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How Much Compensation For A Knee Injury Claim?

By Stephen Hudson. Last Updated 26th January 2024. Knee injuries can be sustained in all manner of ways, such as accidents at work, slips, trips and falls on wet floors, and road traffic accidents. Over the years, we’ve helped many of our clients make a successful knee injury claim for compensation. This article will look at how to claim for a knee injury, and provide examples of possible knee injury compensation amounts.

The impact a knee injury can have can be significant. Pain and discomfort aside, such an injury can force you to take time off work and potentially miss out on wages.

No matter what type of accident you’ve been involved in, if you were injured and it was not your fault, there’s a chance that you could be entitled to knee injury compensation.

Our advisors are here to help if you would like to claim for a knee injury. They can provide a free consultation, where a member of our team can evaluate your claim, offer free legal advice, and more. To get started:

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  • Call our 24/7 advice line for free on 0800 073 8804
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Knee Injury Claims Guide

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  1. Average Compensation Payout For A Knee Injury Claim
  2. Making A Knee Injury Claim After An Accident At Work
  3. How Long Do I Have To Claim For A Knee Injury?
  4. Knee Injury Claims For Accidents In Public Places
  5. Knee Injury Claims Following A Road Traffic Accident
  6. Can I Make A Knee Injury Claim With A No Win No Fee Solicitor?

Average Compensation Payout For A Knee Injury Claim

Successful knee injury compensation amounts can include up to two heads: general damages and special damages.

General damages compensate you for the pain and suffering that your injury has caused you. To help you understand how much you could get for your knee injury in general damages, we have created the following table. When valuing injuries, many legal professionals will use a document called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) for personal injury claims. This document lists compensation brackets for various injuries at different severity levels. We have used the figures listed in the Judicial College Guidelines when creating the table below.

Various factors of your claim will affect how much compensation you could receive. Therefore, you should only use this table as a guide. Please note that the first entry in this table has not been taken from the JCG.

Injury Severity Notes Amount
Multiple Serious Injuries And Special Damages Serious This estimated figure is for a claim covering multiple injuries plus financial losses, such as lost earnings. Up to £150,000
Knee Injury Severe (i) There may be serious ligament damage, joint disruption or the development of osteoarthritis, which results in extensive treatment, loss of function and serious pain. £69,730 to £96,210
Knee Injury Severe (ii) A fracture of the leg that extends into the joint of the knee. This causes constant pain and limited movement. £52,120 to £69,730
Knee Injury Severe (iii) These injuries will result in a less serious disability. However, there may still be continuous discomfort and instability. £26,190 to £43,460
Knee Injury Moderate (i) Examples include torn meniscus or cartilage or dislocations that result in wasting, and weakness. £14,840 to £26,190
Knee Injury Moderate (ii) Lacerations or twisting and bruising injuries that result in continuous aching and discomfort. Up to £13,740
Leg Injury Very Serious The person will suffer with permanent mobility problems and will require mobility aids for the rest of their life. £54,830 to £87,890
Leg Injury Serious Joint or ligament damage, or serious compound or comminuted fractures that require prolonged treatment. £39,200 to £54,830
Leg Injury Moderate Severe crush injuries or multiple fractures to one leg. How much treatment the person required will affect how much is awarded. £27,760 to £39,200
Leg Injury Less Serious (i) Fractures that have made an incomplete recovery and may have left the person with a metal implant and a limp. £17,960 to £27,760
Leg Injury Less Serious (ii) Simple femur fractures that cause no damage to the articular surfaces. £9,110 to £14,080

Special damages compensate you for any of the financial losses you may have suffered due to your injury. Some examples include:

  • A loss of earnings, both past and future, if you’ve needed to take time off work.
  • Travel costs to medical appointments.
  • Care costs if you’ve required someone to care for you.
  • Medical expenses, such as having to pay for prescriptions.

Providing evidence of these financial losses could help support you in your claim for special damages. For example, payslips, receipts, invoices, and bank statements could all be used as evidence.

Contact our advisors today for free legal advice concerning your particular claim. The compensation calculator on our website could also help you understand how much your claim may be worth.

Making A Knee Injury Claim After An Accident At Work

Your employer owes you a duty of care. This is set out by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, which states that they must take all reasonably practicable steps to keep you safe while you are working. Should your employer breach their duty of care, resulting in an injury, you could potentially seek personal injury compensation by making a knee injury claim

In addition, certain workplace incidents must be reported by your employer to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrence Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR). These include incidents that result in an employee being unable to perform their normal work duties for more than 7 consecutive days and other serious injuries. 

If you would like to discuss the incident that caused your knee injury and find out if you could be eligible for compensation, speak with an advisor.

How Long Do I Have To Claim For A Knee Injury?

Under the Limitation Act 1980, the time limit for personal injury claims, such as knee injury claims, is usually three years, beginning from the date the accident that caused the injury.

Under certain circumstances, this time limit can work differently. It will be suspended indefinitely if the injured party lacks the mental capacity to start their own claim. A litigation friend could claim on the injured party’s behalf instead during this suspension. If this doesn’t occur and the injured party later regains the needed mental capacity, then they will have three years to start a claim from the day of recovery.

If a minor under the age of 18 suffers a knee injury, then the time limit for starting a claim will be frozen until their 18th birthday. During this time, a claim could be made on their behalf by a litigation friend. If this doesn’t happen, however, then the injured party will have three years to start a claim on their own from the day of their 18th birthday.

For more advice about the time limit for knee injury claims or other aspects of making such a claim, contact our advisors for free today.

Knee Injury Claims For Accidents In Public Places

You may also be eligible to make a knee injury claim for an injury you suffered in a public place.

In a public place, you are owed a duty of care by the person who is in control of the space. This is set out by the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. It states that the “occupier” must take all the necessary steps to ensure your reasonable safety while you are using that public space for its intended purpose.

Failure to do so could lead to a public place accident in which you sustain an injury to the knee. For example:

  • If you had slipped on a wet surface in a supermarket with no wet floor signs in place
  • Sustained a knee injury from a fall down broken stairways that was left open to public use
  • Tripped on a pothole on a pavement with no barriers in place

Then you may be eligible to claim compensation for your injury.

You can reach out to one of our advisers for direct insight into your eligibility to start a claim or read the rest of our guide to see compensation awards from knee injury compensation claims.

Knee Injury Claims Following A Road Traffic Accident

You may be seeking compensation for a knee injury following a road traffic accident. All road users owe one another a duty of care to use the roads in a way that prevents harm. To uphold this duty, they are expected to follow the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Highway Code.

However, as we’ve already mentioned, a breach of this duty of care is not enough to form a knee injury compensation claim. You must also be able to prove that your injuries are a result of this breach. If you can do this, then you may be able to make a personal injury claim.

If you have suffered a knee injury in a road traffic accident, contact our team of advisors today. They can provide more information on claiming for an accident on the road and offer guidance on knee injury claims.

Can I Make A Knee Injury Claim With A No Win No Fee Solicitor?

Now that we’ve discussed examples of knee injury compensation amounts, you might be interested in learning about the benefits of No Win No Fee solicitors. Not only will they be able to use their experience to cover all the bases of your personal injury claim, but they also won’t expect you to pay them for their work if your claim is not successful.

Other benefits of hiring a solicitor under a No Win No Fee agreement typically include:

  • No upfront payment required
  • Any ongoing fees during the claims process are usually covered
  • The success fee that your solicitor deducts from your compensation in the event of a successful claim is legally capped so you cannot be overcharged

Our expert personal injury solicitors could help you claim compensation for a knee injury under a No Win No Fee arrangement. To find out more:

  • Call at any time on our free 24/7 advice line on 0800 073 8804
  • Fill out your details in our online claim form and we’ll contact you
  • Use our free online chat service using the pop up widget on your screen

Thank you for reading our guide to making a knee injury claim.

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