If your ligament injury was due to somebody else’s carelessness or negligence, you could make a ligament damage injury claim for compensation.
Ligament damage injuries can occur anywhere in the body from neck to ankle and these injuries can be extremely debilitating. The pain following ligament damage can make it very difficult to move the affected body part. Depending on where the damage occurred and its severity, it could take several months to a few years to recover fully and be able to move without any pain.
Severe damage may require extensive ongoing treatments and physiotherapy.
Common Causes Of Ligament Damage Injury Claims
Ligaments are bands of tissues that connect the bones and support the joints. Damage to these tissues may be in the form of stretches, tears or ruptures. Any of these can cause a considerable amount of pain, limiting your movement and affecting all aspects of your life. Surgery is often necessary to treat more serious ligament injuries. This is followed by an extended recovery time.
Ligament injuries may result from several different types of accidents resulting in a compensation claim, including but not limited to:
Slip, trip, and fall accidents
Slip, trip and fall accidents commonly damage the ligaments in the back, ankles, knees, hands, and wrists depending on how you fall and if you put your hand out to stop your fall.
Accidents at work
Work-related ligament injuries are most often caused by incorrect manual handling techniques that can result in back injuries at work, repetitive strain type injuries in the hands, elbows and shoulder injuries. One-off ligament injuries in the workplace are often caused by different types of slip, trip and fall accidents such as slipping on a wet floor, falling off a ladder or scaffolding, tripping over loose wiring or torn carpeting, to name just a few.
Any accident at work causing ligament damage due to negligence may be subject to a ligament damage injury claim.
Whiplash is the most common type of injury caused in road accidents, but there are many other injuries to soft tissue and ligaments that road accidents can cause.
Sports-related ligament injuries
Sports-related ligament injuries usually result from inadequate training for example and can affect any part of the body depending on the sport and the nature of the accident. If you suffered a strain or sprain injury in a sports related incident and believe negligence was the cause then you could have a claim for compensation.
Ligament damage due to medical negligence may arise if your doctor fails to diagnose your injury or misdiagnoses it resulting in delayed or wrong treatment. Either of these can exacerbate the symptoms of a torn ligament injury or even cause permanent damage.
How To Make A Ligament Damage Injury Claim
The main criterion for filing a ligament damage injury claim is being able to prove that your injuries were caused because of somebody else’s mistake or negligence. This is not as simple as it sounds. Even if the cause seems abundantly clear, the defendant’s solicitors will look to fight the claim or pay out as little compensation as possible. An experienced personal injury solicitor will know exactly how to calculate compensation for your ligament injury so you have the best chance of receiving maximum compensation.
Over and above their legal help, a personal injury solicitor will also fund your claim using a No Win No Fee agreement.
How A No Win No Fee Agreement Works
A No Win No Fee agreement is a legal contract that solicitors use to help accident victims get the compensation they deserve without having to worry about any upfront fees.
The terms and conditions of our No Win No Fee agreement are simple and straightforward. There are zero upfront fees and all fees and expenses related to the claim are covered while the claim is live. You do not have to worry about any legal or financial issues while your claim is in progress, leaving you free to focus on healing and attending to other personal and professional obligations.
You would only need to pay a success fee only if your ligament damage injury claim is successful and you are awarded compensation. This amount you would pay is calculated as a percentage of the compensation (clearly set out in the No Win No Fee agreement) and is deducted directly from the compensation payout when it has been received. In the event that your claim is unsuccessful, you do not pay anything.
Building A Strong Ligament Damage Claim
Here are a few things you may be able to do (if applicable) that can immediately help your solicitor build a strong ligament injury claim:
- If you are able to safely do so take photographs/video of the scene of the accident with special attention to the immediate cause of the accident
- Keep a record of the time, place, and cause of the accident as well as other important details you noticed at the time of the accident
- Ask for a copy of any CCTV footage from neighbouring shops and businesses that captured the accident causing your ligament injury
- Collect names and contact details of witnesses who saw what happened
- Keep a record of all hospital visits, medical bills and doctor’s reports
- Keep a record of all expenses paid towards any assistive devices, home care help, and additions or alterations to your home or vehicle to accommodate your limited mobility
On a final note, ligament damage injury claims need to be filed within three years from the date the accident happened, or when the ligament injury was diagnosed. Claims filed after the 3-year deadline may not be accepted. It’s important to get in touch with a solicitor as early as possible so they have sufficient time to gather all the evidence and put together a strong ligament damage injury claim on your behalf.