Hamstring or Thigh Injury Compensation Claims
If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a thigh injury we can help.
The purpose of this guide is to help anyone who has suffered a thigh 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
hamstring or thigh injury compensation:
The hamstrings are a group of muscles that run along the back of the thigh. When too much force is placed on these muscles, they can overstretch, tear or rupture. This often happens when the hamstrings are stretched beyond their natural limit, for example, during high-exertion sports like skiing, or in an unexpected slip or trip accident.
With severe injuries, other parts of the thigh may also be damaged in addition to the hamstrings. For example, the quadriceps at the front of the thigh and its associated ligaments may rupture, or there may be damage to the large femur bone that runs through the thigh to the knee. Because the femur is so strong, it usually takes a lot of force to cause break, such as a high-speed road traffic accident or fall from height.
Most people who have suffered hamstring and thigh injuries experience a full recovery following a course of treatment and rest. However, even relatively minor hamstring tears are painful and debilitating, and are likely to result in financial loss. More serious injuries could require physiotherapy or surgery to repair.
What are the symptoms of hamstring and thigh injuries?
Symptoms of a hamstring injury include a sudden, sharp stabbing pain in the back of the leg with swelling in the hours following the accident. Pain will often increase if the injured muscles are stretched or contracted.
Pulls or strains to the quadriceps may be characterised by pain in front of the thigh. If there is underlying damage to the bone, it will become difficult to bear any weight on the injured leg. Hamstring and thigh injuries are often connected. Damage to the quadriceps can cause damage to the hamstrings and vice versa due to a strength imbalance between the two muscle groups.
Hamstring and thigh injuries can take a long time to heal and may temporarily restrict your ability to work or carry out household tasks, driving and sporting activities. A successful compensation claim can assist with ongoing medical expenses and ensure that an injured party receives the support and financial compensation they are entitled to.
Do I have a hamstring or thigh injury claim?
As a basic rule, you will be eligible to make a hamstring or thigh injury claim if you sustained an injury:
- within the last three years, and;
- another person was to blame, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Injury 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 a hamstring or thigh injury claim on their own behalf.
Do I need a diagnosis to make a hamstring or thigh injury claim?
If you have been injured and are awaiting the results, you should still seek legal advice as soon as possible. The sooner you start a hamstring or thigh injury claim after an accident, the more likely your claim is to succeed.
The amount of money you could claim for your hamstring or thigh 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 hamstring or thigh 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 hamstring or thigh 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
Hamstring or thigh injury compensation amounts
The following hamstring or thigh 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||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|
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 leg injury can be £40,000
For a more minor arm injury, in isolation, you would typically receive £4,000.
However, if you have a serious leg injury and a more minor arm injury, you would typically receive £40,000 + 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 a hamstring or thigh 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 hamstring or thigh injury will depend entirely on your specific circumstances.
Your hamstring or thigh 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.
See the injury table above for some examples.
Can I claim for an existing hamstring or thigh injury that has got worse?
Yes, it is possible to pursue a claim in the event that a pre-existing medical condition, illness or injury is made worse or aggravated by an accident or someone else's negligence.
Calculate my hamstring or thigh injury compensation
Calculating how much compensation you can claim for a hamstring or thigh 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 hamstring or thigh injury claim could be worth now:
How long does a thigh injury claim take?
How long it can take to process a thigh injury claim can vary significantly.
For instance, a straightforward liability accepted injury claim can settle in a couple of months. If the defendant denies liability, the process might take longer. Typically, an injury claim takes between 4 and 9 months. For more information on how long your claim could take, read: How long will my claim take?
Caring and sensitive support
Your solicitor will handle your hamstring or thigh 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 - the facts
With a no win, no fee agreement (referred to as a 'Conditional Fee Agreement' or 'CFA') you can make a hamstring or thigh injury claim without having to pay upfront legal fees. If your hamstring or thigh injury claim is unsuccessful you won't have to pay any money to your solicitor.
No win, no fee promise
Our no win, no fee guarantee means there is no financial risk in making a hamstring or thigh 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 hamstring or thigh 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%. Your solicitor will agree a success fee with you before you start your claim.
What do I pay if I do not win my hamstring or thigh injury claim?
If your hamstring or thigh injury claim is not successful then you do not have to pay any legal fees . Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.
Can I get Legal Aid?
Legal aid is no longer available when making a personal injury claim, but a Conditional Fee Agreement (No Win, No Fee) can reduce the financial risks of making a claim.
How can Quittance help?
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, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.
Call us FREE 0800 376 1001 or arrange a callback:
if you can claim
to start a claim
Hamstring or thigh 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 hamstring or thigh injury claim?
In general, you have a time limit of up to 3 years from the date of the hamstring or thigh injury to make an injury claim.
The last date you can make a claim is known as the claim limitation date - after which your hamstring or thigh injury claim becomes 'statute barred'.
Can I claim for a hamstring or thigh 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 hamstring or thigh injury compensation.
In reality, there are a number of factors that can affect whether a hamstring or thigh 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.