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Leg Injury Claim: UK lawyer explains how much UK accident compensation you can claim for upper and lower leg injuries
Leg injury claim: solicitor sets out the parts of the body which can be injured in your leg, how a medical expert report helps in deciding how much compensation your leg injury claim is worth with examples of compensation amounts for all manner of leg injury including strain, sprains, broken bones and amputations.
What is a leg injury claim?
The part of the body termed the "leg" generally refers to both the lower leg and the upper leg.
Leg injury claim
Your lower leg runs from your knee to your ankle and is made of two major bones known as the tibia and fibula, a major muscle group known as the calf muscles and a tendon which is often injured known as the Achilles tendon.
Your upper leg extends from your hip to the knee. It includes two major muscles known as the thigh or quadriceps (on the front of your upper leg) and the biceps femoris (to the back of your upper leg).
A "leg injury claim" describes a claim for compensation for an injury to your upper or lower leg in an accident, a criminal act of violence or by medical negligence. A leg injury can include strains and sprains to muscles, ligaments and tendons or in more serious cases fractured, broken bones and traumatic amputations.
I have set out the amounts of compensation you can receive for ankle and knee injuries on separate pages. Please click ankle pain compensation to see the amounts of compensation you can recover for ankle injuries.
How does your solicitor know how much compensation you should receive for your leg injury claim?
The amount of compensation you can claim for your leg injury depends on many factors, including: which part of your leg is injured, whether your injury is a strain or sprain, whether it involves broken bones , how long it will take for your leg injury to recover and whether there will be an ongoing disability and symptoms of pain.
Your lawyer nor even yourself can provide the description of your injury - this is down to an orthopaedic consultant surgeon instructed by your solicitor who will have access to your GP and hospital notes and will examine you to complete his report for the court.
Using x rays scans and experience this medical consultant will describe what injury you have suffered and will attempt to predict the future for your recovery in a section of the medical report known as the "prognosis".
The more serious your injury and the longer time period for your recovery the more compensation your leg injury claim is likely to be worth.
Examples of compensation settlement amounts for your leg injury claim
Below are some examples of different types of leg injuries and the amounts of compensation your solicitor will claim on your behalf if your claim was to settle in 2013:
1. Minor Injury to your lower leg average claim payouts
A strain or sprain to the muscles of the lower leg or a clean break or fracture to the tibia or fibula bones, which heals with no ongoing symptoms will lead to a compensation calculator of: Less than £7,000
2. Minor injury to your upper leg compensation calculator
A clean break or fracture to the femur bone in your upper leg which heals quickly with no ongoing symptoms of pain will lead to average compensation payouts of: £7,000 - £11,000
3. More serious leg injury compensation calculator
If your leg injury leaves you with a partial recovery leaving a defective gait when walking or a limp and might result in a permanent metal implant, you could expect an average claim payout of between: £13,000 - £21,000
4. Severe leg injury claim settlements
If your leg injury claim is serious and involves multiple fractures, instability on your legs, the need for medical intervention and possible long tem disabilities and pain you are likely to receive a settlement between: £21,000 - £100,000
4. Amputation of lower legs settlements
If your accident is so traumatic that one or both of your lower legs cannot be saved and amputation is necessary your leg injury claim is worth between: £70,000 and £193,000
5. Amputation of whole legs compensation amounts
In the worst type of accidents of all, such as in a high speed car accident or motorcycle accident, one or both of your legs might have to be amputated, which will result in a compensation settlement of between: £80,000 - £210,000
Summary of leg injury claim compensation amounts
On this page you have discovered how much compensation you are likely to receive for your leg injury claim from a minor to severe injury.
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