A guide to making a No Win No Fee groin injury claim
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.
What are the most common types of groin injury?
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.
What are the 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.
Can a claim be brought if the injury was 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 does No Win, No Fee work with groin injury compensation claims?
A groin injury No Win, No Fee claim begins with the Claimant signing up to, with a solicitor, a "CFA", or Conditional Fee Agreement,.
A Conditional Fee Agreement lays out a contract between the lawyer and you. The document explains the work executed by your solicitor and, most significantly, a percentage success fee that will be deducted from the total compensation after your case is won.
By selecting a Quittance solicitor, you will have total peace of mind with the knowledge that that there will be absolutely nothing to pay at the outset and you will never be out of pocket.
What happens next?
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