By Max Morris. Last Updated 21st June 2022. This online guide is intended to discuss how a fractured ankle caused through an accident that could have been avoided could reach a compensation payout of £70,000.
The guide will focus on both general damages and special damages, what evidence you would need to launch a claim for broken ankle compensation and how a personal injury solicitor could ensure you get the right level of compensation.
We provide all the relevant links and information for you throughout this article to help you make a decision on whether your accident which lead to your fractured ankle would entitle you to make a compensation claim. If at any time you have a question, just contact us on 0800 408 7825 and speak to our friendly team.
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- A Calculation Guide To Broken Ankle Compensation
- What Is A Broken Ankle?
- Common Ankle Break Accidents
- Additional Care Claims For Ankle Fracture Injuries
- What Makes Up Ankle Injury Settlement Amounts in the UK?
- Case Study: £70,000 Payouts Broken Ankle
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- Ankle Injury Settlement Amounts in the UK
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This guide aims to show you how straight-forward your case for broken ankle compensation could be. We discuss exactly what a personal injury claim is, who may have breached their ‘duty of care’ to your safety, how to determine blame and how to use a No Win No Fee solicitor to value your claim. We’ll look at an example case study that illustrates the process of a claim and how a claim is valued.
We discuss the evidence you will need, how to properly record out of pocket expenses and how to find the best personal injury lawyers to represent you. We provide you with further reading and essential links throughout this article to access the best possible legal advice about broken ankle compensation.
Successfully covering cases all around the country, our panel of No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors have the experience and knowledge to be able to ensure your claim is filed correctly. In this guide, we discuss step by step what’s needed to make a successful personal injury claim against those who failed to keep you resealable safe through a breach in the duty of care.
A broken ankle is the type of injury that makes itself immediately known by making walking very painful. It’s a fairly common injury that can be caused by numerous different things such as tripping, twisting or slipping, but occasionally a broken ankle is the result of something far more serious, such as a crushed foot. To read in detail about the symptoms and possible causation of a broken ankle, the NHS website is a good place to start.
If you suffered a broken ankle in the workplace, on the roads in a road traffic accident (RTA) or perhaps while out shopping or in the park, it’s important to consider three when evaluating if you have a valid compensation claim.
- Did anyone have a duty of care?
- Did they breach that responsibility through something they did or did not do?
- Were your injuries a consequence of that?
The three main areas covered by the law that guard your safety are as follows, and can be read in detail by clicking on the highlighted links. Any questions and our friendly team are on hand to explain.
- The Health and Safety At Work etc Act 1974 clearly outlines the responsibility of your employer to ensure, as far as is practical, your workplace is safe and fit for purpose. You can also refer to this link about ‘reportable accidents’ in the workplace and the procedures for reporting them correctly.
- In public places that are operated by the council or private companies, there is The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 which can also include accidents in parks and open spaces. Anywhere that is open and accessible to the public has a responsibility to be as safe as possible, so if you were out shopping, at the cinema, in a library or walking along the pavement, all these areas (and more) are included under this law.
- The Highway Code ensures that all road users show a duty of care to each other and anyone who uses the road, including cyclists and pedestrians. This law expects everyone to demonstrate the same level of diligence, regardless of age and experience and also requires that every road user should anticipate that others may not show that level of care or expertise whilst driving.
As mentioned above, ankle fractures are a relatively common injury, particularly affecting people in physical roles, but any unfortunate misstep or trip can result in you twisting or falling badly on the joint and breaking it. When considering injury claims, there are specific scenarios of causation to look out for:
- Tripping or slipping in something unattended on a surface
- Untreated ice or bad weather conditions
- Cables or objects obstructing walkways
- Unclearly marked surfaces of differing height, stairs, kerbs etc
- Collision with heavy objects that can trap or crush the ankle
- Faulty escalators or overly thick rugs
- Reckless driving
There are some useful government websites that give more information on recognising and avoiding potential hazards. Over 581,000 people suffered an injury in the workplace in 2018/19.
Depending on different circumstances and injury severity a broken ankle can take on average, 6 – 8 weeks to recover fully. This means two months during which you will have to attempt all the basic domestic tasks required while possibly on crutches and wearing a ‘leg boot’ or cast. Relying on family and friends and their help, which is known as ‘gracious care’ could mean that they are compensated for their time.
If you need the services of a paid carer, these costs can be prohibitively high. The NHS estimates that a conservative estimate is between £650 – £1,600 per week for such services. If you require professional help during your recuperation, a No Win No Fee lawyer will stress to you the importance of retaining all invoices and receipts for these costs, as without them it can very difficult to get your defendant to reimburse you as part of your damages.
What Makes Up Ankle Injury Settlement Amounts in the UK?
If you’re wanting to know more about the broken ankle compensation you could get from a successful claim, it’s important to know what you could receive compensation for. General damages compensation relates to the psychological and physical damage caused by the injury.
As part of the claims process, you may need to attend an independent medical assessment. A medical professional will assess your injuries to determine the nature and severity of them. This can involve providing you with a prognosis and detailing the full extent of your injuries. A No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor from our panel can organise for this assessment to take place as locally to you as possible.
When calculating how much your injury is worth, a solicitor may use guidelines from the Judicial College which is for England and Wales.
The second head of claim that could contribute to your compensation for a broken ankle is special damages. This relates to the losses that you’ve suffered financially because of the injury. For example, you could claim for travel expenses, loss of earnings and care costs. If your injury is permanent or long-term, you may also be able to claim for future loss of earnings.
It’s important to remember that you would need evidence for special damages. Potential evidence for the financial losses suffered includes invoices, receipts, bank statements and payslips.
To learn more about how you could receive broken ankle compensation, please contact us for free legal advice using the above details.
Danny one early morning in October was travelling to work. His daily commute took around 45 minutes. Danny worked as a store manager in a local supermarket.
As the lights changed to green Danny moved off from the crossroad junction however a driver failed to stop at the red lights facing and plough head-on into Danny’s car. Danny was trapped inside his car as his foot was jammed due to the front of the car taking the majority of the impact. Emergency services and firefighters freed him. He was taken straight to the hospital. It was confirmed through x-rays that Danny had suffered a severe fracture to the ankle and extensive soft tissue damage.
This accident drastically impacted Danny’s life and he was unable to work at his job as the store manager for several months after the accident.
After making the decision to consult with a No Win No Fee solicitor, Danny discovered that the driver has acted negligently. The third-party insurance admitted liability and Danny was awarded £70,000 in general damage and special damages.
This is merely an example case study to demonstrate the kind of cases our panel of solicitors conducts for people all over the country. It has been provided to illustrate how claims are valued.
A breakdown of Danny’s damages looks something like this:
|General damages||Special damages|
|Severe ankle injury £46,500||Danny's loss of earnings for 4 months totalled - £ 14,000|
|Costs of a professional carer - house keeper - Gardener £6,000|
|Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy costs - £2,000|
|Travel, prescription costs and adaptations at home - £2,000|
As every claim is different, we’re unable to provide you with an average payout for a broken ankle in the UK. However, the Judicial College Guidelines can give you a clearer idea of the broken ankle compensation you could receive from a successful claim.
The figures below have all been taken from the latest guidelines, published in April 2022. These only relate to the amounts you could receive for general damages. The information has been taken from previous successful personal injury claims from England and Wales.
Furthermore, please remember that these figures are not guaranteed as there are many different factors in a claim that can determine the overall compensation amount.
|Injury Type||Severity||Compensation Bracket||Description|
|Ankle||Very Severe||£50,060 to £69,700||Very severe ankle injuries that include, for instance, a transmalleolar ankle fracture leading to deformity due to extensive soft tissue damage.|
|Ankle||Severe||£31,310 to £50,060||An extensive period of treatment will be required and a significant residual disability will be sustained as a result (such as ankle instability.)|
|Ankle||Moderate||£13,740 to £26,590||Ligamentous tears and ankle fractures that cause less serious disabilities to the ones described above.|
|Ankle||Modest||Up to £13,740||Minor sprains or undisplaced fractures and ligamentous tears.|
|Achilles Tendon||Most Serious||In the region of £38,430||Severance of the peroneus longus muscle and tendon cause swelling, cramp and restricted movement.|
|Achilles Tendon||Serious||£24,990 to £30,090||Residual weakness remains even after division of the tendon has been successfully repaired.|
|Achilles Tendon||Moderate||£12,590 to £21,070||Significant tendon injury or partial rupture.|
|Foot||Moderate||£13,740 to £24,990||Metatarsal fractures that are displaced causing continuing symptoms.|
|Foot||Modest||Up to £13,740||Simple foot injuries, like ruptured ligaments and puncture wounds.|
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder||Moderate||£8,180 to £23,150||Continuing effects will not be particularly disabling as the injured person will have largely recovered.|
If you have further questions about your potential compensation for a broken ankle, please contact us for free using the details above. Our advisors can inform you of your claim eligibility, provide you with an estimate and connect you to a solicitor from our panel who can work your case on a No Win No Fee basis.
At Public Interest Lawyers we can refer you to specialist solicitors that all work to No Win No Fee agreements. There are numerous benefits to using a No Win No Fee solicitors which include:
- Nothing to pay while the claim is on-going
- No fees to pay upfront
- In-depth legal knowledge
- Success fees are capped by law and deductible only after damages have been paid
- Access to useful advice about retaining evidence and proof of expenses
- Peace of mind knowing a solicitor is working for your best interests
It can be very helpful to discuss your case and overcome any initial apprehension you might have about making a compensation claim An advisor can answer any questions you may have through a free no-obligation consultation. Call our friendly team today on 0800 408 7825.
The exact location of a personal injury lawyer is no longer crucially important thanks to the internet. However, Google searches can produce a bewildering volume of No Win No Fee firms offering ‘instant compensation’ calculators.
These instant quotes may not take into account the subtle details of your case or reflect that each case is different. So how do you find the right personal injury lawyer? It’s important to consider the following in your search for the right one:
- How much were they awarded?
- How quickly did it take for the solicitors to settle the case?
- Was the client communication clear and consistent?
- Are they a successful company?
- Do they regularly win the higher amounts for broken ankle compensation claims?
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