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Leg Injury Compensation Claims
For most of us, walking is an essential part of our day. Whether it involves walking to the car, to the bus stop, to work, or even standing at work, being active is a fundamental part of the day to day life and we understand how much of a setback it can be when you can’t get around independently.
If you have suffered a leg injury that wasn’t your fault, then we are here to assist you in making a claim for compensation.
Over the years, Smith Jones has acted for many clients suffering from an injury to the leg following an accident. We’ve represented clients whose injuries include:
- ‘Road rash’ – a common injury suffered by cyclists
- Swelling and bruising
- Breaks and fractures
- Crushing injuries
Any of these injuries can present significant obstacles to everyday life, work and can impose real restrictions on hobbies that you enjoy. If you have suffered an injury, however serious, you may be entitled to make an injury claim. Contact Smith Jones on 0800 195 95 90 to discuss your claim with a member of our expert team.
| Injury Type|
Compensation Amount Guideline
|Amputations||£81,920.00 – £235,790.00|
|Ankle Injuries||Minor||£1,000.00 – £11,500.00|
|Moderate||£11,500.00 – £22,220.00|
|Moderately Severe||£26,180.00 – £41,860.00|
|Severe||£41,860.00 – £58,300.00|
|Foot Injuries||Minor||£1,000.00 – £11,500.00|
|Moderate||£11,500.00 – £20,900.00|
|Moderately Severe||£20,900.00 – £58,520.00|
|Severe||£70,210.00 – £91,660.00|
|Knee Injuries||Minor||£1,000.00 – £11,500.00|
|Moderate||£12,400.00 – £21,890.00|
|Moderately Severe||£21,890.00 – £36,300.00|
|Severe||£43,590.00 – £80,440.00|
|Leg||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|
|Toe Injuries||Minor||£1,000.00 – £8,030.00|
|Moderate||£8,030.00 – £11,500.00|
|Moderately Severe||£11,500.00 – £17,600.00|
|Severe||£17,600.00 – £26,180.00|
Our legal team specialises in dealing with accident and personal injury claims only. We have been providing legal services in the UK since 1988 and are accredited through the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, as well as The Law Society and, are regulated and authorised by the SRA.
Most Common Accidents Resulting In Leg Injuries
Leg injuries can occur in a variety of different ways. We have dealt with cases resulting from a variety of accidents including:
- Road traffic accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Accidents at work;
- Slip and trip accidents;
- Accidents involving potholes.
Some injuries can take a matter of weeks to recover, but others can have long lasting effects. In any case, they should not be taken lightly. If you have suffered a leg injury, then you should visit your GP or the Accident and Emergency department of your local hospital, depending on the severity of the injury.
If you’re looking into how much compensation you may be entitled to, use our helpful leg injury compensation claim calculator.
Minor Leg Injuries
These can include injuries such as cuts, grazes, swelling and bruises. These are often disregarded as not being serious, but they could be indicative of greater problems.
For any minor cuts or grazes, the first priority is to stop any bleeding, and then the wound must be cleaned and a dressing applied. Taking this action will help to ensure that the wound does not become infected and cause further complications. If there are any complications or any signs of infection then it is important that you visit your GP and they may prescribe antibiotics.
Cuts and scrapes are often regarded as minor and can be accompanied by more severe injuries. However, if the cut is quite deep or longer than 5cm in length, then it is recommended that you go to A&E, as there is an increased risk of infection and it may require stitches.
Much like cuts and scrapes, bruising and swelling can often be regarded as a small injury. However, if left unchecked it could be a sign of quite serious problems. If it involves a significant amount of pain, then it may be that your leg is fractured or broken. If you think this is the case, then you must visit A&E immediately.
Other complications can occur resulting from a leg injury and this may end up causing swelling or bruising. There are some conditions, such as deep vein thrombosis, or blood clotting, which have symptoms of bruising and swelling and may be more likely to occur after suffering a leg injury. These conditions if left unchecked can be life-threatening, so it is better to get them checked out by a GP or at A&E if the symptoms present themselves.
In serious accidents, minor injuries can often accompany more serious injuries, so can often go overlooked as they are not usually the main concern. However, a claim can be made for the lesser injuries too. For more information regarding the value of your injuries, you can use our helpful compensation calculator.
Broken Leg Claims
A broken or fractured leg will be severely painful and may be accompanied by other smaller injuries, such as swelling and bruises. The most common types of leg fracture are:
- Stress fractures – tiny cracks in the bone caused by overuse (more common in athletes);
- Hairline fractures – a fracture through the bone with little damage to the surrounding tissue;
- Displaced fractures – the two parts of the broken bone have moved apart;
- Comminuted fractures – the bone is shattered into pieces or crushed;
- Compound fractures – the bone breaks through the skin.
If you have suffered an accident and think your leg is broken, then you should go straight to the accident and emergency department of the nearest hospital.
When arriving at the hospital, a doctor will give you painkillers and will usually secure your leg by attaching a splint to it. This will often be followed up with an X-ray to assess the damage that has occurred to the leg, and to plan the best way to fix it. If the broken bone stays in position then a plaster cast is usually all that is required. A cast will help the bone to heal by holding it securely in one place, and also by preventing further damage.
If you have suffered a displaced fracture or compound fracture, then the bones may need to be put back into place by a doctor. This is known as a ‘reduction’. As painful as this sounds, doctors will use anaesthetic to numb the area where the break occurred, and in some instances, sedatives are even provided. Once the bones are aligned, a plaster cast can then be fitted.
In the most severe cases, an operation may be required to realign and repair the broken bones. This may be the case with more severe fractures, such as comminuted fractures. Metal wires, plates, screws or rods are used to fix the bones. Wires will be removed shortly after the operation, but plates, screws and rods are usually left in permanently.
It can take anywhere from six weeks to over six months for a fracture to heal, depending on the severity, and you may need physiotherapy to help you maintain or regain the strength in your legs. It is important that you allow yourself time to rest and not rush back into your everyday activities, as even if the pain has gone, the break may not be fully healed. If you are unsure, then seek the advice of your GP. For more information about the types of fracture, you can visit our breaks and fractures page.
The most serious accidents can result in severe consequences, one of which could be amputation. A leg amputation may be required if you have suffered an accident which has resulted in:
- A severe infection in your leg;
- Gangrene in the leg (which is more likely following a serious injury);
- Serious trauma to the leg (such as a trapping/crushing injury); or
- The leg has been deformed and has minimal function.
One or both legs can be amputated following a serious accident, and this could mean the total loss of the limb.
After the surgery, rehabilitation will be required in the form of physiotherapy, and also most likely occupational therapy. These will help to get you back into your normal routine following such a tragic and life-changing accident. Rehabilitation will be physically and mentally taxing and at times you may feel like giving up, but it is important to persevere in order to get your life back on track.
We understand that losing a limb can have a massive impact psychologically. Our expert team of specialist personal injury solicitors are experienced in dealing with serious, traumatic injuries following an accident and in addition to securing the financial compensation you deserve, can support you and your family through the rehabilitation process. (Read more about foot injury compensation)
Both psychological and physical rehabilitation may be provided to you depending on your injuries and the impact they have on your life. When you have lost a limb, you may be feeling a mix of emotions, and if the amputation has occurred as a result of trauma (for instance, if it involved a serious accident) then there may be an increased risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder. Psychological rehabilitation may be just as important on the overall road to recovery as physical rehabilitation.
Amputations can massively affect a person’s way of life, especially an amputation which affects mobility as much as leg amputations do. Not only do they restrict mobility, but a leg amputation can have an impact on travelling, your work life and any hobbies you enjoy. Our team understand the effect that an amputation can have on you, your family and everyone else in your day to day life and will be there to offer support at every stage.
Aftercare & Rehabilitation
Lots of accidents can result in a variety of injuries to the leg. If these accidents occurred due to the negligence of someone else, then Smith Jones are here to help. Our expert team of solicitors specialise in helping people claim compensation for injuries sustained through a wide variety of accidents, including accidents at work, cycling accidents, and slips, trips and falls. Using over 28 years of experience, our specialist team have the skills and knowledge to help you maximise the amount of compensation you could be entitled to.
For more serious injuries, our specialist team of solicitors will make a thorough assessment of your situation in order to determine what is needed in order to put you in the best position you can be in following your accident. This will most likely involve the provision of physiotherapy to help you get your strength back in your legs and to help you walk again. We work closely with medical experts to get an accurate picture of any adaptations or treatment you need to help you recover or to make your life easier after an accident.
For claims involving the loss of a limb more complex rehabilitation may be required, including the fitting of prosthetic limbs. This would also require extensive physiotherapy for you to adjust to life wearing a prosthetic limb as you would need to compensate for the loss of muscle and bone in the amputated limb. A physiotherapist would be required to assist in strengthening the muscles remaining in the limb so you could cope with the demands of an artificial limb.
Claims involving severe leg trauma may mean that the injured person requires mobility aids or modifications to the home in order to make life easier following injury. Wheelchairs may be needed to travel long or short distances, or you may require a stairlift in your home. Our expert solicitors can arrange any physiotherapy and help you claim for any modifications or equipment you might need to aid with mobility following an accident. We can also help you claim for any loss of earnings while you are out of a job, and any future loss of earnings if you are unable to go back to work following the accident.
Helping You Deal With The Financial Strain
A broken or fractured leg can take months to heal, and amputations can affect the rest of your life. This means that you could be out of work for some time, if not indefinitely. Unfortunately, in this time, money can become a growing concern. After suffering a serious leg injury, the last thing you need to be worrying about is how you are going to cope with the costs of everyday living. Therefore, in an attempt to relieve the financial burden, we will apply for interim payments to be made to cover the costs of everyday expenses, special equipment and any other items you need to assist you in this already turbulent time. We cannot always guarantee that we can recover these early payments but we will always do our best to support you and your family wherever possible throughout the claim process.
If you wish to talk to us about making an injury compensation claim, however serious, you can call our free advice helpline on 0800 195 9590 to talk to a member of our expert team. If you would prefer to enter some details online, you can submit your enquiry here and Smith Jones Solicitors will call you back to discuss your options. We are ready to deal with your claim with the utmost care and sensitivity.