Tendon injuries are commonly seen in individuals whose work involves carrying out repetitive movements over extended periods of time. These repetitive movements cause the tendons to deteriorate and get damaged. Professionals at high risk for work tendon injuries include operators who perform assembly line duties, office workers who sit at the computer all day, supermarket clerks who operate the till at the checkout and manual labourers.
If you have developed a tendon injury due the constrained and repetitive nature of your job, you may be eligible for compensation from your employer.
Types Of Tendon Injuries
Tendons are the tough fibrous tissues that connect the muscles to the bones. When you repeat the same movement over and over again at work, the tissues in that area get overused and can get inflamed or they can develop tiny tears. Inflammation of the tendon is called Tendinitis. When tiny tears form in the tissue due to overuse, it is called Tendinosis. Tendinitis and Tendinosis can occur along any tendon in the body, but are more commonly seen in the area of the joints such as the knee, elbow, shoulder, wrists, hands, and ankle.
The exact cause and type of your work related tendon injury will depend on the type of work that you do. They may occur because your job involves sitting at a desk and typing or using a keyboard for long periods of time. Your tendons may also get injured if your job requires you to adopt an unnatural posture such as kneeling or crouching for extended time periods. Slips and trips, falling from height or a manual handling injury may also result in a tendon rupture or a tear in the tendon.
Tendon injuries typically cause stiffness, pain and weakness in the area. The pain may worsen when you use the joint that the tendon is connected to. If the loss of strength is severe, you may find it difficult to perform simple tasks. The symptoms tend to be more severe at night or when you wake up in the morning. Depending on the site and severity of the tendon injury, you may also notice a crunchy or grating sound or feeling when you use the tendon.
Your Right To Claim Compensation For A Work Related Tendon Injury
There are several health and safety workplace laws in the UK that aim to protect the rights of all employees. Each Act or Regulation addresses a specific issue. In general, all of these place a legal duty on employers to provide their workers with safe working conditions and to protect them from the risk of any type of accident or injury in the workplace.
Employers can fulfil their legal obligations by setting up ergonomic workstations, educating workers about risk prevention and providing sufficient breaks during the work day.
If an employer fails to conduct a risk assessment or fails to implement appropriate safety measures as set by the various Acts and Regulations, then they are deemed to be negligent and could be liable for your tendon injuries.
In order to file a successful work tendon injury claim, you must be able to prove that your injuries were caused due to your employer’s negligence.
How Much Compensation For A Tendon Injury At Work?
There is no fixed amount of compensation for a tendon injury in the workplace that is legally set, or for any type of injury. When calculating how much compensation you are due, the court will first go through your medical records in detail to assess the type and severity of your tendon injuries. The more severe your tendon injuries, the higher the settlement amount that will be awarded to you.
Your medical and travel expenses will also be factored into the calculation. You will also be compensated for loss of income, loss of monetary bonus and loss of other job perks that resulted from being forced to stay home from work because of your tendon injuries.
Making A Tendon Injury Claim
Many people hesitate to contact a personal injury solicitor when contemplating a tendon injury claim because of the supposedly high fees that solicitors are thought to charge. Right at the outset you should know that most personal injury solicitors do not charge upfront fees. To make it easier for their clients to get the tendon injury compensation they deserve, they have in place a No Win No Fee agreement.
This agreement basically states that the solicitor will handle all court-related matters on their clients’ behalf without charging the client any fees until the claim is successfully concluded. The client is liable to pay the solicitor only if they win the case and at an agreed percentage. With an agreement such as this, you have the peace of mind of knowing that you will never be out of pocket at any time during the claims process.
Monetary considerations are only one of the many reasons why you must consider having an experienced solicitor to represent you in court. Our own personal injury solicitors are highly experienced in compensation claims from injuries at work. They understand comprehensibly the relevant laws and are experienced with the court proceedings. They have access to legal libraries where they can look for legal precedents that they can use to build a stronger case on your behalf. With our appointed personal injury solicitor representing you, you know you will get the highest amount of tendon injury compensation that is due to you.
There is also a statute of limitations regarding compensation claims. All tedon injury claims for compensation must be filed within 3 years of the accident or 3 years from the date of diagnosis. Your personal injury solicitor will make sure that your tendon injury at work claim is filed within this time period so you can focus on healing from your injuries instead.