Claiming for Leg Injuries
The amount of compensation you can claim for a leg injury will of course depend on the seriousness of the injury. Once the seriousness of the injury has been established, to ensure that the amount of compensation is both fair and just, the amount of compensation that will be awarded is based on both precedents from previously decided cases and the guidelines published by the Judicial Studies Board.
Leg Injury Compensation Amounts
For the most serious injuries, such as those where both legs require amputation, the amount of compensation that is awarded can be anywhere up to around £150,000. Serious injuries that do not require amputation (such as serious fractures) would attract compensation claims of up to £70,000. Whilst at the lower end a simple fracture or heavy bruising could result in compensation of up to £4,000. In between these brackets would sit the serious but not severe or long term leg injuries.
Leg injuries will almost certainly cause severe loss of quality of life from anywhere to a short period to permanently. The loss of mobility may also reduce the sufferer’s employment prospects.
As such, the compensation awards for serious leg injuries are among the highest awarded.
Where both legs are amputated above the knee – £158,000 – £185,000
The higher the amputation is on the leg, the greater the award of compensation.
Below knee amputation of both legs – £132,000 – £177,500
Again, the higher the amputation is on the leg, the greater the level of award.
Above knee amputation of one leg – £63,000 – £92,000
The award will depend on the place of amputation, the existence of “phantom” pains, the complication of fitting a prosthesis and the existence of side effects.
Below knee amputation of one leg – £60,000 – £86,000
Straightforward amputations will attract an award near the bottom of the bracket. Amputations following an accident will be nearer the top. Also near the top wil be cases where the amputation is necessary some years after the original incident.
Severe Leg Injuries.
£63,000 – £89,000
Some injuries, although they do not require amputation, are so devastating as to merit similar levels of compensation. Very serious flesh wounds, injuries which shorten the leg and injuries where bone grafts are necessary are included in this bracket.
£36,000 – £55,500
This bracket includes injuries which result in serious mobility problems such as the need for crutches for the rest of the sufferer’s life. Injuries which lead to deformity and reduction of movement are also in this bracket. Injuries which cause arthritis may also be included in this bracket.
£25,750 – £36,000
Serious joint, ligament or tendon injuries which result in loss of stability, require lengthy hospital treatment, long recuperation periods and/or cause arthritis are included here. A combination of these factors will result in a higher award.
Moderate Leg Damage
£18,250 – £25,750
Severe, complicated or multiple fractures. The court will take into accounts the period off work, the risk of further injury, the success of surgery and repair work, the remaining movement of the joints, the sufferers stability and any scarring which has occurred.
Less serious Leg Injuries: £11,800 – £18,250
Injuries where the sufferer is left with a permanent limp, loss of mobility, discomfort or where a pre-existing condition is worsened.
Up to £9,200
Fractures and soft tissue injuries. At the top of the bracket are fractures from which a complete recovery is made.
Knee Injury Compensation Awards
Severe Knee Injuries – £45,750 – £63,000
Serious injuries which cause severe disruption of the joint and require lengthy treatment and cause considerable pain.
£34,250 – £45,750
Fractures which extend into the knee joint causing permanent pain, a limp, reduction of mobility and causing the risk of osteoarthritis.
£17,500 – £28,500
Less serious injuries than those above, but injuries which nonetheless result in serious pan and limitation of mobility. Awards at the top of the bracket will be made where there is a risk of further reduction in the condition of the knee.
Moderate Knee injuries: £9,750 – £17,500
Injuries involving dislocation, torn cartilage or ligaments and/or result in instability or weakness.
Up to £9,000
Injuries involving twisting, bruising and lacerations. If the recovery is complete, the award is unlikely to exceed £3,750
No two cases are the same and therefore the amount of compensation that is awarded will also take into account various other factors such as the claimant’s level of discomfort, their age, the number of dependents they have, psychological damage and so on. In addition to compensation for your injuries you can also claim for any losses that you have incurred, for example, loss of income, medical bills, care costs and so on.
Make a Claim for a Leg Injury
No matter what type of leg injury you have or how your leg is injured, provided you are not at fault, you can make a claim. You should speak to our personal injury solicitors who will help you to file a claim against the party that is responsible for your injuries. The law says that any personal injury claim should be made within three years from the date of the accident and therefore you should delay seeking legal advice. Although in the case of a child, regardless of when the accident occurred, a claim can be made up until their 21st birthday.
Our personal injury lawyers for Leeds can work on a no win no fee* basis. This means that you will not be responsible for your legal fees regardless of whether you win or lose your case.
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