£200,000 For A Leg Fracture Injury; A Guide To Claiming Compensation
In this article, we’ll explain how our panel of personal injury lawyers handle thousands of successful claims for accidents at work, road traffic accidents and public liability claims. In particular, we’ll look at how they can help you with a claim for a broken leg.
We explain the claims process, how to establish their responsibility, calculate the fullest potential amount that might be due to you and find the right personal injury lawyer to handle your case.
If you have a question about anything that crops up below, or if you’d like to proceed with a claim, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0800 408 7827.
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- A Guide To Broken Leg Injury Compensation
- What is a Tibia and Fibula Fracture?
- Can I calculate Financial Losses For A Broken Leg?
- Broken Leg Care Claim Calculation
- How Solicitors Calculate Compensation
- £200,000 For A Broken Leg Injury: A Case Study
- Our Team Can Give You A Free Estimate To Calculate Your Compensation
- No Win No Fee Leg Claims For Fractures
- Where To Find High-Quality Personal Injury Lawyers
- Contact Our Specialists
- Additional; Information
A leg fracture of any description is a very serious and painful experience and if you suffered one because of the negligence of others, you have a right to a claim. Below, we’ll explain how with reference to the three main areas we cover:-
- Workplace accidents
- Road Traffic accidents (RTA’S)
- Accidents in public places
A personal injury claim is a case that you can bring in any of these scenarios if you feel that your accident was a result of third-party negligence. Once you’ve established that there was a ‘breach of duty’ on their part to provide adequate safety, it’s possible to seek the compensation that a No Win No Fee lawyer could win for you.
Our case study, which is intended only as a guide, will describe Darren, a council worker who was seriously injured at work due to a breach in the duty of care owed to him by his employer. It explains the process from beginning to end and how a similar case might apply to you. We then look at what points to consider when looking for the best personal injury solicitor and where to contact them.
The human leg contains two of the largest bones in the body, the tibia (shinbone) and the femur (the main part of the leg). Broken legs are remarkably common accidents but this does not diminish the pain and stress such an accident causes.
Multiple injuries to the tibia and fibula are very common with people who play sports, but the wrong kind of fracture can end a career. This kind of broken leg injury also has a long rehabilitation period with wheelchair use, crutches or a cast for at least 6 – 8 weeks. In severe cases, over a year.
Complications can arise from a fracture to the leg as well. Damaged muscle, nerves and bone infection are all possible, as is a condition known as ‘Compartment Syndrome’ – a painful and potentially serious bleeding or swelling inside the muscle of the leg.
There are three main requirements for making out a successful negligence case. If you believe that the duty of care owed to you by another was breached, speak to our team today to discuss your options.
Let’s consider the various duties of care in more detail:
- Employers have a duty of care under the Health and Safety At Work etc Act 1974 to provide as safe and fit for purpose environment as possible. If your injuries were a result of negligence on the part of your employer, you may have grounds to sue.
- The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 provides similar coverage for your health and safety in public places that are operated by private companies and local authorities.
- Anyone who uses the roads has a responsibility as outlined in The Highway Code to show due care and diligence. In short, other road users are also required by law to have a duty of care to others. If your broken leg injury was the result of careless or reckless behaviour on the part of another road user, you can seek compensation. As a road user, it’s also expected that it’s your responsibility to anticipate that others may not show this level of care, skill or caution against accidents.
A lot of sites include tools like a personal injury claim calculator that aims to provide you with an instant figure of potential compensation. It’s worth noting here that often they are imprecise and could end up getting your hopes up. It’s essential to discuss your case with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can methodically explain things like ‘special damages’ to you.
Special damages is an umbrella term that includes the costs of any financial impact to you not covered under general damages. So for example, missed earnings, travel expenses, out of pocket costs to carers, medications or modifications to your home due to your injury are all potential avenues for compensation. A good No Win No Fee lawyer will be well versed in winning those for you.
Get in touch with our team to find out more about how our panel of lawyers can help you.
There’s no doubt that with a seriously broken tibia and fibula, you will miss a lot of work and will require assistance to meet your basic personal needs. Depending on the severity, a wheelchair may be required and it’s unlikely you have previous personal experience using one. Straight away, this will require either family, friends or a paid helper to assist.
If your injury requires a cast or crutches, it’s not difficult to imagine how this will impact your ability to earn a living, to commute or travel, to look after children or even to attend to basic cooking, washing and cleaning. Care claims under special damages will help defray these costs to you and make a massive difference in restoring order in your life.
In order to prove a personal injury claim for a broken leg, a medical assessment is required as part of the claims process. This is your opportunity to prove that the injury was caused by the accident.
The medical expert will ascertain whether or not your injury was not the result of a pre-existing medical condition and what your long-term prognosis or recovery will be. Even a simple broken leg has a 6-8 week recovery time and multiple fractures can make it much longer, which may entitle you to more. The two heads of claim that your personal injury lawyer will seek compensation under are:
- General damages – this aspect of compensation is intended to cover the pain, suffering and impact on your life the injuries had. As outlined by the Judicial College in their guidelines, a very serious broken leg can carry a reward of between £51,460 to £85,600 depending on severity, deformity and loss of function.
- Special damages – are intended to restore you to the financial position you were in before the accident, as well as accounting for any future losses you may incur. Specific things that can be claimed include loss of earnings, travel expenses, medications and the paid care of others. Receipts, invoices and proof of these expenses are vital for establishing this branch of your claim, so be sure to keep a detailed account.
Our case study is purely intended as an example to illustrate the type of claims that arise to our panel of experts.
The local council began an initiative to allow the groundskeepers of a large public park to use quad-bikes as a way to cover the large area more quickly. A brief and insufficient training programme was given to existing staff whilst new starters were told only the basic way to operate them.
On his first day, Darren was instructed to cover the acre or so in parkland with the quadbike, driving from one area to the other to blow leaves and generally maintain the park. Unskilled in using the bike, he wanted to create a good impression and said nothing. Later that day, Darren accelerated too quickly over a grassy mound and turned the quad bike over onto his lower leg, seriously crushing his tibia and fibula in several places.
After the emergency care and medical assessment, it was found that he would likely suffer permanent damage and deformity in that leg, the need for mobility aids for the rest of his life with the added potential for serious arthritis.
After the shock and trauma of such a serious accident, Darren decided to seek leg injury compensation from his employer, the council. He had witness statements to corroborate his claim that proper training was absent and whilst recuperating he sought compensation with the help of a personal injury lawyer.
Darren was a keen footballer with two young sons and a major part of his damages would be the impact on his life after his leg was crushed.
After discussing his case with a personal injury lawyer it became clear that the council had been grossly negligent in their lack of suitable training to use the quad bikes, and their expectation that Darren should operate one alone on his first day was a clear breach. With a No Win No Fee solicitor helping him, Darren was able to add substantially to this general damages and the case was swiftly settled in his favour for just over £200,000.
Darren’s case is purely an example based on past experiences of handling and valuing claims. It serves to illustrate how accidents can happen and the potential liability of others if your case is a strong one. Darren’s compensation breakdown was as follows:
|General Damages||Special Damages|
|Darren was awarded £99,000 in general damages to account for the pain and suffering of the broken leg, the long-term impact the injury will have on his life, as well as some residual psychiatric harm, which resolved with counselling.||Darren received £7,000 in lost earnings for the time he spent off work.|
|Darren received £80,000 to account for the impact to his future job prospects. Darren's role was an unskilled one, though he intended to develop a career with his employer. As a result, it was determined that he could continue to work in the future, but only in jobs that did not involve long periods of weight bearing.|
|He also received £5,000 to cover the cost of gracious care offered by his wife for the 4 months he was unable to bear weight. However, his wife was unable to look after him all of the time, so a commercial carer was hired in as and when.|
|Darren was awarded £500 for a replacement mobile phone, with his own being smashed and broken in the accident.|
|Darren served as a career to his elderly father, and being unable to do that, he had to hire in external help. This set him back £6,000 for a 4 month period.|
|Darren was granted £2000 for the cost of a gardener to maintain his garden for a period of 5 months.|
|He was given £500 for travel costs to and from hospital and physiotherapy appointments. This accounted for taxi rides there and back.|
You may see personal injury claims calculators advertised on the web. They sometimes promise great payouts, but the reality may be quite different. However, they do not take into account your unique circumstances and do not offer any support in relation to special damages.
A more reliable and accurate solution would be to speak to our friendly and knowledgeable team. Once they know more about your case, they’ll provide you with a more accurate estimate of what you could look to receive.
No Win No Fee claims for leg fractures essentially means that if your case does not succeed, you won’t have to pay a penny to your solicitors. But with a successful outcome, the lawyer will seek a nominal ‘success fee’ which is capped by law and payable only after the compensation has been won. Leaving the bulk of the money for you to rebuild your life with. Other advantages are:
- No fees to pay up-front
- Nothing to pay while the claim is on-going
To find out more about No Win No Fee agreements, get in touch with our team.
With all reputable companies operating online now, it’s possible to use the services of any personal injury specialists, wherever you live. Google reviews can throw up thousands of results when you search for a No Win No Fee lawyer, so how do you know which one is the right one to handle your claim?
Whilst searching, it’s a good idea to read reviews. These will give you the direct experiences of other claimants and answer important questions like:
- How much were they awarded?
- How quickly did it take for the lawyers to settle the case?
- Was the communication good?
- Are they a successful company? Do they win compensation regularly?
To save you the time and trouble, why not give our team a call? We work with a specialist panel of lawyers who have extensive experience in handling the likes of a claim for a broken leg.
If you’re ready to make a claim for a broken leg, or if you’d like more information on anything discussed here, why not get in touch? We have a few methods for you to do so:
- Call and speak 24/7 to our ‘live support’ team on 0800 408 7827
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Thank you for reading our guide to making a compensation claim for a broken leg. We hope that you’ve found it useful and it has helped in your decision to seek damages for your accident. For further reading, please see below:
Guide by JE
Edited by RI