Suffering from a leg injury and considering legal action?
If you are wondering how you could develop a leg injury the answer is, pretty easily. In our experience it’s usually the small, simple things which cause the most damage. An uneven or cracked paving stone, an unmarked wet floor that’s slippery, worn or loose floor coverings such as carpets or rugs or even an unexpected step in a dingy hallway can all cause a victim to trip, slip or fall. A leg injury can range from minor to serious, and regardless of how serious your injuries, you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim with Accident Advice Helpline, provided it has been three years or less since your accident.
What are the symptoms of a leg injury?
The symptoms of a leg injury you might experience are pain, swelling, bruising, instability, and weakness. The standard procedure for treating a leg injury is known as PRICE therapy. PRICE stands for:
- Protect: Protect the affected area from further injury.
- Rest: Cease the activity that is causing pain.
- Ice: Apply ice for the first 48-72 hours to the affected area.
- Compression: Bandage the injured area to limit swelling.
- Elevation: Keep the injured area raised.
Depending upon the severity of your leg injury, this will affect the length of your recovery period. Hopefully the long-term effects of a leg injury will be minor and you’ll be back on your feet in no time. However, if that’s not the case you may wish to consider claiming compensation for a leg injury. It may be that you have sustained a serious fracture or even crush injuries after an industrial accident and if this has happened then you may need treatment in hospital, such as surgery and physiotherapy. A fracture can take time to heal, particularly if it is a complex fracture or even multiple fractures, and you can expect to take a considerable amount of time off work to rest and recover after your accident.
What if my leg injury is minor?
It may be that you are considering making leg injury claims for a minor injury, whilst wondering if your injuries are serious enough to warrant making a claim. If you have sustained lacerations, tissue damage or a tendon/ligament injury (for example to your knee), then you are still eligible to make a claim, provided you can answer ‘yes’ to the following questions:
- Did your accident happen in the last three years?
- Was your accident somebody else’s fault?
- Did you seek medical attention for your injuries?
It’s essential that you sought medical treatment for your injuries, as Accident Advice Helpline will need to see evidence of this in order to process your claim for compensation. The good news is that leg injury claims are usually pretty simple to process, especially if your injuries are minor. You can claim compensation for almost any type of injury, provided somebody else was at fault for your accident.
What’s your prognosis?
One of the reasons we will need to see your medical records for leg injury claims is that we will need to know about your prognosis after your accident. For example, how long will you continue to need treatment for, when might you be able to return to work, and are you expected to make a full recovery from your injuries? If you have sustained a life-changing leg injury that will never fully heal, this is obviously going to impact the rest of your life. Your prognosis will let us know how your injuries are expected to affect your quality of life in future, and this is something which we will take into account when we process your claim for personal injury compensation. You could be entitled to claim compensation for future loss of earnings, the cost of ongoing medical treatment and care at home or even adaptations to your home, if your injury has left you permanently disabled.
How do I get started with a claim for a leg injury?
If you are thinking about embarking on a legal course of action and claiming for a leg injury your best option would be to seek the assistance and advice of leading law firm Accident Advice Helpline. We were set up during 2000 to provide victims of non-fault accidents with access to legal expertise. As such, we are considered experts in the field of personal injury law. You can have complete confidence in our ability to effectively handle your claim for a leg injury caused through no fault of your own. We have a great track record of success, and we will only take on your claim if we think that we can get you the compensation you deserve after your accident.
What to do after your accident
When you select us to represent your legal interests there is no need for you to worry about the financial side. Accident Advice Helpline’s experienced personal injury solicitors work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis, so the cost of claiming for a leg injury is completely taken care of under the terms of the conditional fee agreement. This means that anybody can afford to make a claim after their accident, and that you won’t miss out on leg injury claims compensation just because you are struggling or in financial difficulties.
Do I have a legitimate claim?
The best way to find out if you have genuine grounds for seeking redress is to complete our quick and easy 30-second test. In addition to discovering if you are lawfully entitled to embark on a legal course of action you’ll get a realistic idea of the amount of compensation you could be due. Bear in mind that this is a guide to what you could expect to receive if your claim for compensation is successful; the amount you could actually get as a settlement will vary depending upon a range of factors which we will take into consideration when handling leg injury claims.
Ring us now for free initial advice without any obligation. You can dial 0800 689 0500 free from your landline; alternatively, call 0333 500 0993 from your mobile today to get confidential advice from our expert advisors.
Date Published: 15th November 2011
Author: Rebecca Smith
Category: Leg injury claims