By Stephen Kane. Last updated 25th October 2023. This online guide will look at what’s involved in the process of making a hip injury claim. When you’re involved in an accident where your hip is injured, recovery can be a lengthy process.
When you’ve sustained your hip injury at work, in a road traffic accident or because of an accident in public, you might be entitled to make a broken hip claim. You could be entitled to compensation if your accident was due to someone else’s negligence who owed you a duty of care.
Below, we’ll give you vital information you need to feel confident in pursuing your broken hip claim. For free legal advice, get in touch with our personal injury claims team by calling 0161 696 9685, using our online form or by chatting with us in the bottom right of this screen.
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- Case Study: £85,000 For A Hip Injury Claim
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Matt, a chartered site engineer, was working on a construction site. He was working one day when somebody spun the arm of a crane too quickly. This caused the cargo to swing outwards and hit Matt on the side of his hip.
Matt fell to the ground in a great deal of pain. Several colleagues who had seen the accident happen called an ambulance for Matt and made sure that he kept still as he waited. After he was taken to hospital, his colleagues reported the accident in the site’s accident book.
Once at the hospital, Matt was given an x-ray and it was confirmed that he’d suffered a hip fracture. Because the fracture was inside his hip socket, and because he’d previously been very active, it was decided that Matt would undergo a full hip replacement.
Because of the impact the injury had on him, Matt decided to seek legal advice. He decided to pursue a claim for his hip injury at work.
Aftermath Of The Accident
After the accident, Matt stayed in hospital for a week. He was given physiotherapy to help him start to regain his mobility.
The pain of his hip fracture was gone immediately, but he felt a lot of soreness as a result of the operation. Matt found it difficult to walk without a crutch and had to take time off work to recover.
After his surgery, Matt wasn’t able to drive himself to and from his physiotherapy appointments. He found it really difficult to get into or out of a car. He had to rely on taxis to get to and from his hospital appointments.
Matt’s wife helped as much as she could be she could not take much time away from work. Matt hired a carer for support at home. Matt became worried when, after around three months of recovery, his hip became painful again. The joint also felt like it was becoming loose and unstable. He checked in again with his doctor, who advised him that the shaft of the implant had become loose in his femur. He would need to undergo surgery again to rectify this. In total, Matt had to take six months off work.
|Types of Special Damages||Includes:||How Much?|
|Travel Expenses||Travel to and from hospital appointments||£585|
|Medications/Prescriptions||Prescriptions for painkillers||£170|
|Future Loss||Loss of earnings for 6 months off work||£34,000|
|Cleaning||Cleaner over 6 months||£540|
|Additional Care||1 week of care after each surgery||£700|
We can see from the table above that the special damages associated with Matt’s claim were valued at £35,995. Add this to the general damages for the type and severity of Matt’s hip injury and we can see that the claim was settled for £85,265.
Matt’s case is purely an example. It is based on past personal injury cases and is illustrative of how compensation is calculated.
Have you suffered a hip injury in an accident? If it was caused by a party who breached the duty of care they owed you, then you may have grounds to claim compensation. Who may have owed you a duty of care and what that duty involves will depend on where and how your hip injury occurred.
- Employers owe their employees a duty of care to take reasonable steps to protect them from harm at work. This duty of care is outlined by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. If you suffer a hip injury in an accident at work due to your employer breaching their duty of care, you might be eligible to make a hip injury claim.
- Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, those responsible for controlling a public space must ensure your reasonable safety while visiting the space as part of their duty of care. A hip injury could potentially occur in a public space if this duty is not upheld.
- Road users owe a duty of care to one another to navigate the roads in a way that prevents harm to themselves and others. To uphold this duty, they’re expected to comply with the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Highway Code. If your hip injury has occurred in a road traffic accident because another road user breached the duty of care they owed you, you might be eligible to pursue personal injury compensation.
For more information on whether you’re eligible to start a hip injury claim, please contact our advisors online or on the phone for help.
You may have questions regarding the average compensation for a hip injury in the UK and how much you could receive if your claim succeeds. Hip injury compensation amounts can vary on a case-by-case basis, so we can’t offer an average amount. However, we can offer more insight into how this compensation could be calculated.
If your claim succeeds, you will receive general damages. This compensates for the injuries you sustained and the effect that these injuries have on your life.
When calculating general damages for a hip injury claim, legal professionals may refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This document offers guideline compensation brackets for a range of different injuries, including hip injuries. You can find some examples of these below, but please note that these amounts are not guaranteed.
Injury Type Severity Compensation Payout Description
Injuries to the Pelvis and Hips Severe (i) £78,400 to £130,930 This bracket could apply to a hip injury resulting in spondylolisthesis of a low back joint, requiring spinal fusion in response. Substantial residual disabilities will be among the symptoms.
Injuries to the Pelvis and Hips Severe (ii) £61,910 to £78,400 This bracket can apply to hip injuries only a little less severe than those that fall under the bracket above. An example that may fall under this bracket is traumatic myositis ossificans with formation of ectopic bone around the hip
Injuries to the Pelvis and Hips Severe (iii) £39,170 to £52,500 Many severe hip injuries could fall under this bracket, including those that require an osteotomy and likely hip replacement surgery in the future.
Injuries to the Pelvis and Hips Moderate (i) £26,590 to £39,170 Under this bracket, there is a significant injury to the hip or pelvis, but any permanent disability is not major and any future risk is not great.
Injuries to the Pelvis and Hips Moderate (ii) £12,590 to £26,590 Injuries that fall under this bracket may require a hip replacement or other surgery. This bracket can also apply in cases where a hip replacement may be required in the future or there are more than minimal ongoing symptoms.
Injuries to the Pelvis and Hips Lesser Injuries (i) £3,950 to £12,590 Significant injury but little to no residual disability. May include a fracture injury that leads to a full recovery within two years.
Injuries to the Pelvis and Hips Lesser Injuries (ii) Up to £3,950 This bracket covers minor soft tissue injuries that lead to a complete recovery.
You may also be eligible for special damages. This head of claim covers the financial losses you sustain as a result of your injuries, and could potentially cover the cost of:
- Lost earnings
- Home adjustments
- Mobility aids
For more advice on hip injury compensation amounts, contact our team of advisors for free today.
When making a hip injury claim, you will need to submit evidence. This needs to prove both the injury you suffered as well as who was liable for the accident that caused it.
Some examples of evidence that could support cases for hip injury compensation amounts include:
- Video footage of the accident, such as from CCTV.
- A copy of your medical records that include details on the nature of your injury and what treatment you needed.
- The contact information of any witnesses to the accident so they can give a statement later into the claiming process.
Additionally, if your injury occurred in an accident at work, you could submit a copy of the entry into the accident log book. If it occurred in a road traffic accident, there might be a police report that you could submit.
If you need any help obtaining evidence to support your claim, get in touch with an advisor from our team. In addition to the free advice, they can discuss the average compensation for a hip injury in the UK.
If you are seeking a payout for a hip injury, you may wish to have the support of a solicitor. One of the solicitors from our panel could help you. They have lots of experience with hip injury claims.
When your solicitor provides their services under this type of arrangement, they won’t ask you to pay upfront or ongoing fees. If your personal injury claim has a positive outcome, they will take a success fee out of your award. This success fee is legally limited. If your claim does not succeed, you won’t be asked to pay this fee.
If you have any questions about whether you could claim for your injury, please get in touch with an advisor from our team. They’re available with free advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Additionally, if it seems like you have valid grounds for a claim, you could be connected to one of the solicitors from our panel.
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