By Danielle Nicholson. Last Updated 18th October 2023. 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.
Advice.co.uk 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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- What Is The Average Compensation Payout For A Knee Injury?
- Am I Eligible To Make A Knee Injury Claim?
- Do I Need Evidence To Claim Knee Injury Compensation?
- Knee Injury Claims Caused By Slips, Trips And Falls
- Claiming Knee Injury Compensation With A No Win No Fee Solicitor
- Where To Find More Advice
If you are eligible to make a personal injury claim, 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.
However, we can offer more information on how compensation is calculated 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.
Type of Injury Severity of Injury Compensation Range Notes
Knee Severe (i) £69,730 to £96,210 Involving lengthy treatment, loss of function or replacement of joint
Knee Severe (ii) £52,120 to £69,730 A serious leg fracture that includes serious pain and limitation of use to the knee
Knee Severe (iii) £26,190 to £43,460 Continuing pain and less severe disability with risk of degenerative changes.
Knee Moderate (i) £14,840 to £26,190 Injuries such as mild future disability, torn cartilage and torn meniscus
Knee Moderate (ii) Up to £13,740 Less serious injuries including lacerations, bruising and soft tissue damage.
Leg Severe (iv) £27,760 to £39,200 Complicated and multiple fractures/crush injuries, causing instability in the knee.
Your knee injury compensation 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.
- 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.
To be eligible to file a knee injury claim, your claim must meet the below criteria.
- A relevant third party must have owed you a duty of care.
- This party breached their duty of care.
- 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 duty of care is set out in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
- 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, which caused you to become injured, you may be eligible to claim compensation.
To discuss your potential personal injury claim for a damaged knee cap or another type of knee injury, you can contact our advisors. They could check your eligibility to launch a claim.
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 awards or the average compensation payout for a knee injury in the UK.
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.
Our advisors 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.
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
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.
If you’d like to speak with our advisors today, then you can get in touch using any of these methods:
- Email us on [email protected] 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.
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.