Ligament & tendon damage claims

Ligament or tendon damage can be very painful, requiring surgery and causing long-term conditions and disability. Serious injuries may even require permanent mobility and lifestyle adjustments.

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What are ligaments or tendon injuries?

Tendons and ligaments are tough bands of strong fibrous collagen tissue. A tendon attaches muscle to bone – eg. a hamstring. A ligament is a shorter band of tissue that connects bone to bone, to keep the bones stable.

Serious injuries, like torn, snapped and ruptured ligaments or tendons are excruciatingly painful and can involve long recovery times, sometimes leaving you with serious mobility issues and long-term disability.

Common causes include:

  • Car accidents – whiplash is a very common example of tendon or ligament damage.
  • Workplace injury – such as repetitive strain injury (RSI), caused by repetitive tasks over long periods of time, or shoulder, elbow and hand damage from incorrect manual handling.
  • Sports injuries – where there is contact, impact or repetitive movement, injury is common to shoulder joints (glenohumeral ligaments), knee ligaments (cruciate ligament) damage, Achilles tendon injury etc.
  • Slips, trips and falls.
  • Accidents in the home.

No matter what type of injury you’ve suffered, if it was someone else’s fault, you may be able to claim compensation. Get in touch with us to explore your options.

Why should I make a claim for ligament or tendon injury?

Ligament and tendon injuries can have long recovery times and you may well have to take time off work for treatment, operations, physiotherapy and rehabilitation. In more serious cases you may need mobility aids or a wheelchair. The cost of all that can add up, but a compensation settlement can take away the worry of how to pay for it all.

In addition, if your injury occurred at your place or work, or in a public place, it’s important to bring it to the attention of those responsible, to make sure it doesn’t happen to others.

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How the claim process works


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You can contact us 24/7 online or by phone, or use our callback form to request a callback at a time convenient to you


Discuss your situation

One of our friendly, legally trained advisors will get in touch with you. They will assess whether you have a claim and match you with the right solicitor for the case


Manage your claim

Our specialist No Win No Fee* solicitors will then manage the entire claim from start to finish, helping you get the justice and compensation you deserve

How can First4Lawyers help?

We can guide you through the process of a compensation claim, and deal with the paperwork and evidence-gathering on your behalf.

Our specialist team are very experienced in these types of claim and offer a No Win No Fee* service, so you don't have to find any upfront costs – just get in touch for a no-obligation chat and our friendly advisors will tell you more.

How much compensation could I receive?

The Judicial College Guidelines recommend amounts for general damages in personal injury. But compensation also takes into account factors such as:

  • The severity of your ligament or tendon damage
  • The extent of pain and suffering
  • Inability to attend work
  • Lost income and lost future earnings
  • Any long term effects and adjustments to your everyday life.

To give an example, general damages for a severed Achilles tendon that leaves long term restricted movement is awarded around £33,700. Whereas, ruptured ligaments resulting in permanent limp, pain and aching pays out between £6,140 and £12,050. But it really does depend on your individual case.

Is there a time limit for making a ligament or tendon injury claim?

Most personal injury claims need to be made within three years of the accident or injury, but there are some exceptions. When a child is involved, the limit extends from the date of the accident until the child is aged 18, at which point the three year time limit begins. If the person is mentally incapable of decision-making, then there is usually no time limit.

One of our advisors can explain it all to you in a clear, no-jargon manner, based on your individual circumstances.

I think I have a claim, what do I do next?

To find out whether you have a compensation claim, just get in touch for a free initial consultation, using our online claim form. Or call us on the number at the top of the screen and we can talk you through your options and our No Win No Fee* services

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Frequently asked questions

Can I call you for free advice?

Yes, our team of friendly experts are more than happy to help, and will answer any questions you have regarding a claim, even if you’re unsure whether you’re eligible.

Contact us for a free and confidential discussion.

How long will a claim take?

The length of time it will take to make your claim depends on your individual circumstances.

Every case is different, so it’s very difficult to say at the early stages how long the process will be from start to finish.

Once your solicitor has completed their initial investigations into your case, they will be in a better position to advise you on how long the process is likely to take.

To give you a very general idea:

  • For a personal injury claim like minor whiplash, for example, the process could be completed in about six months. But in more complex cases, such as claims involving a trip, slip or fall, it could take over a year to be settled. The process could also be longer if the defendant disputes your claim.

  • Claiming for a work accident could be between six and nine months. But if the injury is more severe, or there are legal complexities, it could take longer.

  • Medical negligence cases tend to take longer as they can be complex with multiple factors and evidence.  A rough estimate would be 18-26 months.

You can contact one of our advisors to discuss your situation.

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Can I make a claim online?

Yes, you can either start your claim online, or by calling us using the number at the top of the screen.

If you want to start your claim now, simply enter a few details into our online claim form, and one of our legal advisors will call you back to discuss your claim in more detail.

When completing the form, you’ll need to describe the type of accident you’ve been involved in, for example: road traffic accident, slip, trip or fall, medical negligence etc. (you can select the appropriate option from a drop down menu).

You should also write a brief description of your accident, including details on what happened and when, if you were injured in the accident and what your injuries were. This helps us to understand the nature of your accident, so that one of our experts will be able to advise you on your next steps.

We’ll also need a few contact details, including your full name, telephone number as well as an alternative telephone number (in case we’re unable to reach you). You can also include your email address, if you’d prefer us to email you with further details.

Let us know what time it’s best for us to call you back - we understand that it’s not always convenient for you to talk, so we'll call at that pre-arranged time, when you'll be expecting us.

Making a claim online will help to save you time and will ensure that you receive a phone call back from us as soon as possible. During the call, we will ask you a few questions about your accident and advise you if you’re eligible to make a claim, and if so, what you can do next.

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How do I know whether I have a claim?

That's what we're here for! 

If you’ve had an accident and you’re not sure if you’re eligible to claim, then call us through the number at the top of the screen and speak to one of our specialist advisors.

We will give you free advice regarding your case and advise you on the potential of your claim, without obligation.

We believe in working honestly and with integrity – we don’t believe in raising expectations and we don’t encourage false claims.

To be eligible to make a compensation claim, there are three key conditions that your case will need to meet:

  • Your accident must have taken place during the last three years. Please note: different rules apply to industrial disease, medical negligence and criminal injury claims, or if you were under 18 when the accident happened.  We will advise accordingly in each of these cases.
  • There must be a person or organisation who is at fault for your accident.
  • Your injuries will have required medical treatment.

If you have any questions, or are unsure if your case meets these requirements, give us a call or complete our online claim form and we'll be in touch shortly.

Can I be compensated for losses as well as my injury?

Yes, you may be entitled to compensation for losses other than your personal injury.

A personal injury claim is split into two parts: general damages and special damages.

  • General damages are paid for the pain and suffering and emotional distress from your physical injury.
  • Special damages relate to damaged belongings or financial losses resulting from the injury.


Will I have to attend a medical?

Yes, you’ll need to have a medical examination to make a personal injury claim.

It's to provide proof that your injury was caused by the accident and to allow your solicitors to value your claim.

How do you select your solicitors?

We work with an extensive panel of impartial and fully-qualified solicitors.

At First4Lawyers, we make sure you get the very best help available, which is why we screen all solicitors working with us by checking their credentials and qualifications and ensuring that they are registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority and that they have a valid SRA number.

We pride ourselves on our Standards of Service, and as such, every solicitor on our panel must abide by our high standards.

It’s important to us to make your claims process as easy and accessible as possible, and we have a large range of solicitors who work with us throughout the country.

Above all else, we make it a priority that the solicitor working on your case has the relevant expertise to make your claim, so you can rest assured that your claim is in safe hands at all times.

Can I claim if I've been injured by a physical assault?

Yes. If you’ve been injured in a violent crime you have every right to make a claim for compensation, even if the attacker is unknown or found not guilty.

This is done through the government-backed Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). Incidents resulting in your injury will need to have been reported to the police and meet certain criteria set out by the CICA.

We can guide you through this process and explain the criteria set out by the CICA, so you can feel better prepared before you contact them.


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