I tripped on stairs at work and damaged my knee, the doctor diagnosed it as a posterior cruciate ligament injury. How much compensation is usually awarded for posterior cruciate ligament injuries?
The amount of compensation awarded for posterior cruciate ligament injuries varies from claim to claim. The circumstances surrounding the injury, the impact it has on your personal life and the severity of it are all factors that can affect the amount of compensation awarded.
The amount of compensation awarded for posterior cruciate ligament injuries can also be affected by your age, sex and general state of health prior to the accident. If your injury results in you missing work you may be able to recover your loss of earnings under ‘special damages’. These are damages awarded with the intention of returning your financial position to what it was before the accident, therefore you may also be eligible to recover any medical costs you incurred as a direct result of the accident along with the cost of any medical expenses assuming of course that you can provide evidence – usually in the form of receipts – of the costs.
You may also be eligible to claim compensation for any ‘loss of amenity’ suffered. Loss of amenity refers to the impact the injury has had on your personal life, for example if your injury means you can no longer participate in sports that were part of your life before the accident you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, even if your absence from sport is temporary. However if you spend most of your free time watching TV you will not be entitled to the same amount of compensation as your injury will not have the same impact on your life.
You are advised to maintain a diary detailing events that you missed out on as this may be used as evidence to support your compensation claim for loss of amenity along with the testimonies of any family or friends who will be able to discuss the impact of the injuries on your life. You may also be entitled to compensation for psychological trauma if you suffer any anxiety or depression as a result of your injury although this must first be verified by a psychologist.
As we see the amount of compensation awarded for posterior cruciate ligament injuries can vary greatly, therefore it is recommended that you speak with a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible to ensure you are aware of the potential value of your claim.