In this guide, we are going to discuss compensation for a fractured ankle at work. Firstly we will look at what could make up a compensation settlement should a personal injury claim after a fractured ankle at work be successful.
You will first need to know if you are able to claim so we cover the eligibility criteria for a personal injury claim after an accident at work. We also explain the legislation that sets out the responsibility your employer has to keep you safe while you are at work and how breaching this could lead to an accident in which an employee is injured. Next, we look at the time limits set in law for initiating proceedings of a personal injury claim.
Carrying on through the guide, you will see examples of workplace accidents that could lead to a fractured ankle claim and the evidence you could gather in support of your case.
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If your case is successful, you receive a payout for the effects of suffering a fractured ankle at work. Compensation could be split into up to two parts, or ‘heads,’ of a claim.
One head of claim considers the physical pain and mental suffering and is known as general damages.
When general damages are calculated for a case, those doing the calculations might seek support from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This document contains guideline compensation brackets for numerous injuries, including ankle fractures.
Guideline Compensation Brackets
It should be noted that this table, made up of JCG guideline figures, is only a guide.
|Amputation of One Foot
|£83,960 to £109,650
|The injury is also treated as similar to a below-knee amputation because of the loss of the ankle joint.
|£41,970 to £70,030
|Numerous injuries could feature in this bracket, including fractures of both feet or heels with substantially restriced mobility or permanent, considerable pain.
|£50,060 to £69,700
|A limited and unusual set of injuries. For example, a transmalleolar ankle fracture includes extensive soft tissue damage, leading to deformity. There is a risk that future injury could necessitate amputation.
|£31,310 to £50,060
|Injuries making extensive treatment, a lengthy period in plaster, or pins and plates necessary. Significant residual disability comes in the form of ankle instability.
|£13,740 to £26,590
|Fractures or other injuries giving rise to less severe disabilities.
|Up to £13,740
|Undisplaced, minor or less serious fractures, ligament injuries and sprains. The award is determined by whether a complete recovery has been made. If recovery is incomplete, the tendency of the ankle to give way is among the considered factors.
|In the region of £38,430
|The Achilles tendon and the peroneus longus muscle is severed causing restricted ankle movement as well as cramp and swelling.
|£24,990 to £30,090
|There is limited ankle movement and residual weakness. Also, the injured person has a limp and residual scarring. However, a complete division of the tendon is successfully repaired.
Additional Elements That Could Make Up Your Settlement
Compensation for accident at work claims can also feature special damages. This head of claim compensates for the financial impact of injuries. If you have had expenses that would not have affected you if the accident had never happened, you may be able to seek special damages on top of general damages. For this, you will need to keep hold of proof, such as bank statements or receipts.
Among the things you could claim as special damages are:
- A loss of earnings if you cannot work.
- Travel fees.
- Medical costs, including prescription charges.
- Mobility aid expenses.
- Home or vehicle adaptations
Just give us a call if you have any questions about accident at work compensation or want to know what ankle injury compensation amounts can look like.
When you are at work, your employer must take all reasonably practicable steps to keep you safe. This is their duty of care, a legal obligation set out for them by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
A fractured ankle at work is just one example of what could happen in an accident at the workplace if an employer fails to uphold their duty.
You could seek personal injury compensation if you have a claim meeting these criteria:
- Your employer owed you a duty of care.
- They breached their duty.
- This led to an accident that caused you physical and/or mental harm.
Time Limits To Claim Explained
A personal injury claim also has to begin within three years due to The Limitation Act 1980. While that is generally the case, a few exceptions do exist.
To learn more about personal injury claim eligibility and how long you have to submit a claim, call and share your experience with an advisor. We can provide a free assessment to help you learn if you have a valid claim and inform you if you are within the time limit to start a personal injury claim.
Numerous accidents at the workplace could lead to a fractured ankle, but they may not all qualify as a reason to seek compensation. These examples are designed to show how an employer breaching their duty of care could lead to an accident and an ankle fracture.
- An employee is working at a height on a ladder that has a broken rung that the employer has failed to repair or replace. The employee loses his footing when getting down due to the missing rung, falls, and suffers a shattered ankle with multiple fractures.
- A worker is asked to drive a forklift truck even though they have had no training or guidance. The worker loses control of the vehicle, falling out of it and suffering a bimalleolar ankle fracture.
- A construction site foreman instructs an employee to carry heavy machinery that multiple people should manually handle. The employee drops the machinery onto themselves and is diagnosed with a fractured ankle alongside a broken fibula and metatarsal.
If you have suffered a fractured ankle at work and want to find out if you can claim personal injury compensation, please call at a time that suits you. Our advisors are available 24/7 and can answer any questions on accident at work claims you may have.
A personal injury claim for a fractured ankle at work is valid if the accident that caused the injury happened because the employer breached their duty of care. For this, you need evidence of both the breach and your fractured ankle at work. Collecting as much of the below as possible will help your chances:
- CCTV footage showing the incident and its cause.
- Photographs of the accident scene.
- A copy of your workplace’s accident report book entry.
- Medical records, such as an X-ray showing the extent of your ankle fracture.
- Witness contact information.
Working with one of our solicitors can benefit you in many ways. If instructed, your solicitor can help you gather and present evidence. Speak to our advisors, and you can learn more about how to prove employer negligence.
After talking to an advisor and learning from a free evaluation that you could pursue a claim for a fractured ankle at work, you could be connected to one of our expert solicitors. They would then provide their guidance and experience under a Conditional Fee Agreement. This is a type of No Win No Fee deal that means no payment for the solicitor’s work before the claim, or while it is going on. Losing the claim means no solicitor fee at all.
Your solicitor would be entitled to a success fee if the claim wins. They deduct it from the compensation you are awarded. However, the Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013 sets out a legal cap on the percentage of the compensation the solicitor can deduct. This ensures that the majority of compensation is set aside for you.
You can speak to an advisor any time, as they are available around the clock. Aside from the case assessment and potentially putting you through to a solicitor, advisors can also give free guidance and information. Reach out today through any of the below routes:
Check out these further accident at work claim guides we have produced:
- This guide looks at tendon injury at work claims in more detail.
- What if you are not a full-time employee? This article on part-time worker accident claims explains your rights.
- If inadequate work safety boots contributed to your ankle injury, read this guide for information on when you could claim.
Learn more through these additional resources:
- Government information on claiming Statutory Sick Pay if you cannot work.
- Guidance on what to do about ankle pain from the NHS.
- Information on requesting CCTV footage of yourself.
Thank you for reading our guide to claiming compensation for a fractured ankle at work. Please give us a call and speak to an advisor if you would like to learn more or get relevant advice about a personal injury claim.