injuries Board is assessing your injury they will look to the most severe injury first and then adjust that value to incorporate any other less serious injuries to arrive at a final amount of compensation* to be awarded to you.

How to use this compensation* estimator:

The compensation estimates contained in the interactive Injuries Board Estimator below are intended to provide you with general guidelines of compensation amounts based on the Injuries Board Book of Quantum. This  is not intended to provide you with specific estimates on how much compensation may be awarded. If you move forward with a personal injury* case, the Injuries Board will assess your case and provide you with a compensation figure based on the severity of your injury, length of recovery and the outcome of your recovery.

  • Identify the category that related to your injury
  • Assess the severity of your injury
  • Assess the value range of your injury
  • Consider multiple injuries
  • Move your mouse over the icons on the relevant part of the body to see the book of quantum compensation guidelines

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 Disorders

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.