By Martin James. Last Updated 26th April 2021. Throughout this guide, we will take a look at hip injury claims and hip injury compensation and discuss them in greater detail. If you’re interested in the process of making pelvic injury compensation claims, then this guide will be of interest to you.
A broken hip can be a life-changing injury, and recovery can often be long and taxing. Recovering from a fractured hip can be difficult, and it can be even harder to deal with when it was caused by an accident that wasn’t your fault. If you have experienced a hip or pelvis injury due to someone else’s actions, you may have grounds to claim compensation.
A compensation claim could help towards your recovery and help to ease any financial hardship you may have incurred as a result, such as loss of earnings, medical bills, travel costs, etc. Here at Accident Claims, we get many questions relating to compensation claims for injuries to the hip and pelvis. An example of the questions we get asked include but are not limited to:
- How much compensation will I get for a hip replacement?
- What does a hip injury feel like?
- How much is a hip injury worth?
- What is a fractured hip worth on an accident claim?
- How much compensation would be awarded for a broken pelvis?
- How do I choose a law firm to represent me in my claim?
Here at Accidents Claims, we want to try and answer some of these questions and provide you with helpful information on making no win no fee personal injury claims. This guide has included basic information on what a hip injury is and what the common causes can be.
We have included helpful information on the average settlements for a broken hip with our handy personal injury claims calculator. We have also included a section on how no win no fee claims work, with useful information such as the personal injury claims time limit that can apply to most claims.
We hope we have included all the relevant information you might need, but our legal questions are ready and waiting to take your call if you have any other questions. We are happy to answer any queries you may have, and you can reach us on 0800 073 8801 for free, no-obligation legal advice on personal injury compensation claims. Alternatively, you could use our online contact form to have us contact you at a time that suits you best.
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- A Guide To Broken Hip And Pelvis Injury Claims
- What Are Hip Or Pelvic Injuries?
- Anatomy Of The Hips And Pelvis
- Examples Of Pelvis And Hip Injuries
- Road Traffic Accident Hip Or Pelvic Injury Claims
- Trip, Fall Or Slip Hip Or Pelvic Injury Claims
- Workplace Hip Or Pelvic Injury Claims
- Public place Hip Or Pelvic Injury Claims
- Hip Or Pelvic Injury Compensation Claims Calculator (Updated April 2021)
- What Other Hip And Pelvic Injury Compensation Could I Claim?
- No Win No Fee Hip Or Pelvic Injury Claims
- What Should I Do If Injured In An Accident Which Was Not My Fault?
- How To Start Your Claim For A Hip Or Pelvic Injury
- Contact Accident Claims UK
- Essential Resources
- Hip injury claims FAQ
A broken hip can happen after an impact on the leg or pelvis bones that make up the hip joint. This type of injury is quite serious, regardless of your age, and will usually require surgery to treat. It can be quite common for a person to require a lengthy hip injury rehab program to help them fully recover from the impact of a fractured hip.
Due to the massive impact a hip injury can have on a person’s life, and it is no surprise that people may wish to pursue pelvic injury compensation claims that could help them regain a normal quality of life after such a serious injury.
There can be many situations in which a person could develop an injured hip, and there are equally as many situations where a person may be able to make a hip or pelvis injury claim. These can include car accidents, workplace accidents, accidents in a public place, or other types of slip, trip or fall accidents.
The hip is a complex ball and socket joint, and it can be injured in many different ways, with an array of possible fractures in the pelvis, to the top of the femur, or both, all of which can vary in severity. The severity of your injury can have an impact on the type of compensation awarded, as well as the impact it has had on your everyday life. Your solicitor could advise you on this, and we have included basic hip injury compensation amounts.
It can be difficult to know if you have grounds to make a hip injury at work claim or any other type of pelvic injury claim. Our personal injury lawyers can help guide you through the hip injury claims process. They could help you determine if you have grounds to make a claim.
They could help you understand the different kinds of damages that could be claimed for. Read on for more detailed information on these topics, or if you are looking for more specific information relating to your individual situation, contacts us today for free advice.
A broken hip or pelvic injury mostly occur together, but it is possible to have a pelvis injury without a hip injury and vice versa. This has to do with the anatomy, which we will outline in more detail in the next section. Basically, when you get a fractured hip or injured pelvis, there is a fracture or break in the bones that make them up or damage the soft tissue surrounding them.
An injured hip or pelvis can be caused through many means and can severely impact the bones and pelvis. In elderly people, who may have weaker bones, a fall from standing height is a common cause for fractures. If they were the result of the negligence of a third party, then these accidents may lead to hip injury claims.
In people who have pre-existing conditions such as osteoporosis or osteoarthritis, they will have brittle or weaker bones and smaller, less severe impacts may be enough to cause a fracture, such as overextending the joint by twisting too sharply or a fall from standing height.
The cause of the fall can be instrumental in diagnosing a hip injury and is a common question asked by doctors who are treating people with symptoms of a hip or pelvis injury. These symptoms can include
- loss of control of the injured hip or leg
- severe pain in the hip, groin, pelvis, lower back of the top of the thigh
- a shortening of the affected leg if there is a hip fracture
- bruising and swelling can also occur on the area of the hip, pelvis or top of the leg
The severity of the injury also greatly impacts the recovery time of a hip injury, and treatment can also affect this. Although surgery is a common method, and people are encouraged to be up and moving the day after, some may not be suitable candidates for surgery.
This can include people who may be at risk if put under anaesthetic, and means that prolonged bed rest, medication and manual, external realignment of the hip may be required, resulting in a much longer, more complicated recovery period.
If you’d like to chat with someone about starting your hip injury compensation claim, then get in touch with our team today. Alternatively, read on to find out more about pelvic injury compensation claims.
As mentioned above, the hip’s anatomy is complex and can lead to a wide variety of injuries that are labelled commonly as a hip or pelvic injury. Injury to any of these parts of the hip and pelvis could lead to hip injury claims if the injury was caused by the negligence of a third party.
The anatomy of the hips and pelvis is the same on both sides of the body, and which means that a right hip injury can occur in similar ways to a left hip injury, and there is no difference in how either might be treated.
The pelvis is the butterfly-shaped bone that forms a ring or girdle between the legs and spine. It is comprised of three fused bones, called the ilium, the ischium and the pubis. Where these bones converge, the acetabulum is formed, also known as the hip joint’s socket. A pelvis injury would include fractures to any of these three bones and can vary in severity.
The hip is known as a ball and socket joint, and it is also one of the most significant weight-bearing joints in the body. It is comprised of the pelvis and the top part of the femur bone that makes up the top half of your leg.
The top of the femur or femoral head sits inside the acetabulum or socket of the pelvis. The femoral head is connected to the femur by the femoral neck, the greater trochanter and the lesser trochanter. Fractures can happen along any of these points, and they are all individually classified according to location, shape and if they have been displaced or not.
The anatomy also includes all the soft tissues and muscles surrounding these bones, including cartilage, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels. Damage to these can also happen as a result of a pelvis or hip injury. It can result in other issues themselves if not repaired correctly, such as arthritis, loss of mobility, scarring, etc.
As mentioned, there are varied, detailed classifications used to describe the many different types of hip injury or pelvic injury in medical terms. These would be reflected in the details of your case should you choose to proceed with a hip injury compensation claim.
To give you an idea of the most common types of injured hip or injured pelvis that can result in hip and pelvic injury compensation claims, we have put together a list below:
- Dislocation is one of the most common types of a hip injury, and this involves the femoral head slipping free of the socket of the pelvis. This can result in serious tissue damage to nerves, muscles, ligaments and tendons, resulting in gin long term mobility issues.
- Another common type is a fractured hip or pelvis, where the bones have been broken. Severity here can vary greatly from needing simple realignment surgery of the pelvis to a complete hip replacement and other soft tissue damage, as mentioned above.
- Osteoarthritis can also be caused by a broken hip or conditions like osteoporosis, which involves the wearing away of cartilage and synovium of the joints, resulting in severe inflammation and bone damage. This can also result in loss of mobility and tissue damage.
If you’d like to know about hip injury claims following an accident on the road, please read on to find out more.
It is possible to claim a broken hip or pelvis injury from a road traffic accident. If the accident was caused due to the negligent actions of another road user, and it was not your fault, you have grounds to make a claim for car accident settlement for a fractured pelvis or hip.
This claim would commonly be made against the driver or their insurance. If they don’t have insurance, however, it may still be possible to make a claim through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) for a pelvic or hip injury after a car accident.
If you are unsure who might be to blame, contact our team today, and we may be able to help you understand the details of your accident. Or, if you’d like to begin a claim for hip injury compensation, just get in touch with us, and we will be able to help.
In this section, we will look at pelvic injury compensation claims following a slip, trip or fall. It is possible to get a fractured hip from a fall from standing height, so falling suddenly by tripping or slipping on something could be a possible cause of your injured hip or pelvis. If you get a pelvis or hip injury from a fall caused by someone else’s negligent actions, you could make a valid compensation claim.
All public, workplace, or business premises that allow public access is the responsibility of someone else to maintain. Examples include:
- If you fall on a public stairwell and get a hip injury because of loose railings
- If you trip over exposed wiring in a supermarket and get a pelvic injury
- If you slip on a wet floor in your office and get an injured pelvis
In each of these cases, another person or authority was responsible for ensuring that the railing was secured. The wiring was safely stowed or highlighted. The wet floor was either cleaned up or cordoned off and highlighted until it could prevent anyone from being injured. If this is the case for you, and you have been injured by a slip trip or fall that wasn’t your fault, we may be able to help you claim compensation.
As mentioned above, your employer is legally obliged to provide a safe working environment for all employees to work in. This includes providing the right training for a job, ensuring regular maintenance of buildings, machinery or equipment used in the workplace, and providing the right health and safety training and equipment needed to complete their task safely. If you have developed an injured pelvis or hip due to your employer’s failure, you could make a hip injury compensation claim.
Making a claim for a pelvic injury or hip injury at work is a type of claim that our solicitors handle regularly. We could give you all the advice you need on collecting evidence and other measures that could be used to assist in your case.
Your employer cannot dismiss you for making a claim for a pelvis injury or injured hip, whether your case is successful or not. Contact us today for more information on pelvic injury compensation claims.
Work Injury Statistics
In this section of our guide, we wanted to include some relevant statistics relating to workplace injury. However, please keep in mind that these statistics are not a direct reflection of workplace negligence.
Let’s take a look at the most relevant statistics provided by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE):
- Around 1.6 million work-realted ill health cases (both new and long-standing) happened in 2019-20.
- 0.8 million cases of work-related anxiety, depression and stress.
- 38.8 million working days were lost due to ill health and injury from the workplace.
- 111 workers died.
- 0.7 million workers sustained a non-fatal injury.
As the graph below shows based on information provided by HSE, injuries to the lower limb locations accounted for over 18,000 injuries reported to RIDDOR in 2019/20. This made injuries to lower limb locations the second most common kind of injury in this timeframe.
It’s important to note that these injuries aren’t related to negligence and so not all of the injuries detailed above would be grounds for personal injury claims.
To find out more about hip injury claims when you’ve been injured in a public place, then please read on for more information.
Making a claim for a broken hip or pelvis in a public place is very similar to that of making a claim for a slip, trip or fall, as highlighted above. As stated, if you have developed a fractured hip or pelvis because of an accident in a public place that was not your fault, you could make a claim against the person or authority that was responsible for ensuring that the public place was safe to be in.
This can include local councils, business owners, etc. If you are not certain that someone else was responsible for your injury, you could contact us today for specific legal advice for your individual situation and help you decide if you have grounds to make a hip injury compensation claim.
There is no replacement for calling us for direct information from us about the possible amounts that may be awarded for a hip or pelvis injury claim. Still, to help give you an idea of some figures, we have included below a compensation injury calculator. This table refers to figures on hip and pelvis injuries of varying severity.
|Hip injuries- Severe||£73,580 to £122,860||Injuries including extensive pelvis fractures involving for example a ruptured bladder or the dislocation of a low back joint, or a hip injury causing intolerable pain and requiring a spinal fusion.|
|Hip injuries- Severe||£58,100 to £73,580||Injuries including, for example, fracture dislocation of the pelvis resulting in impotence and traumatic myositis ossificans with formation of ectopic bone around the hip.|
|Hip injuries- Severe||£36,770 to £49,270||Injuries such as a fracture of the acetabulum leading to degenerative changes and leg instability, likely requiring a hip replacement in the future; a fracture resulting in a hip replacement which is only partially successful.|
|Hip injuries- Moderate||£24,950 to £36,770||Significant injury to the pelvis or hip but any permanent disability is not major and any future risk not great.|
|Hip injuries- Moderate||£11,820 to £24,950||For injuries involving a hip replacement or other surgery.|
|Hip injuries- Lesser||£3,710 to £11,820||Cases where despite significant injury there is little or no residual disability.|
|Hip injuries- Lesser||Up to £3,710||Minor soft tissue injuries with complete recovery.|
|Psychiatric Damage- Severe||£51,460 to £108,620||The injured person will have marked problems with respect to life, education, health and work and the prognosis for recovery will be very poor.|
|Psychiatric Damage- Moderately Severe||£17,900 to £51,460||The injured person will have had some problems with respect to life, education, health and work but the prognosis will be better.|
|Psychiatric Damage- Moderate||£5,500 to £17,900||The injured person may have had some problems with respect to life, education, health and work but the prognosis will be good and there will have been marked improvement.|
|Psychiatric Damage- Less Severe||£1,440 to £5,500||The level of the award will take into consideration the length of the period of disability and the extent to which daily activities and sleep were affected.|
|Leg amputations||Up to £264,650||Compensation awarded for leg amputations will be affected by the risk of future degenerative changes in the hips and spine.|
These figures are only indicative, and we recommend that you contact us today if you would like more specific figures for your individual situation.
If you decide to pursue hip injury claims, different kinds of damages could be included as part of your claim. Personal injury claims can be made for a wide array of different costs, and they are not all financial. For example:
- General damages like all suffering and pain caused by the injury that affected your day to day life can be claimed for.
- Special damages, such as direct loss of earnings, the cost of home care if you needed help at home while recovering, as well as damage to your property, like a car after a road traffic accident
- Travel costs that you built up while travelling to your medical appointments or legal appointments that were related to making your hip injury or pelvic injury compensation claims could be included.
- Medical expenses that you accrued while recovering from your hip or pelvic injury, such as prescriptions, specialist healthcare, physiotherapy sessions, etc. could be claimed for
These can all be an element of your claim for hip injury compensation, but the overall awarded settlement will be heavily impacted by the severity of your injury and resulting condition.
Here at Accident Claims, our personal injury solicitors all operate on a no win no fee basis. This means that they operate under a conditional fee agreement that states that if the claim is not won, the claimant, you, does not have to pay for their solicitor’s personal legal fees.
If your case is successful, the amount for your solicitor’s personal legal fees would be taken from the overall compensation awarded, which is capped at a maximum of 25%. All possible fees and costs should be discussed with your solicitor before you proceed to make a personal injury claim for a broken hip or pelvis.
You could do several things to help support your case should you choose to pursue a hip injury claim. These include:
- Providing as much evidence as possible: This means that you need to be able to prove that the accident happened the way you said it did and involves collecting witness statements, CCTV footage, or any other evidence that proves your accident happened as you described it.
- Other evidence that could help includes any kind of evidence that proves your accident was caused by another’s negligent actions, including statements, CCTV, etc.
- Getting evidence of the severity of your injury is also very important. This can include taking photos of it when it happened and official medical reports conducted by a medical professional, x rays, etc.
If you are unsure if you have these things or if what you have is sufficient, contacting our advisors could be a great help, as we have extensive experience with cases like these, which could help you decide if you have grounds to make a claim.
Read on to find out how to start the hip injury claims process, or get in touch with us today to chat with a member of our team about making a compensation claim for a hip or pelvis injury.
Pelvic injury compensation claims can often appear daunting, so if you are considering making a broken hip or pelvis injury claim, the best place to start would be to contact our advisors.
Our team can listen to your situation’s details and help you decide if you would like to move forward to make a claim. If you choose to proceed, our advisors could connect you to a personal injury lawyer, who could guide you through the process of making a hip injury compensation claim.
If you want to proceed with making a claim for hip or pelvic injury compensation, then you can reach our advisors today on 0800 073 8801. Alternatively, you could use our online contact form to have us contact you at a time that suits you best to discuss hip injury claims at greater length.
- A Guide To Car Accident Claims – See our online guide to making a claim for injuries caused in a car accident.
- Accident At Work Claims – For information on making a claim for injuries at work, see this article.
- Stress at Work – take a look at our guide to learn more about claims of this nature.
- Legal Rights After a Workplace Accident – click our guide to learn more.
- Hip Problems – See this NHS Inform article on hip problems and their causes.
- Hip Fracture – See this NHS hip injury article describing the causes, symptoms and treatments of a hip fracture.
- Hip Fracture Recovery – This is another NHS article discussing the recovery procedure for a broken hip.
How do you know if a hip injury is serious?
Various factors can suggest that a hip injury is serious. For instance, a hip injury could be serious if:
- A joint appears to be deformed.
- You are unable to move your leg or hip.
- Intense pain or sudden swelling occurs.
- Any signs of infection, such as a fever, redness, to chills, occur.
How long does a hip injury take to heal?
The severity of the injury will largely influence the recovery time. For instance, if the injury is minor, then it could take 1-6 weeks to heal. In contrast, if your injury is severe, it could take 4-6 weeks or a lot longer. In an extreme case, an injury may result in life-altering implications,
How do you treat a hip injury?
To treat a hip injury, you must:
- Rest: Avoid activities that could compromise your health and well being.
- Ice: apply ice to your injury to combat swelling
- Compression: To prevent additional swelling, you should apply a light wrap to the injury, such as a soft bandage.
- Elevation: keep the leg elevated.
How much can I claim for a fractured pelvis?
The amount of compensation you could receive in your hip injury claim will vary on a number of factors, including how severe your injuries are and how much they impacted your quality of life after the accident.
How is personal injury compensation calculated?
Compensation for personal injury, as well as taking into account the extent of your injuries and the amount of pain and suffering they caused, will compensate you for any financial losses you’ve experienced. This can include things like loss of earnings and medical or travel expenses.
What are the long term effects of a broken pelvis?
A broken or featured hip or pelvis can have a serious impact on the hip’s function and mobility in the long term, particularly in elderly patients. A rehabilitation programme will be tailored to your circumstances to ensure that you recover as much as possible.
Can I claim for a broken hip in a car accident that was my fault?
You can claim compensation in an accident that was determined to be split liability, meaning that you were deemed to be partly at fault for the accident taking place. Your compensation will be lowered to account for the fact that you were partly to blame for the accident.
How long do I have to make a hip injury compensation claim?
The personal injury claims time limit is three years from the date the accident took place.
Once again, thank you for taking the time to read our hip injury claims and hip injury compensation guide. We hope you have found it of use in starting the hip and pelvic injury compensation claims process.