Knee Injury Claims & Compensation Amounts

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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.

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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.

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  • Thulani Nhlapo

    Hi Ian I wanted to deduce something from that, because I tripped and fell over a gymnastic beam bar and I fainted and when I gained consciousness I was in agony and the pain was excruciating, I was rushed to hospital where it was found that my knee cap was fractured, but the report that was gathered by my employer is that I just fainted and she told me that she is not going to write that I tripped because that is what the witnesses are saying. the report does not say anything about my knee being injured so it ism word against them because I remember exactly what happened. Am I going to be allowed to give my version of the incident report on my side as a victim.

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    • Ian Morris

      Your employer should allow you to put forward your version of events as you recollect them. Given that you disagree with the contents of the employers report, the only way to have any amendment made to their report will be for a more formal investigation to be undertaken and for anyone who was present at the time of the incident to be asked for a statement.

      If any of the people who witnessed the incident can confirm that you tripped over the beam bar before then fainting, you would be able to get the report corrected and potentially pursue a claim.

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  • Thulani Nhlapo

    Are able to claim if you just fainted and got a knee fracture at work?

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    • Ian Morris

      The scenario you describe is not a valid claim for compensation. Whilst the injury mentioned is clearly unfortunate and was not the fault of the injured party, there is also no liability or negligence that can be attached to the cause of the injury.

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  • Dave

    My partner suffered an injury at work for a council school service a year ago, tearing all tendons in her right knee
    She recently suffered a further accident at work due to the initial injury when her knee locked and fell down 4 stairs, damaging the ligaments in her right ankle. She is currently employed full time but is being asked to sign a new contract for part time. Does this affect her right to make a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      The change in contract would not impact any claim for the injury – as wouldn’t leaving the employer. The key here will be the initial injury a year ago and whether the cause of the knee injury can be attributed to negligence in anyway.

      If your partner hasn’t already looked in to making a claim, please ask her to call us on 01225430285 so that we can discuss the incident with her and advise her on a potential No Win No Fee claim for personal injury compensation. If it can be shown that the initial injury has caused her to be unable to work full-time, there is a potential to recover a substantial amount of future loss of income as well as compensation for the injuries sustained.

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  • Lee

    I work in food retail and whilst removing pallets from the warehouse to take onto the shop floor I slipped and damaged my knee. The assistant manager took me to the hospital. I have had x-ray,Physiotherapy, and I am awaiting to see if I need an mri. 8 weeks on I am still in pain. My employer said because the spillage was hidden from sight underneath the pallets I won’t be able to claim back for loss of earnings as there was nothing they could of done to prevent it from happening.

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    • Ian Morris

      We do not think that you should simply accept your employers denial of any responsibility – it is not for them to say whether or not they should compensate you for your injury. There are questions to ask about the storage within the workplace, how the food items were stored and whether the leak could have been identified earlier. These questions need to be asked by a specialist Solicitor and answered under investigation by the employers insurers. You certainly have a right to make a claim and our specialist Solicitors would be quite happy to consider your situation with a view to making a claim against your employers insurance cover for the injuries and loss of income you have incurred.

      If you would like to take this further and seek some specialist advice from our Solicitors, we’ll need a few minutes on the phone with you to take some further basic details. You can start the process online or you can call our team on 01225430285 for help.

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  • Maria

    I work in a busy florist, during a delivery on a cold icy morning I slipped on the road/ pavement, and have subsequently injured my knee. It has been very painful and left me unable to drive.
    The Doctor I have consulted says I need to have an operation to repair the damage to my knee cap and cartilage.
    Although this accident did not happen on work premises and was not due to neglect, do I have a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If you slipped on ice on a public footpath or the pathway to a private property, you would not be able to make a claim. Whilst local authorities have a responsibility for treating the roads and highways in their region in icy or cold weather, that responsibility does not apply to footpaths and pavements.

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  • Alex

    I would like your advice please regarding an accident I had on August 9th, 2019.

    I had dined with my fiancé at a Miller & Carter restaurant and upon leaving, fairly late in the evening, I slipped and fell down half a flight of stairs. The stairs were incredibly slippery to which there was no visible signage stating or warning of this. We reported the incident to a member of staff.

    My fiancé contacted the restaurant the following day, Saturday 10th August, about the incident as I was in a lot of pain and had been awake most of the night as I was unable to sleep. It transpired upon speaking to the manager the member of staff had not reported the incident in their accident book. I am unsure if they have since recorded the same.

    I sustained injury to both my right knee and right ankle for which I attended my G.P. My G.P referred me for X-ray’s and MRI scans. The MRI shows a sprain to my right knee, I am not 100% sure about the grade of sprain. The consultant advised I need to have physiotherapy for my knee and that my ankle has severe swelling. I have been walking with a limp since the injuries were sustained.

    Since the incident I suffer pain everyday/night and my day to day life has been severely affected. At work I have had to be placed on light duties and I am unable to participate in my regular weekly hobbies, such as football and golf. I was unable to attend the gym for a period of time and although I have recently returned I am only able to do light weights on my upper body, with no cardio or leg work. Not being able to do this, nor play football etc has resulted in my putting on weight. This, combined with not being able to go about my normal activities, has left me feeling extremely down and frustrated.

    I am also annoyed as to how Miller & Carter appears to have just dismissed the incident. My fiancé has telephoned Miller & Carter a few times and they informed her they would get back to her but to date have not done so. They sent me a bunch of flowers as a way of apology at the time and since such time we have had no further communication from them.

    I have photographs of the injuries I sustained and can forward these if requested.

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    • Ian Morris

      Given the nature of your accident and the lack of hazard warning signs on the stairs in question, you do have a right to make a claim for compensation against the restaurant and their insurers. Whether or not your claim would succeed will depend on what evidence there is to support your claim and what defence the defendant can mount.

      Ideally, our Solicitors will need you to identify what you slipped on. You state that the stairs were slippery. Do you know why? Were they wet or was there a substance upon them?

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  • Gavin

    I injured my knee at work. I did it after kneeling on the floor. I have prepatellar bursitis, already diagnosed by a doctor. Although kneeling isn’t part of the job to the degree of a carpet layer for example there is still a decent amount and there is no knee pads available for kneeling on the concrete floor. If we want knee protection we have to try and find shipping foam or something similar to kneel on.

    I have had a similar injury before which healed itself in a couple of days with ibuprofen and paracetamol with no swelling just pain when I put any pressure on the kneecap.

    However this time it has swollen and limited my range of movement and makes walking painful. It has been like this for 3 weeks now, I have booked another appointment with my doctor because I have followed their advice and they appeared confident that it should have cleared by now.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If the work you are employed to do involves you kneeling on hard floor surfaces regularly, there is a case to make that your employer should have assessed this as a possible risk to health and provided you with knee pads. As the employer appears to have failed to offer anything to reduce the risk of injury to your knee, it may be possible to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation. If you or any colleagues have previously reported the lack of knee protection, that would add strength to any future claim.

      The injury that you mention (bursitis) is commonly associated with repetitive strain or repetitive movements, so it is understandable that you have developed the condition.

      If you have not already done so, you should make your employer aware that the ‘injury’ you have is work related and make note to them that there is no knee pad provision for the kneeling work that you need to do.

      If you would like to speak with us further about a possible claim and seek specialist advice from our expert Solicitors please do call us on 01225430285 or let us know when you would like us to call you. Initially, we would spend around 5 minutes on the phone with you to take some initial basic information. This information would then be passed to one of our expert specialist Solicitors who would then contact you directly to further discuss your situation and offer advice as to whether or not a claim can proceed (which we anticipate it can).

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  • gary

    I was required to carry some material through a small gap. I hit my knee on some other material which was sticking out at the end of the gap which then inflicted an open wound onto my knee cap which required the hospitals attention. Not only that but my employer does not have any first aiders and is aware of this. People have told me to put a claim in for this as it wasn’t my fault.

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    • Ian Morris

      Anyone injured in a non-fault accident at work has a right to make a claim for compensation against the employers obligatory insurance cover. In your case, your claim will succeed if it can be shown that your employer failed in their obligations towards your health and safety at work. There is clearly an argument to be made that the work you were asked to do was dangerous and the item that caused your laceration should not have been in situ.

      Please call us on 01225430285 so that we can take some further details from you and present your claim to our specialist Solicitors for detailed consideration.

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  • Stephen

    I injured my knee at work in 2015 but I did not get my op in till the 6th of April this year. I was off in till the 17th of June then I went back to work for 3 weeks on reduced hours, the 1st week was 4 hours then the next 2 weeks were 6 hours, but my knee swelled up again and I went to my doctor’s and he give me a sick note for 2 weeks, can you help?

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    • Ian Morris

      Unfortunately in our view you are now out of limitation and cannot now take any action in terms of claiming compensation for your injuries – unless you started a claim before the 3rd anniversary of your accident and had the matter registered in the courts to protect your rights.

      UK law applies a strict 3-year claim limitation period in which you must take action and pursue a claim for compensation.

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  • Brett

    Hi, I work in a concrete and fencing company. I mix and pour concrete to make the post. When I demould posts I can lift 9 foot posts. My job for the the last 3/4 years has involved alot of heavy lifting. In 2017 I was referred for an MRI as I was suffering knee pain in my right knee. While waiting for my results it gave way twice at work and I went to a&e. They looked at my MRI and fast tracked my consultant appointment.
    The consultant said that basically my knee was knackered and offered the option of a steroid injection which didn’t work. I returned 6 months later for a review which is when I was told I had arthritis and surgery was the only option. As I am only 44 we spoke about half a knee replacement. When the surgeon looked at my MRI he said it was so bad as it was bone on bone I needed a full knee replacement which I had March this year. I worked up until begin of march but the pain was crippling and I had to use a lot of my leave to get me through as we have no savings. I have been told by the surgeon I cannot go back to the work I was doing. I’m seeking counselling now as it has taken drained me mentally as well as physically. Do I have a claim?
    Many thanks.

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    • Ian Morris

      Employers have a responsibility to ensure that any staff working in a role that requires repeated heavy lifting are given the correct tools, training and support to allow them to work as safely as possible. Employers must also adequately risk assess the weights and items that they are asking staff to lift and move and in appropriate cases provide additional support or lifting equipment to reduce the risk of injury.

      Of course, at this time we do not know what training, support, equipment and risk assessments your employer has put in place so we cannot be certain as to whether or not the employer has in anyway been negligent. However, you describe a very serious injury and a requirement for complex knee replacement surgery at a young age and this indicates to me that there is a claim that should be investigated further. We would be happy to assist with this and I suggest that you visit the ‘start a claim’ page of our site to provide your contact details so that we can speak with you regarding your work and ascertain the prospects of succeeding with a claim for you.

      If successful with a claim you would be able to claim compensation for the pain and discomfort caused by your knee pain, the impact of the surgery and your long term prospects with the knee as well as recover lost income caused by your time off and need to find new employment elsewhere. Regarding the psychological impact that this has had upon you, it is important that you do seek counselling and that these issues are also noted on your medical records as they too could form part of the final valuation of any claim if you were to succeed.

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  • Doreen

    I had an accident at work in September 2018 someone was hurrying and knocked me to the ground. This caused me to fall on my right knee I have had to have a knee replacement due to this. The managers at work told me that the accident was caused in a blind spot so no one was to blame and it was just one of those things. I was told there were 10 witnesses when I asked if they had seen the accident they said they had seen me struggling to get up off the floor. Would I be entitled to claim for this accident?

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    • Ian Morris

      We would be happy to further investigate your claim on a No Win No Fee basis. Please use the ‘start a claim’ page of our website to provide some further basic information and contact details. One of our specially trained staff will then call you to discuss your accident at work and explain your rights and how we can help you.

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  • Luz

    I had a car accident few years ago and it was not my fault. I had both off my knees injured. I had surgery on one knee, but still have pain when I walk or when I sit for too long. The person driving the other car did not have a drivers license and did not get injured.

    Can I still claim compensation? I did not get too much back then and I live with pain.

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    • Ian Morris

      UK personal injury law would not allow you to return to claim a 2nd time – if you have already made a claim for compensation after your car accident and received a settlement, unfortunately you cannot seek further damages.

      If you have not already claimed, you could make a claim for compensation – but as long as your accident was less than 3 years ago.

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  • Kerry

    At the end of August I tripped over a traffic cone which was on the floor in a pub. I landed onto my knees on a hard floor. I had bad bruising on both of my knees. There were a lot of traffic cones in the road outside of the pub and made the assumption some idiot had brought one into the pub. Two months on I’m having trouble with both knees and am going to see the doctor this week. I’m concerned that I have injuries due to this accident. I didn’t report it at the time as I was making my way out of the pub. I’m guessing that cctv probably no longer exists but will be contacting the pub to ask. I have historical texts between friends and my mother in law discussing the accident the day after. I am also thinking of contacting the police to see if they have cctv footage of someone bringing the traffic cone into the pub. My sister witnessed me falling and there were two strangers who witnessed it but it’s unlikely I will be able to find them.Do I have any case if I’m injured due to the accident?

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    • Ian Morris

      There could be a valid claim for compensation as a result of this incident. However, you have rightly identified a few issues to provide the required evidence to support any claim you may wish to pursue.

      It would seem pretty obvious that the cone was placed inside the pub by someone ‘fooling around’, perhaps after a few beverages. As such, the Public House would not be responsible for it’s presence if it had only just been placed there. The courts would deem that it is unreasonable to expect the Pub to identify and remove a potential hazard immediately. However, if the staff of the Pub failed to notice and remove the cone within a reasonable period of time a claim could proceed on the basis that the business was not adhering to their occupier liability obligations (inspect, identify and remove any hazards at regular intervals) and had allowed a hazard to remain in situ unduly, leading to injury.

      Any evidence to prove what happened to you, when and where would of course greatly support any claim. Therefore speaking with the Pub and Police as you suggest would be a wise move. You could also see if you can find any witnesses to your accident, ideally not relatives. Once you have done so, we suggest that you return to us so that we can look further in to this matter for you.

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  • Phil

    Hi I have worked in the manufacture of upholstery for 35 years working piece work. It involves heavy lifting on a repetitive system I have to lift by myself often. The company instructs us to lift bending the knees. As a result I have been informed I will need a knee replacement. My question is do i have a legal claim against the firms I have worked for? Thank you for any advice.

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    • Ian Morris

      It is unlikely that you will be able to make a claim against the employers here as they have done the right thing in training you to lift safely and use the strength of the legs (by bending at the knee) to lift, rather than using the back. The other issue you will have is proving causation – that the trouble with your knees is caused by your work and not by degeneration or similar.

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  • Ms G

    I had several accidents at work over five years ago which at the time was just taken as being a bad injuries to me knees. Recently my legs and knees have swollen really bad and it has been suggested I now need surgery for knee replacements. As the time was some time ago can I still make a valid claim for injury and how is the best way to proceed if I do?

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    • Ian Morris

      If your accidents were longer than 3 years ago, there is nothing you can do as UK law provides a maximum claim limitation period of 3 years from the date of an accident in which you can make a claim. If more than 3 years have passed, you are statute barred and can take no action.

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  • Simon

    I was reversed into at work by a vehicle whilst I was doing my job, as a result I sustained a knee injury that is still on going a year on. At the time I put in the accident book and reported it to the management. I have had some other health issues meaning I’ve had quite a lot of sick days I was worried that I would go onto ssp. I was advised by hr to look at put a personal injury claim in to cover any loss of earnings. Since then I have found out that the paperwork by my company hasn’t been filled out correctly, the accident wasn’t reported to riddor and that they have back dated witness statements, it looks like I will have to have an operation on my knee to make it better. I have been with my employer for more than ten years.

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    • Ian Morris

      The fact that you initially recorded the accident details correctly is important as you have done the right thing. The employer then losing the record or not recording it properly is out of your hands. You should certainly put in writing to the employer your thoughts on this and confirming what you recorded.

      That you were hit by a reversing vehicle at work would indicate that you have a strong claim for compensation – even with the lost accident book record. Have you already tried to pursue a claim against the employer or liable vehicle insurer? If not, please call us on 01225430285 or use our ‘start a claim’ page. We’d be very happy to further investigate your claim.

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  • gary paterson

    I have worked for the same employer for over 20 years, I had to have a knee op in 2012 which at the time the surgeon did say it was my type of work that caused it. I then had to have my other knee done in 2015. I have now been told I need a HTO on my left knee as I’m too young for knee replacement – do i have a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      You may have had a claim against your employer, but our concern is that you are outside of the strict 3-year claim limitation period.

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  • Carol

    I had an accident at work last Nov. I was pulled over by a child hurting my knee I’ve had 1 operation and been off work for 6 weeks so far.

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    • Ian Morris

      Was your accident caused by employer negligence? If so, you could seek to make a claim against your employer for the injuries you have sustained and any lost income that you have incurred as a result.

      If you would like to find out more about whether or not you have a valid claim for work accident compensation, use our ‘start a claim’ form or call us on 01225430285 so that our expert staff can discuss your accident with you and identify whether or not you can pursue your claim further.

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  • Mike king

    I am a security supervisor at crown court. I injured my knee assisting a police officer restrain a male who was resisting arrest.

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    • Ian Morris

      We are currently pursuing similar claims for security staff who were injured in assisting Police officers apprehend an aggressive person. As such, it may well be that you also have a valid claim – of course, much will depend on whether your employer has carried out adequate risk assessments and provided you with the right level of support and training. If you would like us to investigate your prospects further, please get in touch.

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  • Mike

    I had a knee accident 15 years ago. I fell on a wet floor whilst neighbour was moving was told neither had insurance so just left it at that, been in constant pain ever since, been on crutches ever since fall messed my life up as cannot work. thanks.

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    • Ian Morris

      Sadly, it would seem that you are now way outside the legal claim limitation period of 3 years and as such, there is nothing you can do to make a claim for personal injury compensation.

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  • Debbie Bircumshaw

    Good morning, I work for a firm of Solicitors as Legal Secretary and have been here for just over 3 months now. I work in a building with lots of floors and no lift. I have to walk up 4 flights of stairs just to get to my office. Daily I am up and down the stairs constantly. Then I have another 2 flights of stairs to go up to the toilet and use the kitchen.
    I began getting discomfort in my knees and ended up going to the doctors due to the pain. He examined me and can see there is a problem and has prescribed me some anti-inflammatories and to take pain relief. I now have to take this daily. He said I could possibly have a cortisone injection into each knee but would like to try and delay that for the time being due to my age, I am 43. Eventually I will need knee replacements!
    I have never had issues with my knees yet the daily struggle of going up and down the stairs has led me to having bad knees! When I took the job I did not realise the stress and strain I would be under just to get to my work space!
    I have tried different shoes to see if this helps but nothing does, and I am more comfortable in long boots as feel it stabilises my knees more! I now have spoken with my manager and she advised me to see HR. I have now advised HR of this and basically there is nothing they can do. I have asked if I could be rehoused on the ground floor but there is no room for me. How do I stand with this and what should I do? Long term I feel this will be impacting my health massively. I can even feel pain in my knees when I am driving now too. Help?!

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    • Ian Morris

      There is no obligation on an employer to provide an elevator or lift to allow staff to access different floors of a business and it is not unreasonable or unusual to expect someone to be able to climb and descend a few flights of stairs. It would be unfair to force all employers to incur the huge costs needed to retro-fit all workplaces with lifts. Sadly, in your case we cannot see any way that you can attempt to hold your employer liable for the knee problems you have developed as it is unlikely that any medical expert would find that a period of 3 months of walking up and down stairs at work would be the cause. Whilst climbing the stairs may have caused you to notice the problems with your knee, it is likely that a medical expert would indicate that you had a pre-existing condition and a previously diagnosed mechanical issue.

      With regards to your asking the employer to move you to the ground floor, that is a reasonable request. However, there is no obligation to move you to that area if it is not practical for them to do so.

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  • Kedra Ebron

    I injured my knee about a week ago at work. There is a board underneath where an old drawer was removed but that onboard was left. When I hit my knee it caused a contusion and fluid to build up and there is swelling. I have been taken out of work due to severe pain. I was put on cructhes until I see the orthopedics. They said I had some arthritis there that I didn’t know about until xrays from the injury. Will I be compensated or not for this?

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    • Ian Morris

      You could seek to make a claim for compensation against the employer for this accident and if you succeed, you will receive a settlement.

      I am a little confused though as to how you suffered your injury? What caused you to bang your knee? If you could explain further, I may be able to offer you a better response as to your prospects with any future claim.

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  • Ms Lee

    I slipped when l entered a Bank. A small signage was placed -caution slippery floor as the weather was wet outside. The tile flooring is very shiny. I only put one foot off from the secondary mat when l slipped and fell on my knee. Accident book was filled in. I had to go to A&E as knee started to swell. No permanent damage. I have photos of my leg, Hospitals record, photo of my shoe that I was wearing. I also draw out the plan where I fell. No contact was made to me or when asked to be contacted via website complaints dept. no one has called. Do you think that a claim is justified?

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    • Ian Morris

      The Bank have clearly attempted to provide a warning that there is a slipping hazard by erecting a hazard warning sign. However, simply erecting a hazard sign does not in and of itself absolve an establishment from responsibility if someone then goes on to slip and sustain an injury. This article gives a little more advice on hazard signs and how they don’t always prevent success in a slipping accident compensation claim. The hazard sign in this instance does indicate what defence the Bank and their insurers will use should any claim arise.

      However, there may well be grounds to pursue a claim here and we would be very happy to discuss the possibility of compensation with you.

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  • debbie ashton

    Hi I had an accident in the swimming baths while collecting my daughter from her swimming lesson there were no blue disposal shoes in the dispenser so I carried on in with my normal trainers on and slipped on the wet floor dislocating my right knee, when I fell it went back into place (however I have done his before a few times but never in a public place) when the passers by went to get help the manager and a swim instructor came to help however the manager didn’t offer me any ice pack for my knee and said if its a reoccurring thing is not going to help anyway, they sat me on a chair and asked if I needed an ambulance, and waited till my husband came to pick me up as I couldn’t drive, I have been off work for a week and half so far on sick leave and have now got a hospital appointment to see how much ligament damage there is and may need a knee operation which means 6-8 weeks off work which I cant afford , if I did put a claim in what would I have to do.
    thanks

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    • Ian Morris

      Hi, I am sorry to hear about your recent fall at the swimming pool. We could certainly investigate this matter for you with a view to pursuing a claim for compensation. Whether or not the claim would succeed will depend on a few factors, but we’d gladly get our specialist solicitor partners on to this for you.

      It would be wise (if it hasn’t been done already) to make sure that the swimming baths in question have recorded your details and the nature of your accident within their accident book. If they didn’t take your details at the time, you should email them, write to them (recorded delivery) or go to see them in person.

      Given the nature of your injury, it is definitely worth pursuing this to see if we can take this to a successful conclusion.

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  • 4Tim

    Hello 2 days before Xmas 2016, in the mid morning I slipped over in the warehouse tarmac yard it was frosty in the morning but i didn’t notice that it was slippery. I have damaged my knee and currently seeing specialists. I have been on sick unable to walk since 8 jan. The doctor gave me a light duties fit note which my line manager said they couldn’t do as they had no light duties. So I have been on sick with no sick pay (except SSP) since.
    I spoke to my union and their solicitors, they say I have no claim because I am the manager of the store, therefore any fault or claim of negligence would be turned back at me as I’m in charge and should have been aware of the conditions outside. I had a new knee last year and this fall has damaged my other knee virtually beyond repair and I am waiting for a final surgeons appointment. At the end of Feb although I am attempting to go back to work next week with a knee brace and increased medication.
    1. Is there a claim for injury here or at worst?
    2. As it was an accident at work can they be forced to pay my wages?
    Accident was reported that day and I have CCTV footage of the fall.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Tim

      Thank you for coming to us, your injury sounds painful.

      To answer your last point first, your employer has no obligation to pay your wages – even if you were injured at work. It really depends on your contract of employment and whether or not your employer is kind or simply goes down the obligatory SSP route.

      Whether or not you can make a claim for compensation is not certain, as the Manager of the store, you may have some responsibility here. However, I would like to let our Solicitors look in to this for you as it could be that your employer is the responsible party as they may never have carried out a risk assessment of the slip risk in icy conditions – also, they may not have ever provided salt/grit to use in such conditions. There is a possibility that you could still claim against them, but have to accept a portion of responsibility – it is called split liability, where both parties accept some of the responsibility for the accident. For example, maybe your employer is 70% responsible because they didn’t risk assess this possibility or they didn’t ask you to do it – or make it part of your job and maybe you are 30% responsible as the manager of the store for failing to see a risk, report a risk or act on a risk.

      If this were to be the case, you could still claim but any settlement would be (on the basis of my example) made at 70% of the total value (as you would have to accept 30% of the responsibility). In this scenario, it would still be worth claiming.

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  • Dan hewlett

    Hi, i dislocated my knee cap on friday the 25th of June. While delivering meat for my employer to Glastonbury festival, the accident occurred at around 10:30 and was caused by a knee high bench behind me that i fell over while carrying 20+kg of meat. I received basic but suitable treatment at the Glastonbury site being advised to visit A&E as soon as possible and was eventually taken back to my place of work a couple miles away. Upon arrival everyone was interested to what had happened including my boss, however nobody took any solid details and nobody logged it in any books. I have visited A&E and they confirmed it was a dislocation, i have proof of all medical treatment i received both immediately after the accident and recent treatment i have received. I have been off for 2 working days now and only worked there for 9 weeks. So firstly should i still get full pay and 2nd if i don’t should i consider a claim? Thank you.

    Reply
    • I am really sorry to hear about your recent accident at Glastonbury whilst working. The liability element of your claim certainly sounds strong.

      Obviously, the lack of any official record of the accident could make things a little more difficult than if it had been recorded, but I would suggest that it is still well within a reasonable time frame to record your accident properly. You should definitely insist that your employers record the details within their accident book and although they are not liable for your injury, they should record it. You should contact the company/vendor to whom you were delivering the meat and see if they have made a record and you could even contact Glastonbury Festival and ask them to make a record.

      In any event, it is certainly worth trying to make a claim for injury compensation and we would be more than happy to help you with that.

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