Achilles Tendon Injury Claim *
The Achilles tendon is located at the back of the leg and is the largest tendon in the body and can be injured in all accident types, from work accidents *, road traffic accidents * to accidents in public places *. The Achilles tendon permits people to point their toes toward the floor and rise on your tiptoes. Injury to the tendon is commonly suffered by sports athletes; however, it could any member of the public. Damage to the Achilles can be mild or moderate and feel like a burning pain or stiffness in the lower part of the leg. Making an Achilles tendon injury claim * will involve determining who is liable for the injury and then submitting all details to the Injuries Board for assessment. A solicitor can do this for you should you be unaware of the steps to take.
If a person ruptures their Achilles tendon, it is probable that there will be a snapping sound when it occurs. A very sharp sense of pain will be felt in the heel or lower leg which prevents a person from standing upright. To make a full recovery from an injury medical treatment and rehabilitation is often required.
- Strain – the ripping of the muscle fibres which is due to over-stretching
- Sprain – aggressive twist or pulling of the ligaments
- Tendon rupture – a partial tear of an area of the tendon
- Tendinopathy – the progressive decline of the tendon
- Tendonitis – inflammation of a tendon
Achilles injuries are likely to occur to people who do things where they quickly speed up, speed down or pivot. A select few of such examples of these activities include:
Furthermore, it is not only sporting activities that contribute to damaging an Achilles tendon, these movements can also leave you more exposed to injury:
- Wearing high heels which stresses the tendon
- Having ‘flat feet’, whereby the arch of the foot collapses, stretching the muscles and tendons
- Having too tight of leg muscles
Achilles surgery negligence
In certain circumstances, it can become possible that a medical practitioner was negligent in their duties when performing surgery. Negligence can be proved if the surgeon delivered treatment to a patient that was deemed as substandard care. Examples, where this may be the case, include:
- The healthcare professionals failing to correctly diagnose the injury
- Making mistakes during the surgical procedure
- Failing to administer the correct medication or the correct dosage necessary
- Failing to notify the patient about the potential risks attached to undergoing the Achilles tendon surgery.
Treatment for an Achilles tendon injury will depend on the severity of the injury. Minor to moderate injuries tend to heal on their own but there are several ways which can help to speed up the process:
- Rest your leg and avoid putting any unnecessary weight on it. The best way to do this is to use crutches
- Keep swelling down by wrapping it tightly in a bandage – this is called compressing your leg
- When sitting, raise your leg if possible
- There are inserts you can buy for your shoes called heel lifts that help protect the tendon from further stretching
- Ice your leg
- Take anti-inflammatory painkillers
- Attend a physiotherapist and practise strengthening exercises
Recovery may take a few weeks to a few months depending on the severity of the injury. If you are unsure about what activities you can do when injured, it is best to ask your doctor their advice. It is best not to expect to be able to retain the same level of activity you had before the injury. Best advice is to ease yourself into physical activity. You will know you are on the mend when you can move your leg more easily, your leg starts to feel as strong as your uninjured leg and you don’t feel any pain when you walk, jog or run.
Making a Claim
If pursuing a claim, the following information will be required by your solicitor:
- Detailed description of how the accident happened
- Details of who was at fault for the accident
- Photographs of the scene of the accident (if possible)
- Details of any witnesses to the accident
- Medical reports from the doctor that treated your injury
Further information may be required and if so, your solicitor will advise you of what they need.
The claims process generally works as follows:
- Speaking with a personal injury solicitor*
- Your solicitor will help you in gathering all relevant information
- Your case details are submitted to the Injuries Board first for assessment
- Once assesses by the Injuries Board an offer may be presented at this point. Speak with your solicitor to discuss the offer and decide the next steps.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CASE
At Tracey Solicitors, our dedicated team of personal injury solicitors * have years of experience in helping people who suffered an injury due to the negligence of another party. We understand the injuries (physically and emotionally) that you have suffered and have supported many people in similar situations in Ireland over the past 30 years.
If you have suffered an Achilles injury and would like to discuss your situation, feel free to call 01 649 9900 for a confidential discussion and tell us about your case or reach out via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask any questions or queries that you may have.