The ankle is a load-bearing joint which means it is susceptible to injury. Many such injuries are the result of day to day activities and result in ankle sprains and strains which take time to recover from. While there’s not a lot that can be done about these simple accidents, if somebody else caused your accident to happen through negligence, you could claim ankle injury compensation for your pain and suffering.
In this guide to ankle injury compensation claims, we’ll look at some different scenarios that could cause an injury that could see you compensated. That might mean claiming for a sprained ankle at work, a fall caused by tripping on a damaged pavement, or if your ankle was crushed in a road traffic accident.
To find out your eligibility for starting an ankle injury claim on a No Win No Fee basis, call us on 0800 6524 881. Alternatively, please continue reading to learn more about when you could be compensated for an ankle injury.
Are You Eligible To Claim Compensation For An Ankle Injury?
There are many different ways in which ankle injuries can happen. We couldn’t possibly discuss every instance here but we can tell you that solicitors will want to check that the circumstances of the injury meet certain criteria before accepting your claim such as:
- Did the defendant (the organisation or individual at fault) owe you a duty of care?
- Did they breach that duty by being negligent and causing an accident to occur?
- As a direct result of that negligence, did you sustain an ankle injury?
Duty of care is something that’s established by different laws. For example, employers have a legal duty of care towards their staff’s welfare in the workplace because of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Don’t worry too much about this as your advisor will be able to check what duty of care existed when reviewing your ankle injury claim.
Evidence To Support An Ankle Injury Claim
To prove points 2 and 3 in the list above, you’ll need evidence for your ankle injury claim. This comes in many different forms but could include:
- Photographs of the accident scene. Where possible, these should contain the root cause of the accident and be taken before anything is moved.
- Medical reports showing the extent of your ankle injury/injuries. Therefore, you should have your ankle assessed and treated at a minor injuries unit or an A&E department.
- Accident reports confirming details of where, when and how the accident happened. By law, companies and employers must log all accidents. By law, you are allowed a copy of the report relating to your accident.
- Witness statements from anybody else who saw the cause of your injured ankle. This may be arranged by your solicitor if needed, therefore, make a note of any witnesses contact details.
- Contact details for anybody else involved. It’s important to record the details of the other person or business who caused the accident. This will give your solicitor a way of filing your claim.
When you’re ready to start your ankle injury compensation claim, our team will assess your evidence with you and let you know if anything else is needed.
Types Of Accidents That Could Result In Ankle Injury Claims
In this section, we have included a few common scenarios that could lead to ankle injury claims. There are others that we haven’t included so don’t worry if you don’t see one similar to your own – we could still help you to claim compensation. The examples include:
- Slips, trips or falls in a public place such as a shopping centre, pavement, park or restaurant.
- Accident in the workplace either because you slipped or tripped over something placed wrongly and suffered a broken ankle or sprained ankle at work, or because of something falling on your ankle.
- Sporting injuries brought on by excessive pressure put on the ankle joint while playing any type of sport, or dangerous tackles.
- Road accidents, including car, motorbike or common cycling accidents.
- Medical negligence, including faulty or late diagnosis or wrong treatment.
- Ankle ligament damage caused by a dangerous tackle while playing football.
Some of the most common ankle injuries leading to a compensation claim include:
- Ankle fractures and breaks.
- Cuts and lacerations.
- Soft tissue damage and bruising.
- Dislocations, ankle strains and sprains.
Even for relatively minor ankle injuries like sprains, you might suffer for up to 6-weeks and this could have a financial impact. Therefore, it is always worth checking whether you could make a compensation claim for your injured ankle to recover any losses. If you’d like us to review your ankle injury claim for free, please get in touch.
How Much Compensation For An Ankle Injury?
When you start a claim for an ankle injury, how much compensation you’d receive will be based upon two heads of loss. They are called:
- General damages. This element concentrates on any pain and suffering caused by your injuries. It can include both physical and psychological injuries.
- Special damages. Where you claim back any costs or losses that result from your injuries. Examples here include medical costs, travel costs, care costs, lost income and the cost of repairing or replacing any personal property that was damaged in the accident.
You might need to attend an independent medical assessment as part of your ankle injury claim to try and prove the extent of the damage. It will be conducted by an independent specialist who’ll examine you, read medical notes, and discuss the impact of your injury with you. So that you don’t need to travel too far, our personal injury solicitors can arrange this assessment locally.
Ankle Injury Settlement Amounts Guide
In this section, we’re going to give you some idea of what compensation payout might be due for your ankle injury. Please use the settlement amounts as guidance though as compensation payouts will vary from case to case. Also, please note that these settlement amounts don’t cover any special damages that might be added (as described above).
- Up to £5,160 compensation for minor ankle injuries including sprained ankle, tears, and minor breaks/fractures that are cured in less than one year.
- £6,820 to £36,060 compensation for an Achilles tendon injury resulting in a lot of pain as well as instability of the foot and permanent ankle stiffness.
- £29,380 and £46,980 compensation for a broken ankle at work and metal pins and plates need to be inserted to facilitate the healing process with ongoing pain and restriction in movement, permanent weakness in the ankle, and scarring from the accident and injury.
- Up to £65,420 compensation for very severe injuries that leave the leg deformed or result in permanent loss of mobility.
- Up to £65,420 compensation for a broken ankle depending on various factors such as the severity of the break, soft tissue damage, any permanent disabilities, or deformities resulting from the injury.
If you decide to call our team, your ankle injury claim will be assessed thoroughly. If it is taken on, a more personalised compensation amount will be estimated once your injuries are fully understood.
Time Limits For Claiming Ankle Injury Compensation
You may already know that any type of ankle injury compensation claim will need to be made within a certain time period. The personal injury claims time limit is 3-years. For ankle injuries, this will generally commence from the date your accident happened.
Where a child has suffered an ankle injury, the time limit won’t apply and a litigation friend such as a parent can claim for them at any point before they are 18-years old. Importantly, if a claim doesn’t get made, when the child becomes an adult, they have until their 21st birthday to claim themselves.
We would advise that it’s best to begin an ankle injury claim as soon as possible. That way you’ll avoid missing out because you’ve gone past the claims deadline. You’ll also allow your solicitor plenty of time to find the evidence to support your case.
How Does The Ankle Injury Compensation Claims Process Work And Why Use A Solicitor?
When you seek compensation for an ankle injury, in most cases, the claim will be against some sort of insurance policy. Therefore, you’ll need to convince the insurer that their client was negligent, caused an accident and that they are responsible for your injuries. If you can’t you may not be compensated.
We strongly believe that the best chance of being compensated correctly comes from having a solicitor on your side. If your ankle injury claim is accepted by one of our personal injury specialists, they’ll review your claim, gather evidence and present your case professionally. They’ll also handle everything so you aren’t overwhelmed by complex legal questions from the insurer. Furthermore, where needed, they’ll fight your corner to try and counter any arguments or objections that are raised over liability.
If a compensation offer is received, your solicitor typically won’t accept it right away. Instead, they’ll review it with you to check if the offer is fair and covers your suffering fully. If it doesn’t they may advise on going back to negotiate for a fairer settlement amount for you.
To begin your claim today, please feel free to call us on 0800 6524 881. When you get in touch, everything will be explained and an advisor will review your case for free. Remember, any ankle injury compensation claim taken on will be processed by our solicitors on a No Win No Fee basis.
Last updated 9th October 2021.