By Stephen Kane. Last Updated 13th February 2024. If you’ve suffered a broken leg in an accident, and it occurred because another party breached their duty of care, then you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Within this guide, we’ll discuss the criteria you must meet to be eligible to make a personal injury claim and the duty of care you are owed in various situations. We’ll also look at a case study featuring a leg injury compensation payout worth £60,000.
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When Mr. Jones started out for work on the morning of his accident, he could never imagine that later that day he would be having stainless steel pins put in his leg to hold the bones together.
The accident was so quick. Another motorist tried to jump a set of lights at a junction at high speed and as a consequence collided with Mr. Jones’s stationary car. The side impact or ‘t-bone’ collision resulted in Mr. Jones needing to be cut from the wreckage. He suffered a commuted fractured femur. He needed emergency surgery.
As he set out on the long road to recovery he was beset with problems. Unable to work, his income dropped dramatically. At the same time, he needed to pay for incidental and serious expenses such as a caregiver to come into his home and help him attend to basic tasks.
As a result of his injuries, he also needed physiotherapy as he learned how to walk again. All of these costs were sudden and fell directly to him. The costs really mounted up.
After seeing an advert for No Win No Fee solicitors, Mr. Jones decided to give them a call. He explained what happened in a no-obligation, friendly chat and he discovered he had a case for compensation.
The driver admitted liability. Mr Jones was awarded £60,000 in general and special damages.
You might be wondering; how much are broken leg compensation payouts in the UK? The compensation for a leg injury you could receive depends on various factors, such as the severity of your injury and any loss of amenity. If you are injured in England and Wales, the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) may be used by legal professionals to determine your general damages.
The 16th edition of the JCG, published in April 2022, features leg injury compensation ranges based on settlements awarded in previous court claims. Please remember the figures below are not guaranteed. Please also note that the first entry has not been taken from the JCG.
|Multiple Serious Injuries Plus Special Damages
|Up to £500,000+
|Successful claimants may be compensated for more than one very severe injury and related expenses, such as lost earnings and nursing care.
|Loss of Both Legs
|£240,790 to £282,010
|The level of award you receive is determined by the severity of phantom pains and other associated mental health problems.
|Below-knee Amputation of Both Legs
|£201,490 to £270,100
|Side effects including backache might increase the compensation you receive.
|Above-knee Amputation of One Leg
|£104,830 to £137,470
|The level of amputation determines the award given in this bracket.
|Below-knee Amputation of One Leg
|£97,980 to £132,990
|If you remain fully conscious during the amputation, you are likely to receive an award at the top of the range.
|Severe Leg Injuries (i)
|£96,250 to £135,920
|Extensive degloving of the leg may have occurred.
|Severe Leg Injuries (ii) Very Serious
|£54,830 to £87,890
|Multiple fractures that could take years to fully heal.
|Severe Leg Injuries (iii) Serious
|£39,200 to £54,830
|There is a good chance that arthritis will occur.
|Severe Leg Injuries (iiii) Moderate
|£27,760 to £39,200
|Symptoms include unsightly scarring and instability in the knee.
|Less Serious Leg Injuries (i)
|£17,960 to £27,760
|You might suffer from soft tissue injuries on both legs.
What Else Can A Compensation Payout For A Broken Leg Include?
Those eligible to make leg injury claims may also be able to claim compensation under special damages. Where general damages focus on the physical and psychological impact of your injury, special damages can compensate for how your injury has financially affected you. Broken leg compensation payouts in the UK may include special damages if you can establish that your leg injury has had financial impacts, such as:
- Leaving you unable to work and, therefore, you’ve had reduced or lost earnings
- Spending out of pocket towards medicine or your treatment
- Requiring aids you’ve paid for to help you cope with your injury.
It’s worth highlighting, however, that it’s only possible to claim for special damages in a personal injury claim if you are eligible to claim for general damages.
For more advice about broken leg compensation payouts, please speak to a member of our team today.
To be eligible to claim personal injury compensation for a leg injury, you will need to be able to prove that:
- You were owed a duty of care
- This duty of care was breached
- As a result, you were injured
Whether another party owed you a duty of care can depend on the circumstance. Some examples of when you could be owed a duty of care include:
- At work: Employers owe a duty of care to their employees to take reasonable and practicable steps to prevent them from being injured at work. This duty is outlined by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
- In public: Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, the controller of a public space has a duty of care to those who visit the space for its intended purpose. This means that they must take steps to ensure the reasonable safety of visitors.
- On the roads: All road users owe each other a duty of care, meaning they have to navigate the roads in a way that minimises the risk of harm to themselves and others. To do this, they must follow the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the rules set out in the Highway Code.
If you suffered a broken leg because another party breached their duty of care, you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim. For more information on your eligibility to start a broken leg injury claim, read on or contact our advisors for free today.
Gathering evidence is a key part of the personal injury claims process. The evidence you gather needs to confirm whether you’ve broken both legs or if just one leg has been injured and how severe your injury is. You also need evidence that shows who was liable for your injuries. Examples of potential evidence that could support your claim include the following:
- Your medical records, stating your injuries and the treatment you needed.
- Any video footage, such as CCTV footage or dashcam footage, which shows the accident that caused your leg injury.
- Photos taken of the accident scene and your injuries.
- Contact details of any witnesses who saw your accident and are available to provide a statement.
- If your leg injury occurred in work and the accident was recorded in your employer’s accident book, then a copy of this report could serve as evidence too.
If a solicitor has agreed to support your claim, then they can help you with gathering evidence. Contact our advisors for free today if you would like more advice on gathering evidence. Or you can ask them other questions you may have about other aspects of leg injury claims, such as what’s the typical leg injury compensation amount in the UK.
If you are eligible to make a leg injury claim, you may wish to instruct a solicitor to work on your case. One of the personal injury solicitors from our panel could support your claim under the terms of a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This is a type of No Win No Fee agreement that our panel generally offer their services under.
When you work with a No Win No Fee solicitor to seek a compensation payout for a broken leg, they won’t take any upfront payments for their services. Additionally, they won’t ask you to pay any ongoing fees for their work. Furthermore, if your claim fails, you won’t have to pay for their work on your leg injuries case.
However, if your broken leg claim is successful, your solicitor will deduct a success fee from your compensation. This amount is a capped percentage that is limited by the law.
If you have any questions about the leg injury claims process or would like to get your case started, please get in touch with a member of our advisory team. Additionally, if you meet the eligibility requirements, you could be connected to a personal injury solicitor from our panel.
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- Please refer to this link for more information on accident at work claims
- Further information available on car accident claims, please read here
- More information on how the JCG might value your injuries, please read here
- For further information on workplace accident statistics, briefly covered here
- Helpful advice on road safety, please click here
- Refer here for information about leg injury guidance