Hip injuries such as hip fractures or a broken hip can be extremely painful, leaving you unable to walk, to carry out every day tasks, or even work.
If you’ve sustained a hip injury through no fault of your own, but as the result of someone else’s negligence, you could be eligible to claim compensation.
The hips are essential for balance and for supporting your upper-body, and an injury to any part of the hip or pelvis can leave you unable to walk or get on with your day-to-day life.
Although it can’t take away what you’ve been through, claiming hip or pelvis injury compensation can help you pay for the treatment and support you need to get back on your feet, as well as covering your out-of-pocket expenses.
It’s likely you could make a hip injury claim if:
However, determining if your hip injury was the fault of someone else, or due to their negligence can be tough. Whether you’ve injured your hip following an accident at work, a slip, trip or fall, or a car accident, through no fault of your own, you could be eligible to make a claim on a no win no fee basis.
To find out more about whether you can make a hip injury compensation claim, or learn about personal injury claims process, you can speak to a trained legal adviser for free on 0800 234 6438, and they’ll be able to let you know whether they think you could make a claim or not. They’ll also be happy to run through the claims process in a more detail, and can answer any questions.
You might decide you don’t want to go ahead with your claim just yet, and that’s fine – the adviser will never pressure you into claiming. But if you do choose to take the next steps, they’ll partner you with specialist personal injury solicitors who will work with you and act on your behalf to claim the compensation you deserve.
The hips are complicated parts of the body: they’re made up of the hip joint and hip bone, and are held together by muscles, tendons and ligaments. Damage to any of these components – or the pelvis – can cause long-lasting injuries.
Below, we’ve given some examples of some of the types of hip injuries you can seek help to make a compensation claim for:
A fractured pelvis is a break in any of the bone structure of the pelvis – this includes the sacrum, tail bone or hip bones. This can be a very serious type of injury, so it’s likely you’ve had to undergo physical therapy and perhaps even surgery.
In the most severe cases, pelvic injuries can cause internal injuries such as internal bleeding and damage to the internal organs.
Hip strain, also known as a muscle or ligament tear, is usually caused by a sudden blow to the hip or overstretching of the joint. Muscle and ligament damage can cause pain, swelling, stiffness and difficulty walking.
The bursa is a sack of liquid which sits between the pelvis and the leg to allow the leg to move without friction. If damaged, the bursa can become inflamed, which causes pain when moving the leg.
This type of injury usually heals by itself within a few weeks. But during your recovery, it can restrict your mobility and can be very uncomfortable.
A dislocated hip usually happens due to a sudden jolt or impact, for example when two vehicles collide in a road traffic accident.
The force can cause the joint to come out of its socket – and you’ll usually need to undergo hospital treatment to put it back in place. Unfortunately, once a joint has been dislocated, it’s more likely to happen again in the future.
When you decide to undergo hip replacement surgery, you expect the procedure to make your life easier in the long-term. But if you’ve had a faulty hip replacement fitted, then you might be faced with another surgery to remove the defective implant.
If this has happened to you, you could be entitled to make a claim for medical negligence to cover the inconvenience and expenses this is likely to have caused you.
In 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics recalled two hip replacement units:
There have been cases where these have suddenly failed, which can cause broken bones or dislocation. In some cases, the metal from the implant can also be released into the bloodstream which can have repercussions on your health.
Hip injuries are usually caused by a ‘blunt trauma’ – an impact or blow to the hip area. This means hip injuries can often happen as a result of a slip or trip if you fell on your side. They can also be caused by road traffic accidents as a result of debris in the vehicle, or the force of the collision.
At work, if your job role involves heavy lifting or repeated strenuous movements, then you might be at risk of long-term hip injuries such as Osteoarthritis. Your employer should give you the correct training and equipment for you to be able to do your job safely – if they’ve failed to do so, then we may be able to help you make a compensation claim.
To determine if you are eligible to claim compensation for a hip injury, you should consult with a personal injury lawyer. A personal injury solicitor will be able to evaluate your specific circumstances and advise you on your legal rights and options. They will also be able to guide you through the process of making a claim.
Some factors that may affect your eligibility for compensation include:
To support a hip injury compensation claim, you will need to provide evidence that:
This means that you will need to show that the responsible party failed to take reasonable care to prevent your injury from occurring.
For example, if you were in a road traffic accident caused by another driver’s negligence, you will need to gather evidence such as police reports, witness statements, and photographs of the scene of the accident to prove that the other driver was at fault.
You will need to provide medical evidence such as hospital records, medical records, and X-rays to show that you have suffered a hip injury as a result of the incident.
This medical evidence should also include details of the nature and extent of the injury, as well as any recommended treatment plans.
You will need to provide evidence of any financial losses you have incurred as a result of the injury, such as loss of income, medical expenses, and any other expenses you have paid for as a result of the injury.
You will also need to show how the injury has affected the quality of your daily life, for example, any pain, discomfort, or mobility issues you have experienced as a result of the injury.
This is important to show that you have taken steps to mitigate the effects of the injury and that you are taking responsibility for your recovery.
Let the responsible party or their insurance company know of the incident and injury, and provide them with the details of your claim. This is important to show that you have taken the necessary steps to initiate the claim process.
Please note that the specific evidence required to claim hip injury compensation will vary depending on the individual circumstances of your case. A personal injury solicitor will be able to advise you on what specific evidence is required to support your claim.
Additionally, it is important to keep detailed records of all the expenses you have incurred as a result of the injury, including medical bills, lost income, travel costs, and any other expenses you have paid for as a result of the injury. This will help you to accurately calculate the amount of compensation you could be entitled to.
When you’re thinking about making a hip injury claim, you might be feeling eager to know how much compensation you’ll receive.
Because no two cases are the same, we’re not able tell you exactly how much your hip injury compensation amounts could be before starting your claim, but you can use our online compensation calculator to get a guideline figure.
An expert injury solicitor will take all the financial, physical and emotional effects of your injury into consideration when negotiating your compensation, and they’ll work hard to make sure you receive the money you need.
For example, your compensation could help to cover:
As an guide for how much compensation you could be owed, the Judicial College Guidelines give a rough estimate for various injuries based on their severity, for example:
If you’re looking for advice or are interested in starting a claim, you can speak to a trained legal adviser for free on 0800 234 6438, or fill your details into the online form to request a call back.
The time limit to make a hip injury compensation claim in the UK is typically three years from the date of the hip and pelvis injuries, or three years from the date you became aware of the injury, whichever is later. This is known as the limitation period and it is specified in the Limitation Act 1980.
The time limit for making a claim may be different for some specific cases, for example, if the injury was caused by a criminal act, or if the person who caused the injury is in the military. Additionally, some type of injuries such as an industrial disease may have a different limitation period. If you are making a claim on behalf of a child, the limitation period does not start until their 18th birthday.
It is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible after the incident in order to ensure that you do not miss the deadline to file a claim for personal injury compensation. A personal injury lawyer will be able to advise you on the specific time limits that apply in your case and ensure that your claim is filed within the required timeframe.
To learn more about the hip injury claims process, or to find out if you could be eligible to begin a personal injury claim for a hip fracture or a broken hip that you’ve sustained as a result of someone else’s fault, call 0800 234 6438 and speak with a trained legal advisor, or fill your details into the online form to request a call back.
With the no win no fee claims process, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Nicola is a dual qualified journalist and non-practising solicitor. She is a legal journalist, editor and author with more than 20 years' experience writing about the law.
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