By Max Morris. Last Updated May 20th 2022. Have you suffered a broken leg in an accident that wasn’t your fault? If so, you may be looking to seek legal advice about compensation through a broken leg injury claim. This guide provides information pertaining to the claims process. We look at a specific injury – a broken leg. What it means to fracture your fibula or tibia, alongside the symptoms and prognosis of such an injury. We move forward to look at the financial repercussions that a broken leg could cause an individual. Importantly, we examine the types of accident that causes an injury to your legs and how this could lead you to need care while you recover. We have an example case study to show how step by step a claim may progress.
You can speak with our advisors any day of the week to discuss your personal injury claim. Our specialists could connect you to our panel of personal injury lawyers, and they could then handle your case.
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Before then, though, you can pick the section of your choice via the headings list below.
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- A Guide To Broken Leg Injury Claims
- What Is A Tibia And Fibula Break?
- Are There Financial Repercussions From Broken Legs?
- Types Of Broken Leg Accidents
- You Can Also Receive Care Claims
- Calculating Broken Leg Injury Claim Compensation Settlements
- Case Study: £80,000 Broken Leg Settlements
- Free Compensation Estimate When You Call
- Make A Broken Leg No Win No Fee Claim
- Where Are Top Quality Personal Injury Solicitors?
- Speak With Experts About A Broken Leg Injury Claim
- More Guidance On Broken Leg Injury Claims
If you break your leg in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a negligence claim. This guide explains the requirements for that course of action, along with:
- An explanation of tibia and fibula breaks.
- Financial losses.
- Care claims.
- General damages and special damages.
- An example case study of an £80,000 compensation payout.
- Personal injury compensation calculators.
- No Win No Fee.
There is a personal injury claims time limit when claiming for any injury such as a broken leg. This means that you would have 3 years to make a broken leg injury claim from the date of the injury or the date you obtained knowledge that negligence at least contributed to the broken leg. For a child (someone up to the age of 18) or a person who lacks the mental capacity to claim, an appointed representative or close relative could act as their litigation friend.
But once the child reaches the age of 18 or the person could represent themselves, the 3-year clock would then commence. To find out more, you can chat anytime with our team.
There are two long bones in the lower leg: the tibia and the fibula. A break in either bone could range from a minimal hairline fracture to a larger displaced fracture. There are also comminuted fractures where the bones break or splinter into more than 2 fragments. Open or compound fractures occur when there is an open wound or broken skin around the broken bone.
To make a broken leg injury claim for negligence, your case should meet the following 3 criteria:
- A third party owed you a duty of care.
- They breached that duty of care.
- That resulted in you suffering an injury such as a broken leg.
Many accident scenarios could result in a broken leg claim being made. Employers could be held liable for avoidable workplace accidents. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 requires that employers should take measures to, as reasonably as possible, uphold the health, safety and wellbeing of their workforce.
However, a work environment with, for example, hazardous obstacles may lead to you suffering a broken leg. If you weren’t sufficiently warned of the hazards, that particular accident at work may qualify as demonstrating negligence through a duty of care breach. It could lead to a broken leg at work claim for a potential work injury payment.
Public liability can fall on the shoulders of controllers of land, premises or property if their negligence causes any accidents in a public place they’re in control of. Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, a duty of care exists to prevent possible accidents in public places. So, if you’re injured in a public place and it isn’t your fault, there could be a duty of care breach, potentially leading to a public injury claim or public accident claim.
And we also have road traffic accidents (RTAs). Now, The Highway Code emphasises how road users such as drivers should offer a duty of care to each other and vulnerable road users like pedestrians and cyclists. A duty of care breach could apply to a crash or a collision on the road if the collision was caused by a road user’s poor standard of driving or negligence. And your broken leg could be just one of multiple injuries, meaning you could have a potential multiple injury claim.
To find out more, talk to our knowledgeable team and they may connect you with our panel of personal injury lawyers. They could also handle your broken leg injury claim. Complete our online form to make contact with us.
A broken leg injury could lead to some financial repercussions for the victim. You may have paid for physiotherapy and any additional home care, such as cleaning, during the rehabilitation process. And, you may have lost earnings if the break was complicated and you missed several months of work. Other financial losses you could recover as part of your claim include prescriptions, medication and walking aids.
So long as you’ve got evidence such as bills and receipts to prove your losses, you could recover the costs if they’re a consequence of the injury. To find out more about the financial impact of a broken leg and making a broken leg injury claim, you can call us today.
There are four major bones in the leg. They include the tibia and fibula as noted earlier, but also the femur (upper leg) and the patella (knee). Any could be broken in numerous scenarios, with workplace accidents being one example. In 2019/20, there were 693,000 injuries at work.
A slip or trip is a potential accident in a public place that could result in a broken leg. Such injuries in public places, so long as they were no fault of your own, could result in the filing of a public accident claim.
A road traffic accident also has the potential to result in a badly broken leg. Out of the reported road casualties in 2019, there were 25,945 serious injuries and 153,158 casualties of all severities.
You can talk to us about the various types of accidents and potential instances of accidents leading to broken leg injury claims.
If you paid for care while you recovered, or your family provided gracious care, you could potentially add a care claim. This would help you to recover the cost of any additional assistance that you required as a result of your broken leg, such as:
- Extra support from both relatives and friends.
- Professional nursing.
- General home services including cleaning and gardening.
If you wish to learn more about care claims, you can use our 24/7 live chat.
Before receiving a final compensation calculation estimate, you should undergo an independent medical evaluation as part of the claims process. A medical check should result in a prognosis of your broken leg injury. It could also prove that if it weren’t for the accident, you’d not have suffered a broken leg.
If the medical assessment finds that your injury was caused or worsened by the accident, it would improve the chances of your compensation claim winning. And your solicitor could use the assessment to help them accurately estimate the compensation settlement figure for your broken leg injury claim. Your compensation could be split under general damages and special damages.
General damages compensate you for the physical and mental pain, suffering and loss of amenity you endured because of your broken leg.
Special damages compensate you for financial loss such as lost earnings, medical expenses, public transport costs and any required physiotherapy you paid for. It is important that the loss is attributable to the injury and that you have proof, such as bills.
You may also include professional nursing if you had to pay for it. We advise that you call us using the number at the top of this page to chat about general and special damages and making a broken leg injury claim.
Case Study: £80,000 Broken Leg Settlements
Kevin Newman, 40, works at a car factory in Bristol. He lives with his wife Samantha and their daughter Leanne. Away from work, he enjoys running marathons for charity, and he is also an avid gym user.
One evening, Kevin was driving home from work. He had just joined the rush hour traffic. A taxi driver, travelling faster than the speed limit, was coming towards Kevin’s car in the opposite direction. It attempted to over take a car, however, there was not enough time. The taxi crashed head-on into Kevin’s car. The impact of the crash knocked Kevin unconscious temporarily. He couldn’t move his legs. An ambulance was quickly called, and Kevin was rushed to the hospital.
Kevin was told that he had suffered multiple complicated fractures to his right leg, which would require surgery. He would be left with increased vulnerability for future injury on that leg and also a disability. Kevin was unable to return to work for quite a while and only received Statutory Sick Pay
Kevin was concerned that his running days could be in jeopardy. Even with a full recovery, he was advised that arthritis could affect the limbs because of the damage they had taken. The entire ordeal left Kevin extremely upset, and it made him question whether he would mentally handle driving again. He had nightmares and would panic if he was a passenger in a car. He could barely sleep for the first few weeks after the accident.
Kevin was also furious at the taxi driver who had caused the accident. The incident was avoidable, and through a sheer lack of impatience, this horrific accident had occurred. But Kevin also realised that he came close to losing his life in the crash, and was lucky to be alive.
After seeking legal advice, Kevin filed a compensation claim against the cab driver and his employer. He received £80,000 as an out-of-court settlement. This included £36,790 for a broken leg and £7,680 for PTSD – general damages and also special damages.
Type Of Special Damages Includes: How Much?
Current Loss Lost earnings from being unable to work £30,000
Therapy Costs of counselling after his NHS sessions ended £500
Physiotherapy Private rehabilitation costs to assist with his recovery £1500
Medical Expenses Medication, prescriptions, walking aids £50
Home Adaptations Mobility aids for the bathroom and bed. £500
Care A carer was needed for several months £1500
Travel expenses Alternative travel to medical appointments and work £770
Other Costs Gardener, cleaner, food preparation etc £710
The example case study of Kevin Newman is based on our experiences of the personal injury claims process. Not on an actual case. It’s intended for illustrative purposes only.
Broken Leg Compensation Payouts in the UK for 2022
If you’ve suffered an injury, such as a badly broken leg, due to third-party negligence, you may be able to make a personal injury claim. This section will provide more information about potential compensation for a leg injury.
As stated previously, general damages relate to the suffering, pain and loss of amenity caused by the injury. Factors that can dictate what you could receive include:
- Whether any permanent symptoms have been caused
- The extent of the injury itself
- Your treatment plan
The Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) are used by legal professionals to provide an estimate of potential general damages compensation. The figures below are from their most up-to-date guidelines, published in April 2022. However, these figures are not guarantees.
|Injury Type||Severity||Bracket of Compensation||Description|
|Severe Leg Injuries||(i)||£96,250 to £135,920||Short of amputation, these are the most serious leg injuries.|
|(ii) – Very Serious||£54,830 to £87,890||Injuries that cause permanent mobility problems, with mobility aids needed for the remaining portion of the injured person’s life.|
|(iii) – Serious||£39,200 to £54,830||Serious joint or ligament injuries causing prolonged treatment and instability.|
|(iv) – Moderate||£27,760 to £39,200||Multiple fractures or complicated fractures or severe crush injuries that are usually experienced in one limb.|
|Less Serious Leg Injuries||(i)||£17,960 to £27,760||Fractures that lead to an incomplete recovery or serious soft tissue injuries.|
|(ii)||£9,110 to £14,080||Simple femur fracture with no articular surface damage.|
|(iii)||Up to £11,840||Simple fibula or tibia fractures that can cause dull aching and modest movement restriction.|
|General Psychiatric Damage||Moderately Severe||£19,070 to £54,830||Prognosis will be more optimistic than in more severe cases.|
|General Psychiatric Damage||Moderate||£5,860 to £19,070||There would be a marked improvement by trial. As such, there will be a good prognosis.|
|General Psychiatric Damage||Less Severe||£1,540 to £5,860||How sleep and daily activities are affected will partly dictate how much you could receive.|
Please remember that broken leg compensation payouts can differ from the amounts listed above. Every claim is unique and there are ultimately many factors that can determine compensation offers. If you have any queries about whether you can receive leg injury compensation, please contact us for legal advice that is completely free.
Our advisors can inform you if you’re eligible to claim, provide a compensation estimate and connect you with a specialised solicitor from our panel who could help you claim.
You may be aware of online personal injury claims calculators. They have the purpose of providing estimates for potential compensation payouts. Their potential downside, though, is that they may miss nuances from a victim’s circumstances when tallying possible figures. But we choose to take a different approach.
Instead, we shine the spotlight as brightly as possible on every significant facet of your situation. That includes evidence, your condition, the impact on your life and anything else of relevance. And that’s because all of these elements could influence the compensation that you could receive.
Our team of advisors could offer you a free compensation estimate today. You’ll be under no obligation to proceed with the services of our panel of personal injury lawyers. So, speak to us about potential broken leg compensation payouts.
If you’re looking to make a broken leg injury claim, you may be interested to know about No Win No Fee. After all, this type of agreement could have several significant benefits for you, such as:
- There is no requirement to pay solicitor fees upfront.
- You won’t have to pay solicitor fees during the case.
- While your injury solicitor takes a nominal amount (called a success fee and capped by law), that’s only if your case is successful.
You don’t have to pay your No Win No Fee solicitor fees if your case is unsuccessful. Use our live chat to find out more about No Win No Fee.
Personal injury solicitors are not only available on the high streets. They can also be found online. They could also work for you from anywhere in the country. And that’s where we come in.
Our panel of personal injury lawyers can work on your claim wherever you are in the country. They offer professional, quality advice and support. They can also offer their services on a No Win No Fee basis. So, what are you waiting for? Give us a call today.
Our expert team could connect you to our panel of personal injury lawyers to handle your leg injury compensation claim. To get in touch, you can use one of the following methods:
Our knowledgeable team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Crucially, there would be no obligation to proceed with your case if you don’t wish to.
You can find out more about making a personal injury claim by using the links below.
Read our guide to find out how to make a claim if you’ve had an accident whilst shopping.
You can also read more about how to make a public liability claim.
Get further details about how to reduce the risk of public accidents.
You can read NHS guidance about broken leg injuries.
They also provide information about identifying broken bones.
You can get further information about the various NHS services too.
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