Although most commonly associated with sporting activities, a groin injury can be caused in a number of ways, perhaps including heavy lifting or a trip or fall. If your groin injury has been caused by an accident whereby someone else was to blame, then you may be entitled to claim for compensation.
What is a groin injury?
A groin injury happens when the muscles in the groin area are overstretched or even torn by intense physical activity, or a sudden movement. In severe cases, it can be very painful and restrict movement. Minor injuries may result in a minimal amount of pain, but will still require medical attention.
Treatment for groin injuries can vary. Your doctor may recommend simple methods including the application of ice to the site of pain to reduce swelling, anti-inflammatory pain killers, simple exercises to strengthen the area, or even time off work to rest. In more extreme circumstances, surgery may even be required.
However your groin injury occurred and whatever the prognosis, if it was caused by another person or organisation, then you may be entitled to make a claim. This can be confirmed by Accident Advice Helpline’s 30-second calculator, which will also provide you with an estimated compensation figure.
Why should you make a claim?
You should be compensated for any injury caused by another person, no matter how minor or severe. The disruption to your life and the pain you have suffered are not your fault and this is why compensation is there to protect you. As well as the physical and psychological pain caused by an accident, you may have been left out-of-pocket by medical expenses or loss of earnings through an inability to work. Whether long or short-term, you should not have to foot the bill for these costs.
In addition, making a claim for compensation can prompt the person or organisation at fault to put preventative measures in place, to prevent further injuries from happening. This is a further positive outcome to your claim, protecting others at potential risk in the future.
How do you make a claim?
It can be useful to firstly collect all the information relating your injury, so you are well prepared when you speak with an adviser at Accident Advice Helpline. This information may include:
- Photographs of the accident site, evidencing perhaps an uneven pavement or poorly maintained sports facility
- The contact details of any witnesses to your accident who will be able to confirm that someone else was to blame
- A copy of your medical report explaining more about your groin injury, treatment and expected recovery period
This information is useful, but not mandatory. Whatever information you have to hand, you can get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to progress your claim on a no-win, no-fee basis. You can use our 24/7 advice line, our short online claim form or our 30-second calculator tool.
To chat to a member of our team, dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone.
Date Published: 11th February 2013
Author: Sharon Parry