Groin Injury Compensation Claims
If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a groin injury, we can help.
If your injuries were caused by someone else's actions or negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Claiming injury compensation with a solicitor
You can make a compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.
Your solicitor will ask you about what happened, and they will collect evidence to prove what caused your injuries. Your solicitor will also work out how much money you can claim, based on your injuries, lost earnings and other expenses.
We can help you make a personal injury compensation claim on a No Win No Fee basis.
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The groin is located where the abdomen ends and the legs begin. Within this area are 5 muscles (the adductors) that work together to move the legs.
Injuries to the area can be very painful and hamper movement significantly.
If you have suffered a groin injury due to another party's negligence, your solicitor will ensure your compensation reflects the full impact of your injury on your life and ability to work.
Do I have an injury claim?
As a basic rule, you can make an injury claim if your injury occurred:
- in the last 3 years, and;
- someone else was at fault, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Claim eligibility - Common questions
What if a child was injured?
The 3 year rule does not apply to minors.
A claim can be pursued for anyone under the age of 18 by a parent, guardian or litigation friend. The injured child has up to the age of 21 to start an injury claim on their own behalf.
What if the other party denies liability?
If the defendant denies liability, your solicitor will build the strongest possible case in order to prove that the defendant is responsible for your groin injury. Ultimately the solicitor will issue court proceedings on the defendant. Often this prompts an admission of liability before proceedings begin.
The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:
- the seriousness of your injury, and
- any financial losses or costs you have incurred.
At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.
This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.
General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).
Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.
Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.
What can I claim for after an injury? (see list)
Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:
- Lost earnings (including future earnings)
- Medical treatment costs
- Travel costs
- Costs of care
- Costs of adapting your home or car
Groin injury compensation amounts
The following groin injury payouts refer to the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Fifteenth Edition by the Judicial College.These tables are used by solicitors or by the courts as a starting point when calculating your compensation.
|Pelvis and hip injury|
|Pelvis and hip injury||Minor||Soft tissue injury||Up to £3,150|
|Pelvis and hip injury||Moderate||Requiring hip replacement or surgery||£10,040 to £21,200|
|Pelvis and hip injury||Severe||Extensive fractures||£62,490 to £104,370|
|Pelvis and hip injury||Minor||Serious but with little or no lasting disability||£3,150 to £10,040|
|Pelvis and hip injury||Moderate||Serious but with no permanent disability||£21,200 to £31,220|
|Pelvis and hip injury||Serious||Less extensive fractures||£49,350 to £62,490|
|Pelvis and hip injury||Serious||Injuries likely to require future surgery||£31,220 to £41,860|
How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?
If you have sustained multiple injuries, the compensation amounts are not simply added together.
The upper bracket of the most serious injury may be considered as a starting point, with a reduced amount applied for the other less severe injuries.
General damages for a serious groin injury can be £44,000
For a less severe leg injury, in isolation, you would typically receive £7,200.
However, if you have a serious groin injury and a less severe leg injury, you would typically receive £44,000 + a reduced percentage of £7,200.
Special damages, such as loss of earnings are not usually increased if you have multiple injuries. Read more about multiple injury claims.
What is the average injury compensation for an injury claim?
The Judicial College injury tables give a approximate idea of the ranges awarded for different injuries.
However, the money you would receive following an injury will depend entirely on your specific circumstances.
Your injury compensation will be calculated based on the unique impact your injuries have had on your life and your ability to work, and on the actual financial losses you have incurred as a result of your injuries.
Should I set up a personal injury trust?
If you are receiving means-tested benefits and are awarded compensation following a groin injury injury, your benefits could be affected. In order to ring fence your compensation and protecting your benefits, you may be able to set up a "Personal Injury Trust" or "PI Trust". Read more: Should I set up a personal injury trust?
Calculate my injury compensation
Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an injury can be complicated.
Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.
Find out what your injury claim could be worth now:
How long does a groin injury claim take?
How long it can take to process a groin injury claim can vary significantly.
A straightforward liability accepted injury claim might be concluded in a few weeks. If liability is denied, a compensation claim can take significantly longer. Usually, an injury claim will take 4 to 9 months. See more: How long will my claim take?
How else can a solicitor help me?
Your solicitor will handle your injury claim from the initial FREE case evaluation, through to the financial settlement.
Your solicitor will work with other specialists to provide caring and sensitive support and help you with:
- Financial support: interim payments while you are unable to work.
- Advice: on personal injury trusts, tax and welfare benefits.
- Coordination: with rehabilitation providers and therapists.
- Access: to treatment and therapies not always available on the NHS.
Typical groin injuries
The most common injuries to the groin area are pulls and strains to the muscles, caused by overstretching. More severe strains can lead to tears to the muscle fibres.
A hernia may occur where the strain results in an internal part of the body pushing through the muscle wall. This may also be classed as a groin injury.
Common causes of groin injury
Groin injuries are usually the result of putting too much strain on the groin or abdominal muscles. This can be through physical exertion such as sporting activity, or through lifting or pulling of heavy objects.
A slip or fall, which stretches the muscles too far, may also cause groin injury.
Hernias in the groin or stomach wall are often caused by heavy lifting and may develop over a period of time. There are several different types of hernia - those in the groin are usually femoral (at the top of the inner thigh) or inguinal (in the lower abdomen). They may need surgery to repair them.
What are the symptoms of groin injury?
Groin strain symptoms
- Pain in the groin and the inside of the thigh
- Pain bringing legs together
- Pain raising knee
- Popping or snapping sensations
Groin strains are graded 1-3 as follows:
- Mild discomfort, often no disability. Usually does not limit activity.
- Moderate discomfort, can limit ability to perform activities such as running and jumping. May have moderate swelling and bruising associated.
- Severe injury that can cause pain with walking. Patients may complain of muscle spasm, swelling, and significant bruising.
Femoral Hernias appear as a small swelling in the groin, near the top of the thigh. 70% of them occur in women and often have no symptoms until they become "incarcerated" (stuck). This may cause severe local and abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting and may require immediate surgery.
Inguinal hernia symptoms include a swelling in the groin and pain after lifting a heavy object or from bending forward. Patients may experience a heavy feeling in the groin or abdominal discomfort.
Untreated, an inguinal hernia is likely to increase in size, become more painful and in some cases, lead to a strangulated hernia.
Injuries sustained at work
A severe groin injury or hernia may mean taking time off work to rest and recover. Depending on the severity of the injury, surgery may be required to ensure complete recovery.
Employers have a duty of care to ensure their employees' health and safety at work. An employee who has been required to lift or move loads that were too heavy or awkward and has sustained a groin injury or hernia through carrying out instructions may be entitled to compensation.
If there has been inadequate training on the correct lifting of objects and the employee has injured himself as result, he may also be able to claim.
Will I have to go to court?
Highly unlikely. Solicitors settle the vast majority of claims out of court.
Around 2% of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.
Cases that do ultimately go to court are decided by a judge or magistrate, not a jury.
Even if the claim does go to court, it is very unlikely you will have to attend.
No win, no fee
No win, no fee takes all of the risk out of making an injury claim. If you don't win any compensation, you won't have to pay your solicitor any legal fees.
No win, no fee guarantee
If you have been injured and it was not your fault, we can help you make a no win, no fee injury compensation claim.
What do I pay if I win my injury claim?
Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee which is deducted from your compensation, once your claim is settled. The solicitor's success fee can be up to 25%. You and your solicitor can agree the success fee before you start your claim.
What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?
If your injury claim is not successful then you will not have to pay any fees. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.
How we can help you
Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims.
If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:
- 8am to 9pm weekdays
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- 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday
Call us for FREE advice on 0800 376 1001, or arrange a call back from a friendly, legally-trained advisor:
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Can I claim for someone else?
Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.
If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.
The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.
Can I claim if I feel I was partly responsible for my accident?
Yes. You may still be able to claim compensation even if your actions may have contributed to the accident.
However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.
How long do I have to make an injury claim?
In general, you have a time limit of up to 3 years from the date of the injury to make an injury claim.
The last date you can make a claim is known as the claim limitation date - after which your injury claim becomes 'statute barred'.
Can I claim for an injury after 3 years?
Possibly. The general rule for adults is that a claim must be started within three years.
However, the three-year countdown starts on the day you learned of your injury or illness. This will usually be the date of the accident, but could be the date your doctor gave you a diagnosis.
If you were injured as a child, you do have up until your 21st birthday to make a claim.
There other circumstances that can also impact the limitation date. Call us now on 0800 376 1001 to find out if you are still able to claim injury compensation.
In reality, there are a number of factors that can affect whether an injury claim will be taken on by a solicitor.
Will I have to visit a solicitor's office to start a claim?
No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. Personal injury claims are handled by email, post and phone.
Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.
I need the money now - what are my options?
If you are unable to work and have bills to pay, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.
An interim payment is an advance on your compensation payment. Any amount you receive in interim payments would be deducted from your final compensation payment.