How To Sue For A Broken Hip – A Guide To Claiming Compensation

Have you suffered a broken hip injury? Was the accident caused by someone else’s negligence? If so, our helpful guide about how to sue for a broken hip after an accident could help you get the compensation you’re owed.

how to sue for a broken hip

how to sue for a broken hip

When you’re involved in an accident and sustain an injury, this can have a real impact on your wellbeing and quality of life. And when the injury you sustain is a broken hip, this can cause a lot of pain as well as problems with your mobility. The recovery process can be long and protracted, and sometimes the ill effects of an injury like this can be permanent. 

This article will cover some essential information about claiming for an injury sustained in an accident. For more information on personal injury claims, call us on 0800 408 7827 to speak to our panel of knowledgeable advisors; otherwise, keep reading. 

About Broken Hip Injuries

  1. What Is A Broken Hip Injury?
  2. How Much Compensation Will I Get For A Broken Hip Injury?
  3. How Special Damages Are Calculated
  4. How To Sue For A Broken Hip With A No Win No Fee Solicitor
  5. How To Get Specialist Legal Advice For A Broken Hip Injury
  6. Contact Us For Free Legal Advice
  7. Get More Help

When Could You Claim For A Broken Hip Injury?

A fracture to your pelvis or hip can be painful and impact your mobility. You should seek medical advice if you injure your hip and, as a result, are: 

  • Unable to stand or bear weight on your injured leg 
  • Experiencing bruising and swelling around the affected area
  • Unable to lift, move or turn your leg 

The doctor will usually arrange an x-ray to determine the nature of your injury. They may also arrange for a CT or MRI scan. 

The treatment can vary depending on how severe the injury is. However, surgery is usually the only way to treat a broken hip. About half of all instances of a broken hip require a full or partial hip replacement. If you don’t require a replacement, the doctor will fix the injury with plates, rods or screws.

The type of surgery will depend on the type of fracture, what age you are, and the bone condition. It will also take into consideration your general health and level of mobility before the accident. 

Due to the nature of the treatment, your recovery could be quite lengthy. You may have to spend up to 2 weeks in hospital followed by months of rehabilitation to recover from surgery and physiotherapy to regain strength. You’ll also be provided with support from social services if necessary to help you to adapt to life after surgery.

This information is provided by the NHS. For more information on symptoms, treatment and recovery time of a broken hip, visit the NHS website. 

How Much Compensation Will I Get For A Broken Hip Injury?

If you’ve been in an accident and suffered from a hip injury, you might be wondering about compensation for a hip fracture. In this section, we’ll look at how a solicitor works out the value of your claim. 

Compensation is split into general and special damages. General damages cover the impact the accident has had on your quality of life. It takes into account the pain and suffering that your injuries have caused you. 

A solicitor will value the general damages head of your claim by referring to the Judicial College Guidelines. They look at what compensation was awarded in the past for a similar injury. This information is then used to create guideline compensation brackets for injuries of different severities. 

It can be useful when calculating general damages to provide evidence for your injuries and the circumstances of the accident. This may include medical reports, witness statements and CCTV, amongst other things. 

Special damages is the second head of a typical compensation claim. See below for more information on what these consist of and how they are calculated.

How Special Damages Are Calculated

As opposed to general damages which compensate you for your injuries, special damages cover financial losses both past and future. There is a range of special damages you can claim, including:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Cost of care for yourself or anyone dependent on you
  • Medication
  • Private rehabilitation or physiotherapy that’s not available on the NHS
  • Loss of deposits for plans that have been cancelled, for example, holidays or sporting events
  • In order for special damages to be included as part of your claim, you must provide evidence for the loss you have experienced. This might include payslips that show the loss of earnings you’ve experienced, invoices for home adaptations that you’ve had to undertake or receipts for medication. 

Many websites offer personal injury compensation calculators which value your claim. While these can be useful in giving a rough estimate, they don’t often collect enough information to accurately value your claim. When you speak to a member of our team, they’ll ask the relevant questions and collect the information needed to see how much you could be owed. 

If you have any questions about how to sue for a broken hip and the compensation you could be owed, call our team on the number above for more help and advice

How To Sue For A Broken Hip With A No Win No Fee Solicitor

When making a personal injury claim, you may have the option to enter into a No Win No Fee agreement with a solicitor. This means you don’t pay any solicitor fees unless certain conditions are met. 

A No Win No Fee (or Conditional Fee) agreement means that you won’t be asked to pay your solicitor anything in order for them to start work on your claim. You also won’t be asked to pay them anything as your claim is ongoing. 

If your solicitor does win the case, their fees are taken in the form of a legally capped success fee after you’re awarded your compensation. The percentage of the compensation to be deducted is legally capped and agreed on at the start by you and your personal injury solicitor.

Some people may be put off claiming with a solicitor because they feel that they’ll be faced with upfront costs. A No Win No Fee agreement means that this isn’t something you need to worry about. Get in touch with our team today to find out more about claiming

Contact Us For Free Legal Advice

We’ve covered a lot of information in this article. You may feel like you’re ready to start your claim for compensation today. Alternatively, you might be looking for more information to answer any questions you have about the claims process. Either way, you can get in touch with our team today, and our advisors will do all they can to help you.  

You can either:

Get More Help

  • The Road Safety Act 1988 outlines driving offences and the penalties that relate to them. 
  • Visit the NHS for any medical questions you have and for more advice on broken bones.
  • Visit the government website for more information or statistics on road accidents.

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