As you may know, your employer has a duty to try and protect you from being injured at work. That doesn’t mean they need to just take steps to prevent accidents at work, they must also risk assess how you work to see if it could result in injuries like tendonitis, torn tendons, or other forms of tendon damage. If they don’t, and you go on to suffer a tendon injury as a result, you may be eligible to seek damages for your suffering.
This guide to claiming compensation for a tendon injury at work will explain when you could sue an employer for compensation and how the claims process works.
Our team can help with workplace tendon injury claims. We offer an initial consultation where you can ask questions and you’ll be given free legal advice about your options. If it looks like you have a strong case, we could ask one of our personal injury solicitors to represent you. Importantly, they can begin working on your claim right away if it is accepted because they’ll offer a No Win No Fee service where you’ll only pay legal fees if compensation is awarded.
To learn more please read on. Alternatively, to discuss a compensation claim for a tendon injury at work right away, please call us on 0800 6524 881 today.
Table of contents
- Am I Eligible To Claim Compensation For A Tendon Injury At Work?
- Employer Negligence Leading To Tendon Injury At Work Claims
- Common Types Of Tendon Injuries In The Workplace
- How Much Compensation For Tendon Injury At Work Could I Claim?
- Evidence To Support A Tendon Injury At Work Claim
- Time Limits For Tendon Injury At Work Claims
- Starting A Tendon Injury At Work Claim
Employers have a legal duty of care to try and protect their staff from developing a tendon injury while they are working. This is derived from the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Before one of our solicitors will agree to handle a tendon injury at work claim, they will check whether:
- Your employer breached their duty of care; because
- Their actions (or lack of action) were negligent; and
- You have sustained a tendon injury whilst working as a result of that negligence.
To help prove how all of the above is true in your case, you’ll need to supply as much evidence as possible. Later on, we’ll explain what you could use to support your claim.
Based on the criteria set out above, you can only receive compensation for a workplace tendon injury if your employer’s negligence has essentially caused it. Some examples of what this means include:
- If you had to carry out repetitive tasks at work over prolonged periods without suitable rest periods.
- Where your employer failed to address concerns raised about your working conditions.
- If an occupational therapist recommended changes to your working environment to reduce the risk of injury but your employer failed to act on those recommendations.
- Where you damaged a tendon because of an unsafe working environment or faulty piece of workplace equipment.
- If you were not provided with adequate training on how to complete your role safely.
This list is by no means exhaustive so please let us know if you’ve suffered a tendon injury in the workplace in any other way, we could still help you to claim compensation against your employer.
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.
Some of the most common tendon injuries that lead to workplace injury claims include:
- Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis).
- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis).
- Tendonitis of the wrist or Achilles tendon.
The exact cause and type of your work-related tendon injury will mainly 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 can also suffer if your job requires you to adopt an unnatural posture such as kneeling or crouching for extended time periods. Slips and trips, falling from a height while working or a manual handling injury might also result in a tendon rupture or a tear in the tendon.
Whatever has caused your tendon injury at work, call us on 0800 6524 881 today to see if we could help you claim compensation.
There is no fixed amount of compensation for a tendon injury in the workplace that is legally set, or for any type of injury. This is simply because the impact of a tendon injury will differ from person to person. For example, some tendon injuries will heal fully within a few weeks or months while others can affect the claimant for the rest of their life.
If you make a successful tendon injury at work claim, it could include compensation to cover:
- The physical pain and suffering your tendon injury caused.
- Any stress, depression or other forms of mental harm caused by the injury.
- Loss of earnings.
- The impact your tendon injury had on social activities, family life and your hobbies.
- Travel expenses incurred as a result of your tendon injury at work.
- Medical costs including the cost of physiotherapy or private treatment.
- Care costs if you needed support while you were injured.
- The cost of mobility aids where necessary.
- Home adaptations to help you deal with your injuries in the longer term.
- Future loss of earnings if your earnings will drop in the long term because of your tendon injury.
There is quite a lot to factor into any workplace tendon injury compensation claim. We believe you have a better chance of being properly compensated if you have a personal injury solicitor on your side. Therefore, please call today to see if one of our solicitors could help you.
The compensation calculator below shows how much compensation you could be awarded for tendon injuries sustained in the workplace:
- £45,470 to £55,990 compensation for ruptured tendons causing chronic conditions and permanent significant disability.
- £10,320 to £16,340 compensation for a serious tendon injury to the ring or middle fingers.
- £9,670 to £12,590 compensation for a moderate tendon injury to a thumb.
- £2,200 to £23,130 compensation for Tenosynovitis.
Please see this page for Achilles tendon injuries.
The amount you’ll receive if you win your claim is mainly dependent on how you’ve suffered. Therefore, you’ll need a medical assessment during the claims process. This will be carried out by an independent medical expert who’ll prepare a report to explain your prognosis. This report will be used by your solicitor to calculate what settlement you might be entitled to.
If you claim compensation for injuries sustained at work, you will need to show how the accident happened, why your employer was responsible, and how seriously you’ve suffered. For tendon injury at work compensation claims, this could include:
- Emails or correspondence. If you emailed or wrote to your employer about your concerns, you should forward copies of your correspondence to your solicitor along with any replies.
- Accident report forms. If your tendon injury was sustained in an accident, your employer should’ve recorded it in an accident report form. You can ask for a copy of their report if you’ve not already been given one.
- Medical notes. It can help immensely to provide medical notes from a GP or hospital that diagnosed your tendon injury and treated it. Your solicitor can request these during the claims process.
- Witness statements. If anybody else saw what happened, they could provide a statement to your solicitor to help prove what led to your tendon injury.
- CCTV recordings. Where your employer uses security cameras, you or your solicitor could ask for any footage of the accident to be forwarded.
If you’ve collected evidence already or need advice on how to do so, please speak to one of our specially trained advisors today.
There’s a 3-year limitation period for tendon injury at work claims and will typically start from the date you were injured or the date your doctor diagnosed your tendon injury.
If your claim is filed too late, it could become statute-barred and you might miss out on any compensation due. Therefore, we’d suggest getting in touch as soon as possible. This will allow your solicitor the time needed to collect evidence and arrange for a medical assessment.
They could also arrange for private medical treatment to be paid for by your employer in some circumstances.
You should not worry about suing an employer for being hurt at work. Firstly, your claim will be against their insurance policy so will not affect the company’s profits. Secondly, legal protection means you cannot be disciplined, fired, demoted or treated differently for making an honest claim.
If you would like to take action after sustaining a tendon injury at work, you can call us to speak with a specialist advisor on 0800 6524 881 at any time.
If your claim is accepted, one of our specialist solicitors will represent you. Importantly, they provide a No Win No Fee service which means no legal fees need to be paid unless you receive a compensation payout.
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