By Stephen Anderson. Last Updated 20th October 2023. Welcome to our guide on making hip injury claims. If you’re suffering from a hip injury after an accident that happened because of a breach of duty of care, you could be eligible to claim. If you’re wondering what evidence could be viable, this guide will explain that further.
Hip injuries can range from relatively minor to serious. For instance, a fracture to the hip could cause problems with mobility. In serious cases, it could leave you little better off than if the leg had been amputated.
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You could make a successful hip injury claim if you are injured due to someone else’s negligence. With the help of a solicitor, you could claim for physical and emotional damages, as well as financial damages you may have incurred as a result of your injury.
In order to claim, your injury must have come about as a result of negligence. Negligence is where the duty of care owed to you is breached.
You’re owed a duty of care in a number of different spaces. For example, members of the public should be kept safe by the people who control these spaces. This is outlined in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. The duty of care owed to you by your employer is outlined in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
When on the roads, all road users have a duty of care to one another, as outlined in the Highway Code. When someone breaches this duty of care, causing an injury, this is when you could be able to hold them liable for compensation.
For more information on the circumstances in which hip injury claims could be made, please speak to a member of our team today. They can offer you free legal advice about the process of claiming.
According to the NHS, hip fractures are more common in women. This is because women are more likely to get osteoporosis, which weakens the bone.
There are many different causes of hip injuries. For example:
- A fall. You might be more likely to break your hip in a fall if you fall on your side. This could happen as a result of poor housekeeping in work, for example, obstruction in walkways. Alternatively, it could happen as a result of a loose slab on the pavement in public
- Moving or falling objects. You could be in a shop where items have been stacked incorrectly, with heavy items at the top. If something was to fall and collide with your hip or knock you to the ground, you could experience a fracture.
- Road traffic accident. A car accident could cause the frame of your car to be crushed, resulting in an impact on your hip that breaks it. Alternatively, you could be knocked over while you’re crossing the road by a driver running a red light.
However, these examples are not exhaustive. Get in touch with us today if you would like to discuss your situation further. One of our advisors could explain the hip injury claims process and confirm your eligibility to claim.
To successfully claim hip injury compensation, your case will need to include evidence that confirms your injury and shows how it was caused by another party breaching the duty of care they owed you. Depending on how exactly your hip injury was caused, evidence could include:
- Medical records that confirm your hip injury and the treatment you’ve received for it.
- Photographs of the accident scene.
- Contact details of any witnesses of your accident who can provide a statement.
- Any video footage, such as CCTV footage, that shows the accident that caused your injury.
- If your hip injury occurred at work, a copy of the accident report from your work accident book may be available as evidence.
If you arrange to have a lawyer support your claim, then they can assist with gathering evidence. For more advice on the steps to making a hip injury claim, please contact our advisors for free today.
If you suffered a hip injury due to a third party’s negligence, you might be interested in an estimate of your potential settlement. In this section, we look at how hip injury compensation could be awarded.
It is worth noting that every claim is different. For example, some injured parties may recover special damages, which we look at shortly. Therefore, this section cannot tell you exactly how much your claim is worth.
If your claim is successful, general damages compensates you for the physical pain and mental suffering caused by your injury. How long your hip injury symptoms last along with what impact they are expected to have on your life will be assigned value under general damages.
To help arrive at a figure for general damages, legal professionals use a document titled the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). It contains a list of compensation brackets for different injuries.
Our table below contains figures from the JCG for hip injuries. As other factors affect your claim, it is not representative of what you could receive. It is only to be used as guidance for how general damages will be valued.
|Pelvis & Hip||Severe (i)||£78,400 to £130,930||This includes cases where there are extensive fractures of the pelvis. Or a hip injury that results in one of the spinal vertebrae slipping out of position. There will be intense pain, lasting disabilities and possibly sexual, bladder and bowel dysfunction.|
|Pelvis & Hip||Severe (ii)||£61,910 to £78,400||This includes cases where there may be a fracture-dislocation of the pelvis or the formation of bone where it should not be around the hip area.|
|Pelvis & Hip||Severe (iii)||£39,170 to £52,500||This includes cases where there may be a fracture in the hip joint, leading to leg instability and the likelihood of a hip replacement in the future. It could also include partially successful hip replacements that require revision surgery.|
|Pelvis & Hip||Moderate (i)||£26,590 to £39,170||This includes cases where injuries are significant, but any permanent disability is minor, and the future risk is low.|
|Pelvis & Hip||Moderate (ii)||£12,590 to £26,590||This includes cases where there may have been hip replacements or other surgeries. This could also include cases where a hip replacement might be necessary for the near future or where the lasting symptoms are minimal.|
|Pelvis & Hip||Lesser (i)||£3,950 to £12,590||This includes cases where there is little lasting disability despite the injury.|
|Pelvis & Hip||Lesser (ii)||Up to £3,950||This includes cases of minor soft tissue injuries that have had a complete recovery.|
As stated above, some injured parties may recover special damages as part of their hip injury compensation claim. Special damages compensate for any financial losses caused by the injury. However, you are likely to require proof.
Examples of special damages that could be recovered in a personal injury claim include:
- Medical expenses, such as prescriptions and physical therapy.
- Loss of earnings, including future losses and pension contributions.
- Home adjustments, such as installing a stairlift or ramp.
Call our advisors for a free claim valuation. They can also advise on what you could recover under special damages along with what proof of costs you might be expected to submit.
Thank you for reading our guide on hip injury claims. We hope it answered any questions you may have had.
If one of our advisors passes you on to a solicitor from our panel, they could represent you on a No Win No Fee basis. This is a way to fund your claim, and it means you will not have to pay anything to your solicitor if your case is unsuccessful. You also won’t be asked to make any ongoing or upfront payments.
You will only need to pay if your claim succeeds. However, the ‘success fee’ is taken from your compensation once it is paid and is legally capped. This means you will always get the majority of the compensation you are awarded.
Get in touch today if you would like to know more about No Win No Fee agreements or think you might be eligible to make a personal injury claim.
Claiming Compensation after a Gym Accident – An article detailing how to claim compensation after an accident at the gym.
Compensation Amounts after a Fractured Knee – An article detailing how much you could claim after a fractured knee accident.
Claiming Compensation for a Double Leg Amputation – This article explains how you could claim compensation after having both legs amputated below the knee.
Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) – An explanation on how to claim statutory sick pay from the government if you’ve had to take time off work due to your injuries.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents – A charity that aims to reduce the rate of accidental injury through advice and guidance.
Manual Handling – Guidance from the Health and Safety Executive on manual handling techniques in the workplace.
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