Knee Injury Compensation Claims


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 for knee injury compensation, 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 of your knee injury 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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  1. Marlo

    My shift manager accidentally bumped me in the entry way where I was knocked down, I hit my left knee bone on the concrete floor. Initially, I thought that I was alright and my colleagues were asking me if I needed to go to the Hospital. However, I said that I was fine but few days later I started to feel pain in my hip. I don’t know if this is related to what had happen to me?

    Please give me your input.

    Ms M Parker

    • Ian Morris

      The important steps to take after any accident at work is to firstly ensure that the details of any accident and injury are recorded properly within an accident book or incident reporting scheme at the workplace. You should also then ensure that any injuries – even if they are not immediately obvious – are presented to your GP or at a Hospital at the earliest opportunity. These two steps ensure that the appropriate evidence is in place should any claim arise in the future.

      In your case, make sure that the accident was reported and also go to the Doctor to discuss your hip pain and the accident at work.

  2. 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.

    • 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.

  3. Ms G

    I had sevral 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 ?

    • 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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