By Daniel Burnham. Last Updated 23rd November 2022. Have you suffered a knee injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault? Was your accident caused by negligence? Did the negligent party owe you a duty of care? If so, you may be able to make a personal injury claim. You can value the compensation you could be owed by using our knee injury compensation calculator.
In this guide, we’ll examine what kind of knee injuries could enable you to claim compensation. We will also look at the scenarios in which you’re owed a duty of care and how this can be breached.
In addition to this, we will look at how a claim for compensation might be valued and the amount of compensation you could receive for a knee injury.
Furthermore, we’ll also examine what a No Win No Fee agreement is and the benefits it can offer you when funding legal representation.
Our advisors offer free legal advice and are available 24/7, so you can contact them at a time that works for you. You can call them using 0800 408 7826. If you’d like further information about claiming for an injury to the knee joint, please read on.
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A knee injury, including things like a fractured knee or damage to your patellar tendon, can be a very serious injury. It might lead to you needing physical therapy, a long period of recovery and sometimes even surgery.
Because the knee is integral to movement, injury to it can impact your quality of life. For instance, you might not be able to walk with your injury. This could stop you from working or being able to care for yourself around the house.
Our compensation payout calculator can show you the amount of compensation you could receive from an injury caused by third party negligence. All you need to do is provide details about the injury you sustained, how it occurred and information about any loss of earnings you experienced.
It may help you to have some example case studies of knee injury claims. Below, we’ve included some to illustrate how a settlement can be calculated. Whilst some of the details have been changed, they are based on actual past cases.
Mr Haroldson – Case Study
As a result of employer negligence, Mr Haroldson slipped and fell due to damaged stairs. The ligaments and joints in his knee were severely damaged, leading to the onset of osteoarthritis. The function of the knee was reduced as a result, and Mr Haroldson experienced ongoing pain. As a result, he was awarded £90,000 in general damages.
Due to his injury, he was also unable to work for 6 months. His yearly salary was £30,000. Therefore, he was also awarded £15,000 as part of a special damages payment. This led to a total settlement of £105,000.
Mrs Crow – Case Study
Due to a loose paving stone, Mrs Crow tripped and fell in the street. She claimed against the council, as they were negligent in not correcting the damage of which they were already aware.
The impact resulted in torn cartilage in Mrs Crow’s knee, meaning her knee became unstable. She was awarded £18,000 in general damages for her pain and suffering.
Her ability to work was not comprised, as she worked from home and did not need to travel. However, she had paid for a holiday that she could no longer attend due to her injuries. She was reimbursed for the full cost of £3,500. This was a special damages payment.
In total, she received £21,500 in compensation.
Get in touch today to find out more about potential knee injury compensation amounts.
There are two potential heads of a claim whenever you make a personal injury claim. General damages compensation relates to the physical pain and suffering, emotional harm and any decline in your quality of life caused by the injury.
Special damages compensation relates to the financial losses caused by the injury itself. This can include claiming for things like:
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of future earnings
- Travel costs
- Prescriptions and medicine that you cannot get on the NHS
- Recreational activities that you’re now unable to commit to
If you would like free legal advice relating to the compensation you could be owed, call our advisors now using the phone number at the top of this page. They could offer you a free, no-obligation assessment of your claim. If your claim has a good chance of success, you could be connected with a solicitor from our panel.
As we have already mentioned, to make a compensation claim, your injury must have been caused by the negligence of someone who owed you a duty of care.
There are several scenarios in which you could be owed a duty of care and a number of different ways this could be breached. We will take a closer look at some of these below.
Trips, slips and falls on the same level
A slip, trip or fall can lead to a number of different injuries depending on the environment in which you fell and how you land. For example, if you fall forwards on your bent leg, this could cause a knee injury.
While you’re in public, the person in control of the space owes you a duty of care according to the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. When you’re at work, this duty of care is outlined in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
In both cases, the person in control has a responsibility to take all reasonably practicable steps to keep you safe. They can do this in a number of ways. For example, by ensuring that all walkways are free of obstructions or ensuring that appropriate cleaning products are used to prevent slipping.
Examples of slips, trips and falls that could cause knee injuries include:
- Suffering a fractured kneecap due to slipping on a wet floor with no warning signs.
- Falling because a loose wire trailing across a doorway causes you to slip.
- While at work, you’re not provided with the appropriate anti-slip footwear for your role. As a result, you slip and damage the tendons in your knee.
Trips and falls from a height
A trip or fall from a height can happen for many different reasons. As with slips and falls on the same level, you would need to show that your injury was caused by the negligence of someone who owed you a duty of care.
Examples of situations in which a fall from a height could cause a knee injury include:
- Falling downstairs because the stairwell was poorly lit.
- Falling from a ladder because it was not fit for use and a rung broke as you were using it.
- You fall from the scaffolding that was not put together properly.
Injuries in road traffic accidents
A road user’s duty of care is outlined in The Highway Code. This sets out the expectations of road users to act in a way that ensures the safety of others on the road.
If someone breaks these rules, they breach their duty of care. If you were injured in a resulting accident, you could be eligible to claim.
Examples of how you could sustain a knee injury in a road traffic accident include:
- While you’re cycling, a car swerves into the cycle lane. This knocks you off your bike, and you break your knee in the fall.
- As you’re crossing the road, a motorcyclist ignores the crossing and hits you. You injure your kneecap in the accident.
- A driver is travelling down the wrong side of the road. They collide with your vehicle, and the head-on car accident causes your knee to be fractured.
Injuries in the workplace
As part of their duty of care towards you, your employer is responsible for taking all reasonably practicable steps to ensure your safety while at work. If they fail to do this, you could be injured as a result.
Examples of workplace accidents that could cause a knee injury include:
- An unsecured shelving unit storing heavy items falls on you, breaking your knee.
- You’re not trained in proper manual handling and lifting techniques. Over time, your poor technique causes damage to the cartilage in your knee.
The Department for Transport builds statistics of road traffic accidents that occur in Britain every year.
In 2019, there were over 40,000 male drivers aged 17 to 39 involved in a road traffic accident. Of those people, over 17,000 were either killed or injured in the accident.
If you’d like free legal advice or would like to speak to one of our advisors about your potential claim, get in touch today. You could be offered a free, no-obligation assessment of your claim.
Under the Limitation Act 1980, you must start your knee injury claim within the personal injury claims time limit. This will usually be three years after the accident that caused the knee injury, or three years from the date of knowledge. However, the time limit is suspended in certain circumstances. These include:
- If a claimant suffers a knee injury while they are under the age of 18. A knee injury claim can be started by a litigation friend while they are still under 18. However, if a knee injury claim has not been started on their behalf, the claimant will have three years from their 18th birthday to start pursuing knee injury compensation amounts.
- When a claimant lacks the mental capacity to start a knee injury claim, the time limit is also suspended. A litigation friend can start a claim on their behalf. Should the claimant regain their mental capacity, then they will have three years from this date to start a knee injury claim.
Call our advisors to learn more about claiming for a knee injury or how to use a knee injury compensation calculator.
Our knee injury compensation calculator is quick, simple and easy to use. It starts by simply asking about the type of injury you’ve suffered and where exactly you suffered said injury. This will help provide you with an estimate of the general damages compensation you could receive.
What’s more, the calculator can also take into consideration the value of any earnings you have lost as a result of your injuries. However, it will not take into account any additional special damages that you could claim back.
The general damages head of your claim (the part that compensates you for your physical and psychological injuries) will be assessed based on how severe your injuries were and how long they affected you. In order to assess this head of your claim, you will usually be invited to a medical assessment.
In this assessment, an independent expert will look at your injuries and determine how badly you have been affected, as well as confirm that the injuries were caused by the accident you were involved in. The report from this assessment will be used to value your claim.
Special damages compensation is the part that compensates you for any financial loss that you experience after being injured in an accident. It’s important that you collect evidence of the losses you have incurred. This could include:
- Bank statements
For more information on whether the costs you have incurred could be claimed back as part of special damages, speak to a member of our team today. You could be offered free legal advice on your eligibility to claim.
Our knee injury compensation calculator can give you an assessment of how much you could be owed in compensation. However, we have also included the table below to illustrate the compensation awards that different kinds of knee injuries attract.
Below is a list of injuries and their respective compensation brackets. This will give you a better understanding of the compensation you could receive. The Judicial College has provided these figures.
|Knee- severe (i)||Where the joint of the knee has been disrupted, osteoarthritis develops and there is great damage to the ligament as well as pain and loss of function.||£69,730 to £96,210|
|Knee- severe (ii)||Where a fracture to the leg has extended to the knee, causing constant pain and a limitation on movement or agility||£52,120 to £69,730|
|Knee- severe (iii)||Injuries that result in a less severe disability. However, there will be some ongoing symptoms such as instability, discomfort and pain.||£26,190 to £43,460
|Knee- moderate (i)||Where the knee has been dislocated or the cartilage torn, resulting in minor instability or other disability||£14,840 to £26,190|
|Knee- moderate (ii)||Injuries that are similar to those in the moderate (i) bracket above, but with less serious repercussions and shorter periods of acceleration||Up to £13,740|
We understand that this compensation table doesn’t include all the injuries you could sustain. So if you don’t see your injury type above, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.
Our panel of solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis. You may have heard this phrase before in the context of personal injury solicitors, but what exactly does it mean?
A No Win No Fee agreement is formally known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). It means that your personal injury solicitor will not request legal fees upfront or during the claims process. They will also not request you to pay any fees to them if your claim is unsuccessful.
Instead, they will take a legally capped amount from your compensation once your claim has been successful to cover legal costs. This will ensure that you always receive the majority of the compensation you’re awarded.
This means you can rest assured that if you’re offered this kind of agreement, your claim has a good chance of success. This is because a No Win No Fee solicitor will only take your case if they feel you have a good chance of success.
Our knee injury compensation calculator can help you work out the amount of compensation you could receive from a personal injury claim. If you’d like free legal advice, call one of our advisors today. They’re available 24/7, so you can call at a time that works for you.
- Call us using 0800 408 7826
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If you’re unsure how to use our compensation payout calculator, don’t worry! Our team of advisors can help you work out if you can claim and provide you with an accurate estimate. Just call them today at a time that works for you, and they’ll be able to go through the estimation process with you.
If you’d like more information, please use the links below.
The NHS has more guidance about knee pain. If you’d like to know more, visit their website.
For more information on cartilage damage, visit this page.
The Department for Transport provides fact sheets about driving which you can find on their website.
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Answers to frequently asked questions about making a knee injury claim can be found below.
How do I know if my knee injury is serious?
You will need to contact a medical professional if your knee is in pain. You can find more information about when to contact your doctor regarding a knee injury on the NHS website.
How do you know if you tore a ligament in your knee?
Symptoms of a torn ligament in your knee include a popping sound that is heard at the time of the injury, tenderness, and inability to move your knee properly. If you’ve injured yourself, a medical professional will be able to confirm what’s happened.
How is personal injury compensation calculated?
Ultimately, it’s calculated by the courts based on the type of injury you’ve suffered. A medical assessment will be performed. You can use our knee injury compensation calculator to get an accurate estimate.
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