What is an Achilles tendon injury?

    The Achilles tendon is a strong fibrous cord connecting your calf muscles to your heel bone. If you overstretch your Achilles tendon, it can tear otherwise rupture according to medical professionals. As such, an Achilles tendon injury is not uncommon and can often occur through no fault of one’s own. Therefore, if you have been involved in a road traffic accident or other type of accident where you have ruptured your Achilles tendon thus have sustained a painful injury through another’s negligence then you may be able to claim for some compensation. Furthermore, many individuals suffer from an Achilles tendon injury without knowledge which can in fact make this type of injury worse therefore medical attention should never be overlooked primarily.

    Common symptoms of an Achilles tendon injury include:

    • Increasing pain and stiffness around your ankle
    • Noticeable swelling around your tendon
    • Mild aches in your heel
    • Sharp pains especially whist running or jogging

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    When can you make a claim for an Achilles tendon injury?

     

    There is no defined set of rules in order to make a claim for compensation for an Achilles tendon injury only that it could have been avoided but for the negligence of another. Your Achilles tendon injury itself will also have to be confirmed and diagnosed by a doctor in the first instance. It is therefore always advisable to speak to a specialist personal injury solicitor in order to ascertain whether you have a valid claim or not.

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    How much compensation is possible?

    Compensation for Achilles tendon type injuries are entirely reliant on the severity of the injury itself as well as the pain and suffering endured. A detailed medical report will provide the nature and extent of the injuries sustained by an individual and this will help to assess their claim for compensation without any misinformation or exaggerations. Other considerations that can be expected are current and future loss of earnings, medical expenses as well as other incurred costs owing to the development of this type of injury. The law offers general guidance on compensation for Achilles tendon type injuries although it is always advisable to consult a personal injury specialist first since they will have dealt with similar cases in the past. Nevertheless, minor injuries where recovery time is presumed to be less than a year can often expect compensation up to £3,500 whilst major injuries where permanent deformation is possible may expect compensation up to £45,000.

     

    How can I make a claim?

    Following diagnosis of your Achilles tendon injury, it is possible to seek legal advice through a specialist personal injury solicitor. Upon listening to your case, a specialist will be able to determine whether your claim is valid and if so then the subsequent steps to take regarding proof of your injury as a result of another’s negligence.  Scot Accident Claims have many experienced personal injury solicitors therefore can best advise you of your case and your compensation claim.

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