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How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Knee Injury?

By Olivia Fitzpatrick. Last Updated 28th June 2021. Welcome to our guide to knee injury claims. Over the years, we have helped many personal injury victims to claim compensation for accidents they have been involved in. This includes compensation for knee injuries, including knee fracture claims, knee injury at work claims, and much more.

No matter what type of accident you have been involved in, if you were injured and it was not your fault, there is a very high chance that you will be entitled to knee injury compensation.

We can help you to secure the maximum payout you are entitled to. We have an abundance of experience in the industry and an exceptional reputation to back it up. But, before you launch your claim, read on to discover everything you need to know about this type of personal injury claim.

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A guide to knee injury claims

Knee Injuries

Knee Injuries

Knee pain and injuries can happen in many different ways, from sporting accidents and car crashes to workplace incidents and slips, trips and falls. No matter what type of accident you have been involved in, if you have been injured and it was not your fault, there is a very high chance that you will be entitled to compensation. This is something we can help you to secure.

We are dedicated to securing the maximum knee injury compensation amounts for our clients. What sets us apart from other law firms is our customer-centric approach. We realise how much of a difficult time you are going through at the moment, and the last thing we want to do is add to your stress. Instead, we will work on your claim efficiently and quickly, enabling you to put all your focus into getting better.

To discover more about knee injury claims, please read on.

What to do if you are involved in an accident causing a knee injury

If you have been involved in an accident that has caused a knee injury, it is important to take the necessary steps to gather as much evidence for your case as possible. This could ensure you have sufficient evidence for any future claim you wish to make for your knee injury. This includes the following:

  • See a medical professional – Seeing a doctor may seem like an obvious point. However, those who suffer from minor knee injuries often use a pain symptom checker online instead and try to cope with their injuries on their own. This is because they hate the thought of going to the hospital. After all, no one likes a trip to the doctors, do they? However, it is necessary if you are to secure compensation. The medical report your doctor puts together is the most crucial piece of evidence and it will be used to determine how much money you will receive.
  • Take photographs – If applicable, you should take photographs of the scene, as well as your injuries. This can help to strengthen your case.
  • Get the contact details of any witnesses – It is important to get the contact details of anyone that witnessed the accident. They can be contacted for witness statements later down the line.
  • Get the contact details of the person that caused the accident – If you have been involved in a road traffic accident, make sure you take note of the vehicle, as well as the registration number.
  • Keep proof of expenses – You will be able to claim for any expenses you have encountered as a direct consequence of the accident you have been involved in. Examples include loss of income or travel costs. However, you can only claim for these if you have proof, so make sure you keep your receipt and any other documents.

Accident statistics

Although there are no dedicated statistics relating to knee injuries specifically, it’s possible to gain an insight into how common accidents are generally, as accidents that can easily lead to serious knee injuries. This also illustrates how common subsequent claims for knee injuries can be, or at least how often grounds for them are established.

Firstly, let’s take a look at accidents at work. A knee injury could easily be sustained in a workplace accident. For example, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reported the case of a 55-year-old worker who fell 7.7 metres through a trap door and injured his knee.

Accidents like this aren’t uncommon. In fact, the HSE reported that there were an estimated 0.7 million workers who suffered some form of non-fatal injury in 2019/20.

The number of lower limb injuries in workplaces in Great Britain has been on the decline since 2014 according to HSE, as the graph below shows. However, there were still over 18,000 injuries to the lower limbs in 2019/20 and although the data doesn’t specify how many of these are to the knee, some of these will be knee injuries.

knee injury statistics graph

knee injury statistics graph

Road traffic accidents, such as car crashes and collisions involving cyclists, can all lead to knee injuries. Particularly car accidents involving head-on collisions or T-bone crashes. The UK government reported that in 2019, there was a total of 153,158 casualties of all severities on British roads.

If you’ve suffered a knee injury in an accident and you are looking to take action, get in touch with our personal injury claims team on the number at the top of this page. To find out more about making these types of claims, please continue reading.

How to begin a knee injury claim

A lot of people don’t make knee injury claims, even if they have grounds to, as they don’t know where to start. If you are feeling a little bit overwhelmed by the whole process, don’t worry. All you need to do is give us a call and we will be with you every step of the way, guiding you through each part of the claim process.

When you call us, our consultancy session is free of charge, and this will involve us asking you a number of questions. This is simply so we can get to the bottom of what has happened so that we are able to provide you with the very best advice and what knee injury compensation payout you might receive.

If you are happy to proceed, we will work with you on a No Win No Fee basis. You can find more information about this below. However, in short, it means that you are only going to need to pay legal fees if your case is a success, so this eliminates all financial worry. Moreover, if you are yet to visit a doctor, we can also arrange a local medical for you if required.

Knee injury accident at work claims

We have helped many workers to secure compensation for knee injuries at work over the years. This includes those that have had their knee injured in a warehouse, as well as launching workers compensation meniscus tear claims, also known as knee injury claims.

No matter what type of working environment you operate in, if you have been injured and it was not your fault, you can make a claim. All employers across the UK need to abide by stringent health and safety laws. It is their responsibility to ensure that they provide a healthy and safe working environment for their members of staff. If your employer has failed to do this, and you have been hurt as a consequence, you will be able to make a claim.

There are many different ways that an employer could have acted negligently. Perhaps they haven’t carried out a risk assessment? Maybe they ignored the findings on their latest risk assessment? They could have provided inadequate training, or allowed employees to use equipment or machinery that was not suitable. Or maybe they have ignored PPE regulations? No matter what applies, if we can prove your employer to be at fault, you will receive a payout.

A lot of people are concerned about making a claim against their employer, as they fear that they may lose their job as a consequence. This is something you don’t need to worry about. No matter whether you have a twisted knee or you have severe pain when bending the knee, your employee should recognise that you deserve compensation for the suffering you are experiencing. They will have insurance in place to cover this, so it won’t come out of their pocket. Having insurance is a requirement as per UK law.

Not only this, but if your employer was to fire you, you would then have grounds for unfair dismissal, and they would find themselves in even deeper water.

Slip, trip, fall knee injury claims

You can also make a claim for knee injury compensation if you have been involved in a slip trip or fall accident. If you can prove that the accident occurred because of someone else’s negligence, you will have the grounds for a payout.

Perhaps you fell due to a pothole that wasn’t properly signposted on the road? Maybe you slipped due to a leakage in a store? In these cases, whoever was responsible for the area will typically be whom you make your claim against.

What’s the most common cause of slips, trips and falls?

Trips are often caused by walkways being obstructed. Surfaces that are unsafe to walk on, perhaps because they’re uneven or in poor condition, can also cause slip and trip accidents. Risk assessments and good housekeeping will help prevent these accidents. 

Knee injury in a public place claims

We have plenty of experience in launching public place compensation claims, including those involving knee injuries. We always seek to achieve above the knee injury settlement average UK wide. Who your claim is made against will depend on where you were injured – it could be the local council, or it may be another type of organisation. Don’t fret; we will help you to determine who is at fault.

Knee injury following a car accident can I claim?

You can most certainly claim if you have been involved in a car accident that was not your fault. In fact, you will notice that a lot of our knee injury compensation case studies involve road traffic accidents.

Unfortunately, car accidents are not an uncommon occurrence in the UK, and they can happen for many different reasons. Perhaps the other driver was speeding? Maybe they were using their phone or simply not paying attention? Perhaps you were a passenger in the offending vehicle?

So long as you were not at fault for your injuries, you should make a claim. Gathering evidence in such claims is very important. You should take photographs of the scene, and you need to get the offending driver’s details. This includes their name, address, phone number, insurance details, the make and model of their vehicle, and their vehicle registration number. If there were any witnesses, it is a good idea to get their contact details too.

For more free legal advice on making claims for knee injuries, please get in touch with our personal injury claims team.

What’s inside of the knee? (Anatomy)

Most people don’t give very much thought to the makeup of their knee until they become injured. So, what is inside your knee?

You have three bones, which meet to form your knee joint:

  • Patella (kneecap).
  • Tibia (shinbone).
  • Femur (thighbone).

Aside from this, your knee is made up of tendons, ligaments cruciate ligaments, collateral ligaments, meniscus, and articular cartilage. Let’s take a look at each one:

  • Tendons – Tendons connect your muscles to your bones.
  • Ligaments – Ligaments connect bones to one and other, keeping you stable.
  • Cruciate ligaments – These are found inside your knee joint. They control your knees’ back and forth motion.
  • Collateral ligaments – These are found on the sides of your knee. They brace your knee against unnatural movement and they control your knees’ sideway motion.
  • Meniscus – This refers to two wedge-shaped pieces of meniscal cartilage, which absorb shock between your tibia and femur. If someone says they have torn cartilage in their knee, this is what they are usually speaking about.
  • Articular cartilage – This covers the back of the patella, as well as the ends of the tibia and femur. It helps your bones to glide smoothly.

For more information on the kinds of injuries you can sustain in your knee that may lead to knee injury claims, please read on.

Most common knee injuries

We deal with all types of injuries. We can file a knee joint pain claim, a pain in knee cap claim, or file for compensation for any other type of knee injury you are suffering. The most common types of knee injuries are:

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
  • Meniscal Tears
  • Collateral Ligament Injuries
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries
  • Tendon Tears
  • Dislocation
  • Fractures

These injuries can have long term effects on your daily life, and making a personal injury claim is a way for you to be compensated for the impact that your accident has on you.

Proving legal fault for a knee injury claim

When launching any type of personal injury claim, the most important factor is proving that someone else is to blame for the accident you have been involved in. It does not matter whether it was a road traffic incident or an injury that occurred at a sporting event, so long as you can prove negligence on the behalf of another party, you will have a solid base for a claim.

This can be complicated, as there are lots of different laws, which will come into play depending on the type of accident. For example, there are different legal implications when it comes to injuries that were caused in the workplace when compared with road traffic accidents. However, this is something you do not need to fret about when you have one of our expert solicitors on your side. We will explain everything to you and ensure that you have all of the evidence gathered to build the strongest possible case.

When it comes to knee injury claims, it’ll be important to prove that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that they breached that duty, and as a result, you suffered harm.

How are knee injury claims calculated?

Personal injury claims, including knee injury claims, are typically valued according to 2 different types of damage; general damages and special damages. General damages can compensate for physical and psychological suffering, whereas special damages can compensate for any financial losses, such as subsequent loss of earnings.

You don’t have to seek compensation for general damages in order to be able to claim special damages, as the two are independently dealt with. However, they may be linked in the sense that general damages may result in special damages.

To learn more about the types of compensation you could claim as part of these damages, please see the next section. Alternatively, get in touch for a consultation about your case and receive free legal advice on how to claim the compensation you deserve.

What can be claimed after an accident causing a knee injury?

When pursuing any type of personal injury claim, you can factor the following into a compensation settlement:

  • General damages – This relates to the compensation you will receive for the pain and suffering you have experienced.
  • Care claim – This is for anyone that needs help around the house due to their injuries. You can file a care claim.
  • Loss of earnings If you have suffered a loss of earnings due to your injuries, you will be able to claim for financial loss related to time off work, as well as future earning potential.
  • Travel expenses – Injures can result in us needing to sort out alternative travel plans. You can claim for this.
  • Medical bills Medical bills can include everything from prescription costs to counselling expenses.

It is always our aim to secure the maximum amount of compensation for you.

Can I claim on my child’s behalf for a knee injury?

Yes, you will be able to claim if your child has suffered a knee injury that was not their fault. So long as your child is under the age of 18, you may be able to launch a claim on their behalf. If you have not made a claim on their behalf, they will have 3 years to claim for themselves from the date of their 18th birthday onwards.

Assessing the severity of the knee injury

Knee injury claims

Knee injury claims

It can often be difficult to determine the severity of a knee injury. This is why it is important that medical examinations are a part of any personal injury claim.

The medical professional you see will be able to determine the severity of your injury now, as well as predict the course of treatment that will need to be followed in the future. This will be used to determine how much compensation you will receive. This is a simple and quick examination, which can be carried out at no cost to you at your local medical centre. This is something we will arrange for you.

How much compensation will I get after an accident causing a knee injury?

In regards to personal injury claims, we are often asked “how much is a knee injury worth?”. What are the maximum meniscus tear compensation amounts? And other questions regarding payout amounts. If you have been involved in an accident that resulted in a knee injury, it is only natural that you will be wondering how much compensation you could receive.

You may have noticed that some websites have a knee injury claim calculator available. It is important to note that these compensation calculators can only provide an extremely rough estimate of what you could be entitled to.

We can only provide information about the average settlement for a knee injury, as every case is different. The last thing we want to do is promise you a payout when knee injury compensation awards differ considerably. What we can do, however, is provide you with the average compensation for a knee injury. The table below provides an overview of the average compensation payout for knee injury cases.

Updated June 2021.

Reason for compensationTypical compensation amountComments
Mental anguish£4,380Expectation of end of life, and fear of death.
Severe Knee Injury (a)£65,440 to £90,290Serious knee injuries involving joint disruption, development of osteoarthritis, ligament damage, a great deal of pain and a loss of function.
Severe Knee Injury (b)£48,920 to £65,440Leg fractures involving the knee joint, which may cause permanent and lasting pain, as well as impairing movement.
Severe Knee Injury (c)£24,580 to £40,770Similar to the above severities, only with less severe disabilities caused. Symptoms may continue for some time, along with limited movement. The risk of degeneration may be increased.
Moderate Knee Injury (a)£13,920 to £24,580Dislocation injuries, torn cartilage or meniscus. This may result in instability, weakness or another mild disability.
Moderate Knee Injury (b)Up to £12,900Similar to that immediately above, but less serious. It may involve lacerations to the knee, occasional pain and discomfort and significant bruising. The milder the symptoms the lower the award.
Very Severe Ankle Injury £46,980 to £65,420Rare and unusually severe. Includes transmalleolar fractures and soft-tissue damage with any future damage requiring amputation.
Severe Ankle Injury £29,380 to £46,980Extensive treatment required with severely limited ability to walk.
Moderate Ankle Injury £12,900 to £24,950Difficulty standing and walking, with a risk of future osteoarthritis.

No Win No Fee knee injury claims

One of the benefits of using our service is the fact that all of our solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you only need to pay legal fees if your case is a success. If, for some reason, we do not manage to secure compensation for you, there will be nothing to pay on your behalf. This offers you complete financial protection.

Why choose us as your claims service for a knee injury claim?

We have years of experience in the industry and have established ourselves as legal experts in the field. We always go above and beyond to ensure that our customers get the maximum payout they are entitled to. If you have any queries or require assistance, we are only ever a phone call away, and we are always happy to help.

We know that you are going through a difficult time, and we will do all in our power to ensure the claims process is as easy and stress-free as possible.

Knee Injury Claims FAQs

How much can I get for a knee injury at work?

As compensation is decided using the extent of each claimant’s suffering, it’s impossible to say how much you could be entitled to without taking a deeper look into your case. This can be achieved through a free consultation with one of our specialist advisors today, where you’ll be asked a series of simple questions and could even be given an estimated payout figure.

What is a good settlement offer?

If you choose to work with our panel of personal injury solicitors, they’ll handle everything for you. This includes advising you on whether or not to accept a settlement offer. Therefore, you can rest assured that you’re getting the best payout from your claim.

How can you tell if a knee injury is serious?

If you’ve been injured, particularly if it was through no fault of your own, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Not only does this allow your injuries to be treated but ensures that a record is made on your medical files., which could be used to evidence any future claims.

Can you still walk with a torn ligament in your knee?

In many knee injury cases, the claimant is prevented from walking for at least a short period of time. This is due to the fact that medical advice widely encourages a rest period followed by gradual weight-bearing. Therefore, work and other such usual responsibilities may have to be forfeited, meaning you may have an even greater reason to seek compensation.

Do all workers comp claims end in a settlement?

Providing that you were injured at work due to your employer failing to uphold their duty of care to you, there’s a good chance that you could be entitled to compensation for your suffering.

How does a No Win No Fee agreement work?

No Win No Fee agreements have no upfront costs, no hidden charges and only cost the claimant if their claim is successful. Therefore, you’ll never have to pay out of pocket, as any legal fees taken by your solicitor are a small percentage of your compensation, which is legally capped.

Where can I find a personal injury lawyer?

Law firms are on near enough every high street. However, finding the best one to handle your case can be daunting. As technology now allows for remote connections between lawyer and client, you can find all the best services at your fingertips!

Can a personal injury lawyer from Legal Expert handle my case?

By simply getting in touch with Legal Expert today, you can be connected to our panel of personal injury lawyers from the comfort of your own home. They have more than 30 years of experience in the claims process and would be happy to begin working with you right away. For a free consultation, please contact us today.

Call for free advice and to start a claim

If you have any further questions about making a compensation claim for a knee injury, all you need to do is give our friendly and professional team a call on 0800 073 8804. We will be more than happy to assist you in any manner that we can.

No matter whether you have suffered a knee injury at work or you want to claim on your child’s behalf for a knee injury in school, our team are the best that there is. Our legal advice is available free of charge, and we will talk you through the claims process and ask all of the necessary questions so that we can advise you in the best possible manner.

Useful links

You’ve reached the final section of our guide on how to claim for a knee injury. Below, you can find some more links you may find useful, as well as the answers to some frequently asked questions.

NHS – Sprains and strains

This link takes you to the NHS page for strains and sprains. It is useful because it enables you to explore a common cause of knee pain, as well as pain in other joints.

How Much Compensation For An Accident At Work?

If you have suffered a knee injury at work find out how much compensation you could claim and get free legal advice.

NHS – Sport Injuries

A lot of knee injuries occur because of sports injuries. This link takes you to the NHS page for sports injuries, providing details regarding sports injuries at any part of the body, with an insightful section on knee pain and knee ligament damage.

How Much Compensation Can I Claim For Medical Negligence?

Have you suffered from a knee injury due to medical negligence? this either could be from a hospital service being negligent or a negligent doctor contact us today to see if you can claim compensation.

Car Accident Claims – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

Have you suffered from a knee injury due to a car accident? find out if you can claim it does not matter if you are a driver or passenger or a pedestrian contact us today.

Thank you for reading our guide to knee injury claims.

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