Knee Injury Claim: Compensation amounts for knee injuries caused in UK accidents
Knee injury claim solicitor sets out the different bones, cartilage, ligaments, tendons and muscles that make up your knee which can be injured in an accident; how to show “legal fault” for your injuries; the two main types of compensation that can form part of your knee injury claim with examples of how much your compensation settlement should be for various different knee injuries.
What is a knee injury claim?
The knee is the joint in each of your legs made up of:
1. Bones of the knee
At the knee two bones, known as the tibia (or shinbone) and fibula, in the lower leg are attached to the femur (or thigh bone) in the upper leg.
The bone of the” knee cap” itself is known medically as the “patella”.
See our leg injury claim article for examples of the amounts of compensation you can claim for an injury to your upper and lower leg.
2. Cartilages of the knee
Cartilage is a tough tissue found in the human body at joints where bones meet other bones. It is stiff and strong – but not as strong and as inflexible as bone.
Behind your kneecap there are three cartilages – two meniscus cartilages and a cartilage known as the gristle.
3. Ligaments of the knee
Ligaments are fibrous tissues which connect bones to other bones.
There are four ligaments in the knee – two cruciate ligaments (in the centre of your knee) and two collateral ligaments (either side of your knee).
4. Tendons of the knee
A tendon is a strong tissue which connects muscles to bones.
The knee has one main tendon known as the kneecap or patellar tendon.
5. Muscles joining at the knee
Your knee attaches two muscles in the upper leg (the quadriceps at the front of your leg and the hamstrings muscles at the back of your upper leg) with a muscle in your lower leg (the calf muscle – at the back of your lower leg).
You can see from this description that knee is quite complex with many different parts – should you injure a part of your knee in an accident (for example a car accident or a workplace accident), as a result of some form of medical negligence (such as in a defective operation procedure at hospital) or through a criminal act of violence (for instance an assault) – it is likely that you will be able to make a “knee injury claim” for compensation from the person considered “legally at fault” or “legally responsible” for your injury.
How do you decide who is legally at fault for your knee damage?
Deciding who is legally at fault for your knee injury claim is not a straight forward process as it will depend on the circumstances of your particular accident and the law which surrounds accidents of the kind you have suffered.
For example: if you had a car accident – the Highway Code can be referred to, which will help decide who was responsible. If you had a lifting accident at work the Health and Safety at Work Regulations and Manual Handling Regulations would set out the duties of your employer.
In short – it is best to contact a specialist personal injury solicitor to decide who is “legally at fault” to pay your knee injury compensation claim. A specialist lawyer will be familiar with all the relevant law that will apply to your accident.
What types of compensation can you claim from the person responsible for your knee injury?
A knee injury claim will consist of two main types of compensation payment:
1. Pain and Suffering
If you have fractured your knee cap, ripped a cruciate ligament or torn a cartilage – you will suffer pain. For each type of injury you suffer you will be entitled to claim compensation depending on the severity and duration of your injury. This is known as compensation for “pain and suffering”
2. Financial loss and expenses
A knee injury can affect your ability to work (imagine if your injury is such that you need a knee replacement operation), will result in medical treatment (knee braces, supports, pain killers), help in the home, travel to your hospital and GP, etc – each will have a monetary consequence to you. Thus, part of your knee injury claim will include compensation for all of the financial losses, inconveniences and expenses you experience directly as a result of your accident.
This will include not only past losses, but also losses predicted into the future until your knee recovery takes place.
Examples of how much compensation you can claim for your pain and suffering for a knee injury claim
The approximate amounts of compensation for pain and suffering for various different knee injury claim settlements in 2021, include:
1. Twists and painful bruising knee injuries
If you suffer twists, lacerations or bad bruising to your knee with a complete recovery within a year, you can expect a compensation settlement of between: £1,000 – £5,700
2. Twists with ongoing symptoms average payouts
If your twist or bruise or ligament injury causes permanent on-going minor symptoms, you knee injury claim is likely to lead to an average payout of between: £5,700 – £12,900
3. Torn cartilage in the knee compensation amounts
If you tear a meniscus (medial or lateral) cartilage or the gristle cartilage or suffer a knee dislocation which results in weakness or your knee not being as stable as before your accident (perhaps requiring the use of a knee brace or support) your compensation calculation will be: £14,000 – £24,500
To see our tear of meniscus claim article for a more detailed analysis of meniscus knee injuries and compensation amounts.
4. Serious knee injuries compensation amounts
In the most serious knee injuries – you might suffer a fracture of the patella, bad tears to the cruciate or collateral ligaments, torn cartilage (medial meniscus or lateral meniscus), limitation of movement of your knee, degenerative osteoarthritis, an arthrodesis could be necessary or knee replacement surgery. These types of injury will result in a knee injury claim settlement of between: £24,500 – £90,000
Summary of compensation amounts for a knee injury claim
On this page we have described all the different parts of your knee that can be injured in a UK accident – with examples of the types and amounts of compensation that can form part of your knee injury claim.
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