If a hamstring or thigh injury has set you back, we'll help you move forward
A hamstring or thigh injury is usually a muscular strain or tear at the back of the thigh. These injuries are common in sports, causing pain and disability, with treatment typically involving rest, ice, compression, elevation, and rehabilitation exercises.
If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a thigh 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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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.
If you decide to make a hamstring or thigh injury claim, your personal injury solicitor will take you through every step of the claims process. Your solicitor will be with you until you win your claim and get the compensation you deserve.
Am I eligible for hamstring or thigh 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 if I feel I was partly responsible for my accident?
Determining who is to blame for an accident is not always black and white.
In our recent 2023 Personal Injury Claimant Survey, 13.99% of respondents believed they may have been partly (or wholly) responsible for their injuries.
Claiming compensation is still an option even if you were partly at fault. These contributory negligence cases are typically resolved with a split-liability agreement.
How long do I have to start a hamstring or thigh injury claim?
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 hamstring or thigh 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.
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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.
If it can be proved that your injury left you unable to work, special damages can be awarded for any lost earnings, loss of commission or bonuses, and loss of pension contributions. It may also be possible to claim for loss of future earnings, if the medical prognosis establishes that you won't be able to work for any period in the future.
These damages will also cover the cost of any medical procedures you might need to treat or recover from your hamstring or thigh injury, such as X-rays, CT and MRI scans, and physiotherapy.
Average hamstring or thigh injury general damages compensation
The following hamstring or thigh 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).
|Leg injury||Moderate||Crush injury||£25,240 to £35,640|
|Leg injury||Moderate||Simple femur fracture||£8,280 to £25,240|
|Leg injury||Serious||Leg fracture with partial recovery||£23,810 to £39,510|
|Leg injury||Serious||Serious with permanent symptoms||£35,640 to £49,850|
|Leg injury||Severe||Very serious with permanent symptoms||£49,850 to £79,900|
Claiming compensation for psychological injuries
Although psychiatric injuries are less obvious than physical injuries and illness, mental health conditions can be no less debilitating.
Our 2023 Personal Injury Claimant Survey found that 29.03% of claimants reported a psychological injury, with 70.97% of these relating to a physical injury.
Hamstring or thigh injuries often lead to phobia of re-injury, affecting future participation in physical activity and sports.
Your solicitor will help ensure that any psychological harm you have suffered as the result of another party's negligence is recognised and included in the calculation of your compensation award or settlement. In addition, you can also claim for mental health treatment costs that may not be readily available on the NHS.
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.
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.
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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.