Have you been injured as a result of third-party negligence? If so, you could be entitled to compensation. In this article, we outline how to make a personal injury claim for a broken leg. If you’re interested in learning how to establish grounds for a claim and calculate how much compensation you could be entitled to, please continue reading. When looking to make a claim for a broken leg, it’s always best to seek help from a legal professional to give your claim the best chances of success. Our panel of personal injury lawyers could help you take your first step towards the compensation you deserve today. For a free consultation, speak to one of our advisors today. Call 0800 408 7826 or use the live chat feature at the bottom right of your screen.
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- A Guide To Broken Leg Compensation Payouts
- What Is A Broken Tibia And Fibula?
- Most Common Accidents That Cause A Broken Leg
- What Financial Issues Can A Broken Leg Cause?
- Can I Add A Care Claim For My Broken Leg?
- How To Value Compensation
- £200,000 For A Broken Leg Injury: A Case Study
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- Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim For A Broken Leg Injury?
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To break-down the process of claiming for a broken leg, we will begin by explaining what a broken leg injury is and outlining common accidents that could lead to such an injury. Next, we discuss potential impacts of a broken leg injury, from physical damage to loss of opportunities and financial shortfall, and the types of claims that can be made. To illustrate, we’ve provided an example case study of a ‘Mr Adams’, based on our experience handling and valuing personal injury claims. We then provide details on how you can get your own claim and injuries valued, helping you understand example settlements and how a personal injury lawyer can help you maximise the amount you’re awarded. If you’d like more advice or information on our services, get in touch with one of our friendly advisors today to see how we could help your claim.
A broken leg injury is a serious fracture, resulting in the leg bone being misshapen or protruding from the skin. Recovery can take between 3 and 6 months, but even after the bone heals, physiotherapy is often required to rebuild muscle strength and mobility. If you suffer a broken leg injury, we urge you to seek immediate medical attention first and foremost. However, did you know that if third-party negligence was responsible for your injury, you could be entitled to claim for a broken leg? Typically, negligence can be established if the accident meets the following criteria:
- Did the third-party owe you a duty of care?
- Was the third-party in breach of this duty?
- Were you injured as a result of this breach?
If you sustain a broken leg injury and someone else is responsible, they could be held liable if they’re in breach of their duty of care. Common bodies owing a duty of care include:
- If you fell from a height at work because the ladder that your employer provided you with was defective, they could be held liable under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. A report by the Health and Safety Executive found that slips, trips, and falls accounted for a third of all major workplace injuries in 2019, with over 95% of cases resulting in broken bones.
- Those in control of public places
- If you slipped on a wet supermarket aisle with no hazard sign, you could be entitled to make a public liability claim against the retailer under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. Accidents in public places such as parks, restaurants, and salons all fall under this legislation. Therefore, if you’re injured in a public place and third-party negligence is responsible, you could be entitled to compensation.
- Road users
After a broken leg injury, the subsequent financial stresses experienced can be detrimental, leaving many victims wondering what compensation they could be entitled to. In personal injury claims, special damages aim to financially account for the impact on the claimant’s life. Whether you experienced a loss of earnings from unpaid sick leave or had to pay out of pocket for medical fees and care costs, special damages aim to restore you to the position you were in financially before the injury. To learn more about special damages, please continue reading.
After a broken leg injury, it’s common to experience some level of incapacity. Whether you require assistance from loved ones or professional help, did you know that care costs could be recovered as part of your claim? Any additional services you require as a result of your injury could be claimed back, regardless of whether a financial loss is involved. For example, if your friend has been caring for you, it could be possible to claim for the time they spent assisting you in the form of an hourly wage. In addition, you could also claim if your injury prevented you from providing any usual care duties to vulnerable loved ones. To recover professional care costs, the value of compensation is decided using invoices raised. Calculating gracious care is more complicated, but typically takes the cost of a local professional, then reduces it on the basis that the care was non-commercial. If you wish to make a care claim, it’s vital to keep receipts, invoices, and other such records as evidence. To find out more, get in touch with our team.
If you’ve instructed a personal injury lawyer to help you with your claim, you’ll be asked to undergo a medical assessment with an independent specialist as part of the process. At your appointment, you’ll be physically examined and questioned about how you sustained your injury. The expert will also determine the extent of the long-term recovery and detail their findings in a report. The report helps corroborate details you provided about your accident, evidencing your case and allowing your solicitor to value your claim. Therefore, it’s vital you attend, otherwise, you risk losing out on the compensation you deserve.
In personal injury claims, two types of damages can be claimed for: general and special damages. General damages mainly cover suffering from physical and psychological harm. For example, you could claim general damages for your broken leg injury.
Special damages can be additionally claimed to cover costs relating to your injury, including:
- E.g. prescription fees, travel costs and care payments
- Loss of earnings
- Accounts for unpaid sick leave, as well as the predicted loss of future income
If you intend to claim special damages after a broken leg injury, we advise you to retain a paper trail of receipts and bills. Without this evidence, you risk losing out on the compensation you deserve.
Before his injury, Mr Adams was a professional football player in League 2. However, when a road traffic accident resulted in a severely broken leg, he was unable to continue playing and his career was subsequently cut short. While driving along a country road, a lorry veered into Mr Adams’ lane. To avoid a head-on collision, he swerved into an embankment where his car struck a nearby tree. Unfortunately, this left Mr Adams with serious compound fractures to his leg. Mr Adams was attended to by paramedics and taken to hospital. Luckily, he was able to later obtain photographs of the scene of the accident and contact details of witnesses from the police. Mr Adams also sought legal advice and through his solicitor obtained statements from witnesses and also the lorry driver, again taken by the police. This gave him a solid foundation of evidence to provide his personal injury lawyer with, giving his claim the best chances of success. After his accident, Mr Adams required an extensive recovery period of around 5 months wearing a cast. This entailed months of non-weight-bearing, using walking sticks and crutches to assist his mobility. Even after his injury healed, Mr Adams had to attend regular physiotherapy sessions at the hospital to rebuild his muscle strength. Mr Evans had intended to continue playing professional football for another 2 or 3 years but was forced into early retirement by his injuries. For his broken leg injury, Mr Adams was awarded £51,000. This settlement takes into consideration the severity of his injury and the extent of his recovery period. Mr Adams was also awarded around £149,000 for special damages relating to his injury. This accounts for the damage to his vehicle, travel expenses, medical fees, care costs and loss of future earnings.
Type of Special Damages
Includes How Much?
Travel Expenses To and from appointments/treatment As Mr Adams was unable to drive, he was awarded £450 for taxi fares to and from medical appointments.
Medications/Prescriptions Prescription, walking aids, private treatment etc. In the aftermath of Mr Adams’ accident, he required painkillers and walking aids. He was reimbursed £40 for his prescription, £20 for crutches, and £120 for a wheelchair.
Additional Care Professional care at home, from family, childcare etc. As part of Mr Adams’ recovery, he required a non-weight-bearing period and needed professional assistance at home, for which he was awarded £1,250.
Future Loss Loss of Earnings, future loss of earnings etc. Despite Mr Adams nearing retirement age at the time of his accident, he expected to continue playing professionally for at least 3 more years. Earning £900 per week, Mr Adams averaged a yearly salary of £46,800. However, as his career was cut short by his injury, Mr Adams was compensated for a loss of future earnings totaling £140,400.
Housekeeping Cleaning, gardening etc. As Mr Adams’ broken leg injury prevented him from completing usual chores, he was awarded £390 for a gardener and £650 for a cleaner.
Damage to property Repair costs or total value of property damaged in accident Mr Adams’ was awarded £5,600 for his vehicle, as it was written-off in his accident.
If you’re wondering how much compensation you could be entitled to after suffering a broken leg injury, we advise you to avoid online ‘personal injury compensation calculators’. These often provide inaccurate figures, leading to disappointment down the line. In our experience, we know every case is unique and that without knowing the details of your case it will be difficult for us to provide a worthwhile estimate on this page. For a consultation that you can rely on, speak to our specialist advisors today. Our panel of personal injury lawyers could help you receive the payout you deserve.
In our years of experience of handling personal injury claims, we know that victims can often feel deterred from claiming because of the financial risk involved. Whether paying out of pocket for expenses relating to their injury or suffering a loss of earnings, investing in the help of a solicitor may feel unattainable. With a No Win No Fee solicitor, you can rest assured that you’re giving your claim the best chances of success without the associated financial anxiety. These agreements are a compassionate response from solicitors willing to take on the financial risk of your claim for you. If your solicitor doesn’t win your case, you don’t pay their fees, and there aren’t any hidden costs to worry about either. If your solicitor does win your case, you’ll pay a small ‘success fee’ to cover their costs. But don’t worry about losing out on your payout, as this is a legally-capped percentage of your settlement. Our panel of personal injury lawyers works on a No Win No Fee basis to ensure you walk away with the compensation you deserve, while you concentrate on recovery. For more information, please call our team.
After sustaining a broken leg injury through no fault of your own, you may be looking for a personal injury lawyer. However, if your first instinct is to seek a solicitor near you, we would advise you to first consider whether you could be limiting your claim’s chances of success by confining your search to the local area. As all communication can be done virtually, it doesn’t matter where your solicitor is based. Instead, prioritise whether their service is best for you. The prospect of selecting a solicitor can be daunting, particularly with so many services claiming to be the best. In our experience, we recommend using online reviews to narrow your search. Providing everything from past clients’ first-hand experiences to solicitors’ success rates, you can see whether a service is recommended or not. Our panel of personal injury lawyers provides you with regular updates on your claim via telephone, email, or even face-to-face if you’d prefer. With years of experience and clients across the country, why not reach out today to see how we could help you?
Looking to claim for a broken leg? Seeking help from a solicitor could not only ease the claims process but maximise your compensation settlement. For a free consultation, get in touch with one of our specialist advisors, available 24/7. Whatever your situation, our panel of personal injury lawyers could help you make a successful claim today. Call 0800 408 7826 or use our live chat feature on the bottom right of your screen.
Guide by OL Edited by RI