Ankle injury compensation claims
Ankle injuries happen when the ankle joint is moved outside of its normal range of movements. This can be caused by twisting, rotating or rolling the ankle too far. In a lot of cases, ankle injuries happen purely by accident – but in some cases the cause is due to the negligence of a third party.
If your ankle injury is the result of someone else’s negligence, then you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
There are many causes of ankle injuries, including:
Ankle injuries are very common in sports – with sudden acceleration or deceleration, rapidly changing direction and running over uneven ground all potential causes.
Walking over uneven ground or uneven pavements can lead to unexpected ankle injuries following a slip, trip or fall.
Wearing high heels can not only strain the tendons in ankles but can also be the cause of twisted ankles as the wearer is, due to an altered centre of gravity, less stable. Loose fitting sandals or clogs can also be the cause of ankle injuries.
Road traffic accidents
Ankles can suffer severe damage in car crashes due to the trauma caused by a sudden impact.
What ankle injuries can I claim compensation for?
Although many of the main causes of ankle injuries are everyday occurrences and therefore not the fault of anyone else, there are certain accidents that are caused by the negligence of a third party – either another individual or a company/organisation.
Below we have listed several common accidents that tend to be the result of negligence, and can often lead to successful personal injury compensation claims:
- Slips, trips or falls in a public place such as a shopping mall, pavement, park or restaurant.
- Accident in the workplace either because you slipped or tripped over something placed wrongly or because of something falling over your ankle.
- Sporting injuries brought on by excessive pressure put on the ankle joint while playing any type of sport.
- Road traffic accidents, including car, motorbike or cycling accidents.
- Medical negligence, including faulty or late diagnosis or wrong treatment.
Different types of ankle injury
The ankle is a complex joint made up of numerous ligaments and tendons. The tibia and fibula bones meet the talus bone in the ankle, so there are a lot of ligaments and tendons holding these bones in place.
A break to the bones is called a fracture. A sprain refers to ligament damage, which happens when the ligaments are stretched beyond their normal range of movement. A sprain can be anything from small microscopic tears in the ligament fibres to a complete rupture. A strain describes damage to muscles and tendons which have been stretched too far.
In the ankle there are two tendons, the peroneal tendons, which help to stabilize the ankle. These tendons can become inflamed due to trauma or over use, which can cause tears in the tendons. These tears can either be acute or microscopic.
Acute tears are caused by sudden trauma of force. Microscopic tears in themselves are not serious but they can accumulate over time as a result of being repeatedly overstretched. This can lead to a condition known as tendinosis (also known as ‘chronic tendonitis). Tendons can also rupture or slip out of place.
How much compensation for an ankle injury?
Like all personal injury claims, the compensation payouts for ankle injury claims can vary dramatically. This is because compensation payouts are calculated using a range of factors, including the severity of the injury and how much pain, suffering and loss of amenity it has caused the Claimant (which are known as the general damages), as well as the expenses the Claimant has incurred as a result of the injury such as loss of earnings, travel costs, treatment costs, rehabilitation costs etc… (these are known as the special damages).
As such, it is difficult to accurately estimate how much compensation you could win for an ankle injury. However there are ‘ball-park’ amounts we can provide courtesy of the Judicial Guidelines, which provides a starting point for courts to calculate the general damages to award to a successful Claimant.
Below are the estimated payouts for ankle injuries*. As you can see, the compensation payouts for ankle injuries can be quite high in terms of general damages – as the ankle is a very important joint, without the use of which we struggle to walk and get about normally.
Very severe ankle injury:
£38,050 to £53,000
Severe ankle injury:
£23,800 – £38,050
Moderate ankle injury:
£10,450 to £20,200
Modest ankle injury:
Up to £10,450
* Information taken from Judicial College Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases – 13th Edition. – please note that these figures are for guidance only and the compensation that you receive may be outside of these guidelines.
Need any more help?
Ankle injuries can have a serious detrimental effect on our lives and so many everyday tasks that we take for granted like just walking about your house, can become a real problem. If the cause of that injury is due to the negligence of another you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
To find out more and for professional and impartial advice from the outset, get in touch with Cute Injury: