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Ankle Injury Compensation Claim

If you want to start a claim for an ankle accident, then you should discuss your case with a lawyer specialising in ankle accident claims such as Tylers Solicitors. This will ensure that your claim has the best chance of success because we have the competence and professional expertise required to process a claim for ankle injuries.

If you want to proceed with your ankle accident injury compensation claim, then you should call Tylers Solicitors freephone on 0800 699 0079, and we can then proceed to talk you through your ankle accident injury compensation claim. Alternatively, if you are on your mobile phone, you can call 0333 577 0320, which is free to call with free minutes on your mobile phone.

Most of us will suffer some form of ankle trauma at some point throughout our lives, and for the majority of us, this will be the case on multiple occasions.  From sprains, strains and dislocations to the more serious fractures and breakages, ankle injuries are usually very painful, and recovery from them may take a long time.  Due to the importance of the ankles for the purposes of bearing body weight, injuries to them can be extremely debilitating, both during the healing process as well as for many months or even years afterwards. The consequences of this could be that the victim may have to stop working for a significant period or even permanently as the necessity of good mobility is a prerequisite for many jobs.

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Ankle injuries are very common and can occur in a variety of different settings including road traffic accidents, accidents at work, at school, in other public places or from clinical negligence and in some cases, the ankle may need to be set in a cast or even require corrective surgery.  This is more often the case if the injury has affected important parts of the ankle such as the Achilles tendon for example.  However, slips, trips and falls account for by far the most cases of injuries to this part of the body.  Whoever you are and however and wherever it happened, if you have suffered an ankle injury as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault then you may be entitled to compensation.

Types of ankle injury

Spraining is a common ankle injury and happens when the muscles and tendons that surround the bone become overstretched.  In more serious cases, those muscles and tendons can be torn, and surgery may be necessary to repair the damage.  One of the immediate results of a sprained ankle is extreme pain followed by rapid swelling around the joint.  It is important to keep weight off a sprained ankle until the swelling has gone as well as applying a cold surface to the wound as medical attention is sought.

Fractures are amongst the most disruptive and painful ankle injuries that can be sustained and if severe enough can cause long-term, lasting damage. The two main types of ankle bone fracture are simple and comminuted fractures. Simple fractures occur when there has been a clean break in a bone in the ankle and comminuted fractures happen when a bone is shattered into more than one piece.  The latter can be particularly painful and distressing as the bone shards can break through the surface of the skin.

Dislocation is another common ankle injury that usually comes about when bones that are normally in contact with each other are forced apart due to the trauma of a fracture or sprain.  Dislocation normally involves the tibia, fibula or talus bones of the shin, calf and ankle respectively and all of the ligaments, muscle and soft tissue can be equally affected.  Dislocation is also usually very painful and, if serious enough, can cause damage which can be problematic in the future.

It is also common to get an ankle injury whilst running, such as tripping over a kerb or debris on the floor, which can leave your ankle swollen and painful, or you can get it playing football such as an object on the pitch has caused you to trip and caused you to suffer a rolled ankle. Other sports where you can damage your ankle are basketball & rugby and can occur in both the left and right ankles. If this is the case, then get a diagnosis of your injury and then you can proceed with your compensation claim.

Other types of ankle injury

  • Ankle Fracture
  • Arthritis in the Ankle
  • Broken Ankle
  • Chronic Ankle Instability
  • Equinus
  • Talus Fracture
  • Os Trigonum Syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis in the Ankle
  • Peroneal Tendon Injury
  • Pilon Fracture
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sprained Ankle
  • Ankle Stress Fracture
  • Talar Dome Lesion
  • Ankle Swelling
  • Inversion Sprain (inward)
  • Eversion Sprain (outward)
  • Medial Ankle Injury
  • Ankle Cartilage Injury
  • Lateral Ankle Ligament Injury
  • Ankle Retinaculum Injury
  • Crushed Ankle Injury
  • Ankle Growth Plate Injury
  • Inside, or Inner Ankle Injury
  • Osteochondral Ankle Injury
  • Avulsion Ankle Injury

What causes ankle injuries?

Ankle injuries can happen in a variety of different places and situations. They mostly happen as a result of slipping on wet floors, tripping over objects that shouldn’t be there and falls from a height such as from ladders or other equipment that can raise you to a height sufficient enough to cause serious injury should you fall. Road accidents, accidents while playing sport and at work can also cause ankle injuries. If an employer fails to abide sufficiently by existing health and safety legislation by ensuring your complete safety at work or if you have suffered an ankle injury as a result of an accident outside the workplace that wasn’t your fault then the employer or whoever was responsible could be liable to pay you damages in the form of compensation.

How much could I be entitled to?

The amount of compensation you may be entitled to is dependent on various factors. These include the specific type of damage you have suffered, the part of the ankle affected, the overall extent of the damage and the length of time it took for you to recover as longer recovery times tend to result in greater settlements. Age and medical history can have a bearing on how long it takes for your injury to recover which is why older people and those who have had other ankle problems in the past tend to be awarded larger compensation amounts. Although the vast majority of ankle injuries result in £15,000 or less for victims, as a general guide you could be awarded:

  • Up to £44,500 for very severe ankle injuries which cause deformities and result in the need for amputation to prevent future damage.  Most often the case with transmalleolar fractures due to extensive damage to the soft tissue
  • Up to £32,000 for severe ankle injuries which have required a long period in a plaster cast and correctional surgery.  Most frequently result in significant residual disability in the form of ankle instability and severely limited mobility
  • Up to £17,000 for moderate ankle injuries such as ligament tears that lead to less serious disability but still cause difficulty from irritation as a result of surgery and difficulty walking on uneven terrain
  • Up to £8,750 for modest ankle injuries such as less serious sprains, fractures and ligament damage and where the development of future conditions like arthritis is expected and full recovery is anticipated to take more than a year or not expected at all
  • Up to £3,500 for the least serious ankle injuries where the development of future conditions like arthritis is not anticipated and full recovery is expected to take a maximum of one year

What can compensation be used for?

If you have had to take a significant amount of time off work as a result of your injury or if you are unable to return for good then compensation could help to pay for your lost income. Compensation can also help to pay for any medical costs and travelling expenses that you may have acquired if you have had to attend medical appointments as well as any adaptations to your home or prosthetics in addition to the general damage to your quality of life.

Making a claim with Tylers Solicitors

If you have suffered an accident involving your ankle that wasn’t your fault then take that brave first step towards recovery and give Tylers a call today. To make a claim, it will be necessary to collate as much evidence as you possibly can to prove your accident and the subsequent damage you suffered as a result wasn’t your fault. For example, this may involve taking photographs of whatever it was you fell over or the wet surface you slipped on that wasn’t adequately marked. It will also be necessary to provide us with details of the extent of the damage you have suffered for us to help award you with an amount of compensation that you are satisfied with. So don’t delay, give us a call today and let our expert personal injury lawyers give you a helping hand you need.

I have sprained my ankle, what are the three stages of an ankle sprain?

Ankle sprains are usually classified into three different grades; those are as follows:

  • Grade 1 ankle sprain – Also known as stage 1, is a mild ankle sprain and damage to the ligaments is at a minimum.
  • Grade 2 ankle sprain – Also known as stage 2, is moderate ankle sprain damage to the ligaments which can include a partial tear of the ligament itself.
  • Grade 3 ankle sprain – Also known as stage 3, is major damage to the ligament, which usually includes a complete tear of the ligament causing instability of the ankle and the affected joint. You usually see a lot of bruising appear around the ankle.

If you have suffered an ankle injury as a result of an accident or clinical negligence that wasn’t your fault, then you may be able to make a claim. Call Tylers today on (freephone): 0800 699 0079 to see if you can make a claim today.

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