If you have suffered a tendon injury as a result of negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injury.
Whether you suffered a tendon injury in a car accident, were injured at work, fell over in a public place or due to medical negligence, any of your losses and pain and suffering can be claimed as compensation.
You can think of tendons as being like ‘tough cords’ that provide a little more stretch compared to ligaments.
The largest tendon in the human body is the Achilles tendon, which attaches your calf muscle to your heel bone.
Broadly speaking, there are 3 different types of tendon injuries:
When it comes to a tendon rupture, the 4 most common areas of the body for this to happen are the:
These injuries can occur in a number of ways. However the most common causes of tendon injuries include:
Generally, it is advised by medical experts that tendon injuries are to be treated as follows:
In some circumstances however (especially when the tendon is ruptured) surgery may be required to successfully treat the injury.
Tendon injuries at work are extremely common. In fact, the Australian Workers’ Compensation Statistics report of 2018-2019 Traumatic joint/ligament and muscle/tendon injuries accounted for 45% of all injury and musculoskeletal disorders claims that were made.
Unsurprisingly, Sprains and strains have been found to be the most common workplace injury for workers who perform manual handling tasks. According to the 2019 report of Safe Work Australia ‘Musculoskeletal Disorders in Australia’ the most common industries which cause serious musculoskeletal injuries were:
If you think you have suffered a tendon injury, you should seriously consider taking the following steps:
If you have suffered a tendon injury, the law allows you to recover compensation for a large number of things.
For tendon injuries, the most common categories for which people receive compensation includes the following:
Generally, the greatest amount of compensation that people with tendon injuries can claim is for the past and future economic loss which occurs due to the injury.
The time in which you are required to give notice to the at fault party for your injury depends upon the circumstances in which you came to be injured.
Generally speaking though, a common law claim for compensation for a tendon injury must be commenced with the court within 3 years of the date of your injury. In some circumstances, a claim can still be brought outside that 3 year period if strict criteria are met.
To determine what time limits apply to your tendon injury, you should immediately seek legal advice from one of our lawyers at Murphy’s Law Accident Lawyers.
If you’ve suffered a tendon injury due to someone else's negligence at work, on the road or in a public place within Queensland then you may have rights to seek compensation.
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