What is a ligament injury?
A ligament is soft tissue which attaches bone to bone, not to be confused with a tendon which connects bone with muscle. Both ligaments and tendons are made of tough tissue called collagen. Their injuries cause very similar symptoms, which is why people often confuse them. Tendons have parallel fibres which make them flexible, but ligament fibres are criss-crossed to make them stronger for holding bones in place.
Common ligament injuries
The anterior cruciate ligament in the knee is often damaged by twisting or straining the knee in sports activities. Athletic sports that put a lot of strain on the knee in twisting or pivoting movements often cause damage to this ligament. A mild strain or injury will heal, but the knee is a complex joint and damage to the cruciate ligaments should always be assessed for treatment because damage can get worse without it. For serious injuries, surgery may be required. Knee braces are useful to prevent injury and recover from it. Usually it’s necessary to seek a professional opinion for an accurate diagnosis.
Of course, the sports field is not the only place a person might suffer a damaged ligament. A severe fall, especially a fall from height on a building site, or a collision with a moving object, crushing by machinery or a road traffic accident can cause such an injury.
Can I claim compensation for a ligament injury?
A compensation claim is eligible if the ligament injury occurred within the last three years, medical treatment was required and the accident was the fault of a third party. The claimant will be required to have an independent medical examination in order to pursue the case.
Accident Advice Helpline have a quick check for eligibility which is easy to use. At the top right of the page you’ll see our black box headed “How Much?” Answer the three questions in our 30-second online test and find out if you could start a claim.
Why Accident Advice Helpline?
Our company has a large team of solicitors who can help you to win the compensation award for your ligament injury that you need and deserve. If the injury was not your fault, then you may be entitled to claim. If your knee injury is serious enough to have kept you off work, preventing you from driving and living your life as normal, then you are likely to need the extra cash for medical and physiotherapy treatment, additional transport costs and even help at home. Our experts can estimate what your claim might be worth.
Should you wish to start your claim, you can do it online or call one of our friendly, helpful operators on 0800 180 4123. We are endorsed by media personality Esther Rantzen and we assist thousands of people per year to win compensation for their injuries to help them get back on track.