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Leg, Knee and Ankle Injury

Because an injury to the leg can affect mobility significantly, it is vital that a claim for injury to the leg is dealt with by the appropriate expert personal injury lawyer. The restriction on mobility can of course affect a person’s ability to work but also the ability to do those everyday tasks that we all take for granted such as driving, shopping, childcare, housework and even dressing and bathing.

The most traumatic type of injuries can involve amputation. There can also be injuries which, although not involving amputation, can still have a long term effect on a person’s quality of life. Injuries can include serious cuts, ligament or tendon damage and fractures.

Claims relating to a knee injury can be complicated partly because the knee itself is a complex joint. Fractures, dislocations and twisting injuries can affect not just the bones but also ligaments and tissues, such as cartilage or meniscus, in the knee and each of these can have long term effects.

Leg, knee and ankle injury compensation

While there is no single figure that is “correct” in a legal sense for every injury, there are guidelines to identify ranges of possible awards depending on the type of injury and the severity. The values listed below are for guidance only. A more specific estimate will only be possible once further information is obtained in relation to your injury. The figures below are for only the “pain and suffering” category that a court may award – the figures below do not include any wage loss or other categories of compensation that may or may not be open to you (for more information see What Can I Claim For?)

Leg Injury compensation

  • Simple fractures to tibia or fibula depending on duration of recovery – recovery within a few months: £1,800
  • Simple fracture of femur: £6,900 – £10,700
  • Where incomplete recovery made: up to £9,000

Moderate leg injuries

  • fractures or serious soft tissue injuries from which an incomplete recovery is made :£13,600 – £21,100
  • complicated or multiple fractures or severe crushing to injuries causing a permanent impact on life and possibly employment and risk of future arthritis or surgery: £21,100 – £29,800

Severe leg injuries not involving amputation

  • Serious compound or comminuted fractures resulting in disability, prolonged treatment and the likelihood of arthritis developing at site of fracture: £29,800 – £41,600
  • Injuries such as multiple fractures with long recovery time leading to permanent problems with mobility and possibility of future surgery is likely: £41,600 – £64,200
  • Serious fractures leading to significant permanent loss of function and virtual loss of use of the leg: £73,000 – £103,000


  • Below knee amputation of one leg: £74,400 – £101,000
  • Above knee amputation of one leg: £79,700 – £104,500
  • Loss of both legs: £183,000 – £214,000

Knee injury compensation


  • Serious knee injury disrupting the joint causing development of arthritis, lengthy treatment, considerable pain and loss of function: £53,000 – £73,100
  • Leg fracture extending into the knee causing permanent pain and limiting movement and impairing agility: £39,600 – £53,000
  • Similar injuries as above but with less severe disability albeit with some continuing symptoms, limitation of movement and instability in the knee: £19,900 – £33,000


  • Dislocation, torn cartilage or meniscus resulting in instability, wasting, weakness or other mild future disability: £11,200 – £19,200
  • Where permanent symptoms are less severe: £4,600 to £10,400

Ankle injury compensation

  • Very severe – extensive fracture of the ankle resulting in deformity and risk of future below knee amputation or serious injuries to both ankles in a young person causing risk of arthritis: £38,000 – £53,000
  • Severe – extensive period of treatment and/or lengthy period in plaster or where pins and plates have been inserted through surgery. Significant residual disability: £23,800 – £38,000
  • Moderate – fractures, ligament tears etc giving rise to long term but less serious difficulties such as difficulties in walking on uneven ground, difficulty standing or walking for long periods. Possible risk of future arthritis: £10,400 – £20,200
  • Modest ankle injuries – less serious, minor or undisplaced fractures, sprains and ligament injuries – depending on duration of symptoms and whether recovery complete: from a few hundred pounds up to £10,400

Achilles tendon injuries

  • Severed tendon resulting in permanent restriction of movement in the ankle: up to £29,200
  • Division of tendon, successfully repaired but with residual weakness with limitation of movement: £19,000 – £22,800
  • Partial rupture – depending on the treatment required and level of ongoing disability: £9,500 – £16,000
  • Minor turning of the ankle causing some damage to the tendon and a fear of instability: £5,200 – £9,500 (lower award is possible if quick recovery).