Hernia Injury Compensation Claims & Settlement Values

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Hernias are widely accepted as restricting mobility and known to cause ongoing pain, impairing the ability to work as normal and partake in usual activities.

A claim for hernia injury compensation can be pursued by any person who has sustained the injury as a result of the negligence of someone else. This could be an employer (for example, due to insufficient manual handling training), or any other third party negligence.

At Direct2Compensation our expert staff will be able to help you identify whether or not the cause of your hernia injury is something that you could seek to claim compensation for.

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What is a hernia and how is it caused?

Hernia injuries occur when internal tissues within the body push through a weakness in a muscle or surrounding tissue wall. They most commonly develop between the chest and hips. Although some people suffer no pain at all, for many a painful lump will develop, along with a noticeable weakness and moderate to severe pain when moving or sitting for long periods.

Although hernia injuries can develop as a result of ageing, childbirth or illness the most common cause of a hernia injury is as a result of a physical trauma in the workplace. In most cases the hernia is sustained from incorrect lifting techniques due to a lack of manual handling training from the employer. In such cases, the hernia injury is usually within the groin or abdomen area.

The most common hernia is known as an inguinal hernia. This happens when fatty tissue or part of the bowel pokes through into the groin at the top of the inner thigh. Inguinal hernias mainly affects men and can be associated with repeated strain on the abdomen.

Other types of abdominal hernia linked to physical stress include:

  • Umbilical
  • Femoral
  • Hiatus
  • Epigastric
  • Spigelian

Another type of injury that is regularly at the heart of such compensation claims is a herniated disc or hernia of the spine. This condition is also known as a slipped disc injury and can lead to debilitating and severe sciatica, with extreme lower back and leg pain.

Medical therapies used to treat hernia injuries can include physiotherapy and other hands on treatments (osteopathy) but in more serious cases surgery can be required.

Who can claim hernia injury compensation?

The most common cause of a hernia injury is through repeated lifting within incorrect manual handling techniques at work. However, any person who sustains a hernia injury as the result of negligence by a third party can seek to make a claim. This could include medical negligence, slips or trips in public, or repetitive strain from an activity, for example.

Should you choose to make a claim for hernia injury compensation, our specialist solicitors will identify the correct defendant and address your claim to them. If you sustained your hernia injury as a result of activities at work the defendant will be your employer and their insurers. If the hernia was sustained elsewhere, the claim will be addressed to whichever defendant is responsible for the negligence that lead to your injury.

Hernias sustained at work

Any person who undertakes regular lifting or works in a demanding physical role is risking a hernia injury if they do not lift safely.

All employers face an obligation to ensure that their workers are provided with adequate training and guidance to ensure that they know how to lift safely and identify items of excessive weight that cannot be lifted manually. Employers are obliged to follow Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 and also the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

Any employer who fails to follow the regulations and adequately train staff has failed to provide a workplace where the risk of hernia injury is minimised, and may face a claim if one occurs.

As with any workplace injury, the details of an injury should be reported to the employer and medical attention should be sought in order to obtain a diagnosis and treatment plan for the injury.

To give you the best chance of succeeding with your claim for hernia injury compensation, it is important to make sure that the details of your hernia injury are recorded within an accident book at your employer, or whoever else may be responsible, and that medical attention has been sought regarding the injury. Don’t worry if you haven’t done so already, we can help.

Compensation amounts for hernias

As with all claims for compensation, the value of a hernia settlement will vary depending on the severity of the injury, the length of time that the symptoms have been present, and how it has affected your day-to-day living.

The value will increase if the injury is a double hernia, or if the injury forced you to resign from work or left you unable to work, and if you will require ongoing treatment.

For hernias which result in continuing pain and/or limitation on work or physical activities, compensation amounts range between £11,000 and £20,000.

In a slightly lower bracket, where there is some risk of recurrence of the hernia, amounts fall between around £5,000 and £8,000.

For uncomplicated hernias that recover without further issue, settlement values are between £2,500 and £6,000.

The following figures are from the Judicial College guide to how much compensation you might expect for a hernia injury, your final settlement could be a lot more when other costs are taken into account.

Severity of injuryCompensation amount
Continuing pain and/or limitation on physical activities, sport or employment£11,300 - £20,210
Direct inguinal hernia, with some risk of recurrence£5,325 - £7,620
Uncomplicated indirect inguinal hernia, possibly repaired, with no other associated injury£2,575 - £6,050

At Direct2Compensation our expert solicitors will ensure that the value appropriated to your claim is maximised. The figures above are for the injury itself, but we’ll also ensure that you can recover any lost income and costs incurred as a result of your hernia by way of the special damages element of your claim.

How to start your hernia claim today

To find out more about your compensation rights or to start your hernia injury claim today, call us on 01225 430285 or if you prefer, we can call you back.

In just a few minutes on the telephone with you, we’ll obtain the initial information needed for our solicitors to commence a claim. We offer a guaranteed No Win No Fee claims service that will enable you to pursue your claim for hernia injury compensation without having to pay anything should your claim fail.

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  1. Karen Butcher

    I suffered a strangulated hernia while at work dealing with a client in a wheel chair . The wheelchair didn’t have foot plates and seemed too small for the client and the room to get him into was narrow, not allowing full manoeuvring of the wheel chair without the need to jump it around. A risk assessment was apparently made on the client but it is inadequate. Carers are boxed in and not enough movement given. I’ve been off work since November 18 recovering. I wish to make a claim for loss of earnings against my employer.

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    • Ian Morris

      Please call us on 01225430285 so that we can help you pursue your claim for the pain and discomfort caused by your injury, and also recover any loss of wages or costs you have incurred.

      The scenario you describe would indicate that there is a valid claim as the employer may not have done all that they should to minimise the risk of injury, which is employer negligence. Our staff look forward to helping you.

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  2. Nicole

    My husband works in an engineering company he has to deliver metal components to have a companies but the way they pack the product and he’s having to lift it over 25 kg sometimes, has now caused him to have a hernia and has now got to have an operation, is he entitled to compensation?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If the employer is regularly expecting him to lift items exceeding 25kgs and they have not provided adequate training or equipment to move the items safely, they have been negligent and a claim for personal injury compensation could follow.

      We suggest that your Husband phones our team on 01225430285 so that we can discuss his situation and his work in order to advise further regarding his potential claim.

      Reply
  3. Kevin

    I work in security and sustained an inguinal hernia after assisting the police who got assaulted. Criminal injury have knocked me back. Can I pursue a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If your employer has ensured that you have been fully trained and are correctly equipped to perform the duties of your work and assist authorities like the Police in the restraint of an offender, it will be hard to succeed with a claim against them.

      However, if your employer has not adequately trained you or provided the correct support and advice to enable you to work safely, you could pursue a claim against them.

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      • Kevin

        So if you get injured assisting the police then basically it’s tough luck ?
        Looks good for the future.

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        • Ian Morris

          Whether or not you can make a claim for personal injury will never be decided on luck, but on whether you were injured by the negligent actions of a person or organisation and if those injuries could or should have been avoidable.

          If you would like to get a detailed consideration as to whether or not you could make a claim for the injuries you have sustained, don’t just give up now! We would be happy to look in detail at your situation and have our specialist Solicitors look at whether or not your injuries can be attributed to negligence and advise you if you can claim or not.

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  4. Troy

    Hi I was injured at work about ten years ago. I had to undergo a hernia operation and never sought compensation, could I still seek it?

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    • Ian Morris

      UK law would prohibit you from now seeking compensation for the injury you sustained at work. As 10 years have passed, you are 7 years outside of the UK claim limitation period. In the UK, any person injured in an accident must make their claim within 3 years of the date of the accident.

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  5. Pedro

    Accident occurred on a job 26 yrs ago. I went to a doctor told me had a hernia, ventral hernia. Went to work told supervisor, I was terminated, still have doctor’s paper work. Every job I’ve had have trouble with hernia, grown larger, interferes with activities, hurting all the time. And in my fifties what can I do? I had there lifting sacks of cement powered up to eighty pounds or more.

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    • Ian Morris

      UK personal injury law prescribes a very strict 3 year claim limitation period in which any claim for personal injury compensation must be made. Once that 3 year period has passed, there is nothing you can do and no claim can be started.

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