Introduction to Leg Injury Compensation
Leg injuries can take many formats. They can concern the hips and pelvis, the major bones of the leg (femur, tibia and fibula), the knee, ankle, feet and toes. Leg injuries can occur for many different reasons, with the most common being a road traffic accident, a slip, trip or fall, an accident at work or a sports injury, and they can be fractures, tears, sprains and strains or be caused by medical negligent or, in the case of faulty hip replacements, product liability. Irrespective of the cause, when the reason for your leg injury is another person´s negligence, you are entitled to make a leg injury compensation claim.
Claims for leg injury compensation have to go beyond the pain and suffering on the initial physical trauma. When your leg is damaged due to somebody else´s lack of care you lose mobility, function and often suffer depression or frustration at having to get other people to do things for you. A leg injury compensation claim should factor in damages for “loss of amenity”, the costs of using alternative forms of transport if you are unable to drive, expenses incurred in obtaining treatment and physiotherapy and an allowance for any psychological trauma you experience as a result of your injury.
Typical Leg Injuries
Typical leg injuries in leg injury compensation claims are not particularly severe. Torn ligaments and sprained ankles from a slip, trip or fall and painful and inconvenient, but not life threatening. Depending on the severity of the injury, you could be away from work for several weeks and a claim for leg injury compensation should also reflect any loss of earnings you suffer while recovering from your injury.
The most catastrophic leg injuries are those that are sustained by people in serious road traffic accidents, construction workers who damage their legs in falls from height and motorcyclists who are offered little protection in a high speed collision. A broken femur (thigh bone) can take up to six months to heal and require surgery and traction to enable it heal without deformity. Many months of physiotherapy can follow discharge from hospital, and the memory of the accident which caused the injury will be with the victim forever.
What to do After a Leg Injury
Irrespective of the nature of your leg injury, the first thing you should do is have somebody take you to hospital. In the most severe leg injuries an ambulance should be summoned, but with a sprain or tear you should get medical treatment by whatever means you can which avoids placing any weight on the injured leg. Damage which is compounded by your own negligent actions could result in lifelong mobility issues, and may not be allowed in a claim for leg injury compensation.
Once the leg injury has been professionally examined and placed in a cast or support dressing, you should speak with a solicitor about making a leg injury claim if the cause of your leg injury was not wholly your fault. There are usually witnesses to most accidents who your solicitor can get in touch with and there will be an accident report written up by the police (in the event of a road traffic accident), your employer (if your accident happened at work) or in the school or public building in which you sustained your leg injury.
Leg Injury Compensation Solicitors
The solicitor you choose to engage should have experience in leg injury compensation claims and be aware of the consequences of your lack of mobility. No two leg injury claims are identical, so the solicitor will want you to explain everything about how the accident happened, who you believe was to blame for your leg injury and what the consequences have been to your quality of life. This will help the leg injury compensation compile the strongest possible case based on both yours and his experience.
With the potential for a substantial leg injury compensation settlement, you also need to have a solicitor with excellent negotiation skills. Frequently, after a leg injury, victims are approached by the negligent party´s insurance company with an offer of early settlement for their leg injury compensation claim. Although the prospect of an immediate sum of money may be inviting when you are unsure about your short term financial security, these initial offers are usually inadequate for your needs, and your solicitor will be able to obtain a far more appropriate leg injury compensation settlement.
No Win, No Fee Leg Injury Compensation
If your leg, or any part of it, has been injured in an accident for which you were not totally to blame, you are invited to find out more about leg injury compensation on our “No Win, No Fee” injury claims advice service. Our service will enable you to discuss your claim for leg injury compensation with an experienced solicitor, establish how much leg injury compensation you may be entitled to receive and pick up some useful and practical advice about a leg injury claim.
The number to call is 0800 044 3253, and our lines are open from 8.00am to 10.00pm, seven days a week. We also operate a free call-back service is if it not a convenient time to speak with us right now, and you can take advantage of this service by completing your contact details in the box at the side of the page. All calls between yourself and our solicitor are naturally confidential and there is no obligation on you to proceed with a claim for leg injury compensation once you have spoken with us.