£249,000 Compensation For A Broken Pelvis
By Marianne Herondale. Last Updated 21st April 2022. At Legal Expert, we work with a panel of specialised No Win No Fee solicitors across the country who work hard to deliver high-quality legal services to claimants in personal injury cases, such as securing compensation for a broken pelvis. No matter the nature or severity of your injury, if you have been injured, contracted an illness or had a condition made worse as a result of an accident that was not your fault, talk to our specialist team today and start making your personal injury claim.
In this case study, we are looking at an example of compensation for a broken pelvis. The claimant was a female passenger in a car accident. The claim was made against the driver of the car she was a passenger in. Solicitors alleged that the defendant was responsible for the high-speed car accident, and thus the claimants’ broken pelvis injury. The case was settled at London’s High Court and the claimant was awarded a total of £249,000 in compensation.
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The claimant, in this case, suffered what is called a ‘comminuted fracture’ of the pelvis. A comminuted fracture is a type of bone break or splintering of the bone. They are considered to be more serious than hairline pelvic fracture or other similar breaks. The broken bone (a pelvis fracture in this case) is fractured into several fragments. Typically comminuted fractures are caused by high-speed impacts, such as those caused by car accidents.
The pelvis is made up of several separate bones which form a ring at hip level. When a person has a fractured or broken pelvis, the injury could be to any one of these bones. Some pelvis fracture injuries can involve breaks or fractures in several of the pelvic bones at once. These can be very serious and could result in the bones slipping out of line with each other. The severity of a broken pelvis injury depends on how many and which bones were broken. In the most serious of cases, a pelvis fracture can even be life-threatening.
As well as the broken pelvis, the claimant also suffered a fracture to the upper part of her thigh bone and part of the pubic bone. At the time of the accident, the claimant ran a pharmacy and her day-to-day activities involved long periods of standing which she was not able to do after the accident. In addition to the pelvic fracture and other injuries indicated, the claimant also sustained a knee injury which prevented her from standing for long periods of time.
After sustaining the pelvis fracture, the claimant took the decision to sell her business as it would not have been financially worthwhile to employ additional staff to cover the duties that she had performed. Subsequently, the claimant was not able to find work that paid as well as her pharmacy.
What is a pelvic claim?
If you suffered a pelvis injury and could prove it was due to the negligence of another party, such as your employer, you could potentially claim compensation. To find out if you’re eligible for a pelvic injury claim, get in touch with our advisors at any time.
In this case, the defendants’ insurers admitted the driver’s liability for the accident. However, they did dispute the cause of the broken pelvis injury as well as the amount of broken pelvis compensation that the claimant was owed. As such, the case had to progress to the High Court to resolve the dispute between the parties.
Initially, the two parties did enter into negotiation to try and reach a settlement out of court. However, these negotiations broke down and in order to recover the broken pelvis car accident compensation the claimant ordered her solicitors to take the case to court. The claim eventually reaches the court four years after the car accident.
As well as claiming general damages for the injury, including pain and suffering as well as loss of amenity, the compensation claim also included special damages. These were for income the claimant had lost, claiming for the difference between the claimant’s previous and new income. The case reached the High Court and the judge awarded the claimant a total of £30,000 in general damages for the injuries sustained and their results. The rest of the award, raising it to a total of £249,000 was awarded in special damages, partly covering lost income.
This section looks at how much you could potentially receive when claiming for a broken pelvis or hip caused by another’s negligence. The figures shown in the table below are taken from the Judicial College Guidelines, which legal professionals use to help value personal injury claims. However, these amounts are not a guarantee for your claim.
When making a personal injury claim, you could potentially claim under two heads of damages; general and special damages. General damages addresses the physical or mental pain and suffering you have experienced. Special damages aims to compensate you for specific financial loss, such as the loss of income in the case study example.
|Pelvis/Hip||Severe (i)||£73,580 to £122,860||The pelvis fractures will be extensive and may involve a ruptured bladder or dislocated back joint.|
|Pelvis/Hip||Severe (ii)||£58,100 to £73,580||Injuries slightly less serious than the above. For example, dislocation fracture of the pelvis.|
|Pelvis/Hip||Severe (iii)||£36,770 to £49,270||Examples include the fracture of an arthritic hip necessitating hip replacement, a partially successful hip replacement, and an acetabulum fracture.|
|Pelvis/Hip||Moderate (i)||£24,950 to £36,770||There will be significant injury to the hip or pelvis but the future risk if not significant and any lasting disabilities are not major.|
|Pelvis/Hip||Moderate (ii)||£11,820 to £24,950||Cases that result in surgery such as hip replacement.|
|Pelvis/Hip||Lesser (i)||£3,710 to £11,820||There is no lasting disability, despite significant injury.|
|Pelvis/Hip||Lesser (ii)||Up to £3,710||A complete recovery is made from minor soft tissue injuries.|
For more information on what you could be eligible for, you can use our online compensation calculator. Alternatively, get in touch with us at any time for more information.
Legal Expert works with a panel of highly professional, specialist No Win No Fee solicitors across the country, helping people with injuries, such as a broken pelvis, to get the damages they deserve. We specialise in recovering compensation for people who were involved in an accident that was not their fault.
No Win No Fee is a special type of contract sometimes called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), which is often used by personal injury solicitors. The CFA will set out the services the solicitor will provide to the claimant as well as information on how the fees and charges will work. It should specify that the claimant won’t have to pay any fees or costs at the outset of the claim and that they are not liable for any costs if the claim is not successful. It will also set out how the solicitor will be paid if compensation is awarded. Typically, the agreement will set out that the solicitor will be paid a percentage of the total award, up to 25% of the final award.
Across the country, the solicitors we work with have helped people to secure the compensation they deserve in cases similar to this case study. Offering a No Win No Fee service, we have been able to help those who may not ordinarily be able to access solicitor’s services. To start your No Win No Fee claim, talk to Legal Expert today.
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Hip Injury Claims
Accidents and injuries involving the pelvis can also frequently affect the hip as well. View our guide to hip injuries and how to make a No Win No Fee claim.
Passenger Car Accident Claims
View our guide to car accident passenger compensation claims and find out how to get the damages you deserve in cases such as broken pelvis car accident compensation claims.
Broken Bone Claims
If you have had a fractured or broken bone, read our guide about how to make a successful broken bone compensation claim with a No Win No Fee solicitor.
Broken pelvis NHS Guide
View this guide by the NHS to pain and problems with the pelvis and pelvic area.
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