By Martin James. Last Updated 8th February 2021. Throughout this guide, we will take a look at hip injury claims and hip injury compensation and discuss them in greater detail. 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 for compensation.
Pelvic injury compensation claims 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 pelvic injury compensation claims. 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?
Here at Accidents Claims, we want to try and answer some of these questions and provide you with helpful information on making a no win no fee personal injury hip 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 pelvic 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
- 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
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 a basic compensation.
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 proves of making an injured pelvis or hip compensation claim. 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. 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 to 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 od 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.
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. 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 claim, but to give you an idea of the most common types of injured hip or injured pelvis that can be claimed for, we have put together a list below:
- Dislocation is one of the most common types of 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.
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.
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 are the responsibility of someone else to maintain. Examples include:
- If you fall 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 a hip injury or injured pelvis due to your employer’s failure, you could make a 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. You 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.
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 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.
|Neck Injuries (Severe)||In the region of £139,210|
|Neck Injuries (Moderate)||£23,460 to £36,120|
|Back Injuries (Severe)||£85,470 to £151,070|
|Back Injuries (Moderate)||£26,050 to £36,390|
|Fracture of Clavicle (Severe)||£73,580 to £122,860|
|Fracture of Clavicle (Moderate)||£24,950 to £36,770|
|Fracture of Clavicle (Lesser Injuries)||£3,710 to £11,820|
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 you 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 you claim for 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 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 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 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, could help you decide if you have grounds to make a claim.
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, or alternatively, you could use our online contact form to have us contact you at a time that suits you best.
- 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.
Hip injury claims FAQ
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 fo 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.
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.