By Max Malkovich. Last updated 28th June 2022. Welcome to our ankle injury claims guide. Have you sustained an ankle injury due to an accident that wasn’t your fault? If so, you may be entitled to ankle injury compensation. Ankle injury claims are actually quite common and something that personal injury claims solicitors and Claims Management Companies like Legal Helpline deal with regularly. For more information, please read on.
Sustaining an ankle injury can not only be extremely painful but can have a debilitating effect on all areas of your life. Your mobility may be decreased, causing you to be unable to carry out your usual routine. You may not be able to get around the house well, let alone getting out and about. Even just doing simple things such as housework or your weekly shop can become a challenge. As a result, you may need time off work or any activities that you normally participate in. If your ankle injury was due to an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may want to consider making an ankle injury compensation claim to recuperate any financial losses and gain some money for your pain and suffering.
Accidents causing ankle injuries are not uncommon. They can happen anywhere; while working at the office, doing the weekly shop or playing sports for example. Just a simple slip, trip or fall could be all it takes to cause injuries such as sprains, torn ligaments or broken and fractured bones. Some injuries may only be slight and heal quickly, whereas others may be severe, resulting in permanent damage to your ankle.
Given the effect that an ankle injury can have on your mobility, sustaining such an injury can require a huge upheaval in your life. Therefore, if your injury was a result of somebody else’s negligence, it’s certainly worth considering how ankle injury claims could help.
Ankle injury settlement amounts depend upon the severity of the injury, so it’s very important to have your injury medically assessed. The settlement amount will also reflect how badly the injury has affected all areas of your life and consider the amount of time you suffered, as well as the future prognosis of your injury. Generally, the more severe the injury and its effects, the higher the compensation award.
Legal Helpline is a Claims Management Company and has a specialist panel of personal injury lawyers that can help you to get the compensation you deserve. Please contact them on 0161 696 9685 today. You can also contact us through our website.
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Making an ankle injury compensation claim can be a complex process, especially for someone who may not have any legal experience at all, but this shouldn’t put you off of making a claim for compensation when you’re injured due to an accident caused by someone else. To help you gain some insight into, and understand the processes behind making a claim successful, we have developed this guide.
Within the guide, you will find lots of useful information such as the common causes of ankle injuries, what to do if you sustain an injury that wasn’t your fault, how ankle injuries are assessed, what can be included in your claim, how to start your claim and much more. We also touch on the benefits of having an experienced personal injury claims solicitor and no win no fee claims.
Once you have read through the guide, feel free to contact Legal Helpline for further information regarding your case.
The ankle is actually quite a complex structure, meaning there are a variety of injuries that can result in ankle injury claims.
The ankle consists of numerous bones, tendons, and ligaments that all join up in a way that allows movement through to the foot and support. It’s not surprising that the ankle is susceptible to injuries when you consider the constant movement and weight-bearing that it endures. Damage that occurs to the tendons, ligaments or bones can cause extreme pain and be hugely debilitating. Even minor injuries can result in some loss of mobility.
One of the deciding factors as to whether an ankle injury is minor or severe is the amount of time it takes to heal. A sprain or strain usually takes less time than a fractured or broken ankle and so would be considered less severe as they will heal quicker. In some circumstances, however, the victim can be left with a permanent disability depending on the nature of their injury.
Some of the most common types of ankle injury are:
- Inversion Ankle Sprain – This happens when your lateral ligaments are stretched and therefore damaged due to your ankle rolling or twisting inward. Although considered a mild injury in most cases, this is one of the most common.
- Eversion Ankle Sprain – As the opposite to an inversion ankle sprain, although less common, can be more severe.
- Fracture of the Ankle – This is where one or more bones in the ankle are broken. Some injuries of this type can only be corrected using surgery. Also, quite often when the bones are broken, the ligaments holding the ankle joint in place can also be affected. A broken or fractured ankle will result in some mobility loss which will be longer in duration the more severe the injury is.
- Dislocation – Another common injury that is caused by a large amount of pressure causing the ankle to move out of its usual position. This pressure can also result in one or more of the bones being fractured. Surgery is often needed to correct this type of injury and can take a long time to heal.
There are many different scenarios in which you could sustain an ankle injury, and compensation could be owed to you in any of them if you can prove a breach of a duty of care that was owed to you.
The workplace is just one of these scenarios. Under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR), certain workplace injuries are required by law to be reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Ankle fractures are just one kind of injury that must be reported to the HSE by your employer. Statistics for 2020/21 tell us that there were 14,938 reported lower limb injuries over this period. Of this figure, 4,889 were ankle injuries. This accounts for around a third of all lower limb injuries for 2020/21.
As ankle injury claims calculate compensation according to the severity of the injury it’s important to get medically assessed. By having a thorough examination, a medical professional will be able to ascertain details of your injury including the type of injury, its severity and the future prognosis, noting whether there may be any possible problems that could appear later on. Ankle injury settlement amounts will heavily depend on how severe it is and the effects on your lifestyle and well-being.
If you choose to work with us at Legal Helpline, we’ll provide a free local medical to ensure that you have a proper diagnosis of your ankle injury. This will decide whether it is minor, moderate or severe. We’ll also ensure that your examination considers any possible future problems that could occur as a result of your injury.
In order to make a successful claim, you need to be able to provide a certain amount of evidence that not only proves that your injury actually exists, but also the liability of the party you believe is responsible. In order to do this, there are a number of steps you can take that can support your case:
- Photos – If possible, take photos of the area where the accident occurred and also of the reason it may have occurred, for example, if you hurt your ankle due to twisting it after walking over a pothole, take a photo of the pothole. Also, take photos of your injury to show visually prove the pain and suffering you have endured.
- Witnesses – Did anyone see you hurt your ankle? If so, take down their contact details as a witness statement may be required. Witness statements are an invaluable piece of evidence.
- Medical Examination – Make sure to see a medical professional for a proper diagnosis of your injury and have it treated accordingly. A medical report will be made which will detail your injury and will include any x-rays you may have had to have done. It will also document the treatment required and future prognosis.
- Expenses – Keep a record of receipts of any expenses incurred as a direct result of your injury such as medical and travel expenses.
- Diary – Note down everything you remember about before, during and after your accident causing injury took place. Also, keep a diary of your symptoms and how you feel.
We always recommend that ankle injury claims and the like are discussed with personal injury professionals to ensure you have a legitimate case. If you have sprained or strained your ankle naturally or by simply making a wrong movement while walking, then the chances are, that you will not have a legitimate case as your injury wasn’t anyone else’s fault, it was just an unfortunate accident.
However, if your injury was due to a slip, trip or fall in a public place, an accident in the workplace, a road accident, a sporting accident or because of medical negligence, then it’s more likely that you will have a genuine reason to make ankle injury claims.
Further on in this guide, we’ll discuss this in more detail.
The most common of all types of ankle injury claims involve accidents where someone has slipped, tripped or fallen. These types of accidents are so common that generally speaking people don’t think that someone may be responsible and instead just brush it off as an unfortunate accident.
However, this isn’t the case in a lot of instances when in public spaces. If you have tripped over a loose or uneven paving slab, for example, liability will fall with the local council or if on private land, the landowner, as they have a responsibility to maintain the pavement to a safe standard. You may even be able to sue the council for emotional distress.
Another example may be if you slipped on a spillage in a restaurant, again, the restaurant owner has a responsibility to ensure that their restaurant is a safe environment to work in or visit and so are required by law to have health and safety policies in place to deal with anything that could potentially cause an accident.
To summarise, if your accident was due to someone else’s negligence, then you may be eligible to make an ankle injury compensation claim.
A workplace is a common place for ankle injury claims to originate and there are many reasons why an accident might occur. Depending on the circumstances, they can result in numerous types of injuries with varying severities. Accidents that result in the victim’s ankle being injured are often due to a slip, trip or fall accident, commonly due to uneven or poorly maintained floor coverings.
Employers have a duty of care by law to adhere to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 regulations in order to provide a safe working environment for their employees. Failure to do so will result in them being in breach of their legal duties as an employer and so liable if someone were to sustain an injury.
You may want more information about the average compensation for an ankle injury. Unfortunately, as every claim is unique, we’re unable to provide you with an average compensation amount. Ankle injury compensation amounts can be based on many different factors.
With general damages compensation alone, factors that can determine what you receive include:
- Whether any permanent health issues or symptoms were caused
- The extent of your injury
- The length of your recovery plan
- To what degree the injury has negatively impacted your life
The Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) can give you a better idea of your potential compensation. Previously successful court claims from Wales and England have been analysed, resulting in the information you see below. The compensation brackets have been taken from the latest guidelines, published in April 2022.
Please remember that these amounts are not guaranteed because personal injury claims are complex – many factors can determine your compensation should your claim be successful.
Reason For Compensation Compensation Bracket Comment
Very Severe Ankle Injuries £50,060 to £69,700 This a mount may be awarded to those with complicated fractures and severe soft tissue damage that has needed surgery and resulted in a deformity. There is also increased risk of below knee amputation if the leg suffered further injury.
Severe Ankle Injuries £31,310 to £50,060 Injuries requiring extensive treatment or lengthy time in plaster. Possibility of pins and plates being needed to be inserted due to the extensive loss of mobility and increased instability.
Moderate Ankle Injuries £13,740 to £26,590 Fractures, ligamentous tears etc which may cause less serious disabilities such as difficulty in walking on ground thats uneven, difficulty standing or walking for longer periods of time, feeling awkward on stairs, irritation from metal plates and possible residual scarring. There may also be a risk of osteoarthritis in the future.
Minor Ankle Injuries Up to £13,740 Simple break, fractures, ligament and tendon damage and any other minor soft tissue injury. The award given will depend on the length of time the claimant has suffered and whether complete recovery is expected.
Achilles Tendon, Minor to Most Serious Injuries £7,270 to in the region of £38,430 The level of award will determine the amount of compensation with the higher amount being awarded to those with the most severe injury .
If you’re wanting more information about specific injuries, such as settlement amounts for an ankle sprain, please contact us for free at a time that works for you. We can provide you with a compensation estimate and connect you with a solicitor from our panel who could help you receive compensation.
Special Damages In Ankle Injury Claims
Broken or sprained ankle compensation can also include other figures. When making ankle injury claims, it’s important to consider that you may have experienced certain costs and financial losses as a result of your injury. These expenses are known as special damages. They could be reimbursed to you as part of your claim.
Here are some examples of special damages that may be included in ankle injury settlement amounts:
- Loss of earnings – Your income may have been reduced or stopped completely if your injury affects your ability to work. Make sure you have payslips to present that can help support your claim and prove how much you could have earned during the period of your recovery.
- Medical costs – Prescription medication such as painkillers, for example.
- Damage to property – Personal items that were damaged in the accident may need to be replaced or repaired.
- Other costs – If you have paid for a holiday or something similar and can no longer attend due to your injuries, for example, the cost may be reimbursed to you.
For more examples of special damages and how your compensation is calculated, get in touch with our advisors today. We are here to help at any time of the day or night.
Knowing where to begin when making ankle injury claims is the initial hurdle that claimants face, particularly those without any experience in legal processes. Needless to say, ankle injury claims can be complex and are certainly not always straightforward. This is where contacting a specialist legal firm such as Legal Helpline can alleviate the worry and stress making a claim might cause.
If you contact us at Legal Helpline the first thing we’ll do is offer you a free consultancy session. During this session, you can ask any questions you may have regarding the process of filing a claim and discuss the details of your case in confidence.
We will use this time to gather the facts from you surrounding your case and collect from you any evidence you may have already gathered in accordance with the suggestions earlier on in the guide. We can then examine everything you have told us and shown us to decide if you have a legitimate case. We will be honest with you in our findings as we wouldn’t want you to waste any time if we felt your chances of a successful claim were very poor.
However, if we feel you have a legitimate case then we will offer to take it on, on a no win no fee basis. (We discuss our no win no fee policy further on in the guide). We can then set to work on gathering further evidence that will support your claim and begin to build you a strong case. We will also offer you a free local medical to make sure you have a thorough examination of your injury if we feel it is required.
From this moment on, you can concentrate on your recovery in the knowledge that your ankle injury compensation claims case is in the best hands.
Some people may be hesitant to enlist the services of a personal injury lawyer for ankle injury claims due to concerns surrounding cost. However, all of the lawyers on our panel work on a No Win No Fee basis. This kind of arrangement can reduce the financial risk that making a claim can have.
So, what is a No Win No Fee arrangement? What this means is that your lawyer will take a legally capped percentage of your compensation if your claim is successful. You will be made aware of this percentage ahead of time.
If your No Win No Fee claim is not successful, then you are not required to pay your lawyer this percentage.
Making any sort of personal injury compensation claim requires a lot of work, knowledge and expertise in the legal formalities and requirements. With that being said, we would strongly recommend hiring a legal firm such as Legal Helpline to give you the best possible chances of making a successful ankle injury compensation claim. We have a fantastic track record of making claims that have resulted in our clients being awarded the maximum payout amount.
We work in an effective, efficient and timely manner to get you the compensation you deserve as quickly as possible as we understand that you are going through a rough time and may desperately be in need of the financial assistance a compensation claim can bring particularly if you haven’t been able to work due to your injury.
If you choose to use us as your legal representatives for your compensation claim, you can be assured that your case is in the very best hands with a very high chance of success. Just call us for your free consultation.
If you have suffered an ankle injury due to an accident or incident that wasn’t your fault and are considering making a claim for compensation, contact us on 0161 696 9685 today for free help and advice on the best steps to take to launch your claim.
If you’ve injured an ankle in a slip, trip or fall, this link takes you to our page on common slip, trip and fall claims.
If your ankle injury was the fault of the council, this article may prove useful.
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Ankle injury claims FAQs
To conclude, here are some answers to the top three frequently asked questions about ankle injury claims.
What is the average payout for a sprained ankle?
As mentioned earlier, ankle injury claims are compensated depending on their severity. Like all other personal injury claims, this can be determined through an independent medical evaluation. At Legal Helpline, we can organise a local medical on your behalf for no extra charge if you choose to work with us.
Can you claim compensation for sprained ankle?
Providing that someone else with a duty of care to you failed to uphold it and you sustained an ankle injury as a result, you could be entitled to compensation. To learn more about ankle injury claims, please contact us at Legal Helpline today and see how we could help your case.
How do you know if ankle injury is serious?
If you’ve sustained an ankle injury, the first thing you should do is ensure that you seek medical attention. To find NHS services near you, please click here. By seeking medical attention, a professional can provide you with appropriate treatment. Furthermore, this will also ensure that your accident is logged in your medical records, supporting any claim you may wish to make in future.
What is the average compensation for an ankle injury in 2022?
Many may want an estimate on the average compensation for an ankle injury in 2022. However, a lot of variables affect the average compensation for an ankle injury. For instance, the impact the injury has had on your quality of life may be considered. While valuing your claim, solicitors may use amounts from the Judicial College Guidelines to assist them alongside medical evidence.
How much should I settle for an ankle injury?
Nearly 95% of all claims are settled out of court. This can help to avoid drawn-out court proceedings. As such, the defendant may offer a settlement before the claim proceeds to the stage of needing to go to court.
You may wonder what the ankle injury settlement amounts that are often offered by defendants include. However, the amount you’re awarded will depend on your injuries and the impact they may have on you in the future. This information could be accessed after you attend an independent medical assessment as part of the claims process.
If you work with our panel of solicitors, they may invite you to an independent medical assessment to help gain an insight into the full extent of your injury. The findings of the assessment may also help solicitors accurately value your claim alongside other resources.
For more information on the average compensation for an ankle injury call our team.
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