When Could I Make A Leg Injury At Work Claim?

You might be eligible to make a leg injury at work claim if your employer caused you to sustain your injury in an accident by acting negligently. This guide will explain how an employer’s negligence could cause leg injuries to happen in the workplace. We will also explain how you could fund legal representation by making a No Win No Fee claim.

Leg injury at work

Leg injury at work claim guide

There are various types of leg injuries that could be sustained as a result of negligence, such as:

  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Broken leg injuries
  • A broken knee injury
  • Severe injuries resulting in amputation

The severity of your injuries could affect the compensation you’re awarded. Additionally, other factors could influence the final settlement you receive. In this guide, we will explore how compensation is calculated and what your settlement may comprise in more detail.

Although we have aimed to cover the information you need, we expect you may still have questions. If so, you can discuss them with our team of experienced advisors using the details below:

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Anatomy Of The Leg

There are various different types of leg injuries that could affect the various bones and muscles in the leg. For instance:

  • Tibia: Someone could sustain a tibia fracture after falling from a defective ladder.
  • Fibula: Someone could sustain a fibula fracture after tripping over stock that hadn’t been tidied away.
  • Patella: An employee could suffer from a fractured patella after being hit by a moving vehicle driven by another employee who hadn’t been adequately trained.
  • Lateral meniscus or Medial meniscus: Someone could sustain a tear to these muscles in a manual handling injury after being asked to lift an excessive weight without the correct equipment.

All employers have a duty of care to take reasonable steps to prevent you from sustaining harm. If they fail to uphold their duty of care causing you to injure your leg in a similar incident to those listed above, you could make a leg injury at work claim.

Please call us on the number above for more information on your eligibility to claim.

Leg Injury Statistics

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) requires employers to report certain incidents and injuries to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

As per these reports made under RIDDOR, there were 14,938 non-fatal injuries to the lower limb during 2020/21. Additionally, there were 2 fatal injuries to the lower limb reported during the same period.

What Is Your Employer’s Duty Of Care?

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 states that employers owe their employees a duty of care. As part of this duty of care, they must take reasonable and practical steps to ensure employees are kept safe from harm in the workplace.

Although an employer’s duty of care may vary depending on the specific workplace, generally, they must:

  • Carry out regular risk assessments
  • Provide adequate training
  • Communicate health and safety policies to their employees
  • Provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) where necessary

If they fail to uphold the duty of care they owe you and cause you physical or psychological harm as a result, you could make an accident at work claim for the harm you sustained.

For more information on proving liability after an accident at work, please call our team on the number above. They could advise whether you’re eligible to make a leg injury at work claim.

Reporting Workplace Accidents

As mentioned your employer must report certain incidents and injuries under RIDDOR. The types of reportable injuries and incidents might include:

  • Death of workers and non-workers.
  • Specified injuries to workers such as amputations, certain fractures, certain crush injuries, serious burns and loss of consciousness.
  • Where a worker has required more than seven days off work.
  • Non-fatal accidents to non-workers.
  • Occupational diseases such as occupational dermatitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Dangerous occurrences.

Additionally, if you suffer a leg injury at work you should report the accident to your manager or supervisor. Details of the accident should then be detailed in the workplace logbook which all companies should have if there are more than 10 members of staff. Records of this entry could be used as evidence to support your leg injury at work claim.

Employers’ Responsibilities After An Accident

If you experience a leg injury at work, your employer has certain responsibilities. These might include:

  • Reporting your injury to the HSE: As a responsible person, your employer should report your injury to HSE if required under RIDDOR.
  • Assessing whether you’re eligible to receive Statutory Sick Pay (SSP): In some instances, you may receive full pay if you need to take time off work after an accident. However, this will depend on what’s stipulated in your contract. In other instances, you may be eligible to receive SSP for up to 28 weeks. 
  • Address the hazard that caused the accident: Your employer should take reasonable steps to reduce the risk of someone else injuring themselves in the same way.

For more information on an employer’s responsibilities following a workplace accident, call our team. They could also provide further guidance on the steps you could take to build a strong leg injury at work claim.

Calculating Damages For Leg Injury At Work Claims

If your leg injury at work claim is successful, you may receive up to two heads of claim:

  • General damages compensate you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity caused by your injuries.
  • Special damages compensate you for the financial losses your injuries have caused you to incur. For example, if you needed to take time off work while recovering, you could claim back the loss of earnings you incurred under special damages.

In order to calculate how much compensation you could receive for your injuries, a publication providing bracket compensation amounts for different injuries may be used to help value your claim. This publication is called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). Figures from the JCG have been used to create the table below.

Leg Amputation (a) (i) The loss of both legs. £225,960 to £264,650
Leg Amputation (a) (ii)The loss of both legs below the knee.£189,110 to £253,480
Severe leg injury (b) (iii)Injuries might include serious fractures such as compound or comminuted fractures or ligament/ joint injuries. £36,790 to £51,460
Severe leg injury (b) (ii)(ii) The injury will lead to permanent mobility problems. The person will rely on crutches or other mobility equipment for the rest of their life.£51,460 to £85,600
Severe leg injury (b) (i)Examples might include the most serious injuries which fall short of amputation.£90,320 to £127,530
Moderate leg injury (iv)Injuries could include multiple fractures or those which are complicated as well as severe crush injuries. In general this will affect one of the limbs.£26,050 to £36,790
Less serious leg injury (c) (i)(i) Examples might include a serious soft tissue injury or a bone fracture where the person only makes an incomplete recovery.£16,860 to £26,050
Less serious leg injury (c) (ii) Simple bone fractures of the femur. There has been no damage to the articular surface of the bone.£8,550 to £13,210
Less serious leg injury (c) (iii)A simple fracture of the fibula or tibia bone or a soft tissue injury.Up to £11,110
Moderate knee Injury (b) (ii)Injuries might include a twisting, bruising or laceration injury.Up to £12,900

It’s important to note that the amount of compensation you receive will depend on many factors, such as how severe your injuries are and the impact they may have had on your quality of life.

In order to get an in-depth picture of the nature of your injuries, you may be invited to attend an independent medical assessment. This can produce a report on the full extent of your injuries.

As each settlement will vary depending on your specific circumstances, you should only use the figures in the JCG as a guide. If your injury isn’t listed in the table, our team of advisors could provide you with a free valuation and give you an accurate estimate of what your claim may be worth.

For more information, call us on the number above.

Check How To Start A Leg Injury At Work Claim

If you wish to hire a solicitor to represent your leg injury at work claim, you could use a No Win No Fee agreement to fund the legal representation.

As part of the agreement, you won’t pay an upfront fee to your solicitor for their services. Also, you won’t need to pay ongoing costs while your claim proceeds. Most importantly, if your claim fails, you won’t pay a success fee to your solicitor.

For claims that succeed, you will need to pay a success fee. This is taken as a legally capped percentage that will be deducted from your compensation. However, your solicitor will make you aware of the fee prior to starting work on your case.

If you’re interested in hiring a solicitor in this way, our team could help by assessing your case to determine whether it has a chance of success. If it does, they could assign a personal injury solicitor from our panel to represent your case.

Alternatively, our team could answer any questions you may still have after reading our guide. Either way, an advisor could help. For more information, please get in touch on the details below:

  • Telephone: 020 3870 4868
  • Contact form: You can fill out our online contact form with your query.
  • Live chat feature: You can speak with an advisor using the live chat box in the right-hand corner.

Related Lower Limb Claim Resources

Below, we have included some additional guides you may find helpful.

In addition, we have included some external resources that you may find beneficial.

We hope our guide on making a leg injury at work claim has helped. However, if you need any additional information, please get in touch with our team on the number above.