Have you injured your ankle in an accident at work, in public, or on the roads? Was the accident caused by a third party breaching their duty of care? If so, you might be eligible to begin an ankle injury compensation claim.
We have experience guiding eligible claimants through the process of making a personal injury claim and seeking compensation for the way they have been affected by the harm they sustained. Furthermore, we are able to connect claimants with valid grounds to proceed with their case to an expert solicitor from our panel who has knowledge of the personal injury claims process. Find out more about how we can help by reading on.
- A duty of care is owed to you in the workplace, in public spaces and on the roads. To have an eligible claim, you need to prove that this duty of care was breached and this resulted in you being injured.
- Evidence can help strengthen your claim and demonstrate that you have valid grounds to pursue compensation.
- A personal injury settlement awarded after a successful claim can include damages for the physical, psychological and financial impacts of the injury.
- If you instruct a personal injury solicitor to represent you under No Win No Fee terms, you won’t generally be expected to pay an upfront fee for them to begin working on your case.
If you have any questions whilst or after reading our helpful guide, please get in touch with an advisor. To reach out, you can call on 020 8050 2736, enquire about your potential claim online, or speak to an advisor via the live chat window below.
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- How Personal Injury Claims UK Can Help You Make An Ankle Injury Claim
- When Can You Make A Claim For An Ankle Injury?
- Calculating Compensation For An Ankle Injury
- What Evidence Could You Use In An Ankle Injury Compensation Claim?
- Use A No Win No Fee Solicitor To Make An Ankle Injury Compensation Claim
- More Resources About Ankle Injury Claims
If you get in touch, we could assess your case for free with no obligation to begin your claim with us. However, if you did choose to pursue an ankle injury compensation claim with our help, we could put you in touch with an expert solicitor from our panel provided you meet the eligibility criteria to proceed.
Some of the ways a solicitor from our panel could assist you include:
- Explaining complex legal jargon.
- Making sure your claim is submitted in full and on time.
- Helping you collect evidence to support your claim.
- Calculating the value of your claim.
- Communicating and sending important correspondence on your behalf.
To find out whether you could be connected with an expert personal injury solicitor from our panel, please contact us on the number above. Alternatively, read on to learn when it could be possible for you to begin an ankle injury claim.
You could be eligible to seek personal injury compensation if you can prove negligence occurred. In tort law, this means:
- A third party, such as an occupier, employer, or road user, owed you a duty of care.
- This duty was breached.
- You experienced a physical and/or psychological injury as a result of the breach.
In addition to these criteria, there is a three-year time limit in which to start legal proceedings. This is outlined in the Limitation Act 1980 which states you generally have three years from the accident date to begin your claim.
However, exceptions can apply to the time limits in different circumstances, such as when the party is under the age of 18, or if the injured person lacks the mental capacity to begin legal proceedings themselves.
Please speak to our advisors if you would like further guidance on the eligibility criteria or time limits. Alternatively, read on to learn about the duty of care different third parties owe, as well as the legislation they must adhere to.
Ankle Injuries From Road Traffic Accidents
A duty of care is owed by road users. This duty requires them to use the roads in a way that avoids an injury or damage being sustained by other road users and themselves. To adhere to this duty, they must follow the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Highway Code.
A breach of this duty by another road user could lead to a road traffic accident in which you injure your ankle. For example:
- A driver under the influence of alcohol could collide head-on with a pedestrian on a pedestrian crossing resulting in them suffering a very serious ankle fracture as well as other injuries, such as paralysis.
Ankle Injuries From Accidents At Work
A duty of care is owed to employees by their employers as outlined in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA). This duty requires employers to take practicable and reasonable steps to ensure that employees are safe in the workplace and as they perform their duties.
Failure to adhere to this duty could result in an accident at work in which you sustain an ankle injury. For example:
- A wet floor or spillage might be left unmarked or unattended causing an employee to slip, trip or fall and damage their ankle.
Ankle Injuries From Accidents In Public Places
The party in charge of public spaces are called occupiers. They owe a duty of care under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. It outlines the need to take steps to ensure the reasonable safety of anyone who uses or visits the space for its intended purpose.
A failure to do so could lead to a public place accident in which you sustain an injury to your ankle. For example:
- You might sustain a broken ankle in a pub accident after falling down a flight of stairs due to poor or inadequate lighting.
Please get in touch with us to find out whether you’re eligible to begin an ankle injury compensation claim and learn how we can use our expertise to assist you.
If your ankle injury compensation claim is a success, your settlement can be made up of two heads of loss. Firstly, general damages compensate for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries.
Those who calculate the value of your injuries can refer to medical evidence and a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to help them. This document lists guideline award brackets which correspond to different types of injuries all varying in severity.
Guideline Compensation Table
The figures in the table come from the JCG, with the exception of the first entry. Please use this table as a guide only because settlements will vary depending on the unique circumstances of your case.
|Area of Injury||Severity||Award Bracket||Notes|
|Multiple Serious Injuries plus monetary losses||Severe||Up to £100,000+||Injuries of a serious nature alongside financial losses, such as lost income, can be compensated for.|
|Ankle||(a) Very Severe||£50,060 - £69,700||Cases of a transmalleolar fracture alongside extensive soft tissue damage causing deformity and the risk of any future injury requiring an amputation below the knee.|
|(b) Severe||£31,310 - £50,060||Injuries that require an extensive treatment period with or without a lengthy period in plaster. There is a significant residual disability and the person's ability to work is severely limited.|
|(c) Moderate||£13,740 - £26,590||Fractures and tears to ligaments that cause disabilities that are less serious such as trouble walking on uneven ground.|
|(d) Modest||Up to £13,740||Minor and undisplaced fractures as well as sprains and ligament injuries.|
|Achilles Tendon||(a) Most Serious||Around £38,430||The tendon as well as the muscle called the peroneus longus are severed which causes cramp, swelling and restricted ankle movement.|
|(b) Serious||£24,990 - £30,090||A complete division of the tendon is repaired successfully but the person is left with residual weakness, limited ankle movement, a limp, and scarring.|
|(c) Moderate||£12,590 - £21,070||Cases that involve partial rupture or significant tendon injury.|
Claiming Financial Losses In Ankle Injury Claims
Special damages are the second head of loss that could form your settlement. This aims to reimburse any financial losses caused by the injuries you suffered. For example:
- Any past and future loss of earnings.
- Medical expenses.
- Travel expenses.
- Care costs.
It will be necessary to prove these expenses or losses with documentation like receipts, invoices, or wage slips.
For more information on the payout you could be awarded after a successful ankle injury compensation claim, you can get in touch using the number above.
It’s important to provide evidence to support your claim for an ankle injury. As such, you could gather the following:
- Medical evidence, such as GP notes, specialists reports, X-rays and scans.
- CCTV or dashcam footage that clearly shows the accident.
- Witness contact details so that at a later date supporting statements can be collected.
- A diary that details your symptoms and any treatments needed.
- Photos of your injury and the place where it happened.
A solicitor from our panel could help you collect evidence to substantiate your case. They can also guide you through the different aspects of the personal injury claims process. To learn more, get in touch at a time that suits you on the number above.
Our panel of personal injury solicitors have decades of expertise handling personal injury claims. If you have an eligible case, they could take up your claim and help you seek compensation. They can offer their services under a No Win No Fee contract called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
A CFA enables you to access the solicitor’s services without the need to pay any initial or ongoing fees. Furthermore, fees are not owed for the solicitor’s work if the claim fails.
At the end of a successful claim, you need to pay a small percentage of your compensation as a success fee to your solicitor. A legal cap applies to this percentage, however, so you always benefit from receiving the majority of your settlement.
Why not see if you meet the eligibility criteria to start a claim for an ankle injury? If you are, you could be connected with a solicitor from our panel and be able to access their services on a No Win No Fee basis. To get in touch, you can:
- Call 020 8050 2736
- Enquire about your potential claim online
- Speak to an advisor via the live chat window below
For more of our helpful guides:
- Information on claiming compensation for a sprained ankle at work after your employer breached their duty of care.
- Find out whether you could claim for a foot injury after an accident that wasn’t your fault.
- Learn how to claim compensation for a toe injury and what you could receive as a settlement.
For more external resources:
- Guidance on when to call 999 from the NHS.
- Information about statutory sick pay from GOV.UK
- Advice about road safety laws from Think!
Thank you for taking the time to read our guide on making an ankle injury compensation claim. Please get in touch if you have any other questions regarding seeking compensation.