£900,000 Compensation Payout For A Shattered Ankle Injury – Case Study

By Joanne Jeffries. Last Updated 5th April 2022. Welcome to this case study which looks at personal injury claims payouts for a shattered ankle. In it, we discuss one example of a shattered ankle injury claim and offer insight into ‘Can I get compensation for a broken ankle?’ and ‘What’s the average payout for an ankle injury?’

This case study, takes a look at a claim that a self-employed carpenter made successfully, and received compensation for a shattered ankle. This claim is a good example of how if somebody is injured in an accident at work, a personal injury solicitor should be able to process a claim. In this case, a compensation payment for a shattered ankle was received.

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In this claim, the claimant was working in a railway station, on one of the upper floors. There was no access staircase the area the claimant was working in, so he had to use a ladder, which was propped against the concrete wall. However, as he was climbing down the ladder, a work colleague moved one of the plywood floorboards on the upper floor, which dislodged the ladder, and the claimant fell some 7 feet to the ground.

A complex medical situation ensued, which is explained below. The victim of the accident found a personal injury solicitor to process their claim, and was eventually awarded £900,000 in compensation. Below, we will take a look at the claims process, and also why this compensation was paid. Accident Claims UK can help anyone to make a claim for a work-related accident, call us on the number at the end of this page to find out how we can help you.

What Happened To The Claimant To Cause Their Injury?

The victim in this claim, had been employed in a self-employed capacity, as part of the workforce that was employed at a railway station. He was part of a team that was renovating one of the upper floors. The floor was out of commission while being worked on, and had temporary plywood floorboards in place.

The victim was working in an area that had no access via a staircase, so he was forced to use a ladder. He had been working for some time, when he had to climb back down the ladder. As he was doing so, one of the other workers moved one of the temporary plywood floorboards. Even though the victim’s ladder was propped against a concrete wall, the floorboard was able to dislodge it. The victim fell 7 feet, and injured his ankle.

What caused the shattered ankle injury claim?

As he landed, he felt a sharp pain, and he could not put weight on his leg. He was taken to the hospital, and after an X-ray, he was diagnosed with a simple soft tissue injury. A plaster cast was put on his leg, with a walking boot, and he was sent home. However, this diagnosis was wrong, as we will explain in the section below. As this was a work-related injury, his solicitor was able to help him to claim shattered ankle compensation.

Fractured And Shattered Ankle Injuries

As covered above, the claimant was diagnosed with a soft tissue injury, and was sent home from the hospital in a cast with a walking boot. He returned to the hospital two weeks later to have the cast removed, and once again was sent home. However, two weeks later, the claimant was still in a lot of pain, restricting his mobility and keeping him away from work.

He went back to the hospital, and another X-ray was done, as well as a CT scan. This time, doctors told him that he actually had suffered a broken ankle in the fall, which was initially misdiagnosed as a simple soft tissue injury. The claimant had to undergo surgery, to pin the bones of his ankle in place so that they could heal. Surgical screws and plates were inserted into his ankle to help with this.

Long Recovery And Pain

After six months of recuperation, with the victim using crutches for almost the whole time, the cast was removed. However, the injury was still painful, and surgery to remove the screws and plates was unsuccessful. It took a further surgical procedure to finally remove these surgical implements.

The claimant suffered long-term pain, once the screws and plates were removed. He was unable to drive long distances, and had trouble staying on his feet all day. He had to take an extended period away from work, leading to severe financial hardship. In these situations, broken leg compensation payouts would usually contain a provision for loss of earnings. And this is, in fact, what the victim’s personal injury lawyer attempted to process a claim for.

How Was The Former NHS Workers Claim Conducted?

The claimant stated that he believed that his employer had been negligent, and failed to comply with basic legislation such as the Occupiers Liability Act. The employer it was claimed, had failed to provide a safe working environment for its workforce.

The claimant’s solicitor pursued a claim for the injury itself, as well as loss of earnings for the extended period this self-employed carpenter spent away from work. Furthermore, the solicitor attempted to claim for the fact that the victim could no longer work in his regular profession, and would be unlikely to work in a similar role for the rest of his working life.

What Settlement Was Reached With The Other Motorist?

To answer the question, what’s a broken ankle worth? and What’s the average payout for an ankle injury? the answer is that ankle injury compensation amounts always depend on how severely the injury affected the life of the victim. In this case, the loss of earnings was by far the greatest factor.

The defendant in the claim admitted their liability, and an out of court settlement was made. The claimant received £900,000 in compensation for the pain and suffering of the injury, and more importantly, to make up for lost earnings, and also the lowered earning potential in the future.

No Win No Fee Claims For Injuries In A Road Traffic Accident

If you have suffered a work-related injury, through an accident that your employer was liable for, then Accident Claims UK can act as your No Win No Fee solicitors to process a claim for you. We offer our No Win No Fee national claims service to all residents of the UK, as a simple way for them to make a claim for an accident at work.

Can I get compensation for a broken ankle without paying legal fees upfront?

The fee structure of our claim service is very easy to understand. Firstly, when we begin processing your claim, we don’t charge a new claim onboarding fee. As we process your claim on your behalf, we will never ask you to pay any ongoing fees. It could take months, or even years to process your claim, and we won’t charge anything during this time. If we don’t manage to win you any compensation at all, we won’t charge you anything. When we do win a compensation claim for you though, we will deduct our fees from the money we receive, and give you the remainder.

Contact Us About Personal Injury Claims Payouts For A Shattered Ankle

If you have been injured in an accident at work, you could be able to claim personal injury compensation. You will need a solicitor to process your personal injury claim. Accident Claims UK can act in this capacity, under our national claims service. We can also offer value-added services such as arranging for a free local medical examination, to prove how bad your injuries are. We will always do everything we can to make sure you have the best chance of winning the most compensation possible, without putting your claim at risk.

Our claims onboarding process is very simple. All you need to do is call us on 0800 073 8801, and one of our team will take it from there. They will walk you through our new claims process, using plain and simple English, not legalese. Once we have asked you a number of questions, we will offer you some free legal advice on what we believe you should do next.

What damages could personal injury claims payouts for a shattered ankle include?

When claiming compensation for a shattered ankle, whether as the result of an accident at work, a road traffic accident, or any other accident that wasn’t your fault, you may wonder what damages you could receive. Broadly speaking, you could claim for both general damages and special damages as we explain below.

  • General damages payouts – These are based on your injuries and level of suffering, pain and loss of amenity. You would need to provide independent medical evidence to claim for your injuries. Seeing your own GP or going to a hospital would not provide sufficient medical evidence for you to maximise your chances of receiving personal injury compensation payouts. During your claim, you would need to attend an examination appointment, whereupon an independent medical expert would examine you and speak to you about your injuries. Once they have all the information they need about your medical condition, they would be able to produce a report which lawyers and the courts could then use to ascertain what level of compensation settlement could be a appropriate for your claim.
  • Special damages payouts – These are based on the costs and financial losses you’d incurred due to the accident and your injuries. When it comes to the special damages you could claim, these would depend entirely on the costs and losses relevant to your case. You might, in some cases, claim for loss of earnings, or medical and care costs. Other costs could include travel expenses, if you’d needed to pay to travel to hospital appointments, for example.

How can I maximise personal injury claims payouts for a shattered ankle?

If you want to get the maximum compensation possible for your claim, you may be wise to consider using the services of a friendly, experience lawyer with years of experience in assisting with claims like yours. Specialist solicitors that are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority could significantly impact your claim, as they could bring all of their legal knowledge and expertise to your claim. They could take on the task of building a body of evidence to support your claim and they could handle all the paperwork for you. including the negotiations for a compensation settlement. They could fight for the maximum settlement amounts possible for your shattered ankle injury claim.

Could I claim for medical negligence leading to a shattered ankle injury not healing properly?

Shattered ankle injuries could be complicated and difficult to treat. However, if you suffer negligent treatment that leads to your injury becoming worse or harder to treat, and you could prove that your injury was worse because of medical negligence, you could claim compensation. When claiming for clinical negligence in this regard, we would strongly advise you to retain the services of an experienced lawyer. Whether you’re looking to sue the NHS or take action against a private medical care provider, a lawyer could assist you in claiming the maximum compensation for your case.

How common are personal injury claims payouts for a shattered ankle linked to medical negligence?

When it comes to making such claims, you may be wondering if they are rare. While we can’t offer insight into how many cases of medical negligence led to shattered ankle injuries becoming worse, we can tell you that negligence cost the NHS paid large sums of money in 2020-21, as you can see below.

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Can I get compensation for a broken ankle?

You could claim compensation for a broken ankle if it were caused by someone’s negligent breach of their duty of care towards you.

There are various people who might owe you a duty of care, such as an employer at work or a road user while you’re navigating the roads. In some instances, someone may breach the duty of care they owe you causing you harm. 

In these instances, you could seek compensation for your broken ankle if it was caused by someone’s negligence.

If you want to know if you could be eligible to claim, please call our team. First, we could assess your case for you. Then, if it’s found you have a valid claim, we could provide you with a solicitor.

What document do I need to sign to make a No Win No Fee shattered ankle injury claim?

When you make a shattered ankle injury claim using No Win No Fee services, you may sign a Conditional Fee Agreement. This would provide information on the success fee payable when your claim is successful.

The success fee is a small percentage of your compensation and is capped at 25%. To find out more about No Win No Fee claims, please call our team.

What’s the average payout for an ankle injury?

Are you wondering what the average payout is for an ankle injury? If so, you should be aware that your settlement would vary depending on various factors specific to your case. All cases are assessed separately, and your case’s unique facts and circumstances would dictate your payout amount.

 

Useful Links Relating To Personal Injury Claims Payouts For A Shattered Ankle

At this link below, you will find a detailed guide to making a compensation claim for a leg injury:

A guide to claiming for a leg injury

At this link below, you will find a detailed guide to making a compensation claim for an ankle injury, which includes information on claiming under a no win no fee agreement and details of time limits for claiming if negligent health and safety has led to you suffering an injury:

A guide to claiming for an ankle injury

The NHS has published detailed information about broken leg injuries, what they are, how they are caused and the treatment they require, here:

NHS information on broken ankle injuries

The UK Government has provided some excellent information about claiming for accidents at work, or work-related illnesses, at this link:

UK Government information on workplace injuries and illnesses

Thank you for reading this case study which covers personal injury claims payouts for a shattered ankle injury claim. Whether you’ve suffered any type of ankle injury at work, or ankle fracture due to slips, trips and falls, we could get you free legal advice from a friendly solicitors, who could ascertain whose duty of care your safety was, and who you could claim compensation for a broken ankle from. Please call our team for further advice.