Leg Injury Compensation Lawyers

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When you've been impacted by a leg injury, the subsequent pain, recovery period and financial stress can be overwhelming. It doesn't matter if the accident took place on the road, at work or in a public place; understanding what your options are is essential.

On this page, we'll take you through your rights to leg injury compensation, common causes and types of leg injuries, the process for lodging a claim, your time limits, and frequently asked questions.

Smith's Lawyers team of personal injury claim experts offers free initial advice and no-obligation appointments at home, in the hospital, in-office, or via phone. All claims have no upfront costs or risks of being left out of pocket under our No Win, No Fee, No Catch® promise. We operate Queensland-wide.

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Understanding Your Rights After a Leg Injury in Queensland

Life takes unexpected turns, and sometimes those turns leave us injured.

If you've suffered a mild to severe leg injury in Queensland, whether through an accident or negligence, you have the right to claim compensation. Knowing those rights can empower you to get the support you deserve. 

There are several compensation schemes you can use:  

  • Work Accidents: If your leg injury occurred at the workplace, you may be entitled to make a statutory claim via WorkCover Queensland or your employer’s insurance - regardless of who is at fault. Common law claims are also an option if your employer was negligent and this has resulted in your injury. 
  • Car or Road Accidents: Queensland's Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance covers personal injuries sustained while on the road, where another road user was at fault.
  • Public Liability Claims: If your injury occurred in a public place, you may be entitled to submit a common law claim against the public liability insurer for the area. This could cover injuries sustained in public spaces or commercial premises.

However you decide to make a claim, whether using a scheme or going to court, speaking to a solicitor will help you understand your options.

What is a Leg Injury?

A leg injury refers to any sort of physical harm or damage to any part of the leg, from the hip down to your toes. It encompasses a wide range of injuries which can include, but are not limited to, strains, sprains, fractures, dislocations, and lacerations.

In some cases, leg injuries could potentially include more severe conditions arising from these injuries, such as deep vein thrombosis, nerve damage, or even loss of the leg. The severity, location, and type of leg injury hugely determine the impact it has on a person's life, potentially causing limited mobility, chronic pain and emotional distress if left untreated or poorly managed.

Common Causes of Leg Injuries

Leg injuries can happen to anyone, anywhere. Whether it's a sports mishap, a workplace accident or a stumble on the pavement, a variety of situations can lead to leg injuries and disrupt your life. 

Here are some of the most common causes of leg injuries: 

  • Road Accidents: When you're involved in a collision, you could suffer from multiple injuries at once. Fractures were the most common reason for hospitalisation after a transport-related incident, accounting for around 21 percent of cases in 2018/19.
  • Workplace Accidents: Leg injuries accounted for about 23 percent of all serious workplace injury claims in 2021. A fall, a machinery malfunction or simple tripping over an obstacle might result in a serious leg or foot injury.
  • Sports Injuries: Contact sports or those that involve rapid movements and turning, such as football, rugby or surfing, can lead to severe leg strains, sprains, breaks, ligament damage, or a foot injury.
  • Slips and Falls: Whether it's from a wet floor in the shopping centre or a crack in the pavement, you could be left with long-term injuries that require time off work. This may entitle you to leg injury compensation.
Common Types of Leg Injuries

Leg injuries can range from minor discomfort to debilitating pain, making it crucial to recognise the signs and seek medical help for your specific type of injury. 

Here are some common types to look out for:

  • Sprains and Strains: These occur when the ligaments that hold the bones together are stretched or torn. Sprains often result from sports activities but can also occur in everyday activities that involve twisting or landing awkwardly on the foot. 
  • Fractures: These are serious injuries that involve breaks in the bone. Leg fractures can range from simple hairline fractures to complex, multiple fractures that require surgery for repair. 
  • Knee injuries: Particularly common in the elderly population, a knee injury can result from either acute trauma like a fall or chronic wear and tear. Your knee injury could be a ligament tear, meniscus damage, or patella fracture.
  • Dislocations: This occurs when the epiphysis or 'bumpy' end of a bone is forced out of the joint. Dislocations are extremely painful and often result in significant tissue damage. They are most commonly caused by trauma, such as that experienced in a car accident.
  • Tendonitis: This is inflammation or irritation of the tendon, the thick fibrous cords that attach muscles to bones. If untreated, tendonitis can lead to a more serious condition called tendinopathy which involves degeneration of the tendon's collagen. 

Regardless of the type of injury you're experiencing, getting medical attention as soon as possible is crucial. Applying for leg injury compensation payouts should be your next step after ensuring you've received adequate treatment.

Workers Most At-Risk of Leg Injuries

Several professions and industries significantly ramp up the risk of leg injuries due to the nature of the work performed. Below are some of the most at-risk professions: 

  • Construction Workers: They are exposed to various risks including falling from heights, tripping over scattered materials or being struck by moving machinery, which all pose a high risk for leg injuries.
  • Warehouse Workers & Forklift Operators: The constant moving, lifting and carrying of heavy materials can lead to overexertion and consequent leg injuries. Forklift operators also face dangers from accidents involving their machines.
  • Agricultural Workers: The use of heavy farming equipment and the irregular terrain can easily lead to accidents resulting in leg injuries.
  • Emergency Services: Police officers, firefighters and paramedics often respond to high-stress situations that may result in physical harm, including leg injuries.
  • Retail Workers: Standing for long hours on hard surfaces can lead to chronic leg issues, including varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis, and other orthopaedic issues.
  • Healthcare Workers: The need to continually move and lift patients significantly increases the risk of leg injuries or chronic conditions.

In many cases, these injuries may be preventable with proper workplace training, adherence to safety regulations, and provision of appropriate safety equipment. If you are a worker in one of these high-risk industries and have suffered a leg injury, Smith's Lawyers can help navigate your leg injury compensation claim.

To check your compensation entitlements, request a free case review with our expert lawyers.

Understanding The Compensation Claims Process

Before you start the claims process, you must speak to a doctor who will diagnose and keep a record of your leg injury. 

We know the claims process can seem complicated, so we've broken the steps down to explain what each entails. 

Below is an outline of the steps involved: 

1. Seek Free Initial Legal Advice

The first step is to get in touch with a law firm that specialises in compensation claims for injuries. Such a firm will have the necessary expertise and understanding of the complexities of Queensland law and can confirm your legal options, including eligibility to make a claim.

2. Engage A Personal Injury Lawyer

After an initial phone assessment, the next stage is a no-obligation consultation to explain the process and client agreement in more detail and to gather initial key information relating to your accident and injury to help assess your case and your injury and identify the liable party. The client agreement will also be explained so you can understand the terms under which the personal injury law operates. Smith’s Lawyers runs all claims risk-free with no upfront costs.

3. Gather Evidence To Build Your Case

Once your compensation matter is opened, you will be allocated a personal injury lawyer who will start gathering the required evidence to build a strong case and to determine liability. This may include medical reports, accident reports, witness statements, CCTV or dashcam footage or documentation of any loss of earnings due to your injury. Further down the track, when your injuries have settled, your law firm may arrange for independent medical assessments such as occupational therapy assessment to assess your ability to work, long-term recovery prospects and so on.

4. File Your Claim

Your personal injury solicitor will lodge a notice of claim and negotiate on your behalf with the liable parties, typically with their insurance companies (or their legal representatives), such as the CTP insurer of the at-fault party for car and road accidents or WorkCover Qld for workplace accidents. 

5. Negotiate With The At-Fault Party's Insurer

Negotiations with the insurance company aim to reach a fair settlement that covers your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Most cases are settled out of court in a compulsory conference, an office-based meeting involving yourself, your personal injury solicitor and a barrister they have engaged in leading the negotiations along with the legal representatives of the at-fault party's insurer. 

In the unlikely event that a settlement cannot be negotiated out of court, proceedings can proceed to court. In most ‘no win, no fee’ agreements, you could be liable for the other side's legal costs if your case is unsuccessful in court. Smith’s Lawyers No Win, No Fee, No Catch® promise protects you from this risk and means you can not be out of pocket.

6. Settlement Payment

If your claim is successful, you will receive a lump-sum tax-free compensation settlement. The amount received will depend on different factors, including the severity of your injury, any impact on your earning capacity, and any medical expenses incurred. Legal fees are charged for the work completed only if there is a successful outcome.

Seek expert advice ASAP: Remember, each case is unique, and the process can vary based on the specifics. It's suggested to seek professional legal advice and have your case reviewed by an expert team to guide you in this journey. Smith's Lawyers are experts in personal injury claims and offer a Queensland-wide service with free initial advice to get you started in your claim process.

What Evidence Do I Need to Support My Leg Injury Claim?

In order to establish your leg injury compensation claim in Queensland strongly, compiling critical pieces of evidence is essential. These substantiating documents and materials allow us to build a persuasive case proving your entitlement to compensation. Work with your personal injury lawyers to collect the right documents.

Below are key types of evidence needed to support your claim: 

  • Proof of Lost Earnings: Should your leg injury prevent you from working, maintaining records of lost wages is essential. Supporting documents can include payslips before and after the incident or a letter from your employer detailing changes to your working capabilities.
  • Witness Testimonies: If there were any individuals present at the time of your accident, their recorded witness accounts could be instrumental in corroborating your version of events.
  • Medical Reports: Detailed medical records outlining your injury, its severity, timeline for recovery, and the impact on your quality of life are crucial in substantiating your physical damages.
  • Details of Expenses: Receipts for medical treatment, rehabilitation, medication, and any equipment required for your recovery should be gathered to ensure they are covered in the compensation.
  • Proof of Accident: This can include photos or videos from the scene, police reports, or records from any authorities involved in the incident. Physical evidence greatly bolsters the validity of your case.

The stronger your evidence, the more likely you are to succeed in your leg injury claim. It's always best to work together with your legal team to ensure all necessary evidence is gathered to support your case.

Calculating Your Compensation Amount

You may be wondering how much compensation you’ll receive at the end of your claim. While it is difficult to pinpoint exact compensation payouts for leg injuries, understanding the key components of what a court or tribunal will consider can help you navigate the process.

Here are a few key factors that determine the final award:

  • Severity of the Injury: This isn't just about whether or not you have a broken leg. Consider the impact on your daily life, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and any long-term effects like nerve damage or limited mobility. A serious injury affecting multiple factors often translates to higher compensation.
  • Life Disruption: Imagine your typical day pre-injury. Now, how has that changed? Can't hold your child's hand? Put on a favourite sweater? Struggling with basic tasks can significantly impact your quality of life, adding weight to your compensation claim.
  • Age: When it comes to leg injury compensation claims, a young individual who suffers a debilitating injury carries more weight than a similar condition for someone nearing retirement. Age and lost earning capacity play a critical role in compensation calculations.
  • Future Work Restrictions: Can you perform your previous job? If not, will retraining be necessary? Will your earning potential be permanently decreased? Your income before the injury serves as a baseline for how much your earning ability has been affected. Lost wages, missed career opportunities, and future earning potential all contribute to how much your claim could be worth.
  • Medical Expenses: From surgery costs to ongoing physiotherapy, your injury-related medical bills are part of the equation. Factor in any future treatment needs or potential long-term care requirements to ensure your claim comprehensively covers all medical expenses.

Time Limits for Leg Injuries

Compensation claims when an injury isn't your fault happen at a state level. The Queensland Government has established rules detailing how long you have to claim compensation.

Failing to submit a claim in time could result in you losing the chance to claim at all. 

The general rule is that a claim must be submitted within three years of the date when the injury occurred. 

However, the state also has some rules for specific circumstances. 

For work-related injuries in Queensland:

  • You have six months to lodge your claim with WorkCover. The six-month period begins whenever the incident takes place, either when you are injured or after a doctor has made their assessment. 
  • You have three years to commence legal proceedings for a common law claim. If your employer or a third party caused or contributed to your injury, this can be run alongside a standard WorkCover claim.

For motor vehicle-related injuries in Queensland:

  • You have 9 months from the date of the accident or when injuries first became apparent to lodge a Notice of Accident Claim Form (known as a 'NOAC') with the Compulsory Third Party Insurer (CTP Insurer). A “reasonable excuse for delay” can be provided outside the 9 months but must be within 3 years of the accident, or you will be barred from making a claim. 
  • Or, you have 1 month from when you first consult with a lawyer about the possibility of making a claim to lodge the form. When running a claim with Smith’s Lawyers, your appointed solicitor will help you complete and submit this form.  Note: This time limit is the earlier of the two (1 month vs 9 months), so if you have spoken to a lawyer about your potential claim, you must lodge the NOAC within 1 month.
  • Where the motor vehicle at fault cannot be identified (such as in a hit and run), or the vehicle was unregistered, you have 3 months from the date of the accident to lodge a Notice of Accident Claim form with the Nominal Defendant. For these claims, if you have missed the 3-month period, a reasonable excuse can be provided, but it must be provided within the standard 9-month limit; otherwise, you will be barred from making a claim.
  • After the Notice of Claim Form is lodged, you have 3 years from the date of the accident/injury to start legal proceedings.

These limits can fluctuate based on specific circumstances, such as exceptional delays in discovering the injury or if the injured party was under 18 at the time of the accident. For those under 18, the time limit begins when they reach adulthood.

At Smith's Lawyers, we offer free and no-obligation case reviews to aid you in understanding your legal rights after an injury. Operating on a No Win, No Fee, No Catch® basis, we aim to provide risk-free legal assistance and advocate for your right to proper compensation.

To check your compensation entitlements, request a free case review with our expert lawyers.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What do I need to make a leg injury claim?

To make a leg injury claim, gather medical records (diagnosis, treatment, reports), accident reports, witness statements and any photographs or video evidence. Documenting your pain, limitations, and impact on daily life through note-taking may also strengthen your case.

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How do I know if I have a valid claim?

If someone else's negligence (carelessness or disregard for your safety) directly caused your leg injury, you may have a valid claim. Consulting personal injury solicitors can help assess the specifics of your case and determine if legal action is appropriate.

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What if my employer had safeguards in place and I didn't follow them? Can I still claim compensation?

If you didn't follow safety protocols and it directly contributed to your injury, it might affect your ability to claim compensation. The extent of the impact can vary depending on the specific circumstances. You should speak to a solicitor if you think you might still have a claim.

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What happens if the other party denies liability?

If the other party denies being at fault, your lawyer will negotiate with the other party or their insurer and present evidence to establish liability. If a settlement is unattainable, they can represent you in court.

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Are there any upfront costs or risks?

No; our No Win, No Fee, No Catch® promise at Smith’s Lawyers means there are no upfront costs, and you can never be left out of pocket as a result of the claim. Typically with ‘no win, no fee’ agreements, you could still be liable for the other side's legal costs if your case goes to court and is unsuccessful. In the unlikely event that your case goes to court and you are unsuccessful, we'll cover the costs - so you won't pay a cent to us or anyone else.

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To check your compensation entitlements, request a free case review with our expert lawyers. We can explain your options to Leg Injury Compensation claims so you are clear on your rights during this difficult time.

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Last updated:
March 7, 2024

Disclaimer: This information is designed for general information in relation to Queensland compensation law. It does not constitute legal advice. We strongly recommend you seek legal advice in regards to your specific situation. For help understanding your rights, please call 1800 960 482 or request a free case review to talk to one of our lawyers today.