Claiming compensation for a Hip or Pelvis injury


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By Oliviah Rix-Taylor

on Friday 27 July 2018


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If you have suffered an accident that wasn’t your fault causing you to injure your hip or pelvis, then you can make a claim for compensation. How much you can claim depends on the severity of your injury. Read this resource to see the guideline compensation amounts and the claims process.

Compensation amounts for a Hip or Pelvic injury

The judicial college offer guideline pay out amounts in relation to the severity of an injury and the impact it would have had on a person’s life. Remember that these amounts are approximate and only account for general damages. They do not take into account any special damages that may have resulted from the accident like money spent on transport, adjustments to homes or loss of earnings.

Severity Compensation
Lesser Injuries£3,150 to £10,040
Moderate£10,040 to £31,220
Severe£31,220 to £104,370

 

Hip and Pelvic injuries

The pelvis is a huge bone structure that anchors some of the major muscles of the body, providing support for upright, erect positions. Basically the pelvis is integral to us being able to stand up and walk.

The adult pelvis consists of four joints called the sacrococcygeal joint, the right and left sacroiliac joints and the pubic joint. Not only can disastrous dislocations occur, but damage to the pelvis can cause internal organ damage due to the large structure of the bones and the internal positioning of the organs.

The most common type of injury associated with the hips and pelvis include;

  • Compression fractures
  • Vertical shear injuries
  • Dislocations
  • Ligament damage
  • Damage to bladder, bowel and reproductive organs
  • Rupture of major arteries and nerves to legs
  • Hip replacement from cartilage degeneration

Causes of pelvis and hip injuries can be as varied as any other, but there are common types of accidents that result in a dislocated hip or a compression fracture of the pelvis. Common types of injuries include;

  • Falling from height
  • Repetitive strain on joints
  • Slips and trips
  • Workplace accident
  • Road traffic accident
  • Motorbike accidents
  • Horse riding accidents
  • Extreme sports

 

Establishing your claim for compensation

A hip or pelvic injury can be very debilitating and have a huge impact on a person’s life, in addition to the initial pain and suffering the accident would have caused. For such a major skeletal structure, the impact or accident needed to cause damage to the pelvis would need to be severe.

Extent of harm

The recovery time from such an injury is likely to be long and difficult, needing a high level of care, absence from work and rehabilitation. This is likely to result in substantial financial losses for a victim of pelvic or hip injuries but thankfully, if the accident was not your fault, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.

Your personal injury solicitor will take medical records, eye witness accounts, accident book records, statements and any other bill or receipts you have in order to maximise your claim.

When building your case for compensation your solicitor will take into account the length of time you needed to recover, whether the injury had an impact on your quality of life, for example having to give up hobbies or time with family, and the general extent to which you should be compensated. The claim will also take into consideration whether you have been permanently disabled or will experience any life altering changes following your accident, such as chronic pain.

Time Limitations

You can still make a full recovery and claim in retrospect of your injury but be aware there are time limitations that apply to personal injury cases. Currently, the court allows a maximum of three years to have passed since the accident occurred, or since the symptoms manifested. There are exceptions to this in the case of children and vulnerable adults.

If you would like to make a claim on behalf of someone else then please state this during the initial phone consultation. Accident Line Direct understand that not all situations are straight forward and we aim to be as accommodation as possible when handling your claim.

For an accident that wasn’t your fault, your solicitor will need to prove that you were owed a duty of care that someone acted negligently towards you and broke the terms of that duty of care, and as a result you were harmed.

Not sure if the accident was your fault

A staggering number of people are injured at work each year (around 600,000).

 In road traffic accidents, between 1951 and 2006 – 17.6 million people were injured in car accidents in the UK.

Establishing fault is something an experienced personal injury solicitor is trained to do. However, you can’t blame an organisation or a particular person for an injury if they didn’t owe you a duty of care. If you are unsure about this then call one of our advisors, explain what happened to you and they will be able to help with fault.

Hip injury treatment and replacements are very common on the NHS and there have been numerous cases of clinical negligence in which hip replacements have gone wrong. If you have used a healthcare professional and they have caused you more harm and further suffering then you may have a clinical negligence case – something that the panel of solicitors at Accident Line Direct specialise in.

Last word of advice

If you are unsure about claiming for compensation, or whether you have a claim in the first place then we advice giving us a call.

Our number is free phone and the consultation is obligation free. We can answer any queries you have and can provide guidance regarding your claim.

We aim to be upfront and honest and if you do decide to move forward and process a claim using Accident Line Direct, then we can use No Win No Fee agreements to help mitigate any legal costs. Call us today and discuss your claim, we are here to help.

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