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Bursitis Claims

Bursitis is a painful condition that most commonly affects the knees and elbows. If you've suffered from bursitis because of work, our solicitors could help you claim compensation.

Our muscles are kept safely away from our bones by fluid-filled sacs called bursas. When they are repeatedly knocked or under pressure, bursas can swell, causing bursitis. This is very common among people who are regularly expected to kneel or crawl as part of their job, for example:

  • Cleaners
  • IT technicians
  • Mechanics
  • Housekeepers
  • Caretakers
  • Industrial labourers

It's not just the knees and elbows that are commonly affected – bursitis can cause pain in the shoulder, hip, ankle or foot.

Our lawyers have experience handling bursitis compensation claims for employees in a variety of jobs, and with different degrees of severity. Bursitis can make it impossible to crawl or kneel due to the pain it causes and, although it's treatable and a full recovery could be made over time, it may seriously affect your ability to get back to work.

If you've suffered from work-related bursitis, you could be able to claim compensation. Our solicitors have a proven track record in claims of this kind, and we aim to make the claims process as simple as possible for you whether you're claiming against a past or present employer.

The majority of the bursitis claims we handle are on a No Win No Fee basis - that means there's nothing to pay upfront, and that you won’t have to pay any legal fees if your claim isn’t successful*.

Call us today on 0800 056 4110 or contact us online to arrange a free initial consultation – we'll discuss your case, and give you our expert advice on your options.

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    • How Much Compensation Can I Expect?
    • How much compensation you receive after a work-related illness will depend on a few factors related to your illness, its circumstances, and the support and rehabilitation you need.

      The amount of compensation you could claim is based on:

      • Current and future loss of earnings
      • Medical and travel expenses you've had to pay
      • Your care and support needs – both now and in the future
      • Modifications to your home
      • Mobility aids
      • Your pain and suffering

      For more information, call us on 0800 056 4110 and we'll be happy to discuss your options in a free initial consultation.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee* Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case, we'll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household or car insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you're best supported by a No Win No Fee* agreement, we'll explain the process clearly. You'll only have to pay anything if your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees, with the remaining costs coming out of your compensation settlement.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • Usually you need to make a compensation claim within three years of becoming aware that your illness might be linked to your work.

      In fatal cases, the family of the deceased has three years to make a claim, starting from either the date your loved one died, or the date you received the post-mortem results.

      If your illness occurred while working outside of the UK, then the time limit can be shorter. In this instance, it's vital that you contact us as soon as possible.

      If you have any concerns or questions about the time limit for claiming compensation, call our team today on 0800 056 4110 for free initial advice and to talk through your options.

    • Can I Get Early Compensation Payments?
    • Early compensation payments, also known as interim payments, are made in advance of any final settlement. They’re only made in an agreement with your opponent, if they admit that they're responsible for your illness.

      Interim payments can be used to replace lost earnings, so you can afford to pay essential bills if your illness has meant you’ve been absent from work, as well as covering the cost of specialist medical care or mobility equipment.

      We'll work hard to get an early admission of fault, and also to obtain early compensation payments to relieve any immediate financial pressures you’re feeling.

    • Will I Lose My Job If I Claim Against My Employers?
    • If you wish to make a claim against your current employer, then any compensation would be paid by their insurer. It has been compulsory to have insurance for many years, so it’s highly likely that they will have this in place. There are also legal safeguards in place to protect you from unfair dismissal.

      This basically means that your employer must be able to justify their reason for dismissing you in relation to your claim, which is highly unlikely. If you want to discuss this subject in more detail, our workplace illness solicitors will be able to talk you through your rights and what you can expect.

If I did not understand anything, I would just ask him to explain things and he would explain it all to me.”

Peter, client

Frequently Asked Questions

How Should My Employer Have Reduced The Risk Of Bursitis?

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act, employers have a duty of care to their employees, and must protect them from health risks in the workplace. This includes protecting you from conditions such as bursitis, which are caused by your work environment and the tasks you are expected to do.

The Health and Safety Executive advises employers to design work so employees don't spend too much time on their knees, and provide personal protective equipment. An employer should:

  • Provide mechanical aids where possible
  • Rotate staff to different work types to avoid overexposure
  • Allow employees to take regular breaks
  • Provide seating where possible
  • Provide knee pads and anti-fatigue matting

If your employer has made no efforts to reduce the possibility of bursitis, or refused your requests for support, then you've been put at risk by their negligence. If you're unsure about whether or not this is the case, or whether you'll be able to claim, contact us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free consultation on your case.

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What's The Process For A Bursitis Claim?

When you make a bursitis claim with us, we aim to make the whole process as straightforward as possible for you. We'll handle every aspect of your case, letting you know exactly what we're doing at every stage, and what we need from you. Getting a claim started is simple, all you need to do is contact us.

You can call us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation – we'll discuss your condition, and whether we think you can claim. If we think you've got a case, your claim will usually progress through these four stages:

Stage One: Information Gathering

You'll have a medical examination with a medical expert to assess your symptoms, their extent, their cause, and that you're definitely suffering from bursitis.

The main symptoms are redness, swelling and stiffness to the joints. Problems with elbows and knees are most common, but the shoulders, hips, feet and ankles can also be affected. There will usually be consistent dull ache in the affected area, which turns to pain when you move or put pressure on it.

Stage Two: Rehabilitation

If you have any care or support needs as a result of your bursitis, we'll identify exactly what these are and help you access help conveniently, from a provider close to your home.

Bursitis can often heal on its own, provided you give the affected joints plenty of rest and avoid putting pressure on them (particularly while sleeping).

However, if your symptoms don't improve after a couple of months, you may need to see a specialist, such as a rheumatologist or orthopaedic surgeon. Our experience in bursitis claims means we can help you access the right support with as little inconvenience to you as possible.

Stage Three: Compensation

We'll calculate how much compensation you'll get based on a few factors, including:

  • The severity of your condition
  • Medical expenses you’ve had to pay, or will have in the future
  • Your occupation, and the impact your condition will have on your ability to work
  • Your pain and suffering

Bursitis is often caused by working on your hands and knees, and suffering with the condition may mean it’s impossible for you to return to your previous role. Because of this, your inability to return to work could be a big factor in the compensation you receive.

We'll then put the case to your employer (or former employer). They may accept blame early on, or could contest the claim, which would result in your case going to court. Most claims settle out of court – but if you do have to go to court we'll be there to support you.

Stage Four: Conclusion

When your case concludes, you'll be awarded compensation if you're successful. Our fees will mostly be paid by your opponent, with a portion of your compensation settlement covering the rest.

If we agreed to handle your claim under a No Win No Fee* arrangement, then you won't have to pay anything if you were unsuccessful.

If you have any questions about the claims process for bursitis, please contact us today on 0800 056 4110.

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Why Choose Irwin Mitchell For A Bursitis Claim?

If you've never made a compensation claim, the process can seem a bit daunting, especially when you're claiming against your employer. That's why we aim to make the process as simple and straightforward as possible, so you can focus on recovery.

Our team of dedicated and experienced solicitors specialise in helping people claim compensation for accidents, injuries and illnesses that have happened at work, including bursitis. We act on behalf of a number of trade unions, but we can still help you make a claim if you're not a member of one.

We work with a number of medical experts to support your claim, and find out exactly what rehabilitation and care you need. If you have suffered from bursitis, our investigation of your case will be supported by a joint condition specialist.

We know that bursitis is very painful, and can stop you from enjoying life by limiting what you can do. We want to make sure that you receive the best compensation possible, which reflects that suffering, and helps you access the medical care that you need.

To find out more about how to claim for bursitis and how we can help, call us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation about your claim.

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