If you have suffered a hip injury through an accident that wasn’t your fault, then Smith Jones may be able to help you make a claim for compensation. Hip injuries can occur through a variety of different accidents, but they are mostly suffered by cyclists who are dismounted in an accident, or by elderly people. They can often occur as the result of:
- Road traffic accidents;
- Workplace accidents;
- Slips, trips and falls.
These injuries can have quite a serious effect on people’s lives, and can end up effecting mobility. We understand how disruptive accidents like these can be to your everyday life, and so Smith Jones are here to assist you in making a claim for compensation.
How Much Compensation For A Hip Injury?
| Injury Type
Compensation Amount Guideline
|Hip Injuries||Minor||£1,000.00 – £23,210.00|
|Moderate||£23,210.00 – £32,780.00|
|Moderately Severe||£32,780.00 – £45,840.00|
|Severe||£45,840.00 – £113,580.00|
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FAQ About Hip Injury Compensation Claims
CLAIMING FOR MINOR HIP INJURIES
A variety of accidents can result in cuts and scrapes to the hip, most likely accidents which result in falling to the ground. These mainly consist of cycling accidents and slipping or tripping accidents. When a cyclist is dismounted by a pothole, or an oncoming car, they can end up suffering from cuts and scrapes, which can often affect the hip and upper thigh. This is often referred to as ‘road rash’.
If you have received such injuries, the first priority should be to stop any bleeding you may have, only then can you start to clean the wound and dress it. This course of action will help to prevent the wound getting infected. In the event that you struggle to dress the wound, or that you cannot stop the bleeding, you should go to a minor injuries unit or to an urgent care centre.
Grazes and cuts caused by abrasion with the road surface can put the wound at greater risk of becoming infected, as gravel and other foreign substances can find their way into the wound. For this reason, it is of the utmost importance that you clean the wound thoroughly to prevent any infection.
Bruising and swelling to the hip can have a similar effect on mobility, but it can also be an indicator that there are more serious problems with your hip, such as a break or dislocation. If you have been involved in an accident and think you may have broken your hip, or if you are unsure whether you have broken any bones, then you should seek medical attention immediately.
If you have had an accident which results in more serious injuries, then the minor injuries can often get overlooked. However, they can be the first signs of more serious problems, and can cause further injury if left unchecked. A claim for compensation will take into account the overall injuries caused by the accident and so it is important that you tell our team about all of your injuries however insignificant they may seem. To find out more about how much compensation you may recover for minor injuries, you can make use of our useful minor injuries claims calculator.
DISLOCATIONS AND LABRAL TEARS
Dislocations and a hip labral tear can both result from an accident which ends up twisting the joint. Any strong trauma to the joint such as that in a road traffic accident or a fall can result in a labral tear or dislocation.
A dislocation occurs when the femur slips out of the socket on the hip. This injury can cause severe pain and may even lead to ligament damage in the area of the hip. The pain felt when you have suffered a dislocation is not dissimilar to the pain you feel when a break or fracture occurs. In any event, medical advice is recommended, as even if the joint returns to its normal position and the pain subsides, there may be some underlying ligament damage which requires further treatment.
Damage to the cartilage that surrounds the edge of the pelvis is known as a labral hip tear. If you have been involved in an accident which causes trauma to the pelvis, such as a road traffic accident or a fall, then you may have suffered this injury. This can often accompany a hip dislocation and as a result can be quite painful. If you have ended up in an accident in which you have suffered hip injuries then you should seek medical assistance as soon as possible. If the hip is dislocated, the doctors will be able to relocate the joint and help to repair any ligament damage.
BROKEN OR FRACTURED HIP BONES
A broken or fractured hip bone is severely painful and may be accompanied by minor injuries, such as swelling and bruising. Sometimes these injuries are hard to detect as there may be no physical signs of a break. If you’re not able to lift, move or rotate the leg, or are unable to put weight on one of your legs, then there is a chance that it may be broken and that you should seek medical attention. Smith Jones have helped elderly clients and cyclists who have suffered hip injuries as a result of a variety of accidents.
If you have suffered an accident which has caused you to have a broken or fractured hip, then it is important that you seek medical assistance immediately. Doing this will help to prevent further damage when trying to move or walk on it.
Almost all hip fractures or breaks require surgery to fix them. The type of surgery depends on multiple factors, such as age, type of fracture, and level of mobility before the accident. Some cases require surgery to fix the fracture with rods, plates and screws. Approximately half of all cases require a partial or complete hip replacement to restore the joint. These treatments can take up to a year to recover from and start feeling the benefits from it.
Hip injuries are quite common in elderly people, often as a result of a slip, trip or fall. As people grow older, their bones grow weaker, and so they are more susceptible to broken bones following any type of accident. This is particularly the case with women, who are more likely to suffer from osteoporosis (weak and fragile bones), which can result in fractures to the hip or wrist.
We realise how shaken or shocked you may feel if you have suffered an accident of this type and how it affects your confidence, which is why our expert team will take the time to explain in plain speaking terms how you can go about making an accident claim. The last thing you need after suffering such a consequential injury is to be bombarded by confusing terminology and so we will take the time to talk you through your options and clarify the process, in a way which you understand.
You can find more information on making a compensation claim for lower body injuries here.
MAKING A CLAIM & AFTERCARE
If you have suffered a hip injury as a result of an accident, then you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Our expert team of solicitors specialise in personal injury claims and have helped clients who have sustained hip injuries through a wide array of accidents, including road traffic accidents, pothole accidents, and accidents involving slips, trips and falls. We have over 28 years of experience in working with clients to maximise the amount of compensation they could be entitled to.
In the instance that the hip has been fractured or broken, physiotherapy will be required to get the joint back to full strength and to restore mobility. This can take a long time, especially if the injured person is elderly, to get strength back in the leg which has been affected by the hip replacement, and that is why following a physiotherapy assessment, a physiotherapist will put in place a rehabilitation programme that includes realistic goals. It is important to keep up with the physiotherapy, no matter how straining it becomes, as it will all contribute to the recovery process. Any stalling may cause more problems to your mobility if the joint begins to seize up.
If you have had a cycling accident which has resulted in a hip injury, then our specialist solicitors can help you claim for the damage to your bike and any kit that was damaged in the accident, such as helmets, clothing and backpacks. We can also help you claim for any expenses you may incur as a result of the accident, such as prescription charges, travel expenses and even for loss of earnings. If the accident impacts upon your work, then our expert team may be able to help you claim for the loss of future earnings.
Injuries to the hip can make it difficult to walk for people of any age, due to the fact that the injuries are so close to the joint. This may mean that you require certain mobility aids afterwards, including a walking stick, crutches, walking frames, wheelchairs or scooters (Read more on leg injuries). Our team of solicitors will work closely with you to ensure you are properly compensated for any additional equipment, mobility aids or home modifications needed following your accident.
If you wish to talk to a member of our team about making a claim for a hip injury, you can call our free advice helpline on 0800 195 9590 to talk to one of our expert team. Alternatively, if you would prefer to leave your details online, then you can submit your enquiry here and we will call you back to discuss your options. Our friendly team are ready to deal with your claim in a confidential and professional manner.