Knee injuries can be traumatic because of the immense pain and stress they can cause. Your injury may have brought your life to a standstill while you recover, and it may well also have put you and your family under financial pressure while you’re out of work. Some examples of things you can claim compensation for are:
If your knee injuries were avoidable you should be able to make a compensation claim against the person at fault. You can get in touch with a trained legal advisor for free on 0800 234 6438. They’ll be able to answer any of your questions and can pass you on to a specialist solicitor if they think you could claim.
If you choose to speak to a solicitor about your injury, you’re under no obligation to go ahead with your claim. But a trained advisor will be able to pass you on to the right solicitor for your case, who can then run you through the next steps.
If your knee injury wasn’t your fault, then you may be able to claim compensation from the party who was responsible for your injury.
The knee is a very complex joint involving bone and soft tissue, which means any damage can be long-lasting and incredibly painful. While it can withstand plenty of wear and tear, it’s also possible for it to be damaged in many ways – and sometimes, it may not completely recover at all.
Some examples of knee injury that you might be able to claim compensation for include:
The patella is the main bone in the knee and a sudden impact can cause it to become chipped or shattered. This is a serious injury and can take some time to recover from. It also typically requires surgery.
The patella can also become dislocated, which can be very painful and can damage the muscles, ligaments and tendons surrounding your knee. Once a dislocation has happened, there’s a greater chance of it occurring again in the future.
The knee joint is held together by ligaments. Damage to ligaments can make everyday activities such as walking and driving difficult and uncomfortable.
The most common form of ligament injury is damage to the ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament), which usually needs surgery to reconstruct the ligament. The same treatment is also common for the other ligaments in the knee, such as:
Because no two cases are the same, it’s difficult for us to tell you exactly how much compensation you could receive. But you can try our compensation calculator to get a guideline figure of how much your claim might be worth. Your compensation is calculated depending on the individual circumstances of your accident. Various factors will be considered, including the cause of the accident, the type of injury and the impact it’s had on your life.
To make a successful claim following your knee injuries, your solicitor must first prove that:
Your solicitor will consider all the circumstances of the incident that led to the knee injury to decide if the other party owed you a duty of care. This is the minimum needed to be able to pursue a compensation claim for a knee injury.
It can be helpful if you’re able to provide evidence to back up your injury claim – the stronger the evidence, the stronger your case will be. They’ll also need details of your loss of earnings and any costs and expenses you have had to pay out as a direct result of your injuries. You should keep all receipts, invoices and so on to give to your solicitor.
Also, your solicitor will need to access all relevant medical records, and they’ll arrange for you to have a medical assessment by a medical expert. But don’t worry about the cost involved as this will be covered by your no win no fee agreement.
You should start your injury claim as soon as possible because you only have three years after the incident to start legal proceedings. After three years, you could be ‘time-barred’ and might not be able to make a claim. That said, it’s worth noting that if you’re claiming for a child, you have until they reach 18 to make a claim (they then have until they are 21 to make a claim in their own name). If you’re claiming on behalf of someone under a mental disability, this three-year period doesn’t start to run until they have regained their mental capacity.
It’s always best, however, to start your injury claim as soon as possible while the events are fresh in your mind and you’re clearer as to the impact of your knee injuries on your life.
You can make a knee injury claim on a no win no fee basis. Put simply, this means that if your claim is unsuccessful, then a no win no fee agreement means that you pay anything at all – and there aren’t any upfront charges or hidden costs either.
If you do win your case, your personal injury solicitor will charge you a ‘success fee’ as a percentage of the compensation you receive, but this will only take up a maximum of 25% – so you’ll still get to keep most of it. This percentage will be agreed between you and your solicitor before they take on your case.
You might be worried that making a personal injury claim will be confusing and take up a lot of time. But your solicitors should do everything they can to make sure the process is as straightforward as possible – they’ll keep you updated every step of the way, and will negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf.
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If you win your case, your solicitor's success fee will be taken from the compensation you are awarded - up to a maximum of 25%. Your solicitor will discuss any fees before starting your case.