Hip injuries can cause significant pain and suffering. They can also prevent you from carrying out everyday tasks like looking after your children. In some cases, hip injuries can prevent you from working for many weeks or months. If the accident that caused your hip injury was caused by another party’s negligence, we could help you seek compensation for your suffering.
Whether you’ve injured your hip at work, in a car accident, or through a slip, trip or fall, this guide on hip injury claims should help. We’ll review what forms of negligence could result in a hip injury claim and the types of accidents that can result in hip injuries. We’ll also look at the amount of compensation that might be paid out.
As part of our service, we offer a free initial telephone consultation. During your call, a specialist advisor will discuss your options with you and provide free legal advice. If your claim appears to have some chance of success, we could refer you to one of our personal injury solicitors. They’ll provide a No Win, No Fee service if your claim is accepted. That means you’ll be able to relax throughout the hip injury claims process as you’ll know that no solicitor’s fees will need to be paid if your claim fails.
We can help start the ball rolling right away. If your hip or pelvis has been injured through no fault of your own, why not call our team today? Alternatively, please read through this guide to find out how personal injury claims work.
Table of contents
- Am I Eligible To Claim Compensation For A Hip Injury?
- Evidence To Support A Hip Injury Claim
- Common Types Of Hip Injuries
- Accidents Resulting In Hip Injury Compensation Claims
- How Much Compensation For A Hip Injury?
- Hip Injury Compensation Amounts
- Time Limits For Making A Hip Injury Compensation Claim
- Using A Solicitor For Making A Hip Injury Claim
It is important to note that not all hip injuries automatically result in compensation. Before a solicitor will take on a personal injury claim, they’ll check whether:
- The party you blame (the defendant) owed you a duty of care; and
- They breached that duty by being negligent and causing an accident; and
- Your hip or pelvis was injured because of the accident.
Various methods exist for proving duty of care. Generally, solicitors will use laws like the Road Traffic Act 1988, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, or the Occupiers Liability Act 1984. You can let our solicitors worry about this aspect of the claim. However, there are steps you can take to help prove the other criteria that we’ll look at in the next section.
Personal injury claims that don’t have evidence to show what happened, who was to blame, and what injuries were caused will typically fail. Therefore, it’s imperative to take action to try and secure evidence as soon as possible, which our solicitors can help achieve. The following list explains what you could use to support your hip injury claim:
- Accident reports. If your hip was injured in a public place or at work, the accident should be reported. A copy of the accident report that’s legally required could help if the defendant denies that the accident happened.
- Pictures of the accident scene can really help clarify what happened especially if they’re taken just after the accident occurred.
- Medical records. After having your injuries assessed and treated at a hospital or GP surgery, you could request a copy of your medical records. These could help to clarify the type of hip injury you sustained.
- Witness statements. You don’t need to ask witnesses for a statement at the time but you should ask for their contact details. If needed, your solicitor will contact them at a later date.
- CCTV camera footage. Where your accident was caught on a bodycam, CCTV cameras or dashcam, you should request a copy of the recording.
- Receipts and bank statements. If your accident leaves you out of pocket, you should keep hold of any documents that prove your losses. Your expenses could then be claimed back as part of the claim.
We realise that it might seem quite tiresome to gather all of this evidence. However, the more you collect, the better your chances of being compensated. Don’t worry if you haven’t got everything on the list though. If you call our advice centre, a specialist will review what you have and let you know if you have enough evidence to proceed.
Here are some of the more common injuries that might result in a hip injury claim:
A fractured pelvis is potentially the most serious injury in this region of the body and can lead to long-term medical treatment and life-changing effects. The most severe hip fractures can have the same impact as having a leg amputated. Someone with a hip fracture may have to take a long time off of work or leave their job altogether. Most fractures of the hip are caused by slips or falls.
Damage to the muscle and ligament around the hip is known as a hip strain. It is caused when the muscles are contracted very quickly and is usually caused by overstretching or a hard impact. It can take weeks for the pain of the hip sprain to reduce and there may be bruising and swelling in the area.
A dislocated hip is a very painful injury that happens when the ball-shaped joint comes out of the socket in the pelvis. Usually caused in collisions or high-impact accidents the injured person will be unable to move and will require hospital treatment. Loss of feeling in the foot may also be experienced.
A bursa is the sack of fluid that sits between the pelvis and leg to reduce friction and allow free movement of the leg. If the bursa becomes inflamed then the leg becomes very painful to move due to the swelling in the hip. This type of injury will usually heal itself over a period of weeks.
If you have a bursitis injury this page will be helpful.
A hip replacement is a surgical procedure to reduce pain in people who are suffering from hip fractures, bone dysplasias, septic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. The goal is to reduce the pain a patient will be suffering by replacing their hip joint with a new plastic hip joint.
If you’ve suffered negligence from hip replacement surgery, we have a guide here to claiming compensation.
Our solicitors could help with any of these and other hip injury claims. Please call today for further advice.
There are various types of accidents that can result in a hip injury. We won’t list all of them here but we have included a number of common accidents for your information:
- Slips, trips and falls. These can happen in various scenarios. An example that could lead to a claim is where you slip in a supermarket because of a leak, a spillage or bad weather. If staff failed to clear the water promptly or didn’t use adequate warning signs, a claim might be possible.
- Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs). Anybody who is involved in an RTA could suffer a hip injury. Perhaps the most vulnerable to this type of injury are cyclists and motorcyclists who have very little protection during collisions.
- Accidents at work. Employers have a duty of care to protect you whilst at work. Therefore, they must try to do all they can to prevent accidents from happening. An example of when hip injury claims might be possible is when heavy items fell and struck you because they’d been stacked unsafely causing an injury in a warehouse.
We could help you claim for any of these accidents as well as any others besides. Please call today to discuss your options.
As each hip injury claim is unique so compensation will vary. Compensation claims for any type of personal injury are usually formed of the following two elements:
- General damages. This part of your claim will be based on how much pain and suffering you endured. On top of your physical injuries, you could be compensated for mental harm as well, and loss of amenity.
- Special damages. In this part of your claim, you’ll look to recover any costs caused by your hip injury. This can be particularly important if you lose earnings because you’re off work for a long time.
You will need a medical assessment to prove the extent of your injuries. If your claim is accepted, your solicitor will try to make sure your appointment is local.
We should reiterate that any settlement for a hip injury may vary from the compensation amounts displayed in the table below, simply because no two hip injury claims are the same. There are numerous amount of individual factors that must be considered with each claim. As such, each claim for compensation has to be treated individually. However, the Judicial College does provide a compensation range in its general damages guidelines for hip injuries. Therefore, we’ve used those figures in our compensation calculator:
Hip Injury Compensation Amounts
|Minor Hip Injury||Up to £3,950||Soft tissue injuries that will heal completely.|
|Minor Hip Injury||£3,950 - £12,590||Injuries that may have led to minor or no lasting disability.|
|Moderate Hip Injury||£12,590 - £26,590||Surgery to the hip or hip replacement, continuing symptoms deemed more severe than minor.|
|Moderate Hip Injury||£26,590 - £39,170||Severe hip injury but any disability isn't major.|
|Serious Hip Injury||£39,170 - £52,500||Injury that leads to degenerative changes, leg instability, problems walking, possible future surgeries.|
|Serious Hip Injury||£61,910 - £78,400||Very severe injury to the pelvis , examples being fractures and dislocations that may involve issues such as impotence or traumatic myositis ossificans.|
|Serious Hip Injury||£78,400 - £130,930||Extremely severe injury involving multiple fractures of the pelvis which leads to other significant disability such as hip deformities, sexual dysfunction.|
The best approach for getting a true idea of what your claim might payout is to call our claims advisors. Most calls only take around 10 minutes and just help us get a good idea of what’s happened to you so that we can provide you with a breakdown of what compensation we believe could be claimed for your hip injury. There is no pressure put on you to claim through us at any time during the call.
You may already know that there is a 3-year time limit for most hip injury compensation claims. This will either start from:
- The date of the accident in which your hip was injured; or
- Your date of knowledge. This might be the case for some repetitive strain injuries like bursitis.
Your solicitor will need to gather evidence to support your claim and complete other tasks too. Therefore, we’d suggest that you get in touch sooner rather than later to try and ensure there’s enough time to process your claim.
Most hip injury claims will be forwarded to the insurance company that represents the defendant. No matter how apologetic the defendant was at the time your hip was injured, the insurer will not compensate you unless you provide clear evidence of why their client was responsible.
It’s our view that you have a better chance of being compensated when you have a personal injury solicitor working for you. If your claim is accepted, one of our solicitors will manage everything about your case for you.
Your solicitor will prevent you from having to answer legal or medical questions by dealing with them on your behalf. They’ll fight your corner where necessary and try to counter any objections over liability. Throughout the compensation claims process, though, you’ll be kept up to date about how everything is progressing.
Why not call us today on 0800 6524 881 to talk to us about taking action? Remember, all accepted hip injury claims are handled on a No Win No Fee basis.