Leg injuries can have a serious impact on you being able to complete daily tasks, look after children and family members or may lead to a lot of time off of work.
Serious leg injuries can have life-changing consequences and so we work hard to get the best possible payout if you make a leg injury compensation claim.
Leg injuries can happen in many different ways and proper diagnosis is important to any compensation claim.
One key factor in accident claims is the amount of long term pain or disability there will be. How severe the pain is can vary greatly from person to person and it will depend on the type of injury. We work with you and medical experts to understand your case fully as it is important to know the exact nature of your injury and it’s impact to calculate your compensation amount.
If you’re not sure if you can claim for your leg injury then read on below to help you decide.
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1. What Should I Do If I Injure My Leg?
2. Common Leg Injury Claims
3. Can I Claim Compensation For My Leg Injury?
4. How Much Compensation For A Leg Injury?
5. Leg Injury Compensation Amounts
6. How Do I Make A Claim For Compensation?
If you are unfortunate enough to injure your leg at all then the following steps should be taken.
- If it’s a minor injury and you’re able to move freely then visit your GP for an assessment and treatment. If it is more serious then call an ambulance.
Remember that if you try to move you may end up causing more damage and longer lasting pain. Ensure you provide as much information to your doctor as possible as this will be recorded on your medical records which will be important for your injury claim. If you think your leg is broken do not attempt to walk on it as this can cause more damage.
- If the injury is caused at work then ensure it is recorded in the company’s accident log book. Ask any colleagues who saw what happened to email or write down for you what they saw. Written evidence like this can be very useful in any claim for compensation.
- If there is any visible bruising or marking then try to get a photograph of the injury. Due to the difficulty in movement you may need somebody else to take the photograph for you.
When you hear of leg injuries you’ll very often hear of ‘broken’ legs. This can encompass a few different injuries. Common leg injury claims we deal with are:
Compound Fractures Of The Leg
This is probably at the most serious end of leg breaks. Any of the bones in the leg can suffer from a compound or comminuted fracture. It is where the bone is shattered into multiple pieces and can lead to bones protruding through the skin. It usually requires high impact for a compound fracture to occur.
A stress fracture in the leg is a minor, tiny crack in the bone. It is caused over a period of time by repeated forces on the bone. These are relatively minor injuries compared with full breaks in the bone but they will still cause pain and discomfort. They can make movement difficult and affect your ability to work or travel.
A displaced fracture in the leg is where a doctor will have to manipulate two parts of the bone back together before they can heal properly.
Other types of fracture include compression fractures, avulsion fractures and impacted fractures. In children there are also greenstick and buckle fractures.
If you believe someone else is to blame for your leg injury then you may have a case to claim.
Examples of when you may be able to claim compensation can include:
- Badly repaired street surfaces. If you tripped on a pothole or damaged paving slab for instance.
- Being hit by a car or bicycle as a pedestrian.
- Sports injury. If you are involved in a bad tackle while playing sports and your leg is injured due to a deliberately bad tackle then you could claim.
- Assault. If you’re assaulted then you will have a claim against the other person even if they were dealt with by the police and courts.
If you think that someone else’s mistake or negligence caused your leg to get injured use our Call Back form or call our freephone number and we’ll go over the details with you.
How much compensation for a leg injury you might receive will be dependent on several factors. The severity of your leg injury and recovery time are two factors, your future prognosis is another. You might see a leg injury payout of around a couple of thousand pounds for simple soft tissue leg injuries, whereas a below knee amputation could see compensation reaching six figures.
Leg Injury Compensation Amounts
- Compensation for the loss of both legs, £191,950 to £224,800. Factors taken into consideration with leg amputation compensation will include issues such as the level of amputation, any psychological problems, side-effects for example backache, prosthetics, phantom pain.
- Compensation for a below the knee amputation of both legs, £160,600 to £215,310.
- Compensation for an above the knee amputation of a single leg, £83,550 to £109,570.
- Compensation for a below the knee amputation of a single leg, £78,100 to £106,010 but will depend on for example whether the amputation was straightforward or traumatic
- The most serious leg injuries other than amputation, for example gross shortening of the leg, £76,730 to £108,370.
- Leg injuries causing issues such as permanent mobility problems with the individual requiring mobility aids for the rest of their life, serious leg deformities causing limitation of movement, £43,710 to £67,410.
- Serious compound leg fractures or joint and ligament injuries leading to issues such as instability, lengthy treatment, probable arthritis may see a compensation settlement of between £31,250 and £43,710.
- Multiple leg fractures or severe crushing injuries, typically to a single leg, can see compensation of £22,130 to £31,250.
- Compensation for a broken leg where the injured individual may be left with impaired mobility or a limp, or serious soft tissue inujuries that have caused restriction of movement or some nerve damage, £14,320 to £22,130.
- What is considered a simple femur fracture can see compensation in the region of £7,270 to £11,220.
- Simple tibia and fibula fractures can see compensation settlements of up to £9,440 but will depend on recovery time, any ongoing symptoms.
- Soft tissue leg injuries such as lacerations, bruising and cuts that have fully healed in a matter of a few months compensation is likely to be less than £1,950.
The section above showing leg injury compensation amounts shouldn’t be taken as fact that you will receive the same amount of compensation. They are average leg injury compensation payouts and your claim could be higher or lower.
We don’t like to speculate on amounts without first discussing your case with you as every leg injury claim is different and there are so many different factors to take into consideration with each case. We treat each claim for compensation individually. Our team of experts know which questions to ask to understand fully what amount you can claim for.
The first thing we would suggest doing is to contact a solicitor who has experience in leg injury claims, such as ourselves. We offer free advice on all injury claims with no obligation, so even if you do not want to make a claim at this time we still like to help assist people where possible.
Should you want to make a leg injury compensation claim then we would speak with you directly about your injury and assess how strong your claim is based on what you’ve told us. This initial consultation generally takes 10 minutes or so over the phone. If we feel that you have a strong case then we can go into detail about what your leg injury claim compensation may amount to, what our success fee is, how No Win No Fee works and so forth.
If you’re happy with everything explained thus far and you would like us to start your claim then we can begin gathering any evidence you have to make a solid case. Our team of legal experts are specialists in these types of claims and know what’s important to making a solid leg injury claim, and will keep you up to date every step of the way.