Famous Sporting Injuries - Niki Lauda's Injuries

Name:  Niki Lauda

Year:    1976

In August 1976, Niki Lauda, an Austrian Formula one driver and three-time F1 World Drivers’ Champion, had the most famous crash of his career, and one of the most famous crashes in the sport.

A week before the incident, Lauda urged his fellow drivers to boycott the race due to the circuits safety arrangements.  This fell on deaf ears, as most of the drivers voted against the boycott causing the race to go ahead.  During the second lap Lauda’s Ferrari swerved as he came round a corner, hit an embankment and burst into flames.  Lauda was pulled from his car, but unfortunately it was a few minutes too late as the hot flames scarred his face for life (he actually refused cosmetic surgery, calling it “boring and expensive”).

You can view Lauda's crash HERE.  Some people may find the footage difficult to watch,

vdyowfct9qeatdyv3run.jpg                                                 Niki Lauda pictured after the accident.

Main Injuries Sustained:

- Severe burns to head and face, causing scarring;

  • Major facial scarring: £23,500-£76,000
  • Serious damage to hair: £5,940-£8,910

- Inhaled toxic gases damaging his blood and lungs;

  • Moderate damage to chest/lungs: £10,000-£14,000

- Coma;

  • Mild head injury (minimal brain damage): £1,500-£10,000

- Psychiatric Injury (Lauda refused to race due to being “absolutely petrified”);

  • Mild/moderate psychiatric damage: £1000-£4,700 (mild), £4,500-£15,000 (moderate)


Assumed Injuries (usually attributed to high speed car accidents):

- Whiplash type injuries in neck;

  • Moderate neck injury: £6,250-£20,000

- Chest pain;

  • Moderate damage to chest/lungs: £10,000-£14,000

- Post-traumatic stress disorder;

  • Moderate PTSD (Lauda was “absolutely terrified” of racing again): £6,000-£18,500

- Whiplash type injuries in shoulders;

  • Moderate shoulder injury: £6,000-£10,000


If you have suffered with any injuries following a non-fault accident, whether they are listed above or not, contact the team at JMW to discuss making a claim for compensation. 

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Figures shown above are approximate, based on experience and previous settlement amounts attributed to an individual's pain and suffering.  Final settlement awards may be worth more or less than the stated amount, depending on injury and individual personal circumstances.  Compensation amounts shown are for injury only and not loss of earnings or lifestyle maintenance.  

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