After any injury, it’s easy to feel down and anxious, and you may be very dependent on those around you. This is especially true of injuries that involve your legs, because your ability to walk and drive are often affected.
If you’ve suffered a leg injury which was somebody else’s fault, then you could be eligible to make a compensation claim. While it won’t take back what’s happened, compensation can help pay for things such as access private medical treatment and to cover the costs of your injury.
Getting started is simple – you can give a trained legal adviser a call on 0800 234 6438 for free. They’ll run you through your options, answer your questions and can let you know whether you can make a claim. They’ll then be able to pass you on to the right solicitor for your case.
You might be wondering whether you can only claim for certain types of leg injury – the simple answer is that you can claim for any injury, provided the accident that caused it happened within the last three years and was somebody else’s fault.
We’ve listed some examples of leg injuries below:
Broken bones – If you’ve suffered from a broken leg, you may have needed to use crutches. It’s also likely your leg has been in a cast, which can be uncomfortable and can make it difficult to get on with your day-to-day life. In some cases, serious fractures might even require surgery or leave permanent injuries.
Ligament and tendon damage – Although sprains usually affect the ankle, they can also happen in the knee, especially if it’s suddenly twisted. A strain is a stretching or tearing of muscle, which often affects the back of the leg and can take a few months to recover from.
Amputation – Crush injuries affecting the leg can sometimes be so severe that the limb has to be amputated. Amputation can also happen as a result of medical negligence if the correct standard of care wasn’t given. This type of injury is truly life-changing – an expert solicitor can help you get compensation to pay for the support you need.
Groin injuries – Injuries to the groin can cause problems with mobility, making it harder for you to go about your day-to-day life.
Compensation can help you cover the costs of your accident and recovery, so that you can get back to where you were before your injury. This means your solicitor will take all the expenses caused by your injury into consideration when making your case.
For example, if you’ve had to take time off work then you may have received less pay or no wage at all during your absence. At a time when you should be focussing on your recovery, this can be very difficult to cope with – that’s why a solicitor will make sure your compensation covers any lost earnings.
The money you receive can also compensate for any future implications your injury may have on your employment and job opportunities. For example, if your leg injury means that you’re no longer able to work full-time, or if it has caused you to miss out on a promotion at work, then your compensation can be negotiated to cover the impact this may have on your finances.
Aside from replenishing lost earnings, your compensation can also cover:
To be able to make a claim, somebody else must have been ‘liable’ for your leg injury. Simply put, this means the accident that caused the injury needs to have been somebody else’s fault.
For example, it’s likely you can make a claim if:
In most cases, your injury must also have happened within the last three years. But there are some exceptions to this – for example, children are able to make a claim any time up until they’re 21 years old.
If you unsure whether you might have a claim, a trained legal adviser can let you know. You can get in touch for free on 0800 234 6438, or fill in one of the online contact forms on this page.
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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