Have you sustained an ankle injury due to an accident that was not your fault? Then you may be entitled to ankle injury compensation. Ankle injury claims are actually quite common and something personal injury claims solicitors and Claims Management Companies, such as Legal Helpline, deal with regularly, please read on for more information.
Sustaining an ankle injury not only can be extremely painful, but can have a debilitating effect on all areas in your life. Your mobility may be decreased causing you to be unable to carry out your usual everyday life routines. You may not be able to get around your house very well, let alone getting out and about, causing you to need time off of work and away from any activities or sport you participate in. Even just doing simple things such as housework or your weekly shop can become really hard to do. If your ankle injury is because of an accident that wasn’t your fault, then you may want to consider making an ankle injury compensation claim to recuperate any financial losses and to gain some justice for your pain and suffering.
Accidents causing ankle injuries are not uncommon. It could happen anywhere, whilst at work in an office, whilst shopping or playing sports for example. Just a simple slip, trip of fall could be all that it takes to cause injuries such as sprains, strains, torn ligaments or broken or fractured bones. Some injuries may only be slight and heal quite quickly, but others may be severe resulting in permanent damage to the ankle. Statistics show that females and younger people such as children and adolescents are actually more likely to sustain an ankle injury that requires medical treatment, but of course, it is possible for anyone to suffer an ankle injury.
Due to the affect an ankle injury may have on mobility, having such an injury can cause a huge upheaval in your life and so if your injury was from somebody else’s negligence, then it’s certainly worth considering ankle injury compensation claims.
Ankle injury settlement amounts will greatly depend upon the severity of the injury and 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 take into consideration the amount of time you have suffered for and the future prognosis of your injury. Generally, the more severe the injury and its effects are, the higher the compensation award.
Legal Helpline is a Claims Management Company and has a panel of specialist personal injury claims solicitors that can help you to get the compensation you deserve, just contact them on 0161 696 9685.
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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 to, 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. It 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 the more 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 sever 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.
As already mentioned, ankle injuries are far from uncommon and can happen anywhere and due to a number of different reasons. The British Medical Journal carried out a study over a period of four months in the West Midlands area of the UK on the number of ankle injuries reported with the sex and age of the patient being noted. At the end of the study, they concluded that 5761 people had visited the A&E departments of four hospitals in the area, which is a staggering amount.
Ankle injuries in the workplace are also common. In 2016-2017, over 5500 ankle injuries were reported within the workplace according to RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) statistics.
Whatever the type of ankle injury you have sustained, or wherever it happened, if it was due to an accident that wasn’t your fault, then you may be entitled to an ankle compensation payout. Contact Legal Helpline for free help and advice today to make a successful ankle injury compensation claim.
Assessing an ankle injury and determining how severe it is can be difficult. In order to do this properly requires a thorough medical examination. By having a thorough examination, the medical professional will be able to ascertain details of your injury including the type of injury, its severity and the future prognosis, including 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 of it on your life style and well-being.
At Legal Helpline, we offer a free local medical in order to make sure that you have a proper diagnosis of your ankle injury and whether it is minor, moderate or severe. We also make sure that your examination will include looking into any possible problems that could potentially occur as a result of your injury in the future.
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 are responsible. In order to do this, there are a number of steps you can take that will be supportive to 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 the 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 you discuss your case with a personal injury solicitor to make sure you have a legitimate claim. If you have sprained or strained your ankle naturally or by simple 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 the guide we discuss this in more detail.
The average compensation for ankle injury is come about by a means of taking into consideration the overall effect the injury has had on the claimant’s life and well-being. Many people believe that the amount awarded just depends on the injury itself, but this is not true. When you use a personal injury claims solicitor you will see that an array of different expenses can be included in the claim for compensation. These include:
- General Damages – These are for the actual injury itself and any physical or psychological affects the injury has. These reflect the level of pain and suffering you have endured and the loss of quality of life if you’ve been restricted in your normal daily activities. By law, your compensation should take into account the full affect your injury has had on your overall health and well-being.
- Medical Expenses – Depending on the type of injury or the severity, you may only require a short amount of treatment, or your treatment could continue for a long time including physiotherapy and medication. Any costs incurred because of your ankle injury should be included in your claim.
- Travel Expenses – Any extra travel costs that you have had to pay because of your injury such as travelling to doctor or hospital appointments for example, should be kept account of and included in your claim. If you have needed any vehicle adaptions then the costs of these are also included in this section.
- Care Claim – Anyone who has had to help you or take care of you whilst you recover can make a claim.
- Loss Income – If you have had to take time away from work, or turn future work prospects down, then you can make a claim for your financial losses.
Any reputable personal injury claims solicitor that you choose for your ankle injury claim will look at all aspects which may have been affected by your injury and should ensure that everything affected will be claimed for.
The most common of all types of ankle injury accidents are 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. 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.
The workplace is a common place for someone to have an accident and there are many reasons why an accident might occur resulting in numerous types of injuries depending on the circumstances. Accidents that result in the victim’s ankle being injured in most cases are due to a slip, trip or fall type of accident, often the cause being 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.
How much for a fractured ankle? How much compensation for a sprained ankle? What compensation for ankle ligament damage can I expect to receive? These are just a few of the questions we get asked when someone first contacts us regarding making ankle injury claims. As much as we’d like to give you an answer to these questions there and then, unfortunately at this stage, it would be impossible to do so as there are simply just too many variables that influence the final settlement amount.
What we can do however to give you an idea of the sort of compensation amounts paid out for ankle injuries, is show you some average amounts that have previously been awarded. As said earlier in the guide, the amount awarded will heavily depend on the severity of your injury and so using our compensation calculator, we have grouped the average payouts in accordance with severity.
|Reason For Compensation||Average Payout Amount||Comment|
|Very Severe Ankle Injuries||£43,900 - £61,110||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||£27,450 - £43,900||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||£12,050 - £23,310||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 £12,050||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 Severe||£6,380 - £33,700||The level of award will determine the amount of compensation with the higher amount being awarded to those with the most severe injury .|
|Loss of Income||Up to £500,000||This will be dependent upon the claimants current payscale.|
Contact us at Legal Helpline and take advantage of our free consultancy session to discuss your individual case in more detail.
Knowing where to begin when making an ankle injury compensation claim is the initial hurdle to get across if you haven’t any experience in dealing with these types of 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 to 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.
One of the biggest reasons that people are put off from making a compensation claim for an accident causing injury that wasn’t their fault, is the thought of having to pay large amounts of money in legal fees because some people simply cannot afford them particularly if they haven’t been able to work, and also because of the risk of potentially huge financial losses if they do not win their case. With our no win no fee policy, affordability isn’t a problem and also we take the risk to finances away. With no win no fee there are no monies required to be paid upfront or during the claiming process at all. In fact, as the name suggests, if we do not win your case for you, there are no fees to be paid at all. If we are successful with your claim, although we will then expect a payment, this payment comes out of your settlement amount as a small percentage, by law the maximum we can take is 25%, leaving you with the other 75%.
With no win no fee there is no gamble to your current finances.
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 client’s 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 on 0161 696 9685 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 slip, trip and fall claims.
The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) explanations on the Health and Safety at Work Act regulations.