Some pelvic injuries can cause excruciating pain. Even less serious pelvis injuries can make it difficult to work, walk, drive or for you to carry on with your usual activities. As such, if your pelvis was injured in an accident caused by someone else, you’d be well within your rights to consider making a personal injury claim.
We’re able to help if you do have any questions about claiming compensation for a pelvic injury. We offer no-obligation legal advice as part of a free initial assessment of your claim. If we suspect that your claim is strong enough, one of our personal injury solicitors may agree to help you. All claims taken on are managed from start to finish on a No Win, No Fee basis.
If you’d like more information on pelvic injury claims, please read on or call our team on 0800 652 1345 today.
What is the pelvis?
The pelvis is the bony structure at the bottom of the spine. It is made up of the sacrum, coccyx, ilium and ischium bones. When walking, the joints of the pelvis (including the hip joint) work together to reduce the force transferred that’s transferred to the spine and upper body. Its other function is to protect the bowel, the bladder, the sexual reproduction organs and the nerves and blood vessels in your legs.
Symptoms of a pelvic injury
The symptoms of a pelvic injury can vary depending on the specific type and severity of the injury. However, some common symptoms associated with pelvic injuries include
- Swelling and bruising
- Sharp and significant pain or tingling in the groin, lower back or hip.
- Tenderness of the skin.
- Difficulty standing or walking.
- Abdominal pain.
- Problems urinating.
Whatever type of pelvic injury you’ve suffered, if it was caused by someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Please feel free to call for more information.
Types of pelvic injuries you could claim compensation for
While it could be possible to claim compensation for any type of pelvic injury, some of the more common types include:
- Pelvic fractures – a broken pelvis can be classified as stable (one break) or unstable (multiple breaks with excessive bleeding).
- Torn hip labrum – where the tissues that hold the hip joint together are torn.
- Tendon, ligament or muscle tears, sprains or strains.
- Hip dislocations.
- Osteoarthritis – this won’t occur immediately after an accident but scar tissue can increase the risk later in life.
If you’ve suffered these or other pelvic injuries and would like to claim compensation, please get in touch today about your options.
Can I claim compensation for a pelvic injury?
If you ask a personal injury solicitor to help you to claim compensation for a pelvic injury, they’ll review the case with you before agreeing to help. During this assessment, they’ll be looking to see whether:
- You were owed a legal duty of care by the defendant; and
- Their negligence led to an accident; in which
- You suffered a pelvic injury.
The main point of any type of personal injury claim is to be compensated for the suffering someone else has caused you. However, you’ll need to prove what they did wrong and how badly you’ve suffered. Later on in this article, we’ll review the types of proof that could help you to do so.
Pelvic injury compensation claims are possible for any type of accident including accidents at work, road traffic accidents, slips, trips and falls, public place accidents and local authority accidents. Regardless of how you were injured, if you believe someone else has caused you to suffer, we could help you to start a personal injury claim.
Lodging a pelvic injury claim for someone else
There are times when the injured party cannot claim compensation for pelvic injury on their own. This could include a child who dislocated a hip in a game of football or an elderly claimant who has broken their pelvis following a fall on a pavement.
In either case, a solicitor from our panel could help you to seek compensation for the claimant by becoming their litigation friend. This is quite straightforward and your solicitor can help with the paperwork. Once you’ve been approved, the claim can proceed as normal but you’ll be the person that works with the solicitor.
If the claim is won, the settlement offer will be verified by a court to ensure that it covers everything and will be held in a trust account. The litigation friend can request that funds are released as and when they are needed to support the claimant.
Types of accidents that can lead to a pelvic injury claim
In theory, any type of accident caused by someone else could result in a pelvic injury claim, including:
- If you fell from height at work because your employer failed to provide a safety harness.
- Where your pelvis was shattered after being knocked off a bicycle by a driver with road rage.
- After suffering a fractured pelvis as an elderly person after falling in a care home caused by a trip hazard.
- If you suffered pelvic injuries during childbirth because of clinical negligence.
- Where you were crushed in an accident in a warehouse caused by stock being piled unsafely.
If you have suffered a pelvic injury in any other type of accident, call our team on 0800 652 1345 and ask them to assess your claim for free.
How much compensation for pelvic injuries?
One of the main roles of your solicitor in a pelvic injury claim is to establish exactly how you’ve suffered because of your injuries. This can include financial, physical and psychological suffering.
It is important to be thorough during this process and think about any future suffering as well as any already endured.
If you make a successful pelvic injury compensation claim, it could cover the following:
- Physical symptoms (pain, discomfort, suffering etc).
- Psychiatric suffering (anguish, distress, depression etc).
- Private hospital costs and physiotherapy treatment.
- Loss of earnings.
- The cost of a carer or the time you were supported by a loved one.
- Travel costs due to the pelvic injury.
- Mobility aids and devices.
- Any future reduction in your income.
- Loss of amenities i.e. compensation if you have to stop playing sports because of your pelvic injury.
- Home or vehicle modifications to improve accessibility if you’ve suffered a long-term pelvis disability.
How does my solicitor know how my pelvic injury has affected me?
To help your solicitor establish the severity of your hip or pelvic injury and how you’ve been affected by it, you will need an independent medical assessment so that a medical expert can examine your injury and any movement problems it has caused. They’ll also discuss how your everyday life has been affected by the injury. In most instances, a solicitor from our panel can arrange these so that they take place locally to claimants.
The report that follows the meeting will help your solicitor to calculate how much compensation for a pelvic injury should be awarded if the claim is successful.
Providing proof for pelvic injury compensation claims
You probably won’t be surprised to hear that most insurance companies don’t like paying compensation unless they really have to. They are likely to deny liability for your accident and pelvic injury unless there is proof to the contrary. As such, your solicitor will aim to find and present as much of the following as possible:
- Medical records. The most obvious way to confirm that you suffered a pelvic injury is to obtain the relevant medical records, scans and X-rays. These will be requested from the hospital where you were treated early on in the claims process.
- Video recordings. A good way to prove how your accident happened (and who was to blame) is to provide video footage. So, you should ask the owner of any relevant dashcam, CCTV or mobile phone footage for a copy.
- Photographic proof. Similarly, photos of the aftermath of your accident can help your solicitor to piece together how the pelvic injury occurred. Where possible, take as many photos before the accident scene is cleared up.
- Witness statements. These aren’t always necessary (if the defendant accepts liability right away for example) but your solicitor could contact anyone else who saw your accident and ask to describe what they saw.
- Accident reports. Legally, accidents on the premises of most businesses and organisations need to be recorded. Information from an accident report book could therefore be requested to prove the date and location of your accident.
If you decide to call us to discuss your pelvic injury claim, we’ll consider any proof you’ve got already so please have it to hand when you contact us.
Pelvic injury claim time limits
In law, there is a 3-year time limit for lodging a personal injury claim in the UK. For pelvic injuries, you’ll need to claim within 3 years of the accident occurring or from your date of knowledge.
However, if you’re claiming on behalf of a child or an adult who doesn’t have the mental capacity to manage a claim, the time limit does not apply. In these cases, the 3-year limitation period will only begin when the child turns 18 or the claimant’s mental health returns to “normal”.
While 3 years should be plenty of time to lodge a claim, it’s often better to get the ball rolling as soon as possible after your accident. This can help if you need private hospital treatment for your pelvic injury as your solicitor could ask the defendant to pay for this before the claim is settled.
Effectively, the earlier you start your claim, the sooner compensation will be paid if the claim is won.
No Win, No Fee claims
Taking on any type of legal action can require specialist skills and an understanding of the law. That’s why we would always suggest working with a specialist solicitor. If you have concerns about the cost of hiring a solicitor, then we can help. Our panel of personal injury solicitors provide a No Win, No Fee service for any pelvic injury claim taken on. As a result, you:
- Don’t need to pay your solicitor before they begin work on your case.
- Won’t pay your solicitor’s fees if the pelvic injury claim is lost.
- Will only pay legal fees if the claim is won.
If there is a positive outcome to your claim, your solicitor’s fees will be covered by a deduction from your compensation. This is called a success fee. The maximum you can expect to pay (by law) is 25 per cent of any settlement you receive.
The exact percentage you’ll pay will be listed in your Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Once this has been signed, your solicitor will start the claims process.
All communication will be through your solicitor so the defendant’s insurer won’t be able to question you directly. Your solicitor will work hard to try and secure compensation for you by providing as much proof as possible to show why your pelvis was injured.
Throughout the pelvic injury claims process, you can expect your solicitor to keep in touch with regular updates.
To check if you could make a pelvic injury compensation claim on a No Win, No Fee basis, please call today.
Start a pelvic injury compensation claim today
Have you injured your pelvis in an accident that wasn’t your fault? Do you believe someone else should pay you compensation for your injury? If so, call 0800 652 1345 to review your options with one of our specialists.
We’ll provide free legal advice and explain your options on a no-obligation basis so you don’t have to take action after speaking to us. However, if your claim looks strong enough and you do want to proceed, a personal injury lawyer from our panel could manage your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.
Please use live chat to connect with us if you have any further questions on pelvic injury claims, or claim your free consultation here.