Does my leg, foot or ankle injury justify a claim for compensation?

How severe the injury is does not make it more likely that you will be entitled to compensation but it will dictate how much compensation you receive if your claim succeeds.

If you believe someone has done something which caused  your injury (or failed to do something which might have prevented it, such as clean up a slippery spillage or grit an icy path), you might have the right to claim compensation.

To explore this further and ensure you get the maximum amount of compensation you should speak to a personal injury specialist solicitor as soon as possible.

Is it a serious injury

What is a serious injury to the leg, ankle or foot?

The answer to this question really does depend on the overall effect the injury has had on the day-to day-life of the casualty.  A twisted ankle will probably stop a construction worker from doing his job whereas an office worker with a broken leg can still type emails, make telephone calls and read documents. One person’s painful twisted ankle might destroy another person’s ability to earn a living, pay the bills and maintain their quality of life. What might seem like a short term injury can have serious and wide reaching consequences. Sometimes those consequences last well into the future in a way which is not always immediately obvious.

Obviously, any lower limb injury massively impacts on your life because it reduces mobility. That alone can warrant compensation.

The longer the problem persists and the more painful it is, the larger the financial award. Beyond that, the detrimental effect of injury on family life, hobbies, holidays, work (including commuting), need for help, are just some of the factors which increase compensation awards. Even if you are managing to struggle on, the potential award of compensation could be substantial.

The best way to explore that is to seek expert legal advice.

What types of leg, ankle or foot injuries can I claim for?

You can claim for any type of leg injury; from broken bones, strained tendon and ligament damage to severe bruising, infections and amputation. How the injury was caused is the key factor in establishing a right to compensation. After that, it is a matter of proving how much the compensation should be by reference to the severity of the impact of the injury.

Birchall Blackburn Law’s personal injury team help people with a huge variety of injuries caused in many different ways, but common examples include:

  • Work-related injuries caused by a fall, slip, trip or crush due to poor health and safety management.
  • Injury caused by the dangerous state of someone else’s premises.
  • A road traffic collision involving a car, motorcycle or bicycle and a pedestrian.
  • Medical treatment that goes wrong or is delayed causing further injury.
  • Criminal assault.

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How much compensation can I expect for a leg injury?

There are a huge range of factors to take into account when considering how much compensation a person may receive for a leg injury. The type of injury, how serious it is, any future complications, and how long the injury will take to heal, all have to be considered – and that is even before you start to consider personal and work circumstances.

So, the amount a person with a leg injury can expect after a successful compensation claim is unique to the individual and their circumstances, which makes it difficult to accurately predict the final settlement figure. Every compensation case is considered on its own merits – no compensation case is ever the same.

To help calculate the potential compensation figure, your solicitor will organise for a medical expert to examine your injuries and produce a medical report. This will outline the seriousness of your injury and estimate how long it will take to heal. The report will also say whether or not there are likely to be any future complications. Your solicitor will use the report, along with information about past settlements for similar injuries, as the basis for determining the value of your injury.

The compensation a person can expect to receive through a successful claim can be grouped into two categories: general damages and special damages.

What are general damages?

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).  This can include such considerations as:

  • Psychological pain and anguish
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Physical disfigurement and disability
  • The loss of a promotion in work
  • Disadvantage in the job market
  • Unable to complete daily tasks
  • Forced to give up a hobby
  • Forced to stop playing a sport

The category includes the sorts of things that can be hard to value because every person’s experience and the impact of an injury are unique.

A guide to general damages is set out in the Judicial College. These types of awards are calculated in relation to the nature and severity of the injury and are set out in the form of minimum and maximum amounts. Insurers and lawyers will refer to the guidelines while assessing compensation for an injury, like an injured leg, but they are not law.

Injury General damages
Amputation of both legs £158,000 – £185,000
Amputation of both legs below knees £132,000 – £177,500
Amputation of one leg above knee £63,000 – £92,000
Amputation of one leg below knee £60,000 – £86,000
Extremely serious leg injuries £63,000 – £89,000
Very serious leg injuries £36,000 – £55,500
Serious leg injuries £25,750 – £36,000
Moderate leg injuries £18,250 – £25,750
Fractures, incomplete recovery £11,800 – £18,250
Simple fracture of a femur £6,000 – £9,200
Simple fractures, soft tissue damage Up to £6,000
Severe knee injuries £17,500 – £63,000
Moderate knee injuries £3,850 – £17,500
Very severe ankle injuries £32,750 – £45,750
Severe ankle injuries £20,500 – £32,750
Moderate ankle injuries £8,700 – £17,500
Modest ankle injuries Up to £9,000

What are special damages?

Special damages are also known as economic damages and relate to tangible monetary losses as a result of the injury to the person. For example, special damages can include loss of earnings, the cost of medical treatment, travel expenses, purchasing equipment and insurance excesses.

A leg injury can be life-changing and can have a major impact on a person’s future earnings, so in some cases the amount of special damages can be considerable.

Experienced personal injury compensation solicitors

A specialist and experienced personal injury lawyer will provide free, initial advice with no obligations. Birchall Blackburn Law’s injury solicitors certainly offer this free service so make the most of it and give our experts a call on 0800 988 1548. You may have grounds for a compensation claim after an injury.

With over 100 years of combined experience in serious and catastrophic law, our specialist serious injury solicitors are just a phone call away. Take a look at more information here…