This is a guide on making a broken ankle at work claim. If your employer’s negligence led to you breaking your ankle in a workplace accident, you could potentially claim compensation.
Breaking your ankle at work could lead to a long-lasting disability that affects your quality of life. If you can prove that your employer breaching their duty of care led to your broken ankle injury, you could make a valid compensation claim.
Keep reading to find out more about how to make a broken ankle at work claim. You can also speak to our team of advisors directly about your claim by contacting us using one of the methods below. Our advisors can offer legal advice free of charge and could connect you with an injury at work solicitor from our panel.
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- What Is A Broken Ankle At Work Claim?
- Causes Of Broken Ankle At Work Accidents
- What Duty Of Care Does An Employer Have To Ensure Your Safety?
- What Steps Should I Take If I Suffered A Broken Ankle At Work?
- How Much Could I Settle For A Broken Ankle At Work Claim?
- Talk To Us About Making Broken Ankle At Work Claims
According to the NHS, there are a few ways to tell if your ankle could be broken. Symptoms could include:
- Pain, bruising and swelling
- Bone is protruding
- Bad cuts or wounds
- Severe pain
- Your toes are numb or a wrong colour
A broken ankle could take around 6-8 weeks to heal fully, but more complicated fractures could potentially have a longer recovery time. You will likely need a plaster cast and have limited mobility during your recovery. This could seriously affect your quality of life and ability to participate in daily activities and work.
If you can prove that your employer breaching their duty of care caused your injury, you could make a broken ankle at work claim. Get in touch today to find out more.
Broken ankle at work accidents could have various causes. Some examples include:
- Falls, slips and trips
- Machinery malfunction
- Being struck by a vehicle
- Falls from a height
For example, if you need to use a ladder as part of your job, and your employer did not provide you with one that functioned properly, you could get your ankle caught in a rung and fall.
However, this section is not exhaustive. There are other causes that could lead to a broken ankle at work claim.
How Many People Are Injured In The Workplace?
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides advice and guidance for both employers and employees about health and safety in the workplace. They also collate statistics about workplace accidents. In this section, we can look at the most common causes.
According to these HSE statistics, 33% of all employer-reported non-fatal injuries in the workplace in 2020/21 were caused by trips, slips and falls on the same level. Being struck by a moving object caused 10% of injuries, and falls from height caused 8%.
We can also look at the number of ankle and fracture injuries reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR). These provisional RIDDOR statistics for 2020/21 show that employers reported 15,159 fracture injuries to employees. Further provisional statistics show that employers reported 4,889 employee ankle injuries in 2020/21.
When considering starting a broken ankle at work claim, it is important to know if your employer breached their duty of care.
Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, your employer must take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure your safety in the workplace. This could include performing routine risk assessments, providing training and ensuring machine maintenance is up to date.
Your employer breaching this duty of care must have caused or worsened your injury to make a valid broken ankle at work claim.
If you’re concerned your ankle is broken after a workplace accident, we recommend first seeking medical attention. You may find that you need to visit your nearest A&E for fractures and breaks or call 999.
Once you have received medical assistance, you could start gathering evidence to help your case. You can do this without a solicitor, but we recommend hiring one as they have knowledge of the claims process that can help you. Some examples of evidence could include:
- Medical records
- CCTV footage
If an organisation has more than 10 employees, it must have a workplace accident log book. All workplace accidents are reported here, and the records could be helpful evidence for your claim.
You could then seek legal representation. The solicitors on our panel have years of experience and could give you better chances of success. Contact us today to find out more.
This section looks at how much your settlement could potentially be in a broken ankle at work claim. The compensation you receive for the pain or suffering your broken ankle caused is the general damages element of your claim.
The figures in the compensation table below are from the Judicial College Guidelines. Legal professionals can use this document to help evaluate general damages in claims.
You would also attend a medical appointment to accurately assess your injuries and how they may continue to affect you.
|Ankle||Very Severe||£46,980 to £65,420||These injuries will be unusual. This could include transmalleolar fractures with related significant soft tissue damage. This will result in deformity and the risk that any future leg injuries might necessitate a below the knee amputation. Could also include bilateral ankle fractures that cause a degeneration of the joints.|
|Ankle||Severe||£29,380 to £46,980||Injuries that require an extensive period of treatment such as plaster casts or pins and plates. There will be residual disabilities in the form of a limited ability to walk and ankle instability.|
|Ankle||Moderate||£12,900 to £24,950||Fractures and ligamentous tears that cause less serious disabilities. This could include awkwardness on stairs, irritation from metal plates and residual scarring.|
|Ankle||Modest||Up to £12,900||Less serious or undisplaced fractures, ligamentous injuries and sprains.|
You could also potentially claim special damages if you have experienced financial loss associated with your injuries. Some examples of what you could claim in special damages include:
- Lost wages
- Treatments not covered by the NHS
- Travel expenses
To prove your financial loss was a direct result of your accident at work, you could provide payslips, bank statements or invoices.
You can also potentially claim for the financial loss you may experience in the future resulting from your accident or injury. This could include a continued loss of earnings.
If you want to hire legal representation to help you with your claim, you should be aware of the possible fee agreements a solicitor could offer you. One such fee agreement is known as No Win No Fee.
If a lawyer offers you their services on a No Win No Fee basis, they do not require upfront or ongoing payments of their fee. You also don’t need to pay their fee if you do not receive compensation.
Your solicitor would deduct a success fee from your compensation amount if the claim succeeds. However, this only happens after the compensation comes through and the success fee is capped by law.
If this agreement sounds beneficial to you, get in touch with our team of advisors today. They can provide free legal guidance about your claim and could connect you with a solicitor on our panel if they think your case could be successful.
Ankle And Lower Limb Accident Claims
We hope you found this guide about broken ankle at work claims helpful. For further resources, please see below.
Payout for Torn Ankle Ligaments – Learn how much you could claim for torn ankle ligaments.
Who Pays Compensation? – Find out who pays your compensation when you suffer an injury at work.
Contractor and Self-Employed Injury at Work Claims – Learn how to claim for an injury at work if you are self-employed or a contractor.
How to Care for Plaster Cast – An NHS guide on what to do when you need a plaster cast.
Statutory Sick Pay – Learn how to claim SSP if you’ve needed time away from work.
How Do I Know if I’ve Broken a Bone? – This NHS guide may help you determine if you’ve broken a bone.
Please get in touch if you have any further queries about how to make a broken ankle at work claim.
Article by AO