If you have suffered a broken leg at work, you may be wondering whether you could receive compensation. Within this guide, we will discuss the specific eligibility criteria that you must meet in order to be able to make a personal injury claim. Additionally, we will share the different heads of claim you could be awarded as part of your compensation settlement if your case is successful.
Furthermore, this guide will share examples of different types of workplace accidents that could cause you to suffer a broken leg injury. We will also cover the types of evidence that could be used to support a personal injury claim. Finally, this guide ends with taking a look at how one of our No Win No Fee solicitors could represent you in your case.
You can also contact a member of our advisory team today to receive free advice for your potential claim. To connect with them today, you can:
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The amount of compensation you receive after a successful personal injury claim depends on several factors. For example, the severity of your injury, its treatment, and your recovery rate could all affect how much you receive.
However, following a successful claim, your broken leg compensation payout will include general damages. This head of your claim compensates for the suffering your physical or mental injuries have caused you.
People working out the general damages portion of a payout could use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) for help with their calculations. In this document, you will find guideline compensation brackets for numerous injuries. In te table below we have listed some of the guidelines found in the most recent edition of the JCG.
Please only refer to this table as a guide.
|Multiple Serious Injuries Plus Special Damages
|Multiple injuries that are classes as serious plus compensation for special damages.
|Amputation of Legs (i)
|£240,790 to £282,010
|Both legs are lost above the knee. Alternatively, one is lost above the knee at a high level while the other is lost below.
|Amputation of Legs (ii)
|£20, 490 to £270,100
|The highest award is given where both legs are amputated below the knee.
|Amputation of Legs (iii)
|£104,830 to £137,470
|One leg is amputate above the knee and factors such as the presence of phantom pains will affect the amount awarded.
|Amputation of Legs (iv)
|£97,980 to £132,990
|One leg has been amputated below the knee. Whether there were complications will affect the amount awarded.
|Severe Leg Injuries (i) Most Serious
|£96,250 to £135,920
|Injuries that do not involve amputation but are so severe that courts have awarded damages at a similar level. For example, fractures do not unite and extensive bone grafting is performed.
|Severe Leg Injuries (ii) Very Serious
|£54,830 to £87,890
|The injuries lead to permanent issues with mobility and a need for crutches or mobility aids for the remainder of the affected person’s life.
|Severe Leg Injuries (iii) Serious
|£39,200 to £54,830
|Serious comminuted or compound fractures, for example, that result in instability and prolonged treatment.
|Severe Leg Injuries (iv) Moderate
|£27,760 to £39,200
|Among the injuries in this bracket are complicated or multiple fractures, generally affecting one limb.
|Less Serious Leg Injuries (i)
|£17,960 to £27,760
|The person makes a reasonable recovery after fracture injuries but is left with a metal implant or a defective gait.
What Are Special Damages?
You might have been affected financially if you suffered a broken leg at work. Special damages may also be awarded as part of your compensation settlement to compensate for these losses. This might include:
- A loss of earnings if your injury leaves you unable to work.
- Medical bills, such as paying for over-the-counter pain relief.
- Travel expenses, such as bus fares to medical appointments.
- Mobility aid payments, such as paying for a wheelchair.
Keep hold of any receipts, invoices, or payslips that prove your financial loss to help support your claim for special damages.
To learn more about accident at work claim payouts, and for a free valuation of your case, you can contact a member of our team.
Employers have a duty of care to take all reasonably practicable steps to keep their employees safe from harm in the workplace and while performing work-related duties. This responsibility is set in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
Reasonably practicable steps might include, for example, carrying out regular risk assessments or providing personal protective equipment (PPE).
If you suffer a broken leg at work, you could have an eligible personal injury claim if you can meet these conditions:
- Your employer owed you a duty of care.
- They breached that duty.
- The breach led to an accident that caused you to suffer a physical or mental injury.
Time Limits On Claims
Generally, you have three years from the accident date to start a personal injury claim. This time limit is set out under the Limitation Act 1980. Certain exceptions do apply to this time limit, however.
You can contact our advisory team to learn about these exceptions or to see if you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim after suffering a broken leg at work.
There a various types of accidents you could be involved in that could cause you to suffer a broken leg at work. Some examples may include:
- You could suffer a broken leg due to tripping over loose cables or wires that had not been secured down or tidied away by your employer.
- Dangerous machinery could cause you to suffer a leg injury. For example, if a forklift truck being operated by a colleague malfunctions. This could cause the forklift to crash into you, and you may suffer a leg injury.
- If your employer provided you with a known faulty ladder to collect stock from a higher shelf at your warehouse job, you could fall from a height due to a rung on the ladder breaking. This could cause you to suffer a broken leg.
You must remember that in order to have a valid personal injury claim, the accident that caused your injuries must have been caused by your employer failing to adhere to their duty of care.
Contact our advisors today to discuss your specific case and receive free advice on the steps you could take next.
After suffering a broken leg at work, you will need evidence to support your case if you choose to pursue compensation. This could include:
- CCTV footage capturing the accident at the workplace.
- Photographs showing the scene of the accident, plus any visible injuries.
- Medical records. For example, X-ray scans that show your broken leg.
- A copy of your workplace’s accident log book detailing notes about your accident.
- Witness contact information, as they may be able to provide a statement about the accident.
While you could gather all of this evidence yourself, you could also instruct one of our solicitors to help you. To see if you could be eligible to work with one of them, you can contact our advisory team.
Our advisors could inform you whether you have a valid personal injury claim after suffering a broken leg at work. If you do, they may refer you to one of our No Win No Fee solicitors, who could help you through the claiming process. By offering to work with you under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), there will be no service fees to pay to your solicitor upfront, while your claim is ongoing or if it fails.
Should your solicitor succeed with your case, a small percentage of your compensation would go to them. There is a legal cap on how much of your compensation they can take as this fee.
Calling us and talking to an advisor is free, and you are not obligated to start a claim after discussing your case. However, if you share your details and an advisor finds you have good grounds to seek compensation, you could be forwarded to one of our solicitors for further support. Our team can also answer any questions you might have about making a workplace leg injury claim.
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Here are some more of our accident at work claim guides:
- This article looks generally at broken bone compensation and when you could claim.
- If you have suffered any type of work-related injury due to an employer’s breach of duty, give this claims guide a read.
- An explanation of when part-time staff can also seek compensation.
Additional resources and information:
- Information on first aid, provided by the NHS.
- Government guidance on seeking Statutory Sick Pay if you miss work through illness or injury.
- Health and safety statistics related to workplace injuries and illnesses, collated by the Health and Safety Executive.
If you have suffered a broken leg at work, and are still unsure whether you could make a personal injury claim, you can contact our advisors.