This case study involves an accident which led to a worker seeking a compensation payout for a broken knee cap following a fall while working on a building site in London.
This case study displays how using the right solicitors can lead to a better knee injury claim payout than the other party wanted to pay. Accident Claims UK deal with knee injury claims regularly and can help you if you’re looking for a maximum payout for a broken knee cap injury.
In this case study, a builder was working on a site in central London when he tripped on a piece of metal which hadn’t been stored away correctly which led to a broken knee cap. He had to visit hospital for treatment in A&E where he was kept in for three days following surgery on his knee. The considerable amount of pain suffered as well as the time of work was what convinced him to ask for a payout for a broken knee cap.
Knee injury claims can be complex, and in this case the other party tried to deny liability for the whole period of the claim, which is why, when looking for a payout for a broken knee cap, you should use a no win no fee solicitor to ensure the amount you receive is fair when considering how much pain and suffering was involved.
Eventually, the claimant in this case was awarded £55,000 in compensation for his broken knee cap, suffering and losses.
If you’re wondering “How much compensation can I get for a knee injury?” then keep reading this guide as it shows how a payout for a broken knee cap can be successful, the types of injuries involved and how Accident Claims UK offer a no win no fee service to make your claim. We’ll also show you how the builder’s solicitor turned the case around to get on offer of nothing to a £55,000 payout because of the accident.
Statistics For Accidents And Injuries In The Construction Industry
According to a report by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE, the government department responsible for safety at work), there were nearly 65,000 non-fatal injuries to workers in the construction industry estimated during 2015 – 2016. The large majority were musculoskeletal disorders which, those accidents which concluded with knee injury compensation awards, would come under.
Accidents in the construction injury seem quite common but when you’re considering cases where a payout for a broken knee cap would be suitable the accident needs to be the fault of somebody else (as in this case where the piece of metal hadn’t been put away properly).
Personal injury claims have a 3 year time limit which means that if you are going to try to get a payout for a broken knee cap then you need to commence your claim within 3 years of the accident happening or from the date when you realised you had become injured, usually in cases involving an industrial type injury such as asbestosis.
How Serious Is A Broken Knee Cap Injury?
A broken knee cap, also known as the patella, can be a simple 2-piece break which can be resolved by wearing a splint or cast to hold the 2 pieces in place until they fuse back together.
In the case of the builder seeking a payout for a broken knee cap, the break was more complex and therefore required surgery to put the knee cap back together before the cast was fitted. This led to 3 days in hospital for the operation and months of recovery time for the fracture to heal properly before he could put weight on to the knee which would’ve impacted his ability to work as well as complete normal, day to day, tasks.
Broken knee cap symptoms include swelling, bruising and obviously pain around the affected area and if left untreated can cause further problems like infection, fever and more severe pain.
When recovering from a broken knee cap the cast or splint has to be worn all day and only removed to wash the leg, at all times the leg must be kept straight.
What Allegation Was Made In This Broken Knee Cap Claim?
The allegation from the builder’s solicitor was that the company running the building site had been negligent in not ensuring his safety by putting the piece of metal away properly before he tripped on it and therefore they sought a payout for a broken knee cap and subsequent losses.
The company however refuted this claim and argued that the builder himself was negligent and to blame and therefore, initially, refused to pay compensation as they didn’t think it was fair to do so.
As the case progressed, the no win no fee solicitor employed by the builder, managed to get the company to agree that they liability was 90% there’s and the builder was only 10% to blame. At that point the company offered a payout for a broken knee cap of £25,000.
Whilst this was a much improved position from the start the solicitor advised their client that it wasn’t fair and didn’t properly compensate him and so decided to take the case to court to seek a bigger payout for a broken knee cap but, as often happens with personal injury claims, the company offered an out of court settlement that the solicitor, acting on behalf of the builder, believed was much fairer.
How Was A Final Settlement Agreed Upon?
The final payout for a broken knee cap in this case wad £55,000 which covered the pain and suffering incurred as a result of the accident, private medical care costs and would’ve included an amount for loss of earnings as well as future loss of earnings. Knee injury compensation amounts you typically find online are for general damages so can increase greatly when special damages are accounted for.
This case study identifies how a personal injury solicitor helped to change the denial of liability into a £55,000 compensation payout for a broken knee cap and shows how the right solicitor can be invaluable when making such a claim.
No Win No Fee Broken Knee Cap Compensation Claims
The main problem that people face when thinking about making a knee injury claim is the worry of escalating legal fees. It is probably the most common thing we hear from potential clients and we fully understand why.
It is true that a solicitor has a lot of work to do in cases like these including evidence gathering, dealing with insurers and their solicitors and ensuring the client gets the correct treatment but all of this work can add up to a large legal bill if the solicitor is charging by the hour for their services. Some solicitors still charge the hourly rate to their clients even if they lose the case and no compensation is gained for their client. That’s why, at Accident Claims UK, when we agree to take on a claim, seeking a payout for a broken knee cap, we do so on a no win no fee basis. We believe this is the fairest way to proceed and we only take costs when we actually win compensation for you, making the claim completely risk free for you.
There is no up-front payment required, no hourly rate during the claim and there’s never anything to pay if we don’t actually get you a payout for a broken knee cap after the claim has been processed.
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We realise that trying to get a payout for a broken knee cap injury can be quite daunting if you’re still employed by the company, but our staff are very diplomatic and courteous when speaking to clients and employers alike.
Here is some useful information that you may find helpful when deciding if you want to ask for a payout for a broken knee cap injury sustained in a workplace accident.
Knee Injury Claims – Our guide to other claims related to knee injuries including knee injury claim settlements for the UK.
Building site injury claims – This guide is not just for those looking for a payout for a broken knee cap, it covers any type of building site injury.
NHS Knee Injury Guide – This guide from the NHS covers treatment options for knee injuries.