If you’re looking for free claims advice for a leg injury claim, this article can help. In order to establish if you have a case for compensation, we will examine the applied duty of care in certain areas of daily life. How if this duty is breached could mean a party is liable for the suffering of an individual. If you broke your leg because of the negligence of your employer, a private operator, or in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, we can help.
Throughout this article, you will see some highlighted text links which you can click on for further information. There are also statistics relating to certain accidents. If you have any questions while you are reading this, please don’t hesitate to speak to our friendly personal injury claims team who are available 24/7 and happy to take your call. You can:
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- How Much Compensation For A Leg Injury Claim?
- Your Injury Explanation
- Make A Leg Injury Claim For An Accident At Work
- Leg Injury Claim For An Accident In A Public Place
- Can You Make A Leg Injury Claim For A Road Traffic Accident?
- How Specialists Calculate Personal Injury Compensation
- What Are Special Damages?
- Case Study: £60,000 For A Leg Injury Claim
- Get Free Legal Advice On Your Case’s Worth
- Breakdown Of How No Win No Fee Claims Work
- Our Specialists Can Offer Free Legal Advice
- More Resources And Guides On Leg Injury Claims
- Leg Injury Claim FAQs
Accidents that leave you injured can be devastating to not just your health but your finances. Obviously, we all try to be as safe as possible and employers and people in control of public areas are bound by laws to adhere to health and safety rules.
However, accidents can still happen through negligence. if you were hurt you might need free legal advice to start a case against the responsible party. We use an example case study to explain how you could be awarded £60,000 for a serious leg fracture in three places. Although you are not required by law to have a solicitor on your side they can increase the likelihood of you receiving compensation. And also the correct amount of compensation.
Before you start your leg injury claim, it’s important to ask three questions:
- Who had the legal duty of care to me where my accident happened?
- How was it breached by them?
- Did I suffer injuries as a consequence of the accident?
Importantly, you cannot launch a personal injury claim simply for an accident, there has to be an injury. Also, the other party may not be liable if the accident could not have been avoided. These points could have a significant bearing on your case. If you’re not sure, speak to our team today for free legal advice.
What exactly is the type of injury that could be awarded compensation? Anything that causes injury from an avoidable accident might qualify. The crucial point is that the applied duty of care was either missing or deficient and it resulted in you being harmed, so everything from a broken toe to a shattered hip could make them liable.
Some typical leg injuries are:
- Fractured femur (longest leg bone)
- Tibia or fibula break
- Kneecap injury
- Broken or strained ankle
- Broken foot bones
- Toe injury
You can find out more information about these various injuries by clicking on the links. The NHS gives advice about diagnosis, treatment, and expected recovery times. Obviously, an injury like this could result in turmoil for your health and your ability to function normally.
A No Win No Fee solicitor could take on your case if they think it has winning merits. We discuss the advantages in detail further down, but if you want to talk about your leg injury claim now, call us today.
The Health And Safety At Work etc Act 1974 states your employer’s responsibilities to look after you. In 2019/20 over 693,000 people reported an injury at work. Work-related illness affected 1.6 million working people, 111 workers suffer fatal accidents, 65,427 injuries to employees were reported under RIDDOR, and 38.8 million working days were lost because of all this.
What Is An Employers Duty Of Care?
The applied duty of care suggests that each workplace should provide:
- Proper staff training and advice
- Conduct regular risk assessments and act upon any of the findings
- Provide adequate personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Fulfill proper onsite maintenance to make sure the safety of everyone is protected as much as is reasonably possible.
These are ideal circumstances and many workplaces may not be as circumspect as others in enforcing these rules. If you were directly injured, as a result, of a breach in safety legislation speak to us today for free legal advice about a leg injury claim.
How Can My Employer Breach Their Duty Of Care?
Your claim can be made against the insurance your employer carries. If a duty of care is diminished or missing, anywhere can become an accident hot-spot. Some examples of common hazards might include:
- You could slip on wet or polished floors which has no warning signage
- Tripping on unclear stairs or thresholds
- Falling in poorly lit areas or from heights
- Being struck by a falling object
- Impacted by heavy goods
- Getting caught in defective machinery or injured by broken tools
- Suffering burns and scalds due to lack of PPE
- Exposure to hazardous chemicals or toxic materials
- Repetitive motion, heavy lifting without breaks
- Extremes of hot, cold, or damp
The list is far from exhaustive and you may be able to add your own specific example. If you suffered an injury and you’re not sure if it could be eligible to launch a personal injury claim, speak to our team for guidance.
Once you’ve decided that the accident at work could have been avoided and that it was caused by negligence, speak to a personal injury lawyer about a No Win No Fee agreement. If you can prove your injuries were the result of others’ carelessness, you could win broken bone compensation too.
Along with the laws in the workplace, The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 outlines the duties of those in control of public areas to provide safe spaces in as much as reasonably possible. This law includes local authorities and some typical areas that it covers are, briefly:
- Shopping malls
- Car parks
- Libraries and municipal buildings
- Leisure centres and swimming pools
- Parks and recreational areas
- Streets and pavements
The Act is detailed and covers many areas of potential liability but the general intention is simple. To oblige private operators or controlling parties to extend a duty of care to any visitors or people using their facilities. If you suffered a serious leg injury in any of these places, or perhaps somewhere, where you are unsure who has the responsibility, speak to us.
Roads can be very dangerous. Each year the Government produces statistics that give an insight into the level of accidents on British roads, such as:
- In 2019, 1,752 people were killed in road crashes
- 25,945 Serious injuries on the road were recorded by the police.
Although we have no direct statistical evidence, it is possible that some of these accidents might have involved leg injuries. Cyclists are particularly vulnerable to collision and, unprotected by the steel case of a vehicle, are much more likely to be hurt in the process. Therefore,
- In 2018, 99 pedal cyclists were killed,
- 4,106 seriously injured and
- 13,345 slightly injured in Great Britain.
Duty Of Care Of Road Users
The Highway Code offers guidance and advice on how to exercise a duty of care behind the wheel. It’s an expectation of every driver, irrespective of age, or experience to show this care to all road users. If your leg injury happened in a non-fault collision with another driver as a motorist, cyclist, or pedestrian you can start a compensation claim against them.
Their insurance could pay you if it can be proved that the accident was their fault and a result of careless or reckless driving on their behalf. If the person you collided with doesn’t have insurance or perhaps leaves the scene, there is an organisation called the Motor Insurer’s Bureau (MIB) which can offer some form of compensation to you.
How Can A Road User Breach Their Duty Of Care
The principle of careful behaviour and consideration to others is perhaps even more important on the roads where a split-second decision can mean life or death. Typical car-related accidents that can lead to serious leg injury compensation claims could be:
- Reckless driving
- Driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs
- Head-on collision – not paying attention
- T-Bone or side-impact crashes
- Crashes while accelerating or merging
- Not indicating before turning
- Rear-end collision
- Road rage incidents
- Mobile phone collisions
All of these scenarios could plausibly result in a broken leg compensation claim. Free legal advice is available when you discuss your circumstances with our personal injury claims team. After a brief telephone assessment of your case, we can advise how you might go forward with a leg injury claim after a road traffic accident.
Many online websites claim that they can properly value your case with a simple personal injury claims calculator. This may seem to offer a speedy and user-friendly solution to settlement amounts, but in fact, can often overlook important details and provide the wrong amount. It can be very disappointing to discover afterwards that an additional detail could have won you more.
A No Win No Fee lawyer can use their expertise to respond to all the details of your case and calculate possible awards accordingly. It’s important to note that compensation amounts are never set in stone and each case varies according to individual circumstances. A compensation claim is formed using two Heads of Loss:
General damages are issued to cover the pain and suffering from injuries and illnesses. They aim to cover the following:
- The pain and suffering caused by your injuries
- Impairment of mental health/anguish
- Loss of companionship and consortium
- Disability and any on-going difficulties
- Long term future risks of illness such as arthritis
Gauging pain and suffering can never be a precise thing. The Judicial College Guidelines provide bracket amounts for injuries so that solicitors can use them to come to a value for a persona’s injury. The results of a medical assessment will be used to help value a claim.
Special damages try to restore your finances. It’s a recognition of how the accident and injuries negatively impacted them. They can form the second component of your compensation settlement amount and any expense that you can prove was incurred through the injuries or your efforts to cope with them could be included. For example:
- All lost earnings or missed work chances
- Travel costs to and from the necessary hospital visits
- Physiotherapy, cosmetic surgery, or counselling expenses
- Care costs for any relative or professional who needed to look after you as you recovered
- Personal property damage during the accident – clothing, mobile phone, spectacles
- Any detrimental impact on pensions
- Lost deposits for hobbies or holidays.
- Home adaptations
- Prescription/rehabilitation equipment costs such as leg boots, crutches, or mobility devices
There could be others. A candid and friendly discussion that takes into account every detail of what happened that day might help you win much greater damages in your settlement than you thought possible. Your personal injury specialist can advise about the following to help strengthen your claim:
- The results of your medical assessment
- Any witness statements you may have
- CCTV footage of the accident
- Receipts and invoices to prove your out-goings
- Care costs from family or professional car givers
All these things can increase your claim against a liable party. Cases are often settled before they need to go all the way to court. Everything you can do to prove you were not at fault and suffered sudden unwanted expense will assist your claim.
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.
It should be noted that the case study is not based on real-life events and is merely intended to illustrate how compensation might be calculated.
|General damages||Special damages||How much?|
|Fractured Ribs and punctured lung £4,500||Loss of earnings||£2150|
|Trips to hospital||£100|
|Paid care assistance||£700|
|Cleaner and Gardener||£500|
A full discussion with a No Win No Fee lawyer could reveal hidden, refundable costs that you assumed were just an unfortunate part of the accident and yours to bear. Amounts are never guaranteed, as mentioned, and each case depends on individual circumstances.
To summarise, any cost that you can prove you incurred while trying to cope with your injuries could form part of your special damages. If you decide you want to use a personal injury lawyer for your broken bone compensation they can value your case fully, include these expenses, and try to win them back for you. Call today for free legal advice about your leg injury claim.
No Win No Fee agreements were established so that anyone who wants to make a compensation claim using the services of a legal team can do so regardless of their financial state:
- No fees to pay the solicitor at the outset
- Nothing to pay your solicitor as the case moves forward
- If your case fails, there’s nothing to pay your solicitors at all
- Successful cases mean that you only have to pay a small fee to your solicitors
- This fee is capped by law
- Fees are only payable after your solicitor has received your compensation
- Throughout the case, you receive excellent legal advice and support
Talk to our team to discuss how we could help you today.
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All calls are confidential. We hope that this article has helped in your decision to start a case. If there are any aspects of the subjects we’ve discussed and you would like further information, please feel free to get in touch.
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
What are the most common types of leg injury?
A dislocated kneecap (patella) can be a frequent injury as are sprains and strains to the ankle, calf, or thigh. Torn ligaments and sports injuries are also common.
Is it possible to walk with a fractured leg?
For any medical advice concerning fractures always seek out a medical professional.
How long does it take for a leg injury to heal?
This depends on the severity of the injury and if the leg was broken in more than one place.
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