The knee is a complex joint and can be severely injured in any fall from height or as a result of unnatural twisting, with the stability and strength of the knee affected as a result. Injuries to the soft tissues and bone structure of the knee are commonly associated with road traffic accidents, slips and trips and accidents at work.
Table of contents:
- Types of knee injury you can claim for
- Compensation amounts for knee injuries
- Are you eligible to claim?
- Your questions answered
Types of knee injury you can claim for
Knee injury compensation can be claimed by any person who has suffered the injury as a result of the negligence of a third party, commonly an employer, shop or landowner.
As with any claim, medical evidence will be needed, so it is important that you seek medical attention to diagnose your injury and commence a suitable treatment plan.
Common types of knee injury for which compensation can be claimed include:
- Knee ligament damage – tears and strains
- Cartilage damage
- Dislocation of the knee joint
- Bursitis injuries (housemaid’s or carpet fitter’s knee)
- Muscular injuries, including strains or pulls of the quad muscle, calf muscle or hamstring
- Fractures and breaks to the knee joint
- Patella or knee cap injuries
Some knee injuries, such as ligament tears and cartilage damage, can require intensive medical treatment, surgery and ongoing rehabilitation therapies. Others can be treated with physiotherapy and support dressings.
The value of a knee injury compensation settlement will depend on the severity of the knee injury, what level of damage has been sustained, how long the symptoms last for and whether any surgical intervention has been required.
Our solicitors will obtain your medical records and arrange for a medical assessment to be carried out with a detailed report provided to support your claim. In cases where an admission of liability is obtained, it may also be possible to seek costs for specialist rehabilitation therapies that will improve and speed up the recovery process.
Compensation amounts for knee injuries
The value of a claim for knee injury compensation will vary depending on the type of injury sustained and whether or not you have fully recovered.
In cases where the knee injury is relatively minor, such as a sprain or soft tissue bruising, and recovers within 12 months, the claimant should expect compensation from £1,000 to £5,000.
In cases of cartilage damage or a dislocation of the knee which has left a permanent weakness to the knee joint, compensation settlements will be higher, up to just under £20,000.
In the rare case of severe permanent trauma to the knee that will result in knee replacement surgery, the claimant could receive up to £70,000 in damages for their injury.
As with all claims for compensation, should you succeed you can also recover any lost income and costs incurred via the special damages element of your claim. Our expert solicitors will ensure that you are adequately and fairly compensated.
Are you eligible to claim?
If your knee injury was caused by the negligence of someone else you have a right to make a compensation claim against the person or business responsible.
To succeed with your claim, your solicitor will need to be able to demonstrate that the cause rests with the negligent actions of a third party. This could be an employer who may have been negligent in their training or provision of work equipment, or a supermarket that failed to remove a slipping hazard from the shop floor.
To ensure that your claim has the best possible chances of succeeding, you must ensure that the details of your knee injury are properly recorded within an accident book and seek medical attention from a GP or hospital. Also, if you weren’t under 18 at the time you must make your claim within 3 years of the date of your accident.
If you are unsure as to whether or not you can make a claim, call us on 01225 430285 or if you prefer, we can call you back. Our expert staff will quickly be able to identify whether or not the cause is something that you could pursue a claim for.
We know your rights and have a proven track record with expert solicitors succeeding on behalf of our clients.
We have an easy to understand No Win No Fee claims process, and whilst we can never guarantee that we will win any claim for compensation, we can guarantee that we care, that we’ll work hard in your best interests, and that if your claim should fail it will not cost you a penny.