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.
If you’re looking for advice on how you can start a claim, our skilled team of advisors can offer free legal advice today. They may even connect you to a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel if they feel your case may have a good chance for success.
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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.
Some examples of hip injuries could include, but are not limited to:
- Osteoarthritis – This is a form of arthritis where joints become painful and stiff.
- Hip fractures – This is when there is a crack or break at the top of the thigh bone or pelvis that make up this joint.
- Labral tears – This is when the cartilage around your hip joint is torn.
- Strains and sprains – These are injuries that affect muscles and ligaments.
- Bursitis – This is when a joint becomes painful and swollen.
Treatments and recovery times may vary depending on the injury and level of severity. For example, you may need a plaster cast or reconstructive surgery for fractures, meaning the recovery time may last as long as months.
No matter the injury, it could have a negative effect on your quality of life in a multitude of ways. If you could prove that someone else’s negligence caused your injury, you could be able to claim compensation from them.
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.
Medical negligence can have a lasting, negative impact on injuries and pre-existing conditions. It occurs when a doctor or other healthcare provider fails to deliver the right level of care.
It could be that you’ve gone to the hospital to fix an already problematic issue, but you’ve left the hospital in a worse condition than when you went in. If the worsening of your health happened because you weren’t given the right level of care, you may be able to claim.
For example, you could need a hip replacement. However, a defective implant may be used in the procedure.
This could release metal into the bloodstream or have a design flaw that leads to swelling, fractures and even possible tumours. Or, if the surgeon fits the replacement incorrectly, it could cause a labral tear, leading to pain, discomfort and stiffness.
If you’ve suffered a hip injury due to medical negligence, you could be able to claim compensation. For more information on medical negligence hip injury claims, speak to an advisor from our team today.
If you’ve been in an accident and are worried you could be suffering from a hip injury, it is recommended that you seek medical help as soon as possible. Depending on the severity of your injury, you could do this by calling 999, 111 or finding your nearest A&E. In some cases, you might only need to visit a walk-in centre or make an appointment with your GP.
If you feel ready to start a claim, it is advisable to collect evidence to help your case. Some examples of helpful evidence could include:
- CCTV recordings
- Medical records
- Witness details (for taking a statement at a later date)
- Reports(such as those in the workplace logbook)
As part of your claim, a medical appointment will be arranged to assess the severity of your injuries. They will collate the findings into a report, which will be key evidence for your claim.
It is important to note that the solicitors from our can arrange for your medical assessment in your local area as part of the hip injury claims process. This could reduce the amount you need to travel.
In this section, we will look at possible compensation amounts for hip injuries. The compensation awarded for the injury itself is known as general damages.
The figures in the table below are taken from the Judicial College Guidelines. This is a publication that’s used to help value injuries.
|Pelvis & Hip||Severe (i)||£73,580 to £122,860||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)||£58,100 to £73,580||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)||£36,770 to £49,270||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)||£24,950 to £36,770||This includes cases where injuries are significant, but any permanent disability is minor, and the future risk is low.|
|Pelvis & Hip||Moderate (ii)||£11,820 to £24,950||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)||£3,710 to £11,820||This includes cases where there is little lasting disability despite the injury.|
|Pelvis & Hip||Lesser (ii)||Up to £3,710||This includes cases of minor soft tissue injuries that have had a complete recovery.|
The numbers shown here are estimated brackets, and each case is judged individually. The severity of the injury and the impact on your life will also be taken into account.
You could also claim for special damages. This covers any financial loss you may have suffered or any that you could be likely to suffer from in the future. This could cover:
- Loss of earnings – if you’ve had to take time away from work. This can also cover loss of future earnings if your earning potential is affected long-term.
- Medical expenses
- Travel expenses – for example, for travel to and from the hospital
- Adjustments to the home – like chairlifts or wheelchair ramps
To claim special damages, you would need to show evidence of the costs. You could show receipts for prescriptions or payslips for loss of wages.
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.
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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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Article by AO