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Pelvic injuries often require extensive medical intervention and prolonged recovery, with compensation claims typically covering surgical costs, rehabilitation, and compensation for any impact on mobility and employment prospects.
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.
You can make a compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.
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With around 40,000 NHS admissions each year, you are not alone
There were 40,961 hospital admissions for pelvis and lower back injuries in 2021-22, according to NHS reports (digital.nhs.uk).
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.
If you need information on pelvic pain symptoms and treatment, visit: pelvic pain (nhs.uk).
Types of pelvis injury
The pelvis is a complex structure composed of bones and ligaments. It anchors 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.
Am I eligible for pelvis injury compensation?
You will be able to claim compensation if you've been injured or diagnosed with an illness in the last three years and it wasn't your fault.
Use our injury claim calculator to find out if you can claim. Or you can call 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor. Find out in minutes if you have a claim.
Can I claim compensation if I was partly at fault?
The law concerning liability (or blame) for an accident is complex, and varies depending on the situation.
In our 2023 Personal Injury Claimant Survey, 13.99% of respondents believed they were partly responsible for their injuries, or were uncertain.
Even if you were partly at fault, you could still be able to claim compensation. 'Split liability' or 'contributory negligence' are terms used to describe these cases.
How long do I have to claim pelvis injury compensation?
In most cases, you have up to 3 years from the date of your accident or injury to start a claim.
For an injured child, the three-year limitation period begins on their 18th birthday, giving them until they are 21 to start a claim.
How much compensation can I claim for a pelvis 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.
Get an accurate compensation estimate (including for multiple injuries), confirm your legal position, and check if you have a No Win, No Fee claim.
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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 awarded to cover any financial losses and expenses you incur as a result of your pelvis injury or negligent medical treatment. These damages aim to put you back in the financial position you would have been in, had your injury not occurred.
Special damages will also cover your medical treatment expenses, that might include surgery, pain medication, physical therapy and pelvic binder.
Average pelvis injury general damages compensation
The following pelvis 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).
|Pelvis and hip injury|
|Pelvis and hip injury||Minor||Soft tissue injury||Up to £3,590|
|Pelvis and hip injury||Moderate||Requiring hip replacement or surgery||£11,450 to £35,610|
|Pelvis and hip injury||Severe||Extensive fractures||£71,270 to £119,030|
|Pelvis and hip injury||Minor||Serious but with little or no lasting disability||£3,590 to £11,450|
|Pelvis and hip injury||Moderate||Serious but with no permanent disability||£11,450 to £35,610|
|Pelvis and hip injury||Serious||Less extensive fractures||£56,270 to £71,280|
|Pelvis and hip injury||Serious||Injuries likely to require future surgery||£35,610 to £47,730|
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.
Pelvis injuries can cause significant distress due to mobility limitations, basiphobia (fear of falling), and depression linked to chronic pain.
Although psychiatric injuries are less obvious than physical injuries and illness, mental health conditions can be no less debilitating.
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.
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.
Recovering from a pelvic injury
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 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.
The process for a pelvis injury claim depends the circumstances of the accident. To learn more, click the icons below:
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Chris Salmon is a co-founder and Director of Quittance Legal Services. Chris has played key roles in the shaping and scaling of a number of legal services brands and is a regular commentator in the legal press.