Hip Injury Compensation Claim
If you want to start a claim for a hip accident, then you should discuss your case with a lawyer specialising in hip accident claims such as Tylers Solicitors. This will ensure that your claim has the best chance of success because we have the competence and professional expertise required to process a claim for hip injuries.
If you want to proceed with your hip accident injury compensation claim, then you should call Tylers Solicitors freephone on 0800 699 0079, and we can then proceed to talk you through your hip accident injury compensation claim. Alternatively, if you are on your mobile phone, you can call 0333 577 0320, which is free to call with free minutes on your mobile phone.
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The hip is an extremely important part of the human body and is essential for mobility and independence. Injuries to this part of the body can be amongst the most serious and debilitating you can suffer and can be exceptionally painful. Commonly sustained from motor accidents and slips, trips and falls, until you have experienced a hip injury, most of us take the hip for granted and overestimate just how resilient and able of coping with adversity than it is.
However, the hip is much more fragile than most of us believe and this makes it particularly prone to injury with the likelihood of it sustaining damage from trauma increasing steadily as we age. Suffering an injury to the hip can be traumatic even at the best of times but can be even worse when whatever caused it was somebody else’s fault and not your own. If you have injured your hip as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, then you could be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim with Tylers.
The hip refers to a specific region of the body situated between the legs and the torso which collectively consists of the hip joint and hip bone and is held together by surrounding muscles, tendons and ligaments. The hip joint (acetabulofemoral joint) is a synovial ball and socket joint and lies between the thigh bone (the femur) and the concave surface of the pelvis known as the acetabulum. This comprises the majority of the hip bone which in turn makes up a large part of the pelvis which connects at the top to the base of the spine.
The primary function of the hip joint is to support the above body weight in both static (standing) and dynamic (walking and running) postures and precedes the inner ear in importance regarding maintenance of balance. Hip injuries occur when any one or a combination of these elements are damaged as a result of trauma from accidents, criminal assault or medical negligence.
Types of hip injuries and their causes
Hip injuries occur when damage is sustained by blunt force trauma to the hip as a result of it striking or being struck by a hard object or surface at very high speed. Blunt force trauma injuries are commonly caused by slips, trips and a fall from a height, accidents on the road, at home, at school, at work, in public places or while playing a sport. By far the most common injuries caused by blunt force trauma are fractures, dislocations and damage to the muscles, tendons and ligaments although internal damage to the bladder and other vital organs, long-term aggravation of arthritis and inflammation of the vertebrae (spondylitis) can also occur.
Injury to the hip can also happen as a result of being the victim of a violent criminal assault where the victim is thrown to the ground or is kicked or struck with a weapon carried by the assailant. Cases of medical negligence are also a common cause of hip injuries resulting from poor standards of care that have led to slips, trips or falls while in a hospital or from substandard surgery. In very rarest cases, amputation of the leg may be necessary if the damage is too extensive and usually results in the biggest compensation settlements relating to the hip.
Many of the injuries that you can occur are not always related to an accident, but many of them are, and they can also affect the way a child’s body develops. Please see below for a list of common injuries. See this list of common hip injuries and illnesses:
- Hip Strain
- Dislocated Hip
- Fractured Hip
- Osteoarthritis of the Hip
- Osteoporosis of the Hip
- Hip Replacement
- Damaged Femur
- Damaged Acetabulum (hip socket)
- Damaged Cartilage
- Arthritis of the Hip
- Muscle or Tendon Strain
- Pelvis Injury
- Hip Cancer
- Avascular Necrosis (Osteonecrosis)
- Broken Hip
- Hip Labral Tear
- Snapping Hip Syndrome (found in athletes such as dancers, gymnasts, runners, weightlifters, soccer players & rugby players).
Treatment for hip injuries is very much dependent on the type of injury suffered and the overall extent of those injuries. Once medical attention is sought, X-rays will be taken to determine the level of damage and ensure the best treatment is provided as possible with CT scans providing a clearer picture if the X-ray doesn’t provide a clear enough image of the damage. Surgery may be carried out for muscle damage and bone fractures, especially in cases where complications such as displacement of the fracture occur, caused by the muscles attached to the hip and having the effect of causing the leg to rotate outwards making it appear shortened.
The most common cause of pain in the hip region is arthritis and, as is often the case, surgery will also normally be an option if other more straightforward treatments have failed. A course of treatment will usually be undertaken involving physiotherapy, some light exercise and the prescribing of drugs to relieve pain in less serious cases of dislocation, muscle, tendon and ligament damage and the aftermath of surgery to help further aid recuperation. Physiotherapy usually takes the form of individual or group exercise, massage, hydrotherapy ( an exercise in water and electrotherapy where small electric shocks cause the muscles to contract and further promote healing.
Hip injuries can have a devastating impact both on the lives of those affected by them and those closest to them and are extremely distressing even at the best of times when somebody else wasn’t to blame. When someone else was to blame for your hip injury, Tylers Solicitors are here to help you in whatever way we can. We understand just how disruptive hip injuries can be for those unfortunate enough to have suffered them. We also appreciate that while not being able to turn back the clock and putting things back to how they were before you sustained your injury, compensation can help immeasurably in aiding recovery and getting your life back on track.
The amount of compensation you could be entitled to depends on your specific circumstances and includes factors such as how badly damaged your hip is, how the accident that caused it happened, when it happened and to what extent recovery is expected. It can also depend on how much you have lost financially as a result of having to take time off work to recover. To be able to make a personal injury compensation claim, it is essential that your injury was not your fault, but that of someone else and must also have taken place under three years ago. This must be provable for you to win damages of an amount with which you are satisfied, and that is preferably at the upper end of what is typically awarded for similar injuries to ensure that you get back to as normal a life as is possible as quickly as possible.
Different hip injuries and the corresponding amounts that are typically awarded to them include:
- £850 – £2,500 for a minor hip injury where there is no fracture, a more or less complete recovery and where there is no anticipation of ongoing future problems.
- £2,500 – £9,000 for broken or fractured hips where there has also been more or less a complete recovery, where there is no pain and no expectation of future ongoing problems or residual disability.
- £8,000 – £28,000 for serious hip injuries that require hip replacement and where there is some minor residual disability as a result.
- £27,000 – £42,500 for acetabulum fractures which lead to degeneration, instability in the legs and serious permanent disability and where leg-shortening and hip replacement surgery may be required. This amount is usually also awarded for fractures of an arthritic femur, hips requiring replacement and fractures resulting in the need for hip replacement surgery that is not fully successful.
- £42,500 – £95,000 for the most serious hip injuries involving multiple fractures, the need for amputation of the leg, pelvic dislocation and damage to the spine which requires spinal fusion surgery causing continuing severe pain, disability, an impaired ability to walk and possible impotence and incontinence.
At the first point of your initial consultation, it won’t be necessary to inform us of all the details. Instead, we will ask you a few simple questions to allow us to understand and assess if you will be eligible to claim. With this in mind, we will also talk through the legal proceedings of claiming. Claims are documented using a paper trail to build the best case we can for you.
So don’t delay, give Tylers a call today and let us help you claim the compensation you rightfully deserve and make a start to getting your life back on track. Our expert team of personal injury lawyers will assess your claim and guide you every step of the way through the process to secure you with an amount you truly deserve and with which you are satisfied.Call Tylers today on (freephone): 0800 699 0079 to see if you can make a claim today.