A torn hamstring can be a serious injury, and suffering one can impact your ability to walk and in turn your ability to work. If you’ve sustained this kind of injury as a result of negligence, then you may be able to claim compensation.
The compensation you receive will depend partly on the effect the injury has had on your life. It will consider the impact the injury has had on your quality of life, as well as any effect on your ability to do the things you usually do.
This guide will look to explain the eligibility criteria for claiming compensation, how a compensation amount will be decided and what you could do to help prove your claim.
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In order to claim compensation, you need to demonstrate that your injury came about as a result of a breach of duty of care. There are a number of different scenarios in which you’re owed a duty of care which we will look at later on in this guide.
A torn hamstring can have a number of different effects on your quality of life. As well as causing you pain, it could impact your mobility by stopping you from walking. In turn, this might stop you from being able to work, which could result in a loss of earnings.
To give you a clearer idea of what you might be awarded for your hamstring tear, you can contact an advisor now to discuss your situation. If you have a valid claim, you could be connected with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel.
Torn Hamstring Statistics
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is a branch of the government that is responsible for regulating workplace health and safety. They release statistics relating to workplace injuries.
In 2020/21, there were 14,938 injuries to the lower limb locations. This was the second most commonly injured site reported; the first was upper limb locations with 18,988 injuries reported.
These statistics relate to reportable incidents that have been reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013.
In various situations, you’re owed a duty of care. This means that someone else has a responsibility to ensure your safety.
For example, while you’re at work, your employer owes you a duty of care according to the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. According to this, they should take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure your safety in the workplace.
Similarly, the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 and the Road Traffic Act 1988 outline the duty of care that you’re owed in public and on the road respectively. In public, the person in control of the space is the one with the responsibility towards those who use it for the intended purpose. On the road, all road users owe one another a duty of care.
How could a torn hamstring injury occur?
Below are some examples of how a torn hamstring injury could happen as a result of negligence and that could lead to different types of personal injury claims:
- Accidents at work– A breach of duty of care in the workplace could include poor housekeeping, a lack of training or unsuitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). For example, if you require non-slip shoes to carry out your role and your employer doesn’t provide these, you could fall from a height from a platform and tear your hamstring. Alternatively, if they did not provide proper training before asking you to lift and carry, you could experience a manual handling injury.
- Public place accidents– If a wet floor in a public space is not cleaned up or signposted in a reasonable timeframe, and you slip and fall, tearing your hamstring, you could be entitled to claim.
- Road traffic accidents– All road users owe one another a duty of care. If you’re a cyclist and a driver runs a red light, knocking you off your bike and causing you to tear your hamstring, you might be able to make a cycling accident claim.
If you’ve suffered a torn hamstring and want to know what you should do, it would be recommended to seek medical attention. A medical professional can give you a clear and more accurate picture of your own injury and recovery timetable. Medical reports of the injury can also be an important piece of evidence to support a personal injury claim.
You can help your claim by gathering other evidence related to the injury. This can include:
- Pictures of the hazard that led to your injury
- Photos of your own injury
- Contact information of any witnesses
A personal injury solicitor might be able to help you in collecting evidence to support your claim. If you speak with one of our advisors, they could connect you with a solicitor from our panel provided that you have a valid claim.
The Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) is a set of guidelines containing compensation amounts that have been awarded in court rulings for various personal injury claims. It can be used to help value claims for compensation.
The amounts listed in the JCG relate to general damages. This is the part of the compensation awarded for the pain and suffering the injury caused you.
The table below contains some examples from the JCG.
Injury Notes Award
Less Serious Leg Injuries: (i) Serious soft tissue injuries etc.
£16,860 to £26,050
Less Serious Leg Injuries: (iii) Soft tissue injuries that have recovered completely, or almost completely. Up to £11,110
Moderate Leg Injuries The level of award will be influenced by a number of factors including the extent of treatment, the risk of degenerative changes and impact on employment. £26,050 to £36,790
Severe Leg Injuries: (ii) Leading to permanent problems with mobility £51,460 to £85,600
Severe Leg Injuries: (iii) Injuries to joints or ligaments resulting in instability, prolonged treatment, a lengthy period of non-weight-bearing £36,790 to £51,460
Moderate Knee Injuries (i) Dislocation, torn cartilage and tears to the meniscus that result in minor instability. £13,920 to £24,580
Moderate Knee Injuries (ii) Includes less serious torn cartilage and tears to the meniscus that result in minor instability as well as lacerations, twisting and bruising injuries. Up to £12,900
Severe Knee Injuries (i) Serious knee injury involving joint disruption or ligament damage with lengthy treatment £65,440 to £90,290
Severe Knee Injuries (ii) Injuries causing continuing symptoms including instability or limited movement. £48,920 to £65,440
The second potential head of a torn hamstring claim is known as special damages. This is the amount awarded to cover your financial losses.
Money spent on treatment, travel expenses and loss of earnings can all be requested under special damages.
It’s important that you provide evidence to support this head of your claim. For example, you could provide payslips to demonstrate a loss of earnings. You could also show invoices for home or vehicle adaptations that you have had to pay for because of your injuries.
No Win No Fee agreements are commonplace in personal injury claims.
Unlike the traditional method of hiring a solicitor, you would not pay any upfront fees to them. You would also not have to pay ongoing fees as the claim progresses.
If your claim is not successful, you would not pay any fees. The only time you will be expected to pay your No Win No Fee lawyer is in the event that you’re awarded compensation. Then, a legally-capped percentage of your award will be deducted.
For more information on No Win No Fee agreements, speak with one of our advisors today. You could be connected with a solicitor from our panel provided you have a valid torn hamstring claim.
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The NHS offers guidance on physiotherapy which might be a treatment option for this kind of injury
The government website offers a guide on accessing statutory sick pay
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is a charity that aims to reduce the risk of accidental injury.
We also offer guides on other kinds of claims, such as:
Check out more of our personal injury claims guides below:
- Find answers in our personal injury FAQs
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- How do personal injury claims work?
- What is the personal injury claims time limit?
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- Examples of a life-changing injury that you can claim for
- How to claim after suffering a torn tricep
- How to find quality personal injury solicitors
- Learn how to make a knee injury claim
- What is the definition of a No Win No Fee agreement?
- What are the time limits for personal injury claims?
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- Learn how to make a toe injury claim
- How to make a quadriplegia claim
- Learn to make a torn bicep claim
- Guidance on pursuing neck injury claims
- A guide to No Win No Fee agreements in personal injury claims
- How to prove a personal injury claim
- How to claim compensation for an ankle injury
- How to make a claim for a thumb injury
- Learn how to make a wrist injury claim
- How to claim for a broken great toe
If you have any more questions relating to claiming for a torn hamstring, speak with one of our advisors.