Hip injuries can be very serious and can have significant and long-term impacts on your quality of life as well as affecting the loved ones around you, especially if it affects your mobility. Depending on the extent of the injuries, you and your family members may be severely impacted by the long-term consequences of a life-changing injury.
Hip injuries are already incredibly traumatising; however, when you find out that the accident was caused due to someone else’s negligence and could have been avoided, it can worsen the emotional pain you have already been put through.
If you have suffered a hip injury that was caused by an accident that was not your fault, you may be eligible to make a hip injury compensation claim. Contact Wildwood Legal today to get in contact with one of our personal injury solicitors, who will be able to determine your eligibility and explain the legal claims process clearly.
Common hip injuries that lead to hip injury claims
· Hip fractures – A fractured pelvis is a one of the most severe hip injuries and can lead to long-term medical treatment. If you have suffered a hip fracture, you may be forced to take extended time off work.
· Dislocated hip – A dislocated hip can be an extremely painful ordeal. It occurs when the ball-shaped hip joint dislodges out of the socket in the pelvis. These injuries typically occur in road traffic accidents and collisions.
· Muscle and ligament tears – Damage to the ligament and muscle is caused when the muscles around the hip are contracted very quickly. Ligament tears are normally caused by high impact accidents and collisions.
· Hip bursitis – A bursa is the sack of fluid that rests between the pelvis and leg to allow free movement of the leg. If it becomes inflamed, the leg can become very painful to move due to the swelling.
It is essential to receive medical attention if you have suffered a hip injury, as a medical professional can assess the extent of the injury. These injuries can require medical treatment depending on the severity, such as hip replacements and multiple surgeries.
What can I make a hip injury claim for?
You might be eligible to make a hip injury claim if your accident was caused as a result of someone else’s negligence. Some of the main causes of hip injury accidents that we see that you may be able to make a claim for include:
Accidents at work – Serious injuries, leading to hip injuries, are more prevalent in manual workplaces such as factories or construction sites; however, they can occur in almost any workplace. Common accidents include falling from a height due to a lack of safety precautions or an employer’s negligence of duty.
Accidents in public places – People can also sustain hip injuries in public places on the street or on private premises. These types of accidents commonly include slip, trip and fall claims due to negligence such as poor pavement or obstructions in pathways.
Road traffic accidents – Road traffic accidents can result in serious injuries due to the amount of force involved in a collision. These types of accidents can hip injuries. Cyclists and Motorcyclists are more likely to suffer from these injuries due to the lack of protection; however, it can happen in any vehicle.
If you have sustained a hip injury in an accident listed above, as well as many others, contact our personal injury solicitors today to determine your eligibility and discuss the claims process.
What can be recovered in hip injury claims?
There are a variety of losses that can be recovered in a hip injury compensation claim following an accident that was not your fault. Below are just a few examples:
Loss of income – If you were required to take time off work due to your injuries, you should be able to recover your loss of earnings for the full period of time you were unable to work.
Pain and suffering – The law considers the fact that there is a certain amount of trauma and pain that can be associated with accidents. Therefore, it has made a provision for injured persons to obtain compensation for the same.
Loss of amenity – You may be able to claim an amount of compensation for your loss of amenity. This refers to instances when your injuries have prevented you from participating in activities that you had previously taken part in and enjoyed.
A loss of enjoyment can directly affect your life and can lead to long term effects such as mental health issues like frustration and depression. There is a provision in the law that covers any loss of amenity resulting from an accident.
Other financial losses – Other financial losses which were directly caused by the accident, such as medical care and treatment costs and travel costs, can also be recovered as part of a personal injury claim.
There is no maximum amount that you can be awarded for a hip injury claim. The amount of financial compensation you receive will be based on the severity of the ongoing disability and losses due to negligence. A negligence claim is considered on a case-by-case basis as each claim has a unique set of circumstances.
In certain cases, it can be difficult for the sufferer of a nerve damage injury to pursue a claim for compensation themselves. Therefore, a litigation friend (often a close family member) will be able to pursue to them on their behalf.
How is hip injury claims compensation calculated?
A personal injury claim is made up of two areas; the amount of compensation you receive will be split into general damages and special damages.
General damages cover physical injuries; these damages take the severity of your injuries into consideration, as the more severe your injuries are, the higher the compensation levels are likely to be. If you have been left disabled as a result of a severe hip injury, this would be covered by general damages.
Special damages cover the financial impact the negligence had. This includes loss of earnings which will depend on the severity of your injuries and the type of job that you do. Special damages also cover any care that you may need. For example, if your mobility has been impeded, the court would likely reward you with compensation to cover the financial implications of this in the future.
There is no maximum amount that you can be awarded for negligence. The amount of financial compensation you receive will be based on the severity of the ongoing disability and losses due to negligence. A negligence claim is considered on a case-by-case basis as each claim has a unique set of circumstances.
If your family, friends or others have been required to provide you with additional care due to your injuries, then they may also be eligible to receive compensation for their time.
If the Defendant admits liability for your case, you may also be able to receive an interim payment, meaning that you could receive a part-payment of compensation during litigation.
These payments are made by the other side before a case is settled in order to aid you to fund a number of vital things such as urgent medical care.
Time limits for making hip injury claims
The general rule on time limits for making a hip injury claim is that you have three years from the date of the injury to have either settled your claim or started court proceedings once the accident has happened.
The three-year deadline begins on the date that the accident occurred or from the date on which you realised that your injuries were associated with your accident due to negligence.
If you suffered a serious injury as a child, the time starts from your 18th birthday, and you will have until your 21st birthday to complete your claim for compensation.
How much do hip injury claims cost?
We will always be 100% transparent about what our charges are; if we take on your case, we will almost always do so on a no win no fee basis (also known as a conditional agreement).
This means that if you do not win your case, you do not pay us any fees at all. If we win the case, we take a small percentage of your compensation, which we will agree with you beforehand, to cover our costs.
We will never ask you to sign anything until you are completely happy with what it is that we are proposing.
For more information on your claim, please contact Wildwood Legal to get in touch with one of our negligence teams today.
How can Wildwood Legal assist with hip injury claims?
At Wildwood Legal, we know that the consequences of negligence can be devastating. If you suffer a hip injury, you need to seek legal advice – That’s where we come in.
We see all too often the significant effect that a serious injury can have on people’s lives. We can help on the financial side to get you on the road to recovery and help you to maximise the amount of compensation you receive and start your claim. Our core strength is in personal injury compensation claims.
We are experienced in helping you with any negligence claims that you may want to make. We aim to give you not only quality aid but flexibility and clarity as we know that these qualities are just as important.
Our law firm is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority; therefore, we provide everything that is needed to meet their high standards meaning that we are a trusted law firm. We offer services to individuals located in England and Wales.
Our ultimate aim is to obtain a great outcome for your case and for you to feel able to recommend us to others at the end of your claim.
We value the opinion of our clients, and we will always listen to you and take on board what you say. We deal with a variety of claims such as medical negligence, serious injury, road traffic accidents and more. To make an enquiry, get in contact with us either email us email@example.com or call us 01423 209 046. We have registered offices in Harrogate and London.
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