The Achilles tendon attaches muscles at the back of the calf to the heel bone, and is an essential part of how our feet and knees move, enabling us to walk and run effectively. An injury to the Achilles tendon can therefore seriously affect a person’s mobility, hindering them at work and in their everyday life.
The Achilles tendon is most commonly injured where a person’s foot is suddenly flexed upwards or downwards, or flexes beyond its normal range. However, injury can also occur when the ankle is twisted or through direct trauma.
Severance of the tendon and the peroneus longus muscle which gives rise to cramp, swelling and restricted ankle movement is the most serious type of Achilles tendon compensation claim as it generally restricts ankle movement and prevents any active sports.
Occasionally, an injury to the Achilles tendon can result in a limp and residual scarring, particularly if there has been a complete division of the tendon.
The most common injury to the Achilles tendon, in so far as personal injury claims are concerned, is a partial or complete rupture of the tendon, which is where the tendon breaks or tears.
The circumstances where this might happen include:
- tripping on pavements and uneven surfaces
- slipping on wet floors and ice
- road traffic accidents (RTAs)
- direct trauma, e.g. through an assault
- negligent surgery
- something falling on to the back of the ankle, e.g. an object falling at work
- being struck by an object such as a trolley, pallet truck or forklift truck
- sports injury
It can require surgery and take many months, and even years, to make a full recovery from an Achilles tendon injury. The effect on a person’s life during that time can be devastating, leaving them unable to walk, properly look after themselves or return to work. A person can require lots of help from family and friends, and if they are unable to work, that can have a drastic impact on their income.
Our specialist team of Personal Injury (PI) solicitors will be able to advise you as to the merits of your claim and then instruct relevant experts to prepare reports on your injury, which will allow us to assess what your claim is worth. We can also help identify what your rehabilitation needs are to make your recovery as quick and effective as possible.
If you, a family member or a friend has suffered an injury to an Achilles tendon through someone else’s negligence and would like to make an Achilles tendon compensation claim please speak to our Personal Injury (PI) or Medical Negligence lawyers on Freephone: 0808 164 0808 for a FREE, no-obligation chat. Alternatively, please complete the request a call back form and we will call you.