Knee Injury Claims
By Brett Williams. Last Updated 20th July 2021. Welcome to our guide on knee injury claims and knee injury compensation. Knees are one of the most complex structures in your body. They are made up of a combination of bone and muscles as well as supporting and connective tissues, such as ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. Sustaining an injury to any of these parts could be very painful and lead to restricted movement and mobility through the joint itself and your lower body as a whole.
If you have suffered a knee injury which has left you with a permanent or even temporary injury as a result of an accident which was someone else’s fault, you could be eligible to claim compensation. You may also be able to make a claim for a knee injury caused by the NHS (or other medical negligence) or as a result of an assault.
To start your claim contact us today on 0800 073 8801. Read on for further information on knee injury compensation amounts and how to make a successful claim.
Select a section
- A Guide to Compensation Claims for Knee Injuries
- Knee Injury Statistics
- Common Knee Injuries
- What Steps To Take If You Suffer A Knee Injury
- Starting Knee Injury Compensation Claims
- Workplace Knee Injury Compensation Claims
- Knee Injury Slip, Trip, and Fall Claims
- Knee Injuries In Public Spaces
- Knee Injuries From A Road Traffic Accident
- How Much Compensation Can I Get For My Knee Injury?
- How Much Is A Knee Injury Worth? – Updated July 2021
- Proving Liability In A Personal Injury Claim
- No Win No Fee Compensation Claims for Knee Injuries
- Why Select Accident Claims UK for your claim
- Contact us today
- Useful Links
As the knee is such a complex combination of bone, muscle, and soft tissues, knee injuries, and the pain which comes with them can have many different causes and present in lots of different ways. Common ways to suffer a knee injury can include manual handling and other workplace accidents, slipping, tripping, or falling over in a variety of locations, sports accidents, and road traffic accidents.
It does not matter how your injury happened, if you have suffered a knee injury as a result of circumstances which were someone else’s fault, it is very likely that you can make a compensation claim.
At Accident Claims UK we strive to help our claimants get the highest possible amount of compensation that is possible. Compensation for a knee injury is generally made up of two parts. These are compensation within knee injury claims for any physical pain or suffering and compensation for any financial costs.
Compensation for pain and suffering: Injuries can take lots of different forms, such as a fracture to one of the bones or tears and damage to the soft tissues of the knee. The value of knee injury claim payouts depends on the severity of the injury.
Compensation for financial costs and expenses: Injuries can lead to a variety of different costs and expenses. You may find your earnings are reduced in some way, or that you need to pay some medical costs (such as the cost of prescription medication). You can claim for these costs, as well as the cost of travel to medical or legal appointments and more.
Any personal injury claim should account for the current and future prognosis of the injury itself, as well as any costs which you have already had to pay for and are projected to pay for in the future.
Owing to its complexity and the sheer amount of usage our knees go through, the knee joint is especially prone to suffering injuries in some way. We can see that cumulative damage-causing conditions, such as osteoarthritis of the knee, can be highly prevalent older workers. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has case studies which show the effect a knee injury or damage to the knee in the workplace can have on a worker.
The anatomy of knee pain can be difficult to diagnose. Before we look at some of the most common forms of injuries to the knee, we will take a quick look at the anatomy of the knee joint. The knee is made up of three bones, the patella (commonly known as the kneecap), the tibia (shin bone) and the femur (thighbone).
The knee also includes a structure of soft tissues, muscles, and cartilage. Tendons connect the bones and muscles together whilst ligaments connect the bones to each other. These help to keep your joints stable. Injuries to the knee often involve the cruciate ligaments which are deep inside your knee joint and which control motion back and forward and the collateral ligaments. These brace the knee against unnatural sideways movement.
Your knee joint also includes meniscus tissue. These are two pieces of cartilage which are wedge-shaped. They help to absorb shocks between the femur and tibia bones. These can be torn. The final component is the articular cartilage. Covering the back of the kneecap (patella) and parts of the femur and tibia, this tissue allows bones to glide smoothly against one another.
Now we have seen a little more about the anatomy of the knee joint we can look at some of the most common knee injuries. These are;
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
- Meniscal Tears
- Collateral Ligament Injuries
- Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries
- Tendon Tears
Remember, knee ligament injuries and other damage to the joint can be serious. If spot any knee injury symptoms, see your doctor straight away. And this could pave the way for you to claim knee injury compensation.
Whatever type of injury you have sustained as a result of an accident which was not your fault, there are several important steps that you should take in order to help your claim be successful. The first step is always to get any immediate medical care (in this case, knee injury treatment) that you require. Your health should always come first. You should make sure that you collect any evidence of your accident and injuries. And you can collect evidence in the following ways for your knee injury claims.
Seeking knee injury treatment: Your first step is getting the care you need to help you recover. Seeking medical care also provides some of the strongest evidence in your case. Checking your symptoms online might seem like a good idea, but it may not help you get the care you need to recover as fully as possible. It also does not provide evidence to support your case. Your GP or hospital staff can provide a report detailing your injuries which will help to calculate your compensation settlement.
Gather evidence at the scene of the accident: If you can, and if suitable, take photographic evidence of the scene of your injury, and the cause of your injury. Also taking pictures of your injury straight away can help make your case stronger.
Contact details: Were there any witnesses to the incident? If so, you should try to get their contact information. They may be able to provide a witness statement later in the case. Similarly, you should also take the name, address and contact information of the party responsible for your accident. If it was a car, take the registration number as well.
Keep receipts: If you encounter any expenses as a result of your injury, whether they are for travelling to a medical or legal appointment, the cost of medical treatment or lost income, keep records of any financial costs you have suffered.
The final step is to contact an expert legal team, such as Accident Claims UK.
Starting any kind of legal action, even if you are in the right, can often seem overwhelming and many people are put off doing so as they do not know where or even how to start the legal process. If this is you, don’t worry. After suffering a knee injury the only step you need to take is to call our friendly team. We can guide you through the process of making a compensation claim.
We will start with a free consultation where we will ask you several questions about how your injury happened, how serious it is, and what medical treatment you have sought. These questions help us to give you the best possible advice on how to proceed. Personal injury compensation amounts do vary a lot and this information will also allow us to better estimate your potential award.
It does not matter what your job role or working environment is if you have suffered a knee injury in an accident at work that you did not cause you are entitled to make a claim against your employer. The UK has some of the strongest health and safety legislation in place to protect workers. All employers (of any size) must abide by these rules and ensure that they have provided staff with a safe working environment. The failure to do ensure this can constitute negligence and entitle you to claim compensation for your injuries.
Negligence on the part of an employer or a fellow employee can lead to accidents and injury in numerous ways. They may not have carried out the appropriate risk assessments or not put in place the findings from one. They may also have provided insufficient training or not provided the right equipment. No matter whether you suffered a severe injury or a mild one, if your employer has been negligent, we can help you to make knee injury claims.
One of the biggest concerns we often hear from potential claimants is that claiming compensation from their current employer will result in them losing their job. However, your employer should know that you are entitled to make this claim. They should also have adequate insurance to cover their legal costs and to pay your compensation claim. If they did try to terminate your employment, this can be construed as unfair dismissal.
Have you suffered a knee injury after slipping, tripping or falling over? If so, it does not matter where your accident happened you are entitled to claim compensation. If you can show that your accident and resulting injuries happened as due to someone else’s negligence, such as the council failing to maintain a pavement or roadway, you are entitled to make a claim using the no win no fee solicitors we can provide. Knee injuries from falling can be especially hard and knee injuries from falling on concrete may be even worse.
Injuries in a public place can be caused by a wide variety of different ways and could be caused by the actions of many different parties. In cases of knee injuries in a public space, the location will determine who the defendant will be.
A knee injury on the street or in the park could be made against the council, local authority or managing body responsible for maintenance and safety in that area. If your accident happened in a space such as a shopping centre responsible party could be the store itself, or the owner of the larger shopping mall.
Don’t worry if you are not sure who the claim needs to be made against. As long as you can tell us where it happened our team will be able to establish who the knee injury compensation claim should be made against.
Have you suffered an injury to your knee as a result of a car or road traffic accident where you were not at fault? If this is the case you are very likely to be able to make a claim for compensation. This is applicable whether you were driving the vehicle or travelling as a passenger.
As long as you were not responsible for the accident (or if it can be shown that the other party contributed to the accident) you are entitled to bring a compensation case. If you are involved in a road traffic accident, you should follow the steps set out above, gathering evidence of the accident and your injuries for your knee injury claims.
“How much compensation can I get for a knee injury?” is a common question asked by claimants when making an initial inquiry. The amount of compensation that you could receive will be determined by the severity of your injuries and their long-term prognosis. The simpler the injury, the lower the settlement will be. Whilst the more severe your knee problems are, the higher the amount of knee injury compensation that may be warranted.
For an estimate of the amount of how much compensation, you could (potentially) be entitled to for any personal injury, talk to our friendly team today. We can provide you with an initial estimate of what a solicitor may be able to secure for you.
If you have had any form of personal injury, whether it is minor, serious or more severe, it is quite common to wonder how much compensation your injury could be worth. Whilst it is difficult to say what the ‘average compensation payout for knee injury’ is, the compensation calculator below will help to show you how much different injuries could be worth.
Each case is unique, involving different circumstances, causes, and effects on the claimant. As such, we do not want to give the wrong impression as to how much compensation you may be entitled to. This table provides you with an overview of compensation guidelines for different types of knee injuries.
|Injury/ compensation type||Compensation band||Comments|
|Loss of anticipated earnings||£10,000 - £40,000||Compensation for any future lost earnings are estimated from your current earnings, as well as future prospects.|
|Loss of benefits||£5,000 - £500,000||This is based on the amount of benefits that you have lost.|
|Severe knee injuries - Part 1||£65,440 to £90,290||Serious injuries which inclue a high degree of pain and suffering. There may also be some loss of function in the limb. Claimants may also have to have prolonged treatment on the knee|
|Severe knee injuries - Part 2||£48,920 to £65,440||Bone fractures extending into the knee. There may be lasting or permanent pain and suffering and full mobility may not return.|
|Severe knee injuries - Part 3||£24,580 to £40,770||Claimant may have permanent symptoms but less severe that parts 1 & 2.|
|Moderate knee injuries - Part 1||£13,920 to £24,580||Moderate injuries may include muscle wastage and weakness or tears to connective tissues.|
|Moderate knee injuries - Part 2||Up to £12,900||Much less severe than in previous categories. Claims may range from very small up to £10,450.|
The information in this table is provided for illustrative purposes. The exact amount of compensation that you may be entitled to may differ from these. The figures above are also only for the injuries and your final settlement may also include damages for financial loss as well.
In any knee injury compensation claim (and many other types of legal action) one of the first and most important steps will be to prove that the defendant (the person whom you are bringing the knee injury claims against) was responsible or liable for your accident, as well as any injury or illness you suffered. This process is the same no matter what caused your injury, be it a fall due to faulty pavement or a sporting injury. The important factor is being able to clearly show that another party is responsible for the accident and your injuries. If this can be shown, you have a solid basis for making a claim.
Showing that a particular party is liable can sometimes be complicated and there are many laws which may be applicable in your case. Different laws may be applicable if the injuries were caused by a car accident when compared to a workplace accident. Proving liability in an accident is not something which you will need to worry about. It is the responsibility of your solicitor to establish and prove this. Working with one of the experts we can provide will help your claim go more smoothly.
Personal injury claims are often carried out under what is called a No Win, No Fee agreement. These are also sometimes known as Conditional Fee Agreements or CFA contracts. They are a special form of agreement between a solicitor and their clients. They are offered across the UK.
Making a No Win, No Fee agreement means that at the start of your claim you will not be charged any fees. You will also not have to make any payments during the case. The CFA agreement will set out what the solicitor will do for you what their fee structure will be in the event of winning your claim. This may be referred to as a success fee and is only payable if you are awarded damages. The fee can be deducted from this settlement.
In the event of the claim on a No Win No Fee basis not being successful, you will not have anything to pay. The biggest benefit of this type of claim is that there is no financial burden on the claimant, with the solicitor assuming all the risk.
Why should you choose to work with Accident Claims UK when making a personal injury claim? Even when you are simply seeking the compensation that you are entitled to, the process of making a compensation claim can feel daunting or lengthy. Claimants worry about whether they will understand the legal terms being used, or whether they will understand the contract before signing it. Working with the best possible personal injury solicitors and legal team can help you to make a hassle-free claim.
The team at Accident Claims UK will be with you at each step of the way to give you the guidance and advice you need to navigate the process of making a claim. We can provide you with an experienced solicitor capable of doing all the work for you, whilst you concentrate on recovering from your injuries and getting back to a normal life. We can provide you with a solicitor who could have years, or even decades worth of experience in conducting successful compensation claims, and who can offer you a No Win, No Fee agreement.
How personal injury solicitors can help with knee injury claims
Knee injury claims won’t usually be directed at the defendant. More often than not, the claim will be dealt with by an insurance company. For example, if you sustain a knee injury in a shop, the claim will be against a public liability policy. Where your injuries are caused by a car crash, the claim will be against a motor insurance policy. This means that you will need to deal with an insurance company during your claim. As they deal with claims on a daily basis, they know all of the reasons (and loopholes) that could prevent them from paying compensation.
To counter the experience of an insurer, we suggest you take on a personal injury solicitor. If your claim for a knee injury is taken on by our team, we’ll:
- Assess all aspects of your claim to fully understand how you have been affected.
- Take steps to secure evidence that helps prove what happened and who was to blame.
- Arrange for your knee injury to be assessed by an independent specialist.
- Review your claim with you before sending it to the insurer.
- Deal with the insurer on your behalf so they won’t have to discuss the case with you.
- Try to make sure that compensation is awarded at the highest level possible.
During knee injury claims, the solicitor will keep you up to date and be there to answer any questions you might have. If you have suffered an injury to your knee that was not your fault, why not contact us today?
As soon as you are ready to make a claim, we will offer you an initial consultation. During this, we will assess how viable a claim you have and whether we can provide you with a solicitor who can help make your claim. During our initial consultation, you will also be able to ask our team any questions which you may have, such as how our services work, or how much you may have to pay if your claim for knee injury compensation is successful.
People choose to work with Accident Claims UK for many different reasons. By choosing to do so, you will gain access to a wealth of legal knowledge and experience from a highly successful team. Contact Accident Claims UK today. You can call us on 0800 073 8801. You can also send the details of your claim in an email to email@example.com. You can also start the process of making knee injury claims by using the form on this page.
Sporting injuries are some of the most common causes of joint injuries or damage to the knee in some way. Find more information in this NHS guide.
NHS advice for protecting your knees if you’re a runner.
The NHS shares a report with interesting knee injury statistics. (For example, 94.5% of knee replacement patients reported health improvements.)
Did you suffer a head injury due to a third party’s actions/inaction? Read our guide.
You may have suffered multiple injuries. Take a look at our guide to claiming shoulder injury.
Read about what you can do if you had an injury in a cycling accident caused by someone else.
Knee Injury Compensation and Knee Injury Claims FAQs
How much should I settle for a knee injury?
When it comes to settling, be sure that you feel you feel you’re being adequately compensated for physical, psychological and financial suffering. Speak to our advisors if you’re unsure.
How do I know if a knee injury is serious?
If you’re concerned about your knee, call 111 or seek help from a medical professional.
What is the average payout for a soft tissue injury?
Knee injuries can be compensated very differently depending on how serious they are and what the psychological and financial implications are on the individual.
Is a knee injury a disability?
This is only really the case for those with a long-term knee injury, so this is unlikely for minor knee injuries.
What percentage of disability is a knee injury?
It tends to be around 10%, though it could be as high as 30%.
What does a torn meniscus in your knee feel like?
There is a feeling of swelling, stiffness and also significant pain and a reduction in motion for ligament damage in the meniscus.
Can I get disability for a torn meniscus?
Usually, a torn meniscus is unlikely to bring about disability for the victim.
How long will a meniscus tear take to heal?
The recovery for a meniscus tear generally takes around 6-8 weeks.
Thank you for reading our guide to knee injury compensation and knee injury claims.