In this guide, we will address the question, “can I claim if I’ve broken my ankle at work?”. Broken ankles can be debilitating and may leave you unable to work, drive, or do the things you did before your injury. In some cases, you may not make a full recovery, and the impact on your quality of life could be permanent.
You may be able to claim compensation for a broken ankle. However, you would need to show that the injury you sustained by someone else breaching the duty of care they owe you. For example, you’re owed a duty of care by your employer while you’re working. We’ll look at this in greater detail later on in this guide.
Our claims team can help. They can provide you with advice to inform you on how to make a No Win No Fee personal injury claim for your broken ankle at work. If your claim is valid, you could be connected with a solicitor from our panel. Read our guide below for general advice, or get in touch with us to discuss your case in further detail.
Get in touch by:
- Calling us at 0800 408 7825
- Using the live chat function at the bottom-right corner of this page
- Contacting us using our online form.
Select A Section
- What Are Fractured And Broken Ankle Injuries?
- How Could I Have Broken My Ankle At Work?
- Types Of Broken Ankle Injuries
- Are There Different Levels Of Broken Ankle Injury?
- How To Claim Compensation From An Employer
- How Much Could I Claim If I’ve Broken My Ankle At Work?
- I Have Broken My Ankle At Work, Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
- Further Workplace Accident Claims
A fractured ankle injury occurs when one or more of the bones in the ankle joint are cracked or broken. This can be painful and may leave you unable to walk. This can occur in a range of settings, such as in public, in shops, such as supermarkets and in car accidents. However, in this guide, we will focus on workplace accidents resulting in a fractured ankle.
We’ll take a look at how these injuries can occur and how they could be caused by employer negligence. We will also look at the symptoms of this kind of injury and the treatment you could receive.
If you’ve broken your ankle at work because of your employer’s negligence, you may be able to claim. You can contact our team of advisors today for free legal advice about the claims process.
If you have a valid case, you could be connected with a solicitor from our panel. They may be able to represent you on a No Win No Fee basis. Read on to find out more about claiming.
There are a number of ways that a broken ankle injury can occur at work. Slips and trips were the most common accident type reported in the workplace in 2019/20. You may slip on a wet surface or trip over a hazard that has been left in a walkway. This could result in injury.
Other accidents that could cause broken ankles might include manual handling accidents. Part of your employer’s duty of care is to provide you with appropriate training. If they fail to do this and you break your ankle as a result, you may be able to claim.
Workplace accidents can also happen as a result of a fall from a height. For example, if you work on ladders, you could fall if the one you were told to use was known to be faulty, and you fell as a result. As part of their duty of care towards you, your employer needs to make sure that any equipment you use is safe and well-maintained.
For more information on whether you can claim if you’ve broken your ankle at work, speak to our team today. Or you can read on for what kinds of ankle injuries you could sustain.
If you have broken your ankle, you could sustain a number of different kinds of fractures. We have included some examples below:
- Hairline fractures. This is a fracture that cracks the bone but does not split into two.
- Non-displaced fractures. In this kind of fracture, the bone breaks into two pieces. However, the pieces of bone stay in alignment.
- Displaced fractures. This is where the bone breaks into two, and the two sides of the bone move out of position.
- Closed fracture. Where the fracture does not break the skin
- Open fracture. Where the skin is broken by the bone.
The kind of fracture you’ve sustained can influence the treatment you receive. For example, a non-displaced fracture may just need to be immobilised as it heals, while a displaced fracture may require surgery to hold it in position.
Similarly, an open fracture might cause an increased risk of infection. You could need surgery or a course of antibiotics.
There are different potential levels of severity for a broken ankle. These are:
- Very severely broken ankle- fractures of this level are unusual. The ankle will have been badly broken, and there will be extensive soft tissue injuries. Any further damage might necessitate a below-knee amputation.
- Severely broken ankle- after a fracture of this level, you may require a lengthy period in plaster and ongoing disability and impact on function.
- Moderate broken ankle- fractures of this level will cause less serious disabilities.
- Modest broken ankle- injuries in this bracket will consist of minor undisplaced fractures.
Your injury may not neatly fit into these categories. We strongly recommend that you seek professional medical advice from a doctor to better understand your ankle injury. If you want free legal advice about making a broken ankle at work claim, speak to our claims team today.
If you have broken your ankle at work, you should seek medical attention immediately. It is key that you see a doctor as soon as possible to minimise any possible damage to your ankle. Not only is medical care essential, but the medical notes will also help support your claim.
Once you are well enough, you will need to collect your evidence. Useful information to collect would include footage from CCTV cameras, as well as pictures from the scene of the accident. Witness details from colleagues who saw the accident happen may also be useful, as they can provide statements.
For this reason, you should report an accident at work to your employer and fill out a report in the accident book. You should do this as soon as possible to ensure that the events are fresh in your mind.
When gathering your evidence, speak to a personal injury solicitor about your case. They may be able to value your claim. You could be connected with a solicitor from our panel if one of our advisors thinks your claim has a good chance of success.
Broken ankle injuries can command high payouts, depending on the severity of the injury. We have provided a range of compensation amounts below related to broken ankle injuries with assistance from the Judicial College Guidelines. These can help as a rough guide, but remember to speak to a personal injury solicitor for specific advice.
Compensation can be made up of general and special damages. General damages relate to your medical diagnosis and compensate for any mental, emotional, or physical pain and suffering. These are the figures outlined in the table below.
In order to value the general damages head of your claim, an independent medical appointment will be arranged for you. The report from this will be used to value your claim.
Injury Nature of Incident Compensation
Ankle Injury Very Severe: Injuries such as a severe transmalleolar fracture where any further damage might necessitate below-knee amputation. £46,980 - £65,420
Ankle Injury Severe: Can involve the risk of osteoarthritis, and will involve recovery using pins and plaster. £29,380 - £46,980
Ankle Injury Moderate: Can involve ligament tears, fractures, and may leave behind less severe disabilities such as struggling to walk on uneven ground. £12,900 - £24,950
Ankle Injury Modest: Can involve minor sprains, fractures and ligament injuries. Up to £12,900
Special damages involve repayment for any money you have spent during your claim. This could include travel expenses, lost wages and medication costs. You should remember to keep your receipts to support this part of your claim for a broken ankle at work.
Not only are our panel of personal injury solicitors able to use their expertise to help you get the compensation you deserve, but they may be able to represent you on a No Win, No Fee basis. This means that if your claim is unsuccessful, you pay no fees to your personal injury lawyer. If successful, you will only pay a small success fee to them.
For more guidance on what you can do if you have broken your ankle at work, get in touch with our team today. You can do this by:
We also have some other guides you may find useful:
- Public accident claims hot spots
- Council slip and trip accidents
- Public transport accidents
- How to make a public liability claim
- Making a claim against the council
- Claiming for a pothole injury
- Making a claim against a shop
- Accidents in a public park
- Cycling accident claims
- Claiming for injuries suffered while shopping
Thank you for reading our guide, answering the question “can I claim if I’ve broken my ankle at work?”.
Article by EC