By Jo Anderson. Last Updated 6th February 2024. Welcome to this case study which looks at a compensation payout for a shattered ankle. In it, we discuss an example of a shattered ankle injury claim and offer insight into the process of claiming compensation.
Our ankle injury compensation case study looks 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 No Win No Fee solicitor should be able to process a claim.
We also look at what evidence could support a personal injury claim.
If you have any questions or would like to make an ankle injury claim yourself, please get in touch.
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- Case Study: £900,000 Compensation Payout For A Shattered Ankle Injury
- Could I Claim A Compensation Payout For A Shattered Ankle?
- What Evidence Could I Use To Prove An Ankle Injury Claim?
- About No Win No Fee Agreements
- Useful Links Relating To Claiming A Compensation Payout For A Shattered Ankle
In this claim, the claimant was working in a railway station, on one of the upper floors. There was no access staircase in 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.
There are certain eligibility criteria your case must meet for an ankle injury claim to be valid. Typically, the below would have to be true:
- You were owed a duty of care by a relevant third party.
- They breached this duty of care.
- Your injuries resulted from this breach.
In personal injury claims, the above points form the foundation of negligence. If negligence can be proven, you may be eligible to seek compensation for the harm you sustained.
Various parties may have a duty of care towards you, such as:
- Road users: They owe a duty of care to navigate the roads in a way that prevents harm as well as damage to others and themselves. To uphold their duty, they must follow the rules and regulations set out in the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Highway Code.
- Employers: Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 employers must take reasonable and practicable steps to prevent employees from becoming harmed at work or while they are performing their work-related duties.
- Those in control of public places: Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 they must take steps to ensure the reasonable safety of those using the space for it’s intended purpose.
To check your eligibility to claim compensation and to get help with your claim, you could contact our advisors.
If you are claiming a compensation payout for a shattered ankle, you will need to collect sufficient evidence. This needs to show liability for your ankle injury.
Examples of evidence that could help ankle injury compensation claims:
- Witness contact details. You could note the contact information of anyone who saw the incident that caused your ankle injury, as they could provide a statement at a later date.
- Medical evidence. This can include x-rays and your medical records, which could show the nature of your ankle injury and the treatment required.
- Video footage. The incident that caused your injury may have been caught on a mobile phone, dashcam, doorcam, or you can request CCTV footage of yourself.
- Photographic evidence. You can submit pictures of the injury, accident scene or any items involved in the incident, such as a pothole or faulty work equipment.
- Police report. For example, if you shattered your ankle in a road traffic accident and the police attended the scene, you could submit a copy of the police report.
- Accident log book. If you suffered your ankle injury in a workplace accident, you could submit a copy of the accident book. An accident log book is a legal requirement for any workplace that employs ten or more people.
Contact a member of our team to discuss what evidence you could gather to support a claim for an ankle injury.
You might be able to claim a compensation payout for a shattered ankle with the help of one of our solicitors. They work on a No Win No Fee basis and offer their clients a form of No Win No Fee agreement known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
When you work with a solicitor under a CFA, you won’t need to pay an upfront fee to your solicitor in order for them to work on your claim. Similarly, if your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t need to pay your solicitor for their services.
If your claim is successful, then a success fee will be deducted from your compensation as a small percentage. However, this percentage is capped by law, which helps to make sure that you keep the most of what you receive.
To find out how one of our solicitors could help you through the personal injury claims process, contact our team today. They can offer you a free consultation, where they can answer your questions and potentially connect you with a solicitor.
To get started:
- 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 about claiming a compensation payout for a shattered ankle. Please call our team for further advice.