The quadriceps tendon is responsible for straightening the leg, working in conjunction with the muscles in the front of the thigh. A knee injury to the quadriceps tendon can be debilitating, making it impossible to straighten your leg, and it can take some time to heal. If you have suffered this type of injury in an accident that was somebody else’s fault – such as a road traffic accident or a fall from height at work – then Accident Advice Helpline can help you to claim personal injury compensation. Our personal injury advisors offer confidential, no-obligation advice whether you are ready to make a claim or simply want to find out more about the claims process.
What happens with a knee injury to the quadriceps tendon?
A knee injury to the quadriceps tendon is most commonly suffered after a heavy landing on your leg, for example after a fall or awkward landing after a jump – but it can also be caused by direct force to the front of the knee or a laceration. Symptoms of a quadriceps tendon tear can be bruising, cramping and stiffness as well as difficulty straightening the leg. It may be that you have suffered a partial tear or the tear may be complete, and the type of treatment needed will depend on the severity of the tear. Non-surgical treatment may involve wearing a knee brace for three to six weeks and undergoing physiotherapy.
Surgery may be an option for complete tears. The recovery process takes at least four months, but most people take between six to 12 months to fully heal and regain mobility of their knee. You may need to take some time off work to recover, which can affect your finances.
Claiming compensation for financial losses
Loss of earnings is one of the main reasons many people consider making a personal injury claim. If you have been injured and somebody else is at fault, taking time off work to recover could put a serious dent in your finances. You could claim compensation for loss of earnings if you have suffered an injury to your quadriceps tendon, and the amount you will receive depends on the severity of your injuries and how much time you needed to take off work.