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Thigh injury compensation claims

If you suffered a thigh injury in an accident at work, on the road or in a public place, you may be eligible to make a thigh injury compensation claim.

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Thigh Injury Claims

Thigh injuries can range from minor sprains and strains to severe fractures and traumatic amputations. These are often due to road traffic accidents, falls, accidents at work, sports injuries and repetitive strains.

A thigh injury can cause pain, swelling, reduced range of motion, stiffness and loss of sensation. Based on its severity, the damage can heal with proper rest or may need physiotherapy or surgical repair. In severe cases, the injury can have permanent symptoms, such as ongoing pain and mobility issues, affecting your overall quality of life.

If you or a loved one were injured due to someone else’s fault, you could make a thigh injury claim for the pain, suffering and financial losses you incurred.

To find out if you are entitled to claim compensation, call 0800 678 1410 or request a call back, and you will receive a free case assessment. If you have a valid claim and want to proceed, a personal injury solicitor will take on your case on a no win no fee basis and guide you through the claims process.

What are the common types of thigh injuries?

A thigh injury refers to any damage, trauma, or medical condition affecting the tissues, muscles, bones, or ligaments in the thigh region. Some of the most common thigh injuries for which you could claim compensation include:

  • Femur fractures. These are severe injuries that involve a break in the thigh bone, often caused by high-impact trauma such as falls from a height or car accidents.
  • Muscle strains. Strains occur when muscle fibres are overstretched or torn, often due to sudden movements or overexertion. They can affect the quadriceps (front of the thigh), hamstring (back of the thigh), or hip flexor.
  • Tendonitis. This condition refers to inflammation of the tendons that connect the thigh muscles to bones. They cause pain and stiffness and are often due to repetitive motions.
  • Nerve damage. Nerve damage in the thigh can result from trauma, compression, or medical conditions, causing symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness. This injury can affect mobility and sensation in the thigh and lower leg.
  • Amputations. Thigh amputations involve the surgical removal of part or all of the thigh due to severe trauma, injury, or medical conditions.
  • Compartment syndrome. This type of injury occurs when pressure within the muscle compartments increases, leading to decreased blood flow and nerve function. This type of injury is considered a medical emergency and can cause severe pain, swelling and tissue damage.

Symptoms and treatment of a thigh injury

An injury to the thigh can manifest itself in various ways depending on its type and severity, but common symptoms may include:

  • Pain that can range from minor discomfort to severe, sharp ache;
  • Swelling at the site of injury or around the thigh area;
  • Bruising or discolouration of the skin;
  • The thigh may feel tender to the touch;
  • Stiffness or reduced flexibility and range of motion;
  • Weakness, instability and difficulty bearing weight;
  • Numbness, tingling, loss of sensation or pins and needles;
  • A popping sensation when you move.

If you have injured your thigh, you should seek medical care for an accurate diagnosis and suitable treatment. Depending on the type and severity of the thigh injury, treatment may involve:

  • The RICE treatment method – Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation helps reduce pain and swelling and improves healing;
  • Over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers;
  • Wearing a brace or splint to stabilise the injured thigh and prevent further damage;
  • In case of severe thigh injuries, such as ligament tears or complex fractures, surgery may be necessary to repair the damage, which may involve using metal plates, screws, rods or nails;
  • Once the acute phase of the injury has passed, you may need physical therapy to improve strength, flexibility and range of motion.

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How can a thigh injury affect your life?

A thigh injury can significantly impact various aspects of your life. Depending on its severity, these consequences can be temporary or permanent and include:

  • Mobility issues, such as difficulty walking, sitting, standing or moving comfortably;
  • An overall impact on the quality of your life and daily activities;
  • Inability to perform your work duties, which may result in lost wages;
  • Difficulty or inability to engage in sports or exercise routines, affecting your overall fitness and health;
  • It can lead to increased stress, anxiety and frustration, impacting your mental well-being;
  • Ongoing or chronic pain and a permanent reduction in strength and mobility;
  • The need for long-term physical therapy and rehabilitation;
  • An injured thigh can also limit your ability to engage in social activities and hang out with friends and family, leading to feelings of isolation or loneliness.

Overall, a thigh injury can have various effects on the physical, emotional, social, and financial aspects of your life, all of which your solicitor will include in your thigh injury claim.

Can I make a thigh injury compensation claim?

The easiest way to find out if you can start a compensation claim for a personal injury is through a free consultation with a legal adviser. They will ask you some simple questions about your circumstances to determine whether:

  • Another party owed you a legal duty of care;
  • They were negligent in their duties, causing an accident;
  • You suffered a thigh injury as a result of their actions or omissions.

Your solicitor will be able to prove a legal duty by referring to the relevant legislation. This will depend on the circumstances of your accident and could be:

  • The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, if you were injured doing your job;
  • The Road Traffic Act 1988, if you were injured in an accident on the road;
  • The Occupiers Liability Act 1957, if you were injured in a public place such as a shop or restaurant.

Once liability is established, your solicitor will send a claim notification form to the other side and inform them of your allegations of negligence. They will also help you gather all the necessary evidence to support your claim, detailed in the section below.

What evidence will I need to support my thigh injury claim?

Your solicitor will help you gather all the evidence you need to start a thigh injury compensation claim, which could include:

  • Photographs, videos, CCTV or dash cam footage of the accident scene – these will help clarify what happened and who might be at fault for the damages you suffered;
  • Pictures of any visible injuries, such as bruising, bleeding, lacerations or broken bones and of your recovery process;
  • Medical records and doctor’s notes regarding the type and severity of the injury caused to you, diagnostic tests such as X-rays and the treatments you received;
  • A report from an independent professional who will assess your condition, its long-term effects and future care needs;
  • Statements from witnesses who saw what happened and can corroborate your version of the events;
  • Your notes about how the accident occurred and how it has affected your life, including the pain, suffering and loss of amenities you incurred as a result;
  • If you were injured at work or on the premises of a business, you can also use an accident report filed with the responsible party to prove the date and location of the incident;
  • It is essential also to provide evidence of related financial losses, such as receipts and invoices.

Accidents leading to thigh injury claims

Various accidents could lead to an injured thigh for which you may be entitled to claim compensation, such as:

  • Slips, trips and falls. During a fall, you might twist your leg awkwardly, leading to a strain or tear in the muscles or ligaments. You may also land directly on your thigh, which can lead to bruising, strains and even fractures.
  • Accidents at work. Falls from heights, machinery accidents, faulty tools, collisions involving forklifts, falling items and many other workplace accidents can result in severe impact injuries to the thighs. Improper lifting techniques or handling heavy loads can cause sprains and strains, while repetitive motions can lead to overuse injuries in the thigh muscles.
  • Road traffic accidents. A direct impact on the thigh during a collision can cause fractures, contusions, or soft tissue injuries. Being crushed by or ejected from a vehicle can also result in severe trauma to the thighs, such as nerve damage and even traumatic amputations.
  • Criminal assaults. A punch or kick during a physical assault can cause bruises or more severe injuries to the thighs. Assaults involving weapons such as knives, bats, or blunt objects can result in more severe trauma, such as puncture wounds, lacerations, fractures and deep tissue damage.
  • Medical negligence. Substandard medical care, such as surgical errors, anaesthesia complications, misdiagnosis and poor postoperative care, can also result in various thigh injuries. These include infections, nerve damage, unnecessary amputations and muscle tears.
  • Sports accidents. Collisions with other players, equipment, or surfaces during sports activities can result in direct impact injuries to the thigh. Thigh injuries can also be caused by sudden, forceful movements, landing improperly after a jump or repetitive motions.

Can I claim thigh injury compensation following an accident at work?

Your employer is legally obliged to take all reasonable measures to keep you safe from workplace accidents and injuries. Their responsibilities are stated by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and include:

  • Conduct regular risk assessments to identify potential hazards that could lead to hamstring and thigh injuries;
  • Provide a safe working environment by removing or controlling hazards that could lead to accidents such as slips, trips, or falls;
  • Provide tools and equipment that minimise strain on the thighs, such as mechanical aids for lifting;
  • Make sure employees have the necessary training and education regarding their job tasks and the importance of preventive measures;
  • Implement job rotation and ensure sufficient breaks to avoid muscle fatigue and prevent repetitive strain;
  • Where appropriate, provide personal protective equipment (PPE), such as knee pads, to reduce the risk of injury;
  • Train employees on the correct use and maintenance of any provided PPE.

If you have suffered a personal injury due to a breach of your employer’s duty of care, you are entitled to make an accident at work claim. Taking legal action should not put your job at risk, as you are protected by unfair dismissal laws. If your employer retaliates in some way, you can potentially take further action at an employment tribunal.

What is the time limit to claim for a thigh injury?

Generally, the time limit to start a personal injury claim is three years, starting from either:

  • The date of the accident that caused your hamstring or thigh injury
  • The date your injury was diagnosed, if it developed over time due to repetitive strain and overuse (date of knowledge)

While three years might seem like a long time, we strongly recommend you start a thigh injury claim as soon as possible. This will help your solicitor gather the necessary evidence and ensure your claim is ready in time.

There are some exceptions to the three-year claim limitation date, including the following:

  • A parent or another suitable adult can start a child injury claim at any time before the child’s 18th birthday. Otherwise, the child will have the standard three years to claim compensation themselves, beginning on their 18th birthday.
  • If the injured party cannot handle a claim due to a brain injury or a condition such as PTSD or Alzheimer’s, the time limit is put on hold. A litigation friend could claim on their behalf at any time.
  • If you were injured following a criminal assault, you have two years to make a thigh injury claim through the CICA.

How much compensation can I claim for a thigh injury?

The amount of thigh injury compensation you could be entitled to will depend on various factors, including the severity of the injury and the financial losses you incurred. There are two types of damages you can include in your compensation award:

  • General damages are awarded for the subjective losses caused by the injury, such as physical pain, emotional distress, reduced quality of life, and loss of ability to pursue a hobby. These do not have a specific monetary value attached to them and are based on the guidelines from the Judicial College. You could receive up to £135,920 for a very severe leg injury, such as a complex fracture that required bone grafting.
  • Special damages are awarded for financial losses related to the injury, such as private medical treatments, travel expenses for medical visits and physical therapy, loss of earnings, and mobility aids. These have an exact monetary value attached to them and are based on receipts, pay slips, invoices and other financial documents.

Can I make a No Win No Fee claim?

Yes. If you have a valid thigh injury compensation claim, your solicitor will take on the risk of litigation and offer you a no win no fee service. This way, you will be able to claim without paying any upfront fees for legal representation.

If your personal injury claim is successful, your solicitor will receive a fee for their services, which is capped at 25% of your settlement. You will not have to pay them a penny if your claim fails.

The no win no fee service also includes an After the Event (ATE) insurance policy against the costs and disbursements incurred during litigation, such as court fees, medical reports and expert witness fees. Furthermore, the ATE will also cover the defendant’s expenses and solicitors, so you will not be left out of pocket.

To start a thigh injury claim, call 0800 678 1410 today or enter your details in our contact form to request a call back. If your case has merit, an experienced solicitor will offer you a no win no fee service and guide you through all the steps of the personal injury claims process.