UK claim solicitors occasionally apply for hip injury compensation which generally arises as a result of a motor vehicle accident or from a heavy fall often in a tripping and slipping accident. Injuries to the pelvis are very common particularly in the elderly although most of these injuries are more to do with instability and loss of balance rather than the negligence of a third party. Minor injuries can attract awards in the region of £5,000 and more severe injuries including fractures can be awarded up to £15,000 with long term disabilities or the necessity for a replacement joint exceeding that figure.
Except in the case of serious motor accidents a hip injury compensation claim is relatively uncommon. The hip is a very strong and stable joint which is rarely disrupted by physical trauma. Tearing of the muscles, ligaments and tendons do however happen and these injuries can be painful and become chronic with long term disabilities and problems.
One matter of concern in a hip injury compensation claim relates to the Limitation Act 1980. These nagging injuries are often overlooked for years and victims frequently miss the opportunity to claim compensation by failing to comply with the limitation requirements. In the UK a claim for personal injury must be settled or proceeding must have at least been issued in a court of law within three year of the event that gave rise to the injury failing which the opportunity to claim compensation may be lost forever. There are exceptions for minors, that is those under the age of 18 years and for the mentally disabled. In addition, the courts do have a very wide discretion to extend the initial period. On matters of limitation it is advisable to seek advice from a hip injury claim solicitor without delay.
Most UK claim solicitors are members of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of personal injury experts who do little else except deal with accident compensation claims on a very regular basis. No legal fees are usually payable to UK claim solicitors unless the compensation claim is successful, and the client obtains an award of damages. If the no win no fee compensation claim is lost there is no charge. Most solicitors also offer free initial advice without further obligation. They ensure that their clients interests are a priority and deal with claims in a friendly, efficient and competent manner to ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve in the shortest time scale possible.