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How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Leg Injury?

By Lewis Cobain. Last Updated 24th March 2023. Welcome to our guide on leg injury compensation claims. An accident can be as unforeseen as it can be devastating, both physically and emotionally. Following an accident that has led to an injury, knowing how to cope can be a tricky prospect. However, in this guide, we’ll explain how to claim leg injury compensation.

Legal questions concerning leg injury compensation should almost always be asked. When you have broken a bone in your leg, this is especially true. If you’re considering claiming leg injury compensation, this guide is a great place to get started. We will provide you with more information about the potential leg injury compensation amount you could receive.

A leg break can affect you emotionally, financially and can drastically alter your quality of life. For this reason, it is essential to know whether you could make a claim. As personal injury claim broken leg and legal experts, we have put together this guide for those who might be considering legal action.

A claim for a leg injury can be based on many different injuries. You might have been at work, in a public place, or somewhere else. But if someone else acted negligently in the run-up to your injury, you might have a legitimate basis on which to file any leg injury claims. We will explain the importance of proving third-party negligence when seeking leg injury compensation below.

If you would like to find out more about making a leg injury claim, this guide is for you. You can also call our personal injury lawyers on 0800 073 8804 to speak with someone about your claim or fill out a contact form.

Time Limits For Leg Injury Claims

The limitation period for leg injury claims is typically three years. This means you’ll need to take action within three years from the date you injured your leg. If you don’t begin your claim within the time limit outlined in the Limitation Act 1980, your claim might be statute-barred.

If a minor suffers leg injuries, the three-year time limit is suspended until their 18th birthday. A litigation friend may act on their behalf. For example, a parent, guardian or family member. However, their interests should not conflict with the claimant’s, and they must be able to make fair and competent decisions about the case.

Additionally, a litigation friend can act on behalf of someone who lacks the mental capacity to begin a claim by themselves. There is no time limit for claimants who fall under this category, unless they were to ever regain the required mental capacity.

Our advisors are available 24/7 and can confirm what the limitation period is for your leg injury claim. Following a free consultation, they could also connect you with one of our expert personal injury solicitors.

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A Guide to Accident Claims and Leg Injury Compensation

This is a comprehensive leg injury claims guide. Its goal is to make it easier for victims of an accident that has resulted in leg injuries to make leg injury compensation claims successful.

Unfortunately, many people suffering a leg break do not know that they might make a compensation claim. As such, this guide will arm you with the information required to launch a potential compensation claim.

We’ll also answer some frequently asked questions, like ‘how much compensation for a broken leg could I get?’

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Leg injury compensation

In this guide, you will get the most critical information about leg injury claims. This includes preparing a leg injury compensation claim, finding a solicitor, and clarifying the legal responsibilities of those involved in your accident.

Furthermore, we will discuss how the severity of an injury can affect a claim and look at broken leg compensation payouts that have resulted from similar cases.

If you believe that you have a broken leg injury claim resulting in a compensation payout, this guide should help you get started.

What to do if you are involved in an Accident Causing a Leg Injury

People are rarely prepared for an accident. Indeed, the very nature of an accidental injury can make it almost impossible to prepare. However, several points are worth considering.

If you have been involved in an accident, then seeking medical attention is the most critical concern. Once you have attended to your injury, however, you may want to consider legal action. If this is the case, you can keep the following points in mind before filing your leg injury claims:

  • Take Photos and Videos: It is essential to take photos of the accident scene and the injury sustained – especially the areas where there are apparent bruises or markings to document them properly. This evidence can form part of your claim for leg injury compensation. Images and videos of the accident scene and your injuries can demonstrate potential negligence and the severity of your injury, respectively.
  • Get Contact Details from Witnesses: A good compensation case can rely heavily on witness testimonies. If there are people who witnessed you injure your leg, taking their contact details can make it easier to retrieve their stories at a later date. This can help you corroborate your version of events.
  • Keep Any Medical Records: During the leg injury claims process, the severity of your injury will be discussed. A doctor’s notes or x-rays can determine this. If you have any such records, ensure that you have them kept in a safe place.
  • Find Legal Representation: As we will see below, cases such as this can become incredibly complicated. As a result, you may wish to seek legal representation. We will discuss your options in greater detail later in this guide.

To find out what more you can do to give yourself the best chance of recovering leg injury compensation, get in touch with our personal injury claims team. If you’d like more details on the leg injury claims process, please read on.

How to Begin a Claim For Leg Injury Compensation

Once you have decided to seek leg injury compensation, beginning a claim might seem difficult. For those without years of legal experience, even knowing where to get started can seem impossible.

It’s for this reason that we advise clients to seek legal representation when pursuing compensation. If, for example, you chose to hire our team, your claims process might look like this:

  • The first step, as mentioned above, is to gather evidence. This could be medical records or a witness account, or even just photographs of your injury. It could be a complete leg break, a knee injury or something else. Either way, once you have everything you can get, move on to the next step.
  • Now, it is time to reach out to a law firm about your leg injury claims. We can be contacted through our website or over the phone. In doing so, you can arrange for a free legal consultation at a time that suits you.
  • This legal consultation is the first real step towards winning a case for leg injury compensation. In this session, we will examine the evidence, listen to your story, and apply our expertise. We will advise you as to whether you have a case and note your options moving forwards. We can also help you acquire further evidence for your leg injury compensation claim.
  • Should you decide to hire our team, there are several things we can do next. First, we can arrange for a No Win No Fee agreement. This approach ensures that you won’t have to pay until we win the case. Next, we can arrange for a visit to one of the best doctors in your area. The doctor can provide a thorough examination and give you a detailed report on your injury’s true severity.
  • Once we have done this, we will begin legal proceedings proper.

For more advice on leg injury claims, get in touch with our team.

What Can You Claim As Part Of Leg Injury Compensation?

Following a successful personal injury claim, compensation could be awarded for the pain and suffering you have endured due to your injury. This is known as general damages. For example, if you suffered leg pain after a fall or laceration injuries on your leg following an accident, general damages could compensate you for these injuries.

As well as general damages, your compensation settlement could include special damages. This compensates you for the financial losses you’ve suffered due to your injury. Some of the things you could claim under special damages include:

  • A loss of earnings, both past and present, if you had to take time off work.
  • Care costs if you needed to hire care, such as a live-in nurse.
  • Travel expenses, such as taxis to medical appointments.
  • Medical costs, such as prescription costs or paying for physiotherapy.

You will need to provide evidence of these financial losses in order to successfully claim them back. Evidence could include your payslips, invoices, receipts and bank statements.

Contact one of our friendly advisors today to discuss your personal injury claim. Our team could offer you free legal advice and answer any of the questions you may have.

What Leg Bones Do You have?

The more you discover potential leg injury compensation claims, the more details you will need to know about your particular injury. Often, we find that it can help to have a basic understanding of the injury, including the bones in the leg.

There are four leg bones, each located in a different part of the leg. Following an accident resulting in a leg break, it will be one of these four bones which are affected:

  • Patella – otherwise known as the kneecap.
  • Femur – the bone found in your thigh.
  • Tibia – located below the kneecap, the larger of the two-leg bones and also known as the shin bone.
  • Fibula – Like the tibia, this is also located below the knee cap, and it is the smallest of the two-leg bones.

Depending on the severity, leg injury compensation payouts can be different regarding which bone you break. Generally speaking, for instance, a patella injury will pay more than a femur injury of the same severity. We will discuss this in more detail below as we continue our leg injury claims guide.

Leg Injuries – How Can They Happen?

Leg injuries can happen for a number of reasons. If you’ve suffered an injury to your leg, you could potentially claim. However, in order to receive compensation for a leg injury, the accident that caused it must have been caused by a breach of duty of care.

Some examples of when you might be able to claim for a leg injury include:

  • If a driver is not following the Highway Code and drives carelessly, they could hit you, resulting in a leg amputation.
  • If you suffer a broken leg after tripping on a cracked pavement that should have been maintained by your local council.
  • If you are in work and your employer fails to deal with a known trip hazard, such as poorly organised or cluttered walkways, you might trip or fall and suffer a strain or sprain.

If you have suffered leg injuries due to a breach of duty of care, get in touch to find out if our expert solicitors could help you claim personal injury compensation.

Broken Leg Injury Statistics

As we have previously addressed within an early section of this leg injury compensation guide, a leg injury could be caused in various ways, such as a car crash or an accident at work. For that reason, we have taken the time to reflect on some of the latest statistics.

Firstly, looking at accidents at work:

  • In 2020/21, there was a total of 15,159 fractures in the workplace reported under RIDDOR. There were also 4,368 lacerations and open wounds as well as 14,784 sprains and strains. Any of these injuries could have resulted in medical attention being required. 
  • In total, in this time period, there were 51,211 reported non-fatal injuries in the workplace. While we don’t know how many of these resulted in a leg injury compensation amount, we do know that if your workplace injury was caused by employer negligence, you may be able to claim.
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Let’s look at car accident statistics. In the latest statistics provided by the Department for Transport, outlining road traffic accident statistics in Great Britain for the year ending June 2021 state that:

  • There were 1,390 fatalities on the road
  • 23,140 people were seriously injured
  • 95,320 were slightly injured.  

If you’ve suffered a leg injury at work, in a road traffic accident or in a slip, trip or fall accident in a public place, you could be entitled to leg injury compensation. Get in touch with our team to discuss or find out more about leg injury claims, please keep reading.

Compensation For A Leg Injury – How Much Could You Claim?

Compensation for your leg injury will largely depend on its effects. Namely:

  • The pain and distress it has caused you
  • The direct financial impact

For the pain and distress of your injury, this is addressed under general damages. We have included a table of potential general damages for a leg injury, to show you how your claim could be valued. The figures in our table come from the 2022 edition of the Judicial College Guidelines – this source is commonly used to value injuries in claims, though the figures are not guaranteed.

Leg Injury(a) Amputations (i)Both legs have been amputated above the knee.£240,790 to £282,010
Leg Injury(a) Amputations (iii)One leg has been amputated above the knee.£104,830 to £137,470
Leg Injury(a) Amputations (iv)One leg has been amputated below the knee.£97,980 to £132,990
Leg Injury(b) Severe (i)A leg injury that fell short of amputation such as extensive degloving of the leg or fractures that have not united.£96,250 to £135,920
Leg Injury(b) Very Serious (ii)This involves injuries that cause permanent mobility issues with the need for mobility aids or crutches for the remaining portion of the injured person's life. £54,830 to £87,890
Leg Injury(b) Serious (iii)Serious comminuted or compound fractures, or ligament damage, that requires prolonged treatment.£39,200 to £54,830
Leg Injury(b) Moderate (iv)Severe crush injuries or multiple fractures in one leg. The extent of treatment undertaken will impact how much is awarded.£27,760 to £39,200
Leg Injury(c) Less Serious (i)A fracture where a reasonable recovery has been made but the person may be left with a limp or metal implant.£17,960 to £27,760
Leg Injury(c) Less Serious (ii)Simple femur fractures with no damage to the articular surfaces.£9,110 to £14,080
Leg Injury(c) Less Serious (iii)This includes soft tissue injuries or simple fibula or tibia fractures. Up to £11,840

For the financial impact of your injury, you could be eligible to seek special damages. You can make a claim for any financial losses caused directly by your injury, such as:

  • Loss of income
  • Prescription costs
  • Care needs

For information about compensation in your claim, or to discuss common broken leg compensation payouts in the UK, please reach out to one of our advisers.

No Win No Fee Leg Injury Compensation Claims

One of the problems preventing many people from pursuing a leg injury compensation claim is the ability to finance the process. The reality is that a compensation claim can be time-consuming and expensive, usually due to the legal fees involved. Our law firm can offer an alternative, however.

We have a ‘No Win No Fee’ arrangement. People who have a strong case but are restricted in terms of paying the legal fees involved can come to us for help. It is a straightforward process that we have designed to help those struggling in the aftermath of a difficult injury. If you have lost money due to an accident, this can be a huge help.

How does the ‘No Win No Fee’ arrangement actually work? This arrangement is also known as a ‘Conditional Fee Agreement’, or CFA. It means that there is no upfront cost attached to our legal services. Instead, we take the fees from the final leg injury compensation amount.

This reduces the financial burden on those attempting to make a claim and prevents the possibility of a monetary loss when you are trying to cover your costs. This arrangement for leg injury claims is one of the many reasons why you should give us a call today.

Why Choose Us as Your Claims Service for a Leg Injury Claim

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Leg injury claims

Hiring the right personal injury solicitors can make a huge difference when seeking compensation. Our team of legal experts have the experience and the mindset needed to win your case. As well as our ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement, there are plenty of other reasons why we are the best choice.

Our history of success in the legal field forms a fantastic platform for your claim. If you are considering a claim for leg injury compensation, we can provide fantastic free consultation sessions in which we examine every last detail of your case.

We are methodical, exacting, professional, and thorough. If winning compensation is vital to you, hiring our solicitors puts you in the best possible position to do so.

We will treat all leg injury claims with the expertise and attention they deserve. Whether it’s a lower leg claim following an accident at work injury, a broken femur claim following a sports injury, or a damaged patella claim following a slip and fall at the supermarket, our team are ready to help.

We’ll work hard to make sure your case is put forward correctly. We’ll endeavour to win you every expense and every cost that the injury has incurred. We’ll provide you with the assistance needed to help you recover your health, reputation, and finances. This is why you should turn to us when you need legal assistance.

We strive to offer outstanding customer service. This means helping you arrange for local medical appointments, provide over-the-phone consultation sessions, and working hard to proceed with a claim in a manner that suits you.

Winning leg injury compensation is essential. This is why you need the best help. If you would like to hire the right law firm, we are the obvious choice.

Call for Free Advice and to Start a Claim

Thank you for reading our guide on leg injury claims. As you have seen, working your way through a leg injury’s compensation process can be difficult. If you find yourself suffering in the aftermath of an accident that wasn’t your fault, then we are here to assist you.

Our free consultancy session can be the perfect introduction to the benefits of hiring our team, so why not call today?

If you want to contact us, there are two options. You can either go to our website and fill out a contact form, or you can call us on 0800 073 8804. Whichever option suits you best, we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Helpful Links

NHS Broken Leg Guide

A broken leg or fracture can be extremely painful and may be bruised and swollen. A lot of the time, patients can not walk. 

NHS Sports Injuries

Leg injuries that are sports injury-related can really affect walking and many parts of the leg, including the muscles, bones, joint tissues (tendons and ligaments).

Slip Trip or Fall Compensation Amounts

If you have suffered from a leg injury after a slip trip or fall, we could get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today.

Medical Negligence Compensation Claims

Have you suffered from a leg injury due to medical negligence? This could have happened whilst at the hospital or even a misdiagnosis or error from your doctor.

Cycle Accident Claims

Head here to check out our guide on cycle accident claims.

Skiing Accident Claim

If you’ve broken your leg in a skiing accident, this guide could help.

Bolton Car Accident Claims Solicitors

This guide will explore how to choose the best solicitor for your road traffic accident claim.

Claiming Compensation For An Injury After A Car Accident

Visit this guide for more information on how to claim compensation for an injury sustained in a road traffic accident.

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Leg Injury Compensation FAQs

When can I file leg injury claims?

In standard cases, you can do so at any time within 3 years of you suffering your leg break.

What happens if I reject a settlement offer?

If you do this, you can’t accept the same offer later, though you should still receive other offers.

How long does a personal injury claim take to go to court?

It could be over 12 months before your case reaches court if a settlement cannot be reached before that stage.

How is a settlement paid out?

This can be done either as a single lump sum or as a series of equal periodic payments.

How long does it take to receive the settlement?

Once agreed upon, the defendant should pay your settlement within a 28-day period.

Thank you for reading our guide to leg injury compensation claims. We hope you have learned a lot about making leg injury claims. To see what leg injury compensation amount you could receive by claiming, contact our team for free and professional legal advice today.

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