How Much Compensation For A Broken Leg? Case Study And Guide On Broken Leg Claims

If you’re reading this guide, there’s a strong chance that you have suffered a broken leg yourself. And perhaps you’re searching for advice on how to make a claim for compensation. If so, then you are in the right place. This guide details important aspects of the claiming process when claiming compensation for a broken leg. Key to this is the sample case study which illustrates how a claim for a broken leg may proceed. 

Compensation For A Broken Leg

How much compensation for a broken leg guide.

The list of section headings below breaks down the major topics that we’re covering in this guide. But before you read on, remember that you could contact us about a claim at any point. Our claims team could assess your case for free. If it has legitimate grounds and compensation is likely to be awarded they may connect you with a personal injury solicitor from our panel. At that stage, they could then begin to handle your case. So, to contact us, you can telephone 0800 408 7826, use the Live Chat, or complete the online form.

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  1. How Much Compensation For A Broken Leg?
  2. What Bones Can You Break In Your Leg?
  3. Examples Of Broken Leg Financial Issues
  4. Top 3 Most Common Broken Leg Accidents
  5. Case Study: £17,000 Compensation For A Broken Leg
  6. Explanation Of A Duty Of Care
  7. Can Someone Be Held Liable For A Duty Of Care Breach?
  8. Your Broken Leg Compensation Estimate
  9. No Win No Fee Policy For Broken Leg Cases
  10. Where Are Quality Personal Injury Lawyers?
  11. Bring Forward Your Broken Leg Claim
  12. FAQs
  13. Further Materials On Broken Leg Cases

How Much Compensation For A Broken Leg?

We’re covering the key factors that influence how much compensation for a broken leg that you could receive. In addition, we’re going to analyse key steps of the claims process that you need to be aware of. These include the benefits of No Win No Fee agreements, along with the downsides of compensation calculators. And we also break down the definition of negligence, as this is a crucial layer of any injury claim.

Personal Injury Claims Time Limit

Under English law, you have a maximum window of 3 years to make a claim. This dates from when you first hurt your leg, or when you first learned that your leg was injured through negligence. Therefore, you need to ensure that, if you wish to make a claim, you initiate proceedings during that period. Otherwise, you may not receive compensation for your broken leg, even with overwhelming supportive evidence in your favour. Learn more by getting in touch with our helpful team.

What Bones Can You Break In Your Leg?

There are numerous bones in your leg that you could potentially break from an accident. And given the leg’s importance in providing mobility and stability for the body, any bone fracture could have a noticeable impact. An example would include the femur, the thighbone which is also the strongest bone in the whole body. Also consider the tibia, the shinbone, which is also a strong bone for which a fracture is particularly detrimental. Other noteworthy bones within the leg include the fibula, the lateral malleolus and the medial malleolus.

Typical symptoms of a broken leg include tremendous pain, the leg feeling unstable, tenderness, swelling, bleeding and bruising. For a severe leg break, there could be a deformity in shape with the broken bone sticking through the skin. And it’s the severity that dictates the potential recovery time. Indeed, the recuperation would vary between 6-8 weeks and upwards of 6 months. This would be significant towards influencing the potential compensation for your broken leg.

Examples Of Broken Leg Financial Issues

A broken leg brings about physical pain that would affect the victim’s life in so many ways. But also don’t forget about the financial fallout of such an injury. For instance, driving with a broken leg isn’t possible, meaning losing money on a vehicle that you can’t drive for a period of time. This would also mean a reliance on public transport, which could see bus and train costs add up over time. And also think about whether the victim is able to resume working during their rehabilitation. If not, then the lost earnings from being unable to work for months may exceed mid-four figures, if not five figures. But at least the financial issues could be remedied by you successfully receiving compensation for your broken leg. Ask our advisors if you have queries about this topic.

Top 3 Most Common Broken Leg Accidents

Common scenarios resulting in a broken leg could come from a fall, a sports-related impact or a car accident. (We’re covering road traffic accidents in greater depth later in this guide.) Another possibility stems from overuse of the leg, with the bone giving way due to repetitive use. And then there is osteoporosis, where the bone gradually weakens to the point of it eventually breaking. An accident could bring any of these situations on. And if so, then the potential to claim compensation for your broken leg is viable. Three main areas in which a broken leg could occur are:

  • Road traffic accident RTA
  • Public place accidents
  • Workplace accidents

Case Study: £65,000 Compensation For A Broken Leg

Mr Collins, 46, worked in a pub. Although he mainly operated the bar itself, he would also help out with other duties. This included assisting with tidying up the venue, as well as helping with repairs and refurbishments when the situation called for it.

However, one of these would lead to disaster. One afternoon, Mr Collins was asked to assist a delivery team as they were bringing in new furniture. This included a large pool table to be placed in the lounge area. It was Mr Collins’ assumption that several delivery workers would help with this.

Instead, he was surprised that only one other employee from the delivery team was assigned to help with this. As a team player, Mr Collins tried to perform this task nonetheless. But the sheer weight of the pool table proved to be too much. So much so that he ended up falling to the floor while trying to carry it. This wouldn’t have been so bad, but the corner of the pool table dropped as well.

And it would land on Mr Collins’ right shinbone as he was laying on the floor. He felt the pain immediately, and he realised he was unable to stand. Another worker called over his boss, who was inside the pub at the time. Additionally, the pub manager and other on-site colleagues came to Mr Collins’ aid. By this point, there was also bleeding and swelling on the damaged area.

Mr Collins was taken to hospital, where he was diagnosed with an open fracture of the tibia. Unfortunately, he would need surgery, and time away from work. Mr Collins would also need to undergo physiotherapy for his right leg to return to 100%.

Claiming Compensation For A Broken Leg

Upon further reflection, Mr Collins was distraught at the negligence shown by all involved. Having to perform the task with one delivery worker was bad enough. But where were his fellow staff members at the pub? How could they not have foreseen a potential problem? Their assumption that a man in his mid-40’s would “get by” with this job had resulted in horrendous consequences.

After talking to a personal injury lawyer, Mr Collins learned that he could file a claim due to a breach of duty. This he did, and he received £65,000 in compensation. This included £51,000 for general damages and £14,000 for special damages.

Type Of Special DamagesIncludes:How Much?
Lost EarningsCosts of lost annual earnings due to the injury£10,250
Additional Physiotherapy CostsCosts of physiotherapy treatment£400
Medical CostsCosts of medication due to the injury£100
CarerCosts due to the injury£2,000
Travel cost £250
Cleaner, cook, child minder£1000

Note: This is a fictional case study and is only a potential situation involving a broken leg victim claiming compensation.

Explanation Of A Duty Of Care

The term “duty of care” is vital to the viability of claiming compensation for a broken leg. That’s because duty of care represents how another person or party should take care of you in particular environments. And if this suffers a breach that leads to an accident, and the upshot is you being hurt to the extent of a broken leg for instance, then you may be eligible for compensation. Duties of care should prevent accidents and injuries; that is their primary purpose. However, not all accidents happen because of negligence. Simply call us anytime by using the number above for more information.

Can Someone Be Held Liable For A Duty Of Care Breach?

Indeed, someone can be held liable when a duty of care breach occurs. As a matter of fact, it’s crucial, if you wish to successfully claim compensation for your broken leg. But it’s important to know just who exactly holds liability depending on the circumstances of your accident.

Duty of Care

Public liability (PL) means those that control public areas could be liable for injuries caused by their negligence. Now, accidents in public places could occur anywhere, from bars to restaurants, and from parks to beaches. But regardless of the setting, the duty of care via the Occupier’ Liability Act 1957 applies to all. An example of being injured in a public place could see you fall down a dangerous staircase in a pub and breaking your leg upon landing due to a faulty handrail. 

When it comes to a workplace accident, though, the situation changes slightly. In that case, employer’s liability (EL) would be the term to look out for. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 places a duty of care on employers. Employers must as far as is reasonably practical keep their workforce safe. A possible scenario is a victim falling off a faulty ladder in a stockroom and breaking bones in their leg in the process.

As for a road traffic accident (RTA)? In this case, the duty of care comes under the Highway Code. This is applicable for all road users: drivers, pedestrians and cyclists, as well as for those operating public transport vehicles. If a collision on the road sees you suffer a broken leg, and another road user is at fault you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim. And if a crash sees you suffer multiple injuries beyond your broken leg, then you could consider a multiple injury claim.

To find out more about duty of care breaches, please contact our specialist team.

Your Broken Leg Compensation Estimate

In order to receive an accurate estimate concerning the compensation or your broken leg, you would need a doctor to provide you with a complete medical diagnosis. The intention is for you to answer crucial questions surrounding your injury and the original accident. They include identifying how it happened and how it has affected your life.  What’s more, a doctor could conclusively prove that, only for the accident, your leg would be fine. This is partly based on comparing how your leg had been prior to the incident with how it is today.

From there, a solicitor could consider what figure you may be able to claim. But they wouldn’t do this by using an online personal injury claims calculator. That’s because these online tools often only provide general suggestions which don’t cater to specific scenarios. No two leg breaks are exactly the same, so why should that apply to subsequent compensation claim payouts? Our advisors can give you some inclination of what damages you may receive if you give them a quick call. 

Special and General Damages

The compensation estimate itself would be split into two sections. One deals with the initial pain and suffering along with any psychological effects, and this would be general damages. The other, meanwhile, concerns the additional fallout of the accident. Time off work, specialist care and medical expenses could be included, and they would make up special damages. Note that having receipts and invoices to prove special damages could prove to be very important for your case. Get in touch today if you need further guidance.

No Win No Fee Policy For Broken Leg Cases

When claiming compensation for a broken leg, or indeed any injury, it’s best to keep costs at a minimum. So, you could opt for a solicitor that operates on a No Win No fee agreement. This reduces the financial risks of a claimant as they move ahead with their claim to potentially receive compensation. How does this happen? Well, you would only pay your personal injury solicitor’s legal costs if the case wins. If it doesn’t, then you’re not required to pay their specific charges. This forces your No Win No Fee solicitor to work hard on your behalf. To discuss No Win No Fee agreements with us, simply use our contact form.

Where Are Quality Personal Injury Lawyers?

No longer is there the need to use a local solicitor. That is because solicitors working on personal injury claims can do so remotely. And this applies to our panel of personal injury solicitors too. Having a solicitor represent your case is totally your decision. However, they can bring many advantages to the table. Not only can they ensure your claim is filed on time, but they can also collect evidence, speak to witnesses, deal with the defendant and provide legal advice. Get in touch with our advisors today and have your case assessed for free. 

Bring Forward Your Broken Leg Claim

If you wish to get in touch with us, there are 3 ways that you can do so. And we’re able to begin covering your case for compensation for your broken leg from that point onwards. So, you can:

You don’t have to move forward with your claim even after contacting our specialist team. And note that we’re able to answer enquiries 24/7.


Does the payout change depending on which bone is broken?

Not really. It isn’t about the bone itself as much as it is about the impact on your life. And the severity of the break would also be crucial.

Is this a high-end claim as far as compensation is concerned?

Again, it depends on the nature of the break. A minor leg fracture is still a terrible scenario, but it may pale to other physical injuries when it comes to settlements.

How much is a leg injury worth in compensation?

Although settlements are unique to each scenario.

Would compensation increase if multiple injuries are suffered?

More than likely, since the consequences on your independence and mobility, would be higher. A multiple injury claim would be the best step to take in this situation.    

Further Materials On Broken Leg Cases

We hope that you have learned a lot from reading our guide about compensation for a broken leg. But it’s possible that you may still wish to learn more. If so, have a look at these links to conduct additional research.

You can read the NHS’ guidance about broken leg injuries.

They also discuss other leg injuries such as sprains and strains.

And they explain all of their services for patients.

Check out more of our personal injury claims guides below:

Written by RK

Checked by SA.