- Very severe rare ankle injury£50,060 - £69,700
- Severe ankle injury causing permanent walking problems£31,310 - £50,060
- Ankle injury causing some permanent problems£13,740 - £26,590
- Ankle injury recovering completely or leaving mild symptomsUp to £13,740
The estimates provided above have been generated by JMW’s Compensation Calculator, based on the Judicial College Guidelines. By giving you a rough guideline of how much you could expect to receive by making a claim, you can make a more informed decision about how you would like to proceed.
To find out more about exactly how much you might be able to claim, contact the expert solicitors at JMW to discuss the specifics of your circumstances. We can give you a more precise estimate, based on the severity of your injury and the details of the incident.
What Should I Do Next?
If you are looking to make a claim for ankle injury compensation, the most important first step is to speak to a specialist personal injury solicitor as soon as possible.
By doing so, you will be able to weigh up all the options of what to do next, based on a detailed appraisal of the details of your case and the quality of the evidence on your side. Your solicitor will provide you with an accurate estimate of how much you could claim in compensation, and your chances of success.
Once you have decided to start the claim, your legal team will get in touch with the party responsible for the injury and begin putting together the strongest possible case for you. By bringing together the medical evidence, witness statements and other supporting material, your solicitor can maximise your chances of a positive outcome, while providing you with expert advice and guidance throughout the process.
What Can Affect the Value of a Compensation Claim?
The amount of compensation you can claim for your ankle injury will depend on the severity of your injury and the expenses you have incurred as a result.
For many people with ankle injuries, a significant period of rest is required for the injury to heal, which may result in a need to take time off work, or potentially make it impossible to carry on in your current role. You may also incur certain expenses associated with your recovery, such as the need to purchase a brace, crutches or a wheelchair, or travel to and from physiotherapy sessions.
By speaking to a member of the JMW Solicitors team, a solicitor can provide advice on which factors in your case might affect the success of your claim and the amount you may be owed.
How Can Compensation Help?
By seeking compensation for your injury, you can gain access to funds that can be used to cover the cost of any earnings you have lost, as well as ensure you are financially supported throughout your recovery. The amount of compensation from your claim will be higher if your needs are greater, or if the nature of your injury requires long-term recovery.
Moreover, making a successful compensation claim will allow you to ensure that those responsible for your injury are held accountable for their actions, giving you the peace of mind you need to focus on your recovery.
At JMW, our team has many years of experience in making ankle injury claims, so you can rest assured that we will do our utmost to ensure you receive the highest possible amount of compensation for the accident.
Types of Ankle Injury
Ankle injuries can have a serious impact on your mobility, restricting you from being able to go about daily activities, and sometimes preventing you from working.
Some of the most common types of ankle injury include:
- A fractured or broken ankle
- Sprained ankle
- Os trigonum syndrome
An ankle injury usually presents itself through tenderness and swelling, bruising, loss of function, and an inability to bear weight. Recovering from an ankle injury can leave you immobile for quite some time because you are usually required to take the pressure off the joint by resting and recuperating. As such, you may be unable to walk, affecting your ability to uphold your personal and professional responsibilities.
The most common causes of ankle injuries include accidents at work, road traffic accidents, sporting accidents and slips, trips and falls. If your injury was caused by somebody else’s negligence, you should get in touch with JMW Solicitors to find out whether you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
FAQs About Ankle Injury Compensation
What are the circumstances where I might be able to claim ankle injury compensation?
Below are some typical scenarios in which you might be able to claim ankle injury compensation:
- Workplace accidents: if your ankle injury occurred in the workplace due to inadequate safety measures, faulty equipment or lack of training, you could have grounds for a claim.
- Road traffic accidents: injuries sustained in a road traffic accident, either as a driver, passenger, cyclist, or pedestrian, can often lead to ankle injury claims if another party was at fault.
- Slips, trips and falls: if you've slipped or tripped on an uneven surface, or fallen due to an obstacle that shouldn't have been there, you could potentially claim compensation for any resulting ankle injuries.
- Sports and recreational activities: you may be eligible for compensation if your ankle injury was the result of negligent conduct or inadequate safety measures during organised sports or recreational activities.
- Public spaces: injuries sustained in public or private properties due to poor maintenance, such as broken stairs or a lack of proper signage, can also qualify for an ankle injury claim.
- Product liability: if your ankle injury was caused by a defective product, such as faulty footwear or sports equipment, you could make a claim against the manufacturer.
What counts as a serious ankle injury?
An ankle injury can range from a minor sprain to severe fractures and ligament damage, but what exactly constitutes a 'serious' ankle injury in the eyes of the law? Below are some criteria that can help define a serious ankle injury in the context of a compensation claim:
- Complex fractures: fractures that involve multiple bones, require surgical intervention, or lead to permanent deformity are generally considered serious.
- Ligament damage: severe ligament damage that requires reconstructive surgery and leads to prolonged disability can constitute a serious injury.
- Chronic conditions: conditions like osteoarthritis, triggered or worsened by the ankle injury, can also be considered serious due to their long-term impact on your wellbeing.
- Nerve damage: if the injury has caused nerve damage leading to numbness, weakness or chronic pain, it may qualify as a serious ankle injury.
- Loss of mobility: injuries that significantly impede your ability to walk, or require the use of mobility aids like crutches or a wheelchair, are often categorised as serious.
- Long-term or permanent effects: any ankle injury that leads to long-term or permanent disability, affects your ability to work, or substantially impacts your quality of life can be deemed serious.
What are the time limits if I want to make an ankle injury claim?
Time is of the essence when it comes to making a personal injury claim for an ankle injury. Understanding the legal time limits can be crucial for the success of your claim. Here's what you need to know:
Standard time limit
The general rule for personal injury claims, including ankle injuries, is that you have three years from the date of the accident to initiate a claim. Failing to do so within this period may result in your claim being time-barred.
Exceptions for under-18s
If the injured person is under 18, the three-year time limit does not start until their 18th birthday. A parent or guardian can also make a claim on their behalf before they turn 18.
For those lacking mental capacity, the three-year time limit does not apply until (or if) they regain mental capacity. Someone with legal authority may also make a claim on their behalf.
How do I start a claim for ankle injury compensation?
Starting a claim for ankle injury compensation may seem like a daunting process, but with the right guidance, it can be relatively straightforward. Here's how to get started:
Step 1: Seek medical attention
The first and foremost priority is your health. Seek medical treatment as soon as possible, as this will also serve as official documentation of your injuries, which is important for your claim.
Step 2: Document the incident
Gather all possible evidence that can support your claim. This could include photographs of the accident site, witness statements and any relevant reports such as a police report or an accident report in the workplace.
Step 3: Consult a specialist solicitor
Contact a solicitor specialising in personal injury claims, such as the experts at JMW. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to assess the viability of your claim and guide you through the process.
Step 4: Investigation and evidence gathering
Upon agreeing to take on your case, we will initiate a thorough investigation, gathering all necessary evidence, including medical reports and financial documents, to substantiate your claim.
Step 5: Initiating the claim
We will send a Letter of Claim to the party responsible for your ankle injury, laying out the grounds for your claim. They will typically have up to 21 days to acknowledge the claim and may have a further three months to investigate before they must admit or deny liability.
Step 6: Negotiation and settlement
If liability is admitted after the reviewing of medical evidence, we will negotiate the best possible compensation package for you. This may include not only a settlement for your injuries but also for any financial losses you've incurred, such as lost wages or medical expenses.
Step 7: Legal proceedings
If an agreement can't be reached, we may recommend proceeding to court. However, a significant majority of cases are settled without the need for a court hearing.
Talk to Us
To discuss an ankle injury claim with a legal expert, speak to JMW Solicitors today. We can give you a clearer idea of how much your claim could potentially be worth, offering expert legal advice on how to achieve the best possible outcome.