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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.Tell Us About Your Case
The main symptom of Achilles tendonitis is pain and swelling in the backside of your heel when you walk or run. Other symptoms include tight calf muscles and limited range of motion when you flex your foot. This condition can also make the skin on your heel feel overly warm to the touch. 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 be 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.
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:
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:
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:
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 for their advice. It is best not to expect to be able to retain the same level of activity you had before the injury. The 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.
Once you have gathered all the relevant information in relation to your injury it is then time to move forward with your claim. It is important to use a personal injury solicitor to help you with this.
When you decide you want to move forward with your injury claim it is important to have all the relevant information to hand when contacting a solicitor. Important information to have on hand at this point is:
As a solicitor is aware of the injury claim process they can avoid any legal bumps in the road you might encounter if you did this yourself. It is their job to be your trusted advisor on all legal matters throughout your case.
The most important document needed to prove your injuries is your medical report. The reason a solicitor will ask for your doctor’s details or if you have attended the hospital is so they can obtain all the medical reports required to pursue the case for you.
As soon as your solicitor has gathered all the information, your injury claim will be submitted to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board for assessment. Your solicitor will do this for you. Once the Injuries Board assess your claim your solicitor will revert with a suggested settlement amount. At this stage, you have a choice to accept the Injuries Board assessment or reject it and move to the next steps.
At this point one of two scenarios will unfold:
a. If both you and the party at fault accept the Injuries Board assessment, your case is settled and the person at fault will be ordered to pay settlement to you.
b. If either you or the person at fault reject the Injuries Board assessment, then you move to the next stage and your solicitor will issue legal proceedings.
Before you start to concern yourself with court and everything that comes with it, it’s important to understand that only a very small percentage of cases actually make it to a courtroom.
Settlement meetings will be arranged where a settlement can be negotiated. Most cases are settled at this point without ever having to step foot into a courtroom and remember it’s your solicitor’s job to be with you every step of the way, right beside you to ensure that your best interests are met at all stages. Your solicitor is to be your trusted advisor throughout the process and to let you focus on your recovery, as they focus on settling your case.
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If you are to proceed with an injury claim you may be entitled to claim compensation for the injury and added expenses you may have incurred. These claims are called damages.
General damages are non-financial damages such as pain and suffering and/or physical and emotional injuries following an accident.
Special damages are out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of the injury, for example, loss of earnings (if you are out of work), medical bills, and added travel costs as a result of the injury (for example, travel to and from the hospital). Learn more about Special Damages.
Material damage refers to damage caused to your personal property. For example, in a road traffic accident, the material damage would be the damage to your car.
The statute of limitations are the legal time limits on how long you have to make a claim — these vary depending on the situation. The general rule for most personal injury cases is that the person has two years from the date of the accident or date of knowledge of the accident to make a claim for compensation. Contacting a solicitor to discuss your case will help you in determining how long you have left to make a claim.Learn more about Time Limits
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