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Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury

Ongoing health problems following a diagnosis of this injury can include chronic knee pain, instability, and reduced range of motion. There is an increased risk of developing osteoarthritis due to joint damage and altered biomechanics. Persistent swelling and weakness may occur, affecting mobility and athletic performance. Surgical reconstruction, while often effective, may lead to complications such as graft failure or infection. Psychological impacts, such as fear of re-injury, can also hinder full recovery. Long-term rehabilitation is often necessary to manage these issues and regain optimal knee function.

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Helpful Information

An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury is a tear or sprain of the ACL, one of the major ligaments in the knee. It commonly occurs during activities involving sudden stops, jumps, or changes in direction, such as in sports like football, basketball, and skiing. Symptoms include a loud pop at the time of injury, severe pain, rapid swelling, instability, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected leg. Treatment varies from rest and physical therapy to surgical reconstruction, depending on the severity of the injury and the patient’s activity level. Occasionally, this injury can occur due to negligent practices or wrongful behaviour of a third-party. In these circumstances it may be possible to bring a personal injury compensation claim.

Outside of sport, what are the most common causes of this injury?

Common causes of an ACL injury include falls, especially from heights or on slippery surfaces, and road traffic accidents. Missteps, such as slipping off a curb or stumbling on uneven ground, can also lead to ACL tears. Work-related incidents, particularly in physically demanding jobs, can result in ACL injuries due to awkward movements or heavy lifting. Sudden twisting motions or pivoting while carrying heavy loads can strain the ligament. Additionally, any trauma that forces the knee into an unnatural position can cause ACL damage.

What sort of negligent or wrongful behaviours can lead to the injury?

This can include unsafe workplace practices, such as lack of proper training or failure to provide protective equipment. Poorly maintained or hazardous environments, like wet floors or uneven surfaces, can cause falls. Reckless driving or failure to follow traffic laws increases the risk of road traffic accidents causing ACL injuries. Inadequate supervision or failure to enforce safety protocols during physical activities or recreational events can also lead to such injuries. Additionally, neglecting regular maintenance of sports equipment or failing to address known hazards in public spaces contributes to ACL injury risks.

What evidence is required to bring a compensation claim?

To bring a compensation claim for an anterior cruciate ligament injury, evidence required includes medical records documenting the injury and treatment, witness statements corroborating the incident, and photographs or video footage of the accident scene. Proof of negligence, such as safety violations or maintenance logs, may be  crucial to bring a case. Employment records and expert testimony can establish the impact on the claimant’s ability to work. Additionally, documentation of financial losses, such as medical bills and lost wages, is necessary. Detailed reports from healthcare providers about the injury’s long-term effects also support the claim.

Do I need a solicitor?

While not strictly necessary, having a solicitor can significantly improve your chances of a successful compensation claim. A solicitor can provide expert advice, gather and present evidence effectively, and navigate complex legal procedures. They can negotiate with insurers, represent you in court, and ensure you meet all deadlines. Solicitors also help calculate the full extent of your damages, including long-term impacts, to maximise your compensation. Their expertise can be particularly valuable in cases involving significant negligence or disputed liability.

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