Ligament damage compensation claims
The following article sets out everything you must know about making a ligament injury compensation claim.
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. That said, 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.
If you have suffered ligament damage 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.
Because ligament damage has a variety of causes and symptoms, engaging a solicitor at an early stage can increase the likelihood of making a successful claim.
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.
I have a strong claim - why won't a solicitor take it on?
The situation in which the accident occurred dictates where responsibility lies.
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.
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 Lliability Act 1957.
Damage due to slips, trips and falls often affects the ankles and knees and the wrists and hands.
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.
The Judicial College recommend general damages compensation for the various categories of injury. Very serious injuries attract much higher general damages awards than minor cuts and bruises that quickly heal.
Given the wide range of ligament injuries, and the varying degree that they can have on an individual's life and work, it is impossible to give a meaningful estimate of how much the general damages portion of a claim may be worth.
For a clearer idea of what your claim could be worth, get a free compensation claim report or call our team on 0800 612 7456 to discuss your potential claim in more detail.
A No Win, No Fee injury claim is started with the injured person signing up to a Conditional Fee Agreement, also known as a "CFA", with their solicitor.
The CFA is essentially the contract or "terms and conditions" between your solicitor and you.
It explains the work the lawyer delivers and a percentage success fee that will be taken from your compensation if your claim is successful.
You will be able to focus on your recovery, knowing that there is nothing to pay if the claim is not successful. There will be no hidden costs when using a Quittance personal injury lawyer.
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 ligament damage compensation for a road accident: Read more about road accident claims
*Source: Official Department of Transport statistics (gov.uk)
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 ligament damage compensation from your employer: Read more about work accident claims
*Source: 2016/17 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report
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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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