Pelvis Injury Compensation Claims

If you have been affected by a pelvis 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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Claiming pelvis injury compensation

If you suffered a fracture, dislocation or other pelvis injury in an accident that wasn't your fault, you may be able to claim compensation. You have up to three years to start a pelvis injury claim following a road accident, accident at work or in a public place.

Types of pelvis injury

The pelvis is a complex structure composed of bones and ligaments. Its major functions are to support the body, anchor the powerful muscles of the hip, thigh and abdomen and protect a variety of internal organs.

The bones of the pelvis include the sacrum, the coccyx (tail bone) and the left and right coxal (hip) bones. Each hip bone is made up of 3 bones; the ilium, the ischium and the pubis, which meet at the centre to form the socket of the hip bone (acetabulum).

In the adult pelvis the bones join together to form four joints: the left and right sacroiliac joints, the sacrococcygeal joint, and the pubic symphysis.

Injuries to the pelvis can be devastating. As well as bruised and strained muscles, fractures and dislocations may occur. The most serious injuries may also include damage to the internal organs, including life-altering injuries to the digestive and reproductive systems.

Typical causes of pelvis injuries

Serious injuries to the pelvis are usually caused by high energy impacts. Examples include:

  • Where considerable force dislocates a hip or fractures the pelvis - a pedestrian hit by a car, or a motorcyclist involved in a collision may sustain these type of injuries.
  • A road traffic accident involving impact with a large vehicle, or an immovable object such as a crash barrier may cause trauma to the pelvis.
  • Falling from a height in the workplace may also result in similar injuries. Additionally a worker falling from a ladder or slipping and falling backwards may sustain painful injuries to the sacrum or coccyx.
  • High-energy force may crush the pelvic area - for example a large object falling on to a claimant - or impact from large machinery in the workplace.

Participants in high-impact sports such as rugby, climbing and martial arts may also sustain pelvic injuries.

What are the effects of pelvic injuries?

Injuries to the pelvis are extremely painful; even once pain has subsided serious injuries such as fractures and dislocations may lead to mobility being greatly restricted for a lengthy period.

Injuries may take at least 2 to 3 months to heal, during which time the patient will need to be on crutches to avoid putting pressure on the damaged area. He may need lengthy physiotherapy to restore movement and muscle function and may walk with a limp afterwards.

The most serious types of pelvic injury may involve multiple fractures leading to significant disability. An external fixator may be necessary, with long screws inserted into the bones on both sides and attached to a frame outside the body in order to stabilise the pelvic area.

Further surgery, such as hip replacement or spinal fusion may be recommended, causing further delay to mobility and independence.

Can I claim for other injuries and internal organ damage?

Yes. Where there has been damage to nerves and internal organs as a result of your accident, you may have some lack of control of bladder and bowel functions or reproductive dysfunction.

An independent medical report will assess the full extent of all your injuries, and their impact on your life, not only the most obvious pelvic injuries.

Do I have an injury claim?

It should be possible 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.
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Do I have a claim? - 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.

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

How much compensation can I claim for an 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.

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 an 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

Pelvis injury compensation amounts

The following pelvis 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 pelvis injury can be £60,000

For a more minor wrist injury, in isolation, you would typically receive £2,900.

However, if you have a serious pelvis injury and a more minor wrist injury, you would typically receive £60,000 + a reduced percentage of £2,900.

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.

Should I set up a personal injury trust?

If you are receiving means-tested benefits and are awarded compensation following a pelvis injury injury, your benefits could be affected. In order to ring fence your compensation and protecting your benefits, you may be able to set up a "Personal Injury Trust" or "PI Trust". Read more: Should I set up a personal injury trust?

Can I see the complete Judicial College tables?

The table above (excerpted from the Judicial College Tables) shows the most common pelvis injury claims. To see the complete list see: Judicial College Injury Tables.

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 pelvis injury claim take?

How long it can take to get compensation for a pelvis injury can vary considerably.

A straightforward liability accepted injury claim could be settled in a few weeks. If liability is denied, a compensation claim can take significantly longer. Usually, an injury claim will take 4 to 9 months. 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.

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.

Read more:

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

No win, no fee

Under a no win, no fee agreement, your solicitor agrees that you will have no legal fees to pay whatsoever if you do not winn your claim .

No win, no fee promise

If you have been injured and it wasn't your fault, our no win, no fee guarantee takes the risk out of making an injury compensation 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, 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 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.

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. pelvis 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 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:

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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:

Claiming on behalf of another person.

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.

Read more:

Claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

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.

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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.

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Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

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.

Read more:

How to I get an interim compensation payment?