Slip, trip or fall injuries are amongst the most common injuries that people claim personal injury compensation for, and you’d be surprised at the types of injuries which can be sustained during a slip, trip or fall. Whilst you might be lucky enough to escape with bruises, torn ligaments and tendons are actually a fairly common injury and over the years Accident Advice Helpline has handled a number of claims for torn ligaments compensation. If you’ve suffered ligament injuries in an accident at work or in a public place, get in touch to see how we can help you claim.
What are ligaments?
Ligaments are short bands of connective tissue that are responsible for holding joints together or connecting two cartilages or bones. Whilst it’s true that ligaments are tough, they can rupture or tear when strained or subjected to sudden force. When ligament fibres tear, a lack of blood supply to the tissues could result in a permanent injury.
You may have sustained a ligament injury in your knee after slipping on a wet floor at work, or suffered ankle ligament damage following a trip on a damaged pavement in the city centre. One of the most common ligament injuries is an injury to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). Found in the knee, it’s vital for stability and injuring it may mean you struggle to walk. If you tear your ACL you’ll have pain and swelling and may feel like your leg is ‘giving way.’ Surgery is sometimes needed to correct the injury. It might be that you just need to rest and recover, but if you rupture your ACL, you’ll usually need emergency medical treatment at A & E.
Treatment for ligament tears
Following the RICE method can help torn ligaments to heal – rest, ice, compression and elevation. When you’re feeling slightly better, you might want to consider claiming torn ligaments compensation. Give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 and find out whether you’re eligible to make a claim, or take the 30-second test on our website right now, to see how much compensation you could be entitled to. Even if you don’t require surgery for your torn ligament, you could still be eligible to make a claim if you have been injured due to somebody else’s negligence. Taking time off work can affect your earnings, and we’ll take this into account when working out your settlement.
Date Published: September 29, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton