Hip injury compensation claims
In this article we set out what you need to know about making a successful hip injury compensation claim.
If a hip injury was the result of the negligence of another party, a claim for compensation can be usually be made to aid rehabilitation and to cover losses incurred because of the injury.
If you have suffered a hip injury in the last three years (longer if children were involved) and someone else was to blame, then we can help you make a compensation claim.
Hip injuries can affect people of all ages, although certain groups are more vulnerable. Where joints are more fragile, due to old age or a congenital condition, injury can be sustained through even the slightest trauma. For younger people, hip injuries are often due to a more serious accident or incident.
Common hip injuries seen in compensation claims include:
A hip fracture is a crack or break in the neck of the femur nearest the hip joint. According to the NHS, around 70,000 to 75,000 occur in the UK each year. Common causes include falls to a solid surface or blunt trauma.
Hip dislocation occurs when the ball-shaped head of the femur pops out of the cup-shaped acetabulum set in the pelvis. Common causes are an impact collision or a hard fall.
Hip sprains occur due to a sudden contraction of muscle which stretches or tears the ligaments that support the hip joint. Common causes are over stretching or a hard blow to the muscle.
Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa - a fluid-filled sack that reduces friction between moving body tissues. Common causes are traumatic injury and repetitive pressure on the hip.
A person suffering a hip injury often has to take time off work - sometimes for a lengthy period. They may also be unable to carry out their normal everyday activities. In addition, hip injury can result in the need for long-term medical care and assistance.
I have a strong claim - why won't a solicitor take it on?
As hip injuries can occur in a variety of different situations, who is liable depends on the individual facts of the case. For example, if a hip injury was sustained during a non-fault car or motorcycle accident, the other driver would be liable.
Alternatively, a hip injury which occurred in the workplace, whether caused by a fall from height, moving machinery or a slip or trip on a factory floor, would see the employer held liable under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and other relevant legislation.
For other slips, trips and falls which occur outside of the workplace, for example in a supermarket or on a public footpath, the owner/occupier of the land or premises would be responsible under the Occupier's Lliability Act 1957.
In the case of vulnerable groups, the duty of care imposed on a shop owner or employer may not necessarily be higher because of the group's vulnerability to injury, but the owner, occupier or employer must take reasonable steps to protect anyone they owe this duty to from foreseeable harm.
In the example of a slip in a shop, the shop owner must put in place an inspection programme to ensure that spills are identified quickly and cleaned up. A failure to operate such a procedure may amount to negligence if someone is injured as result.
The first step is to contact a solicitor to discuss your options and to determine whether you may have a claim.
The solicitor will help to arrange a medical exam to establish the nature and severity of the hip injury. The report produced following this medical will provide crucial medical evidence in support of your claim.
Other evidence will also be gathered to support your hip injury claim, such as:
- A shop or office's accident book
- Company health and safety records
- Photographs of the hazard or scene of the accident
- CCTV footage of the incident
- Witness statements
If the liable party is insured, a solicitor will contact the insurers notifying them of the claimants intention to claim. If they accept liability, a compensation sum will be agreed upon, depending on the severity of the hip injury and its wider impact on the person's life.
If liability is not accepted, or the defendant argues contributory negligence, the case may go to Court.
No Win, No Fee agreements, also called Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs), form a crucial component of a injury claim.
A CFA lays out the terms between your injury lawyer and you.
It sets out the service executed by the lawyer and, most significantly, a percentage-based "success fee" that will be deducted from the damages when the lawyer wins the claim.
You have complete peace of mind knowing that you will never be out of pocket. You have no hidden fees when working with a Quittance solicitor.
The amount of compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Our personal injury compensation calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.
Road traffic accident claims
Every year almost 200,000* people are injured on Britain's roads. If you have been injured in a road accident that was not your fault, you can claim compensation.
Find out more about claiming hip injury compensation for a road accident: Read more about road accident claims
*Source: Official Department of Transport statistics (gov.uk)
>Accidents at work - Claiming against your employer
Every year, 600,000* employees are injured in accidents at work. If you have suffered an injury or illness at work, you may able to claim compensation.
Find out if you can claim hip injury compensation from your employer: Read more about work accident claims
*Source: 2016/17 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report
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