Lower Limb and Leg Injury Compensation
Lower limb and leg injury compensation claims
Mobility is extremely important to all of us and therefore, lower limb injuries can have serious consequences. They can greatly reduce mobility and the ongoing impact of these injuries can reduce your quality of life.
Your injuries may mean that you have to rely heavily on family and friends to help you with everyday tasks. Simple actions such as climbing stairs, using the bathroom and getting around will be much more challenging. It is therefore vital that if you have sustained a serious orthopaedic injury, you have access to the early treatment and support which will help you to get back on your feet and regain your independence.
At CFG Law, we work alongside a network of medical professionals who have expertise in lower limb orthopaedic injuries. By talking to medical experts who specialise in the area of lower limb injuries, a bespoke treatment and rehabilitation plan can be implemented to greatly improve your recovery. We will provide you with access to such treatments as quickly as possible to alleviate the strain on you and your loved ones following a serious accident.
Not only that, but we will fight tirelessly to secure early interim (compensation) payments to fund this bespoke treatment and rehabilitation, as well as to help with your financial situation. Serious orthopaedic injuries can take time to heal and you may not be able to return to work immediately. These early interim payments will help you in the short term, whilst we look at the bigger picture to make sure you get the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to after your injury.
To find out more about claiming lower limb or leg injury compensation, call our helping on 0800 612 8196 for free and impartial legal advice and to find out how we can help you to get an effective recovery plan in place. Or contact our serious injury solicitors online to request a call back.
Why choose CFG Law?
Here at CFG Law we have over 30 years’ experience dealing with many complex orthopaedic claims. We understand clients want to get back to work and regain their life as quickly as possible. Our solicitors are compassionate and dedicated professionals who will help you to get your life back on track as quickly as possible.
Our approach is different
We will immediately appoint a dedicated team led by a senior solicitor to deal with your claim. They will get your case up and running straight away and deal with every aspect of getting you onto the correct treatment path as early as possible. Your appointed team have the resources and expertise to ensure that you have access to the best experts and support services quickly, who will put in place a bespoke programme of treatment and rehabilitation.
From our experience, by far the most crucial factor in ensuring the greatest amount of physical and emotional progress is early treatment and rehabilitation.
About lower limb injuries
Lower limb orthopaedic injuries can include damage to joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, bones and nerves, and can include:
- Knee injuries
- Leg injuries
- Hip injures
- Ankle injuries
- Pelvis Injuries
The knee joint is made up by three bones coming together – the femur (thigh bone), the tibia (shin bone) and the patella (kneecap). There are ligaments inside the knee which bring these bones together and control movement of the joint, as well as cartilage between the bones which act as a shock absorber.
The two main ligaments in the knee are:
- Collateral ligaments – these are located on the side of the knee and control the side to side movements of the knee.
- Cruciate ligaments – these are located inside the knee and cross over each other. They control the forwards and backwards movement of the knee.
There are four main types of ligament damage sustained in the knee in an injury. These are:
- Anterior cruciate ligament damage – this is the ligament which attaches the shin and the thigh bone. This is the most common ligament damage in the knee and requires reconstructive surgery.
- Posterior cruciate ligament damage – this is the ligament which attaches the shin and the thigh bone behind the knee.
- Medial collateral ligament damage – this is the ligament which attaches the shin and thigh bone inside the knee.
- Cartilage or meniscus – this is located at the top of the shin. If the cartilage gets damaged it sometimes requires reconstructive surgery.
The kneecap is the bone which sits in front of the leg and connects the muscles between the thigh and the shin bone. It moves around as the leg is bent or straightened. Dislocation of the kneecap is common in accidents which result in a trauma to the knee, such as in trips and falls.
The kneecap can slide out of the notch where it sits in the femur. If this happens it will need to be put back into place. An x-ray will determine whether the kneecap is dislocated or not and what the best course of action is. A dislocated kneecap can cause ongoing pain and discomfort, in some cases; it can cause the injured person to develop arthritis.
If the kneecap has only partially dislocated, exercises can be undertaken to strengthen the muscles in and around the knee to avoid it slipping out of place again. Sometimes surgery is necessary to tighten the tendons if symptoms do not subside.
The femur is the longest and strongest bone in the body. For a fracture to occur to the femur, a lot of force is usually required. Sporting accidents, road traffic accidents and accidents in the workplace can result in pressure being applied to the femur and a fracture occurring.
The femoral shaft is the longest part of the femur which joins the hip and the knee. There are three parts of the femoral shaft which can become fractured. These are:
- Proximal – top of the femur.
- Middle – central part of the femur, known as the body.
- Distal – bottom of the femur, towards the knee.
There are five main fractures which occur along the femoral shaft:
- Compound fractures – these are fractures which result in the bone breaking and penetrating the skin.
- Comminuted fractures – these are fractures which result in the bone breaking into 3 or more pieces.
- Oblique fractures – these are fractures which result in a break across the bone at an angle.
- Spiral fractures – these are fractures which break the entire shaft in a circle.
- Transverse fractures – these are fractures which result in a break across the femur, going in a straight line.
Surgery is sometimes required to re-join the bone when a femoral shaft fracture occurs. This can include inserting pins or nails to hold the bones together whilst they heal.
Fractures to the femur usually heal fully in about 4 to 6 months. However, further complications can extend the healing time and cause much more serious ongoing problems. These complications include compartment syndrome, as well as infections in the wound or fracture.
Compartment syndrome can have extremely serious consequences. It is caused by a build-up of pressure in muscles, usually as a result of an injury. This build-up of pressure can cause serious damage to surrounding nerves and blood vessels, which can in some circumstances result in permanent disability.
Common infections can include blood clots and embolisms. Blood clots can prevent blood flow around the fracture by blocking the area. This significantly increases healing time of the fracture. Embolisms are blood clots which break free from the area. These are extremely serious as they can travel around the body and end up in the heart, lungs or brain, causing very serious complications, sometimes resulting in death.
Hip injuries usually occur when there is a trauma to the side of the hip. This is common in slip and trip accidents, whether on public property, in the workplace, or on private land.
A hip fractures is a break to the femur, at the top of the bone. They are usually diagnosed with an x-ray, but an MRI scan may be necessary to locate any fractures on the bone hidden inside the hip socket. A break to the hip socket itself is not classed as a hip fracture.
There are three main types of hip fractures. These are:
- Intracapsular fractures that occur at the very top of the femur. When this sort of fracture occurs, there is usually also a fracture to the hip socket too. This type of fracture will usually require surgery to the bones themselves, as well as to repair the cartilage in the joint.
- Intertrochanteric fractures that occur at the top of the femur. These fractures are located between the top of the femur and the inner thigh. These also require surgery to stabilise the joint and aid recovery.
- Subtrochanteric fractures that occur on the inner thigh, and can extend down the femur. Screws and nails are usually inserted into the bone to keep it in place whilst it heals.
As well as the pain and suffering caused by a hip fracture, people can also develop spondylolisthesis as a result of a hip injury. This condition occurs when a vertebra (a bone located in the spine) slips out of place and rests on the bone beneath it. The displacement of the vertebra can cause ongoing pain, which can be severe. Further surgery may be required if this condition occurs.
Ankle injuries are very common and can be caused by many accidents, including sporting accidents, work accidents, overuse, as well as something as simple as walking across uneven ground. There were approximately two million patients treated for ankle strains, sprains and fractures in the UK last year alone.
The ankle is made up of bones, ligaments and tendons. There are three bones which meet at the ankle; the tibia, fibula and talus. Tendons and ligaments hold these bones together and provide us with movement in the ankle, as well as provide support and stability in the joint.
Common injuries to the ankle include fractures, dislocations, sprains, and strains. These can be caused by a number of things, including:
- Having a trip or fall
- Jumping and landing awkwardly on the joint
- Uneven surfaces
- Trauma or impact to the joint (such as in a road traffic accident)
- Twisting the ankle at an unnatural angle
- Rolling the ankle
Ankle injuries can cause painful symptoms and can greatly reduce a persons’ ability to move around unaided. If an ankle injury is ignored and not treated correctly it can also lead to long-term serious problems in the joint.
The pelvis is the bone which connects your legs to your spine. A fracture to the pelvis can cause serious complications and ongoing problems. Further problems associated with pelvic fractures include:
- Nerve damage
- Problems with lower back joints
- Damage to internal organs
- Ruptures to the bladder
- Heavy internal bleeding
Due to the serious nature of these injuries, x-rays and CT scans will usually be done to determine the extent of the damage caused in the accidents.
Pelvic fractures are extremely painful but will usually heal well without intervention. However, some people can develop further problems following a pelvic fracture, including chronic pain, problems with their mobility, as well as sexual dysfunction. These problems are usually caused by damage being sustained to nerves and organs as a result of the pelvic fracture.
Claiming compensation after a lower limb orthopaedic injury
If you, or a loved one, have sustained a lower limb injury as a result of an accident, we can help you claim the compensation you deserve. We will not only look to compensate you for the pain and suffering you have sustained, but depending on the severity of your injury, we will also develop a recovery plan which includes:
- Specialist medical assessment
- Any rehabilitation and treatment plans
- Occupational therapy to improve your day-to-day life
- Specialist equipment and adaptations to your home
- Access to adapted vehicles for greater mobility
- Ongoing care and assistance
To find out more, call us today on 0800 612 8196 to see how we could help you and your family following an accident, or fill in our online enquiry form and one of our serious injury solicitors will call you back.
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