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Achilles Tendon Rupture

Following an Achilles tendon rupture, patients may experience chronic pain, stiffness, reduced strength, and decreased range of motion in the affected leg. Some individuals may experience difficulty walking, running, or engaging in sports, leading to an altered gait. The tendon may heal with decreased elasticity, increasing the risk of re-rupture or tendinitis. Scar tissue formation can also limit flexibility and function. Long-term rehabilitation is often required to restore full functionality, but some patients may never regain their pre-injury level of performance.

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Helpful Information

An Achilles tendon rupture is a complete or partial tear of the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. It typically occurs during activities that involve sudden stops, starts, or pivots, like jumping or sprinting. Symptoms include a sudden, sharp pain in the back of the lower leg, a popping sound, difficulty walking, and the inability to stand on tiptoe. Treatment options range from non-surgical approaches, like immobilisation with a cast or brace, to surgical repair, depending on the severity of the tear and the patient’s activity level and overall health. In scenarios where this injury occured as a direct result of negligence or wrongdoing by a third-party, it may be possible to bring an injury compensation claim.

Can workplace negligence cause an Achilles tendon rupture?

It potentially can do if safety protocols are ignored or inadequate. Contributing factors might include improper footwear, slippery or uneven surfaces, insufficient warm-up periods before physical activity, or tasks requiring sudden, strenuous movements without proper training. Additionally, failure to address hazards, provide appropriate equipment, or ensure safe working conditions can increase the risk. If an employer’s negligence leads to unsafe conditions that result in an Achilles tendon rupture, they may be held liable for the injury.

What about incidents in public places?

Accidents in public places that could lead to this type of injury include slips and falls on wet or uneven surfaces, sudden missteps on poorly maintained stairs or curbs, and tripping over obstacles. Participating in recreational activities like basketball, soccer, or running on improperly maintained fields or courts can also cause this injury. Additionally, abrupt movements or collisions in crowded areas, such as shopping centres or parks, can strain the tendon. Inadequate signage warning of hazards, insufficient lighting, and lack of proper maintenance in public spaces further increase the risk of such accidents.

What are the more severe ongoing health consequences of this injury?

Severe consequences include chronic pain, long-term mobility issues, and significant loss of strength and flexibility in the affected leg. Some individuals may develop a permanent limp or altered gait, leading to compensatory injuries in other joints and muscles. The risk of re-rupture or tendinitis is increased, and some patients may experience nerve damage or deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Persistent scar tissue can further limit movement, and in severe cases, patients might face disability or require additional surgeries to address complications and improve functionality.

In what scenarios it possible to bring a compensation claim?

A compensation claim is possible in scenarios where negligence or fault can be proven. This includes workplace injuries due to unsafe conditions or inadequate training, accidents in public places caused by poor maintenance or hazards, and sports injuries resulting from insufficient supervision or faulty equipment. Medical malpractice, such as misdiagnosis or improper treatment, can also be grounds for a claim. To succeed, it must be demonstrated that the responsible party’s actions or negligence directly caused the injury, resulting in physical, emotional, or financial harm to the victim.

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