If you have been involved in an incident or accident that was somebody else’s fault which resulted in you sustaining a knee injury, then you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation.
The knee is a complex part of our body made up of bone, muscle, ligaments, tendons and cartilage that all connects and works together to give movement that allows us to walk, run, sit, climb stairs and many, many other movements that we make on a daily basis without even thinking about it. Sustaining a knee injury can therefore have a huge impact on your lifestyle as the normal tasks we undertake each and every day can suddenly become very difficult or even impossible to do.
Legal Helpline is an experiencedclaims management company, and over the years have dealt with many compensation claims that have successfully resulted in knee injury claim payouts.
If you have suffered knee pain and knee problems after an accident or incident that wasn’t your fault, then contact Legal Helpline on 0161 696 9685 for help and advice on how to make a knee injury claim.
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- Knee Injury Claims Guide
- Common injuries to the knee
- What should I do if I suffer a knee injury?
- Public place knee injury claims
- Slip, trip and fall knee injury claims
- Accident at work knee injury claims
- Road traffic accident knee injury claims
- Can I claim compensation for my knee injury?
- Calculating knee injury compensation amounts
- Knee injury no win no fee claims
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Sustaining a knee injury can happen due to many different types of accidents such as work accidents, sporting accidents, slip, trip and fall accidents, road traffic accidents and many more. Regardless of how your knee injury occurred, if it was due to an accident that wasn’t your fault, then you can make a claim for compensation.
Legal Helpline have produced this guide to give potential claimants an overview of what the claiming process involves. The guide covers many frequently asked questions such as, ‘how much compensation can I get for a knee injury?’, ‘what should I do if I suffer a knee injury?’, ‘What can be claimed for?’, ‘What are no win no fee solicitors?’, as well as lots of other useful and relevant information for if you are considering making a knee injury compensation claim.
If you have further questions and want to discuss your own individual case in more detail, please call Legal Helpline and they will do their best to help and advise you in the best way they can.
The knee is made up of a number of different parts that then all work together allowing us free movement of the knee joint. Generally speaking, until we suffer a knee injury, we don’t tend to give a second thought about how complex the knee joint actually is, as long as it’s working as it should, we don’t think about it. But the minute we sustain a knee injury that then prevents normal function of the knee, we are very aware of how important it is.
The knee joint is made up of the following parts:
- Three bones that connect to make the joint:
- Tibia, more commonly known as the Shin Bone.
- Patella, which is the knee cap.
- Femur, known as the thigh bone.
- In order to connect these bones and allow movement there are:
- Ligaments – These are what connects the bones together and gives us our stability.
- Tendons – These connect the muscles to the bones.
- Cruciate Ligaments – These are actually inside the knee joint and allow and control the backward and forward motion of the knee.
- Collateral Ligaments – These are on the sides of the knee and help to support the knee from movement that is unnatural, and control any sidewards motion.
- Meniscus – Between the tibia and femur, there are two pieces of wedge shaped cartilage that helps to absorb the shocks between the bones. When someone complains they’ve torn their cartilage in their knee, this is what they are talking about.
- Articular Cartilage – This is situated at the ends of both the femur and tibia, and behind the patella and allows smooth, gliding movements of the knee joint.
So as you can see, the knee joint is by no means ‘simple’ and when injured can be the cause of a lot of problems. Some of the most common injuries to the knee include:
- Tears of the tendons.
- Tears of the meniscus.
- Injuries to the anterior cruciate ligaments.
- Injuries to the posterior cruciate ligaments.
- Injuries to the collateral ligaments.
In order for any type of personal injury claim for compensation to be successful, you must be able to provide evidence of your injury and to prove the liability of those you believe are to blame.
If you have sustained a knee injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault, there are a number of steps you can take that will help you to gather the initial bits of evidence in support of your case. Try to do as many of the following as you can:
- Photos – Take photos of the area where the accident took place, and if possible, of what caused the accident to happen. Also take photos of your injury, this provides visual proof of the pain and suffering you have endured.
- Medical Report – The most important thing to do is to get medical help. Having a proper medical examination will result in a diagnosis for your injury so that you can then be prescribed the correct treatment method, and any future problems can be discussed. A medical report will be formed documenting the medical diagnosis and will include any x-ray or scans you may have needed. This is a crucial part of evidence for your claim as a large part of the claim will depend upon the severity of your injury and future prognosis.
- Witnesses – Were there any witnesses to your injury? If so, make note of their contact details so that you can obtain a witness statement if necessary.
- Defendant’s details – If the party who was responsible for your accident was an individual, ask for their contact details, if it was a company, make a note of their contact details also.
- Proof of Expenses – Keep receipts for any expenses such as medical or travel expenses, that you have incurred because of your injury.
Over the years, we have made many compensation claims due to accidents that have occurred in a public place. When we take on a claims case, we always set out to gain the maximum knee injury compensation amounts rather than just settling for the knee injury settlement average UK as a whole. When you are injured in a public place, those liable will depend on where you were. For example, knee injuries from falling on concrete along a walkway, will most likely be the responsibility of the local council or authority as they have a duty of care as the land owner’s to maintain their walkways to a safe standard, or knee injuries from falling in a supermarket due to slipping on a spillage would be the responsibility of the supermarket as they have a legal obligation to provide a safe environment for anyone on their premises.
Rest assured, if you have sustained a knee injury in a public place that wasn’t your fault, we can help you to get the compensation you deserve.
Slip, trip and fall accidents are one of the most common occurrences that result in a knee injury. If you have slipped, tripped or fallen resulting in a severe injury to the knee, knee ligament injuries or any other type of knee pain and knee problems, then providing you can prove that your injury was caused by the negligence of someone else, you may be eligible to claim compensation. Liability will usually fall with those responsible for the area where your accident took place.
By UK law, all employers are expected to follow strict health and safety regulations in order to protect their employees from harm whilst carrying out their work duties, and to provide and maintain a safe working environment at all times. If employers fail to uphold their health and safety responsibilities, then they will be in breach of their duty of care to their employees due to this negligence and so if someone were to be injured, indeed be found liable.
There are many ways in which employers may be negligent to their staff’s health and safety such as, failing to carry out relevant risk assessments, failing to act upon any problems found from a risk assessment that they have done, providing either inappropriate or inadequate training if any at all for certain machinery or equipment, failing to regularly maintain equipment to a safe usable standard, neglecting to have relevant health and safety policies and procedures in place or updated. These are just a few ways in which we have found employers to have been negligent in past knee injury compensation case studies that we have dealt with.
Another concern we have come across in the past are that some of our clients have been worried that if they make an accident at work claim against their employer, that they may be given the sack. However, this really is something that you do not have to worry about. All employers are required by law in the UK to have liability insurance and so any claims made against them are covered by this. Also your employer should realise that you are the one suffering due to their negligence and so deserve to be compensated. In the unlikely event that you were sacked because of making a claim against your employer, you would have the right to take them to court for unfair dismissal and then they could find that they are in a lot of trouble.
Road traffic accidents are not uncommon in the UK unfortunately often leaving innocent individuals injured, and they can happen because of a variety of reasons. It may be that the offending driver was speeding, using their mobile phone or just not paying due attention. Or perhaps something had made the road unsafe such as a large pothole or a spillage of some kind, causing you to crash. Maybe you were a passenger in a vehicle involved in an accident. However the accident occurred, if you were injured and it wasn’t your fault, then you could make a claim for compensation.
With road traffic accident claims its really important to gather as much evidence as possible to prove the liability of those responsible for the accident. Take down contact details of the driver at fault as well as their insurance details, vehicle registration number, make of vehicle and model. Also gather any witnesses contact details and if possible a photograph of the scene.
If your accident was due to a problem on the highway, photograph the scene of the accident and also report it to Highways England.
Legal Helpline have helped many people file compensation claims for knee injuries caused by road traffic accidents. Feel free to contact them to launch your claim on your behalf.
Starting a knee injury compensation claim may seem a very daunting prospect, but you’ve really no need to worry as we can take care of this for you, all you need to do is give us a call.
When you ring us, you will initially be offered a free, no obligation consultancy session with one of our expert personal injury claims solicitors who will ask you a series of questions to enable them to gather all the necessary information and facts surrounding your case. You can also use this time to ask any questions you may have about making your claim and voice any concerns and we will do our best to answer your questions clearly, leaving out the legal jargon, and therefore hopefully making everything easier to understand and putting your mind at ease.
Once we have all of the initial facts and have concluded that you have a legitimate claim, then we will offer to take on your case under a no win no fee agreement. There is more about no win no fee further on in the guide, but it essentially means that we will only require payment of our legal fees if we win your case and so eliminates any financial risks and means there are no upfront costs to be paid.
We may also offer you a free local medical at a time that is convenient to you to ensure you have undergone a thorough assessment of your knee injury.
There are many things to consider when making a compensation for knee injury claim to ensure that you are compensated for all areas of your life that have been affected as a result of your injury. All of these are then added together to give the final settlement amount of your compensation award.
One of the main contributing factors to your settlement amount is the severity of your injury and its future prognosis. The amount awarded for the injury itself will be higher for the more severe injuries and lower for the less severe. This is one of the reasons why it is so important to have your injury thoroughly assessed by a medical professional so that a proper knee injuries diagnosis and any long term effects can be established. By doing this you are ensuring that the award amount for your injury correctly reflects the pain and suffering you are experiencing and any long term problems you may now face.
These are the common items that should be included in your claim:
- General Damages – These refer to the physical aspects of your claim, the severity of your injury and the level of pain and suffering you have endured.
- Financial Expenses:
- Medical Costs – Any medical costs such as prescription fees, private treatment costs, or counselling costs for example, that you have paid because of your injury should be included.
- Travel Costs – If you have had to make alternative travel arrangements, had to pay traveling and parking fees to get to medical appointments, or even needed vehicle adaptions made because of your injury, as well as any other costs relating to travel, they should be included in your claim.
- Loss of Income – If you have had to take time off of work to recover or are have lost any future earnings, then these need to be included.
- Care Claim – If you have needed help around the home then a care claim can also be launched.
We will always try our best to secure the maximum payout amount possible for our clients and so always make sure that every area of their life is considered and if needed, compensated for.
So, how much is a knee injury worth? This is a really tricky question to answer as, as explained above, there are so many variables in a compensation claim that make the final settlement amount and so at this stage, we simply can’t give a definitive answer. Each case is different to the next, even when the claimant has similar injuries.
However, we know that a big part of the claim depends on the severity of your injury and so what we can do is show the average compensation amounts awarded in past knee injury compensation claims cases in accordance with their severity.
|Reason for Compensation||Average award Amount||Comments|
|Extremely Severe Knee Injuries||£61,140 - £84,360||Where the joint has been disrupted, loss of function, extensive treatment required, ongoing pain, extreme ligament damage, possibility and likelihood of osteoarthritis developing at some point. Arthroplasty or arthrodesis inevitable.|
|Severe Knee Injuries||£45,700 - £61,140||Leg fracture that has also affected the knee joint causing loss of function, limited movement, ongoing pain and possibility of developing osteoarthritis and risk of arthroplasty.|
|Less Severe Knee Injuries||£22,960 - £38,120||Although less severe than those above, still has some degree of loss of function and limited movement, ongoing pain and discomfort and level of disability.|
|Moderate Knee Injuries||£13,010 - £22,960||Injuries to the ligaments, meniscus or dislocation causing reduced stability. Recovery time may be fairly long without guarantee of complete recovery.|
|Minor Moderate Knee Injuries||Up to £12,050||Less serious injuries where full recovery is expected given time. The higher award amount will be for those whose injuries take longer to heal.|
|Loss of Income||Up to £500,000||This amount will depend on the claimants actual current paygrade.|
For a more in depth look at your individual case, call Legal Helpline.
No win no fee is a term that simply means that if we are unsuccessful with your claim and do not win, then you will not be required to pay us any of our legal fees at all. However, if we are successful and we do win your case for you, although we will then require payment, we take it as a small percentage (maximum 25%) of your awarded amount.
No win no fee requires no upfront costs or fees during the process therefore removing any financial risks making it a safe way to acquire legal representation without gambling your finances.
We are a highly experienced claims management company that have specialised in the personal injury claims industry for a good number of years now. We always work to the best of our ability and strive to secure our clients with the maximum payout amounts possible for their injury, we simply don’t believe in settling for the average.
If you hire us to be your legal representatives you will be giving yourself the best chance of a successful knee injury compensation claim outcome, as we will go above and beyond to make sure of it.
Contact Legal Helpline on 0161 696 9685. A member of our professional team will answer your call and proceed to do their best to help you with your enquiry.
Lots of useful and helpful information to be found here on the NHS website regarding knee injuries and problems.
If your knee injury was due to some form of medical negligence, you can find lots of helpful information on the Citizens Advice Bureau website on the next steps to take.