Lower body injuries could include injuries to your feet, legs, hips, ankles, lower back or spine, and these types of injuries are often the result of a slip, trip or fall or a road traffic accident, although you could also be injured whilst taking part in sporting activities or in an accident at work. Activities such as skiing and snowboarding often lead to ankle and knee injuries, whilst in a slip or trip you could fracture your hip or your ankle, or suffer an injury to your lower back or spine if you fall from height. The good news is that making a claim for these types of injuries isn’t generally too complicated. Provided it has been three years or less since your accident you could find you’re eligible to make a personal injury claim with Accident Advice Helpline however you have been injured.
How serious are your injuries?
One thing that we’ll take into account when you make a claim is the severity of your injuries. That’s because generally speaking, the more serious your lower body injuries, the more compensation you could be entitled to claim. For example, if you have suffered a serious spinal injury after falling from scaffolding on a building site, you could be left permanently paralysed. As well as being eligible for compensation for your injuries, we’ll take into account the impact your injury has had on your life – so if you are unable to work in future or have medical bills and care to pay for, you could receive compensation relating to these losses and expenses.
If you have sprained your ankle after a trip at work, your personal injury settlement is likely to be less significant as this type of lower body injury will heal within a few weeks and you will make a full recovery. But it’s still worth making a personal injury claim, even if you have sustained relatively minor lower body injuries.
Who’s responsible for your accident?
It could be that your employer is responsible for your accident at work, if they have been negligent. For example, if you have suffered a back injury after falling from faulty scaffolding, they could be held liable. If you’re injured in a public place such as in a shopping centre, the management could be held responsible for your accident and ordered to pay you compensation. You don’t need to have suffered life-changing injuries in order to claim personal injury compensation. Even if you have fractured your ankle or suffered a back injury after a slip, trip or fall, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries and loss of earnings. If you need medical treatment, your settlement can often cover the cost of this, and it’s a good idea to get in touch with us as soon as possible after your accident, if you have suffered lower body injuries.
How did your accident happen?
In order to be eligible to claim compensation after your accident, negligence must have occurred. For example, if your foot was run over by a forklift being operated by a colleague who didn’t receive the necessary training, your employer could be deemed to have been negligent, as it’s their responsibility to provide staff with training at work. If you broke your ankle after tripping on damaged pavement in the city centre, the local council could be held liable. They’re responsible for ensuring pavements and roads are maintained to a safe standard, and their negligence has caused your accident and subsequent injury. Negligence can sometimes be difficult to spot, so if you suspect that somebody else is at fault for your accident, you can get in touch with our team of expert advisors for confidential, no-obligation advice.
Did you receive medical treatment after your accident?
This is a question which our personal injury advisors will ask you if you call us enquiring about making a claim for lower body injuries of any kind. There’s a reason we ask this – and that is because you are only eligible to make a claim if you received medical treatment after your accident. This is why you should always seek medical attention, ever for minor injuries, as we’ll need to see evidence of your treatment in order to process your claim for personal injury compensation.
How much compensation can you get for lower body injuries?
Lower body injuries can range from minor to serious, and we appreciate that many people would like to know how much compensation they could receive, before making a claim. The truth is that there is no such thing as an ‘average’ claim for lower body injuries, so we’re unable to give you an exact figure. But however you’ve been injured, you can take our 30-second test here on the website and find out how much compensation you could be entitled to if your claim is successful. Chances are, it may be more than you expect. Bear in mind that this is only a rough guide, and that the actual amount you receive will vary depending on a range of different factors such as the severity of your injuries, your prognosis for the future, any loss of earnings you have suffered and so on.
Should you make a claim for lower body injuries?
It’s entirely up to you whether or not to make a claim for personal injury compensation, but if you’ve suffered serious lower body injuries and needed to take time off work, a personal injury settlement could help you out financially. Our team of expert personal injury lawyers works on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis, which means that making a claim is affordable to anyone. There are no upfront fees to worry about all, and we can process most claims over the phone. This means that going to court is unlikely, but if it does happen, we will be there to support you throughout the process.
To find out more about making a claim and get confidential, no-obligation advice, just call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
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Date Published: 9th September 2016
Author: Lynne Bell