Achilles Tendon Payouts, How Much Could I Claim?
Have you suffered an Achilles tendon injury because of the negligence of someone who owed you a duty of care? If so, you may be able to make a personal injury claim. This guide will explore how much Achilles tendon payouts could be worth when pursuing a compensation claim.
Tendonitis often results in significant pain and suffering and can have a real impact on your quality of life. Your work and social life may be affected whilst you’re recovering from your Achilles foot injury. It could also result in out-of-pocket expenses that you didn’t anticipate.
What Are Achilles Tendon Payouts Worth?
Pursuing a personal injury claim can help you receive the compensation you deserve for the injuries you have experienced as a result of your accident. You can contact our team of advisers to receive 24/7 free legal advice and an assessment of how much compensation you may be able to claim.
If your claim is valid, an adviser can connect you with a personal injury lawyer to begin working on it. You can contact our friendly team of advisers by:
- Calling them on 0800 073 8804 to discuss your case.
- Chatting with an adviser via our live chat pop-up box for a response instantly.
- Putting your details into our online claims form to receive a response whenever you’re next available.
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- What Are Achilles Tendon Injuries?
- Types Of Injuries To The Achilles Tendon
- Risks Of Injuring Your Achilles Tendon
- Causes Of Achilles Tendon Injuries
- Symptoms Of An Injured Achilles Tendon
- Calculating Achilles Tendon Payouts
- Special Damages Achilles Tendon Payouts
- No Win No Fee Achilles Tendon Payouts
- Start Your Achilles Tendon Payout Claim
- Essential References
- FAQs On Achilles Tendon Payouts
If you’re suffering from an Achilles tendon injury that you sustained due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to file a personal injury claim. These factors may include any financial loss you’ve suffered, the length of treatment and the physical and mental impact the injury has had on your life.
Achilles tendon payouts can be split into general and special damages. We’ll discuss these in greater depth throughout this article.
We can look at RIDDOR statistics to see the number of non-fatal injuries to employees in Great Britain across the lower area of the body. The table below illustrates these statistics.
As you can see, ankle injuries were sustained the most in these workplace injuries, with 5,668 ankle injuries being reported. On the other hand, injuries to one or more toes were the least frequent, with 835 reported.
This shows how common ankle injuries are, including Achilles tendon injuries. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 states that employers have a duty of care to protect and safeguard employees by minimising hazards and risks as much as reasonably possible.
If an employer fails to do this and you suffer an injury as a result of their negligence, you may be able to make a personal injury claim. Speak to our team today for more information about claiming for an accident at work.
The Achilles tendon is at the top of the heel. The heel bone is connected to the muscles in the calf by the Achilles tendon, so it has an important role to play. If you suffer an injury to the Achilles tendon, you may struggle to walk or move your ankle.
There are various different types of Achilles tendon injury. These are:
- Tendon rupture – This is when the tendon ruptures or fully tears.
- Sprain – When the ligaments are twisted or torn.
- Tendonitis – Where the tendon becomes inflamed.
- Tenosynovitis – Here, the protective sheath around the tendon is inflamed.
- Tendinopathy – This is where the tendon deteriorates.
If you’ve suffered this type of ankle injury due to someone else’s negligence, our expert team of advisers are here to help. They will be happy to have a chat with you about your situation and assess how much compensation you may be owed.
Some people may be more likely to suffer an Achilles tendon injury than others. For instance, people who participate in sports might be more likely to experience tendonitis. This is because this kind of injury is usually caused by sharp, sudden movements like jumping and running. Furthermore, you may be more likely to tear your Achilles tendon as you age.
If you’ve injured your Achilles tendon as the result of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to claim. This is the case even if you are older or participate in a sport. Even if this could be seen to increase your risk of being injured in this way, the person who breached their duty of care would still be liable for your injuries.
Our experienced team of advisers are on hand 24 hours a day to answer your queries and offer free legal advice about the process of claiming for this kind of injury. Furthermore, they can assess how much compensation you may be entitled to if you file a compensation claim.
There are numerous types of accidents that can cause an Achilles tendon injury, such as:
- Slips, trips and falls – According to the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, anyone who controls a public place must safeguard and protect anyone who has access to it. This includes placing a wet floor sign near a spillage to prevent slip, trip and fall accidents. An example of a breach of this duty could be someone slipping on a wet floor in a supermarket due to a lack of wet floor signs. This type of public place accident could cause an Achilles tendon injury if someone falls onto their ankle in an unnatural way.
- Accidents at work – The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 states that employers have a duty of care to protect employees as much as reasonably practicable. This includes maintaining good housekeeping and removing hazards that could cause an accident at work. If you were to trip on an exposed wire and injure yourself at work, this could be considered a breach of duty of care.
- Road traffic accident– Road users have a duty of care to one another. They need to drive with the standard of skill and care of the average motorist, as well as follow the guidance set out in the Highway Code. For example, a driver could fail to stop at a crossing and knocking a pedestrian over. The force of the impact could cause their ankle to twist, injuring their Achilles tendon.
These are not the only accident types that could be caused by negligence and result in an injured Achilles tendon. If you don’t see your accident covered in the examples above, don’t worry. Just give us a call, and we will be able to assess your claim.
Achilles tendon payouts are often determined by how severe your injury is and how long the treatment takes. The more serious the injury and the longer your recovery period, the more compensation you could receive.
According to the NHS, these are some symptoms of an injured Achilles tendon:
- Tendon pain that worsens when the ankle is moved.
- Finding it difficult to move the ankle joint.
- Feeling crackling or grating in the ankle when moving it.
- The ankle becoming swollen, hot and red.
- A sudden pain accompanied by a ‘popping’ sound.
If you’ve suffered any of these symptoms and believe you may have injured your Achilles tendon, you should seek medical attention. The advantages of this are twofold; it will ensure that you get the treatment you need and may also provide evidence to support a future claim.
When diagnosing your ankle injury, a doctor may perform a physical examination. During the exam, they may feel the lower part of your leg to see if it’s swollen or tender. If you’ve suffered an Achilles tendon rupture, the doctor may be able to spot a gap in the tendon.
The doctor may request you lie down with your foot and ankle hanging off the edge of the bed. This is so they can lightly squeeze the calf muscle to see if the foot naturally flexes. If the foot fails to automatically flex, this could indicate that have ruptured your Achilles tendon.
In order for your doctor to see if the tendon is ruptured partially or fully, they may need to see the bone up close. As a result, they may conduct an X-ray or MRI scan to see the injury in more detail and conclude the severity of the injury.
If you’ve received a diagnosis for an Achilles ruptured tendon and your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to make a personal injury claim. You’re welcome to contact our friendly team of advisers to explore Achilles tendon payouts and see how much compensation you may be owed.
When deciding which treatment option is best for your injury, a medical professional will likely look at your age, how active you are and how severe your injury is.
If you have tendonitis, which is where the tendon is inflamed, then you may be offered:
- Steroid injections
- Shockwave Therapy
If your Achilles tendon is torn, then there are generally two kinds of treatment that you could receive; conservative or operative. Conservative treatment is where you’re given a boot that holds your foot in position as the tendon heals.
Surgery for an Achilles tendon rupture may be undertaken in more serious cases. The medical professional will usually make an incision into the back of the lower part of the leg to repair the damaged tendon.
If you’d like to discuss Achilles tendon payouts with an expert, you can contact our team of advisers today. They’re available round the clock to answer any questions you may have and offer free legal advice regarding your situation.
As well as providing a personal injury compensation calculator, we have included a compensation table below to show how much compensation some injuries may be valued. These figures have been taken from the Judicial College Guidelines. These are guideline compensation brackets for a range of different injuries that you could sustain.
The table below is used for example purposes only; please be aware that figures may vary. Compensation amounts could differ depending on the circumstances of each individual injury.
|Foot injuries||Severe permanent disability and permanent significant pain. For example, the forefoot being amputated where there was a risk of complete foot amputation.||£78,800 to £102,890|
|Foot injuries||Traumatic arthritis resulting in significant pain with future arthritis being a risk. Also, lengthy treatment and surgery may have to be undergone.||£23,460 to £36,790|
|Ankle Injuries||Lengthy treatment and significant disability, such as ankle instability and lack of ability to walk.||£29,380 to £46,980|
|Ankle Injuries||Ligamentous tears and fractures that which often result in less severe disabilities, such as finding it hard to walk on ground that’s uneven.||£12,900 to £24,950|
|Leg Injuries||Permanent mobility problems resulting in a need for mobility aids or crutches for the rest of the person’s life.||£51,460 to £85,600|
|Leg Injuries||Severe crushing injuries and multiple or complicated fractures, usually to one||£26,050 to £36,790|
Achilles tendon payouts can be split into general damages and special damages. The table above shows how much compensation each injury may be worth in general damages. This head of the claim is based on how severe the injury is and how long it takes for you to recover.
Special damages, meanwhile, compensate for the financial impact the injury has had on your life. You need to provide evidence of these expenses, or you will find it difficult to claim them back.
If you’d like to know more about how much you could be awarded in compensation, please don’t hesitate to call our team today. Otherwise, please read on for more information on special damages.
Here are some examples of special damages that could be included in Achilles tendon payouts:
- Care costs – If your injury was severe and you needed extra help while you recovered, you may have had to pay out of pocket to hire a carer. For example, you may have struggled to cook for yourself as you were not able to move around the house. Furthermore, you may have had to hire a carer for someone in your family (for example, an elderly person) if you usually care for them and your injury prevented you from doing so.
- Loss of earnings – If you had to take time off work whilst recovering from your injuries, you might have suffered a loss of earnings. You could be entitled to special damages compensation to reimburse you for this. An example of evidence you could use to prove this is payslips.
- Medication costs – You may have had to pay out of pocket for prescription medication for your injuries. If you did, you might be entitled to Achilles tendon payouts in the form of special damages.
You will find it difficult to claim special damages without evidence. You can use bills, receipts and invoices to demonstrate how much you have spent because of your injuries. A personal injury lawyer can help you gather sufficient evidence to prove you suffered a financial loss due to your injuries.
Our panel of personal injury lawyers offer representation on a No Win No Fee basis. A No Win No Fee agreement, also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), is a contract between you and your personal injury lawyer that sets out the things they need to do before getting paid.
If they lose your case, you won’t have to pay their fees. You also won’t be asked to pay anything upfront or while the claim is ongoing. If your case wins, your solicitor will deduct a small percentage of your compensation. This “success fee” will be legally capped to ensure you receive the majority of your compensation.
If you would like to know more about the benefits offered by this kind of agreement, why not speak to our team today? If they feel your claim is valid, they could connect you with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors.
Our team of advisers are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions and offer free legal advice. They can chat with you about your situation and assess how much compensation you could be entitled to.
If your claim is valid, they can connect you to a personal injury solicitor from our panel to discuss No Win No Fee agreements with you. They can then begin the claims process and use their expertise to help you get more money from an injury claim.
To get in touch with one of our friendly advisers, you can:
- Call them on 0800 073 8804 to chat about your situation.
- Chat with one of our advisers instantly through our live chat pop-up box.
- Fill out our online claims form to receive a reply whenever you’re next available.
How much is an Achilles tendon worth?
Each Achilles tendon injury payout is unique depending on the circumstances surrounding the injury. You can get in touch with our team today for a free valuation of your claim.
What would be the result of the Achilles tendon rupture?
If you’ve suffered an Achilles tendon rupture, you may find that you have difficulty pushing down with your toes (for example, while jumping or running).
How long does it take for a strained Achilles tendon to heal?
Symptoms usually last for around 2-3 weeks, but sometimes they may last longer. You should always follow your doctor’s advice before resuming your usual activities.
How do you know if Achilles is damaged?
Some symptoms of a damaged Achilles tendon are:
- Tendon pain that worsens when the heel moves
- Swollen heel, often accompanied by redness and heat
- Difficulty moving the ankle
Thank you for reading our guide about Achilles tendon payouts.
Guide by Naylor
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