A hip injury can be a very traumatic injury that causes months or years of pain and stops you from doing many of your usual activities. If you’ve injured your hip because someone else was at fault, however, you could be entitled to compensation. That means compensation might be available for a fractured pelvis, dislocated hip and other types of hip injuries. This guide about hip injury compensation claims will examine when you could receive damages for the suffering caused by a hip injury.
To help you clarify if you might be entitled to claim, we offer a free initial consultation where a specialist will review your case with you on the phone. They’ll answer any questions you have and talk you through your chances of being compensated. If your case is strong enough, one of our personal injury solicitors might agree to represent you on a No Win, No Fee basis. That means you’ll only pay them for their work if you receive a compensation payment.
Please call us on 0800 652 1345 to assess your hip injury claim right away or read on to find out more before getting in touch.
Types of hip injuries you could claim compensation for
It is possible to seek compensation for any type of hip injury that resulted because of an accident or incident caused by someone else. Some of the most common injuries that are claimed for include:
- Dislocated hip. Where the ball joint is forced out of its socket. A dislocated hip may need to be manipulated back into place (a hip reduction) or surgery if there is nerve or muscle damage.
- Fractured pelvis. If the hip is fractured, it can cause life-changing symptoms similar to those seen when losing a leg. Surgery to reconstruct a fractured pelvis may be needed.
- Soft tissue injuries. Hip strains can occur when the muscles, tendons and ligaments around the hip are torn, stretched or pulled.
- Hip bursitis. Because the leg moves so much, a sac of fluid called the bursa exists to reduce the amount of friction when the ball and joint socket move. Bursitis may be diagnosed if the bursa becomes irritated or inflamed.
Treatment options for hip injuries can vary. In milder cases, painkillers and rest will be prescribed by the doctor. However, more serious hip injury compensation claims can be based on injuries that required reconstructive surgery or a hip replacement. Even after these treatments, it is quite common for the patient to continue to suffer in the future so any compensation awarded must take this into account.
Can I claim compensation for a hip injury?
You could be entitled to start a hip injury compensation claim if:
- You were involved in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence; and
- That person owed you a legal duty of care; and
- Your hip was injured in the accident.
In most cases, our personal injury lawyers will be referred to the defendant’s insurers once a claim has been lodged. That means they will need to use their legal training and experience to present as strong a case as possible to prove how you were injured and why the defendant was to blame.
You can help with this process by providing proof to show what happened. We’ll look at this in more detail shortly.
Common accidents that cause hip injuries
In this section, we’ve outlined some examples of the types of accidents that could allow you to claim hip injury compensation:
Legally, your employer must do all they can to protect you from harm in the workplace. That means they must conduct risk assessments and make any changes to the working environment to make it as safe as possible. They must also train you correctly, provide protective equipment where needed and repair damaged machinery as soon as possible. Failure to do so could be deemed negligent and could entitle you to claim if your hip was injured in a work accident.
High-impact sports such as football, rugby, hockey, and gymnastics can cause hip injuries due to sudden twists, turns, or impacts. If you’ve had a hip injury because of inadequate sports facilities, equipment, training, or negligence by a competitor, you may be entitled to hip injury compensation.
Hip injuries following an RTA are quite common especially if a pedestrian is knocked over or a cyclist is knocked off their bike. You could claim for a hip injury following an RTA if another driver caused the accident because they were driving too fast, not paying attention, drink driving or any other forms of negligence.
Slips, trips and falls
Falling down stairs, tripping on uneven surfaces, or slipping on wet floors could lead to a hip injury compensation claim in certain circumstances. For example, you might be able to sue for damages if a spillage or leak was not cleaned up quickly or if you injured your hip after you tripped and fell on a damaged pavement.
If you or a loved one has suffered a hip injury because of someone else’s negligence, please call to discuss your options.
Hip injuries caused by medical negligence
You could be entitled to claim compensation if you’ve suffered additional hip or pelvis pain because of medical negligence. Examples here could include:
- If a hip injury was misdiagnosed.
- There was a delay in treating your hip injury.
- Your hip was damaged unnecessarily during childbirth or during a surgical procedure.
To claim compensation for medical negligence, your solicitor will have to show that your hip injury caused you additional suffering.
Hip injuries in care homes
You could claim compensation on behalf of a care home resident if they suffered a hip injury because of the operator’s negligence. For example, care home claims could be based on:
- The resident was dropped because the wrong lifting technique was used when trying to move them.
- Falling from a bed because the safety rail was lowered.
- A fall in a corridor because the resident was left alone too long and tried to go to their room without supervision.
If you believe that you’re due compensation for a hip injury caused by medical negligence, please reach out to our advisors today.
How much compensation do you get for a hip injury?
Hip injury compensation claims are designed to cover any psychological, physical or financial harm you’ve endured through no fault of your own. As such, if you go on to make a successful claim, it could cover:
- Physical pain, suffering or discomfort (initial and ongoing).
- Mental trauma.
- Lost earnings caused by your hip injury.
- Loss of enjoyment of your normal hobbies linked to your injuries.
- The time a carer, friend or family member spent supporting you whilst injured.
- Medical expenses including private surgery or physiotherapy.
- Parking, fuel or public transport costs.
- Home modifications to help you cope with a permanent disability caused by a hip injury.
- Future lost income if your hip injury reduces your capacity to earn moving forwards.
As part of their service, your solicitor will review your hip injury claim in detail to ensure that any settlement you receive covers your suffering in full.
Hip injury compensation payouts for General Damages
For successful hip injury compensation claims, there is an array of guidelines for general damages compensation payouts. As to what level of compensation may be awarded, it will obviously depend upon the type and the severity of the hip injury, but the current guidelines in the basic form are as follows:
- £39,170 to £130,930 compensation for severe hip injuries.
- £12,590 to £39,170 compensation for moderate hip injuries.
- £3,950 to £12,590 compensation for lesser hip injuries.
- Up to £3,950 compensation for minor soft tissue hip injuries.
If you’d like to talk to us about your hip injury claim today, please call 0800 652 1345.
Providing proof for hip injury compensation claims
The majority of hip injury compensation claims will be dealt with by the defendant’s insurance company. As such, you’ll need compelling proof of why you should be compensated. It will need to prove who caused your accident, the injuries you’ve sustained and how you’ve suffered as a result.
Examples of the types of proof that should help your hip injury compensation claim include:
- Medical records. X-rays and medical notes from A&E or a GP that diagnosed your hip injury can be a very good starting point for any claim. These can be used in conjunction with an independent medical report.
- Witness statements. In some cases, your solicitor might need to take a statement from anyone else who saw you injure your hip. This can help to prove your version of events.
- Photographs. If you’re able to do so, it’s a good idea to capture the scene of your accident on your phone. Any pictures you take should ideally record the root cause of your accident before it’s replaced, removed or repaired.
- Accident reports. All companies must record accidents on their premises in an accident report book. Your copy of an accident report will make it easier to show when and where your hip was injured.
- Camera footage. If your accident was recorded on a dashcam or security camera, the footage can make it much easier to prove how you were injured. For this reason, try to secure any recordings as soon as possible following your accident.
As it might be possible to claim back any expenses linked to your hip injury, you should also keep copies of any receipts or bank statements that show your losses.
If you have any proof relating to your hip injury when you call us, please let us know as it will help during your free consultation.
No Win, No Fee claims
You might have concerns about the cost of hiring a specialist solicitor to help you claim compensation for a hip injury. However, our solicitors provide a No Win, No Fee service for all personal injury claims they work on meaning you:
- Won’t be asked to pay any legal fees in advance.
- Don’t have to pay any legal costs whatsoever should your hip injury claim fail.
- Will only pay your solicitor’s success fee if they win your hip injury claim.
Success fees are a percentage of any compensation settlement you receive to cover your solicitor’s expenses and time. Legally, they cannot exceed more than 25 per cent of your compensation when using a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) to fund your case. This is the type of contract your solicitor will send you if they agree to work for you.
Once you’ve signed the CFA, your solicitor’s main goals are to:
- Spend time researching your claim and gathering supporting proof.
- File the claim with the defendant or their insurers.
- Manage all aspects of the hip injury claims process and communicate on your behalf.
- Answer any questions you might have and keep you up to date with any progress.
- Try to maximise the amount of hip injury compensation you receive if the claim is won.
To see if you could make a hip injury claim on a No Win, No Fee basis, please call our team today.
Hip injury claim time limits
The law in the UK is that personal injury claims generally have a 3-year time limit. For hip injury claims, the limitation period will either start on the date of your accident or from when your hip injury was diagnosed by a medical professional.
As hip injuries can have a massive impact on your life financially, it’s often a good idea to begin the claims process as early as you can. That’s because, if the defendant accepts liability, your solicitor may be able to secure interim compensation payments to help cover any loss of earnings or medical expenses before your claim is settled.
In straightforward claims, compensation for a hip injury could be paid in around 6 months or so. Where it takes longer to assess the full impact of your injuries (or to prove who was to blame), claims can take a year or more to be finalised.
Start a hip injury compensation claim today
If you or a loved one is suffering because of a hip injury that was not your fault, call us on 0800 652 1345 to discuss your options. If you do, a specialist will work with you to assess your chances of being compensated and they’ll explain your options.
If you’ve fractured your pelvis, dislocated your hip or suffered any other type of hip injury through no fault of your own, one of our No Win, No Fee solicitors could help you to claim the compensation you deserve.
Our live chat team is available if you’d like to ask any further questions about hip injury compensation claims so please get in touch now or arrange your free consultation here.