Quadricep Injury Compensation Claim
The quadricep muscles are located on the front of the legs above the knee, or the lap area of a person should they sit down. In relationship to the other parts of the upper leg, the quads are central to the patella (kneecap) with the obliquus and lateralis on the right and left respectfully. When an injury occurs to the quadriceps, typically, the injury is in the quadriceps tendon area. Damage to the area may include tears, strains, separation of fibres, and/or ruptures to the muscle tendon-bone attachment. Should you have a quadricep injury, it is important to understand the diagnosis, treatment, and claim options available to you.
One of the first establishing facts which must be solidified is where and when the injury occurred. Injuries can generally be traced back to a specific moment in time. If you cannot pinpoint a definitive activity or event, think to when symptoms of the injury occurred. Such symptoms include:
- Pain when moving, stretching or flexing the thigh
- Muscle spasms of the injured leg
- Extreme tenderness around the kneecap
- Swelling of the upper thigh
- Weak or ‘jelly’ legs
- Cracking of the tendon when the leg is moved. His is known as crepitation.
- Bruising of the thigh
- Inability to use the leg
A person experiencing any of these symptoms should seek medical attention immediately to reduce the risk of further injury. The closer to the event that treatment and diagnosis is received, the more apt a person will be if he or she can file a compensation claim.
One of the potential deterrents that a person will face if he or she has a quadricep injury is that the opposing party will claim that the activity engaged in had a fair level of reasonable risks. This phrase is somewhat ambiguous in nature, not defining what specific risks are standard and what constitutes negligence upon the opposing party. As such, those seeking to file a claim should not be discouraged by such talk.
There is a difference between an accident and negligence. If the injury sustained was due to the negligence of another party, whether that negligence was the failure to secure methods which would reduce the risk of injury or negligence which directly cause the injury o the quadricep, the person may have a claim. Keep in mind that high contact sports and other areas where quadricep injury is more common may pose difficulty in establishing negligence. A person filing a claim must be able to establish that there was a lack of due diligence upon the other party to ensure the safety and well-being of that person. Even if contact sports where such injuries occur, if the injured did not receive adequate protective measures to reduce injury to the tendon, then compensation may be available.
Perhaps the most critical factor which weighs into whether you should file a compensation claim for your quadricep injury is the diagnosis and the treatment of the injury. It is critical that if an injury is experienced that the person injured seek the diagnosis from a doctor, nurse, or medical practitioner as well as follow the treatment option set forth by that professional. If you believe that you have been misdiagnosed, it is encouraged that you seek a second medical opinion. When diagnosing a quadricep injury, the injury is generally placed within one of three stages. They are:
- Grade 1 – Strains and Mild Injury which does not limit the strength of the muscle
- Grade 2 – Moderate strain or tears to the tendon fibres. There may be swelling and slight loss of strength in the leg.
- Grade 3 – Severe damage through a tear, rupture, or separation of the tendon to the bone. This may require physical therapy or surgery to repair such an injury.
Injured persons should keep a record of the injury, the costs associated with treatment, as well as any other documentation present by the doctor, nurse, or medical practitioner. Under no circumstances should the injured party attempt to increase the grade of injury as this is both illegal as well as extremely dangerous to the health of the injured.
If you believe that you have grounds to file a claim, then you should seek the professional advice of a claim specialist. The professional will be able to tell you the odds of you winning your case based upon your specific details and injury. When filing a claim, it is always better to file as close to the event as possible. Compensation is based upon the timely manner in which the case is presented, the gravity of negligence of the responsible party, and the extent of the injury. Compensation claims do have a timeframe in which they need to be filed. This is another reason why a professional should be used. He or she will be able to file the proper documentation in its proper time, increasing your chances for the compensation you deserve for your injury.
If you have suffered a Quadricep Injury gone wrong as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault then you may be able to make a claim. Call Tylers today on (freephone): 0800 699 0079 to see if you can make a claim today.
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