Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury

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Anterior Cruciate Ligament Compensation

If you have experienced medical negligence related to an anterior cruciate ligament injury, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Doing so could help to improve your quality of life and cover many of the costs associated with such an injury.

The medical negligence team at JMW is highly experienced in dealing with cases of this type, and we can help to bring your ligament damage claim to a successful and satisfactory resolution. We understand how distressing it can be to experience failures in care at the hands of a medical professional, and we will work with you to make the ligament injury compensation claims process as simple and stress-free as possible.

To speak to a solicitor about making a claim for compensation, get in touch with us by calling 0345 872 6666, or fill in our online contact form and we will get back to you. Our solicitors are able to take on cases on a no win, no fee basis.

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To be successful with a claim of this kind, it is essential to get the advice of highly skilled and experienced solicitors. Our legal experts have years of experience successfully recovering compensation in ligament medical negligence cases.

We are well-versed in claims against the NHS and private healthcare providers on behalf of clients who have suffered due to medical negligence. Our team is widely regarded as one of the very best clinical negligence departments in the UK, and members of the team are on the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) panel and the specialist Law Society panel of medical negligence solicitors.

By calling us, we will be able to give you an idea of what the process of making a claim for ligament damage involves, and whether we think you have a case.

If you have suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury because an accident occurred that was not your fault, you should make a personal injury claim rather than a medical negligence claim. Visit our dedicated personal injury claims page to learn more, or to speak to a personal injury solicitor about the details of your case.

What is an anterior cruciate ligament injury?

The anterior cruciate ligament, commonly known as the ACL, is one of the four main ligaments in the knee. It plays a crucial role in stabilising the knee joint and is particularly important for movements that involve sudden turns or changes in direction.

The ACL is located in the middle of the knee. It runs diagonally from the bottom of the femur (thigh bone) to the top of the tibia (shin bone), preventing the tibia from sliding out in front of the femur. It also helps to control the knee's rotational stability.

Injury to the ACL is one of the most common knee injuries, particularly among athletes. It can occur as a result of sudden stops or changes in direction, jumping and landing incorrectly, or a direct blow to the knee. An ACL injury can range from a minor tear to a complete rupture of the ligament fibres, and can significantly impact a person's mobility and quality of life.

Given its crucial role in knee stability and mobility, damage to the ACL requires prompt and appropriate treatment. This can range from physiotherapy for minor injuries, to surgical repair for more severe injuries. With the right treatment and rehabilitation, most people can recover from an ACL injury and return to their normal activities.

How can medical negligence contribute to ACL injuries?

Although ACL injuries are usually the result of accidents or physical activity, there are a number of ways in which poor-quality medical care can result in an ACL injury being made worse. When this happens, you may be able to claim compensation for clinical negligence.

Here are some common examples of how negligent care provided by a medical professional can make ligament injuries worse, potentially leading to severe pain and worse outcomes for the patient:

  • Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis - if a healthcare professional fails to correctly diagnose an ACL injury when symptoms first present, this can lead to a worsening of the injury. A delayed diagnosis can mean that the patient continues to use the injured knee, causing further damage. It can also delay the start of necessary treatment, potentially leading to a longer recovery period or permanent damage.
  • Inadequate treatment - if a healthcare professional does not provide the appropriate treatment for an ACL injury, this can also lead to further damage. This could include failing to recommend surgery when it is necessary, or recommending surgery when it is not the best course of action. It could also involve failing to provide or recommend appropriate physiotherapy following a knee injury or surgery.
  • Surgical errors - if an ACL repair surgery is performed incorrectly, this can lead to further injury. Surgical errors could include damaging other parts of the knee during surgery, failing to correctly repair the torn ligament, or causing infection due to poor surgical hygiene practices.
  • Failure to provide adequate aftercare - after an ACL injury or surgery, appropriate aftercare is crucial to ensure a good recovery. This includes providing or recommending physiotherapy, advising the patient on how to care for their knee at home, and scheduling follow-up appointments to monitor recovery. If a healthcare professional fails to provide adequate aftercare, this can lead to complications or a slower recovery.

In all these scenarios, if it can be proven that the standard of care provided fell below what could reasonably be expected of a competent healthcare professional, and this led to further injury or suffering, then it may be possible to make a claim for medical negligence.

What is the process for making an ACL injury claim?

If you feel your ACL injury has been exacerbated because of the's negligence of a healthcare professional, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible to see whether you may have grounds for a compensation claim.

The claims process for medical negligence cases typically involves the following steps:

  • Consultation with a legal professional to assess the viability of your claim
  • Gathering as much evidence as possible to support your claim, including medical records and witness statements
  • Obtaining independent expert evidence
  • Notifying the claim to the opponent
  • Negotiation of a settlement with the opponent if they are willing to accept liability
  • Starting court proceedings if a settlement cannot be reached, where you will be represented by your solicitor at every step of the process

If you are successful in claiming compensation, you will receive a settlement that reflects the impact of your injury on your life and personal wellbeing, as well as the financial losses you have experienced as a result.

It is important to note that each case is unique, and the process may vary slightly depending on the specifics of your case. Speak to JMW to receive free initial legal advice that will help you understand the claims process fully, and ensure that you have all the information you need to decide whether to proceed.

FAQs about ACL injury clinical negligence claims

How are ACL injuries diagnosed and treated?

The diagnosis of an ACL injury typically begins with a physical examination. During this examination, a healthcare professional will check your knee for swelling and tenderness. They may also move your knee into different positions to assess the range of motion and overall function of the joint.

In addition to a physical examination, imaging tests are often used to confirm the diagnosis and assess the severity of the injury. These tests may include:

  • X-rays - while X-rays do not show soft tissues like the ACL, they can be used to rule out bone fractures.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) - an MRI uses radio waves and a strong magnetic field to create detailed images of the inside of your knee. This can help to identify injuries to the ligaments, tendons and cartilage.
  • Ultrasound - in some cases, an ultrasound may be used to visualise the ligaments of the knee and identify any tears.

The treatment for an ACL injury depends on several factors, including the severity of the injury, the individual's age, activity level and overall health, and their personal goals. Treatment options may include:

  • Non-surgical treatment - for minor tears or in cases where the individual is less active and does not require full knee function, non-surgical treatment may be recommended. This typically involves a combination of rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE), along with physiotherapy exercises to restore function and strength to the knee.
  • Surgical treatment - for more severe injuries or for individuals who wish to return to sports or other activities that require a fully functional knee, surgery may be recommended. The most common procedure is an ACL reconstruction, which involves replacing the torn ligament with a graft. The graft may be taken from another part of the patient's body, such as the patellar tendon or hamstring, or from a donor.

Regardless of the treatment chosen, rehabilitation plays a crucial role in recovering from an ACL injury. This typically involves a program of exercises to restore strength and flexibility to the knee and to improve balance and control. With appropriate treatment and rehabilitation, most people are able to return to their previous activities after an ACL injury.

Recovery can take many months, and it is crucial to follow the advice of healthcare professionals to avoid further injury. If you have experienced an ACL injury as a result of clinical negligence, making a compensation claim can help you cover the costs associated with a lengthy recovery period.

How much compensation for anterior cruciate ligament damage (UK)?

The average compensation payout you can expect for an ACL injury due to medical negligence will vary significantly depending on the specifics of your case. Several factors will be taken into account when calculating the compensation amount, including:

  • Severity of the injury - the more severe your injury, the higher the compensation is likely to be. For instance, a complete tear of the ACL that has led to long-term mobility issues will typically result in a higher compensation amount than a minor tear that has fully healed.
  • Impact on quality of life - if your injury has had a significant impact on your quality of life, this will be reflected in the compensation amount. This could include factors such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and mental and emotional distress.
  • Loss of earnings - if your injury has caused you to miss work or has affected your ability to earn a living, you may be compensated for lost earnings. This could include both past and future lost earnings.
  • Medical expenses - any costs you have incurred as a result of your injury - such as bills from private medical treatment, physiotherapy costs, and the cost of any necessary equipment or modifications to your home - can be included in the compensation amount.
  • Care and assistance - if your injury has left you needing help with daily tasks, the cost of this care can be included in your compensation.

It is recommended to seek legal advice to get a more accurate estimate of the potential compensation amount. A legal professional will be able to assess your case and provide guidance based on their experience and understanding of the law.

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If you have had a ligament injury that was made worse by a delay in diagnosis or treatment, our medical negligence solicitors can help you claim for compensation. Contact us today by calling 0800 054 6512, or fill in our online enquiry form and we will call you back.​​​​​​

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