If you suffer a torn ankle ligament through no fault of your own, you could claim compensation. And this guide can provide you with an example case study of a £17,000 soft tissue ankle injury compensation settlement. Personal injury lawyers are covering cases like this all the time, and so they could handle your personal injury claim too. Our advisors are available to listen to your enquiry by telephone on 0800 408 7825, via our Live Chat or through our online contact form.
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- A Guide To Calculate Soft Tissue Ankle Injury Compensation
- What Are Ligament Tears?
- Torn Ligament Financial Problems
- Common Causes Of Ankle Ligament Tears
- You Could Get Additional Care Claims
- Calculating Torn Ankle Ligaments Compensation Estimates
- Case Study: £17,000 Torn Ankle Ligament Settlements
- Torn Ankle Ligament Compensation Estimates
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This guide handles potential questions surrounding care claims, compensation calculators, No Win No Fee and much more. The basis of this guide is an example case study, with a £17,000 compensation payout for a soft tissue ankle injury.
All cases would be subject to the terms and conditions of the personal injury claims time limit. You have 3 years to claim from either suffering or learning of your ankle injury. Talk to us to find out more about what the personal injury claims time limit requires.
The ankle has three major ligaments. They are the anterior inferior tibiofibular ligament, the lateral anterior talofibular ligament and posterior ligament. A tear in any of these is generally the result of the ankle twisting, stretching or rolling in an unexpected direction. And the impact of a ligament tear in your ankle could prove to be very painful. Swelling could be an immediate symptom, as could noticeable bruising and tenderness.
As a result, you could find it difficult to walk, and attempting to do so could cause further damage. A minor tear could heal up within several weeks. For a severe ligament tear which requires surgery, however, you could be looking at several months of incapacity. Speak to us today about the specifics of a ligament tear and how its severity may impact your soft tissue ankle injury compensation.
Financial troubles may arise from you suffering a torn ligament. This is because you may not be able to work for the duration of your recovery period. And think about the long-term impact of your injury, even beyond your ankle fully healing. Could this setback prevent you from continuing a career in active sports? Or might it limit your mobility sufficiently that you’re unable to drive, thus having to focus solely on working locally? Personal injury lawyers who would be covering your case could factor this information into your case. And that could mean you receiving a higher compensation settlement for your soft tissue ankle injury. Talk to our friendly team today to learn more.
To receive compensation for your accident would require you to prove the negligence of a third party as the cause. This would consist of a breach in their duty of care towards you, thus causing an incident leading to an injury such as an ankle ligament tear. But there are three different areas where a duty of care may be breached depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident.
The first is under employer’s liability (EL), and the prospect of an accident at work due to a breach of duty. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 would be covering situations involving you being hurt at work. Perhaps your ankle rolls after moving a pallet, or maybe you twist your ankle after slipping on a wet floor at work. Or perhaps the ankle ligament tear is one of multiple injuries, thus potentially meaning a multiple injury claim. In order to make a work accident claim you would have to prove employer negligence.
We also have public liability (PL), with the duty of care to avoid accidents in public places. The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 states the terms that should prevent someone being injured in a public place. A public liability claim is also a possibility after an accident in a public place depending on if your injury was caused through a breach in the duty of care owed to you by the occupier. Public liability insurance could influence the outcome of your case in that situation.
And then we come to road traffic accidents (RTA), and the duty of care stated by the Highway Code. This applies to all drivers, as they should look out for each other, as well as for pedestrians and cyclists. Contact us for further details about what you would need in order to prove a duty of care breach.
You Could Get Additional Care Claims
Bear in mind that once you see a doctor to have your injury diagnosed, you still have to rehabilitate the torn ankle ligament. And while you’re recuperating, you may find that you require assistance in order to complete normal daily tasks, or simply to cope with the pain. That’s where the possibility of a care claim becomes important. If you pay for a professional carer, for instance, you would be looked after, but at what price financially? The costs that this would incur may result in you spending a lot of money.
The same applies if you hire someone to manage cleaning or gardening at your home. And it could also include the time and effort from friends and family, which we class as “gracious care”. All of the expenses for this assistance could form the basis for a care claim. Personal injury lawyers could build a stronger case for you to potentially receive compensation for your soft tissue ankle injury. Use our Live Chat to receive more facts about care claims.
Your torn ankle ligament compensation may consist of general damages and special damages. In the case of the former, it would be about covering the pain itself from the injury. General damages take into account pain, suffering and loss of amenity.
As for special damages, they would handle all of the remaining expenses brought about due to your injury. So, if you’ve been unable to work for a number of months, or if you can’t drive and have to use public transport, those costs could be included. The same applies for medication such as painkillers, and also physiotherapy treatment you may require to build the strength in your ankle once again. All of these would be integral factors in determining our estimate for your soft tissue ankle injury compensation.
We should point out, however, that in order for us to provide this estimate, you would firstly undergo an independent medical assessment. After all, for your claim to succeed, we require as many facts as possible that support the evidence in your favour. A complete diagnosis of your injury allows us to clearly state how much your life has been impacted by the injury. And the medical check could therefore confirm the clear link between the incident and you suffering your ankle ligament damage. Only once you receive your medical evaluation could we then accurately estimate a potential settlement to build your claim upon. Our knowledgeable team is happy to discuss any queries you may have about this aspect of the claims process.
Mr Thompson works as a solicitor in Colchester. After leaving the office and heading to his car he anticipated his long drive home.
The evening was light but the traffic was particularly heavy around the city centre. As he was making his way out of the centre through a crossroad he was hit by another car that had failed to give way and had gone straight into the driver door. On impact, Mr Thompson’s right foot had been injured.
He was taken to his local hospital, where he was diagnosed with a tear in one of his ligament’s in his ankle. He needed surgery in order for the ankle to heal correctly. This necessitated him losing out on work, for 3 months.
Therefore, Mr Thompson filed a compensation claim against the driver. They initially tried to deny responsibility, but a witnessed had provided an account to back up Mr Thompson’s account. Mr Thompson received £17,000 as an out-of-court soft tissue ankle injury compensation settlement. This included £13,000 in general damages and £4,000 in special damages.
|Type Of Special Damages||Includes:||How Much?|
|Lost Earnings||Costs of lost earnings as a result of the injury, meaning 3 months away from work. Only received SSP||£3,500|
|Medical Costs||Costs of prescription medication||£50|
|Transport Costs||Travel to and from his appointments relating to his recovery||£200|
|Other Costs||Cleaner and professional carer||£250|
The case of Mr Thompson 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.
An online personal injury claims calculator provides general estimates for injuries. We know, however, that the impact of a torn ankle ligament affects everybody in different ways. Perhaps there are significant restrictions on your mobility. Maybe your job is at risk due to the time off that you require. Or perhaps the injury puts you in a position where your finances are in debt for the foreseeable future. Therefore, we don’t believe in giving template figures.
Instead, we take all of the information from your medical assessment and learn everything else we need to know about your circumstances. And from there, we’re able to then provide you with a compensation estimate that is more true to your needs. The knock-on effect of your torn ankle ligament is unique to you, so your potential settlement should reflect that. For an accurate estimate of your potential soft tissue ankle injury compensation, contact our specialist team.
The benefits of working with a No Win No Fee solicitor are numerous. From not having to pay legal fees at the point of contact or while the case is ongoing. What’s more, as the name suggests, if your case fails, then your personal injury solicitor receives nothing. That’s right: if you don’t receive compensation, you don’t pay a single penny to your solicitor.
If your case is successful, that’s the only scenario where your solicitor would receive a nominal figure to cover their legal fees. This is called a success fee, and keep in mind that it’s capped by law. Therefore, your compensation for your soft tissue ankle injury wouldn’t be greatly hindered by this. All of this helps you to feel calmer and under less financial strain as you pursue your claim.
All further points about No Win No Fee are available on our website; otherwise, use our Live Chat for further guidance.
These are the questions you might ask yourself if you wish to identify the best personal injury lawyer possible for your case:
- Who has a long-standing track record of successfully winning cases?
- Which law firm specialises in soft tissue ankle injuries?
- Who has the qualifications to warrant my commitment?
- Which personal injury solicitor has plenty of credible positive reviews?
- Who can guarantee me a fast turnaround, continuous communication and clarity on my case?
Public Interest Lawyers could provide you with a personal injury solicitor who has the knowledge and experience needed for your case. So, please speak to our friendly team so that you can benefit from our service.
Before contacting us, remember that you’re not obliged to proceed with your claim, even after you begin to speak with our specialists.
What’s more, we’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer any questions you may have. And our panel of personal injury solicitors could maintain communication with you face-to-face, via telephone, over email or by smartphone video calls. We adapt to your needs while building the strongest possible case for you.
There are three ways that you can get in touch with our friendly team. One is to call us on 0800 408 7825. Another is to use our Live Chat tool at the bottom corner of this page. Or maybe you prefer to complete our contact form, where you can send us a longer message about your accident.
If you require further information about soft tissue ankle injury compensation, the links below may be of use. They cover the injury itself, along with various accidents which may result in payouts.
A full breakdown of the claims process is available on our website.
We describe how to claim after particular scenarios, such as slips, trips and falls.
And we also advise on what to do if a third party denies liability for your accident.
Meanwhile, the NHS has its own specific guide on ankle injuries.
And it also advises on how to identify sprains and strains, such as a soft tissue ankle injury.
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 details the procedure covering workplace accidents.
Article by AR