Injury or damage to your ankle can cause real issues in your daily life, and the effects of these injuries can cause problems for a long time. In this guide, we’ll shed lights on when you can seek compensation for a crushed ankle, and what factors matter when establishing how much compensation you can receive.
If you’ve been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault and have injured your ankle as a result, then call our team on 0800 408 7826. You can also contact us through our online chat service or write to us about your case by clicking here.
Our personal injury claims team will be able to gather the details of your accident and pass you on to our panel of experienced lawyers. To find out more, why not read our guide below to see how our expert team can help you.
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- How Much Compensation For A Crushed Ankle?
- What Is A Crushed Ankle Injury?
- Areas Of Financial Loss From Ankle Injuries
- Top 3 Most Common Ankle Crush Incidents
- Case Study: £60,000 Compensation For An Ankle Injury
- Our Duty Of Care Explanation
- Your Crushed Ankle Compensation Estimate
- No Win No Fee Ankle Injury Cases
- Where Are The Top Personal Injury Lawyers?
- Chat About Your Crushed Ankle Claim
- More Resources For Ankle Injury Cases
In order to make a claim following a broken ankle or sprain, you need to be able to show that the accident was a result of someone else’s mistake or negligence. So, for example, if you twisted your ankle walking up your stairs at home you wouldn’t be able to make a personal injury claim as the accident wasn’t the result of third party negligence.
Accidents at work, road traffic accidents and accidents in public places are perhaps the most common types of cases that could result in crushed ankle injury claims. In each of these cases, someone else has a duty of care to make sure you’re free of the risk of harm.
Because it’s so important for your claim that you’re able to prove that a duty of care has been breached, it’s always recommended that you gather as much relevant evidence as possible at the time. We’ll discuss this further below.
If you’re suffering from an ankle injury, a personal injury compensation calculator might seem like an easy way to work out the amount you can expect by filing a claim. However, because every case is unique it’s tricky to come up with a definite amount without a medical examination.
However, our personal injury claims team is well-versed in these types of cases so can offer you all of the free legal advice you may need. We’d recommend getting in touch in order to start the process and to see how much your claim might be worth.
There are many ways your ankle could be crushed or damaged as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault.
Even one of these bones in your ankle breaking can cause a lot of pain, discomfort and difficulty getting around. Bimalleolar fractures, which causes damage to the inner and outer sides of the ankle, will almost always need surgery to heal. The same can be said for a trimalleolar fracture, which affects the inside, outside and back of the ankle.
You might assume that a sprained ankle is nothing to worry about or something that you don’t need to seek medical attention for. This might be the case for a Grade I ankle sprain, where the ligament is a little overstretched, although it’s advised that you follow NHS guidance on how to treat this yourself. In fact, a sprained ankle, particularly a Grade III one, where the ligament has fully torn, can be really difficult to heal if left untreated and cause long-term issues with moving around and supporting your weight.
Sprains and fractures are often the result of a single traumatic injury, but this isn’t the only way your ankle can be damaged. Stress fractures of the foot are small cracks in the bone that are often the result of repetitive activities. You might not even notice the pain to begin with, but it tends to get worse as time goes on. Get in touch with your doctor if you notice a pain in your foot gets more severe.
Accidents that might damage your ankle might happen in work, on the road or in a public space, and we can help you seek compensation for any accident like this that wasn’t your fault. Just contact us today for expert assistance on injury claims.
As our ankles enable us to move about freely and support our weight, an ankle injury could really affect your day to day life. You might find that you’re not able to work while the injury heals which, if it’s a particularly nasty one, could see you out of work for a significant amount of time.
Often ankle injuries can affect your social life, particularly if you play a lot of sport or are generally quite active. You might also find yourself needing painkillers or even physiotherapy to regain some sense of normalcy, the costs of which can build up quickly if you’re paying for them out-of-pocket.
To ensure you recover costs incurred because of your ankle injury, you’ll need to keep hold of all receipts, invoices and the like. For more information on what you can claim back, please contact our personal injury claims team.
Top 3 Most Common Ankle Crush Incidents
Accidents at work
An accident might occur in work that results in a crushed ankle injury. Such an incident may arise where your employer failed in their duty of care to ensure your working environment was safe.
Your ankle might be injured in work as a result of a slip on a floor that wasn’t cleaned properly after a spill, or where the relevant signage wasn’t put up to make employees aware of the hazard.
Remember that if you’re an employee you also have a duty of care to yourself and your colleagues.
Road Traffic Accidents
You might find that you suffer an ankle injury in a road traffic accident (RTA) where you’re a driver, pedestrian, cyclist or motorcyclist.
Pedestrians and cyclists, as vulnerable road users, are more likely to suffer from a crushed or broken ankle injury in a road traffic accident because they don’t have the protection of a vehicle, but some accidents such as head-on collisions, side impacts or multi-vehicle pile-ups might cause you to suffer from an injury even if you’re the driver of a car.
Public Place Incidents
If you suffer an accident in a public space, the person who is in control of that space has a duty of care to take reasonable steps to ensure that anyone who visits will be safe whilst using the premises for the purposes intended, according to the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.
If they haven’t taken these steps, and the result is an accident that leads to an ankle injury, this could be sufficient for you to make a public liability claim. You should always report accidents in public places whenever possible and collect evidence that might be useful in your crushed ankle injury claim.
Harvey, a 33-year-old plasterer, was working on a construction site when he slipped on some oil that had leaked at the top of a flight of stairs. At the time he was carrying a heavy box, which landed on his ankle as he fell. The lighting at the top of the stairs was poor, with one bulb burnt out and not been replaced, so the spill was very difficult to see.
Harvey suffered from a trimalleolar fracture to his ankle, meaning that the three bones supporting his weight – the lateral malleolus, the medial malleolus and the posterior malleolus – all broke at the same time. He also experienced a Grade III ankle sprain, resulting in a complete tear of the ligament which would need surgery to repair.
The site manager had been told about the spill when it happened but hadn’t yet arranged for someone to put up a sign and clean the area.
Harvey was rushed to hospital. His colleagues reported the accident as soon as it happened, so it was entered into the site’s accident book. Luckily, they also took photographs of the spill and the broken bulb.
Harvey sought legal advice and decided to pursue a crushed ankle injury claim.
Harvey was told by his doctor that his injury would require him to be off work for at least 8 weeks, possibly longer depending on the healing time. He was also told that because of the severity of the fracture and the extent of the soft tissue damage, any further damage to his ankle might result in a below-knee amputation being necessary.
Up until the injury, Harvey had been an avid football player coaching an under 11s team at his local youth club. The injuries he suffered meant that he wouldn’t be able to support his weight on his ankle for at least 8 weeks, so he wasn’t able to see his team through to the end of the season.
Harvey had also been an avid skier and snowboarder, visiting the Swiss Alps at least once a year to improve his skills with the view to eventually taking a ski instructor course and teaching snowsports for 6 months out of the year. As his doctor had warned him that any further damage to his ankle might mean the amputation of his lower leg, Harvey was reluctant to take any further risks and was forced to accept that his snowsport days were behind him.
The time it took Harvey’s ankle to heal meant that he wasn’t able to work at all for 6 months, as his work required him to be on his feet for his entire shift which wasn’t feasible due to the extent of his injury. Harvey also couldn’t walk his pet poodle, Hugo, for around 8 weeks. Harvey paid for a local dog-walker to walk Hugo twice a day while his injuries healed, and his girlfriend was able to take some time off work to help with household chores for a couple of hours a day during the twelve weeks that he was unable to do things around the house.
Types of special damages Includes How much?
Travel expenses Harvey had to take taxis to and from hospital appointments and physiotherapy on most occasions. When his girlfriend was able to drive him to his appointments, they had to pay for parking at the hospital. £450
Medications/prescriptions Prescriptions filled for painkillers, physiotherapy sessions after the initial 6 Harvey was offered on the NHS £180
Additional Care Harvey's girlfriend had to come and help him with household tasks such as cooking, cleaning and getting dressed when he wasn’t able to support his weight on his foot. She'd come to help for 2-3 hours a day at least, sometimes taking time off work to do so, for the 8 weeks it took Harvey's ankle to improve to the point where he could do these things himself. £720
Future loss Although Harvey's ankle was able to support some weight when his plaster was removed, as a plasterer he would be on his feet all day leading to extreme discomfort and possible long term complications- because of this, Harvey would be off work for almost 6 months whilst doing physiotherapy and allowing the muscles to rebuild. £14,000
Dog walking Harvey paid for his dog Hugo to be walked while his foot was in a cast. £720
We can see from the table above that the special damages related to Harvey’s claim were valued at around £16,070. Combined with the general damages for this type and severity of the injury, Harvey’s claim was settled for a total of £81,490.
The case of Harvey is purely an example. It is based on our past experiences of handling and valuing claims and serves to illustrate how accidents can happen and how they are valued.
A duty of care describes the reasonable steps that someone should take to ensure your health, safety and wellbeing.
Your employer, for example, has a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 to ensure your health, safety and welfare at work. Should your employer breach this duty by, for instance, failing to provide you with personal protective equipment or adequate training, and you suffer an ankle injury as a result, you could make a claim. For most employers, employers’ liability insurance is compulsory, offering both yourself and your employer protection in the event of an accident. This is set out in the Employer’s Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969.
If you’re injured in a public place, the person or organisation who controls that space is often the one with a duty of care under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. They owe a common duty of care to make sure that everyone using the space for the intended purpose is safe and free of harm, as far as is reasonably possible.
A failure to regularly inspect the space to ensure it’s safety, to make repairs to equipment or to conduct risk assessments could all lead to a breach of duty, causing an injury.
Drivers on the road don’t have a duty of care that’s spelt out in legislation but drivers can look to the Highway Code. This sets out that all drivers have a duty of care to each other and should take reasonable steps to make sure they conduct themselves in a safe manner for all road users.
If, for example, a driver carries out a dangerous manoeuvre, speeds, or drives without due care and attention, this could see them breach their duty of care to others and potentially inflict injury.
If you feel that you’ve been injured as a result of someone neglecting their duty of care and want more information about crushed ankle injury claims, get in touch with our team who will be able to put you in touch with a specialist personal injury lawyer from our panel.
If you’ve suffered a crushed ankle in an accident at work, RTA or were injured in a public place, it might be tempting to use an online calculator to see how much you can expect in compensation for your crushed ankle injury claim.
But a lot of the time such tools aren’t able to collect enough information to give you an accurate amount.
Your claim will be reliant upon a medical assessment—arranged as part of the claim—where it can be established that your injuries were caused by the accident you were involved in. This assessment will also be important in identifying what long term effects you might suffer from, which can make a big difference to the amount your crushed ankle injury claim is worth.
Rather than use an online calculator, it’s advised to get in touch with our team who can put you in contact with an expert personal injury lawyer from our pane; who’ll help you get started with your claim.
Let’s take a look at the two heads of claim that a potential compensation package could be made up of.
If you’re injured in a public place, at work or in a road traffic accident, general damages will cover your pain, suffering and loss of quality of life as a result of the accident. These can be physical or psychological injuries, and the compensation will be calculated based on the severity of these injuries and how long they affect you after the accident.
When you’re suffering from an injury after an accident that wasn’t your fault, the out-of-pocket expenses that relate to your recovery can quickly add up.
The special damages head of a claim will make sure that you’re not left footing the bill for the outcome of an injury that wasn’t your fault. Special damages will cover a range of expenses, such as
- Transport to and from hospital appointments
- Any treatments or prescriptions you’ve had to pay for yourself
- Adjustments you’ve had to make to your home as a result of your injury
- Services that help you in your daily life, like cleaning and gardening.
Making a claim following an accident can be a daunting prospect, but our panel of personal injury lawyers can offer you a No Win No Fee agreement to give you peace of mind throughout the process.
A No Win No Fee, or Conditional Fee Agreement, means that you will not have to pay any fees upfront or throughout your claim. If your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t need to pay your solicitor for the work they’ve done pursuing your claim.
If your claim succeeds, your solicitor will take a small deduction from your claim to cover their costs, also known as a “success fee”, which is legally capped.
For more information on the No Win No Fee agreements we offer, you can get in touch with us either by phone or through our live chat, bottom right.
You might think it’s important to work with a solicitor who’s local to you when pursuing a claim, but this isn’t the case. It’s much more important that your solicitor has the experience necessary to pursue your claim to the best of their ability, that you feel at ease while working with them, and that they’re able to arrange a medical assessment within a reasonable distance to you. Not only that, you want a lawyer who communicates well and will strive to achieve the best result possible.
Our panel of personal injury lawyers can offer you all of this and more. Just contact us today to get started.
For more information and to get the ball rolling on your claim for an ankle injury, you can contact us by
- Calling us on 0800 408 7826
- Writing to us using our online form
- Using our live chat function on the bottom right of our page
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- NHS advice on breaking a bone
- Information on Health and Safety at work
- Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957
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Thank you for reading our guide to crushed ankle injury claims. We hope you’ve found it useful.
Guide by FS
Edited by REG