ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) Injury Claim *
(ACL) injury is know as as n Anterior Cruciate ligament injury * . They arise when the negligence of another party injures a person ACL . ACL injuries* are common in sport . They can also occur as a result of a car accident *, workplace accident * or public place accident *
The anterior cruciate ligament is one of the main ligaments that assists in stabilizing the knee joint. Because it connects the femur (thighbone) to the shinbone (tibia). ACL tears mostly occurs as a result of a sudden change of direction of the knee . Especially where the foot is planted on the ground and the knee excessively turns inwards.
If injured, it is possible for the knee to lose its flexibility. As a result it can be difficult to carry out certain movements. A person who plays a sport which involves the sudden stopping and change of direction is most exposed to damaging or tearing their ACL. In accidents caused by another person, injury to the ligament can be painful . On top of this , rehabilitation can take a long period of time. When making an ACL injury claim, the injury itself is taken into account . As well as any hospital costs and any future medical care needed for rehabilitation.
Symptoms and Treatment
When a person experiences an anterior cruciate ligament injury * it is heard by a “popping” sound. In the time period after the initial injury the knee becomes swollen . It is also difficult to put any weight on it.
The treatment required to make a full recovery can be time consuming and expensive. Rehabilitation therapy is necessary to repair the ligament. However, these expenses are accounted for in the final case settlement.
In some cases surgery may be required to reconstruct the ACL. This surgery can take up to 6 months to recover from. The risks associated with this surgery include infections and blood clots. If you think the surgeon may have been negligent it is advisable to discuss this with a solicitor .
Causes of ACL Tears *
ACL injuries * are most common in sport . The ligament can become hyperextended due contact from certain angles . This pivots the need for quick changes in direction while running and also by an awkward tackle. Sports scientists advice to athletes is to perform certain warm-ups involving the knee to minimize the risk of this injury in sport . The most common sports associated with ACL injuries are football, GAA and rugby .
A car accident * can cause a multitude of injuries . Road traffic accident * related ACL injuries * can be caused by accidents on motorways, merging lanes or negligent drivers. These injuries can occur in cases in accidents where the knee is forced to turn a certain direction. Making an ACL car accident claim * will start with medical treatment followed by surgery (in some cases) and then rehabilitation.
The most common workplace accidents are : slips, trips or falls , repetitive strain injuries, accidents involving vehicles, falling from heights or construction related injuries *. Each of these accident types can lead to ACL injuries . This depends on the angle the knee takes on impact. The causes of work-related ACL injury claims * are usually down to employer negligence . This is when the employer failed to provide a safe working environment for their employees. In these cases reporting the accident to your manager is an important step to take . As well as seeking medical attention before speaking with a workplace accident solicitor *.
Accidents in public places are also known as public liability claims * and are generally caused by the negligence or a property or business owner. Cases where public place accidents have led to ACL injuries * usually involve a slip, trip or fall *. For example, slipping on a wet floor in a supermarket or tripping and falling on an uneven or broken pavement in public.
Medical negligence * occurs in situations where a medical error is made by your treating doctor or surgeon. With ACL injuries some of the common examples include misdiagnosis of the injury, cases where the surgery has not been performed correctly, failure to administer the correct medication or failure to notify the patient of the risk associated with ACL surgery. In cases of medical negligence * your first step will be to speak with a solicitor . Because medical Negligence * cases are treated differently to other personal injury claims *.
Legal Time Limits
The legal timeframe regarding the amount of time a person has to bring forward a claim can alternate depending on the scenario. Therefore the general guideline for all personal injury cases * is usually that the injured party has a time period of two years from the date of the accident to make a claim *. Contacting a solicitor to discuss your case will help you to determine the time period left to bring legal proceedings forward.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CASE
At Tracey Solicitors, our dedicated team of personal injury solicitors * have over 30 years of experience . We help people who suffered an injury due to the negligence of another party.
If you have suffered an ACL injury * and would like to discuss your situation contact us . Feel free to call 01 649 9900 for a confidential discussion and tell us about your case . Or you can reach out via email to firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us about your case.