Read our free guide about legs injuries and what you should do if you have suffered a leg injury. Our injury claims guide will also help you in starting your claim for compensation.
Leg injuries can be particularly difficult to adapt to, as so much of our lives require us to walk around. Leg injuries range from minor sprains and strains to more serious damage, even amputations to the leg. Although a minor leg injury can heal reasonably quickly, more serious injuries can lead to you having to make lasting changes to your home, work and lifestyle.
No matter what the cause, it is important that you get the compensation you need to help you get things back on track. If you have suffered a leg injury as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, call us on 0121 565 4317 or claim online to find out whether you can make a leg injury compensation claim and get the compensation you deserve.
Common Reasons Why Leg Injuries Happen
Leg injuries can range from mild to extremely serious, and will almost certainly require a period of partial or full rest as part of the healing process. Common leg injuries and reasons include:
- Sprains And Strains
Sprains and strains occur when a muscle, tendon or ligament is stretched or torn, usually as the result of falling, twisting or being struck. Sprains usually take longer to heal than strains, as they involve the tendons which heal more slowly than muscles. Sprains and strains sound like very minor injuries but they can take weeks or even months to heal and can severely limit your ability to travel and enjoy your normal lifestyle until they are fully recovered. Additionally, if you are unable to rest your sprain or strain properly, your leg injury can worsen and you may develop a permanent leg injury. Sprains and strains commonly lead to pain, bruising, swelling and difficulty moving the affected area. Sprains and strains in the legs can happen following road traffic accidents, whether as a driver, passenger, pedestrian or other road user or as part of an injury at work involving a slip or fall. They can also be linked to lifting injuries, if the load you were asked to carry was greater than you could safely manage.
- Leg Fractures
A fractured or broken leg is a very obviously debilitating injury, usually requiring you to have at least part of your leg in a plaster cast to keep it immobile and allow the bone to knit together to heal properly. If you are unable to rest as you need to following your accident that led to your broken leg, the injury may never heal properly, leading to long term pain and suffering. A fractured leg is commonly associated with road traffic accidents, but even a small slip and fall can lead to a broken bone if you are unlucky. Most people will find that they need to take at least some off work as a result of the accident that led to their broken leg, which can be both stressful and financially worrying. It is important that you obtain the compensation you need to ensure that you do not feel rushed back to work and can concentrate on healing fully.
- Crush Injuries To The Leg
Crush injuries to the leg can be extremely serious, as a crush is far more difficult to heal than a simple fracture. Crush injuries can be the result of an industrial accident at work, caused by faulty or poorly maintained machinery or an inattentive forklift driver. Crush injuries to the legs are also often the consequence of a road traffic accident, with the legs being trapped by the door or beneath the steering wheel. Crush injuries can also be life-threatening if not given the correct medical treatment at the scene, as toxins can build up quickly if you are not released immediately, which can cause a disorder known as crush syndrome which damages the kidneys and can be fatal. If you have suffered a crush injury as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, or have developed crush syndrome due to incorrect medical treatment following your accident, the compensation you receive may be essential to help you rebuild your life.
A dislocation is when the bone is moved out of the place it is supposed to sit within the joint. This leads to a significant loss of mobility, as well as extreme pain. If the dislocation is not set right promptly, it is possible to develop additional damage to the nerves, blood vessels and ligaments. Dislocation can occur at any joint in the body, but is very common at the knee, ankle and hip joints. Once you have suffered a dislocation in a particular joint, further dislocations are more likely, and this increased risk will need to be taken into account in any compensation claim you might make for this type of leg injury.
- Nerve Damage To The Legs
Nerve damage can be either temporary or long-lasting and can range from a slight tingling sensation to severe pain and loss of strength and muscle control. Nerve damage is always worrying and can be a complication associated with many of the other leg injuries described already. It is important that any nerve damage is assessed by a doctor to ensure that it does not lead to long term complications.
- Leg Amputation
Probably the most severe of all leg injuries is the partial or complete amputation of the limb. Although injuries resulting in amputation, whether traumatic or surgical, are highly unusual, they are always life-changing and will require a great deal of adaptation of your home, life and environment. This could include having to build an extension to your home to enable you to live downstairs if you are confined to a wheelchair following your accident, the purchase of specially adapted car if you are unable to drive normally or getting a carer if you are no longer able to look after yourself independently. It is essential that you get the compensation you need to ensure that you are able to live as normal a life as possible following your accident and injury. We want to make sure that you get the best possible care.
We know that making a claim for your leg injury can be time consuming and stressful. Call us now on 0121 565 4317 or claim online to talk to our expert team of claims advisers. We will take over processing your claim and make sure that you get the compensation you deserve while you concentrate on getting better. Our claims specialists will make your leg injury claim as easy and straightforward as possible. Find out today how much compensation you may be entitled to.
Compensation Amounts For Your Leg Injury claims?
The amount of compensation you may be entitled to as a result of your leg injury claim depends on two factors. The first is the exact nature of your injury. The Judicial College (the national governing body) sets down guidelines as to how much compensation is appropriate for different injuries. These are usually very wide ranges, to allow for the wide variation within injuries, for example a fractured leg could mean that you have a small stress fracture that heals quickly and requires only a few weeks of rest. Alternatively, it could mean that you had a compound fracture, where the bone had cut through the muscle and could be seen outside of the body, requiring surgery and weeks or months of rest followed by rehabilitation. The compensation due to those two fractures would, obviously, be different. Our specialist team are used to interpreting the Judicial College guidelines and can give you the best possible estimate of the compensation you may be due for your leg injury. Guideline compensation amount for leg injuries vary from between £5000 to £10,000 for a minor injury to the Achilles tendon all the way to a maximum of nearly £225,000 for the loss of both legs.
The second part of the compensation claim you would make for your leg injury is the way in which it has impacted your life and any costs you may have had associated with that. If your leg injury has left you unable to drive, you may be able to claim for additional travel costs. If your injury is long-lasting, you may be able to claim for adaptations to your home in order to allow you to live independently. Even equipment needed for your rehabilitation, such as good quality crutches, can be important as they will speed up your healing and reduce the risk of you developing a secondary injury. It can be difficult to know what it is acceptable to claim for in this category, which is where our experience and expertise come in. We make sure that we understand your unique circumstances, which allows us to address every part of your life that has been impacted as a result of your accident and leg injury. This ensures that you get the full amount of compensation you deserve to help you get your life back on track.
How Our Leg Injury Claims Solicitors Can Help?
If you have suffered a leg injury and suspect that you might be able to make a leg injury claim, call us now on 0121 565 4317 or claim online. Our expert team of claims solicitors will talk through your situation and advise you as to the best way to get you the compensation you deserve.
Our claims solicitors are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can call us anytime to discuss your leg injury claim and get more information regarding how injury claims work and find out what your claim could be worth.