Ligament Damage Compensation Claims

If you have been affected by a ligament damage injury, we can help.

If your injuries were caused by someone else's actions or negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Claiming injury compensation with a solicitor

You can make a compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.

Your solicitor will ask you about what happened, and they will collect evidence to prove what caused your injuries. Your solicitor will also work out how much money you can claim, based on your injuries, lost earnings and other expenses.

We can help you make a personal injury compensation claim on a No Win No Fee basis.

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Claiming ligament injury compensation

If you suffered a torn tendon, ACL or other ligament injury as the result of someone else's negligence, you may be able to claim compensation. You must usually start your claim within three years of the date of your accident.

Types of ligament damage

Personal injury solicitors regularly handle ligament injury claims on behalf of a wide range of claimants.

Ligament damage compensation is often sought following work accidents and accidents in public places, particularly slips and trips, but claims can also be made, in some cases, for sporting injuries and for accidents in the home.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries, a category of knee injury, are among the most common ligament injuries that compensation is claimed for.

The Courts recognise that ligament damage, including stretches, tears or ruptures, can cause significant pain, suffering and disruption wherever in the body it occurs, and compensation for longer-term injury is consequently higher.

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ACL injury compensation claims

Knee injury compensation claims

Are ligament injury claims more complex?

Ligament damage has a variety of causes and symptoms. You should consider speaking to a solicitor about your compensation options as soon as you can.

A claim for a neck injury caused by a road accident may require different evidence and may take more or less time than a hand ligament injury sustained in the workplace, depending on a wide range of factors.

Your solicitor will arrange for necessary medical evidence, witness statements and other evidence to be gathered and will help you to negotiate the entire claims process.

How do I prove who caused my ligament injury?

How your accident or ligament injury occurred will usually indicate who is responsible for your injury:

On the road

The most common compensation claim for a ligament injury is whiplash caused by a rear-end motor vehicle collision. This triggers soft tissue damage to the neck, shoulders and back In these cases, if the accident is non-fault, the other driver would be held liable for failing their duty of care to other road users.

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Road accident compensation claims

As the result of a slip, trip or fall

Another common compensation claim is for ligament injuries sustained as the result of a slip trip, or fall. If the slip, trip or fall was the result of a property owner failing to ensure visitors or members of the public were kept safe from harm, they could be held accountable under the Occupiers Liability Act 1957.

Damage due to slips, trips and falls often affects the ankles and knees and the wrists and hands.

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Slip, trip and fall compensation claims

In the workplace

Many claims are also made due to accidents in the workplace. Often incorrect manual handling practices are to blame, leading to ligament injuries in the shoulders, elbows and hands - through repetitive strain or a one-off incident. Other scenarios include falling awkwardly from a ladder or into an un-signposted gap or trapdoor, leading to ankle or leg sprains.

In these instances the employer could be liable for failing their legal duty of care towards their employees. This is provided for in a range of legislation, including the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

Read more:

Work accident compensation claims

Do I have an injury claim?

You should be eligible to make an injury claim if you were injured:

  • in the last 3 years, and;
  • someone else was at fault, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.
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Do I have a claim? - Common questions

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 injury claim on their own behalf.

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

Do I need a diagnosis to make a ligament damage claim?

If you have been injured and are awaiting the results, you should still seek legal advice as soon as possible. The sooner you start a ligament damage claim after an accident, the more likely your claim is to succeed.

How much compensation can I claim for an injury?

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

  • the seriousness 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 injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.

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 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

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 severe ligament damage can be £55,000

For a more minor leg injury, in isolation, you would typically receive £7,500.

However, if you have a severe ligament damage and a more minor leg injury, you would typically receive £55,000 + a reduced percentage of £7,500.

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 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 injury will depend entirely on your specific circumstances.

Your 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.

Can I claim for physiotherapy and private care costs?

Private treatment can be expensive, but funding towards the cost of this treatment frequently comprises part of a compensation award. Your solicitor may even be able to arrange access to private medical care as soon as your claim is accepted.

Calculate my injury compensation

Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an 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.

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How long does a ligament damage claim take?

How long it can take to process a ligament damage claim can vary significantly.

For example, a simple liability accepted injury claim could be completed in a matter of weeks. However, if liability is denied a claim can take substantially longer. Normally an injury claim takes 4 to 9 months. For more information on how long your claim could take, see: How long will my claim take?

How else can a solicitor help me?

Your solicitor will handle your injury claim from the initial FREE case evaluation, through to the financial settlement.

Your solicitor will work with other specialists to provide caring and sensitive support and 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 have to go to court?

Highly unlikely. Solicitors settle the vast majority of claims out of court.

Less than 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 decided by a judge or magistrate, not a jury.

Even if the claim does go to court, it is very unlikely you will have to attend.

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

No win, no fee

'No win, no fee' means that if your injury claim is not successful, you will not have to pay your solicitor any money. Known as a 'Conditional Fee Agreement' or 'CFA', no win, no fee is a legal contract entered into between you (the 'claimant') and your solicitor.

No win, no fee guarantee

Our no win, no fee guarantee means there is no financial risk in making an 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 injury claim?

Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee which is deducted from your compensation, after your claim is settled. 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 injury claim?

If your 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.

How we can help you

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:

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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.

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Claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I feel I was partly responsible for my accident?

Yes. You may still be able to claim compensation even if your actions may have contributed to the accident.

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:

Claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long do I have to make an injury claim?

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

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

Can I claim for an 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 injury compensation.

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

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Will I have to visit a solicitor's office to start a claim?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. Personal injury claims are handled by email, post and phone.

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

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Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

I need the money now - what are my options?

If you are unable to work and have bills to pay, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is an advance on your compensation payment. Any amount you receive in interim payments would be deducted from your final compensation payment.

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How to I get an interim compensation payment?

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

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Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher