Groin Injury Compensation Claims

If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a groin injury we can help.

The purpose of this guide is to help anyone who has suffered a groin injury and is considering a legal claim for compensation. If you are looking for medical advice, please see the NHS website.

In our guide to claiming groin injury compensation:

Introduction

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 this area can be very painful and hamper movement significantly.

Do I have a groin injury claim?

As a basic rule, you can make a groin injury claim if your injury occurred:

  • in the last three years, and;
  • someone else was at fault, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.
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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 a groin injury claim on their own behalf.

Read more about claiming injury compensation on behalf of a child.

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.

How much compensation can I claim for a groin injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your groin injury will depend on:

  • the extent 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 groin injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.

This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.

General 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

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.

What can I claim for after a groin injury? (see list)

Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • 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.

Example Amount
Pelvis and hip injury
Soft tissue injury Up to £3,150
Requiring hip replacement or surgery £10,040 to £21,200
Extensive fractures £62,490 to £104,370
Serious but with little or no lasting disability £3,150 to £10,040
Serious but with no permanent disability £21,200 to £31,220
Less extensive fractures £49,350 to £62,490
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.

For example:

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 a groin 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 a groin injury will depend entirely on your specific circumstances.

Your groin injury compensation will be calculated based on the unique impact your injuries have had on your life, your ability to work, and the actual financial losses you have incurred as a result of your injuries.

See the injury table above for some examples.

Can I claim for an existing groin injury that has got worse?

Yes, it is possible to pursue a claim in the event that a pre-existing medical condition, illness or injury is made worse or aggravated by an accident or someone else's negligence.

Groin injury compensation

Calculating how much compensation you can claim for a groin 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 groin injury claim could be worth now:

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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, however, 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?

Caring and sensitive support

Your solicitor will handle your groin injury claim from the initial consultation through to the financial settlement. In addition, your solicitor will work with other specialists to 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
  • Swelling

Groin strains are graded 1-3 as follows:

  1. Mild discomfort, often no disability. Usually does not limit activity.
  2. Moderate discomfort, can limit ability to perform activities such as running and jumping. May have moderate swelling and bruising associated.
  3. Severe injury that can cause pain with walking. Patients may complain of muscle spasm, swelling, and significant bruising.

Hernia symptoms

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.

How did your injury occur?

The claims process that your solicitor follows will vary, depending on how the injury occurred:

No win, no fee

No win, no fee takes all of the risk out of making a groin 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 wasn't your fault, our no win, no fee guarantee takes the risk out of claiming compensation for your groin injury. Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

What do I pay if I win my groin 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 groin injury claim?

If your groin 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.

Why do most solicitors charge 25%?

25% success fees are charged by most law firms as this is the maximum fee that the Ministry of Justice allows them to charge. groin injury claims can take a solicitor hundreds of hours work and they receive nothing if the case is lost. The success fee will be subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may vary. Call us for more information.

How can Quittance help?

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, 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, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.

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Groin injury FAQ's

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.

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?

You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.

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.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long do I have to make a groin injury claim?

In general, you have a time limit of up to 3 years from the date of the groin injury to make an injury claim.

The last date you can make a claim is known as the claim limitation date - after which your groin injury claim becomes 'statute barred'.

Can I claim for a groin 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 612 7456 to find out if you are still able to claim groin injury compensation.

In reality, there are a number of factors that can affect whether a groin injury claim will be taken on by a solicitor.

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Will I have to go to court?

Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) 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 held in front of a judge, not a jury.

Read more: Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

Can I get an early compensation payment?

If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

Read more about interim compensation payments.

Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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