A groin injury can have a massive impact on your life. It is the type of injury that can prevent you from working and enjoying your normal activities. In reality, you could injure your groin in various types of accidents. What you may not know, though, is that if the accident was caused by somebody else’s negligence, you might be entitled to claim groin injury compensation from them. This article about groin injury claims will consider the types of accidents that could allow you to claim and explain how the claims process works.
We’re here to help if you’d like to check if you might be entitled to compensation. If you call us, an advisor will review what’s happened and provide free legal advice. They may introduce you to one of our personal injury lawyers if it appears that you have a strong enough claim. If they agree to manage your claim, their representation will be provided on a No Win, No Fee basis.
Please continue reading to find out more about groin injury compensation claims or call us on 0800 652 1345 if you’d like to discuss your case with a specialist.
Types of groin injuries you could claim compensation for
The groin is the area in the body where the upper thigh joins the abdomen. The groin encompasses 5 different muscles used to make the leg move. It’s possible to claim compensation for any type of groin injury if it resulted from an accident or incident that was caused by someone else.
Some of the most common groin injuries that are claimed for include:
- Adductor strain. Commonly referred to as a groin strain and is probably the most common groin injury.
- Avulsion fracture. Where connective tendons pull a piece of bone away from the pelvis.
- Inguinal hernia. A bulge may appear in the groin after abdominal muscles are torn or stretched.
- Stress fractures. These can occur in the pubic ramus bone or the femoral neck. They are tiny fractures that develop over time.
Please call us if you’ve suffered a groin injury and let us know what happened and we’ll review your options for free.
Common causes of groin injuries
Some common reasons that groin injuries occur include:
- Sudden sharp movements.
- Heavy lifting.
- Penetrative wounds.
Effectively, it’s possible to suffer a groin injury in a variety of different accidents including falls, road traffic accidents and workplace accidents.
Symptoms of a groin injury
While some groin strains aren’t serious, groin tears can be extremely painful and debilitating. Some of the main symptoms associated with groin injuries include:
- Weakness in the upper leg.
- Pain when moving, running or walking.
- Tenderness, swelling and bruising in the groin area.
- A snap or cracking noise at the time of an accident.
While some groin injuries will be treated with painkillers and the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), more serious groin injuries may require surgery.
Can I claim compensation for a groin injury?
Before agreeing to assist you in claiming compensation for a groin injury, a personal injury solicitor will need to assess your case. During this evaluation, they will look to determine if the following conditions are met:
- The defendant in your claim owed you a legal duty of care; and
- Because the defendant was negligent an accident occurred; and
- You suffered a groin injury during that accident.
In reality, you will be owed a duty of care in lots of scenarios so you shouldn’t be too concerned about that. For example, a duty of care will usually exist while you’re at work, in a shop, in a public place and even while you’re walking on a public footpath.
As such, it’s more important to concentrate on proving how the groin injury happened so we’ll look at what types of proof you could use to do so later on.
Common accidents that cause groin injuries
We’re now going to look at some scenarios that could allow you to claim for a groin injury. Don’t worry if your accident is not described here as we could still help you to claim.
- Groin injuries at work. While you’re working, your employer must try to keep you as safe as they can. As such, you could claim for a workplace groin injury if it was caused by a lack of training, faulty machinery, a lack of protective equipment or other forms of negligence.
- Groin injuries in Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs). The forces involved in vehicle collisions can easily lead to groin strains and similar injuries if the foot or leg is trapped. The same is true when cyclists or motorcyclists are involved in RTAs. If you’ve suffered a groin injury in an RTA that was not your fault, you could be entitled to claim against the other road user’s insurance policy.
- Slips, trips and falls. If your leg twists suddenly during a fall, it can lead to torn tendons, ligaments or muscles in the groin area. Examples of when you could claim for a groin injury sustained in a fall include if you fell on a wet floor in a supermarket, you tripped on a large pothole in the street or if you fell down a flight of stairs because of a missing handrail.
- Sports injuries. You might think that if you injure your groin in a sporting accident, you wouldn’t be entitled to claim compensation. However, if the accident in which you were injured was caused by poor coaching, an unsafe playing surface or damaged equipment a claim might be possible.
However you’ve been injured, if someone else is to blame, we could help you get compensation for your groin injury.
How much compensation for a groin injury?
Compensation for a groin injury is designed to help you with any physical, psychological or financial problems you’ve endured through no fault of your own. As such, if your groin was injured because of someone else’s negligence, you could receive a settlement to cover:
- Physical discomfort, pain and suffering.
- Stress, depression and other forms of psychiatric damage linked to your injuries.
- Any loss of enjoyment of your normal activities (going for walks, sports etc).
- Lost earnings.
- Care costs if you needed support while you were injured.
- Travel expenses.
- Medical costs.
- Future lost income if your groin injury will reduce your capacity to work.
- Mobility aids or home modifications that make it easier to deal with long-term disabilities.
The value of any groin injury claim will be based largely on how bad the injury is and the overall impact of your injury.
How will my solicitor know how bad my groin injury is?
The part of your claim relating to the pain and suffering caused by a groin injury needs to be backed up by an independent medical report. As such, your solicitor will arrange an appointment with a specialist for you who will examine you and talk with you about how you’ve been affected by your injury.
A report will follow the meeting that will explain your prognosis. This will be used by your solicitor to work out how much compensation for a groin injury you might be entitled to.
Providing proof for groin injury compensation claims
If you start a groin injury claim, it’s likely to be passed from the defendant to their insurance provider. In our experience, insurers never simply accept liability and pay compensation straight away. Instead, they’ll want proof to show what happened, who caused the accident and how your groin injury has affected you.
The types of proof your solicitor may try to secure include:
- Accident report forms. These make it very difficult for the defendant to deny that the accident occurred so you should always report any accident as soon as you can.
- Medical records. Your solicitor will request a copy of any notes and x-rays from your GP or the hospital that treated you to confirm their diagnosis.
- Photographic evidence. If you took any pictures at the accident scene, these could be used to piece together what happened. Ideally, any pictures will be taken as soon after the accident as possible.
- Witness statements. You should ask anybody present when you were injured for their contact information. Your solicitor may need a statement of what they saw at a later date.
- Dashcam or CCTV footage. If your accident was caught on camera, you could ask for a copy of any footage to help prove who was to blame.
All of the above could make it easier to win a groin injury compensation claim. If you’ve got any proof available when you contact us, please let your advisor know. Don’t worry if you haven’t got everything listed as your solicitor will work hard to find any further proof needed to support your claim.
Groin injury claim time limits
Generally, you must start a groin injury claim within 3 years of either:
- The date of an accident in which your groin was injured or:
- Your date of knowledge – this is when a doctor diagnosed your condition.
In either case, you should start your claim as soon as possible to avoid missing out on any compensation you may be entitled to. If your claim is accepted, your solicitor will start working on your claim right away and try to secure any proof they think will improve your chances of being compensated.
If you are struggling financially because you cannot work whilst you’re injured, your solicitor might be able to secure interim payments to help you before the claim is settled in full. This could also help if you need to pay for private medical treatment such as physiotherapy.
Groin injury claims for children
Some groin injuries are more prevalent in children while their bones are still developing. If your child has suffered a groin injury because of someone else’s negligence, you could claim compensation on their behalf. The 3-year time limit will not start until their 18th birthday so you can become their litigation friend and begin a claim at any point before then.
We can help you to become the child’s litigation friend. After you’ve been approved, you’ll be able to deal with a solicitor on behalf of your child and make decisions for them. Any compensation will be held in a court trust fund until your child turns 18 but you can request funds before then by writing to the court.
No Win, No Fee groin injury claims
Taking on a personal injury claim can be a tricky process involving complex medical evidence and legal questions. We believe that the process is a lot easier if the groin injury claim is managed by a specialist personal injury solicitor.
Importantly, our team of solicitors handle all accepted groin injury compensation claims on a No Win, No Fee basis. As a result, you:
- Won’t be asked to pay your solicitor in advance.
- You will not be charged legal fees if the claim fails.
- If the claim is won, a set percentage of your compensation will be deducted as a success fee to cover your solicitor’s time and costs.
The actual success fee you’ll need to pay if your claim is won will be listed clearly in your No Win, No Fee contract. Once you’ve signed it, your solicitor’s main goals will be to:
- Apply for medical records and collect proof to support your groin injury claim.
- Contact the defendant to advise them of the claim.
- Liaise with the defendant’s insurance company on your behalf.
- Try to contest any arguments raised about liability for your groin strain injury.
- Let you know how the claim is progressing regularly.
- Aim to secure the highest possible compensation for groin injuries.
So, please call today to see if one of our specialist solicitors could represent you on a No Win, No Fee basis.
Start a groin injury compensation claim today
If you’ve injured your groin in an accident or incident that was not your fault, call us today on 0800 652 1345 to see if you could be entitled to claim compensation. A specialist from our team will answer any questions you may have and assess your options with you.
If one of our personal injury lawyers agrees to take on your groin claim, they’ll manage it on a No Win, No Fee basis. As they’ll therefore be taking on most of the financial risk during the claims process, you should find everything a lot less stressful.
Please call us, arrange a free consultation here, or use our free online chat service if you’ve any further questions about groin injury claims.