Understanding Leg Injury Claims
In this guide we take a look at what constitutes a leg injury claim and how much a leg injury compensation claim can be worth, and the type of leg injuries that a claim may relate to.
Understanding a little about the types of leg injury and associated damage will assist you in finding out the potential claim value for a leg injury.
What Is Covered With A Leg Injury Claim?
When referring to the leg we are generally referring to both the upper and lower leg.
For accident claims, a claim can relate to an injury affecting either the upper or lower part of the leg (or both parts) but we generally refer to them collectively as leg injury claims.
The lower part of the leg is classed as the part that runs from the bottom of your knee to the top of your ankle and is comprised of two large bones. These are the tibia and fibula bones. The tibia (or shin bone) is the larger of the two bones.
This area is also comprised of the large calf muscle and a tendon which you will have heard of referred to as the Achilles Tendon.
The calf muscle plays an important role in the movement of the ankle foot and the toes.
The Achilles tendon is located in the back of the calf and connects key muscles to the heel of the foot.
The upper part of your leg can be described as the part running from the top of your knee joint to your hip.
The upper leg has one large bone which is the femur. The femur forms a connection between your knee and hip. There is a large muscle in the thigh and also four muscles at the front of the upper leg that make up the quadriceps.
This area also contains the hamstrings. These are the three muscles located at the back of the thigh and have an impact on knee and hip movement. They run from the bottom (or under the gluteus maximus) behind a person’s hipbone and attach to the tibia bone at the knee.
As you can see, the leg is made up of many bones, muscles ligaments and tendons; all of which can sustain injury during an accident.
A leg injury can therefore cover an injury to any part of the leg. These can range from a sprain or torn ligament to broken bones.
How Much Could You Receive?
There are many factors that affect the amount of compensation that might be received for a leg injury claim. The specific parts of the leg injured, the severity of the damage and whether there will be ongoing problems arising from the injury are all factors that have an impact on the claim amount. Accordingly, cases need to be considered on a case by case basis. However, to give you a better idea of compensation figures per type of leg injury, here are some brief examples below:
Simple fracture with full recovery could mean you are entitled to compensation of up to £6,700.
Severe leg injuries including simple fracture of femur could mean you are entitled to compensation of up to £10,350.
Fractures where recovery is incomplete could mean you are entitled to compensation from £13,200 to £20,400.
Of course for guidance related to your own injury, we highly recommend that you contact a member of our experts team, or complete our 30 Second Test and we’ll then contact you as soon as possible.
Diagnosing Injury Specifics
Only a doctor can assess your injury and confirm what damage the leg has sustained. An orthopaedic consultant will need to assess your injury and can be instructed by your solicitor. The doctor can perform X-rays and conduct tests to assess the full extent of the injury and will be able to provide an opinion on the prospects for recovery.
Commencing Your Claim
To commence a claim or to speak with one of our team, complete the 30 Second Test on the right of the page. It takes just a few minutes and we can then give you an indication of how much compensation you could receive if you progress with a claim.
We work on a no win no fee basis and there is no obligations when you contact us to discuss making a claim.
Please note: Values are guidelines only. Your injuries and recovery are as individual as you are. The awards are guideline amounts only and any settlement will be based upon the evidence of medical practitioners.