Many pelvis injuries can take a long time to recover from. The pelvis is an important part of the body joining the upper and lower parts of the body. Any type of pelvis injury can be debilitating, difficult to recover from and have a huge impact on your life. If you or a loved one is suffering from a pelvis injury caused by somebody else’s negligence, you could be eligible to make a pelvis injury claim for compensation for any suffering.
Our team of specially trained advisors can help if you would like to take action. They’ll review your claim, provide advice and explain your options for free following a no-obligation consultation. If a pelvis injury claim appears to be viable, we could appoint one of our personal injury solicitors to it. They’ll represent you on a No Win No Fee basis if your claim is taken on meaning you won’t be asked to pay their fees unless your claim is successful.
To find out more about your chances of being compensated for a pelvis injury, please call our team on 0800 6524 881 today. Otherwise, please continue reading to learn more about the claims process.
Table of contents
- Am I Eligible To Make A Pelvis Injury Compensation Claim?
- Common Accident Claims Involving Pelvic Injuries
- Common Types Of Pelvis Injuries
- Incidents Leading To Pelvis Injury Claims
- How Much Compensation Will I Get For A Pelvis Injury?
- Evidence To Support A Pelvis Injury Claim
- Time Limits For Claiming Pelvis Injury Compensation
- Starting The Pelvis Injury Claims Process
Before we look at what types of pelvis injuries could lead to a compensation claim, let’s look at the eligibility criteria. Before one of our personal injury solicitors takes on a pelvis injury claim, they will check whether:
- You were owed a duty of care by the defendant; and
- A negligent act (or lack of action) by the defendant caused an accident; and
- You suffered a pelvis injury during that accident.
Our advisors will check for a duty of care when you call. Usually, legislation is used to do so. For example, the Road Traffic Act 1988 might be used for pelvis injuries sustained in a car crash. Similarly, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 could apply to workplace pelvis injuries.
If your pelvis injury compensation claim is taken on, you can help with providing supporting evidence to show how the accident happened and who was to blame, so we’ll look at that a little later on.
Pelvic injuries can be sustained in a variety of incidents and accidents. Some common accident claims we handle that involve pelvic injuries include:
Although accidents involving trauma to the hips can often lead to pelvic injuries, our solicitors could help you to claim however your injury was sustained so long as it was somebody else’s negligence that caused you to suffer.
The pelvis is the part of your body between the hips that contains your bladder. It is made up of the ilium, sacrum, pubis, coccyx and femur bones. Based on the criteria listed above, you could claim for any injury to the pelvis caused by somebody else. Some of the most common pelvic injuries that can lead to a compensation claim include:
- Broken pelvis – where one or more of the pelvic bones is fractured.
- Labral tears – where the cartilage on the outside of the hip joint (labrum) is torn.
- Osteoarthritis – where an injury leads to an increased risk of arthritis in the joints of the pelvis leading to significant pain and stiffness.
- Soft tissue injuries – where the ligaments, tendons and muscles around the pelvis are damaged.
If you’d like to check whether you could claim compensation for your pelvis injury, please call an advisor today.
We have listed a few scenarios below that could potentially lead to a pelvis injury claim. Don’t worry if we haven’t included an example similar to your own, we could still help you to claim. The examples include:
- If you broke bones in your pelvis in a motorbike accident caused by another road user.
- Where your child was hurt at school from injuring their pelvis after falling from damaged playground equipment.
- If you fractured your pelvis after you fell in a supermarket because a leak or spillage had not been cleared up quickly enough.
- If your pelvis is fractured after being hit and trapped in a forklift truck accident.
- Where you fell and injured a hip after you tripped on a pavement defect that the council hadn’t repaired in a timely manner.
- If you fell from a ladder at work because you weren’t provided with a safety harness and damaged your pelvis.
Again, no matter what type of accident led to your pelvis injury, you could be eligible to claim compensation if you can show that somebody else was to blame for your accident.
How much compensation for a pelvis injury you might get will typically be based primarily on the pain and suffering you’ve endured (general damages) and any financial impact too (special damages). Please refer to this page to see what the difference is between general and special damages in more detail.
Generally, a pelvis injury claim could include compensation to cover:
- The physical pain caused by your pelvic injuries and subsequent treatment.
- Psychological harm caused by your pelvis injury i.e. if your lack of mobility leaves you depressed.
- Loss of amenity – the effect your injuries have on your hobbies, social life and family activities.
- Any income lost because your pelvis injury stopped you from working.
- Care costs to cover the time of a family member, friend or carer who supported you with daily tasks while you were recovering.
- Travel costs directly associated with your injuries.
- Mobility aids and changes in your house if they’ll help you to cope with any ongoing disability.
- Future loss of earnings if your long-term earning capacity will be affected by your pelvis injury.
- Medical costs including treatment at a private hospital in some cases.
Our solicitors will always take into account all of the effects of your pelvis injury to try and secure the highest possible compensation payment.
We’ll now look at pelvis injury compensation amounts for the general damages part of a claim. We can do this by referring to advisory figures published by the Judicial College. Their figures can be used by both solicitors and insurers when determining what payout a claimant should get.
- Minor pelvis injury – Up to £12,590 compensation.
- Moderate pelvis injury – £12,590 – £39,170 compensation.
- Serious pelvis injury – £39,170 – £130,930 compensation.
To help prove how serious your pelvis injuries are/were, you may need to have a medical assessment as part of your claim. This will be conducted by an independent expert (usually locally). They’ll examine you, discuss your injuries and read through your medical notes. Once finished, they’ll prepare a report to explain your prognosis.
If you go on to claim compensation for a pelvis injury, evidence will help with proving how the accident occurred and how the defendant was to blame. The information that could help to achieve this includes:
- Photographic evidence. It’s always a good idea to take pictures of the accident scene from various angles. Ideally, this should be done right after you suffered your pelvis injury if possible.
- Accident report forms. If you injured your pelvis in a public place or at work, the accident should be logged in an accident report book. You are entitled to a copy of this report.
- Witness information. Where others saw your accident occur, you should provide their contact details (with their permission) to your solicitor. They might ask for statements at a later date to try and corroborate your version of events.
- Medical information. X-rays and medical notes from the hospital where your pelvis injury was diagnosed and treated can be really helpful. You or your solicitor can request these at any time after the incident.
- Camera footage. If your accident was caught on dashcam or CCTV cameras, you should request a copy of the footage. It could help to prove the cause of the accident.
Please call our team if you’d like us to consider any evidence you’ve already managed to collect.
Legally, all personal injury claims have a 3-year limitation period in the UK. For claiming pelvis injury compensation, the time limit will usually start on the date of the accident. One exception is where a child has sustained a pelvic injury. In this situation, parents can start the claim as a litigation friend at any point before their child turns 18 years old.
It is often best to begin your claim as soon as possible so that you don’t run out of time and lose out on the compensation you might be entitled to. Starting early makes it easier to collect evidence and for your solicitor to arrange for medical assessments to be carried out.
We hope that this guide to claiming compensation for a pelvis injury has helped. Our team is ready to help if you would like to review your options. If you call us on 0800 6524 881, your case will be reviewed by a specialist for free.
Should your claim appear to be strong enough, we’ll ask one of our personal injury solicitors to step in. If they agree to help you claim, they’ll do so on a No Win No Fee basis. In our experience, that will usually make the pelvis injury claims process much less stressful.
Thanks for reading our guide on pelvis injury claims, and if you have any additional questions, please connect with us via live chat at any time.