Have you suffered an ankle injury and are looking to claim? Are you confused about how to begin the claims process? This article could help you through the process and guide you through the best course of action.
This guide will address whether you’re eligible to make a claim for an ankle injury. We will also look at how compensation is calculated for successful claims.
In addition, this guide will explore how a No Win No Fee lawyer could be beneficial to you.
Our advisors are available to offer you free legal advice and to answer any of your questions. So, if you have any additional questions after reading, you can get in touch by:
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Choose A Section
- Could I Claim Compensation For An Ankle Injury?
- Examples of Ankle Injury Scenarios
- What Evidence Do I Need For A Broken Ankle Claim?
- Maximum Payouts For An Ankle Injury
- How Can I Find The Best No Win No Fee Lawyers?
- Further Information About Ankle Injury Claims
You could claim compensation for an ankle injury if it was caused by someone else’s negligence. This could be within a workplace, on the road or in a public setting, such as a supermarket or park. In order to prove a personal injury claim demonstrated negligence, you would need to show that:
- You were owed a duty of care
- The duty of care that was owed to you was breached
- You suffered an injury or illness as a result
If you can prove that these criteria apply, then you could be eligible to make a claim for compensation.
Time Limits When Claiming
The time limit could begin from the date of the accident or the date you gained awareness that someone else’s negligence caused or contributed to your injuries.
However, there are certain exceptions that may apply to your specific situation in which you could claim after three years.
To learn more about time limits when claiming, contact our advisors on the number above.
Frequency Of Ankle Injuries
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) records and publishes health and safety at work statistics collated from reports they get from employers.
Under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR), employers are expected to report certain accidents and injuries.
As such, for the year 2020/21, employers reported 51,211 non-fatal injuries to employees.
Additionally, statistics showed that 14,938 employees suffered a non-fatal injury to their lower limbs. Of this number, 4,889 suffered an injury to their ankle.
These statistics also showed that there were around 16,698 non-fatal slips, trips and falls on the same level, making it the most common accident type reported.
Please note the above figures are provisional.
As we have already mentioned, in order to claim compensation, your ankle injury must be the result of a breach of duty of care.
Below, we have provided some scenarios in which you’re owed a duty of care and how someone could have breached it.
Accident at work: The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA) outlines the duty of care that employers owe their employees. They need to take all reasonable measures to ensure an employee’s safety. Failing to do so could cause harm. For example, you may have damaged your ankle after dropping heavy stock due to receiving inadequate manual handling training.
Public place accident: The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 states that those in control of a public space must take all reasonable measures to protect the health and safety of any visitors. For example, they should carry out regular risk assessments to ensure the space is safe for members of the public. Failing to do so could mean someone experiencing a slip, trip or fall due to a wet floor sign not being put down.
Road traffic accident: The Highway Code provides guidance and rules for the different types of road users. All road users need to act with a reasonable level of care and attention to prevent one another from experiencing harm. If they fail to do this, another road user could be harmed. For example, a driver may have operated their vehicle under the influence of alcohol. As a result, they may have hit a pedestrian causing them to fracture their ankle.
If you have experienced a similar incident of negligence, speak with our team today to find out if you have a valid claim.
The first step to take after you have been involved in an accident is to seek out medical attention. In doing so, you can ensure you receive the proper treatment for your injuries. Also, medical records from your visits to the hospital or doctor could provide details on the severity of your injuries.
Additionally, gathering other evidence can be a good way to strengthen your personal injury claim. Some examples of evidence you could collect include:
- Photographs of the accident scene
- Photographs of the injury
- Contact details of witnesses
- CCTV footage or dashcam footage of the accident
You may also find it helpful to get legal advice while you are preparing to make your claim. A solicitor could help you when obtaining evidence to support your case. They could also help you through the different stages when seeking compensation.
To get free legal advice, our advisors are happy to help. They could assign a solicitor from our panel to work on your claim. Call on the number above for more information.
The compensation you receive for your injuries may be awarded under general damages.
The Judicial College produces guidelines that outline bracket compensation amounts for different injuries. They are often used to help when valuing your injuries. We have used these brackets to create the table below.
However, it’s important to note that there are many different factors that are considered when determining how much compensation you could be awarded. For instance, medical evidence may be used to determine:
- The severity of the injury
- How long you have suffered
- The effects the injury has had on your day-to-day life
For that reason, you should only use the figures below as a guide because you’re actual settlement will differ.
|Types of Injuries||How Much?||Description|
|Ankle Injuries: Moderate (c)||£12,900 to £24,950||Fractures and tears in the ligaments, resulting in disabilities of a less severe nature.|
|Ankle Injuries: Modest (d)||Up to £12,900||Minor fractures, sprains or injury to the ligaments.|
|Ankle Injuries: Very Severe (a)||£46,980 to £65,420||Injuries might include a transmalleolar fracture alongside extensive soft-tissue damage that has resulted in a deformity.|
|Ankle Injuries: Severe (b)||£29,380 to £46,980||Injuries that require extensive treatment or the need for pins or plates.|
|Achilles Tendon: Serious (b)||£23,460 to £28,240||The tendon has been repaired successfully after being completely divided but there is a weakness and loss of movement in the ankle|
|Foot Injuries: Severe (d)||£39,390 to £65,710||Where both heels are fractured causing a restriction on mobility.|
|Foot Injuries: Moderate (f)||£12,900 to £23,460||Metatarsal fractures that are displaced and that have resulted in a permanent deformity.|
|Foot Injuries: Serious (e)||£23,460 to £36,790||Injuries that are less severe than in more serious cases, but lead to continuing pain.|
|Foot Injuries: Modest (g)||Up to £12,900||Simple fractures of the metatarsal or ruptured ligaments. Injuries may cause continuing pain.|
|Achilles Tendon: Minor (d)||£6,820 to £11,820||Injuries resulting in some damage to the tendon as a result of turning over on the ankle can be included in this bracket.|
In addition to compensation for your injuries, you may also be able to claim back any financial losses incurred as a result of the harm you sustained. These will be awarded under special damages provided you have evidence to prove the losses.
Types of financial losses you may be able to claim back might include:
- Travel expenses
- Special equipment, e.g. mobility aids
- Loss of wages
- Childcare costs
If you have any further questions about ankle injury compensation, don’t hesitate to contact our advisors today.
A No Win No Fee agreement provides several benefits when hiring legal representation. For example, you won’t need to pay any costs upfront for a solicitor’s services or ongoing costs while your claim proceeds.
For claims that succeed, you will pay a legally-capped percentage of your compensation to your solicitor as a success fee.
However, if your case is unsuccessful then you don’t have to pay the success fee to your solicitor.
If this is something you’d like to learn more about, get in touch with our team of advisors. They could put you in touch with our panel of personal injury lawyers, provided you have a valid ankle injury claim.
Call Us To Make An Ankle Injury Claim
If you would like any more information on claiming for an ankle injury, then please contact us by:
- Using our live chat feature
- Calling us on the number at the top of the page
- Filling out our online contact form
Here are some additional resources, with further information:
- Visit the HSE website for workplace statistics.
- For any medical advice, visit the NHS website.
- See the government guide on claiming compensation after an accident or injury.
Check out more of our personal injury claims guides below:
- Find answers in our personal injury FAQs
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- How do personal injury claims work?
- What is the personal injury claims time limit?
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- Examples of a life-changing injury that you can claim for
- How to claim after suffering a torn tricep
- How to find quality personal injury solicitors
- Learn how to make a knee injury claim
- What is the definition of a No Win No Fee agreement?
- What are the time limits for personal injury claims?
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- A guide to No Win No Fee agreements in personal injury claims
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For any further information in relation to an ankle injury claim, please feel free to contact us on the number at the top of the page.