Leg Injury Compensation Claims
If you have been affected by a leg 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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What are the statistics?
When personal injury solicitors talk about leg injuries they are referring to an injury to any part of the upper leg or thigh, lower leg or shin, knee, ankle or foot.
Leg injuries are fairly common, with NHS statistics revealing that 10,000s of people are treated for injuries to the lower leg and knee every year. Many leg injuries require hospital treatment including operations and physiotherapy.
What are the most common types of leg injury?
The most common types of leg injury are sprains and strains, cuts and bruises, dislocation, and ruptures to tendons or muscles. More serious injuries such as compound fractures or injuries requiring amputation are less common but have life-changing consequences for those affected.
Assessing the severity of a leg injury
It is often difficult to determine the severity of a leg injury and the effect it may have on a claimant in the future.
In most cases, a claimant will be required to undergo a medical examination to assess the injury and recommend any further treatment that may be necessary.
The medical examination is a routine process carried out at t a local medical centre at no cost to you.
Do I have an injury claim?
As a basic rule, you will be eligible to make an injury claim if your injury happened:
- in the last 3 years, and;
- someone else was to blame, 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 I was diagnosed months after the leg injury?
Depending on how your leg injury happened, the three-year time limit may only start from the date you are diagnosed and learn of the cause of your injury. In some cases, this can be months or years after the cause occurred.
Can I claim if the leg injury made an existing injury worse?
Yes, although demonstrating this can be more difficult, so legal and medical advice should be sought as early as possible.
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
Leg injury compensation amounts
The following leg 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.
|Leg injury||Less Serious||Simple tibia or fibula fracture||Up to £9,440|
|Leg injury||Moderate||Crush injury||£22,130 to £31,250|
|Leg injury||Moderate||Simple femur fracture||£7,270 to £11,220|
|Leg injury||Serious||Leg fracture with partial recovery||£14,320 to £22,130|
|Leg injury||Serious||Serious with permanent symptoms||£31,250 to £43,710|
|Leg injury||Severe||Very serious with permanent symptoms||£43,710 to £67,410|
|Leg injury||Severe||Loss of one leg above the knee||£78,100 to £106,010|
|Leg injury||Severe||Loss of one leg below the knee||£83,550 to £109,570|
|Leg injury||Very Severe||Loss of both legs below the knee||£160,600 to £215,310|
|Leg injury||Very Severe||Loss of both legs||£191,950 to £224,800|
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 severe leg injury can be £75,000
For a less serious arm injury, in isolation, you would typically receive £4,000.
However, if you have a severe leg injury and a less serious arm injury, you would typically receive £75,000 + a reduced percentage of £4,000.
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.
Will I have to pay tax on my leg injury compensation?
If you receive financial compensation following a leg injury injury, specific legislation ensures that you do not have to pay tax on it. This is the case no matter whether the compensation is received as a lump sum or as staggered payments.
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:
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How long does a leg injury claim take?
How long it can take to secure compensation for a leg injury can vary significantly.
For instance, a simple liability accepted injury claim can settle in a month or two. If the defendant denies liability, it could take considerably longer. On average an injury claim should take 4 to 9 months. For more information, see: 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.
How likely am I to win my claim?
It needs to be proven that:
- the accident or circumstances in question resulted in your injuries, and;
- the accident resulted from an act or negligence by the party being held responsible (the defendant).
If the defendant accepts liability, the likelihood of your claim succeeding is very high.
What happens if the defendant does not accept liability?
On the other hand, if liability is only partly accepted or contested, reaching a positive outcome can be more of a challenge.
Whether liability is acknowledged or not, doing everything you can to help your case is strongly recommended. Your lawyer may recommend a course of action.
These are some of the steps you can take:
- report the accident to a suitable person or authority
- record the details of the accident where possible
- gather names and addresses or contact details of witnesses
- take photographs of the scene of the accident
Even where considerable time has passed, doing what you can to help your case is worth considering.
Will I have to go to court?
Highly unlikely. Solicitors settle the vast majority of claims out of court.
Less than 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 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 - the facts
No win, no fee takes the risk out of making an injury claim. If your claim is unsuccessful, you won't have to pay your solicitor any legal fees.
No win, no fee - our guarantee
Our no win, no fee guarantee means there is absolutely no financial risk in making an injury claim - even if you don't win your claim. Read more about making a No win, no fee 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, only after your compensation is awarded. The solicitor's success fee can be up to 25%. Your solicitor will agree a success fee with you 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
- 9am to 6pm on Saturday
- 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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if you can claim
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to start a claim
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.
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.