The following guide explains information that may prove really useful to know about claiming for a fractured ankle and torn ligaments compensation. The article shall explain the compensation process by looking at an example case study, with a claimant claiming compensation for a fractured ankle. It examines the different pieces of legislation that could be used to support you, as well as, looking at the different damages you may be able to claim. The guide will finish with an explanation of how No Win No Fee solicitors work. The headings below are covering the main areas that we’re going to discuss.
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- A Guide To Calculate Fractured Ankle And Torn Ligament Claims
- What Are Ankle And Ligament Injuries?
- Financial Losses Could Arise
- Common Causes Of Ankle And Ligament Injuries
- How To Receive Care Claims
- Estimates For Ankle And Ligament Compensation
- Case Study: £38,000 Compensation For A Fractured Ankle/Torn Ligaments
- Get A Free Compensation Calculation
- No Win No Fee Simplified
- High-Quality Personal Injury Lawyers Could Help
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- Further Advice
Numerous factors would determine the basis for your fractured ankle and torn ligament compensation claim. This guide handles the main points, amongst them general damages and special damages. We also explain why we avoid using compensation calculators, as well as covering the benefits of a No Win No Fee agreement.
Ahead of any case, though, be mindful of the personal injury claims time limit. This means you would have 3 years to claim after suffering or learning that you suffered your injuries. There are exceptions to this rule. To find out more please call our advisors today. They can provide free advice of no obligation.
Three bones are connecting to the ankle: the tibia, the fibula and the talus. Meanwhile, the ankle is surrounded by several ligaments, including the anterior tibiotalar ligament, the posterior tibiotalar ligament and the tibionavicular ligament. A fracture to any bones or a tear of any ligaments could be the result of a sudden impact of great force.
A sprain or strain, meanwhile, has its own symptoms to watch out for. They include pain, tenderness, weakness, swollenness, bruising, spasms and an inability to put weight on the foot in question.
If you fracture your ankle, then you could be looking at up to six weeks of incapacity. And for a severe break of an ankle or a ligament, it might take months to fully recover. It is vital that if you think you have broken a bone or torn a ligament you seek immediate medical advice.
While we are not medically trained and so cannot provide medical advice our advisors can provide free legal advice about your situation. Therefore, if you are unsure of your eligibility to claim compensation call them today. Through a free no-obligation chat, they can assess your case for you.
Suffering injuries to your ankle could have a real impact on your life, and not just physically. The secondary fallout concerns the financial side, and how much money you could lose as a result. This takes up two forms: the sudden costs you’re paying out of your own pocket, and the loss of income that you were previously expecting.
For the former, the likes of medical bills and physiotherapy would lead to significant expenses. And for the latter, we’re talking about being unable to work during rehabilitation and not receiving any sick pay.
This combination would result in you suffering financial losses for the duration of your recovery. But there is a way to regain this cash flow. That would be by filing a strong claim to receive a fractured ankle and torn ligaments compensation settlement.
Personal injury lawyers could help you by handling your case. Call us by using the number above anytime to discuss this in further detail.
To claim negligence, these criteria have to be met with supporting evidence:
- A third party owed you a duty of care;
- But this was breached in some form;
- And the upshot was that you suffered such injuries as a fractured ankle and torn ligaments.
There are three key areas that would be covering duty breaches, with in-depth explanations below:
Employer’s liability (EL)
Employers have an applied duty of care applicable via the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. This is to prevent workplace accidents, though the 693,000 cases of an accident at work in 2019/20 demonstrate that they occur frequently. On the contrary, not all workplace accident will be the result of employer negligence. A typical example here could be twisting your ankle and fracturing it due to a slippery surface on an office floor without warning signs. If you suffer multiple injuries, a multiple injuries claim is always a possibility. Either way, a work injury payment for a fractured ankle and torn ligaments compensation could be possible.
Public liability (PL)
Those in control of public spaces have a duty of care under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. If those in control of a public setting allow disrepair, poor maintenance, slip, trip and fall hazards those who are injured because of this could make a compensation claim. A potential example here might be getting trapped in the automatic doors of a shop which causes a fractured ankle. A public accident claim is a go-to option if you’re injured in a public place due to negligence.
Road traffic accidents (RTAs)
Road users have a duty of care applied via the Highway Code. But again road accidents frequently happen, and if a negligent road user is responsible for your fractured ankle you may be able to claim compensation for the injury. One example here could be another driver knocking you off your bike and causing you to suffer ligament tears.
Find out more by talking to our friendly team at your leisure.
To receive a care claim as part of your fractured ankle and torn ligaments compensation, you need to prove you’re receiving extra assistance primarily due to your injury. Therefore, any previous care for past ankle or ligament issues would not be applicable. But you could include any gracious care from family and friends by determining the value of their time.
You could also include the hiring of a nurse and any professional looking after chores like gardening and dog-walking. Speak to our specialist team today to get a full breakdown of what could constitute a care claim.
Undergoing an independent medical assessment is a crucial step towards receiving a figure for your fractured ankle and torn ligaments compensation. The questions that a full medical check would require you to answer include:
- How did the injuries occur?
- What impact are the injuries having on your life?
- How long would it take for you to fully recover from the injuries?
- Who or what was responsible for you suffering those injuries?
- How much pain and suffering are you in due to the injuries (general damages?)
- What additional costs are you paying for medication, public transport etc, and how much money are you missing out on in lost earnings, as a result of your injuries (special damages?)
These are all important factors that shape your compensation settlement in the form of both general damages and special damages. If you would like an estimate of what you could potentially claim if your case was successful our advisors may be able to provide this for you. Chat with us anytime for further guidance.
Mr Croft, 48, worked as an administrator at a property letting agency. One afternoon, he was walking through the main reception area while holding several boxes of leaflets when his accident occurred.
Because of the boxes, Mr Croft was unaware that the main carpet on the reception floor had been left in a raised position. This was due to the previous cleaning during the lunch break where it had not been lowered again. The receptionist himself was unaware of this. As he returned to his desk following lunch from the opposite side of the room he tripped over.
In doing so, Mr Croft landed very badly on his ankle. he was unable to move it at all because it was at a very odd angle. The first aider was called immediately, while she tried to assess his ankle the manager called for an ambulance.
He went to his local hospital, and his doctor provided him with a full diagnosis. She explained that he had suffered a serious fracture and torn several ligaments. Surgery would be required, with a cast required for the first six weeks of his recovery. From there, physiotherapy would be needed to complete his recuperation.
Though he was able to resume his work after the long lay-off, Mr Croft only received SSP during his absence. This infuriated him greatly, as did the circumstances surrounding the accident. In his mind, it was avoidable, and also totally irresponsible for nobody to alert him about the carpet. Such a small change to the surface had seen him suffer a serious injury that placed great strain on his finances.
The Compensation Settlement
After seeking legal advice, Mr Croft filed an accident at work claim against his employers. They initially attempted to deny responsibility. However, after the aforementioned cleaners came forward and explained their previous work during the lunch break, along with CCTV footage, they agreed to accept liability. Mr Croft received £38,000 as an out-of-court fractured ankle and torn ligament compensation payout. This included general damages and special damages.
Type Of Special Damages Includes: How Much?
Lost Earnings Costs of lost earnings £4,500
Physiotherapy and medication costs. Costs of professional physiotherapy for his full recovery £250
Public Transport Costs of public transport journeys to & from hospital £300
Other Costs Cook, cleaner, gardener, child minder etc. £1000
The case of Mr Croft is purely an example based on previous cases. It is not based on an actual case but an accumulation of cases to show how the claims process works.
We provide a free compensation estimate even if you don’t move forward with your claim. Our advisors will assess your case for free. They will ask you questions about the incident and your injury along with examining any evidence. Using what you have said they could estimate your damages. Personal injury lawyers often prioritise your specific circumstances over an online personal injury claims calculator.
That way, your figure would be much more accurate and fair to the impact of your injuries on your life. Complete our online form to ask any questions about how we determine your potential payout.
It is simple to understand the benefits of a No Win No Fee agreement. By using a No Win No Fee solicitor, there is less financial risk. How? By not having to pay any solicitor’s legal fees whatsoever unless your case wins.
Your personal injury solicitor only takes a nominal figure (a success fee capped by law) to cover legal costs if you win. Otherwise, you don’t pay a penny to them unless you receive fractured ankle and torn ligaments compensation. Contact our knowledgeable team for more information about how a No Win No Fee service could benefit you.
To win your case, you should utilise the best personal injury lawyer possible. But what qualities are you looking out for? We would suggest ankle and ligament specialities along with positive reviews and a proven track record of claim wins. And you should also consider a fast turnaround, years of experience and industry-standard qualifications.
Public Interest Lawyers advisors can assess your claim. If they can see it has winning merits they can connect you with a specialist personal injury solicitor who could handle your claim. If the solicitor takes on your case it will be on a No Win No fee basis. To find out more about fractured ankle and torn ligaments compensation settlements contact our advisors today.
Are you ready to start your claim for a fractured ankle and torn ligaments compensation? Contact Public Interest Lawyers anytime by calling 0800 408 7825, using our Live Chat or completing our online form. We’re accessible 24/7, and we don’t require you to pursue your claim after the initial communication.
Thank you for reading your guide on making a claim for a fractured ankle and torn ligaments compensation. But if you want more information, check out the links below.
You can visit our homepage with links to the rest of our website by clicking here.
We have a section dedicated to cycling accidents.
And we explain how to claim after slip and trip accidents.
The NHS provides guidance on ankle sprains and strains.
They also discuss ligament injury scenarios.
Meanwhile, the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 is accessible here.
Article by AR