If you suffer a torn ankle ligament injury, you may consider taking legal action. This is possible if the injury happens through someone else’s negligence rather than through any actions of your own. But if you do so, it’s worth knowing what the claims process as a whole involves. Which is why we have this handy guide here for you to read. We’re covering important factors you may need to know when it comes to making a compensation claim for a torn ankle ligament injury. And as part of this, we describe in detail an example case study with one such injury victim receiving £15,000 compensation.
Read on to see what we have to say. Or you can contact our friendly team as soon as you wish. That could allow you to speak with our panel of personal injury solicitors sooner. And they could then begin to form the basis for your case. Simply telephone 0161 696 9685, complete our online form or speak to us by using the 24/7 Live Chat service.
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- A Guide To Claiming Compensation Payouts For A Torn Ankle Ligament Injury
- What Is A Torn Ankle Ligament Injury?
- How Can You Suffer A Torn Ankle Ligament Injury At Work?
- Torn Ankle Ligament Injury In A Public Place
- How Can You Suffer A Torn Ankle Ligament Injury In A Road Traffic Accident?
- Key Information About Personal Injury Compensation Calculations
- What Are Special Damages?
- Case Study: £15,000 For A Torn Ankle Ligament Injury
- Free Legal Advice On The Value Of Your Case
- Victims Could Benefit From No Win No Fee Claims
- We Can Provide Specialist Free Legal Advice
- More Resources And Guides On Torn Ankle Ligament Injuries
- Torn Ankle Ligament Injury FAQs
In this guide, we’re covering important information you may need to be aware of about claiming for a torn ankle ligament injury. To begin with, we take a look at the injury in-depth, detailing symptoms and recovery periods for tears. Then, we describe the criteria that you must meet in order to build a case based on negligence. After that, we examine several scenarios where a torn ligament ankle injury could occur. Following the example case study, we explain the benefits of a No Win No Fee agreement for a compensation claim. And finally, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about this particular injury.
Personal Injury Claims Time Limit
Now, if you do wish to make a claim, you have a maximum window of 3 years in which to do so. This comes from the date of the injury or from the date of knowledge. For your own benefit, the latter date provides more time if it’s applicable to your situation. If you wait too long, though, you may not receive compensation for the injury, even if the evidence is overwhelmingly in your favour. There are exceptions. Call us today if you want to discuss this particular topic further.
The ankle contains four main ligaments. They are the posterior talofibular ligament, the anterior talofibular ligament, Lateral talocalcaneal ligament and the calcaneofibular ligament. Each of these helps to support the tibia, fibula, calcaneus and talus bones, thus connecting the leg to the foot. Therefore, a tear of any of these ligaments may prevent the victim from placing weight on the ankle in question. A torn ankle ligament injury tends to occur when the foot twists via a sprain or strain. The most noticeable symptoms of this injury include strong pain, tenderness, swelling, bruising, instability and perhaps a popping sound as well.
NHS treatment for strains and sprains may be to follow the RICE formula. It is always advisable to seek medical attention. This means rest, ice, compression and elevation. This allows the pressure to calm down while ensuring that the ligaments aren’t put to frequent overuse. According to the NHS after 2 weeks strains and sprains should start to feel better. That being said, this could take longer if you suffer a moderate ligament tear. In that scenario, it could take months of recovery. Only the most severe ankle ligament tears could require surgery and months of inactivity. Contact our expert team for further details.
Now that we’ve explained a torn ankle ligament injury, let’s consider how you could claim. For you to have a viable case means meeting these 3 points of criteria that prove a third party’s negligence:
- So, firstly the third party was designated with owing you some version of a duty of care;
- But somehow this duty of care suffered a serious breach, which caused a situation to occur;
- And the result of the incident was you being hurt, such as you suffering a torn ankle ligament injury.
There are three major areas which are covering the vast majority of scenarios where someone is injured via negligence. One is employer’s liability (EL), pertaining to the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and its duty of care. An accident at work should be preventable if employers have sufficient safety procedures in place. It is important to note that not all accidents that will happen in your employment will be because there was a breach in the duty of care. But if there’s a workplace accident that proves to be totally avoidable, then it could demonstrate negligence.
An example may be that a member of staff twists their foot on a slippery surface which wasn’t signposted. By not ensuring that appropriate signage was present, and with someone being hurt, it may make the employer liable. And this could subsequently lead to a claim for compensation by the victim. Talk to us today if you want to know more.
Next, we come onto the subject of public liability (PL). This is in reference to the prevention of accidents in public places. Those controlling public lands have an applied duty of care via the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. A public place could be anywhere from a restaurant to a beach, from a bar to a nightclub, from a library to a sports centre. With all of those potential locations, accidents in public places have the potential to happen anywhere. And sometimes they could result in serious injuries for the victim.
An example of being injured in a public place could be a victim twisting their ankle in a supermarket. Supermarkets, well some, have escalators if they were to malfunction, a customer could fall injuring their ankle. And if the victim can prove that those in charge have acted with negligence, they could claim for their torn ankle ligament injury. It’s imperative to recognise not only what has happened, but what could have happened to prevent the accident. That is ultimately the basis on which the victim is able to claim negligence for their injury. Call us today for additional guidance.
Lastly, we have a road traffic accident (RTA). The Highway Code applies a duty of care which every road user should follow regardless of their situation. But if another driver causes a crash which sees the victim tear their ankle ligament, their negligence makes them responsible. And if the victim were to suffer multiple injuries, that may lead to them filing a multiple injury claim. These are just some of the many examples from the three core areas leading to torn ankle ligament injuries and subsequent claims for negligence. Use our Live Chat if you have any questions to ask us.
At this point, we should note that the claims process necessitates that you have a medical assessment. Even if you saw a doctor around the time of your injury, you need an updated evaluation by an independent doctor. That’s to demonstrate the long-term impact of the torn ankle ligament injury even after your recovery where appropriate. And if you’re still suffering, then the medical check underlines what you’re going through. What’s more, the medical assessment focuses on your predicted recovery time and clarifying the connection between the original accident and the condition you find yourself in.
From there, it is possible to calculate the potential compensation you could claim for. An online personal injury claims calculator may not be the best way to do this. Why? Well, because these tools tend to group together similar injuries towards one pay bracket. But we know that every torn ankle ligament injury is in some way different. Even if the symptoms are the same, the impact on the victim’s life could vary greatly. Therefore, your compensation settlement estimate is far more unique and true to your specific circumstances.
As for what the settlement estimate is? It divides up into two parts, and we’re covering special damages in our next section. Primarily, though, general damages highlight the physical and psychological consequences of you being hurt. That means pain, suffering and anguish, along with a loss of independence due to the injury. Learn more by using the Live Chat in the bottom right-hand corner.
So, special damages emphasise all of the consequences financially, from your torn ankle ligament injury. That means, first and foremost, any loss of income due to you being unable to work. This is especially important if for some reason you only receive statutory sick pay (SSP). And this becomes even more significant if the injury is severe enough to keep you from working for months on end.
Then, think about potential medication costs, as well as any physiotherapy you must undertake to strengthen your ankle. Also, think about public transport journey costs at a time when you’re unable to drive. And consider if you need to hire a nurse or a carer to look after you while you’re on the mend. If you have receipts and invoices to support each of these elements, this can only make your case even stronger. You can ask us any questions about either general or special damages by ringing us up anytime.
Mr Grimshaw, 49, worked as a waiter at a restaurant. He often worked long hours as well as weekends without complaint. Over the years, Mr Grimshaw’s hard graft and strong work ethic drew admiration from his peers. Sometimes, though, he could be placed in situations that were very tough to handle, even considering the sands of this role.
Such as one particular evening when an accident occurred. Mr Grimshaw was about to bring out several plates of food for a family. But he wasn’t aware that one of the cleaners had begun to mop the floor in the main kitchen. She had failed to put the appropriate signage in place. And so when Mr Grimshaw, hands filled with plates, proceeded through the kitchen he slipped very badly. His right ankle buckled under him on the slippery floor. Dropping the plates while falling himself to the floor.
Colleagues rushed over to Mr Grimshaw’s aid. He said that he was okay, but when he tried to stand up, his right ankle felt in tremendous pain. It was clear that he needed proper medical attention, so he was taken to his local hospital. Mr Grimshgaw was diagnosed with a torn ankle ligament injury.
Fortunately, Mr Grimshaw could avoid surgery, needing to simply heal up at home for up to 8 weeks. That being said, he was advised to undergo physiotherapy treatment after 2 weeks to help strengthen his right ankle more quickly and effectively. This he did, but he was dismayed at only receiving statutory sick pay during his time off work. It also didn’t help matters when his employers tried to deny responsibility. In fact, Mr Grimshaw feared disciplinary action for the incident which may have led to his termination upon his return to work.
Fortunately, he was able to avoid this scenario. Because during his recovery, Mr Grimshaw spoke with a personal injury solicitor. The solicitor confirmed a potential breach of duty, and thus an act as negligence, under the terms and conditions of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Therefore, he filed a claim against his employers. The firm initially denied liability again, until other witnesses came forward. Consequently, Mr Grimshaw received £15,000 of compensation: £11,820 for general damages alongside £3,180 for special damages.
|Type Of Special Damages||Includes:||How Much?|
|Lost Earnings||Lost earnings from being unable to work||£2,500|
|Medical Costs||Costs of medication during his recovery||£80|
|Transport Costs||Costs of using public transport for journeys||£100|
|Additional Support||Help from family with; cleaning, gardening, cooking etc||£500|
Note: The story above is not based on actual events, instead providing an overview of one potential scenario for a torn ankle ligament injury.
We realise that you may be able to decide right away about claiming for a torn ankle ligament injury. It’s a decision that requires thought and consideration on multiple fronts. And you may also wonder if the potential settlement value is worth entering into the claims process. For that reason, we provide guidance for absolutely free prior to you deciding whether or not to claim. That way, you could find out what to expect and how much time it may take. Additionally, you could discover what can make your case as strong as possible, thus increasing the chances of you receiving compensation. All of this can be explained beforehand so that, once you take legal action, you know it’s the right decision. Contact our helpful team if you need to know more about this.
No Win No Fee policies allow you, the claimant, to appoint a solicitor regardless of your financial standing. For those making a claim for the first time, it could seem daunting to take legal action. And this includes wondering about how much it may cost to try and battle for compensation. But that’s why working with a No Win No Fee solicitor is so beneficial.
For starters, you don’t pay anything upon the initial contact to the No Win No Fee solicitor, meaning you don’t make payments right away. Next, you also don’t pay your personal injury solicitor while a case is ongoing. Crucially, though, if for some reason your case loses, you aren’t obliged to pay any of your personal injury solicitor’s legal costs. The only scenario where you pay your solicitor is if your case wins and you receive compensation. In that situation, your legal representation takes a success fee, which is to cover their own time and effort. And even this has a legal cap so you don’t lose much of your torn ankle ligament injury compensation.
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So, all we have to say now is that we look forward to hearing from you. That’s because we want to help you to receive compensation for your torn ankle ligament injury. Our panel of personal injury solicitors could handle your case from start to finish. And they put 100% into making sure that you receive the compensation you are entitled to. So, to get in touch with us today, you can use any of the following 3 methods of communication:
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Note that, even if you speak with us, you’re not under any pressure to proceed with a compensation claim.
After reading this guide about claiming compensation for a torn ankle ligament injury, you may still wish to know more. For that reason, we have additional research links for you to take a look at. They’re covering the following subjects:
What could be the impact of a torn ankle ligament injury?
A torn ligament could bring about pain, bruising, inflammation and instability within the ankle. This makes walking and placing weight on the ankle very difficult.
How can you treat a torn ankle ligament injury?
Your doctor will advise on this depending on the severity of your injury.
Could a torn ankle ligament injury heal without the need for surgery?
Yes. In fact, the majority of ligament tears could heal without having to undergo surgery.
What is the recovery time for a torn ankle ligament injury?
A minor tear heals up within 2-4 weeks, But a more serious injury could require months to fully heal.
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