Pelvis Injury Compensation Claims
If you have been affected by a pelvis injury we can help.
The purpose of this guide is to help anyone who has suffered a pelvis injury and is considering a legal claim for compensation. If you are looking for medical advice, please see the NHS website.
In our guide to claiming
pelvis injury compensation:
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 may 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.
Typical causes of pelvis injuries
Serious injuries to the pelvis are usually caused by high energy impacts.
Considerable force is needed to dislocate a hip or fracture 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 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.
Where there has been damage to nerves and internal organs as a result of the accident, a claimant may find he has some lack of control of bladder and bowel functions or sexual dysfunction.
Do I have a pelvis injury claim?
It should be possible to make a pelvis injury claim if your injury happened:
- in the last three years, and;
- someone else was to blame, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
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 a pelvis injury claim on their own behalf.
Can I claim if the pelvis 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 pelvis injury will depend on:
- the extent 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 pelvis injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.
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 a pelvis 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
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.
|Pelvis and hip injury|
|Pelvis and hip injury||Minor||Soft tissue injury||Up to £3,150|
|Pelvis and hip injury||Moderate||Requiring hip replacement or surgery||£10,040 to £21,200|
|Pelvis and hip injury||Severe||Extensive fractures||£62,490 to £104,370|
|Pelvis and hip injury||Minor||Serious but with little or no lasting disability||£3,150 to £10,040|
|Pelvis and hip injury||Moderate||Serious but with no permanent disability||£21,200 to £31,220|
|Pelvis and hip injury||Serious||Less extensive fractures||£49,350 to £62,490|
|Pelvis and hip injury||Serious||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.
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 a pelvis 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 a pelvis injury will depend entirely on your specific circumstances.
Your pelvis injury compensation will be calculated based on the unique impact your injuries have had on your life, your ability to work, and the actual financial losses you have incurred as a result of your injuries.
See the injury table above for some examples.
Will I have to pay tax on my pelvis injury compensation?
If you receive financial compensation following a pelvis 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.
Pelvis injury compensation
Calculating how much compensation you can claim for a pelvis 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 pelvis injury claim could be worth now:
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, however, a compensation claim can take significantly longer. Usually, an injury claim will take 4 to 9 months. See: How long will my claim take?
Caring and sensitive support
Your solicitor will handle your pelvis injury claim from the initial consultation through to the financial settlement. In addition, your solicitor will work with other specialists to 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 did your injury occur?
The claims process that your solicitor follows will vary, depending on how the injury occurred:
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 a pelvis injury compensation claim. Read more about making a No win, no fee claim
What do I pay if I win my pelvis 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 pelvis injury claim?
If your pelvis 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 can Quittance help?
Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, 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, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.
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Pelvis 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.
Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?
You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.
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 a pelvis injury claim?
In general, you have a time limit of up to 3 years from the date of the pelvis injury to make an injury claim.
The last date you can make a claim is known as the claim limitation date - after which your pelvis injury claim becomes 'statute barred'.
Can I claim for a pelvis 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 612 7456 to find out if you are still able to claim pelvis injury compensation.
In reality, there are a number of factors that can affect whether a pelvis injury claim will be taken on by a solicitor.
Will I have to go to court?
Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.
Only a very small percentage (approx. 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 held in front of a judge, not a jury.
Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?
No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.
Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.
Can I get an early compensation payment?
If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.
An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.
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.