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Any type of knee injury can have an impact on your life. For example, a twisted knee could make it difficult for you to walk, work, or drive. In some cases if you suffer a knee injury at work, you could be entitled to claim compensation, and that’s what this guide’s about.

Below, we discuss the criteria to make a knee injury at work compensation claim, how these injuries happen, and how much you could receive in a payout.

If you’d like to make a claim today, we can help with that too. We offer free legal advice on your options and can help you get started. To get in touch, please:

What Is Classed As A Knee Injury At Work?

The knee is one of the most important joints for our mobility. If you hurt one of your knees during the course of your daily work duties, this could be considered a knee injury at work.

Some examples of the types of knee injuries that could be sustained in an accident at work include:

  • Knee dislocations.
  • A fractured kneecap (patella).
  • Ligament tears.
  • Cartilage damage.
  • Muscle and tendon damage.
  • Sprains, twists, and strains.
  • Cuts, grazes and gashes


Let’s look at how these incidents can happen.

How Can Knee Injuries Happen In Workplaces?

Knee injuries can be sustained in a wide range of situations. We’ve tried to include as many examples as possible here to illustrate how they could happen. However, even seemingly trivial accidents can cause serious injuries, so if you don’t see your circumstances described, please don’t worry. Get in touch with us anyway to discuss your case and we can offer further advice. 

Some examples of potential causes of knee injuries include:

  • If you slipped on a wet floor because a leak or spillage was not cleaned up or warning signs were not used.
  • Where you tripped over a cable in an office that had not been covered up.
  • If a handrail was loose or missing, causing you to fall down the stairs.
  • Also relating to stairways, if the lighting was too poor to see where you were going, you could fall and hurt your knee.
  • You suffered a knee injury after items that were poorly stacked fell onto you.
  • You could hurt your knee if you get struck by vehicles in the workplace, like forklift trucks

Can I Claim Compensation For A Knee Injury At Work?

In order to make a knee injury at work compensation claim, it’s important to meet certain criteria. 

All employers owe their staff a responsibility, also known as a duty, to keep them safe and free from harm, as much as it’s possible for them to do so.

This duty of care is established by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

This law means that employers must take reasonable steps to try and prevent you from being injured at work. Some of the steps they can take to uphold their duty include:

  • Performing regular risk assessments of the workplace to identify any potential dangers.
  • Providing training on workplace safety and work tasks (i.e. manual handling training).
  • Maintain all equipment so it is safe for use.
  • Provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) if required.
  • Keep the workplace as tidy as possible, such as keeping walkways and stairwells clear of trip hazards.

If your employer fails to uphold this duty, it could lead to a workplace accident in which you sustain harm. However, it’s important to note that not all accidents at work will entitle you to make a personal injury claim. Essentially, claims are only possible if you can prove:

  • You were owed a duty of care by your employer at the time of the accident.
  • Your employer breached their duty of care in some way; and
  • As a result, you sustained a knee injury.

If all of the above is true in your case, you may be entitled to begin a personal injury claim for a knee injury at work.

Please feel free to call the number above if you’d like us to assess your options for free.

a man holding his knee after suffering an injury at work

How Much Compensation Could I Get For A Knee Injury At Work?

No two knee injuries are the same. Therefore, until your claim has been properly assessed, it’s not possible to provide an accurate compensation estimate.

However, settlements awarded following successful claims could comprise two heads of loss. The first is general damages which compensates for the pain and suffering of your injuries.

Solicitors can use medical evidence and a document called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to help them value general damages. You can find a selection of the guideline compensation brackets contained within the JCG in the table below. These figures come from the latest edition (17th), published in 2024.

Please use these figures as guidance because various factors such as the severity of your knee injury and the impact on your life will be considered when calculating the value of your claim.

Type Of InjurySeverityGuideline Bracket
Knee InjurySevere (i)£85,100 to £117,410
Severe (ii)£63,610 to £85,100
Severe (iii)£31,960 to £53,030
Moderate (i)£18,110 to £31,960
Moderate (ii)Up to £16,770

Can I Claim For Loss Of Earnings Caused By My Knee Injury?

If your knee injury compensation claim is successful, your settlement could also include compensation for any financial costs associated with your injury. For example, it could cover the cost of:

  • A carer to support you at home.
  • Private medical surgery.
  • Adapting your home to make it easier for you to cope with any permanent symptoms.
  • Travel costs.
  • Lost earnings and future loss of income.

To help verify these costs, you should provide evidence of them. This might include receipts, bank statements, or wage slips.

If you’d like to know how much compensation you could claim for a knee injury at work, please call the number above.

Do I Need Proof For My Compensation Claim?

In any type of personal injury claim, evidence will be needed to help prove your employer breached their duty of care, caused you harm and to show how your injuries have affected you.

In knee injury at work claims, the evidence you could provide could include:

  • Photographs of the accident scene and pictures of any visible injuries.
  • CCTV footage of the accident happening.
  • Contact information for anybody who saw you injure your knee.
  • A copy of the report form relating to your accident.
  • Medical record copies, such as doctor reports, hospital reports, and scans.
  • Evidence of any financial costs your injuries have caused.

How We Can Help You On A No Win No Fee Basis

Making a personal injury claim against your employer could be easier if you’re supported by one of our specialist solicitors. That’s because they will:

  • Help to collect the evidence needed to substantiate your claim.
  • Value how much compensation you could receive.
  • Deal with all communication with the defendant.
  • Provide regular updates about how the case is progressing.
  • Manage the claims process from start to finish.

Importantly, they provide a No Win No Fee service for any claim they agree to work on.

This means that your solicitor will get started on your case without being paid any fees for their work upfront.

If the claim is resolved, your solicitor will receive a success fee. This is a percentage of any compensation you’re awarded and is legally capped. That means you’ll receive the bulk of any compensation paid. If your claim fails, you will not have to pay your solicitor this success fee.

To see if you could make a claim for a knee injury at work with a No Win No Fee solicitor, you can:

  • Call 0151 375 9916 to speak with an advisor.
  • Ask for advice via our live chat service.
  • Complete our Contact Us page so that an advisor can call you back.

Read More About Claiming Knee Injury Compensation

Here are a few more of our guides that you might like to refer to:

Finally, here are some other resources that may be helpful:

Thanks for reading our article about knee injury at work claims. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.