By Jo Anderson. Last Updated 24th January 2024. Suffering an ankle injury can cause significant disruption to your life. If it happened through no fault of your own, you could be entitled to compensation. In this comprehensive guide, we explore ankle injury claims and how we can help you get compensation.
Below, we discuss our No Win No Fee service, how our specialist personal injury solicitors can help you, and the potential payout you could receive for your injuries.
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- Ankle Injury Settlement Amounts In The UK
- Can I Make An Ankle Injury Claim?
- How Long Do I Have To Make An Ankle Injury Claim?
- Useful Evidence For Ankle Injury Claims
- What Ankle Injuries Can I Claim Compensation For?
- Make A No Win No Fee Ankle Injury Claim
- Useful Links Relating to Ankle Injury Claims
Knowing the average compensation for an ankle injury would not necessarily give you much insight into your own payout, if your claim is successful. This is because compensation is awarded on a case-by-case basis, with the unique factors of each case being taken into consideration. Therefore, it may be more beneficial for you to know how compensation is calculated.
Typically, a successful claim would result in you being awarded general damages for the pain and suffering you’ve experienced because of your injury. Those valuing this head of your claim could refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) for help. This document provides guideline compensation brackets for various injuries at different severities.
To give you some guidance, we have used some figures from the 2022 edition of the JCG in the table below. Please only refer to it as a guide. It should also be noted that the first entry of this table has not been taken from the JCG.
|Combinations of serious injuries including financial loss.
|Multiple serious injuries causing significant pain and financial losses, for example, home adjustments or lost earnings.
|Up to £100,000+
|Limited and unusual injuries – an example could include transmalleolar fractures and extensive soft-tissue damage. This could result in deformity as well as risk that future injuries to the leg might necessitate a below-knee amputation.
|£50,060 to £69,700
|Injuries requiring extensive period of treatment. Pins/plates have been used. There is significant residual disability.
|£31,310 to £50,060
|Fractures, ligament damage and injuries that cause less serious disabilities such as trouble in walking on uneven ground.
|£13,740 to £26,590
|The less serious sprains, strains and fractures.
|Up to £13,740
|Achilles Tendon (a)
|Severed tendon and peroneus longus muscle causing cramps, swelling, and restricted ankle movement.
|In the region of £38,430
|Achilles Tendon (b)
|Division of tendon. There will be a successful repair but some serious disabilities.
|£24,990 to £30,090
|Achilles Tendon (c)
|Partial rupture/ significant injury to the tendon.
|£12,590 to £21,070
|Achilles Tendon (d)
|Turned ankle resulting in damage to the tendon.
|£7,270 to £12,590
Additionally, if you have incurred any financial expense due to your injuries, you may receive compensation for them under the head of claim known as special damages. Costs and losses that could be claimable could include:
- Care costs- should you need to pay for care at home due to your injuries.
- Medical expenses – should you have to pay for prescription medicines, or mobility equipment, for example.
- Loss of income – if you have had to take time off work to recover from your injuries and lost out on income as a result.
- Travel expenses – should you need to pay for transport to meet with your solicitor or attend medical appointments, for example.
Any claim for special damages must be supported with evidence. Bank statements and payslips could be useful in helping you claim for such losses and costs.
To learn more about how much compensation you could claim for your injuries, please contact an advisor.
There are various people in day-to-day life who owe you a duty of care. Examples include:
- Your employer – your employer owes you a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Under the act, they must take reasonably practicable steps to prevent you from coming to harm while in your workplace.
- Occupiers of public places – anyone in control of public places is viewed by law as being an occupier. Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, they have a legal duty to prevent you from coming to harm while using the premises for their intended purpose as far as reasonably possible.
- Road users – every road user has a duty of care to other road users under the Road Traffic Act 1988. They must use the roads in a way that does not cause harm to themselves or others. They must also refer to the rules and guidance contained within the Highway Code.
To be eligible to make an ankle injury claim, you would need to prove that your injury was caused by another party breaching the duty of care they owed you.
To check your eligibility to claim or to ask questions about ankle injury compensation amounts, please contact an advisor.
If you are eligible to make a personal injury claim for ankle injury compensation, you must also ensure that you begin legal proceedings within the correct time limit. The Limitation Act 1980 states that you will have three years to start your claim from the date you were injured. However, there are some exceptions to this time limit.
For example, if someone under the age of 18 suffered an ankle injury, the limitation period would not begin until they turn 18. Prior to their 18th birthday, a court-appointed litigation friend, such as a parent or a solicitor, could claim on their behalf. If a claim was not made by a litigation friend prior to this date, the injured party will have three years to do so.
To learn more about further exceptions to the 3-year limitation period, or to see if you are still within the time limit to start your ankle injury claim, you can contact our advisors.
There are various pieces of evidence that could help support your ankle injury claim. These could include, but are not limited to:
- Medical evidence – for example, a copy of your medical records could illustrate the severity of your ankle injury and highlight the treatment you have needed and will need in the future.
- Video footage and photographs – If your accident was captured on CCTV or dashcam footage, this could help with illustrating how the accident occurred and who was liable. Photographs of the accident scene could also help with this.
- Witness details – should anybody have witnessed the accident you were injured in, taking their details could be useful. A solicitor could approach them for a statement at a later date.
- Documentation relating to special damages – you may be able to claim for costs and losses incurred because of your injuries. However, you would need to submit evidence of these. Bank statements, bills, and receipts could be useful here.
If you would like to learn more about the evidence that you could use to support your claim, or if you have any questions regarding ankle injury compensation amounts, you can contact our advisors.
There are lots of different injuries that could be experienced by those making ankle injury claims. Some types of ankle injuries may be relatively minor, whereas some could cause permanent damage. For example:
- Ankle sprains – Slips, trips and falls could lead to sprained ankles. If you have tripped on uneven pavement, for example, and your ankle has given way, this could cause symptoms such as bruising, swelling and pain.
- Achilles injuries – Achilles tendon injuries could be caused where there has been sudden stress put on the ankle. Falling from height could cause this type of injury, for example. This may reduce the ability to move the ankle, as well as causing pain and swelling near the heel.
- Broken ankle – A broken ankle can cause severe pain, and the recovery rate can vary depending on the severity of the fracture. You could suffer this type of injury, for example, if you were a cyclist who was knocked off their bike by a driver.
Whether you have suffered one of the ankle injuries above or another type of ankle injury, our advisors could help. They could let you know if you could claim for an ankle injury and provide insight into how much ankle injury compensation you could receive.
If you’re injured at work, you might wish to get help from a work accident solicitor who is experienced in handling work accident claims. Whether you’ve injured your ankle at work in a slip, trip or fall accident, or because of another type of accident, a solicitor could help you seek compensation. They could also help with other types of accident claims, such as seeking compensation for an ankle injury in a public place.
You could work with a solicitor on a No Win No Fee basis. There are different types of arrangements that come under this umbrella, including a Conditional Fee Agreement. If your solicitor offers their services under this type of agreement, it generally means you would not pay your solicitor for their work if the claim fails.
If your claim does succeed, you will pay your solicitor a success fee. This is legally capped and taken as a percentage of your compensation.
If you’d like to make a claim for being injured at work, in a public place or elsewhere, we could check your eligibility for you. Should we determine that one of our No Win No Fee solicitors could help you, we could help you start your claim.
To get in touch:
- Workplace Accident Rights
- Public Place Injury Claims
- Sprains, strains and the NHS
- Broken Ankle Advice NHS