By Danielle Fletcher. Last Updated 21st April 2023. Suffering a leg injury can impact your mobility and quality of life. In some cases you may have to take time off work to recover from your injuries, meaning that you may suffer a loss of income. If you have injured your leg in an accident that was not your fault, you may be looking into leg injury claims for monetary compensation. The leg injury compensation claim could be made against the party who is deemed to be liable (responsible) for your accident.
Leg injuries can be caused by all sorts of accidents, including the following:
- An accident in a public place
- A road traffic accident
- An accident on private property
- An accident at work
If you wish to claim leg injury compensation, Advice.co.uk could put you in touch with a skilled personal injury solicitor from our panel to take care of your case.
To find out if you could claim compensation, call us today on 0161 696 9685 for your free telephone assessment. Our advisors will be happy to give you free legal advice. Alternatively, you can use the live chat feature to discuss your potential claim.
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- A Guide To Leg Injury Claims
- How Are Leg Injury Settlements Calculated?
- How Much Is A Typical Pain And Suffering Settlement?
- What Is A Leg Injury?
- What Could Cause Leg Injuries?
- Leg Injury Statistics: How Often Do They Occur?
- What Is The Time Limit For Leg Injury Claims?
- Common Types Of Leg Injuries
- Treatment For Leg Injuries
- How Do I Claim Compensation For A Leg Injury?
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Essentially, if a party that owes you a duty of care acts negligently (breaching their duty of care) and this causes an accident, they may be liable for any injuries you suffer as a result.
There are many instances where we are owed a duty of care by others. Legislation such as the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 requires employers to protect the health and safety of employees. This means that they are, for example, responsible for providing them with an environment that is safe when they are at work.
If you suffer a trip and fall injury at work because of a faulty step that your employer had been aware of but not repaired, they could be liable for your injuries. Therefore, you could be eligible to make an injury at work claim against your employer.
Public Place Accidents
Similarly, the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 requires controllers of land, property or premises (such as shops, restaurants and local authorities) to take reasonable measures to protect the safety of visitors. For example, local authorities are responsible for maintaining some public walkways and roads. If they are advised of a hazard but don’t make an attempt to repair it, it could cause someone to injure themselves.
Road Traffic Accidents
You may have suffered a leg injury in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault. The Highway Code sets rules for road users: they should drive with a standard level of care and skill. If you were injured on the roads because of another road user’s negligence, you could seek compensation.
Leg Injury Claims Guide
In this guide, we will explain how you could make a leg injury compensation claim if someone else caused your injury. We will explain how injury settlements are calculated and how much compensation you could get for a broken tibia and fibula, or any other type of leg injury.
To find out more about whether you could make a leg injury accident claim, call Advice.co.uk today. If we can see that you are owed compensation for your injuries, we could put you in touch with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel.
If you wish to claim leg injury compensation, you may be wondering ‘How much is a leg injury worth?’ Some people use an online compensation calculator to try to estimate what leg injury compensation amount they could receive. However, these are not always accurate.
You could consult the table below to estimate how much compensation for a leg injury you could receive. The table is based on figures from guidelines by the Judicial College. Solicitors may use these guidelines to value injuries.
|Type Of Leg Injury
|Loss of both legs
|Injuries fitting into this section could include where both legs have been lost above the knee, or where one leg was lost above the knee and the other lost below the knee.
|£225,960 to £264,650
|Below-knee amputation of both legs
|Where both legs have been amputated below the knee joint.
|£189,110 to £253,480
|Above-knee amputation of one leg
|Above-the-knee amputation of one leg above the knee joint.
|£98,380 to £129,010
|Below-knee amputation of one leg
|A below-the-knee amputation of one of the legs.
|£91,950 to £124,800
|Severe leg injury (i)
|The most serious forms of injury just short of amputation.
|£90,320 to £127,530
|Severe leg injury (ii)
|Very severe forms of leg injury, including permanent mobility injuries.
|£51,460 to £85,600
|Severe leg injury (iii)
|Severe leg injuries such as serious or compound fractures.
|£36,790 to £51,460
|Moderate leg injury
|May include either multiple or complicated fractures.
|£26,050 to £36,790
|Less serious leg injury (i)
|Fractures from which a complete recovery is not made.
|£16,860 to £26,050
|Less serious leg injury (ii)
|Simple femur bone fracture or break.
|£8,550 to £13,210
This table estimates how much you could receive in general damages, which is compensation for physical or psychological suffering. It does not include figures you could receive in special damages (compensation for financial losses).
After consulting the table, why not call Advice.co.uk’s accident claims helpline to receive free legal advice about how much compensation your leg injury could be worth? We could provide you with an accurate estimate of how much leg injury compensation you are owed. Additionally, if we can see that you are owed compensation for your injury, we could connect you to a skilled solicitor from our panel.
There isn’t a clear, typical pain and suffering settlement to suit all claimants. Compensation varies from case to case due to factors like the severity of injuries and the strength of evidence.
If you make a successful leg injury compensation claim, you should receive general damages which is compensation to pay for the loss of amenity, pain and suffering caused by your injuries.
How much compensation you could be awarded for a leg injury can depend on the type of leg injury suffered and the severity of the injuries. For example, the settlement for a complicated broken leg could be higher than the settlement for an uncomplicated soft tissue injury. We recommend you consult the table above to estimate how much leg injury or broken leg personal injury compensation you may be eligible to receive. Alternatively, give our expert advisors a call.
You could also receive special damages. Special damages reimburse claimants for any financial losses or costs their injuries cause.
Special damages can include:
- Medical expenses
- Travel costs
- Care costs
- Reimbursement for any income lost
Severe leg injury settlements can include funds for any mobility equipment, car adaptations or home adaptations the claimant may now be in need of.
To find out how much your leg injury is worth, call Advice.co.uk. Our advisors can help you understand leg injury claims.
A leg injury is any sort of injury affecting the leg. A minor leg injury may heal on its own within a matter of days. A serious injury may require medical treatment and cause temporary mobility problems for the injured person, but heal if treated correctly. A severe leg injury, such as a limb crushing injury, could mean that even if the injured person receives the correct medical treatment, they may experience a permanent disability.
Claimants may claim compensation for the following types of leg injuries:
- Broken leg injuries
- Fractured leg injuries
- Soft tissue injuries in the upper or lower leg
- Dislocation injuries
If you have sustained a leg injury because of an accident that was not your fault, you could make a leg injury claim. Get in contact with Advice.co.uk today to enquire about making a leg injury accident claim or a broken leg injury claim.
Accidents can happen in all sorts of environments such as schools, workplaces, shops, parks and on the road.
Employers and those in control of premises should make sure that they conduct regular health and safety assessments. Additionally, they should remove or apply control measures to any potential hazards to reduce the risk of an accident taking place.
Road users should take appropriate care on the roads to prevent accidents and injuries. For example, motorists should drive with care, skill and awareness of others.
We will now look at some ways that accidents can cause leg injuries.
Road Traffic Accidents
A cyclist or pedestrian can suffer a broken leg or other leg injuries if they are hit by a car. Similarly, if a driver or passenger is involved in a serious car accident, they might crush their leg in the wreckage.
Slips And Falls
Floors can become slippery when wet, which is why spillages on supermarket aisles are supposed to be mopped up and, where necessary, signposted as soon as possible. Visitors can also slip and suffer injuries on icy pavements on the premises which have not been gritted.
Pedestrian Or Public Place Accidents
Pedestrians can be injured on public walkways, such as pavements and footpaths in parks, if they are not properly maintained. For example, pedestrians can trip on cracked paving slabs, potholes or tree roots that are growing out of the pavement, putting them at risk of a leg injury.
There are many different ways that employees can be injured because of an accident at work. Employees in an office environment can experience a slip, trip or fall accident if the floor is hazardous. Construction workers can fall from a height or suffer a leg crushing injury if proper standards of health and safety are not upheld on site.
People can suffer leg injuries if they take part in sporting activities that have not been properly managed. For example, many outdoor adventure sports such as skiing, snowboarding or rock climbing are dangerous if the instructor doesn’t give correct training or proper health and safety precautions have not been taken.
If you suffered an injury that wasn’t your fault and have a valid claim, we could connect you with a skilled solicitor from our panel. You may be seeking out leg injury claims advice or a value for broken leg compensation. Whatever you need to ask, our advisors could help.
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) requires certain workplace illnesses and injuries to be reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). According to RIDDOR data for 2019/20 there were 18,183 non-fatal lower limb injuries reported. 12,359 of these injuries meant that the worker was absent for more than 7 days.
Not all injuries to the leg require medical treatment. However, leg injuries that are serious enough to require medical treatment do happen. They could occur anywhere, not just in the workplace.
To find out more about claiming, call our advisors on the number at the top of the page for free legal advice.
As we discussed above, you might be eligible for leg injury compensation if third-party negligence caused your pain and suffering. However, you must start legal proceedings within three years of the date of the accident. This is set by the Limitation Act 1980.
However, in circumstances where the injured party cannot start their own leg injury claim, the limitation period is suspended. A litigation friend can be appointed to act on behalf of the injured party at any time.
Injured parties that cannot start legal proceedings themselves include:
- The time limit is suspended indefinitely for those who lack the mental capacity to start a claim. If they regain their capacity, they will have three years from that date to start proceedings if a litigation friend has not acted on their behalf.
- In the case of children under 18, the time limit is paused until their 18th From that date, they will have three years to start proceedings unless a litigation friend has claimed on their behalf.
Call our advisors to learn more about leg injury claims. If your case is eligible, they can help you get proceedings started today.
We will now look at some common types of injuries that could lead to leg injury claims if they weren’t the victim’s fault.
Soft tissue injuries
A soft tissue injury affects the soft tissues of the body such as the muscles, tendons and ligaments. Soft tissue injuries include sprains and strains where a muscle is twisted, overstretched or overused.
Symptoms include pain, tenderness and swelling. A soft tissue injury can be treated by resting the leg and elevating it. If the soft tissue injury does not get better then the patient may need physiotherapy.
Types Of Leg Bone Fractures
A broken or fractured leg can be very painful and because the injured person may need their leg to be in plaster for several weeks, they can also greatly impact the patient’s mobility. We will now look at types of leg bone fractures in more detail below:
- A compound fracture is when the skin breaks or there is an open wound near the site of the fractured bone.
- Broken bone can stick out of the open wound if it causes the skin to break.
- A stress fracture is a fracture that appears as one or more cracks on a bone. They are often caused by overuse or repetitive force. Stress fractures are common on bones that bear weight such as foot and lower leg bones.
- A displaced fracture in the leg is when the bone snaps in two (or more pieces) and becomes misaligned so the leg no longer appears to be straight.
Many broken leg injuries are treated by immobilising the bone with a plaster cast so they knit (heal) in the correct position. In some cases, surgeons insert a metal plate or rod to hold the bones together. Severe broken leg or fracture injuries may require surgery.
If you wish to make a leg injury compensation claim, Advice.co.uk can help you. Find out more about the particulars of your potential leg injury claim or leg injury at work claim by calling us today.
We will be happy to offer free legal advice and assess your case. Additionally, for your convenience, our advisors are available 24/7 and will be honest with you about the likelihood of a successful claim.
If we believe that you have a formidable claim, we could assign a skilled personal injury lawyer from our panel to work on your claim. They would start by collecting evidence to support your claim and will try to negotiate with the party responsible for your injuries to get you the compensation you deserve.
However, always remember that you are under no obligation to proceed with the services of our panel of personal injury lawyers.
If you have a valid leg injury compensation claim, our panel of personal injury lawyers could handle your case on a No Win No Fee basis.
Also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement, a No Win No Fee agreement means that you aren’t charged legal fees by the hour or upfront. Instead, your lawyer would charge you a small success fee on the condition that they help you win your claim.
In the event that your claim is not successful, you would not have to pay the success fee.
If you do win your claim, the success fee would be deducted from your leg injury compensation payout at a lawfully capped rate. Therefore, making a No Win No Fee compensation claim can be the more affordable option for many claimants who wish to use the services of a solicitor.
To learn more about a solicitor from our panel handling your leg injury compensation claim, call Advice.co.uk today to speak to an advisor.
If you wish to make a leg injury compensation claim, our panel of lawyers can offer you a prompt and professional service. They have decades of experience helping claimants like you make personal injury claims and win the compensation they deserve.
Additionally, if you choose a solicitor from our panel to represent you, they will value your claim and push to win you the maximum amount of compensation for your case.
What’s more, our panel of solicitors can offer you a No Win No Fee agreement. And, they can work for you from anywhere in the country.
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Have you found this guide to claiming compensation for a leg injury helpful? You may also wish to consult the below personal injury claims guides.
You may also find these NHS guides to potential leg injuries helpful.
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