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How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Leg Injury?

By Mary Mariot. Last Updated 4th May 2022. 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.

How long do I have to claim leg injury compensation?

If you’ve suffered a leg injury through no fault of your own and you can prove that third-party negligence was responsible for it, you could be able to make leg injury claims. However, it’s important to note that leg injury compensation, like that of all types of personal injury compensation, has a 3-year time limit within which it can be claimed.

This limitation period is important to keep in mind if you’re considering making a claim, as if you wait too long before doing so, you could lose out on a payout by no longer being eligible for it.

Generally, this 3-year time limit for the likes of leg injury claims comes into effect at the date of injury or the date of knowledge. However, exceptions are made in cases where the claimant is not able to make a claim for themselves. For example, they may be mentally incapacitated or under the legal age of 18. In both these instances, you could use a litigation friend to claim on your behalf.

If they are mentally incapacitated, the three-year time limit to claim would not begin until the claimant regains mental capacity. If you’re claiming for an incident that occurred as a child and you have not claimed through a litigation friend, you have three years from the date of your eighteenth birthday to claim.

For a free consultation on whether you could be entitled to make a claim for a leg injury, please get in touch with our team of specialist advisors today.

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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 is the average payout for leg injury compensation?

Providing an average leg injury compensation amount is difficult as every claim is assessed independently based on its own merits. Factors that can affect the amount of compensation include the severity of the injury and the length of the recovery time. We provide examples of amounts you could receive for specific injuries below that could provide you with more guidance on this topic.

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.

What’s the average leg injury compensation amount?

Uncomplicated soft tissue leg injuries could see you receive a few thousand pounds in compensation, but a leg amputation below the knee could attract a six-figure compensation award.

To learn more about the leg injury compensation amount you could receive, continue reading or, if you prefer, contact us for free legal advice at a time that works for you.

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.

Top tips for proving leg injury claims

As discussed, there are several steps you can take to strengthen your claim, including gathering evidence. However, there are other actions you may wish to consider taking before starting your claim.

For instance, you might wish to:

• Seek legal advice: We understand you may feel apprehensive about working with a solicitor due to the costs often associated. However, you could choose to work with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors under a Conditional Fee Agreement which means there are no upfront costs to pay for their services. If you choose to hire one of our solicitors, an advisor can assign your case to an experienced solicitor to help you seek compensation. They can then help you obtain relevant evidence to support your leg injury compensation claim. Additionally, they could arrange for you to attend an independent medical appointment to produce a report on the full extent of your leg injury. This can be used to help when valuing your claim. Also, they could help you through each stage of the claims process when seeking personal injury compensation.
• Find out about the personal injury claims time limit: Generally, when claiming leg injury compensation, you have three years to start your claim. The three years may either begin from the date of the accident or the date you connected your injuries to negligence. However, there are exceptions, such as for children under the age of 18 and for those who lack the mental capacity to claim. To find out whether any of the exceptions apply, call our team.

We understand the process of seeking compensation for a leg injury may seem complex. However, if you can prove that someone else’s negligence caused you to sustain harm, you may be eligible to claim.

Our team can discuss your potential claim in more detail, including seeking compensation for leg injuries after a car accident or another type of accident.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact our team using the number above.

What Can be Claimed for After an Accident Causing a Leg Injury

If you seek compensation, you might not be fully aware of the full range of costs you can reclaim during a case. Many people believe that the eventual leg injury compensation payout is one massive lump sum.

This is not necessarily true. Instead, many components make up the final total. These can include:

  • General Damages – Any personal injury claims, including leg injury claims, will involve getting compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured due to your leg injury. Generally, it relates to the non-monetary losses you may have incurred following the accident.
  • Care Claim – The care claim has to do with the care and assistance you need due to the accident, such as a live-in nurse and the attendant costs.
  • Loss of Earnings – Accidents may cause a loss of earnings both now and in the future. In this case, you can seek compensation for these lost earnings, whether it is because you have had to miss work or have been unable to find employment as a result of your injury.
  • Travel Expenses – You can claim compensation for journeys to and from doctor’s appointments and so on, which could include rail fares or bus tickets.
  • Medical Bills – You can get compensation for the medical bills you incurred due to the accident. Even if you require lifelong medical care, you can claim compensation that could cover future expenses, such as treatment, physiotherapy, and essential medical equipment.

Leg injury claims are treated on a case by case basis, and the type of compensation claimed will vary. To speak with someone about the financial losses you’ve encountered because of your accident and to see if they could be included in your leg injury compensation claim, speak to a member of our team today.

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.

The Most Common Types of Leg Injuries

Now that we have discovered which bones are in your leg, it can help take many of the most common leg injuries. An accident that results in a leg break can also leave other injuries. Some of the most common include the following injuries:

  • Upper leg: This is the type of injury that affects the quadriceps. It includes quadriceps tears, muscle strains, and also femoral fractures.
  • Lower Leg: The injuries that affect this area include contusions, shin and muscle bruises, leg fractures, ruptures, and calf strains. Stress fractures involving the tibia and fibula are also typically involved in a lower leg injury claim.
  • Knee: This is one of the most common types of leg injury. It includes anterior and posterior cruciate ligament ruptures or sprains, lateral collateral ligament sprains, and medial collateral ligament sprains. However, these injuries come with different degrees of severity. There could also be bursitis of the knee or even joint contusions.
  • Ankle: Like the knee, the ankle is also a common type of leg injury. This can include Achilles tendon ruptures, Achilles tendon strain, different kinds of ankle sprains, and even Achilles tendonitis.

Fractures are a common cause of leg injury on various parts of the leg. Closed fractures occur where the broken ends of the bone are still in place, and in open or compound fractures, the ends of the bone are no longer in alignment and sometimes may even break the skin.

If you seek compensation for a leg break, it is not uncommon for the above ailments to be present. Please speak to us if you wish to file leg injury claims with our support.

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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leg injury compensation statistics graph

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.

Accessing the Severity of a Leg Injury

Immediately after a leg injury, it can be challenging to assess the severity of the problem. As well as issues such as swelling, trying to extrapolate the available information to determine potential long-term medical conditions can be very hard.

Whether it’s a broken fibula claim or a broken tibia claim, making a compensation claim without first accessing the leg injury severity could be counterproductive. This is why it is crucial to assess the severity of the injury before making any compensation claim. Typically, leg injuries can be classified as minor, moderate, and severe. As evidenced in the table below, this categorisation can have a significant effect on the final total.

As such, it’s vital to get the best possible opinion before you begin your leg injury claims. Accessing the severity of a leg break can involve:

  • Undergoing a medical examination (potentially numerous examinations) to ascertain the extent of the injury and even recommend further treatment if needed, as well as physiotherapy.
  • Visiting private health care clinics to get a second opinion.
  • Having follow-up appointments to note changes to the condition of the leg and to gather more information.

The above reasons are why we spend so much time and effort in arranging for potential clients to visit the best possible doctors. Determining the full extent of the damage should always be a priority early in the leg injury claims process. Failure to do so could see you awarded less leg injury compensation than what you could be entitled to.

How Much Compensation Do You Get For A Leg Injury?

This section will provide you with more information regarding the question, “how much compensation do you get for a leg injury?”

You may be tempted to use an online compensation calculator to value your claim and see how much you could be owed. As these websites don’t collect enough information to accurately say how much compensation you could be due for your injury, this isn’t advised.

As mentioned above, every leg injury claim is treated on a case by case basis. This will likely affect your potential leg injury compensation payouts. However, generally speaking, the amount will depend on the severity of the injury.

Also, your leg injury claims will depend on the nature of the damage along with the circumstances. For example, if you suffer from multiple fractures that require surgery and have long-term effects on your daily life, this may attract a higher award than a strain or sprain would.

The table below, provided by the Judicial College, outlines compensation brackets showing the leg injury compensation amount you could receive for specific injuries.

InjurySeverityAmountNotes
Leg InjuryModerate£26,050 to £36,790This involves the breaking or fracture of one or both legs that will heal over time as result of injury.
Leg InjurySerious£36,790 to £51,460This involves the loss of function of one or both legs as result of injury.
Leg InjurySevere (i)£90,320 to £127,530This involves the amputation of one or both legs as result of injury.
Leg InjurySevere (ii) - Very Serious£51,460 to £85,600This 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.
Leg InjuryLess Serious (iii)Up to £11,110This includes soft tissue injuries or simple fibula or tibia fractures.
Leg InjuryLess Serious (ii)£8,550 to £13,210This bracket is for a simple femur fracture with no damage caused to articular surfaces.

If you wish to have an expert appraisal of your claim and answer how much a leg injury claim is worth, contacting our legal experts is advisable. They can tell you everything you need to know about calculating broken leg compensation payouts.

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 is a good settlement offer?

This is an offer that manages to satisfy both parties depending on the severity of the injury.

Should I accept the first offer of compensation?

No, because it’s very rare that the first offer will be either the only offer or the smallest offer.

How is pain and suffering compensation calculated?

This happens by determining the amount of time that you experience pain or suffering due to your injury.

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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