A torn hamstring is usually the result of a sports accident or a slip, trip or fall, when the muscles and tendons in the thigh are stretched beyond their natural limit. If you have injured your hamstring in an accident and somebody else was to blame, chances are that claiming torn hamstring compensation is on your mind. This doesn’t have to be a complex process, and it’s not something you need to lose sleep over either. In fact, most torn hamstring compensation claims can be settled out of court, and Accident Advice Helpline can process the majority of claims over the phone. There is a three-year time limit in place to make a claim though, so it’s best to act sooner rather than later.
What is a torn hamstring?
The hamstring refers to the tendons or large muscles at the back of the thigh, attaching the thigh muscle to bone – but the word hamstring can also refer to the three muscles at the back of the thigh, running from the hip to just below the knee. There are three grades of hamstring injury:
- Grade 1 – a mild muscle pull/strain
- Grade 2 – a partial muscle tear
- Grade 3 – a complete muscle tear
Generally speaking, it may take just a few days to recover from a Grade 1 injury, whereas a Grade 3 injury could take weeks or months to fully heal.
Symptoms of a torn hamstring
The symptoms of a torn hamstring can vary depending on the severity of your injury. For example, a Grade 2 tear can be tender and painful, and you may lose strength in your leg as well as noticing bruising and swelling at the back of the thigh. With a Grade 3 tear there will usually be severe pain with significant bruising and swelling. You’ll be unable to use your leg and may hear a ‘pop’ at the time of your injury. If you think you are suffering from a torn hamstring, you don’t necessarily need to seek medical attention. However, if you were injured in an accident caused by somebody else and you may consider claiming personal injury compensation you will only be able to do so if you see a GP for a medical report. There are certain risk factors that mean you are more likely to sustain a hamstring tear, and these include:
- Poor flexibility
- Prior injury to the hamstring
- Participating in sports
- Muscle imbalance
What is the treatment for hamstring tears?
Your GP may refer you to a physiotherapist, if your injury is severe, and they will also normally recommend gentle exercises and stretches which can speed your recovery. Treatment of a torn hamstring is usually carried out at home and consists of the following:
- Resting your leg and avoid any type of strenuous physical activity
- Keeping your leg elevated to reduce swelling
- Managing pain with over-the-counter painkillers
- Using an ice pack on your thigh for 20 minutes, two to three times a day for the first 48 hours after your accident
- Wearing an elasticated bandage on your thigh
Carrying out stretches and exercises can be extremely helpful, as avoiding any type of exercise for too long could actually cause scar tissue to form around your hamstring tear. The length of time you will need to take off sports and other activities will vary depending on the severity of your injury and recovery time. Although it is unlikely that you will need surgery, if the tendon has pulled away from the bone completely, this could be on the cards, and rehabilitation after surgery can take anywhere from three to six months, which may mean taking more time off work or from your usual sports and activities. Ideally, you should avoid your old level of activity until you feel no pain when sprinting and jumping, can move your leg freely and feel that your injured leg is as strong as your uninjured leg.
How much compensation could I claim for a hamstring injury?
When it comes to any type of personal injury, it is almost impossible to calculate damages exactly, and your lawyer may not be able to tell you exactly how much compensation you will be entitled to. Instead, they will draw on their experience and refer to past case studies, taking into account how your injury has affected your life both now and in the future, as well as whether your injury has put you at an increased risk of similar injuries in future. Re-injury is fairly common when it comes to a torn hamstring, occurring in 16% of all injuries. This will allow them to calculate your personal injury settlement, but for an idea of how much you could claim, you can take the 30-second test on our website right now. It’s also a good idea to keep a record of all your financial losses you have sustained after your accident, such as the cost of medical treatment and travel to/from medical appointments, any loss of earnings and so on.
Get in touch with us if you have torn your hamstring
If you need advice after your accident or just want to speak to somebody about how to make a personal injury claim, you can always get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. It’s free to call us on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile) and we offer free, confidential advice – and there’s never any obligation to go ahead with a claim. We’re here to help whether you are ready to make a claim today or just want to find out more about what’s involved in the process. If you have needed time off work for surgery or to recover after your hamstring tear, we can help you claim compensation for your lost earnings, helping you to get back on track financially, and our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis. Call us today and talk about your accident with our expert, friendly advisors, who have over 16 years’ experience.
Date Published: 8th July 2014
Author: Rebecca Smith
Category: Leg injury claims