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|Total loss of both legs||£210,000 - £247,000|
|Below-knee amputation both legs||£176,000 - £236,000|
|Below the knee amputation||£85,000 - £116,000|
|Severe leg fracture||Up to £119,000|
|Serious injury||£48,000 - £74,000|
|Moderate injury||£24,000 - £34,000|
|Uncomplicated leg fracture||£7,500 - £12,000|
Although there are many different types of leg injury, varying in severity and cause, the common link between them all is the significant effect they can have on a victim’s life. An injury to the leg often leads to significant pain, vastly reduced mobility, time off work and an inability to play sports or engage in hobbies. More severe injuries could lead to lifelong difficulties and possibly the end of a career.
If you have suffered a leg injury that was caused due to someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. This compensation calculator helps you better understand how much you could claim for your injury. We have provided average amounts for different levels and types of injury to give you an estimate of what your injury may be worth. But each injury and case is different, so to find out a more accurate estimate of how much you could claim for your specific injury, get in touch with us today.
Types of Leg Injury
Leg injuries occur in the thigh, ankle or shin and either affect the bone or the soft tissue; ligaments, tendons and muscles. The lower leg contains two bones: the tibia (also often known as the shinbone) and fibula, as well as the ankle joint and the talus bone (also known as the ankle bone). Damage to any of these bones can have a significant impact on the injured person’s life, which makes claiming compensation important, as it can help you get back on track after your accident has occurred.
There are a range of ways in which injury to the leg can be caused. Car crashes and motorbike accidents are common causes, along with falls from height and sporting injuries.
Some of the common types of injury we’ve seen include:
- Breaks and fractures
- Sprains, strains and ruptures
- Muscle tears
Fractures in the leg bones are fairly common, although breaks in the tibia bone are often serious. Many people who break their tibia break their fibula at the same time, which can cause complications in the recovery process. If just the fibula is broken, however, the leg injury usually heals without causing significant long-term problems.
An injured person suffering from an uncomplicated fracture from which a full recovery is made may be in line to receive a significant sum of compensation in relation to the pain and suffering caused by their injury, with an additional award being made for any financial losses, such as time off work, suffered as a result of the injury.
Multiple or complex fractures to the leg will often cause restricted joint movement for a significant part of the injured person’s life. This sort of injury can be difficult to recover from, and may require a significant amount of time off work, medical support and even adjustments to your home. A trained lawyer will be able to secure compensation to meet the inevitable cost that will be attached to these various needs.
We have acted for many individuals who have unfortunately suffered an amputation of the lower leg or full leg.
Amputations can lead to serious pain and a radical and lifelong change in the circumstances for the amputee and their family, not to mention causing the amputee emotional trauma.
If you are interested in making a claim for a leg amputation, find out more from our serious injury team here.
Effects and Symptoms
Every injury is different, but a leg injury can be particularly difficult for victims because - like a foot injury - recovery usually relies on a lack of pressure being exerted on the affected leg, often leaving them unable to walk for prolonged periods of time.
For many people, this means time off work, lost earnings and an inability to take part in their favoured sports or activities. Their daily lives can change in an instant.
The more severe the injury, the longer that period of inactivity and the more serious the associated symptoms. This also means significantly higher costs when it comes to rehabilitation and treatment of the injury. For example, a leg amputee will require support for the rest of their life, including physiotherapy, adaptations to their home and vehicles, specialist equipment and often psychological support.
How Compensation Could Help You
A leg injury of any severity is likely to lead to at least a short period of time experiencing reduced mobility, discomfort and pain - in short, being unable to live the life you had before the injury. We know that compensation will never fully atone for your injury if it was caused by someone else’s negligence. However, making a claim can make your life as comfortable as possible in a very difficult time, and help to relieve the financial burden you may suddenly find yourself with.
Compensation aims to get you as close as possible to the position you were in before the accident, and to contribute to the costs you have incurred as a result of your injury.
That means the money that we can help you recover can go towards expenses such as:
- Expert medical treatment and rehabilitation
- Transport costs
- Loss of earnings
Find out more about how the claims process works by clicking here.