How Much is an Achilles Tendon Rupture or Achilles Tendon Tear Worth?
Achilles tendon rupture or tear settlement is worth a lot of money for compensation in New York because it is a serious injury.
We believe the range of value to settle an Achilles tendon rupture injury, when there are no other injuries, is usually between $500,000 and $1,000,000, depending on many other factors of the case.
Highest Jury Verdict in New York for Achilles Tendon Rupture
The highest jury verdict in New York for Achilles tendon rupture we are aware of was $5,000,000.
However, large verdicts are always appealed. Appeals are heard by three judges instead of a jury, and they usually lower the trial compensation awarded by the jury. In order to avoid a reduction of the verdict amount after an appeal, cases are almost always settled after the trial for less than the verdict.
Personal injury lawyers love to publish their verdicts but never disclose the actual settlement.
Some Lawyers Will Settle an Achilles Tendon Rupture Case for Too Little Money
Some personal injury lawyers will settle an Achilles tendon rupture case for far too little money.
An example of settling an Achilles tendon rupture case for too little is shown in this article by a Florida personal injury law firm, “What is the Average Case Value of an Achilles’ Tendon Injury Case?” Their personal injury lawyer calculated the sample average case value of an Achilles tendon injury as only $104,478.67.
But after removing cases that were lost and rare cases that were unusually high, the law firm concluded that the adjusted average case value of an Achilles tendon injury is only $51,401.55. This amount is ridiculously low, even if it wasn’t in New York, which has higher settlement values.
Some Achilles Tendon Rupture Settlements by 1-800-HURT-911® Lawyers
We obtained a $300,000 settlement (the entire insurance policy) for a client in New York who fell on a stairway and tore his Achilles tendon requiring arthroscopic surgery.
In 1992, we obtained a $465,000 settlement in New York for a client in Roslyn, Long Island, NY, who was looking to buy a new house. When he attempted to go to look at the basement, the staircase collapsed, and he had a partial Achilles tendon tear requiring arthroscopic surgery. Our client had an excellent recovery and was able to play tennis again.
The amount of what an Achilles tendon rupture or tear is worth in New York is most likely from $300,000 to $1,000,000. Of course, some cases with an Achilles tendon rupture or tear may be worth less than or more than that. It should be remembered that the amount of negligence and seriousness of the Achilles tendon rupture or tear is different with every case.
What Is an Achilles Tendon Rupture Worth With Additional Injuries?
An additional injury will substantially increase the value of a personal injury case with an Achilles tendon rupture or tear.
What Kind of Lawyer Do You Need for an Achilles Tendon Rupture?
If you have an Achilles tendon rupture or tear, the type of lawyer you need is a personal injury lawyer like the personal injury lawyers on the HURT911® Personal Injury Dream Team™ at 1-800-HURT-911 >> 1-800-487-8911
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What Is the Achilles Tendon?
The Achilles tendon is the strongest and thickest tendon in the body. A tendon is a tough fibrous connective tissue that attaches muscle to bone and acts to move the bone or structure.
How Is the Achilles Tendon Ruptured?
The Achilles tendon is most commonly injured by sudden flexion of the ankle with resistance or by forced flexion of the ankle outside the ankle’s normal range of motion.
Most Achilles tendon ruptures are caused by trauma, such as in an accident.
Causes of Achilles Tendon Rupture
Acute Achilles tendon ruptures are caused by a sudden increase in the stress on your Achilles tendon. This can happen when you trip, fall, or twist your ankle. An Achilles tendon rupture is usually caused while participating in sports activities or in an accident.
Trip and fall accidents are the most common type of accidents that cause an Achilles tendon rupture. Slip and fall accidents and any type of accident that causes you to fall may also cause an Achilles tendon rupture. For example, one of our clients tore his Achilles tendon when a staircase collapsed, and he fell.
An Achilles tendon rupture is also caused by construction accidents where construction workers often fall or trip at a job site.
Causes of an Achilles tendon rupture:
- Sports activities, especially tennis and basketball
- Trip and fall accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
Surgery for Achilles Tendon Rupture
An Achilles tendon tear or rupture usually is surgically repaired, either with open surgery or percutaneous surgery. An open surgery consists of an incision made in the back of the leg to stitch the Achilles tendon together.
With a serious tear or complete rupture, part of the tendon of the plantaris muscle or another vestigial muscle is taken to wrap around the Achilles tendon to increase the strength of the repaired tendon.
In percutaneous surgery, several small incisions are made instead of a large incision which allows the surgeon to insert instruments to view and repair the injury. The tendon repair is made by stitching the tear back together through the small incisions.
How is Achilles Tendon Rupture or Tear Diagnosed
Diagnosis of an Achilles tendon tear or rupture is usually clinically diagnosed in a doctor’s office and confirmed by MRI.
An Achilles tendon tear will also be confirmed visually and photographed intraoperatively during arthroscopic surgery.
Achilles Tendon Tear Photos During Surgery
These photos show the view of our client’s injury, which the surgeon saw during arthroscopic surgery to repair the Achilles tendon tear. We used these images to obtain a $465,000 Achilles tendon tear settlement.
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