I injured my knee while lifting heaving boxes at work, the doctor found that I had damaged my anterior cruciate ligament meaning I will not be able to work for a few days. I would like to pursue a compensation claim but are compensation claims for anterior cruciate ligament injuries usually successful?

It is important to bear that no two claims for anterior cruciate ligament injuries are the same, the impact of the injury on your life may be quite different from the impact the injury has on another and the compensation amount awarded will reflect this.

To ensure that claims for anterior cruciate ligament injuries are successful , it must be proved that their injury was sustained by the negligence of a third party. Generally for workplace claims the negligent party will be your employer as he or she has a duty of care to provide all their staff with a safe working environment. They are required to provide adequate training in health and safety as well as safety equipment if required. If they have failed to carry out any one of the above tasks either due to a lack of knowledge on health and safety or because of a lack of resources you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

If you have not done so already visit a doctor or GP to have your injury assessed by a medical professional. A failure to seek medical care could jeopardise your compensation claim. Once you have taken care of your health, speak with a personal injury solicitor as they will be able to advise on the evidence you should gather to support your compensation claim. Standard procedures that should be carried out here in order to support you claim include gathering witness details, recording your injury in your employer’s ‘Accident Report Book’ and taking pictures of the scene.

If you are approached with an unsolicited offer of compensation from your employer’s insurance company, you are strongly advised to refer it to your solicitor. Generally offers such as these tend to be estimates and do not reflect the true value of a claim. Insurance companies want to limit the amount of compensation they pay out for anterior cruciate ligament injuries and you risk being undercompensated for your injury if you choose to accept such an offer without first consulting with a personal injury solicitor.