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Internal Injuries

Male Reproductive System

Sterility (£5,800 - £123,000) psychological impact, scarring, age and if the man has and/or intended to have children will be taken into account for this award level. Loss of testicle(s) (£17,600 - £19,800) where there is no loss of sexual function but possible psychological impact. Impotence (£37,700 - £135,000) impact on domestic life, psychological impact, age and if the man has and/or intended to have children will be taken into account for this award level. Total loss of reproductive organs (£134,000 - £140,000).

Female Reproductive System

Delay in diagnosing ectopic pregnancy (£2,900 - £17,900) where there is no significant impact on fertility. Failed sterilisation leading to pregnancy (£8,000 - £9,000) where there is no major depression or psychological impact. Infertility with no medical complications (£5,800 - £32,200) the amount of compensation awarded will depend upon whether the affected woman already has children or intended to have more children as well as psychological impact. Infertility from failure to diagnose ectopic pregnancy (£29,800 - £89,500) resulting in a degree of medical complications. Infertility leading to depression, scarring and ongoing pain (£100,700 - £148,500)

Digestive System

Minor illness e.g food poisoning (£800 - £3,400) symptoms such as diarrhoea, cramps and pain lasting several days or weeks. Moderate illness (£3,400 - £8,300) ongoing symptoms such as change of bowel function, fatigue, cramps and pain requiring hospitalisation for several days. Complete recovery will be expected within two years. Serious illness (£8,300 - £16,800) symptoms such as diarrhoea and vomiting lasting up to a month. Continued discomfort and impact on bowel function, appetite and sex life over several years. Severe toxicosis (£33,700 - £46,000) symptoms such as diarrhoea, vomiting, fever and acute pain requiring hospitalisation for several weeks. Continued issues such as haemorrhoids, IBS and loss of normal bladder function, significantly impacting daily life and employment.

Minor injury (£5,800 - £11,000) such as stab wounds, lacerations and seat-belt injuries. Serious non-penetrating injury (£14,700 - £24,000) resulting in ongoing symptoms such as severe indigestion brought on by physical activity. Severe injury (£37,700 - £54,200) causing ongoing pain and discomfort.

Kidney

Loss of one kidney (£26,900 - £39,300) with no damage to second kidney. Loss of one kidney with risk to second (£39,300 - £56,000) of urinary tract infection or total loss of function of the remaining kidney in the future. Serious damage or loss of both kidneys (£148,500 - £184,500).

Bowels

Minor injuries (£11,500 - £21,500) causes some permanent damage but natural function and control will return. Severe abdominal injury (£39,000 - £61,000) often results in the need of a temporary colostomy, leaving scars, and affects employment prospect and diet. Total loss of natural function (£61,000 - £131,500). Double incontinence (£123,300 - £161,500) in addition to other medical conditions, this causes total loss of both natural bowel and urinary function.

Bladder

Almost a complete recovery (£20,500 - £27,500) but some long-term problems with natural function still remains. Serious impairment of control (£56,000 - £70,000) with some pain and incontinence. Complete loss of function and control (£70,000 - £123,300). Double incontinence (£123,300 - £161,500) in addition to other medical conditions, this causes total loss of both natural bowel and urinary function.

Spleen

Loss of spleen with minimal / no damage to immune system (£3,800 - £7,500) does not severely increase the risk of internal infections or disorders in the future. Loss of spleen with damage to immune system (£18,200 - £23,000) resulting in a continued risk of internal infections and disorders.

Hernia

Uncomplicated indirect inguinal hernia (£2,900 - £6,300) is repairable with no other injury or damage. Direct inguinal hernia (£6,000 - £8,000) there is some risk of recurrence following treatment, where no pre-existing weakness was present. Continued pain and/or limited movement (£13,000 - £21,000) even after medical treatment this results in continued pain or a limitation of movement, impacting on employment prospects.

The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.