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Valuing loss of earning capacity - Quantum

Smith v Manchester Training


This e-learning course provides an introduction to valuing claims for loss of earning capacity due to ongoing disability flowing from a personal injury.

A reduction in earning capacity is a quantifiable decrease in an injured person's ability to earn income. This detriment to a claimant's earning potential is different and separate to any loss of earnings which has already been incurred following an accident. Therefore calculating a loss of earning capacity can be an important and significant head of claim.

Our course is an ideal introduction for junior lawyers and personal injury claims handlers.


Upon completion of this short e-learning course you will better understand compensation that can be awarded for any increased risk of unemployment and disadvantage of a claimant's working life post injury. The training covers:

  • What is meant by 'loss of earning capacity'
  • How the courts approach valuing claims for loss of earning capacity
    • The Ogden Tables
    • Smith v Manchester awards
    • Blamire awards for future loss of earnings

If you have any queries on our valuing loss of earning potential training, please contact Kath Kinch on

Phone: 0114 273 8300
Email: Kath@KinchRobinson.com

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Course Content

  • What is 'loss of earning capacity'?
  • Calculate a lump sum compensation using The Ogden Tables
  • Residual disabilities resulting from an injury and Smith v Manchester awards
  • When a Blamire award may be appropriate
  • Mini exam to test your understanding

Assessing damages for loss of earning capacity can be a complicated task. It requires consideration of the level of earnings a claimant could have reasonably expected if the injury never occurred along with any disadvantages on the labour market.

Our online training will provide you with the basic tools to identify and calculate these heads of claim.




10 minutes


Trainee solicitors, paralegals, litigation assistants and claims handlers.

If you wish to buy multiple subscriptions for your whole team or law firm please contact Kath Kinch.

Quantum Training Suite

This course forms part of our Quantum Personal Injury Training Suite, that also includes:

You can purchase a single licence for a course standalone, or the full Quantum Training Suite.