If your leg is injured in an accident you might find it hard to continue working, look after your children, or complete daily tasks. While some injuries cannot be avoided, you may be deliberating whether you have grounds to make a leg injury claim for compensation if you’ve suffered the injury because of somebody else. Whether you’ve suffered cuts and bruises, a fractured leg, or even a leg amputation, we could help you take action.
In this guide to leg injury compensation claims, we’ll explain how the claims process works, how our No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors can make the process easier, and what amount of compensation might be paid out in a successful claim.
To start a leg injury claim asap, please call our team for free legal advice today on 0800 6524 881. Otherwise, to find out more about the process of claiming compensation for leg injuries, please carry on reading.
Table of contents
- Am I Eligible To Make A Leg Injury Compensation Claim?
- Common Causes Of Leg Injury Claims
- Common Types Of Injuries To Legs
- Common Types Of Broken Leg You Could Claim For
- How Much Compensation For A Leg Injury Could I Claim?
- Average Leg Injury Settlement Amounts
- Evidence To Support A Leg Injury Claim
- Time Limits For Claiming Leg Injury Compensation
- How Long Does It Take To Settle A Leg Injury Claim?
- Starting The Leg Injury Claims Process
Generally, you may be eligible to make a leg injury claim for compensation if you can prove:
- The defendant (the party you blame) owed you a duty of care; and
- An accident/incident happened because they breached that duty of care; and
- Your leg was injured because of that accident/incident.
If you’re not sure how to prove a duty of care, don’t worry. Our solicitors are experts in knowing the law that applies in most situations. For instance, they might use the Road Traffic Act 1988 to establish a duty of care following a broken leg in a car crash. Similarly, the Occupiers Liability Act 1984 may apply if your leg was injured in a shop.
Aside from proving that the defendant was to blame for your leg injury, it’s vital that you can provide evidence to help determine the other criteria. Therefore, we will show you how you could do so in a later section.
Yes, you could claim compensation for a leg injury even if the accident that caused it was partly due to your own fault. However, the compensation amount that you’d receive would be reduced to reflect your share of the blame. This is essentially known as contributory negligence.
As an example, if you were a cyclist hit by a car on a roundabout where the driver was found to be primarily at fault, but you were riding carelessly at the time of the accident at the roundabout, you may be found to have contributed to your injuries. In this case, the compensation you receive could be reduced to reflect the percentage of the fault attributed to you.
To discuss a leg injury claim where you may be partly at fault, please contact us for free advice.
While a leg injury is possible from many different types of accidents, we’ve listed a small number of examples below.
- Workplace accidents. If your leg is crushed at work because of a faulty machine, for example, a claim may be possible.
- Slips, trips or falls. Trips and falls can happen almost anywhere and can result in minor injuries from scrapes and bruises to badly fractured bones.
- Council accidents. Claims against the council/local authority may be possible if your leg was injured following a fall because they’d failed to maintain the public highway.
- Public place accidents. An example here might be if you fall in a pub and cut your leg on broken glass that hadn’t been cleared. Potholes, raised paving slabs, tree roots, or missing kerbstones could all cause leg injuries and possibly lead to a compensation claim.
- Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs). Leg injuries can be suffered in any type of RTA but motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians are particularly vulnerable to broken legs.
Again, no matter what type of accident caused your leg injuries, we could help you seek compensation. To find out more, please speak to us today.
For your reference, here are some examples of leg injuries that could lead to a personal injury claim:
Even if your leg injury is not listed above, please get in touch with us if you would like to know whether we can help you start a leg injury claim.
When you hear of leg injuries you’ll very often think of a broken leg. This can encompass a few different injuries. Common broken leg injury claims we deal with are:
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 a 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 tibia and fibula but they will still cause pain and discomfort. They can make movement difficult and affect your ability to work or travel.
A displaced fractured leg is where a doctor will have to manipulate two parts of the bone back together before it can heal properly.
Other types of fractures include compression fractures, avulsion fractures, and impacted fractures. In children, there are also greenstick and buckle fractures.
We could help with all types of leg injury claims if your suffering was caused by somebody else’s negligence. Therefore, please call today for a free claim review.
How much compensation for a broken leg or another less severe 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. Essentially, compensation claims for personal injuries are usually based on two heads of loss. They are:
- General damages. This element focuses on how much pain and suffering you’ve gone through from the injury. In addition to any physical injuries, you could claim for psychological suffering as well as loss of amenity too.
- Special damages. The claims process also allows you to try and recover any financial losses caused by your leg injuries too. For example, care costs, travel expenses and lost income could all be considered.
To ascertain how serious the damage to your leg is, you might need an independent medical assessment during the claims process. This is something our solicitors will always try to arrange locally.
This section showing leg injury settlement amounts shouldn’t be taken as a fact that you will receive the same amount of compensation. They are general damages compensation payouts for leg injuries and your claim could therefore be higher or lower.
- Compensation for the loss of both legs, £240,790 to £282,010. Factors taken into consideration with leg amputation compensation will include issues such as the level of amputation, any psychological problems, and side effects for example backache, prosthetics, and phantom pain.
- Compensation for a below-the-knee amputation of both legs, £201,490 to £270,100.
- Compensation for an above-the-knee amputation of a single leg, £104,830 to £137,470.
- Compensation for a below-the-knee amputation of a single leg, £97,980 to £132,990 but will depend on for example whether the amputation was straightforward or traumatic.
- Broken 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, £54,830 to £87,890.
- Serious compound leg fractures or joint and ligament injuries leading to issues such as instability, lengthy treatment, and probable arthritis may see a compensation settlement of between £39,200 and £54,830.
- Multiple leg fractures or severe crushing injuries, typically to a single leg, can see compensation payouts of £27,760 to £39,200.
- £16,860 to £26,050 compensation for a broken leg at work where the injured individual may be left with impaired mobility or a limp, or serious soft tissue injuries that have caused restriction of movement or some nerve damage.
- What is considered a simple femur fracture can see compensation in the region of £9,110 to £14,080.
- Simple tibia and fibula fractures can see compensation settlements of up to £11,840 but will depend on recovery time, and any ongoing symptoms.
- The most serious leg injuries, other than leg amputations, for example, gross shortening of the leg, £96,250 to £135,920 compensation.
- For 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 £2,450.
We don’t like to speculate on settlement amounts without first discussing your case with you as every leg injury claim is different. Our team of experts know which questions to ask to understand fully what amount you could claim for.
If you’re eligible to make a leg injury claim, you will need to clearly prove why the defendant was liable for your leg injury. There are several ways to do this. Importantly, you should never rely on a verbal admission of guilt for an accident as that can be changed. Instead, you should try to collect evidence that includes:
- Medical records. While you may be given first aid at the scene, you should visit A&E or a minor injuries unit for a proper medical assessment. Later on, a copy of your medical notes could be used to show the severity of your leg injuries.
- Accident reports. If you suffered an injury at work, or in a public place like a gym, for example, you should report the accident. Having done so will mean it is difficult for the defendant to admit the accident actually happened.
- Police report. If the accident was reported to the police, their report can provide important details about the incident, including the cause, the extent of any damage, and any witness statements taken at the time.
- Witness details. Anybody else who saw what caused the injury to your leg could prove useful during the claims process. Your solicitor could ask them for a statement to see if it corroborates your version of events.
- Camera recordings. Where the accident was recorded on dash cams or CCTV cameras, you should try to obtain a copy as soon as possible before it is deleted.
- Photographic evidence. Photos of the aftermath of the accident can be really useful. It could help you to recall what happened and to give others some idea of how the accident was caused. Ideally, you should take pictures before anything is moved if you’re able to and it is safe to do so.
- Financial evidence. Evidence of your financial losses resulting from your leg injury, for example, receipts for prescription medication, and costs of travelling to doctors appointments. Additionally, proof of loss of earnings could also be submitted to support your claim.
Although these steps might take some time, they could all make it easier for you to win compensation. Please call us if you want your leg injury claim to be reviewed for free.
It is important to note that the Limitation Act 1980 places a time limit on leg injury claims. This is a 3-year period from:
- The date your accident occurred; or
- Your date of knowledge. This is when your leg injury was diagnosed. This could be used in repetitive strain injury cases, for example.
Where a child has sustained a leg injury, the time limit won’t apply until they reach 18. As a parent, you could become a litigation friend and claim for your child’s injuries at any time before they are 18 years old. If not, they’ll have 3-years in which to claim from their 18th birthday.
Although the time limit is 3 years, it’s advisable to start your claim asap so that your solicitor has ample time to complete all the necessary steps.
Talk to us today if you’d like to check how long you have left to claim or if you have any other questions.
The length of time a leg injury claim can take will vary depending on a number of different factors, typically including:
- The type of leg injury and how severe it is;
- The strength of evidence for a claim and the ease with which it can be obtained;
- The willingness of the defendant to admit liability.
Generally, the process might only take a few months for straightforward leg injury claims to a year or longer in more complex cases.
No matter how serious your leg injury is, proving who caused it can be complicated. If you can’t convince the defendant’s insurer that their client was to blame, you might miss out on being compensated. Similarly, if you can’t prove the extent of your suffering, you might not receive the correct level of compensation.
We believe that our No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors can help in both cases. If you contact us, and your claim is taken on, your solicitor will do all they can to win as much compensation for you as possible.
They will deal with all communication on your behalf to prevent you from having to deal with an insurance company. As the case progresses, you’ll receive regular updates and be able to ask any questions you think of. If a settlement is offered, it will be discussed with you to check that it is fair before a decision is made about what to do next.
If you are ready to start the leg injury claims process, please go ahead and call our advisors on 0800 6524 881. Your claim will be considered right away, and where there’s a case to be answered, we’ll process your leg injury compensation claim on a No Win No Fee basis.