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We can help you make a torn ligament claim or ligament damage claim

If you or a loved one has suffered from a ligament or tendon injury, it's likely to have had an impact on your life and your ability to work. We know how painful these types of injuries can be - the symptoms can often last for a long period, affecting your mobility and independence.

In serious cases symptoms can last for a lifetime, often flaring up or reoccurring sometime after the accident.

We realise that this can affect your family, social life and hobbies, as well as causing financial pressure due to lost earnings, expensive medical treatment and the costs of rehabilitation. If you've experienced any of this, we may be able to help you.

If your ligament or tendon injury was the result of somebody else's negligence or an accident that wasn't your fault, we can help you make a soft tissue injury compensation claim, so you can concentrate on your recovery. .

For more information, or to find out whether you can make a no win no fee claim, you can get in touch with our legally trained advisors for free on or complete our simple online form to request a call back.

Tendons and ligaments - what's the difference?

Tendons and ligaments are both types of fibrous connective tissue, but that's as far as the similarities go.

Tendons: You'll find them at the end of a muscle, and they attach that muscle to bone.  They are present throughout the body from neck to feet. For instance, rotator cuff tendons help your shoulders move. The Achilles tendon is the biggest and attaches the calf muscle to your heel bone (calcaneus) for flexible foot movement. 

Damage to both these tendons are common in soft tissue injuries and are likely to be present in a tendonitis injury claim.

Ligaments: These are criss-crossing bands of tissue that connect bone to bone and help keep your joints stable and strong. For example, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) attaches the thigh bone (femur) to the shin bone (tibia). It keeps your knee joint solid and damage to the ACL is common in knee injuries - particularly in running sports like football.

If you've suffered a ligament injury that wasn't your fault, you may be able to make a claim for ligament damage compensation. To see if you may have grounds to make a torn ligament claim or a torn tendon claim, contact us on . Our friendly, legally trained advisors are here to help and answer your questions.

Did you know?

During 2019-20, slips, trips and falls on the same level plus handling, lifting or carrying injuries accounted for 48% of non-fatal accident injuries in the workplace - around 330,000 accidents. Many of them typically include soft tissue damage to muscles, ligaments and tendons.

Source: Non-fatal injuries at work in Great Britain, Health and Safety Executive, 2019, 2020

What is a tendon injury?

There are many different tendon injuries and conditions that can occur. Most tendon injuries cause pain which usually gets worse when you move the affected joint. This can have a long-lasting effect on your mobility and dexterity, with full recovery sometimes taking a long time.

In some cases, a tendon can become ruptured, or torn, which can be extremely painful and is often considered a serious injury.

If you've suffered from a ruptured tendon, it's very important to see a doctor as soon as possible so they can assess your injury and recommend treatment and rehabilitation.

Below are some examples of common types of tendon condition:

  • Supraspinatus tendonitis - also called shoulder impingement, it's an inflammation of the tendon that connects your shoulder to your arm and  affects the top of the shoulder joint.
  • Biceps tendonitis - affects your bicep, which causes pain in the shoulder and arm in some sports and work jobs, including as a result of a fall.
  • Lateral epicondylitis - more commonly known as tennis elbow. These cause pain when the tendons and muscles in your forearm are overstrained. Can occur in jobs involving sustained upper body work and can result in a loss of grip.
  • Patellar tendonitis - where the tendon joining your knee to your shin becomes worn through wear, tear or overuse and results in pain and swelling. 
  • Achilles' tendinopathy - overuse and accumulated damage to the ankle tendon can cause pain, stiffness and swelling. In severe cases or sudden over-stretch, the tendon can snap and require surgery to fix.

People often ask us ‘is tendonitis a work-related injury?' It definitely can be. Poor working practices, inadequate personal protection equipment (PPE) and insufficient rest during repetitive physical tasks are all symptoms of employer negligence. They may mean you can make a tendonitis injury claim or a ligament damage claim.

Slips, trips and falls on the same level are the biggest single cause of accident injury in UK workplaces and soft tissue damage is a common side effect.  

No matter what type of tendon injury you've suffered, if you were injured due to someone else's fault or negligent behaviour, there's a good chance we can help you make a soft tissue damage claim. Contact us on   to tell us what you've been through in a compassionate and confidential environment.

What is a ligament injury?

Ligament injuries can have particularly long recovery times and are common. If there is a serious sprain to a joint, surgery may be needed. They can be very painful and can sometimes cause problems lasting for many months, affecting your daily life, career, and financial situation.

As with tendon injury, ligament damage can affect you from neck to ankle. Neck ligament injuries include whiplash, a common result of a sudden collision in road traffic accidents.

The same advice applies to a tendon injury - see your doctor as soon as possible so you can get the treatment you need. If your injury was caused by someone else's negligence, you may be able to make a ligament damage claim.

Do keep a diary about your treatment and recovery and remember to take pictures of any bruising or swelling to the area concerned. If you choose to make a torn ligament claim, this diary will be a useful record for your soft tissue injury lawyer as they build the case for your ligament damage claim.

Common types of ligament injury and condition include:

If you've suffered a ligament injury in an accident that wasn't your fault, we may be able to help you make a ligament damage claim. Call us on to talk with one of our friendly, legally trained advisors. We'll be able to let you know if we think you have grounds for a soft tissue injury claim.

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What are the common causes of tendon and ligament injuries?

Tendon and ligament injuries can be caused by a wide range of different accidents. We've listed some examples below:

Don't worry if the cause of your injury isn't listed here, it's still likely we can help you. To find out whether you can make a soft tissue personal injury claim, or for confidential, no-obligation advice, you can get in touch with us for free on .

Can I claim compensation for tendon and ligament damage?

We can likely we can help you make a soft tissue injury compensation claim for your ligament or tendon damage if your accident:

  • Happened within the last three years.
  • Wasn't your fault.
  • Caused you an injury.

We often speak to people who are unsure whether the accident was their fault. The best way to find out is to get in touch for free on .

All our friendly advisors are legally trained, which means they're qualified to give you the best advice possible and can let you know if they think somebody was liable for your accident.

Plus, all calls with us are completely free, and there's never any obligation to start a claim.

Alternatively, you can try our eligibility verifier, which asks some simple questions about your experience and will let you know whether we think you may be able to make a tendon or ligament damage claim.

How much might an Achilles tendon injury claim be worth, for example?

We realise that if you've suffered from an injury, the last thing on your mind will be making a compensation claim. But with over years_since years' experience in helping people with personal injury claims, we've seen the difference compensation can make.

When working on your case, your specialist solicitor will consider any impacts or expenses your ligament or tendon injury has caused you and your family. This is so that you're compensated for your pain and suffering and so you can pay for your rehabilitation and recovery.

To get an estimate of the soft tissue injury compensation amount you may be owed, you can try our compensation calculator. It'll give you an estimated figure of how much compensation you could receive.

The Judicial College is a office of the Ministry of Justice. One thing it does is set the guide amounts for general damages that cover pain, suffering and loss of amenity that can be awarded all personal injury claims. 

Below are some examples of the latest soft tissue injury compensation award ranges for tendonitis injury claims and ligament damage claims. If you've suffered any financial losses (for instance loss of income), these may be added to your award if you win your claim.

Type of InjuryCompensation guide amounts
Minor Achilles tendon injury£6,820 - £11,820
Severed Achilles tendon with muscle injuryIn the region of £36,060
Moderate shoulder injury£7,410 - £11,980
Neck injury involving severe soft tissue damage  £18,020 - £45,070

Starting a ligament injury claim or a tendon injury claim with us is simple. The easiest way to get in touch is to call us free on . Alternatively, you can fill in one of our forms to request a call back.

We realise that you may feel uncomfortable or nervous speaking about your experience, but you can be sure that our friendly advisors will do everything they can to put you at ease. They'll never ask you any questions that aren't necessary for them to find out whether you have a soft tissue damage claim.

If you do have a claim and you'd like to continue, we can choose a specialist solicitor for you and put you in touch with them, usually on the same call.

If you're thinking about making a soft tissue personal injury claim for tendon or ligament damage, you might be worried that you'll be left out-of-pocket if your claim is unsuccessful, or that most of your compensation will be taken up by solicitors' fees.

We do everything we can to avoid you being hit financially because of your claim. Recovering from an injury can be expensive, and we know how important it is for you to get support to cover the costs. That's why we have measures in place to protect you from no win no fee hidden costs and charges, so there won't be any more surprises along the way.

You can speak to us for free, impartial advice on or fill in our secure online form. We'll be happy to answer your questions and can help you understand whether you could make a soft tissue injury claim.

If you'd like to find out more about all the different stages of a tendon or torn ligament claim, please visit our claims process page.

Natalie Maxwell

Meet Natalie Maxwell - she's Head of Technical Claims at National Accident Law, our very own legal firm.

A graduate in law, Natalie qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and has over 17 years experience litigating personal injury claims. She oversees all the claims teams at National Accident Law and ensures we deliver on our promises for customers.

Natalie Maxwell

Head of Technical Claims

Are there time limits for making a tendonitis injury claim or ligament damage claim?

Yes, there are. To qualify for making any no win no fee soft tissue personal injury claim, you must have been injured within the last three years. The accident must also have been wholly or partially the fault of someone else.

  • If you were 18 or over when the injury occurred, you have three years to make a personal injury claim from the accident date. 
  • If you were under 18 at the time and no claim was made, you have three years from your 18th until your 21st birthday to claim.

There are exceptions to the three-year limitation. For instance if the claimant has experienced such severe injury, that they can't make the claim themselves or if they lack the psychological capacity to do so.

If you've got any questions about making a no win no fee compensation claim, contact us for free and impartial advice on . We'll listen to what you've been through and let you know if we think you could make a no win no fee claim.

It's important to add that we'll never rush or pressure you. We're here to give you impartial and free no win no fee compensation advice so you can decide what to do next.

What happens if a doctor misdiagnoses my tendon or ligament injury?

Misdiagnosis by a doctor or other health professional that causes the patient harm is classed as medical negligence. It often leads to incorrect treatment or medication that can make things worse. Medical negligence is covered by UK personal injury law. For instance, if you damaged your Achilles tendon and the doctor treating you missed the symptoms or mis-identified them - resulting in the wrong treatment that caused you harm - you would normally be eligible to make an Achilles tendon injury claim.

Your solicitor would then make a claim against NHS Resolution, the specialist insurance body for the NHS. If the misdiagnosis was made in the private sector, your solicitor would claim against the insurer of the medical professional concerned. Talk to us on to find out more.

The rules for making a small personal injury claim following a road traffic accident changed on 31st May 2021. The government introduced a tariff for whiplash claims linking compensation awards to the duration of the injury. They are designed to reduce the number and cost of exaggerated or fraudulent claims plus reduce motor insurance premiums for drivers. The changes mean:

  • The small claims general damages limit will rise for road traffic accident injuries from £1,000 to £5,000.
  • Compensation for soft tissue and whiplash injury claims is now fixed, banded by severity, and lower than before.
  • People can no longer recover their legal costs from the other side in a small claim. These will now be deducted from compensation awards up to £5,000.'
  • Some other minor road traffic accident injuries - like simple fractures - are now classed as a small claim.
  • People now have the option to make a small road traffic accident claim themselves online, without needing help from a solicitor.

The changes do not affect vulnerable road users (like pedestrians or cyclists) and do not apply to other types of personal injury claims like accidents at work, accidents in public or medical negligence cases

Frequently asked questions...

Compensation is always paid by the other side’s insurance company. In a road traffic accident injury claim, this will be their motor insurance company. For an injury at work, it will be employers’ liability insurer used by the firm you work for. For accidents in a public place it will be the public liability insurer of the council, business or landlord deemed legally responsible for your accident injury. This ensures no-one is hit with an unaffordable bill.

Our advice is never accept an early settlement offer from an insurance company without taking legal advice. The amount may well be lower than that to which you’re entitled. 

We’ll check your eligibility to claim and then pair you with one of our approved solicitors if you choose to proceed.

What's typically covered in a torn tendon claim or a ligament damage claim?

Your soft tissue injury lawyer will consider all aspects of how your accident injury has affected your life and your family. 

The circumstances of each compensation claim are unique, as are the amounts they settle for. How much compensation you get for a soft tissue injury depends on injury type, it's severity, recovery time and the financial effect on your life. 

Our no win no fee solicitors will seek to recover compensation for all negative impacts your injuries have had on you. They include:

  • Loss of earnings through time off work.
  • Any future loss of earnings and the effects on your job prospects.
  • Any changes in your ability to work.
  • Care or support you've received, even if it was given voluntarily by family or friends.
  • Any changes you may have had to make to your home or vehicle.
  • Any travel costs you've incurred. For instance, when attending treatment.
  • The cost of any specialist treatment prescribed to you.

We always treat each case on an individual basis. This means when you contact us you'll always speak to somebody who listens carefully and offers tailored advice.

It also means that the amount of compensation you may be owed depends on your particular situation. This means we can't give you an accurate figure before your solicitor has investigated it. 

However, you'll get a clear idea of your soft tissue injury compensation amount when your solicitor has valued your claim and started negotiating with the other side's insurance company. 

However, we‘ve got over years_since years' experience helping people make no win no fee compensation claims so why not try our soft tissue injury compensation calculator? Answer a few simple online questions and it will give you a rough estimate about what to expect in a successful claim for your type of injury.

How do I begin a no win no fee torn ligament claim?

There are two ways to start your soft tissue damage claim with us. Either call us on  or fill in our simple online form to request a call back.

We understand that making a claim can seem stressful, which is why we aim to make the claims process as simple as possible.

Once you get in contact with us, you'll speak to one of our legally trained advisors. They'll ask you some questions about what happened to you and will then be able to let you know whether they think you've eligible to make a claim. 

If we think you do have grounds for a claim and you give us your permission to continue, we'll select a specialist soft tissue injury lawyer for you and put you in touch with them.

Your solicitor will discuss your claim with you and advise you on the next steps. Our solicitors will help you to make your claim on a no win no fee basis, and will keep you fully informed throughout the process.

When you're looking for a personal injury company to help you make your claim, you might be worried about the credibility of the solicitors you'll work with. With us, you're in safe hands.

We work with a national panel of personal injury solicitors who we carefully choose based on specialisms - this means you'll get the legal representation you need for the best chance of making a successful claim.

As well as working on a no win no fee basis, our solicitors will also protect you from upfront costs and no win no fee hidden charges. Our no win no fee charges guarantee means you won't have to pay anything before starting your claim. 

To find out whether you could claim, or for advice and answers to your questions, contact us free on to talk to one of our friendly, legally-trained advisors.

Is National Accident Helpline a claims management company?

No, we aren't. National Accident Helpline is an independent personal injury advice brand owned by legal practice National Accident Law. We are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the independent professional ethics and standards regulator that licences all solicitors across England and Wales. Our SRA registration number is 655606.

Claims management companies are overseen by a different regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). CMCs do not have their own law practices. We advise on personal injury claims as part of National Accident Law. We also work with a national network of specialist law firms who we choose carefully and check closely to make sure you receive an outstanding customer experience.