Our ankles bear the weight of our entire bodies, and are therefore very susceptible to injuries. The Achilles tendon is a long tendon at the back of the ankle which attaches the three calf muscles to the heel. We often hear the Achilles referred to as a person’s weakest spot, and with good reason. Suffering from an injured achilles tendon is very painful, and recovery from them can be a long process.
Achilles injuries can also occur in various accident scenarios, but are most frequently sustained in sports such as running, football, basketball and tennis.
What are the symptoms of an injured achilles tendon?
The initial injury is typified by an intense pain just above the heel. Sufferers often describe a feeling that they have been hit from behind. Sometimes they may feel or hear a snapping or popping when the injury first occurs. After the injury, they are likely to experience other symptoms including:
- swelling and bruising in the leg and foot
- pain and stiffness at back of ankle
- pain with exercise
- pain when walking, especially uphill or up stairs
- pain and stiffness in the tendon, especially in the morning or after rest
- tenderness to touch
- heat or redness around the area
In what circumstances can you claim compensation for Achilles injuries?
The first requirement is that your injury took place within the last three years. Secondly, as with all personal injury compensation claims, it is necessary to establish that another person was responsible for your injury. If you sustained your injury in an accident, then you may already have a clear idea of who was to blame.
If your injury was a result of playing sports then things may be less clear-cut. There may be a case for compensation if, for instance, you received your injury due to a poorly maintained playing surface, or there was some defect with your footwear for which the manufacturer could be held liable.
We also frequently deal with claims for Achilles injuries due to medical negligence. For example, let’s say you are injured during the course of your normal sporting activities and you go to hospital, but the medical staff fail to properly diagnose or treat your injury. If this leads to a worsening of your injury, delays your recovery, or means that you need additional treatment such as surgery, you could be entitled to compensation.
If in any doubt, contact us, and our team will be pleased to advise whether it is in your best interests to make a claim. Initial consultation is completely free and carries no obligation. If you decide not to go ahead, you won’t owe us a penny.
How do I claim?
You can start your claim online by filling in our straightforward claim form and one of our highly trained advisors will call you back to discuss your case in more detail.
Alternatively, try our handy compensation calculator to find out how much you could claim.
Or call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or dial 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.