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Hernia Injury Compensation Claim Payouts Calculator

Discover what a hernia is, the most common types of hernia injury compensation claims with examples of the amounts of UK compensation you can claim and the symptoms you may experience with the likely treatment necessary to cure your hernia injury.

Payouts Table For Hernia Injury Compensation Claims In 2023

Our table sets out the amounts of compensation you can claim for pain and suffering for various different types of hernia injury.

Hernia InjuryClaim Payouts
Indirect inguinal
No symptoms after repair
£3,400 – £7,300
Direct inguinal
Repair necessary
Risk of further problems
£7,000 – £9,100
Severe hernia
Limitations after repair
Permanent pain
Limitations remain
£15,000 – £24,200

What is a hernia injury compensation claim?

If your hernia has been caused due to negligence or legal fault of another individual or business – you may be entitles to make a hernia injury compensation claim.

A hernia injury compensation claim is a claim for money to compensate you for the pain and suffering you experience due to your hernia and any financial loss and expense you suffer as a direct result of your injury.

What is a hernia?

Technically the term “hernia” is used to describe the condition when part of one of your organs or the wall of your organ extends outside of the biological cavity, which normally contains it.

Your hernia can be either external or internal

External hernia – abdomen, groin or stomach

In an external hernia your organ is visible outside of your body such as with hernias affecting the groin or stomach when a weakness in the abdomen muscle allows a hole to develop and through the hole the abdominal organs, such as the intestine, can stick out showing a visible lump in your groin or stomach region.

Internal hernia – hiatus and diaphragmatic

With an internal hernia your organ protrudes through a hole in a muscle or membrane into another internal section of the body – a scan of your body will be necessary to identify such a hernia. Such hernias include: hiatus hernia and diaphragmatic hernia.

Genetic weakness

Hernias – especially internal hernias, can be caused from a genetic weakness and not necessarily from the negligence of another.

How do you prove how your hernia was caused?

In all cases of hernia injury compensation claims a medical report from a consultant medical expert will be necessary to show your hernia injury was caused due to the fault of another. This is known as causation.

What are the most common types of hernia injury claim?

For example, three common types of hernia injury compensation claim include:

Heavy lifting in the workplace

Heavy lifting in the workplace can lead to excessive pressure in the stomach, groin and lower spine leading to a hernia.

In such instance – you may have a claim for compensation against your employer.

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Hernia Work Accident

Hernia of the abdomen, groin or stomach

The most common type of hernia injury are from a hernia which develops in your groin or stomach. If such a hernia develops – it is generally due to a weakness or opening in the muscles of the abdomen.

Your abdomen includes the muscles of the stomach and the upper part of the groin (the groin extends from the lower stomach to the upper thigh).

A hernia of the groin will normally affect the upper groin.

Inguinal, femoral and umbilical hernia

Some examples of hernias which affect the groin or stomach include: inguinal hernias, femoral hernias, umbilical hernias, direct hernias and indirect hernias.

Hernia of the spine and spinal discs

If one of your spinal discs in your lower spine develops a hernia this can cause pressure on the sciatic nerve and lead to sciatica.


Sciatica will normally result in pain in the lower back to the top of your leg, behind your thigh.

Remember – sciatica can of course be caused in a number of other ways, which causes pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Bleichner’s, Grynfeltt’s and Petit’s hernia

You could also develop a hernia in your lumbar spine, which does not involve your spinal discs and therefore does not lead to sciatica. Three such hernias include: Bleichner’s hernia, Grynfeltt’s hernia and Petit’s hernia.

Hernias due To medical / clinical negligence

Medical intervention can cause incisions in the body which can lead to weaknesses in your muscles, diaphragms and membranes. A hernia which can be caused from medical incisions include:

Incisional hernia

The incisional hernia is typically caused from a weakness due to a wound caused in surgery which has not healed correctly or completely.

Such a hernia injury compensation claim can be caused from clinical or medical negligence.

Ventral hernia

If such an incision occurs in the abdomen leading to a hernia – this is known as a ventral hernia. Ventral hernias can follow from an operation involving an appendix removal or intestinal surgery.

Symptoms of hernias

Hernias can cause pain from: organ dysfunction (as in a lumbar disc hernia causing sciatica), organ obstruction (such as a hernia of the bowel leading to an obstruction in the bowel causing stomach pain) and organ strangulation (affecting the blood flow to an organ, which can lead to gangrene and even death).

Treatment of hernia injuries

We mention only briefly some types of medical intervention that can help your hernia injury. Clearly it will be for a doctor to explain the best approach.

Medical intervention can include:

Hand manipulation

A skilled medical expert might be able to use hand manipulation to return the protruding organ back into its correct position.

Surgical intervention

When a hernia becomes strangulated, causes obstructions or develops in a certain way – surgical intervention might be necessary. Sometimes a mesh is inserted into the body to repair the hernia and strengthen the place where the hole has developed.

Examples of hernia injury compensation claim amounts

Some examples of how much the courts will award for pain and suffering for a hernia injury compensation claim in 2023, include:

Minor inguinal hernia injury compensation claims

You might experience an inguinal hernia of your groin – that may need a repair procedure. Following treatment you may experience no further symptoms.

Your likely average payouts will be between £3,400 – £7,300.

Direct inguinal hernia compensation calculator

A direct inguinal hernia, which when repaired has a risk of you suffering further pain. The hernia is in a position, where you had no pre-existing weakness.

Your compensation payout will be calculated between £7,000 – £9,100.

Serious hernia injury compensation claim

A serious hernia which, even after repair, leads to continual pain and might cause you limitations in your daily activities (including sports and employment).

For this type of serious hernia – your likely compensation payout will be between £15,000 – £24,200.

On this page your have read about the most common types of hernia injury together with the amounts of compensation you can claim.

Deciding if you can claim for hernia injury compensation can be quite a complicated process even for a legal professional.

We recommend you try our free solicitor help – online and telephone. Options include speak to one of our specialist solicitor direct, ask an online question, have your potential hernia injury compensation claim claim assessed.