Compensation Payout For A Broken Leg At Work – Case Study

By Stephen Burke. Last Updated 13th February 2024. Welcome to this case study surrounding personal injury compensation claims payouts for a broken leg at work.

This involves a man who broke both legs in a crush accident. Here, we look at broken leg compensation payouts for UK claims.

We also explain how to calculate a compensation payout for a broken leg at work. We explain how broken bone compensation amounts could be arrived at, and what could be included in a broken leg insurance payout. Plus, we answer questions such as ‘who would cover the insurance payout for a broken leg?’ and ‘How much could I get in compensation for a broken tibia and fibula.

If you have questions about compensation for a leg injury claim, we could assist. Or, if you would like to begin a claim for leg injury compensation, call us.

Person with a cast on their left leg using crutches after an accident at work

Broken leg at work

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  1. Case Study – £325,000 Compensation Payout For A Broken Leg  At Work
  2. Eligibility Requirements For Making A Broken Leg Claim
  3. What Evidence Can I Use For My Broken Leg Claim?
  4. Potential Compensation Payout For A Broken Leg At Work
  5. How Could A No Win No Fee Solicitor Help Me?
  6. Useful Links Relating To Personal Injury Claims Payouts For A Broken Leg

Case Study – £325,000 Compensation Payout For A Broken Leg  At Work

Below, we have created a figurative case study to help you better understand the claims process and the considerations given when calculating compensation.

Mr Matthews was working a construction site and carrying out tasks that required him to work from a height on scaffolding. However, his employer failed to carry out risk assessments or address any hazards posed by the risks they were aware of.

As a result, Mr Matthews was not provided any personal protective equipment and no measures were taken to address the risk of working from a height, including ensuring the scaffolding was safe. As a result, the scaffolding broke down and Mr Matthews fell from a height. The scaffolding landed on him and broke both his legs in a serious crush accident.

This was seen as a breach of the employer’s duty of care causing an employee harm, for which a personal injury claim was put forward.

What Payout Was Awarded to The Claimant?

In this particular incident, the claimant received a total of £325,000 for his injuries and loss of earnings and costs. During the process, he was in receipt of interim payments, totalling £25,000 which helped the claimant with ongoing costs of living and treatment while the claim was still being negotiated. This is something that can sometimes be negotiated so that the victim does not have to delay any treatment for their injuries, or to help them cover their costs of living.

If this is something you feel might apply to your broken leg at work claim, then it is something we can discuss on the phone, so don’t hesitate to call. Our advisors can offer more information on broken leg compensation payouts.

Eligibility Requirements For Making A Broken Leg Claim

If you are interested in making a broken leg compensation claim, you first have to prove that you were owed a duty of care. Various parties could owe you a duty of care, including:

  • Those in control of public places – Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 (OLA), the occupier of the space has a duty of care to ensure your reasonable safety while visiting. Under OLA, an occupier is a person in control of the space.
  • Employers –  Your employer has a duty of care towards you under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. They must take all reasonably practicable steps to prevent you from suffering harm at work.
  • Road users – Road users have a duty of care towards other road users not to act in a manner that could cause harm. To uphold this duty, they must comply with the rules and guidance contained within the Highway Code and the Road Traffic Act 1988.

To be eligible to claim compensation for a broken leg, you would need to be able to prove that:

  • A third party owed you a duty of care
  • They breached this duty of care
  • You suffered an injury due to their breach.

Our advisors are on hand to check your eligibility to claim. They can also offer more advice on the leg injury compensation amount that could be appropriate for your claim.

Time Limits For Claiming Broken Leg Compensation

If you are eligible to claim compensation for a broken leg, you must start your claim within the time limit set out by the Limitation Act 1980

Typically, the time limit for claiming broken leg compensation would be three years from the date of the accident. However, there are some exceptions to this.

 For example, if a minor under the age of eighteen is injured, the time limit is paused until they turn eighteen. During this time, a court-appointed litigation friend can claim on their behalf. Otherwise, the time limit is reinstated on their eighteenth birthday, and they can claim from themselves from this point up until their twenty-first birthday.

The time limit is also paused for those who lack the mental capacity to claim for themselves. In these cases, a litigation friend can claim on their behalf. The time limit will only be reinstated if the claimant recovers the needed capacity to claim for themselves.

Please contact an advisor to learn more about the relevant time limit for your claim or to ask questions about the leg injury compensation amount you could receive.

What Evidence Can I Use For My Broken Leg Claim?

Evidence is required when seeking a compensation payout for a broken leg at work. You’ll need to provide proof of your injuries and how they were caused by your employer breaching their duty of care.

Evidence for a broken leg at work claim may include the following:

  • Video footage of the accident that caused your injury, such as CCTV footage.
  • Photographs of the accident scene and your visible injuries.
  • The contact details of any witnesses who are able to provide a statement about your accident.
  • Medical records that confirm your broken leg injury and the treatment you’ve received for it.

If a personal injury solicitor is supporting your claim, then they can help with gathering evidence. For more advice on the requirements for claiming for a broken leg at work, please get in touch with our team of advisors for free today.

Potential Compensation Payout For A Broken Leg At Work

You may be wondering how much compensation for a broken leg you could receive if your claim succeeds. Since broken leg compensation payouts in the UK are awarded on a case-by-case basis, we can’t offer an average compensation amount. However, we can offer some insight into how these amounts are calculated.

Generally, broken leg at work compensation can be made up of two heads. These are general damages, and special damages. Every successful claimant will receive general damages, as this head of claim covers your injuries and the way they affect your quality of life, with consideration given to your pain and suffering. 

When solicitors and legal professionals value this head of claim, they may refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This document provides guideline compensation brackets for different injuries, including leg injuries. Below, you can find some examples, but please note that these are guidelines only. Additionally, they only apply to claims made in England and Wales. Please also note that the first entry in the table is not taken from the JCG.

InjuryLevel of SeverityJudicial College Guidelines Payout Bracket
Multiple Serious Fractures + Special DamagesMultiple serious and life changing injuries. This can include loss of earnings.Up to £500,000
Leg injuries - Amputations(ii) Below-knee Amputation of Both Legs£201,490 to £270,100
Leg injuries - Amputations(iii) Above-knee Amputation of One Leg£104,830 to £137,470
Leg injuriesSevere (i) The Most Serious Injuries Short of Amputation - Such as the degloving of the leg or fractures that have not united.£96,250 to £135,920
Leg injuriesSevere (ii) Very Serious - Injuries that lead to permanent mobility problems and may require future surgery.£54,830 to £87,890
Leg injuriesSevere (iii) Serious - Serious fractures with a long period of immobility. £39,200 to £54,830
Leg injuriesSevere (iv) Moderate. - Complicated fractures, leading to deformities and instability. £27,760 to £39,200
Leg injuriesLess Serious (i) - Fractures from which an Incomplete Recovery is Made or Serious Soft Tissue Injuries £17,960 to £27,760
Leg injuriesLess Serious (ii) - Simple Fracture of a Femur with No Damage to Articular Surfaces£9,110 to £14,080
Leg injuriesLess Serious - (iii) Simple Fractures to Tibia or Fibula or Soft Tissue Injuries
Up to £11,840

The second head of claim is special damages. This provides compensation for the financial losses you suffer as a result of your broken leg. For example, you may need to take time off work to recover, which can lead to lost earnings. Special damages could help you recoup these lost earnings, as well as the cost of:

  • Travel
  • Medicines and prescriptions 
  • Childcare
  • Domestic help 
  • Mobility aids

To learn more about what you could claim for if you suffered a broken leg at work, contact our team of advisors today.

How Could A No Win No Fee Solicitor Help Me?

If you are eligible to seek compensation for a broken leg, you may like to have a solicitor to help you. One of our solicitors could support your case. They have lots of experience with personal injury claims. Our solicitors typically use a type of No Win No Fee arrangement known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) to work on your case.

If your personal injury solicitor works with you under this kind of agreement, they generally won’t ask you to pay any upfront or ongoing fees towards their services. Furthermore, you also won’t be asked to pay for their work on your case if you are not awarded compensation following an unsuccessful claim.

However, if your claim for a fractured leg has a positive outcome, your solicitor will deduct a success fee out of your compensation. The amount that can be taken as this fee is a percentage that is limited by the law.

Useful Links Relating To Personal Injury Claims Payouts For A Broken Leg

Many different resources exist to help you with making claims. Here, we have put together a list of some we think might help.

Thank you for reading this case study on personal injury claims payouts for a broken leg at work. Now, whether you’ve suffered leg fractures or a leg amputation, or even ankle injuries, we could help you claim. Call us about accident at work compensation.