Claiming Compensation After A Groin Injury

By Cat Mulligan. Last Updated 6th April 2023. Welcome to our guide exploring your rights following a groin injury sustained in an accident caused by someone failing to uphold the duty of care they owed you. 

This type of injury could cause symptoms that impact your normal day to day activities. However, you could seek compensation for the pain and suffering you’ve experienced as a result. Our guide will look at what your overall settlement may include.

Groin injury claims guide

Groin injury claims guide

Furthermore, it’s important to be aware of the evidence that could help highlight the nature of your injury and prove that someone else’s negligence caused it. For that reason, we have explored the evidence you could use to support your claim throughout our guide. 

Additionally, if you’re unsure of whether you’re entitled to pursue a personal injury claim, our guide will explore this in more detail to give you a better understanding. 

For more information, contact our team using any of the following details. Alternatively, continue reading.

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  1. What Is A Groin Injury?
  2. Groin Injury Symptoms
  3. What Causes Groin Injuries?
  4. How Are Groin Injuries Diagnosed And Treated?
  5. Do I Have A Groin Injury Claim?
  6. Groin Injury Compensation Calculator
  7. How We Can Help With No Win No Fee Claims
  8. Related Pelvic And Hip Injury Claims

What Is A Groin Injury?

A groin injury may involve inflammation or degeneration of the muscles in the thigh, such as the following: 

  • Adductor longus muscle 
  • Adductor Magnus muscle
  • Pectineus muscle 
  • Adductor brevis muscle
  • Gracilis muscle 

An accident causing an injury to the groin could have happened in various places. For instance, a slip or fall at work, a car accident or a trip accident in a public park could all result in this kind of injury.

However, to put forward a valid claim, you must be able to demonstrate that you sustained harm due to someone breaching the duty of care they owed you.

The duty of care you were owed may differ depending on where your accident happened. However, generally, reasonable steps should be taken to prevent you from suffering avoidable harm. 

Failing to do so could mean you’re eligible to seek compensation for the physical and psychological damage. You could also claim for any financial losses that you’ve incurred as a result.

Groin Injury Symptoms

The symptoms you experience following a groin injury may vary depending on the severity. However, according to the NHS, the symptoms may include:

  • Pain and stiffness in the groin area
  • Difficulty with mobility 
  • Warm to the touch around the affected area
  • Bruising
  • Swelling

For any medical advice, you should speak to a trained medical professional as they can assess your injury and provide the appropriate treatment. Alternatively, visit the NHS website for more information on the steps you could take.

What Causes Groin Injuries?

Groin injuries can occur when the muscles in your thigh tense too quickly or forcefully. For instance, a slip, trip or fall accident, lifting heavy objects or a sporting injury such as running could cause your muscles to contract quickly. 

Additionally, groin injuries can build up over time through overuse of the muscles. This could lead to a repetitive strain injury. 

As you can see, various types of accidents could cause someone to sustain a groin injury. Furthermore, there are circumstances where a strain or sprain to the groin is unavoidable.

However, if you have sustained your injury in an accident caused by someone else acting negligently, you may be able to claim. For instance:

  • A shop owner failing to put in preventative measures to address known hazards. As a result, a customer strained their groin after tripping over an unmarked low step in the shop. 
  • The driver of a car reversed into a moving cyclist due to their failure to check their mirrors. As a result, the cyclist sustained a tear to the muscles in the groin.
  • An employer failing to provide training on lifting heavy objects safely, resulting in an employee spraining their groin after carrying out their job unsafely. 

How Are Groin Injuries Diagnosed And Treated?

In order to diagnose your groin injury correctly, a doctor or other trained medical professional may need to carry out a physical examination of the affected areas. They may also take note of any symptoms you’ve experienced to work out the grade of your injury. The grades of muscle injuries are: 

  • 1: The muscle is overstretched or torn and has damaged up to 5 per cent of muscle fibres.
  • 2: A tear that damages more of the muscle fibres.
  • 3: A tear that goes through most or all of the muscle or tendon.

According to the NHS, depending on the severity of your injury, the doctor may advise you to:

  • Use cold/heat packs 
  • Modify your level of activity
  • Complete different exercises 

It’s important to seek medical attention to determine the nature of your injury, as there are circumstances where another type of injury may cause similar symptoms. For example, a stress fracture or hip sprain could be mistaken for a groin injury. 

Do I Have A Groin Injury Claim?

In order to have a valid claim, you must be able to demonstrate negligence by proving that:

  • Someone owed you a duty of care 
  • They failed to uphold the duty of care they owed you
  • You sustained harm as a result

Evidence can help to prove whether somebody else’s negligence caused the accident in which you were hurt. For instance:

  • CCTV or other video footage that show the accident take place
  • Accident report records, e.g. workplace or public place accident book
  • Police reports
  • Photographs of the accident or your injuries

Additionally, you can provide medical evidence of your injuries. This can include reports from previous doctor or hospital appointments. These can provide details on any diagnosis or treatment you received. 

Furthermore, an additional medical assessment will usually be arranged for you as part of the claim. The report produced from this on the current state of your injuries will be used to help value your claim. 

It’s important that you’re aware of the time limits that apply to personal injury claims. Generally, you have three years, either from the date of the accident or the date you obtained knowledge that someone else’s failings caused or contributed to the accident. 

However, some exceptions may apply. For more information, please get in touch with our team on the number above. 

Groin Injury Compensation Calculator

You may be wondering how much compensation you could receive if your groin injury compensation claim succeeds. Compensation in personal injury claims is awarded on a case-by-case basis and can be split into two heads: special damages and general damages.

General damages are the head of your claim that cover your injuries and the pain and suffering they cause you. When calculating this head of claim, solicitors and legal professionals can refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). The JCG contains a list of injuries and illnesses and offers guideline settlement awards for each.

Injury type Additional details Award
Injuries to the pelvis and hipbone Lesser injuries: (ii) A minor soft tissue injury where the person completely recovers. Up to £3,950
Injuries to the pelvis and hipbone (b) Moderate: (i) A significant pelvis or hip injury that may cause ongoing issues that aren’t major. £26,590 to £39,170
Leg (c) Less serious leg injuries: (i) A serious soft tissue injury that causes a significant restriction on function and nerve damage in the lower limbs. £17,960 to £27,760
Leg (c) Less serious leg injuries: (iii) A soft tissue injury that results in a complete recovery or mostly recovers with minor symptoms persisting. Up to £11,840
Hernia (a) Where there is ongoing pain and a continuing impact on physical activities after repair. £14,900 to £24,170

Special damages is the second head that you can pursue in a groin injury compensation claim. This head allows you to recoup the financial losses you suffer as a result of your injuries. For example, this could include:

  • Lost earnings
  • Prescriptions
  • Medical bills
  • Travel costs

To find out more about what kinds of compensation groin injury claims can include, get in touch today to chat to one of our advisors.

How We Can Help With No Win No Fee Claims

It may be possible for you to pursue your groin injury claim under a No Win No Fee agreement. By hiring a solicitor on this basis, you could avoid upfront costs that solicitors often require you to pay when starting work on your claim. 

Additionally, there are no initial costs to putting forward a claim without legal representation, but your claim could incur other costs while it’s ongoing. For instance, fees for medical reports. 

If your claim is successful, a small fee will be deducted from your overall settlement amount. However, this is something your solicitor is required to make you aware of prior to starting your claim with them.

If you want a solicitor to represent you on this basis, get in touch with our team. They can assess your case, and if they feel it has a chance of succeeding, they can connect you with a solicitor from our panel. A solicitor can then work with you to help you get the compensation you deserve. 

For more information, contact us by:

  • Calling on 0800 408 7825
  • Filling out your details on the contact form 
  • Chatting with an advisor via the live chat feature below

Related Pelvic And Hip Injury Claims

For more information on seeking compensation following a broken hip, see our guide.

See our guide for more information on how to claim.

If your accident happened in a public place, see our guide on public liability claims.

See the NHS website for any medical information.

Visit the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

View the Highway Code for guidance on the duty of care that road users owe to one another.

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