If you’ve suffered from an ankle dislocation injury due to third-party negligence, you may be wondering whether you could make a claim. Within this guide, we will discuss the different types of personal injury claims that can be made and when you could seek compensation for your pain and suffering.
In order to make a personal injury claim, you need to be able to demonstrate that a breach of duty of care caused your injuries. We will explore circumstances in which you’re owed a duty of care and the evidence you can provide to validate your claim.
Furthermore, we will explain how much your injuries may be worth and the two heads of claim that a settlement can consist of. Continuing with this, you can read about the benefits of legal representation and when one of the personal injury solicitors from our panel might be able to help you.
Read on to discover what steps you could take to make a personal injury claim. You can also contact our advisors for free legal support at any time that works for you.
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A dislocated injury is where two bones that meet at a joint become separated. It could happen at various points in the body. For example, you might experience a hip, wrist or shoulder dislocation. This guide will focus in particular on claiming for an ankle dislocation injury caused by negligence.
In order to make a personal injury claim, you need to show that:
- A third party owed you a duty of care
- This third party breached their duty of care
- You sustained injuries in an accident that resulted from this breach
Below, we look at some of the legislation that sets out the duty of care that you owe. Further in this guide, we will look at what constitutes valid evidence for a claim. Alternatively, you can call our advisors for free legal advice about starting the claims process.
Accidents At Work
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 states that all employers owe their staff a duty of care. This means doing everything reasonably practicable to ensure their employees are safe. However, breaching this duty of care can lead to accidents at work that cause injury.
For example, your employer failed to conduct regular maintenance checks on a forklift truck that is regularly used for your daily duties. As a result, it malfunctions and the vehicle begins to move while one of your feet is still on the ground, causing a dislocation.
Road Traffic Accidents
The Road Traffic Act 1988sets out the duty of care. Additionally, the Highway Code displays rules and guidelines about proper road conduct. Failure to follow these rules and breaching this duty of care can result in road traffic accidents.
For example, when changing lanes, a car driver might fail to notice a cyclist on the road. They collide with them and knock them from their bike, causing an ankle dislocation as well as a head injury.
Accidents In A Public Place
The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 states that all owners of public spaces must take reasonable steps to prevent injury. You might be involved in an accident if this duty of care isn’t fulfilled.
For example, you could be injured in a slip, trip and fall accident in a supermarket aisle because there was a hole in the floor tile that had not been signposted. As a result, you fall and dislocate your ankle, sustain an injury to your elbow and fracture your cheekbone.
If you’ve suffered injuries in an accident and you’d like guidance on whether you have a valid claim, get in touch. You can also read on for advice on how to prove your claim.
Evidence might be useful in supporting your claim. You can provide proof to show both the extent of your injuries and demonstrate that you were harmed as a result of negligence.
Some examples of proof you could obtain may include:
- CCTV or dashcam footage of the accident
- Medical evidence, such as copies of scans and doctors’ reports
- A diary detailing your treatment and symptoms
You may also find it useful to speak to a legal professional for some advice about building your claim. Our advisors can answer any questions you may have without you being obliged to continue your claim with us. However, if you would like to proceed, then they may be able to connect you with a lawyer from our panel provided you have a valid claim.
A personal injury settlement can be made up of up to two heads of claim. The first is general damages, which compensate you for the physical and psychological harm you sustained as a result of third-party negligence. Solicitors use a publication known as the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to help them calculate general damages. This publication contains compensation brackets alongside corresponding injuries.
In the table below, you can see some examples of figures from the JCG. Contact our advisors today for a more accurate estimation of what your injuries could be worth based on your own circumstances.
|Injury Type||Settlement Amount||Description of Injury|
|Very Severe Foot Injury (c)||£83,960 to £109,650||Pain that is lasting and severe and causes serious permanent disability.|
|Severe Foot Injury (d)||£41,970 to £70,030||Both heels or feet suffer from fractures that cause considerable and permanent pain.|
|Serious Foot Injury (e)||£24,990 to £39,200||Less severe injuries causing continuous pain from traumatic arthritis with risk of fusion surgery.|
|Very Severe Ankle Injury (a)||£50,060 to £69,700||Ankle injuries in this bracket are unusual, such as transmalleolar fractures with extensive soft tissue damage.|
|Severe Ankle Injury (b)||£31,310 to £50,060||The injured person will be limited in their ability to walk due to ankle instability from significant residual disability.|
|Moderate Ankle Injury (c)||£13,740 to £26,590||Serious disabilities are caused by ligament tears and fractures to the ankle, for example.|
|Modest Ankle Injury (d)||Up to £13,740||The level of the award depends on whether a full recovery is made alongside the level of scarring, discomfort and loss of movement.|
|Most Serious Achilles Tendon (a)||In the region of £38,430||Severed tendon and peroneus longus restrict ankle movement and cause swelling.|
|Serious Achilles Tendon (b)||£24,990 to £30,090||Complete division of the tendon is repaired successfully, but residual weakness will limit ankle movements.|
|Moderate Achilles Tendon (c)||£12,590 to £21,070||Partial rupture or significant tendon injury can cause ongoing pain and continuous functional disability.|
Special Damages In An Ankle Injury Claim
You can seek reimbursement for financial losses caused by the accident in which you were injured through special damages. This head of a claim can cover care costs, loss of earnings and medical expenses if you can provide evidence of these expenses. Due to this, it is important that you retain any receipts, bank statements and invoices that relate to your claim.
For further information on collecting evidence for your ankle dislocation injury claim, call our advisors today.
For example, if a claimant is mentally incapable of pursuing their own claim, the time limit is frozen unless the injured person recovers. A claim can still be started at any time by a litigation friend, who is an adult that is appointed to seek compensation on the injured person’s behalf.
Other exceptions to this time limit can apply. Contact our advisors to discuss whether you’re within the time limit to claim for an ankle dislocation injury.
- No requirement to pay solicitor fees upfront or during your claim.
- No need to pay solicitor fees if your claim ends unsuccessfully.
- A success fee with a legal cap deducted from your compensation in the event of a successful claim.
Our legal advisors can discuss the terms of a CFA with you and potentially connect you with a solicitor from our panel if your claim has a good chance of success. If you have any further questions, our advisors are available through the following contact methods:
You can find more of our personal injury guides below:
- Claiming for a breach of health and safety
- How to make a split liability claim
- Claiming after suffering a concussion
We’ve provided other sources below that may help you with your ankle dislocation injury claim.
- Health and Safety Executive – Non-fatal injury statistics
- NHS – First aid
- GOV – Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
Thank you for reading our guide. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to give our team a call.
Writer Jess Angler
Publisher Fern Stringer