No Win No Fee Knee Injury Compensation Claims Guide

By Danielle Nicholson. Last Updated 23rd February 2024. This guide looks at when you could make a knee injury compensation claim. If you’ve suffered a knee injury of any type, then you’ll no doubt understand how painful they can be. Whether it be a fractured, chipped or broken knee cap, an injury to the knee can lead to months and sometimes years of pain and suffering.

If the accident was caused by somebody else, then it may be possible for you to seek compensation against them if it was down to their negligence, a mistake or a deliberate act against you.

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Advice.co.uk can help with your knee injury compensation claim by connecting you with a panel of No Win No Fee solicitors who are specialists in dealing with personal injury claims.

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If you’d like to begin a claim today, then please:

  • Call our team on 0161 696 9685.
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Alternatively, if you’d like to know more about claims for knee injuries then please continue reading and we’ll provide all the information you’ll need to decide if you want to make a claim.

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  1. How Much Knee Injury Compensation Could I Claim?
  2. Am I Eligible To Start A Knee Injury Claim?
  3. Do I Need Evidence To Claim Knee Injury Compensation?
  4. Knee Injury Claims Caused By Slips, Trips And Falls
  5. Claiming Knee Injury Compensation With A No Win No Fee Solicitor
  6. Where To Find More Advice On Knee Injury Compensation Claims

How Much Knee Injury Compensation Could I Claim?

If you are eligible to make a personal injury claim for knee injuries, you might want to know what the average compensation payout for a knee injury is in the UK. However, every successful claim is unique, with different factors affecting the overall settlement; because of this, we cannot provide an average settlement for a successful claim for knee injury compensation. Some factors that can influence your payout include:

  • The severity of your injury. For example, you could be entitled to more compensation for a severe knee injury that affects your mobility permanently, than for minor knee injuries that heal more quickly.
  • The treatment required. For example, if you required knee replacement surgery due to severe ligament damage, this will be considered along with your recovery time when determining your award.

However, we can offer more information on how compensation is calculated for knee injuries and what your settlement could comprise. If you make a successful knee injury claim, your award could consist of up to two heads of loss. These are general and special damages. 

General damages compensate for the physical pain and mental suffering you experienced as a result of your injury. Legal professionals may refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to help them value this head of your claim. The JCG contains guideline compensation brackets for various injuries. 

In the table below, you can find some figures for knee injuries from the 16th edition of the JCG. These are only provided as guidance. The first entry in the table is not from the JCG.

Compensation Table

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Type of Injury Severity of Injury Compensation Guidelines Notes
Multiple serious injuries with financial expenses Serious Up to £300,000+ A payout reflecting the impacts of multiple serious injuries, including the physical and psychological effects and the financial losses, such as lost income and medical expenses.
Knee Severe (i) £69,730 to £96,210 A serious knee injury leading to disruption of the joint, lengthy treatment, and substantial pain and function loss.
Knee Severe (ii) £52,120 to £69,730 A serious leg fracture that extends into the knee and causes constant pain that is permanent and limits movement.
Knee Severe (iii) £26,190 to £43,460 Injuries resulting in a less severe disability.
Knee Moderate (i) £14,840 to £26,190 Injuries involve torn cartilage, dislocation or meniscus causing a mild future disability.
Knee Moderate (ii) Up to £13,740 Less serious injuries including lacerations, bruising and soft tissue damage.

What Are Special Damages?

Your knee injury compensation payout may also consist of special damages. Special damages are awarded to reimburse you for any financial losses you experienced because of your injuries. Some examples of the losses you could recover include:

  • The cost of mobility aids
  • Lost earnings. For example, lost earnings could be incurred if you have to take time off work to recover from your injuries.
  • Medical expenses, such as prescription costs. 
  • The cost of childcare and housekeeping. 

Evidence, such as receipts, payslips and invoices, can help prove these losses.

If you have any questions about how compensation could be awarded in a personal injury claim, please speak with one of our advisors.

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Am I Eligible To Start A Knee Injury Claim?

To be eligible to file a knee injury claim, it must meet the personal injury criteria.

  1. A relevant third party must have owed you a duty of care.
  2. This party breached their duty of care.
  3. The breach caused you to suffer an injury.

Some examples of parties that owe you a duty of care include:

  • Your employer- All employers must take reasonably practicable measures to protect your safety and health at work. This legal duty of care is set out in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA).
  • An occupier of a public place – Anyone in control of a public space (an occupier) must take measures to ensure your reasonable safety while you are using the premises for its intended purposes. This duty of care is set out in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.
  • Road users – Under the Road Traffic Act 1988, road users must use the roads in a manner that avoids causing harm to themselves and other road users. The Highway Code also contains rules and guidelines that road users must adhere to.

Should you be able to prove that a relevant third party breached their duty of care, and an accident occurred which caused you to become injured, you may be eligible to make a knee injury compensation claim.

To discuss your potential personal injury claim for a damaged knee cap, knee ligament injuries, knee joint injury, or another type of knee injuries, you can contact our advisors. They could check your eligibility to claim knee injury compensation.

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Knee Injury Claims – How Long Do I Have To Claim?

Knee injury claims must be filed within the personal injury claims time limit. This is typically three years from the date of the injury or the date the knee injury becomes apparent, as set under the Limitation Act 1980. However, exceptions can apply to the time limit. The time limit will be suspended if you are under the age of 18 or lack the mental capacity at the time you were injured.

If your knee injury occurred when you were under 18, a litigation friend may start a knee injury claim on your behalf. When a claim is not started on your behalf, however, the time limit starts once you reach your 18th birthday. You will then have three years to start your knee injury claim.

Knee injury claims can also be started by a litigation friend for claimants who lack the mental capacity to start a claim at the time of the injury. The three-year time limit starts once someone regains their mental capacity if a claim was not started on their behalf.

Call us to discuss potential knee injury compensation amounts and learn more about the time limits.

Do I Need Evidence To Claim Knee Injury Compensation?

All knee injury claims need to be supported with evidence that proves liability and the injuries you suffered. Some examples of the evidence that could support your case for knee injury compensation include:

  • Video footage of the accident, such as from CCTV.
  • Photographs of the accident scene or of your injuries.
  • The contact information of anyone who saw the accident so they can give a statement later into the claiming process.
  • A copy of your medical records with information about the nature of your injury and the treatment you received.

One of the personal injury solicitors from our panel may be able to help you gather evidence to support your case. They can also help you understand how much compensation you could be owed if you suffered a knee injury due to someone else breaching their duty of care. Additionally, they can use all relevant evidence to value your claim accurately.

Get in touch with our advisors for more information. They are available 24/7 to help you. Although they can’t provide you with information about the average compensation payout for a knee injury, they can give you a free claim valuation as well as advice on what evidence you could submit to support your case.

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Knee Injury Claims Caused By Slips, Trips And Falls

There are many ways in which knee injuries can occur. However, as we have already mentioned, you must be able to prove that somebody else’s negligent actions caused your injuries in order to claim. 

Some examples of negligence could include:

  • An employer fails to ensure that a walkway is clear, causing an employee to trip and fall on clutter, spraining their knee. 
  • A supermarket employee fails to properly signpost a spillage, causing a customer to slip and dislocate their knee. 
  • A drunk driver drives through a red light and collides into another car, causing the other driver to suffer severe soft tissue damage to the knee. 

Our advisors are here to help if you’d like to learn more about knee injury compensation claims. They can offer a free initial consultation, during which they could tell you whether or not you have a valid claim. If you do, they may then connect you with a specialist solicitor from our panel.

Claiming Knee Injury Compensation With A No Win No Fee Solicitor

If you are claiming for knee injury compensation, then we recommend seeking support from a solicitor who has previous experience handling this type of case.

After discussing your claim with one of our advisors, they could connect you with a solicitor on our panel if you have valid grounds to pursue compensation. The solicitors on our panel can guide you through the knee injury claims process. One of them may offer to work on your case on a No Win No Fee basis.

If you begin a knee injury claim with the help of a No Win No Fee solicitor, you could be offered a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This means you won’t have to pay any upfront or ongoing fees for a solicitor’s work. You also won’t have to pay your solicitor for their services if your case fails. Instead, a success fee is paid to your solicitor should your claim succeed. This success fee is a legally capped percentage subtracted from the compensation awarded to you.

Contact Our Team

If you’d like to speak with our advisors today and find out if you have a valid claim, then you can get in touch using any of these methods:

  • Call our team on 0161 696 9685.
  • Fill out our online contact us form.
  • Learn more about knee injury claims through the live chat feature below.

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Where To Find More Advice On Knee Injury Compensation Claims

Hopefully, this guide about making a knee injury compensation claim with a personal injury solicitor has provided you with all of the information you need.

For your reference, here are some more useful guides that may provide further help.

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Contact us today to learn more about making knee injury claims and working with a specialist personal injury solicitor. We can answer any questions you have at no charge whatsoever and can provide you with further guidance on the steps involved in claiming compensation for different knee injuries.