How to claim for leg injury compensation


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By Crispin Bateman

on Wednesday 14 November 2018


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Damage done to your leg that was not your fault often involves a substantial level of pain and difficulty in mobility. Whether the accident seems minor, with pain limited to severe bruising, or considerably more serious, you may be due an amount of financial compensation to offset costs incurred through the loss of time at work, rising expenses and an award as recompense for your suffering.

What situations cause leg injury compensation clams?

Accident at work

Your employer has a duty of care to ensure that you work in a safe environment. If they have been negligent in following the regulations set down by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), leading to an accident where your leg was damaged then you are entitled to claim for financial compensation.

Incidents may include:

  • A fall on poorly maintained ground leading to a badly bruised leg.

  • A liquid spill that was neither cordoned nor cleared, causing a slip which resulted in a compound fracture of the shin.

  • A machine accident due to poor training that caused deep lacerations of the lower leg.

  • Suffering a prolonged period of entrapment under rubble, due to poor building maintenance resulting in significant leg bruising, cuts and long-lasting damage.

  • Exposure to hazardous material that caused long-term nerve damage in the leg.

Employers must provide all relevant training and supply properly maintained equipment to perform any work-related tasks. When working with hazardous materials, it is the employer’s responsibility to adequately monitor, house and provide a safe environment for working with that substance. Failure in any of these safety procedures can mean the company is liable for your compensation.

Accident in a public place

Like your employer, the owner of any establishment (from supermarket to sports hall) has a duty of care to members of the public using that venue. If an incident occurred that led to a leg injury while out in public, you are within your rights to pursue a compensation claim against the responsible party.

A fall down a staircase in a club due to poor lighting, or a slip in a badly maintained toilet that leads to a broken leg can lead to a substantial financial award.

Assault

If you have been attacked or involved in a fight you didn’t start that led to your leg being damaged, then you will be entitled to make a compensation claim for the leg injury against the perpetrator of that crime.

In assault cases where the aggressor has not been able to be brought to justice, or if they are unable to foot the entire bill for the court-awarded amount, a special department is in place to ensure that the victim of the crime still receives adequate recompense. CICA, the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority, will provide compensation in lieu of proper and full payment by the guilty criminal.

Road traffic accident

If you have been involved in a car crash that was not your fault, leading to a leg injury of any severity, then you are likely entitled to substantial compensation.

Whether you were in another vehicle, or suffered an injury as a pedestrian, cyclist or other road user, compensation claims from road traffic accidents where fault is clearly defined often lead to a successful outcome for the claimant.

Medical negligence

Making a claim for medical negligence in relation to a leg injury requires competent legal assistance. While a successful outcome is not guaranteed, the chance of significant financial compensation is high if a solid case for clinical malpractice is formed.

Leg-related compensation claims due to surgical malpractice can include:

  • Damage done to the leg during non-related surgery

  • Infection of the leg due to non-related surgery

  • Mistake made during leg surgery

  • Clinical negligence due to failure to follow regulations

  • Failure to provide adequate and proper after-surgery care

It is important in cases of medical negligence that all relevant documentation and supporting evidence is available. If you have suffered due to a mistake made by a surgeon or subsequent care, ensure that you keep records of everything related to the incident.

Who pays the compensation in leg injury claims?

It is understandable to foster a sense of guilt when considering making a claim for compensation, especially if it is against an employer or acquaintance with whom there exists a friendly relationship. Sensational press has done much in recent years to highlight corner cases where a compensation clam led to the closure of a business, loss or jobs or personal bankruptcy.

The truth is very different. All competent businesses have liability insurance to provide financial cover should they come under a compensation claim. This insurance protects the business from financial ruin and provides a financial cushion to pay for any final award, legal fees, expenses and any other related cost.

In fact, the greatest damage that occurs due to a successful compensation claim being made against a business is little more than a rise in annual insurance premiums!

A similar situation exists for road traffic accidents, where the car insurance (a legal requirement for driving in the UK) must contain cover for third-party liability, relevant for compensation claims.

How much is a leg injury compensation award worth?

The courts (and by extension, any solicitors moving for an out-of-court settlement) utilise a set of national guidelines for calculating a fair compensation award in cases of personal injury. For leg injuries ranging from bruising to the amputation of both legs, the guidelines are as follows:

Severity Compensation
Less Serious Leg Injuries£14,320 to £22,130
Severe Leg Injuries£76,730 to £108,370
Amputations£78,100 to £224,800

An award will be calculated based on the amount of pain and suffering that has been endured (and will continue to affect), the legal costs, any relevant expenses (such as travel to the hospital), additional treatments (both physical and psychological), and anything else relevant to the incident. The court does what it can to use a financial award to put a victim back to the position they were before the accident, and where that cannot be achieved, adequately and fairly financially compensate them.

How do I make a claim for a leg injury?

Contact Accident Line Direct today. Our specialist advisors will make an initial assessment of your case and pass you on to our experienced legal team for further action. At Accident Line Direct we believe that anyone, no matter their financial position, is entitled to full and proper quality legal representation and to that end we work on a No Win No Fee basis.

There are no hidden fees or complicated small print – simply put, we ask you for nothing up front and if we do not win the case for you then there is nothing for you to pay. We tie our fortunes with yours and will only take a payment (as a small percentage of the final award) if you receive the compensation you are due. With this collaboration, you can be assured that our legal team will work at their peak to bring you the outcome you desire.

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