By Stephen Lambert. Last Updated 1st November 2023. Welcome to our guide discussing a medical negligence compensation calculator. If medical negligence incidents occur you are likely to be concerned about how this type of negligence will affect your health. You may have many questions. When things have settled down you may be thinking about making a medical negligence claim for the avoidable harm you have suffered. And a question you may have then is how much medical negligence compensation you may be awarded. This guide has been designed to inform you of how medical negligence compensation if awarded is calculated. It will look closely at what types of damages can be awarded and who may be eligible.
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You may be seeking a medical negligence compensation calculator. A calculator is a tool than can help you make an estimate for compensation in your claim. However, though these tools can give you an estimate, they may not be able to take all aspects of your claim into account.
In a successful claim, a compensation figure is reached by examining how an injury has affected a person against two heads of claim:
- General damages, for the pain and suffering caused by the injury
- Special damages, for the financial effect an injury has had on a person
For general damages, you can look at the table below. This uses figures from the Judicial College Guidelines, last updated in 2022, as it is the source commonly used to value general damages in England & Wales. However, the figures shown are not guaranteed.
Type of Harm Information JCG Bracket
Moderately Severe Brain Damage In this bracket, the claimant has a very serious disability with substantial dependence on others. £219,070 to £282,010
Kidney (a) Found in this bracket are cases of serious, permanent damage to either one or both of the claimant's kidneys. £169,400 to £210,400
Leg Amputation (iii) - Above Knee Amputation of One Leg The award considers the level of amputation, phantom pains, psychological problems as a result, success of prosthetics, backache and osteoarthritis risk. £104,830 to £137,470
Female Reproduction Organs In this bracket, there is sexual dysfunction that is likely permanent. The claimant already has children or would not have had children in any event. £43,010 to £102,100
Male Reproduction Organs Found in this bracket are cases of impotence or significant sexual dysfunction that is likely permanent. The claimants already have children or would not have had them in any event. £43,010 to £88,750
Bladder (c) In this bracket, the claimant suffers serious control impairments along with some pain and incontinence. £63,980 to £79,930
Bowels (c) The claimant suffers faecal urgency and passive incontinence that persists after surgery. These symptoms cause embarrassment and distress. In the region of £79,920
Lung Disease (d) The claimant suffers breathing difficulties resulting in fairly frequent use of an inhaler with an uncertain prognosis. The symptoms have already significantly impacted their social and work activities. £31,310 to £54,830
Digestive Symptom - Non-Traumatic Damage (i) Cases of severe toxicosis causing serious pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and fever that require hospitalisation are found in this bracket. Some symptoms continue, such as incontinence, haemorrhoids and irritable bowel syndrome that have a significant affect on the claimant's ability to work and enjoy life. £38,430 to £52,500
Spleen (a) Claimants face continuing risk of internal infection and disorders caused by the loss of their spleen. £20,800 to £26,290
For special damages, you could potentially claim for:
- Lost income
- Treatment costs
- Childcare expenses
We advise you to reach out to a member of our team for a personalised estimation of your claim. They could also potentially connect you with a specialist medical negligence solicitor.
What Special Damages Could You Claim?
Compensation in medical negligence cases is paid out in two parts. The first part is general damages. This is compensation for the physical pain and suffering caused by the injuries. The second part is special damages, which will reimburse you for any expenses incurred.
Your special damages payout can cover the following:
- Medical expenses
- Care expenses
- Mobility equipment expenses
- Funds For adapting your home or car
- Loss of earnings
- Travel expenses
All medical professionals owe their patients a duty of care, regardless of whether they work in the public or private healthcare sector. Per their duty of care, they must provide you with the correct standard of care. If they fail to adhere to this duty, this could cause you to suffer unnecessary harm, and you may be able to make a medical negligence compensation claim. A medical negligence claim calculator could help you gain a clearer idea of how much compensation you could be owed if you were to make a successful claim.
There are various types of medical negligence claims that could be made, including:
- Misdiagnosis – For example, a doctor could misdiagnose a lump in your breast as a swollen lymph node and may fail to send you for further tests, which would have confirmed you were actually suffering from breast cancer.
- Surgical errors – Numerous types of mistakes could potentially be made during surgery that cause unnecessary harm to a patient. For instance, surgical instruments may not have been sterilised correctly, which could cause an infection.
- Birth-related injuries – During prenatal and postnatal care, an avoidable error by a medical professional assisting childbirth could lead to injuries for the mother or child involved. Failure to initiate a c-section in time or oxygen deprivation to the baby are some examples of potential errors that could lead to birth-related injuries.
- Prescription errors – Errors by medical professionals may lead to an issue with a patient’s medication, such as receiving the wrong dosage or the wrong type of medicine.
For free advice for your particular medical negligence compensation claim, or for more information on how to use a medical negligence claim calculator, you can contact our advisors.
Is there a medical negligence claims time limit in the UK? Yes, there is a three-year time limit for starting a medical negligence compensation claim. The time limit begins the day that the medical negligence incident took place. Or the time limit begins on the date of knowledge. The date of knowledge is the date that the patient realises that they have been harmed because of medical negligence. This might be relevant if you had a complicated diagnosis.
Are there any exceptions to the three years medical negligence claims time limit rule? Yes. If a child is under 18, they cannot claim medical negligence compensation for themselves. Therefore they can claim compensation for their injuries after their 18th birthday. So the three years claims time limit will begin the day they turn 18.
Can you claim compensation on behalf of someone else? Yes, children under the age of 18 cannot claim compensation for themselves. A parent or guardian can act as a litigation friend and claim compensation on the child’s behalf. Until the child is 18 years of age, their compensation payout will be held in trust for them.
Similarly, a person who is mentally incapacitated cannot claim compensation for themselves. For instance, if the person has dementia. Therefore a next of kin relative can claim on the injured person’s behalf. The money will go towards caring for the injured person if the compensation claim is successful.
With a No Win No Fee solicitor, you will not have to pay an upfront solicitors fee. Instead, your medical negligence solicitor will start working on your compensation claim once you sign a Conditional Fee Agreement. The Conditional Fee Agreement will state on what conditions the solicitor will receive their fees. On the condition that your medical negligence claim is successful, you will pay a success fee.
Your solicitor will deduct your success fee from your compensation payout at a called rate. Therefore No Win No Fee solicitors are the more affordable option for many people.
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We hope that this medical negligence compensation calculator guide has been helpful. You may want to read more about claiming compensation for medical negligence.
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- Misdiagnosis Negligence Compensation Claim – how to claim compensation if your medical condition was misdiagnosed.
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- A guide to treating broken bones from the NHS.
- A Citizen’s Advice guide to claiming compensation for NHS negligence.
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Edited by LisM.