Achilles Tendon Injury Compensation Claims

If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by an achilles tendon injury we can help.

The purpose of this guide is to help anyone who has suffered an achilles tendon injury and is considering a legal claim for compensation. If you are looking for medical advice, please see the NHS website.

In our guide to claiming achilles tendon injury compensation:

Claiming Achilles tendon injury compensation

If you have suffered an achilles tendon injury in an accident at work, road collision, or other accident that wasn't your fault, you may be able to claim compensation. You must usually start your claim within three years of the accident.

Who is at risk of Achilles tendon injuries

Achilles tendon injuries produce musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) which affect the muscles and tendons in the ankle. These injuries can be caused by a very wide range of circumstances:

How your Achilles tendon injury happened will affect how the claim process works, and your chances of making a successful claim.

Can I claim for an overuse Achilles tendon injury caused by my job?

Yes. MSDs like Tendinopathy and Tendonitis affect a significant number of people in the workplace. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recorded 480,000 work related musculoskeletal disorders in 2019/20. HSE figures show, around 20% of all work related MSDs affect the lower limbs. The majority of work related MSDs develop progressively over time, usually as a result of continuous, repetitive movements.

If you have developed an overuse injury to your Achilles tendon, you have up to three years from the date your injury was diagnosed. The cause of your injury could have occurred earlier, over the course of months or years.

Types of Achilles tendon injury

The Achilles tendon is located just above the heel of the foot. This tendon connects the heel bone to the calf muscles. Achilles tendon injuries can lead to long-term pain, restricted movement and difficulty walking, and may require specialist treatment and physiotherapy.

The main types of Achilles tendon injury are:

  • Sprain - violent wrench or twist of the ligaments
  • Strain - tearing of the muscle fibres as a result of over-stretching
  • Tendon rupture - a sudden full or partial tear in a tendon
  • Tendonitis - inflammation of a tendon
  • Tendinopathy - the gradual deterioration of a tendon
  • Tenosynovitis - inflammation of the protective sheath surrounding a tendon

When you start a compensation claim, your solicitor will arrange for an independent medical professional to assess your injury and the impact it has had on your life and work.

Evidence of your injury, to support your claim, will be detailed in a medical report prepared by the independent medical expert. The medical report will be arranged by your solicitor at no cost to you. Using the information in this medical report, your solicitor will determine how much compensation your Achilles tendon injury claim should be worth.

Do I have an achilles tendon injury claim?

AN achilles tendon injury claim should be possible if your injury occurred:

  • within the last three years, and;
  • another person was to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.
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What if a child was injured?

The 3 year rule does not apply to minors.

A claim can be pursued for anyone under the age of 18 by a parent, guardian or litigation friend. The injured child has up to the age of 21 to start an achilles tendon injury claim on their own behalf.

Read more about claiming injury compensation on behalf of a child.

Can I claim if the achilles tendon injury made an existing injury worse?

Yes, although demonstrating this can be more difficult, so legal and medical advice should be sought as early as possible.

How much compensation can I claim for an achilles tendon injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your achilles tendon injury will depend on:

  • the extent of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your achilles tendon injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.

This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.

What can I claim for after an achilles tendon injury? (see list)

Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Achilles tendon injury compensation amounts

The following achilles tendon injury payouts refer to the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Fifteenth Edition by the Judicial College.

These tables are used by solicitors or by the courts as a starting point when calculating your compensation.

Example Amount
Achilles tendon
Minor injury with full recovery £5,800 to £10,040
Partial rupture or tendon damage £10,040 to £16,800
Severed tendon fully repaired with surgery £19,920 to £23,980
Severed tendon with permanent symptoms Around £30,630

How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?

If you have sustained multiple injuries, the compensation amounts are not simply added together.

The upper bracket of the most serious injury may be considered as a starting point, with a reduced amount applied for the other less severe injuries.

For example:

General damages for a serious ankle injury can be £35,000

For a more minor wrist injury, in isolation, you would typically receive £2,900.

However, if you have a serious ankle injury and a more minor wrist injury, you would typically receive £35,000 + a reduced percentage of £2,900.

Special damages, such as loss of earnings are not usually increased if you have multiple injuries. Read more about multiple injury claims.

What is the average injury compensation for an achilles tendon injury claim?

The Judicial College injury tables give a approximate idea of the ranges awarded for different injuries.

However, the money you would receive following an achilles tendon injury will depend entirely on your specific circumstances.

Your achilles tendon injury compensation will be calculated based on the unique impact your injuries have had on your life and your ability to work, and on the actual financial losses you have incurred as a result of your injuries.

See the injury table above for some examples.

Can I claim for prescription costs?

Special damages are awarded for costs or losses incurred as a result of the achilles tendon injury injury. Damages can include loss of earnings, treatment cost and any other 'out-of-pocket' expenses such as prescriptions.

Calculate my achilles tendon injury compensation

Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an achilles tendon injury can be complicated.

Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.

Find out what your achilles tendon injury claim could be worth now:

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How long does an achilles tendon injury claim take?

How long it can take to win compensation for an achilles tendon injury can vary considerably.

A simple liability accepted injury claim could be settled in a month or two. If liability is denied, however, it could take considerably longer. On average an injury claim should take 4 to 9 months. To read more about how long your claim could take, see: How long will my claim take?

Caring and sensitive support

Your solicitor will handle your achilles tendon injury claim from the initial consultation through to the financial settlement. In addition, your solicitor will work with other specialists to help you with:

  • Financial support: interim payments while you are unable to work.
  • Advice: on personal injury trusts, tax and welfare benefits.
  • Coordination: with rehabilitation providers and therapists.
  • Access: to treatment and therapies not always available on the NHS.

Will I get financial advice?

Your solicitor will be able to advise you on whether to accept a financial settlement for your achilles tendon injury claim. If you require tax planning or trust advice, the solicitor will recommend and work closely with a financial adviser.

How did your injury occur?

The claims process that your solicitor follows will vary, depending on how the injury occurred:

How does no win, no fee work?

With a no win, no fee agreement, your solicitor agrees that you will have no legal fees to pay if you do not winn your claim .

No win, no fee promise

Our no win, no fee guarantee means there is no financial risk in making an achilles tendon injury claim, even if you don't win your claim. Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

What do I pay if I win my achilles tendon injury claim?

Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee which is deducted from your compensation, after your compensation is awarded. The solicitor's success fee can be up to 25%. You and your solicitor can agree the success fee before you start your claim.

What do I pay if I do not win my achilles tendon injury claim?

If your achilles tendon injury claim is not successful then you do not have to pay any legal fees at all. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.

Why do most solicitors charge 25%?

25% success fees are charged by most law firms as this is the maximum fee that the Ministry of Justice allows them to charge. achilles tendon injury claims can take a solicitor hundreds of hours work and they receive nothing if the case is lost. The success fee will be subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may vary. Call us for more information.

How can Quittance help?

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims.

If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.

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Achilles tendon injury FAQ's

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?

You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.

However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long do I have to make an achilles tendon injury claim?

In general, you have a time limit of up to 3 years from the date of the achilles tendon injury to make an injury claim.

The last date you can make a claim is known as the claim limitation date - after which your achilles tendon injury claim becomes 'statute barred'.

Can I claim for an achilles tendon injury after 3 years?

Possibly. The general rule for adults is that a claim must be started within three years.

However, the three-year countdown starts on the day you learned of your injury or illness. This will usually be the date of the accident, but could be the date your doctor gave you a diagnosis.

If you were injured as a child, you do have up until your 21st birthday to make a claim.

There other circumstances that can also impact the limitation date. Call us now on 0800 376 1001 to find out if you are still able to claim achilles tendon injury compensation.

In reality, there are a number of factors that can affect whether an achilles tendon injury claim will be taken on by a solicitor.

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Will I have to go to court?

Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.

Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.

Read more: Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

Can I get an early compensation payment?

If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

Read more about interim compensation payments.

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

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Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher