By Fern Easton. Last Updated 26th February 2021. Welcome to our guide to tendon injury at work claims. A tendon is a connecting tissue between your bones, muscles and other tissues in the body. They give us the ability to move and are vital in maintaining our health and mobility. Tendons can be found in different places all over our bodies, and though built for use over the course of our whole lives, they are vulnerable to damage through overuse or injury through an accident.
Sometimes it is possible for a person to get a tendon injury at work, through an accident, damage from a faulty machine, or other means. When an accident happens, it can be through the fault of the person who is injured, but it can also be through the fault of the employer. If you experience a tendon injury in the workplace, and it was caused by the negligent behaviour of your employer, it may be possible for you to make a claim for compensation for your injury or any related financial costs.
Our clients have many questions when they approach us about tendon injury at work claims, and these can include but are not limited to the following:
- Is it common to get an achilles injury at work?
- Is tendonitis a work-related injury?
- How much compensation for a minor tendon injury while at work?
- Can you claim for tendonitis?
- How much are tendon injury settlements?
- How much compensation do you get for a finger injury?
- How much compensation for severed tendon while working?
Here at Accident Claims, we are committed to giving the best advice to anyone who approaches us about personal injury claims, and we have put together this article to give the basic information on making a claim for a tendon injury at work. We have even included a personal injury claims calculator towards the bottom of this article to help you get an idea of the common compensation award for this type of injury. If you don’t find what you are looking for in this article, our team could give you any other information you might need, and you can reach us on 0800 073 8801. Alternatively, you could use our online contact form to schedule a time for us to call you back.
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- A Guide To Claims For Tendon Injuries In The Workplace
- What Are Tendons And How Are They Injured?
- What Is A Ligament Injury?
- What Are The Major Tendons?
- What Could Cause A Work-Related Tendon Injury?
- Examples Of Types Of Tendon Injuries
- Tendon Injury Symptoms
- Tendon Injury Prognosis
- Tennis Elbow Injuries In The Workplace
- Flexor Tendonitis And Tendinopathy Injuries
- Your Right To A Safe Workplace
- Tendon Injury In The Workplace Compensation Calculator
- What Could My Work-Related Tendon Injury Claim Include?
- No Win No Fee Claims For Tendon Injuries In The Workplace
- Why Choose Our Team To Handle Your Claim?
- Contact Our Claims Team
- Essential Resources
Getting a tendon injury at work can be significantly disruptive to your ability to perform, as well as disruptive to your day to day life at home. It could be made even more difficult to accept and recover from if the accident was not caused by your actions but by the fault of your employer. In cases where a tendon injury in the workplace has been caused by the actions of your employer, it may be possible for you to make a claim to compensate you for the injury and any associated financial costs.
This guide will explain the difference between a tendon and a ligament, what a tendon injury is, what it can be caused by, and explain the process around making a claim for tendon and ligament damage compensation. We will go through some of the most common injuries, such as tendonitis, strained shoulder tendons, an achilles injury at work, etc. and comment on some of the possible amounts awarded, depending on the severity.
This guide will also contain information on making a no win no fee claim for a tendon injury at work with one of our experienced solicitors, who are dedicated to helping you get compensation for an injury you have suffered due to the negligent actions of your employer.
Looking a little more closely at the anatomy of the tendon makes it easier to understand the various possible injuries and how they can happen. Tendons are the fibrous connecting tissues that allow the muscle to tense up, pulling and pushing the bones they are attached to. They let us move around and are vital to our overall mobility and health. A tendon is made up of stretchy but inelastic fibrous collagen.
Tendons and ligaments are similar, but their purpose is different, as a tendon binds muscle to bone, allowing movement, whereas a ligament connects bone to bone, providing stability in joints, as well as supporting and securing the position of certain organs.
A tendon is made of strong tissue, but they are prone to injury from overuse or through an accident such as an achilles tendon injury at work from a trip or fall. Tendon damage can come in different forms, such as an outright tear, a partial tear, tendonitis, a strain, etc., and there can be many reasons why they become injured, such as overuse or through direct damage caused by an accident.
In the last section, we had a look at a tendon vs a ligament and established that they are similarly composed but used for different purposes. When a tendon is damaged, it can be referred to as a strain, but when a ligament is damaged, the common term to describe it is a sprain.
Accidents, such as a torn ligament at work, can be caused by overstretching them or directly damaging them in an accident. Sprains more commonly occur as a result of a sudden injury rather than through overuse. When a ligament is damaged, it is broken up into three categories depending on severity, with grade one being overstretching and three being an outright tear. Damaged ligaments present with similar symptoms to tendons, such as swelling, pain and bruising, but unlike tendons, a torn ligament will leave a joint unstable, loose and unable to bear weight.
The body has many different major and minor tendons that connect our muscles to our bones, allowing us to move around. To give you an idea of where possible injuries could occur, we have put together a list of the major sites in the body that have some of our more major tendons.
The Head, The Neck And Your Torso:
- On your face, there are tendons that allow you to move your eyes, your lips and jaw, such as the ocular tendons, temporalis tendons levator, palpebrae tendons, and masseter tendons.
- In your neck, there are the sternocleidomastoid tendons, trapezius tendons, semispinalis capitis and splenius capitis tendons, thyrohyoid and mylohyoid tendons, and sternohyoid tendons, all of which allow you to move your head and neck by connecting them to your shoulders, shoulder blades and collarbones.
- In the torso, the rectus abdominis tendons, external oblique tendons, transversus abdominis tendons, latissimus dorsi tendons, and erector spinae tendons help give you control over your trunk, back and hips.
The Shoulders and Arms:
- Giving you movement at the shoulder in the rotator cuff are the teres minor tendons, infraspinatus tendons, supraspinatus tendons, and subscapularis tendons.
- At the elbow, helping the arms move in and out are the deltoid tendons, biceps tendons, triceps tendons, brachioradialis tendons, and supinator tendons.
- And at the wrist, which has a very complicated range of movement, are the flexor carpi radialis tendons, flexor carpi ulnaris tendons, extensor carpi radialis tendons, extensor carpi radialis brevis tendons.
The Hands And The Feet:
The hands and feet have a very high concentration of tendons that help every section of your fingers and toes to move, as well as allow for the complicated ranges of movement commonly found in the hands and feet. This high concentration is due to the fact that every digit can move forwards, backwards, side to side, as well as bend and flex.
The Hips And The Legs:
- In the hip joint and top of the leg, the tendons that let you walk, bend, straighten, etc., include the iliopsoas tendons, obturator internus tendons, adductor longus, brevis and magnus tendons, gluteus maximus and gluteus medius tendons.
- Tendons that give your knee its range of movement include the quadriceps tendons, which include the patellar tendon that contains the kneecap, also called the patella, hamstring tendons, and sartorius tendons.
- Tendons near the ankle joint that give your foot its full range of movement include the gastrocnemius tendons, which include the achilles tendon, soleus tendons, tibialis anterior tendons and the peroneus longus tendons.
To find out more about what kinds of accident could lead to tendon injury at work claims, read on to the next section.
There are many different possible causes for a tendon injury in the workplace. These can include direct damage caused by an accident or an injury caused by continuous overuse over a long period of time. For example:
- A person falls from a height or has an accident when handling heavy materials, overstraining his or her rotator cuff and getting injured at work.
- A person could be expected to work in a certain position, either crouched over or in a stiff position, resulting in a tendon injury at work such as tendonitis.
- A person may trip over exposed wiring, slip on a wet unsafe surface, or fall down a flight of stairs with a loose handrailing resulting in an achilles injury at work.
As we can see from the graph above, injuries to tendons and ligaments in the form of sprains and strains were the second most common injury reported by workers in Great Britain, with 18,371 of these injuries reported to RIDDOR in 2019/20.
Most tendon injuries are a result of wear and tear over time, but there are cases where a sudden accident could cause the injury. The examples above are only a fraction of the types of ways a person might pick up a tendon injury at work.
There are many different types of possible tendon injuries that a person could pick up while working. They can include tendonitis, tenosynovitis, outright tears and complete ruptures, and more minor strains and bruising. These types can happen o any of the tendons in the body as outlined above and can vary in their severity and cause.
Knowing what to do once you have developed a tendon injury through the negligence of another person at work could make all the difference should you decide to proceed with making a claim. Three things to remember include:
- Seek the attention of a medical professional: In most cases where the injury is serious enough, a person may have no choice but to seek the help of a doctor or accident and emergency unit, but there are a lot of people who would choose to try and treat it at home by themselves. Having evidence that you sought the assistance of a medical professional would make your cases stronger if you chose to make a claim.
- Don’t wait too long after the injury: There is a personal injury claims time limit that applies to every case, and waiting too long after your injury could mean that you may not be able to make a claim. If you are unsure, you could contact us today to find out if you still have time to make a claim.
- Document all expenses you incur: Keeping track of what you spend while getting treatment and seeking legal advice in relation to your injury would greatly help you if you chose to make a claim, as it would make it possible to claim back these expenses as part of your case.
The symptoms of a tendon injury at work can vary depending on the severity of the damage caused and if your injury was caused by a sudden accident or long-term wear and tear. Some common symptoms you may experience include:
- Pain and stiffness near or on the affected tendon
- You may lose strength in the area the tendon is linked to, or it may feel unstable.
- A sudden increase of pain when you use your damaged tendon
- There could be swelling and inflammation on or near the area, and it may feel hot to the touch on your skin.
- In cases where the tendon has completed torn, you may have heard a snapping or crunching sound at the time it ruptured.
- You may have less control over the joints, bones or muscles the tendon is connected to if there is a complete separation; for example, you may not be able to control or move your foot normally if your achilles has ruptured completely.
The recovery time for a tendon injury in the workplace can vary depending on how severe it is and what kind of treatment was required to repair it. More minor injuries that involve strains, minor tears and inflammation can usually be treated without surgery and may take weeks or months to heal.
In more serious cases where there has been a complete rupture, a person made require surgery to repair the damage, which could affect how long it takes a person to recover. Soft tissue damage like a tendon injury can take time and extensive physiotherapy to recover from. There are also cases where a person may experience long term symptoms like pain and stiffness in the mornings or permanent scarring.
If you’ve injured your tendon at work and would like to know more about tendon injury at work claims, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today.
Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a condition caused by repetitive overuse of the elbow joint. It can develop in people who work in a position that requires the repeated movement of the elbow, such as some stacking shelves, pulling items off a conveyor belt, etc. and can be caused if a person’s working conditions are not optimal, they haven’t been trained in appropriate health and safety methods, etc. If you develop tennis elbow due to the negligent actions of your employer, you could make a claim for compensation. Not sure if your tennis elbow was caused by negligent actions at work? Contact us today, and we can help you understand the details.
Tendonitis can occur in many parts of your body; for example, you can get tendonitis in your knee, foot, wrist, hand, ankle, elbow, shoulder etc. Tendonitis is the swelling and inflammation of certain tendons in your body, most likely through repetitive overuse.
Flexor tendonitis is when you get it in your hands and fingers through injury or repetitive use, for example, if you have been typing for long periods of time. These tendons can become inflamed like this because they connect your fingers with the muscles in your forearms.
Tendinopathy and can be included alongside tendinosis and tendonitis yet may not manifest itself with inflammation and swelling. It usually causes pain and stiffness in tendons and can be caused by direct injury or overuse.
If there is proof that your suffering from any of these conditions was caused by an accident at work, you could make a claim for compensation for a tendon injury at work.
There is legislation in place that protects the rights of workers to have a safe workplace. Your employer is obliged by law to ensure that you can work safely and should follow specific regulations to ensure that each employee can complete their job without risk to their health or wellbeing.
Some of the ways an employer can do this are to:
- ensure their working environment is free of any and all health and safety hazards,
- ensure that employees are appropriately trained to operate all machinery, handle all hazardous material, and safely complete any tasks they may come in to contact with.
- ensure that the work environment allows the employee to complete the job in a safe and comfortable manner
- to ensure that the employee is appropriately equipped, e.g. safety or protection equipment, to handle materials or use dangerous machines safely.
To find out more about what can be included in tendon injury at work claims and for an idea of the kind of compensation you could receive, please read on.
To help give you an idea of the kinds of compensation amounts awarded for people who have gotten a tendon injury at work, we have included a basic personal injury calculator table below. These are only examples of some type of tendon injury claims, and there are many more possible types.
|Type of injury||Comments on severity||Possible awardable amounts|
|Severe Neck Injuries||Injuries where there is extensive soft tissue damage and ruptured tendons, that may result in long term or permanent chronic conditions.||£42,680 - £52,540|
|Serious Injury to Ring or Middle Fingers||This includes cases where there has been sever damage to tendons, resulting in loss of mobility, loss of grip or deformity to the fingers.||£13,970 - £15,330|
|Moderate Injuries to the Thumb||These include cases where damage to the tendons has resulted in loss of mobility, sensation or visible deformity.||£9,080 - £11,820|
|Serious Shoulder Injuries||Injuries to the rotator cuff and related soft tissues that require surgery or present with permanent symptoms.||£11,980 - £18,020|
|Work Related Upper Limb Disorders type (a)||This category includes the development of tenosynovitis through overuse, resulting in disability, the need for surgery and loss of employment.||£20,560 - £21,700|
|Most Serious Achilles Tendon Injuries||This bracket includes cases where the tendon has been completely severed, resulting loss of movement in the ankle and foot.||In the region of £36,060|
|Moderate Achilles Tendon Injuries||This includes cases of partial tears to the tendon and can vary depending on what type of treatment was required.||£11,820 - £19,770|
|Minor Achilles Tendon Injuries||These brackets include cases where there has been damage to the tendon resulting in instability in the ankle joint, and on-going symptoms. How long it takes to recover would affect the amount awarded.||£6,820 - £11,820|
Your work-related tendon injury claim could include compensation for damages you suffered as a direct result of an accident at work that was not your fault. The amount awarded can vary for each case; for example, finger tendon injury compensation may not be the same for an achilles injury, neck injury etc.
Other things that could be claimed for include general damages for pain and injuries suffered; loss of earnings while you were recovering or following legal proceedings, travel expenses accrued while attending medical or legal appointments; medical expenses accrued while getting treatment for your injuries, like prescriptions, physiotherapy, etc.; and care claims, where you had to pay for someone to be your carer during your recovery from the injury caused at work.
If you wish to make a personal injury claim for a tendon injury at work, we could help you through the process with our team of advisors and personal injury solicitors that all have extensive experience with accident at work claims.
All of our solicitors work on a no win no fee basis, which means that you won’t have to pay any upfront costs or pay for the solicitor’s personal legal fees if your case is lost. In the event that your case is successful, your solicitor’s personal legal fees, which are capped at a maximum of 25%, will be taken out of the compensation awarded to the claimant (you).
Our team of advisors and solicitors are highly experienced in handling claims for accidents at work. We are committed to ensuring that our clients get the right advice and are fully aware of the processes involved in making a claim for an accident at work. If you have grounds to make a claim, a personal injury lawyer from Accident Claims UK would be able to help you claim compensation that could help ease the hardship of getting a tendon injury at work.
Our legal advisors are always happy to take your call and help you decide if you want to proceed with a claim. You can contact us on 0800 073 8801, or alternatively, you could use our online contact form to have us call you back at a time that suits you best.
Tendon injury at work claims- FAQs
Is tendonitis covered by accident at work compensation?
You may be able to claim compensation if you’ve suffered from tendonitis as a result of your job. We’ve already established that tendonitis can be the result of a single workplace injury and that, if the accident was a result of employer negligence, you may be able to claim. But tendonitis can also be the result of repetitive strain injury caused by repetitive movements while you work.
If this is the case for you, you may be able to claim compensation. Your employer has a duty of care to you to ensure your safety in work, and if you’ve developed tendonitis because you were, for example, improperly trained on lifting techniques or a risk assessment looking at the dangers of tendonitis wasn’t performed, you might be able to claim.
Can you work with tendonitis?
You may be able to work with tendonitis but it depends on your job role. If you have a particularly active job, or one that involves a lot of heavy lifting, the pain of an inflamed tendon may stop you from being able to work. Loss of earnings can be included in tendon injury at work claims.
How much compensation for a severed tendon?
It’s difficult for any personal injury solicitor to put a value on a claim before all the details are established. This is because there are many different variables that can affect the amount of compensation you receive. Special damages will be paid to you based on how your injury has affected you, so if you’re unable to work or need to pay for transport this will all be taken into consideration on top of the general damages you will receive for pain and suffering. To chat with one of our team about your case, and to get the ball rolling on your claim, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.
Tendonitis- an NHS guide – See this NHS page on tendonitis for more information on what to do if your tendon is inflamed.
Your Rights As A Worker – See this government page your rights as an employee.
I’ve Had A Slip Or Trip Accident At Work – What Happens Now? – ~See this HSE article for what to do if you’ve had a slip or trip at work.
Accident at Work Claims Guide – See our online guide to accident at work claims.
Legal Rights After An Injury In The Work Place – See our online guide to your rights after an accident in the workplace.
Building Site Accident Claims – See this guide to making a claim for accidents while working on a building site.
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