Hip Injury Compensation Claims
Hip injuries can be sustained by people of all ages and levels of health, and such injuries can be suffered in many different environments. With elderly and more fragile people, the cause of a hip injury is more likely to be congenital or a trip or fall. Younger people tend to suffer hip injuries following a sporting accident, workplace accident or road traffic accident (RTA). Regardless of the type of accident you have had, if it can be proven that your injury was caused by the negligence of somebody else, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation.
Common Types of Hip Injury
Personal injury solicitors have helped to process a wide variety of hip injury claims and so have managed cases for a variety of injuries and symptoms. This has included cases such as:
- Hip fractures
- Hip Dysplasia
- Muscular and ligament injuries
- Septic arthritis
Some types of hip injury are more common than others, and so below are some explanations of the most common injuries affecting the hips that may form the basis of a successful claim.
Fractures of the hip can refer to small breaks or cracks in the top of the thigh bone or any of the bones in the pelvic region. Hip fractures can be incredibly painful and have a significant impact on a person’s ability to walk, manoeuvre themselves and work. This type of injury can cause a massive disruption to a person’s life and can leave them with long lasting pain and health problems. If the fracture is severe, a hip replacement may even be needed.
Osteoarthritis occurs when a damaged joint is not fully repaired following an accident, and this condition is common. The unrepaired damage can lead to a loss of cartilage in the joint and this will have a significant impact on mobility, causing potentially serious pain for the sufferer.
Muscle and Ligament Tears
Sprains in the hip can occur following a sudden contraction of the muscle which can lead to a tear or rip in the hip joint’s supporting ligaments. This commonly occurs after a heavy impact to the joint, such as in a car accident or following a fall.
Bursitis is a condition that relates to the inflammation of the bursa which are fluid-filled sacs that act as cushions between joints and the skin. The role of the bursa is to reduce friction in the joints, but when bursitis occurs, the area becomes painful and inflamed which significantly impacts on the functionality and movement of the joint. This often occurs following the excessive use of the hip due to repetitive movements. Some workers are more prone to suffering from this condition, such as plumbers, construction workers and sports people.
Causes of Hip Injuries
There are a number of ways in which a person can sustain a hip injury and some cases are through no fault of anyone and are a matter of wear and tear or congenital conditions. However, sometimes hip injuries occur because of the action or inaction of somebody else, and so liability can be proven in order for compensation to be claimed. Some of the most common causes of hip injuries that solicitors deal with include:
- Work accidents
- Sporting accidents
- Road traffic accidents (RTAs)
- Slips, trips and falls
- Being hit by a moving vehicle such as a forklift truck
- Heavy impact from falling objects
How much compensation will I receive?
The amount of compensation that is paid to you will greatly depend upon the level of suffering and loss caused to you by the hip injury that you have sustained.
When determining the amount of compensation that you are entitled to, your solicitors will look at the following areas:
- Loss of earnings, both past and potential future earning capacity
- The physical pain and discomfort caused to you
- Any emotional or psychological stress that you have suffered as a result of your injury
- The impact on your independence, for example your inability to drive
- Any impact on your personal life such as hobbies and sporting activities
- Financial losses incurred for costs of treatment
- Any future treatment costs
- Transport costs to hospital appointments, etc.
Your solicitor will aim to secure the highest compensation award possible in all cases, with the hope that the compensation paid to you will help to aid your recovery and get you back on your feet as soon as possible.
Why use a solicitor?
The solicitors we work in partnership with are highly experienced in managing hip injury claims, and are well equipped to deliver a first rate service and secure the best outcome on your behalf. There are a host of benefits for using an experienced solicitor to manage your compensation claim, including:
- A free initial consultation with no obligation to proceed
- A no win, no fee service
- Friendly, professional and knowledgeable staff
- A commitment to securing the highest level of compensation
If you would like to discuss your case with a friendly and fully trained legal adviser, call 0800 678 1410 today or use the form below to request a call back.