10 Jan Personal Injury Compensation: What’s my Lower Limb injury claim worth? Part 2
What are lower limb injuries?
All injuries to the lower body involving the feet, toes, legs, hips or pelvis are considered lower limb injuries. As with all types of personal injury claims, successful lower limb injury claims will only be made if another party can be deemed to be at least partially liable.
How much is my leg or foot Injury Compensation Claim worth?
In part 1 of our guide to lower limb personal injury claims, we looked at compensation levels set by the PIAB for injuries involving:
- Leg or toe amputations
- Hip or pelvis injuries
- Upper leg fractures
- Knee injuries
In part 2 we will look at injuries involving:
- Lower leg fractures of the tibia or fibula
- Ankle injuries
- Foot injuries
- Toe injuries
Lower Leg Fractures of the Tibia or Fibula
Fractures of the lower leg involve either or both of the major bones, the tibia or the fibula.
Complications may arise from fractures of both bones, such as problems with bone union, vein or soft tissue damage and joint stiffness at either the ankle, knee or both. If there is an open fracture, where the bones break the skin, there can be increased risk of infection. More serious, lasting conditions can include nerve damage.
Compensation awarded can range from up to €49,400 for minor injuries and up to €96,800 for fractures resulting in severe and permanent conditions.
Ankle injuries can involve soft tissue damage, damage to the Achilles tendon, joint dislocation or fractures of any of the ankle bones including distal Tibia, distal Fibula and Talus. As the ankle is such a complicated joint, injuries may need a lot of treatment to achieve full recovery.
Compensation for minor injuries to the Achilles tendon can be up to €12,600, with more severe fractures of any of the bones of the ankle with severe, lasting conditions receiving compensation up to €93,300.
Foot injuries can include soft tissue damage, dislocations, fractures, sprains or crushing of the foot.
Soft tissue damage including sprains resulting from twisting or hyperextension can have compensation amounts of up to €20,000 for minor injuries. More severe injuries, including fractures with severe and permanent conditions can have compensation amounts up to €92,900.
Crushing injuries to the foot are a more serious injury and may include nerve or vein damage, damage to the skin or a fracture. Compensation levels range from €12,800 for minor injuries and up to €78,300 for severe and permanent conditions. More serious crushing injuries result in amputation of the foot.
For more information on amputations, please see here.
Toe injuries involve dislocations, fractures or amputations (see here for more information on amputations).
While amputations are quite severe, most toe dislocations are relatively minor where a full recovery will likely be achieved by manipulation and there is not likely to be long-lasting effects. Similarly most toe fractures heal well with conservative treatment.
For minor toe dislocations or toe fractures (of toes other than the big toe), compensation can be up to €10,900, with compensation for severe and permanent conditions involving the big toe going up to €46,800.
As each personal injury is unique, Contact Ferrys Solicitors LLP Personal Injury and Accident Solicitors Solicitors today to discuss compensation claims for leg injury or foot injury.