When we refer to a leg injury, it includes both the upper and lower leg. You might suffer a lower leg injury that includes your leg from knee to ankles or an upper leg injury that includes your leg from hip joint to the knee. Common causes of leg injuries include slips and trips, accidents at work and road traffic accidents. Leg injuries can affect the muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and blood vessels.
Leg injuries can be debilitating and extremely painful. As such, they can severely affect your day to day life. To help get you back to the position you were there before your accident, you may be entitled to make a leg injury compensation claim - which can help to cover any loss of earnings as well as treatment and rehabilitation costs you may have incurred. To make a leg injury claim you will need to keep a record of the following details:
You will also need all relevant medical records including X-rays and prognosis information to help you demonstrate the extent of your injuries.
As all injuries are different, it is not possible to accurately predict how much compensation you could be entitled to. However, we have outlined some past examples of leg injury compensation results to give you an idea:
Amputation of both legs: Up to £214,350
Amputation of one leg: Up to £104,500
Severe leg injury: £21,100 to £103,250
Less serious leg injury: Up to £21,100
** Information taken from Judicial College Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases – 13th Edition. - please note that these figures are for guidance only and the compensation that you receive may be outside of these guidelines. To learn more about estimated compensation awards, visit our personal injury compensation calculator.
Our legs can be injured in a variety of different ways. Most of the time you will hear the term 'broken leg', but this can cover a few different injuries. Some of the most common leg injuries include:
Compound fracture This is perhaps the most serious version of a broken leg and is the term used when a bone in the leg has suffered a compound or comminuted fracture - which is where the bone has been shattered into multiple pieces. Compound leg fractures can often result in bones protruding through the skin and usually requires a high impact to the leg to happen.
Stress fracture Stress fractures are tiny 'hairline' cracks in the bone that can be the result of repeated stress or force being applied to the bone over a period of time. They tend to be less severe than full breaks or compound fractures but can still result in prolonged pain and discomfort. Stress fractures are a common workplace injury and are also a very common sports-related injury.
Displaced fracture A displaced fracture in the leg is when a bone is not correctly aligned at the point of a fracture and requires a doctor will have to manipulate two parts of the bone back together before they can heal properly.
Other types of fracture As well as the above injuries and fractures, there are many other types of fracture that can affect the legs and which you could be entitled to make a compensation claim for. These include:
If you have suffered a leg injury as a result of an accident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. To learn more about the claim process and how Cute Injury can help you, get in touch now: