£30,000 Compensation Payout For A Broken Ankle Injury – Advice To Help Calculate Compensation Payouts

By Marianne Czerny. Last Updated 10th March 2022. Making a broken ankle claim would be on the basis that you were owed a duty of care. That those responsible for your safety breached this duty of care and ultimately caused a broken ankle. When you make a claim for compensation you may be eligible for two heads of loss. We will explain this further on in our guide. 

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Broken Ankle Claims Guide

You may be confused as to what this means for your particular situation. That’s why this guide aims to help you estimate your ankle injury claim and what the personal injury claims process entails. Whether you are looking into an accident at work claim, compensation for a road traffic accident you didn’t cause, or a public liability claim, this guide could be of use. 

If you would like free legal advice on your potential broken ankle claim, call us on 0161 696 9685. A team member will discuss your case and, if you like, can put you in touch with a panel of solicitors we work with. You can also fill out our online contact form or use our instant chat feature.  

Select a Section

  1. How Much Compensation For A Broken Ankle Claim?
  2. Your Injury Explanation
  3. Can I Make A Broken Ankle Claim For An Accident At Work? 
  4. Broken Ankle Claim For An Injury In A Public Place 
  5. How Can You Suffer A Broken Ankle In A Road Traffic Accident? 
  6. How Is Personal Injury Compensation Calculated?
  7. What Are Special Damages?
  8. Case Study: £30,000 For A Broken Ankle Claim
  9. Get Free Legal Advice On The Value Of Your Case
  10. How Do No Win No Fee Claims Work?
  11. Get Free Legal Advice From Our Expert Team
  12. More Resources And Guides On Broken Ankle Claims
  13. Broken Ankle Claim FAQs 

How Much Compensation For A Broken Ankle Claim?

Ankle injury compensation amounts vary depending on the extremity of symptoms and personal circumstances. For this reason, it can be difficult to give an average payout for a broken ankle in the UK. For example, a minor ankle injury that heals fully without complications will be valued differently from a moderate to a severe ankle injury that requires a lengthy treatment and doesn’t heal completely. As you can see ankle injury settlement amounts in the UK will vary.

Broken bone compensation can include psychological trauma (experienced after the accident or due to injuries) and financial loss. This is why your case would be unique to you, and why we can’t offer you an exact personal injury compensation calculator but can offer this comprehensive guide to help your approximations for your broken ankle claim.

The guide also provides explanations of legal jargon, such as No Win No Fee, duty of care and general and special damages, as well as what they could mean for your claim. 

If there’s anything else you’d like to discuss, our team offers free advice and is available round the clock. Just call them on the number at the top of the page. 

Your Injury Explanation

The general types of ankle fractures are:

  • Open/Closed: ‘Open’ means that the skin over the fracture is broken, which can lead to infection and longer healing. Closed fractures are far less likely to lead to infection as the skin isn’t broken.
  • Displaced/Non-Displaced: A fracture where the ankle bones slip out of line is known as a displaced fracture. Non-displaced fractures remain in line, making them easier to treat and not as likely to lead to surgery.

Before making a broken ankle claim, it is important to fully understand your injuries. Knowing whether you have a broken ankle or sprain can be difficult as closed, non-displaced fractures might feel like a sprain. 

According to the NHS guide on broken ankles, symptoms may include:

  • Swelling
  • Severe pain
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Deformity
  • An inability to take your bodyweight without pain

Treatment and Recovery

Broken ankle treatment varies. If a fracture is displaced, surgery is generally needed to align the bones. Moreover, if a fracture is open, you may need surgery to repair the fracture as well as damaged tissue. Non-displaced or closed fractures may only need a walking boot or cast (as well as rest) to heal properly. 

Your doctor is best placed to advise on your broken ankle recovery time. Closed, non-displaced fractures can heal well enough within four to six weeks. However, some broken ankle claim cases involve injuries that need surgery, which increases recovery time by weeks. Ankle fractures can leave patients with reduced mobility for up to a year. 

We recommend seeking out medical help if you’re concerned about your injuries. But, if the injury was due to a third party’s negligence, our advice team can help you understand the personal injury claims process. You can call any time or send a message through our chat feature to get instant advice.  

Can I Make A Broken Ankle Claim For An Accident At Work?

Slips, trips and falls can easily lead to broken ankle injuries. Additionally, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistics show that these accidents are the most common in the workplace. HSE statistics can also show us the prevalence of ankle injuries in the workplace.

From these provisional statistics for 2020/21, we can see that employers reported 4,889 employee non-fatal ankle injuries to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR). 3,013 of these non-fatal injuries required employees to take over 7 days of absence from the workplace. This could lead to a loss of earnings that you could claim for in special damages.

If you are looking into making an accident at work claim, it’s important to understand whether your employer truly was liable. 

What Is An Employer’s Duty Of Care?

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 states that an employer has a duty of care to take all reasonably practicable steps to keep employees safe in the workplace.

If you endured a broken ankle at work, you should ask yourself, did my employer:

  • Carry out regular risk assessments and inspections of environments and machinery?
  • Clear pathways to avoid tripping or slipping hazards?
  • Provide appropriate training staff?
  • Have warning signage about dangers (such as falling)?

If you can answer ‘yes’, you may find that your employer did act as reasonably as possible to prevent your accident. In these cases, they may not have acted negligently. 

Get in touch with us today to find out more about claiming compensation for ankle injuries caused by your employer breaching their duty of care.

How Can My Employer Breach Their Duty Of Care?

Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 outlines basic premises of how employers should protect employees’ safety. For example, a health and safety policy must be established and revised. 

If you endured a broken ankle at work because you had no or inadequate training (e.g. they didn’t provide a policy or teach you how to use the ladder that led to your fall) you could make an injury at work claim. Provided your workplace didn’t maintain a clean, safe environment which caused you to trip, your employer would be in breach of duty and you could potentially make a broken ankle claim. 

If you would like to ensure you make a successful work accident claim, take time to consider your actions too. Did you use your training correctly, for example? An injury at work claim can be affected if the employee didn’t take due care and effectively caused their accident. 

For free legal advice on making an accident at work claim, call our team on the number at the top of the page. 

Broken Ankle Claim For An Injury In A Public Place

When making a public liability claim, you should check who was liable for your accident. For example, if you slipped on a spill in a supermarket that wasn’t accompanied by a floor sign, you could claim against the business. Accidents in a public place (such as a car park, park or beach) can be controlled by different bodies. For example, a park could be controlled by a business, trust or local authority. 

The Duty Of Care Of Those In Control Of Public Spaces

Those considering making a broken ankle claim after accidents in a public place can do so following breaches under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. This Act outlines that those in control of land, premises or property (occupiers) must ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of visitors where they reasonably can.

How Can This Duty Be Breached?

Public injury claims can be made if a party in control of the space does not:

  • Give ample warning of risks, which could be through signage, or through the reiterations of an independent contractor.
  • Make sure any independent contractors on site are competent. 
  • Try to prevent risk, if possible, by blocking areas that are dangerous (through security fences or guards). 

These parties may use public liability insurance in an event that there is a personal injury claim made against them. If you understood the risks of entering the premises where you injured your ankle, contact our advice team to see if it may impact your case. They are ready to impart advice via the chat feature 24/7. 

How Can You Suffer A Broken Ankle In A Road Traffic Accident? 

Crushing can cause a broken ankle after a road traffic accident (RTA). Anything that creates a strong enough pressure on the ankle (such as the flooring meeting the bottom of a seat) can result in bone fractures. 

Government data shows that there were a total of 115,584 casualties of all severities on Britain’s roads in 2020. You may be seeking to make a broken ankle claim as a pedestrian, cyclist or motorcyclist. If so, you would be among the most vulnerable in a road traffic accident. Ankle injuries could easily occur due to less protection around the foot.  

Duty Of Care Of Road Users 

After an RTA, and when feeling able to, try to check The Highway Code to see where duty was breached. To make a car accident claim, you will need to ensure that the road user had not acted with the skill and care of the average motorist.

How Can A Road User Breach Their Duty Of Care?

You may make a car accident claim if the other driver did not proceed with due diligence for the safety of those using the road. For example, the driver of a speeding car caused a crash. Your potential broken ankle claim amount, however, could be impacted if you did not adhere to these same regulations. 

You can chat with a confidential advisor for clarity on duty of care on the road, and whether you’re liable. Just call us on the number at the top of the screen for free legal advice. 

How Is Personal Injury Compensation Calculated?

Any personal injury claim begins with the injury and its effects. You may ask, ‘What is the average payout for a broken ankle in the UK?’. You should know that there is no average compensation payout, as each case is assessed individually. This is dependent on the calculation of general damages and special damages. 

General damages compensates for physical and psychological suffering as well as the impact on the quality of life. Broken ankles can be painful but heal within weeks, or debilitating, taking months to heal with residual scarring. There may also be psychological injuries due to the accident, or there may not. Broken ankle claim compensation generally increases with the severity of symptoms or injury. However, any injuries you claim for must be caused by the accident. To prove this, we use medical evidence.

Many claimants visit a doctor after their injury, the record of which can support their claim. But, as part of the personal injury claim, a further medical assessment takes place. A personal injury solicitor would arrange for an independent medical expert to assess your injuries. The report the expert produces is shared with the court, used to prove that your injuries were a consequence of the incident (and not pre-existing) and your solicitor would be able to value your general damages.   

To get a roundabout figure on your prospective general damages amount, speak to our team. They can also discuss whether pre-existing conditions could affect your broken ankle claim. Call or send a message through the chat box at any time, Monday to Sunday. 

What Are Special Damages?

Special damages can be difficult to work out in the beginning stages of a claim. This is because they cover financial loss, which includes ongoing financial loss accrued due to the injuries you sustained. 

For example, you may find that your ankle injury prevented you from working for a matter of days and your company offered full-time sick pay. You may not have lost finances in this instance. However, if your company only offered Statutory Sick Pay or you are unable to work in your chosen career due to the injury, there could be loss of income as well as future loss, which you could recover. 

Other special damages in a broken ankle claim could be:

  • Relevant travel expenses.
  • Additional physiotherapy bills you incurred.
  • Medication you paid for.

This is why there is no such thing as an accurate ankle injury compensation calculator. Claims are unique to the individual. 

You can read our case study on general and special damages below. 

Case Study: £30,000 For A Broken Ankle Claim

Mr Jackson was an HGV driver who tirelessly worked 48-hour weeks. At the end of his week, he would do the weekly shop with his wife. The supermarket was near a train station and one evening, because Mr Jackson was tired of driving, they decided to take the train. They got their shopping and started down the eight steps that led from the car park to the station when a loose brick in the second step came undone and Mr Jackson fell to the bottom of the stairs.

He knew there was something very wrong because his right ankle was incredibly painful and he couldn’t walk on it. While they waited for a taxi, his wife took photos of the scene and her husband’s injuries. She also told staff inside the supermarket, who logged the accident and told her that those steps were on the supermarket’s premises.  

Making a Broken Ankle Claim

The next day, Mr Jackson’s ankle was almost black with bruising and swelling. He went to an out-of-hours clinic and was referred to the hospital. X-rays showed he had a closed, but displaced fracture. He had surgery as he needed metal plates and screws to hold the bone in place. 

A further appointment with his doctor revealed that Mr Jackson would always have some stiffness and loss of ankle flexibility. He was also likely to suffer from osteoarthritis. 

Mrs Jackson introduced him to a personal injury solicitor who helped him make his broken ankle claim. 

The supermarket settled for £30,000 which included both general and special damages:  

Type of Special Damages:Includes:How much?:
Travel ExpensesTo and from appointments/treatmentBuses and wife’s petrol: £50
Medications/PrescriptionsPrescriptions, treatment, physiotherapy, walking aids, etc.Medication: £50
Additional CareProfessional care at home, from family, childcare, etc.Wife’s care: £365 (for initial weeks)
Future LossLoss of Earnings, future loss of earnings, potential future care.£6000

The case of Mr Jackson is not real, but acts as an example. Formed from our experiences of case handling and valuations, it is for illustrative purposes only. 

Get Free Legal Advice On The Value Of Your Case

Mr Jackson’s claim could have been valued higher for general damages had his injuries been debilitating. For him, debilitation could have led to him losing his job since full use of the right foot would be essential to driving. This could increase his special damages by thousands, to compensate him for future loss of salary. With this as an example, it is important to understand that broken ankle compensation payouts are particular to circumstances. 

For free legal advice tailored to your broken ankle claim, our advice team is here. 

How Do No Win No Fee Claims Work?

No Win No Fee claims can be as simple as they sound. If you’re daunted by solicitor costs, but want legal help for your case, the agreement may suit your situation. 

Also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement, under legislation, you would only pay fees to your No Win No Fee solicitor if your case wins. 

Fees are marked at a small percentage that solicitors can’t lawfully increase. Plus, you would only pay after your case has won to prevent upfront payments. 

Finally, if you’d like to learn more or use these services for your broken ankle claim, our panel of personal injury solicitors could offer you a No Win No Fee agreement. Our advice team can connect you if you choose to, but you’re under no pressure to use our services. 

Get Free Legal Advice From Our Expert Team

Get in touch through the below methods for free of charge legal advice about making a broken ankle claim. Our advisors will assess your claim and could potentially connect you with a solicitor if they think your case has a high chance of success.

More Resources And Guides On Broken Ankle Claims

How to Make a Compensation Claim for Foot Injuries: Our guide on claiming for other foot injuries. 

Cycling UK’s Cycling Statistics: A booklet with a wealth of data on RTAs and cycling. 

Toe Injury Claims: Our guide to claiming after a toe injury that wasn’t your fault.  

Broken Ankle Claim FAQs 

Can you fully recover from a broken ankle?

Broken ankle bones can take around 6 weeks to heal but, however, if the fracture is more severe (e.g ligaments are torn or surgery is needed), recovery could take several more weeks. Full strength and mobility of the ankle can take a year or two but full recovery is possible.

Can I sue for a sprained ankle?

You could claim compensation for a sprained ankle if you can prove it was caused by another’s negligence.

How much is a fractured ankle worth?

This will all depend on the severity of the injury, whether any future implications and any financial losses or expense. 

Please feel free to get in touch at any time if you have any further queries about making a broken ankle claim.

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