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Leg Injury Claim Payouts: Calculate The Compensation Amounts For Upper And Lower Leg Injuries

Find out what a leg injury claim for compensation is; 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 is worth with examples of compensation amounts for all manner of leg injuries – including strain, sprains, broken bones and amputations.

Payouts Table For Leg lnjury Claims In 2023

Leg InjuryClaim Payouts
Lower leg
Simple fracture of tibia or fibula
Soft tissue injury
Muscle tears
Up to £12,000
Upper leg
Simple fracture of femur
£9,000 – £14,000
Incomplete recovery
Serious soft tissue
Defective walking gait
Metal work remaining
£18,000 – £28,000
More serious
Multiple fractures
Shortening of leg
£28,000 – £136,000
Below knee amputation
One or two legs
£98,000 – £270,000
Whole leg amputation
One of two legs
£241,000 – £282,000

What is a leg injury claim?

A “leg injury claim” describes a claim for compensation for an injury to your upper or lower leg in an accident, due to the negligence act or omission of another person, body or business – 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.

What parts of the body can be injured in your leg?

The part of the body termed the “leg” generally refers to both the lower leg and the upper leg.

Lower leg

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.

Upper leg

Your upper leg extends from your hip to the knee. It includes two major muscles known as the thigh (also known as the quadriceps) on the front of your upper leg and the hamstrings ( 3 muscles – the biggest of which being the biceps femoris) to the back of your upper leg.

Watch out – the term hamstrings can also be used to refer to the hamstring tendons – also found at the back of your leg.

Ankle and knee injury claims

We have set out the amounts of compensation you can receive for ankle claims and knee injuries in separate articles.

How does your solicitor calculate the amount you should receive for your leg injury claim?

Type of injury

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) cannot provide the medical description of your injury that the court will rely on to determine your claim. This description is instead set our in a medico-legal report compiled by an independent medical expert instructed by your solicitor.

The medical expert will typically examine you and and your GP and hospital notes.

Using x-rays, scans and experience – this medical expert 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”.

More serious leg injury claims

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.

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Examples of leg injury compensation settlement calculations

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 2023:

Modest Injury to your lower leg

A strain or sprain to the muscles of the lower leg or a simple fracture to the tibia or fibula bones, which heals with no ongoing symptoms – will lead to a compensation calculator of up to £12,000.

Fracture to your upper leg

A simple 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 between £9,000 – £14,000.

Incomplete recovery from fracture or soft tissue injury

A fracture or serious soft tissue injuries with only a partial recovery. You may have a defective gait when walking or a limp, you may be left with a permanent metal implant. For this level of leg injury claim, you could expect an average claim payout of between £18,000 – £28,000.

Multiple fracture of the bones in the leg

If your leg injury claim is serious and involves multiple fractures, instability on your legs, the need for medical intervention and possible long term disabilities and pain. In the worse case your injuries may have led to significant shortening of the leg and degloving injuries. you are likely to receive a settlement between £28,000 – £136,000.

Amputation of lower leg/s settlements

If your accident is so traumatic that one or both of your lower legs cannot be saved and below knee amputation is necessary – your leg injury claim payout is likely worth between £98,000 and £270,000.

Amputation of whole legs compensation amounts

In the worst type of accidents of all, such as in a high speed motorcycle accidents or severe work crush injuries, one or both of your legs might have to be amputated, which will result in a compensation settlement of between £241,000 – £282,000.

Summary of leg injury compensation payout amounts

In this article – 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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