What exactly are sprains and ligament injuries?
First of all, sprains and ligament injuries are the same thing. Ligament injuries occur when the tissue (ligament) that connects bone to bone in your joints is stretched, causing it to rupture or tear. Because ligament is designed to hold two bones very closely together, it is a hard and inflexible tissue. This means that it is very susceptible to being stretched or pulled in a way that damages it. Ligament injuries can take many weeks to heal, or in the case of a ligament that has been stretched too far, may never fully return to its original shape.
So where are these ligaments?
Ligaments are found throughout the body, but the ligaments that are most vulnerable to injury are those in your joints, for example, the knee or ankle. Ligaments perform an important role in keeping joints strong and in place, so damage to, for example, a knee injury can completely unbalance or destabilise you, leaving you unable to walk and in need of urgent corrective surgery.
How are ligament injuries caused and can they be treated?
The main cause of ligament damage is a sharp twist that stretches a ligament beyond its normal range of movement. Many ligament injuries happen during sport activities, particularly football and rugby where players twist their knees and ankles at high speed. However an injury can also occur during a trip, perhaps on an uneven floor that results in an awkward fall, or a fall, maybe from a bicycle in a road accident or from a ladder in the workplace.
Some ligament injuries can be treated with joint supports and braces, but the treatment should be properly prescribed by your doctor as an untreated injury can cause complications later on. In many cases the treatment for ligament damage involves surgery. This can be scary and leave you immobile for a long period while you recover.
Can I claim compensation for a sprain or ligament injury?
If your injury was caused by someone else’s carelessness or negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation. The level of compensation will depend on the severity of your injury and your recovery. Your compensation may be able to reimburse you for the costs of your injury, including loss of wages, medical expenses, travelling expenses and additional childcare. You may also be able to claim for the pain and discomfort you have suffered and the impact on your quality of life, your ability to maintain your lifestyle and the impact on your family.
So how can I find out more?
You can find out how much compensation your might be entitled to by either using our 30-second compensation claim calculator or by calling our advisers. Our specialist team will be very happy to talk to you about your unique circumstances and offer you no-obligation advice. If you choose to pursue a claim, we can offer you access to the best legal support and a fully comprehensive claim support service on a no-win, no-fee basis. Just give us a call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 to talk about your options.
Date Published: 22nd February 2013
Author: David Brown