Leg Injury Claims
Free Legal Justice personal injury legal services help all individuals who have been injured, wronged or experienced damage at the hands of another in respect of their person, property, rights or reputation.
Personal injury law refers to a set of legal processes involved in civil cases, which arise as result of the wrongful or negligent conduct by a third party. Free Legal Justice provides vital assistance for hundreds of innocent victims of accidents. We help those who have been injured physically, psychologically, in terms of rights and reputation or in terms of property – as a result of the negligence of another person, company, government agency or other entity.
If you have suffered a leg injury through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to make a leg injury claim. Whether you are simply looking for friendly advice after being involved in an accident, or are all set to make a leg injury claim, our team of personal injury specialists is here for you. With years of legal knowledge and experience, our panel of solicitors and trained team members will listen to what you have to say, and guide you through the entire compensation claim process.
Leg Injury Claims
There are many different types of injuries that can form the basis of a leg injury claim. Each injury affects a different part of your leg, and each injury will look and feel different, but leg injuries generally have one thing in common – they prevent you from being able to carry on with your normal daily life.
Below are just some of the types of leg injuries that Free Legal Justice encountered in compensation claims:
Leg Strains and Sprains
A sprain happens when the tissue that connects two bones together- the ligaments- are stretched or torn. Sprains often happen in the ankle, but they can also occur in the knee if you suddenly hit or twist it. A strain on the other hand happens when a muscle or tendon is stretched or torn. Strains can easily happen in the hamstring muscle, which is found at the back of your thigh.
Strains and sprain injuries in the leg can both cause excruciating pain, and can leave you unable to walk properly, drive or exercise for up to 6 weeks after the injury. In some cases, usually where you need surgery for the injury, it could take several months to recover and get your life back.
Fractured or broken leg bones
Any sort of fracture or broken bone is extremely painful. Breaking a bone in your leg, knee or foot can have a huge impact on your life and can prevent you from working, walking and fulfilling daily tasks without assistance. If you break a bone in your leg, you will usually need a split or a cast, ‘moonboot’ or crutches just to be able to walk and move around. It can sometimes take up to 6 months or longer to make a full recovery after breaking a leg, and in extreme cases you may even need surgery.
An amputation is the most extreme leg injury that we can claim for. If you’ve had to undergo an amputation because of your leg injury, we’re truly sorry. We know how difficult it can be to adjust to life after such a severe injury. As a result of a leg amputation, you may have to adapt your home, travel procedures and routines, family schedules and daily routines to account for your injuries. These adjustments cost a lot of money and effort, and on top of it all you may need to change or pause your occupation if you cannot return to work after a leg amputation.
As a victim of an accident, you should not have to pay for all these extra expenses incurred as a result of an accident caused by another person. Free Legal Justice is here help you to make your leg injury claim against the person that caused you harm. We know that finances might not be the first thing on your mind as you recover from a leg injury, but the compensation that you may receive from a leg injury claim can help you pay for the equipment and support you need to get your independence back. Contact Free Legal Justice for a free consultation today on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317, and get the compensation you deserve- as soon as possible.
How Are Leg Injuries Caused?
Slip, Trip and Fall Leg Injury Claims
Many kinds of leg injuries can be caused by slipping, tripping or falling. Slip and trip accidents are relatively common, and can occur in the workplace, at a public place such as a school or shopping mall, in the street or in your house. Falling over in public is not only embarrassing and unsettling – it can easily cause painful leg injuries.
Slip And Trip in Public Places
In public places, slips, trips and falling accidents generally happen because businesses and local councils didn’t take the proper safety measures to keep members of the public safe on their premises.
Most slips or falls in shopping malls, restaurants, bars, and pavements or roads are caused by:
- Wet, sticky or slippery substances being left on floors;
- Uneven flooring and loose flooring or floor coverings;
- Cracked or uneven pavements;
- Exposed wiring or potholes in the ground;
- Other unexpected obstacles in the pathway; and
- Inadequate lighting.
Your local council is responsible for keeping public pavements, steps and walkways safe, and have a duty of care towards the public to maintain these spaces in safe and good order. Businesses on the other hand, for example shopping centres, stores, supermarkets, cinemas, sports grounds, pubs and restaurants also have a responsibility to keep you safe from slips and trips. These businesses need to properly mark out wet floors, keep walkways clear and free of obstacles, and clean up spillages as quickly as possible. If there is a danger posed to a member of the public, the business needs to take all necessary steps to remove the danger, or warn the public of the danger sufficiently.
In some cases, even if there was a sign warning you of a hazard such as a wet floor, you may still be able to claim for compensation for your leg injury. The shop or restaurant is still responsible if the measures put in place do not suitably reduce the risk to the public. For example, the spillage may have been there for a long time, or may extend beyond the warning sign that has been erected.
To find out who is responsible for the leg injury that you suffered in a public place, your solicitor will need to know exactly where and how the accident happened. If you fell in a building with public access, such as a public library, the parking lot of a shopping centre, or the local park, then responsibility for your leg injury would most likely lie with the owners of the building or space. If your leg injury happened in a shop, restaurant or a pub, then liability may be ascribed to the owner of the business. If you trip and fall into a hole in the pavement, a broken stairwell, or a broken public bench, then the person or body that is in charge of maintaining and upkeep of the public infrastructure will be responsible for your injuries. This is usually the local council or authority.
Slip And Trip At Work
If you slip, trip or fall at work and as a result, you suffer some form of leg injury, you may be entitled to a leg injury claim against your employer. In most cases your employer will be ultimately liable for the harm you have suffered, and will have breached the duty of care that they have towards you by failing to ensure your health and safety at work. If this is the case, there may be sufficient grounds for the employee to make a leg injury claim.
If your injury was caused by the negligence of a co-worker, your employer will still be responsible for the injuries you have suffered. As a result of a principle known as vicarious liability, your employer will be responsible for all actions of their employees, whether negligent or otherwise.
You may be worried that if you make a claim against your employer you are at risk of losing your job or may be treated differently, but this isn’t true. There are specific rules and legislation in place to protect employees making a claim against employers for work accident and injuries sustained in an accident at work. Put simply, it is illegal for your employer to fire you or even treat you differently because you have instituted a compensation claim against them.
You don’t have to worry about the financial consequences of making a claim against your employer – all employers are required by law to take out sufficient liability insurance to cover these types of claims. The insurance company takes over the claim made against your employer and will settle all costs associated with the claim.
Other Accidents At Work
Work accidents can be caused by a combination of unsafe behaviour and dangerous working conditions. When work accidents happen, it is crucial that an employer has adequate safety processes and policies in place to deal with the incident.
Leg injuries can easily happen in a number of industries. In the construction industry for example, a leg injury can happen if a worker falls from a building, scaffolding or piece of machinery to the ground below. Workers can also fall into holes or ditches on construction sites, and all of these accidents could result in a leg injury of some sort. In factories and laboratories, an employee can easily sustain a leg injury as a result of dangerous equipment, tools, and chemicals that could make contact with the leg. In these industries, and any other line of work that might involve hazardous machinery or toxic substances, an employer will have a duty of care towards employees to take the necessary health and safety measures to prevent accidents from happening in the workplace.
No matter what industry you are in, or what your risk profile is, your employer generally has a duty to ensure:
- the safety of the physical space at your place of work, including maintaining fire exits and escape routes;
- the safety and efficacy of the systems and processes in place at work;
- the state of plant and equipment at your place of work, including testing any electrical equipment that employees might use at the place of work;
- the security and safety of the working practices, including first aid and emergency plans; and
- that there is adequate training available to workers, including health safety training as well as job-specific training;
- to continuously conduct risk assessments; and
- that there is sufficient protective equipment at your place of work. This includes ensuring that sufficient and reasonable amounts of protective gear, first aid supplies, and protective uniforms are available to employees where applicable.
If you have suffered a leg injury at work because of the negligence of another employee or because your employer has negligently breached his or her duty of care, you may have a leg injury claim.
Leg Injuries Caused By Car Accidents
In simple terms, car accident is any type of incident that involves a car. Car accidents can happen as a result of a combination of actions by those involved, and these incidents can leave all those involved with injuries and suffering of some kind. A car accident includes a situation where two cars collide, or where a car collides with a motorbike or bicycle, and also includes incidents where a pedestrian is injured by a car.
Car accidents can cause injuries to all sorts of people – it isn’t just drivers who can claim for injuries sustained on the road. If you have suffered a leg injury in a car accident as a passenger, driver, cyclist or innocent bystander, and the accident was not your fault, you could have a leg injury claim. We know that everyone deals with an accident in a different way, and each person will be affected by the accident differently. At Free Legal Justice, we want to help our clients get the justice they deserve for the harm that has been wrongfully caused. Our solicitors have been dealing with personal injury claims for many years. We have handled numerous car accident claims with various degrees of leg injuries- fractures, bruising, crushed limbs, dislocated joints and even amputations.
How Do I Make A Leg Injury Claim?
If you think you might be eligible for a leg injury claim, it is important to take steps as soon as possible to start your compensation claim. The first step in finding out if you have a valid claim is to speak to one of Free Legal Justice’s friendly team of claim experts. Our personal injury claim specialists will help you through the entire claim process, from beginning to end. Free Legal Justice will help you to collect all the necessary details and information about the incident, and quickly be able to assess the best way to help you make your leg injury claim and get the justice you deserve.
If you contact a member of Free Legal Justice now, you will receive free professional advice on the merits of your case, so that you can know where you stand before you take legal steps against those who caused you injury. To correctly advise you on the merits of your leg injury claim, Free Legal Justice will need as much detail as possible about the accident. You should have as much information as possible ready for your free consultation, including details such as:
- How and when the accident happened, and nature of the injuries suffered or damage caused as a result of the accident;
- If there was a car involved, the car registration details of both parties;
- The names, and contact number of the individuals involved in the accident;
- Any police reference numbers or emergency service attendance details; and
- Location of where the accident happened.
As a normal part of the accident claims process, we will send you for an independent medical examination if you have not already obtained a medical report. The doctor will conduct a full assessment of your injuries and write a report based on your injuries, to be used in support of your damages claim and to value the amount of compensation that you are entitled to for your leg injury.
Once Free Legal Justice has started your leg injury claim, we will also ask you to share any possible evidence that you have collected at the scene of the accident with us. This evidence will be used in support of your accident claim, and may include:
- Details of any witnesses
- Photographs of the accident scene
- Photographs of your injuries
- Details of medical appointments that you have attended
- Details and receipts of any medication that a doctor has prescribed to treat your injuries
- Any workplace accident report book
- CCTV or video footage from the scene.
It is important that you keep a record of all other information, reports, and receipts which could be used in support of your claim. Don’t worry if you don’t have all of this information right now. With a single call to our helpful team, we will explain the merits of your claim based on the information that you can provide. The important thing is that you get in touch with a Free Legal Justice professional as soon as possible- the sooner we have the details of your leg injury claim, the sooner one of our legal experts can get started on your case, and help you get the maximum compensation that you deserve.
What Is My Leg Injury Claim Worth?
Your legal right to compensation is centred on getting you back to the position you were in before you were harmed in the accident. In personal injury claims generally, compensation sums are calculated with reference to the severity of the victim’s personal injuries, and the type of assistance or treatment that the victim may need going forward to be able to live with the injuries. We will also include a claim for out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of the incident.
Personal injury claims consist of general and special damages. In summary, general damages are compensation for the personal injuries the claimant has suffered, whereas special damages are compensation for additional expenses incurred by the claimant as a result of the accident. Free Legal Justice will be sure to go through your calculation of general and special damages in detail once you’ve agreed to make your leg injury claim.
There are specific rules of how much can be claimed as general damages for different levels of leg injuries in claims of this type. Your general damages will be calculated by matching your independent medical report with the sums provided for in the official Judicial Board Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases. The amount of compensation that you will receive will be influenced by details such as how serious your injury was and how long you will take to recover from your injuries.
You will need to retain proof of all of the additional expenses or costs you have incurred to date, or will incur in the future, as a result of your leg injury. These costs will be included in the broad category of special damages. Special damages range from travel costs, costs of medical and rehabilitation appointments, childcare, loss of income, and broader medical expenses such as prescriptions, physiotherapy, counselling, physical home adjustments, to the cost of any special equipment that you might need during the recovery process.
Examples Of Compensation Amounts In Leg Injury Claims
Your experienced personal injury solicitor will be able to give you an estimate of your claim’s value once you have provided Free Legal Justice with all the details and reports about the injuries that you suffered due to the accident. To help give you an idea of what to expect, we have provided a broad guideline of various amounts that could be awarded for different types of leg injuries below. It is important that the amounts mentioned below are merely used as a broad guideline to possible compensation, and must not be seen in any way as fixed compensation amounts available to claimants. Free Legal Justice will assess the value of your leg injury claim in a completely free, confidential consultation once you have provided one of our claims handlers with the details of your case.
Very Serious Leg Injury – Both Legs
If you have lost the use of both legs, either by amputation or internal damage your claim can be worth between £205,400 and £240,500. Factors that will affect such severe injuries will include issues such as the level of amputation, any psychological problems, side-effects for example backache, prosthetics, phantom pain.
Serious Leg Injury – Both Legs
Compensation for partial amputation of both legs, i.e below the knee, can result in a pay-out of between £171,920 and £230,440.
Very Serious Leg Injury – One Leg
If you have lost the use of one leg, whether by amputation or internal damage caused or otherwise, your compensation claim can be worth between £205,400 and £240,500. Factors that will affect such severe injuries will include issues such as the level of amputation, any psychological problems, side-effects for example pain in your back, prosthetics, phantom pain.
Serious Leg Injury – One Leg
Compensation for a below the knee amputation of a single leg can provide you with a pay-out of between £83,590 and £113,450 depending on factors such as whether the amputation was without complications or extremely traumatic.
Extremely Serious Leg Injuries (Other than amputation)
The most serious leg injuries other than amputation can fetch compensation in the region of £82,110 to £115,940.
Other Serious Leg Injuries
Leg injuries in this category would include those injuries that lead to permanent decreased mobility, serious leg deformities causing limitation of movement, or the injured person having to use mobility aids for the rest of their life. These injuries can result in pay-outs of between £46,780 and £77,040.
Serious compound leg fractures or joint and ligament injuries that cause permanent instability, that require lengthy and costly treatment, and result in probable arthritis may see a compensation settlement of between £33,450 and £46,780.
If you have suffered multiple leg fractures or severe crushing injuries to a single leg, you could receive a compensation pay-out of around £23,680 to £33,450.
Moderate Leg Injuries
If you are left with impaired mobility or a permanent limp after an accident, or serious soft tissue injuries that have caused restriction of movement or some nerve damage as a result of a broken leg, the compensation may be between £15,320 and £23,680.
What is considered a simple femur fracture can result in compensation in the region of £7,780 and £12,010.
Simple Leg Injuries
Simple tibia and fibula fractures can see compensation settlements of up to £10,100, but compensation will depend on recovery time and duration of any ongoing symptoms.
Where you have suffered soft tissue leg injuries such as rips, bruising and cuts, and these injuries have fully healed in a matter of a few months, your compensation will likely be less than £2,090.
How Much Will It Cost To Make A Leg Injury Claim?
Free Legal Justice offers all our clients with valid personal injury claims the option of a No Win No Fee agreement. Under a No Win No Fee agreement, if your leg injury claim is unsuccessful, you won’t have to pay a thing to us for the work that the Free Legal Justice team has done on your case. For many clients, this means that they can finally have full access to the justice they deserve, and a fair chance to make a claim for lawful compensation, without any financial risk.
How Much Will I Be Charged If My Leg Injury Claim Is Successful?
The great news is that you will never pay Free Legal Justice anything in advance for proceeding with your leg injury claim. A No Win No Fee agreement means that we will only get paid if your claim is successful. If we help you to win your claim, Free Legal Justice will receive a success fee of an average of 25% of the compensation received as payment for the work that we have done to help you win your case. Your devoted solicitor will be sure to discuss the success fee with you upfront, and the agreed success fee will be confirmed in writing before we start your claim.
What Happens If My Leg Injury Claim Is Unsuccessful?
Free Legal Justice holds the risk of your leg injury claim not being a success. If your claim is unsuccessful, we will not charge you any legal fees for the work done by our skilled personal injury solicitors. This means that you won’t pay us a thing in the unlikely event that we cannot help you to win your case
To ensure that you are fully protected and have peace of mind over your financial risks, the Free Legal Justice team will help you to secure ‘After the Event’ insurance. This insurance covers you in the unlikely event that you are unsuccessful with your claim, and in case the court directs you to pay a part of your opponent’s legal costs during the case.
How Long Do Leg Injury Claims Take?
Every accident occurrence is unique, as is the injury that results from the accident. This also means that each compensation claim process that follows an incident will be different. Some personal injury claims can be settled within months, while others are more complicated and will take longer to bring to a close. The length of time needed to resolve your matter will depend on the facts specific to your case. Leg Injury claims will be more complicated if the injuries suffered are extremely serious, if there is a dispute over the facts, or if there is a criminal element to the accident- i.e you have been involved in a ‘hit and run’ accident. Our experienced solicitors have handled numerous injury claims, and will be able to give you good idea of how long your leg injury claim is likely to take once they have evaluated the merits of your case.
No matter how your leg injury happened or who you think is to blame for your injuries, it is important that you speak to a trained professional from Free Legal Justice as soon as possible to determine whether you have a valid compensation claim. Our experienced claims team handles every compensation claim through a fast-track assessment and allocation process; so that we can help our clients get the maximum compensation they deserve- in the shortest amount of time.
Can I Make A Claim If The Accident Was Partly My Fault?
Yes, you can make a knee injury claim even if you think the accident was partly your fault. Many accidents are caused by a combination of errors, or by the collective actions of different people. Whether you think you played a role in the car accident, or you didn’t have a seatbelt on, or you lifted a heavy load at work that you knew you were not able to carry – you may still be entitled to a compensation claim for the knee injury you have suffered. It is always worth talking to one of our legal professionals about potential personal injury claims, even if you may have been partially at fault, because although you might believe you were in the wrong, this may not be the case in strictly legal terms. If the court finds you to be partly to blame for the accident, your compensation total will be reduced by the percentage of your blame.
Contact Free Legal Justice at any time of day, on any day of the week, by filling out the short online form and waiting for us to call you back for free, or by calling one of our friendly personal injury claims handlers on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317. If you would like to discuss your case from the comfort of your own home, please request a complimentary home visit from one of our friendly accident claims handlers, so that we can start your accident claim without delay.