If a knee injury has set you back, we'll help you move forward
A knee injury can severely affect your mobility and if you are unable to work, can lead to substantial personal and financial strain. Compensation claims typically cover the cost of medical treatment, surgery, long-term rehabilitation, and any expenses or loss of earnings.
If you have been affected by a knee injury, we can help. If your injuries were caused by someone else's actions or negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
You can make a compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.
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You are not alone
Although there are few studies on the extent of knee injuries occurring in the UK, the BMJ estimate that A&E typically treats over 80,000 knee injuries per year.
Cruciate ligament damage, a serious injury caused by unnatural twisting of the knee, accounts for around 40% of all sporting accident injuries.
If you decide to make a knee injury claim, your personal injury solicitor will take you through every step of the claims process. Your solicitor will be with you until you win your claim and get the compensation you deserve.
What types of knee injury can I claim compensation for?
You can seek compensation for any knee injury that causes you pain and suffering, including:
- Damage to your kneecap (patella)
- Breaks and fractures
- Damage to your knee cartilage (meniscus and gristle)
- Tears to knee ligaments
- Muscle injuries, such as sprains and strains to the quadriceps, hamstrings and calf muscles
- Bursitis or housemaid's knee.
While some knee injuries recover with minimal medical intervention, you may require hospital treatment, including surgery and physiotherapy.
Can I claim for long-term and ongoing knee injury symptoms?
Yes. Some patients require several months of rehabilitation before they can resume normal activities. Others may experience long-term mobility problems. Your solicitor will ensure your total compensation reflects any ongoing need for care and treatment.
Identifying the type of injury and how it has impacted your life is critical to the success of a knee injury compensation claim. Your compensation settlement award will depend on the seriousness of your injury and how it will affect you in the future.
A simple medical examination will probably be necessary to establish the extent of your knee injury and to prescribe any further treatment. Your solicitor will arrange a medical examination at a local medical centre.
Can I claim for an overuse knee injury?
Yes. If you have been diagnosed with bursitis or a similar knee condition caused by your working conditions, you may be able to claim compensation.
Employers must take reasonable steps to protect the health and safety of their staff. These steps include regular training, safety assessments and job rotation to reduce the risk of overuse injuries. Where appropriate, your employer should also provide PPE like knee pads or mats.
If your employer has not taken steps to protect your health, and you developed a knee condition, you will have three years from the date you learned of your injury (or were diagnosed) to start a claim.
Do I qualify for knee injury compensation?
You will usually be eligible to claim compensation if you have been injured in the following circumstances:
- within the last 3 years, and;
- another person was to blame, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Find out online if you can claim with our injury claim calculator. Alternatively, you can speak to a claims advisor on 0800 376 1001 and find out if you have a claim in minutes.
Can I claim if I feel I was partly to blame?
Identifying who is legally responsible for a claimant's injuries is not always obvious.
In our 2023 Personal Injury Claimant Survey, 13.99% of respondents felt they were at least partly responsible for their accident or injuries.
Even if you partly caused the accident or your injuries (refered to as 'contributory negligence'), you may still be entitled to make a claim. These claims can often be settled on the basis of a split liability agreement.
How long do I have to claim knee injury compensation?
For most injury claims, you have up to 3 years from the date of your injury to start the claims process.
The 3 year limitation period does not apply to minors (under 18s). A parent, guardian or litigation friend can start a claim on a child's behalf up to their 18th birthday and the child has until their 21st birthday to claim for themselves.
How much compensation can I claim for a knee injury?
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.
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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 is compensation for quantifiable financial losses you've incurred as a result of your knee injury. Compensation can include loss of earnings, and any additional expenses directly related to your injury.
These damages will also cover any medical or treatment bills, such as arthroscopic surgery, knee replacement surgery, hyaluronic acid injections and physiotherapy.
Average knee injury general damages compensation
The following knee injury payouts refer to the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Sixteenth Edition by the Judicial College.These tables are used by solicitors or by the courts as a starting point when calculating your compensation.
Please note: these average figures represent general damages only, and do not include any element of special damages (e.g. lost wages).
|Knee injury||Less serious||Minimal ongoing symptoms||Up to £12,490|
|Knee injury||Moderate||Mild long-term symptoms||£13,490 to £23,810|
|Knee injury||Serious||Less severe long-term disability||£23,810 to £39,510|
|Knee injury||Serious||Chronic pain||£47,380 to £63,390|
|Knee injury||Severe||Chronic pain and loss of movement||£63,390 to £87,460|
Claiming compensation for psychological injuries
Psychiatric harm is less obvious than physical injury, but the consequences can be just as difficult to deal with.
According to our 2023 Personal Injury Claimant Survey shows that 29.03% of potential claimants sustained a psychological injury, 70.97% of which related to a physical injury.
A specialist solicitor will consider psychological harm when calculating your compensation. Psychiatric injuries are recognised in the official guidelines for compensation, and the cost of treatment and other mental health support should be included in your compensation award or settlement.
Our compensation calculator can estimate your compensation for psychological injuries. Or you can call us on 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor.
Knee injury claim case study
Compensation of £10,385 was awarded in 2014 to a 70 year-old woman who sustained injuries to her knee in a road traffic accident.
The claimant was stationary in her car when another vehicle collided with the rear of her car, causing injury to her left knee and neck.
Unable to walk for 2 months, her knee injury was diagnosed as a severe strain.
After 4 months, her knee pain was continuous and severe. Her movements were restricted and she needed to use a walking stick.
Surgery was recommended to repair a meniscus tear, diagnosed following an MRI scan.
The claimant also suffered neck pain. This was continuous for two months following the accident with restricted neck movement.
Treatment for the neck pain included hydrotherapy and strong painkillers.
It was maintained that the defendant was negligent insofar as he was driving at speed and without due care and attention.
The accident caused injuries to the claimant's knee and neck.
The neck injuries should resolve within nine months of the accident.
Surgery was necessary to repair the knee injury. This was expected to resolve within two years of the accident date.
The claimant was unable to do her hobby of gardening or heavy domestic chores. She was also unable to attend the gym which she had done five times per week prior to the accident.
Conclusion and settlement
Liability was admitted and the matter did not proceed to court.
Compensation was accepted of £10,385 by way of an out of court settlement.
£9,000 of the damages was attributed to "pain, suffering and loss of amenity."
In addition £1,385 was awarded for treatment, expenses incurred and interest.
How we have helped others
Quittance's solicitors have assisted people who have suffered knee injuries as a result of:
- car and motorcycle accidents
- cycling accidents (25% of cycle accident claims result in some form of leg injury)
- slip, trip and fall accidents
- a fall from height
- an accident at work
- manual handling accidents
- sporting accidents
- repetitive work practices that cause or aggravate bursitis
- medical negligence.
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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.