Achilles tendon injury compensation claims
This guide sets out what you need to know about making an achilles tendon injury compensation claim.
Achilles tendon injuries produce musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) which affect the muscles and tendons in the ankle.
MSDs affect a significant number of people in the workplace. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recorded 526,000 MSD cases in 2013/14. 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 suffered an achilles tendon injury in the last three years (longer if children were involved) and someone else was to blame, then we can help you make a compensation claim.
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 are painful and cause difficulties with walking. 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
Evidence of your injury, to support your claim, must be detailed in a report prepared by an 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 the value of your claim.
I have a strong claim - why won't a solicitor take it on?
Lliability for your claim is dependent on whether your injury was sustained as an employee in the workplace, or as a member of the public.
Achilles tendon injury sustained in your workplace
Under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, your employer may be held liable for your injury. Employer liability may be proven for injury sustained in a workplace accident. Employer liability may also be proven as a result of harmful work tasks, or working practices.
Achilles tendon injury sustained as a member of the public
If you are not sure who may be liable for your injury, you may still be able to claim. Your solicitor will evaluate the evidence surrounding the cause of the injury, and determine the liable party for your claim.
Compensation awards take into account the expenses incurred, and overall impact of your injury. Relevant factors in reaching your settlement amount can include:
- Medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of amenities
- Loss of earnings - both during recovery and loss of future earnings
- Expenses arising as a direct result of injury - such as travels costs to hospital, or care support in the home
Your solicitor will determine the value of your claim by comparing your injury with similar cases, and the compensation settlements given by the Courts.
No Win, No Fee Achilles tendon injury claims commence with an injured party agreeing a Conditional Fee Agreement (also known as a CFA) with their chosen injury lawyer.
The CFA details the service your lawyer will provide, and importantly, the "success fee" to be taken from the compensation when they win the claim.
You can prioritise your recovery, with the knowledge that there will be nothing to pay at the outset. There are absolutely no hidden charges using a Quittance solicitor.
Accidents at work - Claims against your employer
Every year, 600,000* employees are injured in accidents at work. If you have suffered an injury or illness at work, you may able to claim compensation.
Find out if you can claim achilles tendon injury compensation from your employer: Read more about work accident claims
*Source: 2016/17 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report
Road traffic accident claims
Every year almost 200,000* people are injured on Britain's roads. If you have been injured in a road accident that was not your fault, you can claim compensation.
Find out more about claiming achilles tendon injury compensation for a road accident: Read more about road accident claims
*Source: Official Department of Transport statistics (gov.uk)
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About the author
Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.
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