How Much Compensation Can I Get For A Knee Injury?

By Stephen Kane. Last Updated 25th May 2022. 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. can help with knee injury compensation claims and work with a panel of no win no fee solicitors who are specialists in dealing with personal injury claims.  If you’d like to begin a claim today, then please call our team on 0161 696 9685. If you prefer, you can also contact us to learn more about knee injury claims through our website or by using the Live Chat window.

If you’d like to know more 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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A Guide To Knee Injury Compensation Claims

If you have had an accident, whether it be an accident at work or in any public place, and your knee is injured then you may wish to consider making a compensation claim for the injuries and any losses you’ve incurred.

Knee injury compensation claims guide

Knee injury compensation claims guide

Knee injuries can be painful and cause difficulty in movement which can lead to time off from work and not being able to complete day to day tasks unaided.  To be eligible to make a knee injury compensation claim though, you’ll need to be able to prove that the accident was caused by somebody else.

This doesn’t mean that they have to have injured you deliberately, you could claim if they made a mistake, were negligent, forgot to follow safety guidelines or didn’t use the correct safety equipment.  Examples of incidents that could lead to a successful claim include falling down the stairs at work or slipping on a wet floor when no warning signs were present. All of these scenarios could mean that you’d be eligible to make a claim.

This guide will explain what you can and can’t claim for, what you should do in the event of an accident, how much compensation a knee injury could be worth, the most common types of knee injury and how a no win no fee claim works.

It is worth noting that, in the UK, personal injury claims must usually be made within 3 years of the accident occurring, so it’s important to contact a solicitor as soon as possible to begin your claim.

If, after reading this guide, you still have questions, then please contact us as we offer free legal advice and can advise on your next steps if you’re unsure.

The Average Compensation Payout For A Knee Injury In 2022

You may be asking “what is the average compensation payout for a knee injury in the UK?”. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an average, because the final compensation for a knee injury can vary a lot for those who can make a successful claim. The potential compensation amount is largely influenced by factors surrounding the knee injury, such as how severe it is and how it will impact the claimant in the long term. As such, compensation for knee injury claims is worked out on a case-by-case basis.

In the table below are compensation brackets for different knee injuries which people may potentially claim for. The brackets, which should be viewed as a guide only, are based on the 16th edition of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG), which was published in 2022. Solicitors supporting knee injury claims may use these guidelines for reference while calculating the value of their client’s injuries.

The compensation brackets included in the table below are categorised under general damages. Compensation for this type of damages is provided to cover claimants for the pain and suffering they’ve experienced due to any injuries. You can learn more about what general damages are in the next section of this guide.

Type of InjurySeverity of InjuryCompensation RangeNotes
KneeSevere (i)£69,730 to £96,210Involving lengthy treatment, loss of function or replacement of joint
KneeSevere (ii)£52,120 to £69,730A serious leg fracture that includes serious pain and limitation of use to the knee
KneeSevere (iii)£26,190 to £43,460Continuing pain and less severe disability with risk of degenerative changes.
Knee Moderate (i)£14,840 to £26,190Injuries such as mild future disability, torn cartilage and torn meniscus
KneeModerate (ii)Up to £13,740Less serious injuries including lacerations, bruising and soft tissue damage.

One of the main jobs of a personal injury lawyer is to ensure that there is enough medical evidence to support the claim you make and to ensure you get the correct level of compensation for your injury.  This why we recommend using a specialist solicitor that understands what’s needed, and what’s not, to make a successful compensation claim.

What Could My Knee Injury Claim Payout Include?

When assessing knee injury compensation claims, a solicitor can call upon different elements depending on how the injury affected their client.  These include:

General Damages

As described above, this is a pre-determined range of compensation for the pain and suffering caused by the injury which is graded, by injury type, from minor to severe. This is based on many factors, including how the injury has affected your daily life. As well as suffering a knee injury, you may also suffer a wrist injury or a damaged nerve. This could increase the compensation you could receive.

Special Damages

These are the costs incurred because of the accident (out of pocket expenses) which can usually be proven by way of receipts or bank statements including:

Prescription and Medicine Costs

Any medicine or treatment costs that are incurred because of the accident can be claimed back.

Lost Earnings

Depending on the nature of the injury, a claimant may need time off from work to recover or receive treatment.  If this means they lose earnings, then they can be claimed back.  More significantly, if they lose their job due to their injuries, have to change role or are unable to work, then the claim could include future or potential lost earnings.

Cost of Care

If you require somebody to help you while recovering from your injury then any associate costs can be included in the claim. Depending on the severity, knee injury claims can sometimes include this due to the mobility issues caused by the injury.

Cost of Travel, Fuel or Public Transport

In some instances, an injured party may need to make alternate travel arrangements for day to day travel (such as using a taxi, train or bus instead of driving).  Any increased costs could be included in the claim as could the cost of travelling to and from medical appointments.

The main point of special damages are to ensure that, financially, you’re not left in a worse position than you were prior to the accident, so it’s important that you provide your solicitor with enough information to be able to gain a full settlement amount.

A Guide To The Anatomy Of The Knee

The knee, the joint in the leg that allows it to bend, is actually a complex structure made up of bones and other parts which can all be damaged during a knee injury.

The 3 bones that join at the knee are the kneecap (or Patella), thighbone (femur) and the shinbone (tibia).

Interconnecting these bones are numerous muscles and structures including:

  • Ligaments, which provide stability by connecting bones together. These include cruciate ligaments and collateral ligaments.
  • Tendons, which join muscles to the bones.
  • Cartilage, which also provides bone connectivity and includes articular cartilage and meniscal cartilage.

Damage to any of these, including soft tissue damage or bruising can be considered for knee injury compensation, not just fractures or broken knee caps.

What Are The Most Common Type Of Knee Injury? can help with any type of knee injury claim but there are some which are more common.  The list includes:

  • Breaks and fractures
  • Tears of the tendons
  • Ligament damage including Anterior Cruciate Ligament injuries (ACL)
  • Dislocation
  • Meniscal tears

Some of these injuries are quite commonly reported on as sporting injuries but can happen in just about any aspect of day to day life and, if somebody else caused the accident, could lead to a compensation claim.

What Are The Effects Of A Knee Injury?

Depending on the severity of a knee injury, it can lead to some serious effects on day to day life including:

  • Constant pain (or pain that keeps reoccurring)
  • Joint stiffness
  • A weak knee joint
  • Suffering with a limp
  • Being unable to straighten or bend your leg

Any difficulty in moving the leg or using the knee could mean a compensation claim is valid if it was caused by another person’s negligence so please get in touch if you’ve suffered any of the above.

More typical payouts for personal injury in the UK

You may be wanting more information about typical payouts for personal injury in the UK. It’s difficult to provide this as it depends on factors unique to your case such as the extent of the injury and what financial losses you’ve suffered as a consequence. As described below, your knee injury will be assessed as part of the claims process. To learn more about knee injury claims and to have a compensation estimate, please contact us for free legal advice using the above details.

How Are Knee Injuries Assessed?

It’s very difficult to assess the impact of a knee injury just by taking a look, which is why a medical expert would always be involved when making a claim.

They would be able to determine how the injury affected you at the time of the accident, during recovery and how it will affect you going forward.

They will assess how the injury will impact your livelihood and your ability to work and provide evidence to support any claim for compensation.

How Do You Prove Who Was Responsible For Your Accident?

When you start to look at making a compensation claim for your knee injury, you may be worried about proving the accident was caused by somebody else.

You need to be able to prove that the third-party responsible for your accident had a duty of care towards you that they breached, causing your injury. For example, you could claim if you were a passenger in a car accident if you can prove that a road user breached their duty of care while on the road, leading to your injury.

When you are in most public places like shops, libraries, restaurants and even on a council operated street, you are almost certain to have been owed a duty of care by the owner to ensure you are safe while there.  The same is the case for accident at work claims where the employer needs to protect staff (see below for more information).

Therefore, if you have been injured in a public place, and the accident wasn’t caused by you, then there is a good chance that you could make a claim.  Please speak with one of our trained advisers who can help you to ascertain who was to blame for your accident and if you have a valid claim against them.

Knee Injury Workplace Accident Claims

All staff are owed a duty which means staff should be safe while in the workplace.

If an accident was caused because of damaged equipment, poor training, inadequate safety equipment or unsafe working practices then you could make a claim against your employer.

It’s worth remembering that, if you make an honest claim, your employer can’t discipline you for claiming and they will usually have insurance in place to cover the cost of compensation claims against them, so you shouldn’t be put off from claiming if you have been injured.

Knee Injury Claims Caused By Slips, Trips And Falls

Slip, trip and fall causing knee injury

Slip, trip and fall causing knee injury

Slips and trips that lead to falls are common causes of knee injuries and can happen just about anywhere you can think of.   There are numerous reasons why a trip can occur and could lead to a claim but if you fell because of your own mistake, then you wouldn’t be able to claim.

Reasons why a fall could be blamed on somebody else include:

  • Poor lighting in an area where a trip hazard exists.
  • A slippery or wet floor where no warning signs were in place.
  • Damaged or uneven flooring or pathways such as raised paving slabs, potholes or damaged kerbs.
  • Damaged or missing handrails on stairs.

These are just a sample of the reasons why somebody could be deemed to have caused your accident.  In the event of an accident in a public place, any claim would usually be made against the company operating the facility, rather than the individual member of staff.

Accidents In A Public Place Causing A Knee Injury

If you’ve been injured in a public place, and are unsure who operates the location, then please get in touch so that we can assess the claim with you.

It may be a local council (city council, unitary authority or county council), a business owner or operator, a shopping centre or the individual shop within one.

Road Traffic And Car Accidents Leading To Knee Injuries

Any car accident could lead to knee injuries, amongst others, and if the other driver was to blame, then you could claim compensation against them for your injuries.

Even if the collision was a simple accident, as opposed to a criminal act like dangerous driving, drink driving or careless driving, you can still make a claim for pain and suffering caused by your accident and any other associated costs.

What Should I Do If I Am Injured In An Accident Which Was Not My Fault?

Following any accident, whether to yourself or your child, there are some steps that you can take which will make claiming compensation much easier.  If you follow the following steps, after an accident, it will make the claim process a lot easier:

  • Seek medical help to ensure your injuries are assessed by a doctor and treated correctly. This will also mean that there are medical records that your personal injury solicitor can use to prove you were injured and the extent of the injuries sustained.  You could also photograph any visible injuries yourself as evidence.
  • Ask any witnesses to your accident to write a statement of what they saw. This can be used as supplementary evidence to prove the accident took place.  Remember to ask for their contact details as well so that we can contact them at a later date if needed.
  • Photograph the scene of the accident as soon as possible and prior to the root cause being removed from the scene.
  • In the event of a road traffic accident, ensure you get the details of the other driver, their vehicle and their insurance details. If your car, or any witness vehicles have a dashcam then try to obtain a copy of any footage that captured the accident.
  • If your accident happened in a public place or a work, then ensure you report the accident so that it is recorded in an accident report book. Ask for copy of the report and, if that’s not possible, ensure you take the name of the person who you reported the accident to.
  • Finally, make a note of what happen when your knee was injured including, dates, time and location as it’s very easy to forget specific details at a later date.

How Do Knee Injury Personal Injury Claims Work?

When starting a knee injury compensation claim, the first thing we’ll do is to assess the merits of your claim by offering a free, no-obligation, consultation where one of our trained staff will listen to how the accident happened, the injuries you sustained and the impact it had on you.

When this is done, we offer an honest and open assessment of the chances of your claim being successful.  We don’t think it’s worth giving anyone false hope so will always explain why we’ve come to the decision we make.

If we think you’ve got a good chance of making successful knee injury claims, we can connect you with a No Win No Fee solicitor who can help begin your claim.

No Win No Fee Compensation Claims For A Knee Injury

A big concern, for some people seeking knee injury compensation, is the cost associated with making a claim.

Use a no win no fee solicitor who won’t charge you if you lose the case and is paid, if they win, from your compensation.

When you use a no win no fee solicitor, the agreement you sign with them includes a success fee percentage.  This is the amount of your compensation that they’ll retain for their services should they win compensation for you (it is limited to a maximum of 25%).

We believe that no win no fee is the most risk-free and stress-free method of making a claim which is why we only work with solicitors who work on this basis for all cases they take on.

How Our Team Can Help You Navigate The Claims Process

When we’re contacted by a new client, we always follow the same process to ensure that we’re offering the best possible advice in all instances.  When you contact us we will follow the following method:

Step One: Get in touch with our team via email, phone or our live chat.Step Two: We’ll assess your claim with you.Step Three: When you’re ready, we’ll commence your claim for you.

We believe it’s essential that you get the correct information when deciding whether to claim compensation or not which is why we offer free legal advice.  Therefore, if you’ve any doubts about your claim, no matter how trivial, please contact one of the team today so that they can help you to decide.

Contacting For Help are personal injury specialists and only work with solicitors that offer no win no fee agreements.

If you’d like to begin a claim with us today then you can get in touch using any of these methods:

  • Email us on and we’ll get back in touch with you.
  • Telephone; 0161 696 9685 to speak with one of our trained team, without any obligation.
  • Use our online form to begin your claim and we’ll call you back at a convenient time.

Where To Find More Advice

Hopefully, this guide about knee injury compensation claims has provided you with all of the information you need.  For your reference, here are some more useful guides that may provide further help.

Knee Pain Guide – a guide to knee pain and how to deal with it from the NHS.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 – A guide from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) about safe working environments.

If you require any further information, please call one of our specially trained advisers for free legal advice regarding your claim.

Slip Trip And Fall At Work Compensation Claims – A guide to making this type of accident claim.

Broken Chair Injury Claims – Our guide to claiming compensation for accidents caused by broken chairs.

Accident At Work Compensation Claims – A guide to making a claim for an accident in the workplace.

Anxiety After A Car Crash – How Do I Make A Personal Injury Compensation Claim? – Read this guide to see if you can claim for anxiety caused by a car crash.

I Was Assaulted at Work How Do I Claim Compensation? – Read this article to learn more about claiming compensation if you’ve been assaulted at work.

Contact us today to learn more about making knee injury claims. We can answer any questions you have at no charge whatsoever and can provide you with a compensation estimate at a time that works for you.