Could I Make A Compensation Claim For A Sprained Ankle At Work?
Suffering a sprained ankle at work could have an impact on your ability to walk, and possibly even your ability to work. You might be able to claim compensation if the accident and injury came from a lack of sufficient care by your employer.
In this guide, we’ll explain more about the laws around accidents at work and how personal injury claims work.
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- A Guide To Sprained Ankle At Work Injuries
- How Often Do Sprained Ankle At Work Injuries Occur?
- Key Evidence For Accident At Work Claims
- How Much Compensation Could I Get For Ankle Injuries?
- No Win No Fee Solicitors For Ankle Injuries
- How Do I Learn More About Sprained Ankle At Work Claims?
A sprained ankle occurs when your foot is turned or twisted in an unnatural manner affecting the bones and ligaments supporting your ankle. While they can heal naturally, the period following might be accompanied by pain, bruising, possible swelling of the ankle and an inability to put weight on your foot.
It is advised to seek medical attention if you have suffered a sprained ankle at work, even if just to confirm that the injury is healing correctly. You could claim compensation regardless of whether the ankle injury heals in a short amount of time or not.
The conditions for being eligible for an accident at work compensation are:
- Your employer owed you a duty of care
- They breached this duty, causing an accident or incident
- You suffered an injury as a result
Duty of care means your employer has to do everything within reason to make sure your work is safe. A breach would be if your employer failed to take actions to make sure your working environment was safe.
If your employer did not take reasonable steps to make sure your workplace was safe and this was responsible for the injury you suffered, they could be found at fault for your injury and you could claim compensation against them.
If you want more information about your own situation and what you can do after suffering a sprained ankle at work, you can contact our advisers now for a free consultation.
A slip or trip can lead to the twisting of your foot, causing a sprained ankle at work. An item being dropped on it or contact with a moving object can also cause the injury.
Actions typically associated with ankle sprains are not uncommon in work environments and so sprained ankles at work should be accounted for.
Sprained Ankle At Work Statistics
Slips, trips and falls were the most common non-fatal accident reported under The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) in 2020/21. According to RIDDOR statistics, 16,698 people reported suffering an injury from slips, trips and falls on the same level that year.
Other accidents reported that could also lead to a sprained ankle at work were:
- Injured while handling, lifting or carrying: 9,314
- Falls from a height: 4,143
- Contact with moving machinery: 1,860
- Being struck by falling, moving objects: 5,177
- Hitting something stationary: 1,891
As previously mentioned, your employer has a duty of care towards you and other employees while at work. Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, they are required to perform duties to help with this such as:
- Risk Assessments
- These are health and safety checks of the environment and of any activities they ask you to carry out. If they did not do this and this contributed to the sprain you suffered, then you could claim compensation.
- Provide Proper Training
- Especially for activities such as manual handling, any activity that might have an impact on your health should first come with training. If you did not receive proper training, and this contributed to your sprain, your employer could be found and fault.
- Create Safe Systems of Work
- These are guides and rules that dictate how various activities should be carried out so as to avoid accidents and injuries.
Employers should reduce risk anywhere they reasonably can. If you have suffered a sprained ankle at work, you can ask what could reasonably have been done to prevent this to understand whether there was a breach of the duty of care owed to you. You can speak to an advisor now for more information on your situation.
Any evidence for a personal injury claim could involve the injury and the actual hazard that led to your accident. It could include:
- Medical records. Any medical attention you receive from a professional should be logged.
- Pictures of the injury can also be used.
- CCTV of the accident.
- Witness statements
If your accident came from a hazard that was not attended to in an adequate amount of time; any evidence proving it could help your claim. This could be dated photos and footage, or even emails proving the matter had been brought to an employer’s attention.
Requested CCTV footage of the accident could help prove the version of events that happened.
When it comes to witnesses to the accident, or witnesses who can testify to the hazard being unattended to over a period of time; note down their contact information. Their testimonies could be used as evidence.
The compensation amount will depend on the level of the injury and the impact it has had or will continue to have on you. How the injury affected you, in terms of pain or suffering caused, will be covered in the head of compensation known as general damages.
The Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) can give you an idea of what might be awarded. It is a publication setting out compensation brackets based on compensation awarded in courts for various injuries. We’ve used figures from the JCG in the table below.
Injury Notes Award
Ankle Injury: Modest Covering less serious sprains, and ligamentous injuries Up to £12,900
Ankle Injury: Moderate Fractures and ligamentous tears £12,900 to £24,950
Ankle Injury: Severe Long period of treatment needed or a residual disability occurs £29,380 to £46,980
Ankle Injury: Very Severe Extensive tissue damage resulting in deformities £46,980 to £65,420
Achilles Tendon: Minor A turning of the ankle resulting in some damage to the tendon £6,820 to £11,820
Achilles Tendon: Moderate Partial rupture or significant injury to the tendon £11,820 to £19,770
Achilles Tendon: Serious Division of the tendon is repaired but residual weakness £23,460 to £28,240
Achilles Tendon: Most Serious Severance of the tendon In the region of £36,060
Foot Injuries: Moderate Displaced metatarsal fractures £12,900 to £23,460
Foot Injuries: Modest Simple metatarsal fractures, ruptured ligaments Up to £12,900
What compensation amount you receive might differ from the above. It will depend on factors such as your medical report and condition.
If the injury has affected you financially, you could recover the costs in the second head of compensation known as special damages.
If your accident left you unable to work, unable to drive or you had to buy aids to help with the pain or mobility of a sprained ankle, you could include these costs in your claim. It’s important to maintain financial records of costs coming from the injury.
It can be recommended that you do not seek out compensation before first knowing the full extent of your injuries. You should know as best you can the impact it will have on you physically and financially. The sprain might not heal as well as thought and the costs to you might be more than initially thought.
Once a settlement is reached, it cannot be renegotiated. So it is important to be as thorough as you can in understanding the impact of the accident you suffered.
If you’d like our advisors to value your claim for free, why not call us on the number at the top of the page?
Our panel of solicitors handle all accepted personal injury claims on a No Win No Fee basis. Under a No Win No Fee agreement, your solicitor would agree to not charge you any upfront or ongoing fees.
You would be charged a success fee; which can only be applied if your claim is successful and compensation is awarded. Fees would be a legally capped percentage of that amount. If you do not succeed in your claim, there would be no fee to pay your solicitor.
Talk To Us About A Sprained Ankle At Work Claim
Our advisers are available at any time to give free legal advice. You can:
- Contact us via our website
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You can report health and safety concerns to the Health and Safety Executive.
Use the NHS to learn whether or not your injury was a sprain.
You can also contact a physiotherapist through the NHS.
Other guides we offer include:
- A guide to accident at work claims
- Claim compensation if you’ve been injured by a moving object at work
- Manual handling injury claims
- How to claim compensation for hand injuries at work
- How to claim compensation after a head injury at work
- A guide on claiming compensation for a workplace injury
- Claim compensation after suffering a finger injury at work
- How to claim compensation for eye injuries at work
- Forklift accidents at work
- How to claim compensation for a knee injury at work
- Back injury at work claims
- How to make a fall from a height claim
- Finding construction accident solicitors
- Making a claim for a concussion at work
- How to make factory accident claims
- How long do I have to claim after an accident at work?
- What are my rights after an accident at work?
- What do I need to do after an accident at work?
- Working with serious injury solicitors
- A guide to claiming compensation for fatal work accidents
- How to make a work injury claim
- Tips on preventing an accident in the workplace
- Can my employer sack me after an accident at work?
- How to claim for an accident at work
If you have any questions about making a sprained ankle at work claim, get in touch with our advisors.
Written by CHA
Published by VIC