Groin Injury Compensation Claims
A groin injury is a relatively simple injury to sustain in that they occur through overexertion of muscles in the groin and abdomen area. The severity of an injury can vary greatly, and treatment can range from rest through to surgery, but injuries in this part of the body can have a significant impact on a patient’s mobility and functionality.
If you have suffered from a groin injury that was not your fault, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. An experienced solicitor would be pleased to discuss your case and determine who was liable for your injury and how much compensation you can expect to be awarded. For a free consultation, call today on 0800 678 1410.
What constitutes a groin injury?
Groin injuries often occur as a result of a stretched muscle, usually the adductor muscle in the groin area. The excessive stretching of the muscle leads to the tissues in this area tearing or rupturing, and this can be excruciatingly painful and debilitating. Some groin injuries happen quickly, such as those suffered by athletes who over-exert themselves, whereas other strains develop over a longer period of time with repetitive straining or use of the groin muscles.
Pain from groin injuries often extends through the thigh and pelvis and in some cases, into the abdomen. In cases where the pain is felt in the abdomen and stomach, there is a potential that the groin injury has resulted in a hernia and this may also lead to visible lumps through the skin.
Some groin injuries are treated with pain relief and rest, whereas other more serious cases might even require surgery. The severity of your injury and symptoms will impact upon the amount of compensation that you are entitled to claim.
Common Causes of a Groin Injury
Groin injuries can be sustained through a number of activities and are often the result of putting too much strain on the muscles in this part of the body. Injury solicitors have managed many groin injury compensation claims and some of the most common causes of these injuries include:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Sporting activities
- Lifting heavy objects
- Pulling excessive weights
- Physical assault
- Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs)
If it can be proven that your groin injury was caused by the fault of another person or company, it is likely that you will be eligible to make a claim for compensation. Some groin injuries occur through workplace accidents (such as heavy lifting), and others occur in public areas where wet floors have not been adequately marked. In such instances, it should be possible to prove liability and a claim for compensation can then be pursued.
Symptoms of a Groin Injury
There are a number of ways in which a victim of a groin injury may suffer as connecting muscles and tissue can lead to extended symptoms throughout the body. The extent and severity of the symptoms suffered will be a determining factor in the amount of compensation that is paid to you. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Pain in the thighs, pelvis and hips
- Pain when walking
- Swelling and bruising in the groin area
- Pain bringing legs together or raising knees
- Pain sitting down
- Inflammation in the groin area
- Stomach pains – particularly if a hernia has been caused
- Mobility restrictions
Groin injuries are graded by severity from 1-3 as follows:
- Grade 1 is classed as nominal discomfort with little disability and minimal disruption to normal daily activity.
- Moderate discomfort which has some impact on the person’s ability to perform normal daily activities and affects mobility such as running and jumping. A grade 2 groin injury may also have some swelling and bruising.
- Grade 3 is a severe groin injury that impacts on mobility and is likely to cause pain when walking. Victims of this level of injury can also suffer from muscle spasms, swelling, and significant bruising.
With the support of medical records, your solicitor will aim to demonstrate the severity of your symptoms in order to secure the highest possible compensation award on your behalf.
Hernias Following a Groin Injury
Some groin injuries can lead to hernias, and this can be incredibly painful and debilitating. There are two main types of hernia that are associated with groin injuries, they are:
- Femoral Hernias – Femoral Hernias appear as a small inflammation in the groin area, close to the top of the thigh and are often symptom-free until they become stuck, which in medical terms is referred to as ‘incarcerated’. In these instances, the patient is likely to suffer severe pain in the abdomen, nausea, vomiting and may need to have surgery to treat the hernia.
- Inguinal Hernia – Inguinal hernias present symptoms that include swelling in the groin and pain when using surrounding muscles, such as when lifting or pulling. This type of hernia can cause significant discomfort and inhibit the patient’ ability to perform normal daily tasks. If an inguinal hernia is not treated promptly, it is likely to increase in size and become more painful and complex to treat.
How much compensation will I receive?
The amount of compensation that is paid to you will depend upon the extent of the suffering that was inflicted on you because of your groin injury. When negotiating your settlement award, your solicitor will strive to achieve compensation for the following considerations:
- Physical pain
- Any associated psychological distress caused to you
- The impact on your ability to perform normal daily activities
- Any effect on your income and working capacity
- Any effect on your ability to live independently such as driving and shopping
- Cost of treatment
- Cost of transport associated with treatment or inability to drive