By Jo Anderson. Last Updated 24th January 2024. In this guide, we’ll talk you through the process of claiming leg injury compensation. If you have suffered a leg injury somewhere such as at work or in a car accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation by making a leg injury claim. Wherever exactly your injury occurred, you could potentially have a case if you can prove that it was caused by negligent behaviour by another party.
In the next sections of this guide, we’ll discuss the types of incidents that could lead to leg injury claims. We’ll also discuss the process of claiming for a leg injury and potential compensation payouts. If you contact us for support with your claim and we find that you have a strong case, then we may connect you with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors. We explain more about working with such solicitors in this guide.
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You may be wondering how much compensation you could be owed following a successful claim. Claims may include compensation for both general damages and special damages. General damages cover the pain and suffering experienced due to your injury. If you are able to claim for general damages, you may also be able to claim for special damages, which compensates for financial losses that can be directly linked to the injury you’re claiming for.
The Judicial College Guidelines is a publication that solicitors can refer to when calculating the general damages head of claim. It contains guideline compensation amounts for different injuries.
We have used compensation brackets from the publication to create the table below. The brackets should be treated as rough estimates only, since they don’t guarantee what you will receive.
|Several Serious Injuries Plus Financial Expenses.
|Multiple severe injuries leading to financial loss and pain and suffering. This could include loss of income, care costs and other expenses, for example.
|Up to £200,000+
|Severe leg injuries (i)
|Most serious injuries short of amputation. This includes fractures requiring extensive bone grafting as well as incidents causing gross shortening of the leg.
|£96,250 to £135,920
|Very serious leg injuries (ii)
|Very serious injuries that result in mobility issues, which are permanent. The individual will probably need mobility aids and crutches for the rest of their life.
|£54,830 to £87,890
|Serious leg injuries (iii)
|Injuries include ligament or joint injuries, as well as comminuted fractures and serious compound fractures.
|£39,200 to £54,830
|Moderate leg injuries (iv)
|Severe crushing injuries, multiple fractures, or complicated fractures to a singular leg. The extent of treatment undertaken will affect how much is awarded.
|£27,760 to £39,200
|Less serious leg injuries (c)(i)
|Serious soft tissue injuries and fractures where an incomplete recovery is made and the person will be left with a limp and defective gait.
|£17,960 to £27,760
|Less serious leg injuries (c)(ii)
|Simple fractures to the femur with no damage to the articular surfaces.
|£9,110 to £14,080
|Less serious leg injuries (c) (iii)
|Simple fibula or tibia fractures and soft tissue injuries that will cause restricted movement and dull aching.
|Up to £11,840
|Severe knee injuries (ii)
|A leg fracture that has extended into the knee joint which will limit the knee’s movement and cause constant pain.
|£52,120 to £69,730
|Moderate knee injuries (i)
|A torn cartilage/meniscus or dislocation that results in a mild future disability with weakness and wasting.
|£14,840 to £26,190
|Moderate knee injuries (ii)
|Twisting, bruising or lacerations that result in aching and discomfort in the knee.
|Up to £13,740
What Else Can Leg Injury Compensation Payouts Include?
If you have valid grounds to claim general damages for an injury to your leg, then it may be possible for you to claim additional compensation for special damages. Special damages may be included as part of a personal injury claim to cover for financial losses or expenses that can be directly linked to your leg injury.
Examples of the losses you could be compensated for under special damages may include:
- If your injured leg has required you to take time off work, then you could potentially reclaim a loss of earnings under special damages.
- You may be required to spend money on public transport (such as train rides or taxis) to receive the necessary treatment for your injury. Such expenses could potentially be claimed under special damages.
- The cost of carers or special equipment at home which you’ve paid for in order to help you complete day-to-day activities while recovering from your leg injury, could also potentially be covered under special damages.
Providing evidence of these expenses could help support your claim for special damages. Your bank statements, payslips and any relevant invoices could be useful in this regard.
For more advice on claiming special damages as part of your leg injury compensation claim, contact our advisors today.
To be eligible to claim leg injury compensation, your case would have to meet specific criteria.
You would have to be able to demonstrate that you were owed a duty of care, and a breach in this duty resulted in your injuries.
A duty of care is a legal responsibility for the health and safety of someone else. Some examples of when you could be owed a duty of care include:
- In public: Anyone controlling public premises has a legal duty under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 to ensure the reasonable safety of visitors.
- At work: Employers have a legal duty of care towards their employees under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. They must take reasonably practicable steps to keep their employees safe while working.
- On the roads: All road users owe each other a duty of care, meaning that they must navigate the roads in a way prevents harm to themselves and others. To fulfil this, they must comply with the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the mandatory rules and guidance set out in the Highway Code.
As well as this, those making leg injury claims will need to be aware of the personal injury claim time limit that applies to their case. Typically, under the Limitation Act 1980, they would have three years to start a claim. However, there are some exceptions to this time limit.
To check your eligibility to make a leg injury claim, or to find out more about the exceptions to the personal injury claims time limit, contact our team of advisors today.
As previously mentioned, all leg injury claims must meet the personal injury eligibility criteria. There are various types of accidents that could lead you to suffering a leg injury and potentially pursuing a leg injury claim. Some examples could include:
- While walking down a public footpath, you trip over a raised paving slab and injure your leg. The council were aware of this defective paving slab but had not fixed the issue within a reasonable time frame.
- Your employer provides you with a faulty ladder. While using the ladder, one of the rungs breaks, and you fall from a height which causes you to suffer a broken leg.
- A driver fails to check the road is clear before quickly exiting a junction. They crash into the side of your car, and you suffer a leg injury as well as a dislocated shoulder.
To check your eligibility to make a personal injury claim, or learn more about a prospective leg injury compensation amount for a UK claim, please contact an advisor.
If you are eligible to claim for a leg injury, you will need evidence to back up your case.
The types of evidence that could help support leg injury claims could include;
- Medical evidence – This could include a copy of your medical records detailing your injury and the treatment you have received for it.
- Video footage – this could be from CCTV, for example.
- Photographs – this could be of the accident site or your visible injuries.
- Witness contact information – If anyone witnessed your accident, they may be able to provide a statement at a later date regarding the incident.
If you would like to learn more about other forms of evidence that could assist with your specific claim, please contact an advisor.
If you decide to claim compensation for a broken leg, you could do so with the support of a solicitor. Some solicitors may offer a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This is a type of No Win No Fee arrangement.
If you are funding your solicitor’s work this way, you will typically not pay an upfront solicitor’s fee. If the claim is successful, a legally capped success fee will be taken from the leg injury compensation amount. When a claim for compensation for a broken leg is not successful, you won’t be required to pay your solicitor for their services.
Our advisors can provide free advice about leg injury claims at any time. Should your broken leg claim seem like it has a good chance of success, you could be connected to one of our No Win No Fee solicitors.
To get in touch:
- Broken legs – NHS Information
- Sprains and Strains – NHS Information
- How Much Compensation Can I Claim for a Knee Injury?
- Accident at Work Claims Guide
- How to Claim Compensation for an Accident in a Public Place
- You can read about claiming for a back injury in our separate guide on the matter
- You can also read our guide on claiming for injuries after tripping on a rug in a public place
- How many personal injury claims go to court?
Thank you for reading our guide to leg injury compensation and leg injury claims.