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Tendonitis Claims

Tendons are tough and flexible bands of fibrous tissue that attach the muscles to the bones and make movement possible. When they function normally, they glide smoothly when the muscles contract, allowing you to walk, lift, jump and carry out various other activities.

However, when a tendon becomes inflamed due to overuse, repetitive movements or strenuous physical activities, it can cause pain, stiffness and mobility issues. The inflammation of the tendons is known as tendonitis and can also develop following an acute injury or by making use of certain antibiotics.

In most cases, tendonitis is a consequence of poor health and safety practices at work. However, it can also be due to a sudden, sharp movement caused by a slip, trip, or sports accident. If another party breached their duty of care towards you and caused your injury, you might be able to make a tendonitis claim.

If you believe you have a valid claim for tendonitis, call 0800 032 3660 today, and a friendly legal adviser will assess your claim without any cost to you. Otherwise, you can enter your details into our claim form to receive a call back.

Can I make a tendonitis claim?

As mentioned above, tendonitis often develops due to poor working conditions, which usually entitles you to claim tendonitis compensation. If your injury developed after suffering acute trauma in an accident, you have a valid claim if:

  • Another person was partially or entirely responsible for your accident
  • They owed you a duty of care
  • They breached their duty by acting negligently
  • You developed tendonitis as a result

When you call 0800 032 3660, a legal adviser will offer you a free consultation to discuss your circumstances. If you have a valid tendonitis claim, you will be matched with a solicitor that is right for your case. They will offer you support and advice at every step of the claims process and help you gather all the evidence you need to secure compensation.

Besides your employer, a tendonitis compensation claim could also be made against:

  • A road user, if they caused a road traffic accident by violating the traffic laws or any other negligent behaviour;
  • The local authorities, if they caused you an injury by failing to properly maintain a public place such as a road or walkway;
  • The owner of a business, if you suffered a slip, trip or another accident in a shop, bar, restaurant or another public place;
  • A healthcare professional if they failed to offer you a correct diagnosis or treatment and has caused you an avoidable injury.

What proof do you need for a tendonitis injury?

Many different types of tendon injuries could lead to a claim for tendonitis. The type and extent of the damage you suffered, the circumstances of your injury and its long-term consequences are some of the factors that determine the success of your claim and how much compensation you might be entitled to receive.

For your case to be successful and to secure the maximum settlement possible, you must have clear proof to support your claim. Some things you can do to help with the claiming process include:

  • Take photographs or a video of the accident scene and make sure you capture the cause of your injury before anything is repaired or replaced;
  • Take photos or videos of your working environment and equipment;
  • Provide details of your training records and the tasks you had to carry out as part of your job role;
  • Make any communication you had with your employer regarding your workplace conditions available to your solicitor;
  • Get the names and contact details of witnesses to your accident. Your solicitor might contact them later for a statement to support your tendonitis claim;
  • Report your accident to the responsible party and ask for a signed copy of the report to show where and when you were injured;
  • Write down all the details you can remember regarding your injury, such as the date you started noticing the symptoms and how these affected your daily life;
  • Seek medical advice as soon as possible to receive a diagnosis and treatment for your tendonitis;
  • Keep track of all the financial losses and expenses you incurred due to your condition by keeping all the related pay slips, invoices or receipts.

If you are concerned that you may not have sufficient evidence to support your claim, don’t worry. You can still call 0800 032 3660 or request a call back to receive a free consultation with a legal adviser. If they believe your case has merit, you will get all the help you need to build a strong claim for tendonitis compensation.

What are the most common causes of tendonitis?

Anyone can get tendonitis, which usually develops by repeating the same movement over time or following an acute injury. At work, the condition is more common in people whose jobs involve:

  • Repeated motions
  • Awkward positions
  • Overhead reaching
  • Sudden, sharp movements
  • Working with vibrating tools or machinery
  • Forced movements
  • Throwing and pitching

Some of the jobs and activities that are more at risk for developing tendonitis include:

  • Gardening and landscaping
  • Shovelling
  • Woodworking
  • Painting and scrubbing
  • Sports like tennis, golf, baseball or skiing

While doing sports and physical activities, certain factors can increase the risk of tendonitis, such as:

  • Poor equipment or the lack of proper equipment
  • Poor posture and body movements
  • Hard concrete surfaces or gym floors
  • A sudden increase in the amount or difficulty of training
  • Allowing too little recovery time after an injury or for getting used to an activity

Certain medications and medical conditions could also increase the risk for tendonitis, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Fluoroquinolones, a type of antibiotics
  • Cortisone
  • Medicine used to lower the risk of breast cancer, known as aromatase inhibitors

Some traumatic accidents that could lead to tendonitis following a sudden injury include:

  • Slips, trips and falls – Tendonitis can be caused by the impact of hitting the ground or anything else, such as a wall, stairs or furniture during a fall. A slip or trip can also cause the tendons to be pulled, twisted or shifted, resulting in tears, swelling and inflammation even without falling.
  • Road traffic accidents – A sudden and direct impact on the tendons during a car accident can also lead to injury and tendonitis. Rotator cuff injuries are especially common in road traffic accidents, and they can, later on, develop into tendonitis, causing pain and stiffness.
  • Sports – Tendonitis is a common overuse injury in sports but may also be due to acute trauma caused by falls, illegal tackles or other accidents. If another party caused your accident by failing to uphold their duty of care towards you, you might be eligible to file a tendonitis claim.
  • Accidents at work – Besides overuse and repetitive movements, acute trauma in the workplace can also lead to a claim for tendonitis. Such accidents may involve falls from a height, machinery accidents or workplace vehicles like forklift trucks.

How you developed tendonitis does not affect your right to bring a tendonitis compensation claim against the liable party. Nonetheless, to have a valid claim, you need medical evidence of your injury and proof that another party was responsible for your accident.

Is tendonitis a work related injury?

According to UK legislation, certain conditions are classified as occupational diseases and should be reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR). These include:

Many jobs and work environments carry the risk of developing tendonitis, including:

  • The construction industry
  • The manufacturing industry
  • Assembly line workers
  • Working in an office
  • The engineering industry
  • Warehouse packers

Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, the Manual Handling Regulations 1992 and other legislation, your employer has a duty of care to take all reasonable measures to prevent you from experiencing harm at work. Their legal obligations might include the following:

  • Carry out regular risk assessments to identify potential hazards to the health and safety of employees
  • Take reasonable steps to control or remove the risks posed by hazards
  • Provide adequate training to employees to conduct their tasks safely and effectively
  • Provide personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary
  • Ensure employees have suitable rest periods between tasks associated with repetitive movements
  • Make sure any machinery and equipment is in good working order and safe for the job
  • Provide good housekeeping and a safe working environment
  • Consider changing how the work is organised

Under The Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969, employers are required to take out insurance for liability in personal injury claims. If you want to claim tendonitis compensation, their insurer will award you damages, while your employer will not be left out of pocket.

How much is a tendonitis compensation claim worth?

Tendonitis can occur in any tendon in the body, but the most commonly affected places are:

  • The base of the thumb
  • Elbows
  • Shoulders
  • Wrists
  • Hands
  • Ankles
  • Knees

The type and extent of your injury and several other factors will determine how much tendonitis compensation you might receive. Your solicitor will consider everything you have been through to make sure you receive the best settlement you are entitled to.

Generally, claims for tendonitis can include the following:

General damages awarded for your physical injury and its consequences, including:

  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional and psychological trauma
  • Physical disability
  • Inability to pursue a hobby
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Special damages reimburse you for any past or future financial losses linked to your injury, such as:

  • Short-term medical expenses for diagnostic tests and medication
  • Long-term medical expenses for physical therapy and other treatments
  • Travel costs to and from medical appointments
  • Cost of care and assistance during recovery
  • Lost wages and loss of earning capacity

Based on settlements awarded in similar cases and the guidelines set out by the Judicial College, you could receive:

  • £9,080 to £11,820 for a moderate tendon injury to the thumbs
  • £10,320 to £16,340 for a severe tendon injury to the ring or middle fingers
  • Around £9,620 for a wrist injury
  • £6,820 to £11,820 for a minor injury to the Achilles tendon
  • In the region of £36,060 for an Achilles tendon injury with long-term consequences
  • £11,730 to £26,050 for a moderate back injury
  • £45,470 to £55,990 for severely ruptured tendons leading to permanent disability and chronic pain

You can find out more about your tendonitis compensation prospects by calling 0800 032 3660 for a free consultation with an experienced solicitor. Alternatively, please enter your details to receive a call back and discuss the circumstances of your injury and how it has affected your life.

Is there a time limit to make a tendonitis claim?

There is a three-year limitation period to start a tendonitis compensation claim, which will typically start from:

  • The date you were injured
  • The date your doctor diagnosed your injury

If you do not file your claim within the time limit, it could become statute-barred, and you may lose the chance to get any compensation that is due to you. Therefore, you should contact a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible after you have become aware of your injury. This will give them enough time to gather evidence, speak to witnesses and prepare a strong case.

There are several exceptions to the three-year limitation date to file a tendonitis claim:

  • If the victim is a minor, a parent or adult could claim on their behalf at any point. The three-year countdown begins once they turn 18 and can make their own tendonitis claim.
  • If the claimant lacks the mental capacity to conduct legal proceedings, the time limit is suspended, and a litigation friend could initiate a claim on their behalf at any time. This applies if the victim suffers from PTSD, dementia, Down syndrome or any other condition that affects their intellectual ability.
  • If you suffered an injury abroad, the time limit to take legal action depends on the foreign country’s laws and could be much shorter than three years.
  • If you developed tendonitis while serving in the military, you could claim through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS). This no-fault scheme awards compensation within seven years after you become aware of an injury or illness suffered on duty.

Why should I choose InjuryClaims.co.uk?

At Injuryclaims.co.uk, we work in partnership with specialist injury lawyers who could help you make a tendonitis claim on a no win no fee* basis. Your solicitor will have extensive experience handling industrial injury claims and will help you recover the maximum compensation possible for your injuries and financial losses.

The no win no fee service allows you to pursue tendonitis compensation without paying any upfront fees or taking financial risks. The benefits of hiring a solicitor through InjuryClaims.co.uk include the following:

  • You get free and impartial advice at every step of the claim;
  • They will help gather evidence and prepare all the necessary documents to start your claim;
  • You do not have to pay any upfront fees, and there are no hidden charges;
  • They will help you take out After the Event insurance, which provides coverage against legal charges and disbursements if you lose the claim;
  • If you lose the claim, you will not incur any out-of-pocket expenses;
  • If you win the claim for tendonitis, you keep all your compensation minus a success fee paid to your solicitor for their services (up to a maximum of 25%).

If you believe you may have a valid tendonitis claim, call 0800 032 3660 today, and a friendly legal adviser will assess your case. Alternatively, you can enter your details into our simple online claim form to receive a call back.

* Personal injury claims are offered on a no win, no fee basis. If your claim is successful, your solicitor will receive up to 25% of your compensation as their success fee. Any additional costs, such as legal protection insurance, will be clearly explained to you by your solicitor before you decide to proceed with your claim. Termination fees may apply if you fail to cooperate with your solicitor. This includes deliberately misleading your solicitor, failing to attend scheduled medical or expert examinations, or not appearing at a required court hearing.