Hamstring and Thigh Injury Claims

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 or an unexpected slip, trip or fall.

In 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 break it such as a road traffic accident.

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 a hamstring and thigh injury?

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.

Can I claim compensation for a hamstring and thigh injury?

You may be entitled to make a claim for a hamstring and thigh injury provided that the accident happened within the last three years and was caused by the negligence of another party. Claims have been brought against drivers, employers, public authorities and reckless sports people.

The injury lawyer must prove that the defendant can be held legally accountable for the accident and that the injuries resulted from the accident. Even if it is not clear who caused the accident, it may still be possible to make a claim.

How much compensation will I receive for my hamstring and thigh injury?

When valuing your compensation claim, solicitors and the Courts use the Judicial College Guidelines as a reference point. The Guidelines are a compilation of past compensation awards given to people with injuries similar to your own.

Under the Guidelines, a hamstring injury causing permanent problems may receive a payout of between £13,650 and £21,100. A simple thigh bone fracture that recovers fully without surgery might expect to receive between £6,925 and £10,700. Those who are left with ongoing disability, such as loss of regular muscle function, are likely to receive a higher award when compared to those who make a full recovery.

It is also possible to claim for the financial losses you have incurred as a result of the accident. Special damages are easier to calculate since they represent your actual out-of-pocket expenses including lost wages, physiotherapy charges and taxi fares.

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

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Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.

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