When Can You Make A Broken Ankle At Work Claim?

You may be eligible to make a broken ankle at work claim if you sustained an injury at work due to a breach in the duty of care owed to you. Negligence can mean that your employer has failed to provide a safe working environment for their employees.

Broken ankle at work claim

A guide to making a broken ankle at work claim

A broken ankle can be a painful and debilitating kind of injury. It can become an inconvenience affecting your quality of life from stopping physical hobbies like sports to interfering with your ability to work. In the worst case, scenarios it could have a prolonged effect and stop you from doing things altogether.

This guide will help explain when you can make a broken ankle at work claim, what evidence to gather to support your case and what compensation you may be eligible to receive as part of your claim. 

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  1. When Could You Make A Broken Ankle At Work Claim?
  2. Who Could Make A Broken Ankle At Work Claim?
  3. Can You Claim If You Did Not Take Time Off Work?
  4. Does My Employer Have To Have Breached Their Duty Of Care?
  5. Broken Ankle Injury Claims Calculator
  6. How To Get Help And Advice

When Could You Make A Broken Ankle At Work Claim?

You might be able to make a broken ankle at work claim if your employer’s negligence resulted in your injury. There are pieces of legsilation like The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 which establishes the steps an employer can take under their duty of care to ensure they provide a reasonably safe workplace. An employer can keep their employees safe, for instance,  by providing personal protective equipment (PPE) and good general housekeeping.

To make a claim you must be able to prove that your employer failed to provide a duty of care, or another employee caused the accident and their negligence led to your injury. If you cannot provide proof of negligence, or that another third party was at fault, and you are found completely responsible for inflicting your own injury then you will not be able to submit a personal injury claim. 

Contact our advisors for more information on starting your broken ankle at work claim. 

Workplace Ankle Injury Statistics

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) publishes statistics every year about the injuries reported under The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR). In 2020/21, employers reported 51,211 non-fatal injuries and 37, 111 of those cases had over a 7-day absence from work. During the same period, there were 4,889 non-fatal ankle injuries. Fractures were the most reported injuries of all with 15,159 workers suffering this type of injury.

Who Could Make A Broken Ankle At Work Claim?

Your rights after an accident at work include the right to claim. The onus will be on you to prove why your employer is responsible for your broken ankle. Gathering evidence can be key to proving liability. It can also help to prove the extent of your injury.

The following can be used as evidence for your injury at work claim:

  • Always seek medical advice – this will record an entry on your medical records
  • Record your accident in the works logbook
  • Ask witnesses for their details as statements can be taken later on
  • Request CCTV footage
  • Takes images of the cause of the accident and also your injuries
  • Keep receipts of any financial loss caused by your injuries.

There is a time limit for starting a personal injury claim. You must begin proceedings within this time in order to be eligible to claim compensation.  

Claimants generally have 3 years in which to begin their personal injury claim. Minors cannot represent themselves so the 3-year time limit does not begin till they turn 18. However, a litigation friend can claim on their behalf before this time. 

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Can You Claim If You Did Not Take Time Off Work? 

Injuries that happen because of an accident at work can range from minor to severe injuries that affect every aspect of your life. There are all different kinds of job roles, some that require constant moving about that would make working with an injury impossible. Some workplaces do not require so much manual work which means that the injured employee could continue working if it was safe for them to do so.

Whether you took time off work to help you recover from your injury or not you can still make a personal injury claim if your broken ankle was caused by a breach in the duty of care owed to you.

For more information on claiming for your broken ankle at work claim, get in touch with our advisors today. 

Does My Employer Have To Have Breached Their Duty Of Care?

A broken ankle at work claim can be made if you can prove that your employer breached their duty of care and failed to take practicable steps to provide a safe workplace. An employer can ensure they provide an adequate duty of care by:

  • Maintaining work systems – Ensuring that tools and equipment are kept to an adequate standard, for example, machinery. Failure to maintain equipment may result in malfunctions, such as an emergency stop button breaking and a hand being crushed in the machine. 
  • Providing personal protective equipment (PPE) – Free and suitable PPE should be provided to all employees where necessary. Irrelevant or broken PPE like non-slip shoes could result in a fall.
  • General housekeeping – Walkways should be clean of spills and clear of obstructions. Loose wires pose trip hazards and could cause an injury. 
  • Providing sufficient training and supervision – Employers should provide employees with free and relevant training to safely perform their job. Operating machinery without proper training can increase the chance of injury.
  • Risk assessments –  Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 employers should carry out risk assessments to identify, assess, control, record and review controls to mitigate the harm that risks can pose. Failure to carry out risk assessments endangers the employees and undermines the other steps in the employer’s duty of care.

Contact our advisors for free legal advice on the employer’s duty of care surrounding your broken ankle at work claim. 

Broken Ankle Injury Claims Calculator

How much you receive in a broken ankle injury claim depends on the severity of your injury. The Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) publication states the possible compensation brackets for general damages. The damages cover the pain and suffering sustained due to your injury. The following table shows some off the compensation brackets:

InjuryCompensationNotes
Very Severe Ankle Injury (a)£46,980 to £65,420Transmelleolar ankle fracture, soft-tissue damage with deformity and risk for leg injury necessitating below-knee amputation or ankle fractures causing joint degeneration leading to arthrodesis.
Severe Ankle Injury (b)£29,380 to £46,980Extensive time in plaster with pin and plate insertion. Ankle instability and limited walking. Award determined by arthrodesis failure, osteoarthritis, scarring, sleep disturbance, employability and special footwear.
Moderate Ankle Injury (c)£12,900 to £24,950Ligament tears, fractures causing disabilities such as difficulty walking, standing for extended periods of time, metal plate irritation, awkwardness on stairs and scarring.
Modest Injuries (d)Up to £12,900Undisplaced or minor fractures, sprains and ligament injuries. Award depends on recovery, ankle giving way, scarring, discomfort, aching, movement loss and osteoarthritis.
Most Serious Achilles Tendon Injury (a)In the region of £36,060Tendon severance, cramping of the peroneus longus muscle, swelling and restricted movement that stops the physical activity.
Serious Achilles Tendon (b)£23,460 to £28,240Complete repaired tendon division with residual weakness, movement limitations, limping and scarring.
Moderate Achilles Tendon (c)£11,820 to £19,770Partial rupture or tendon injury. Award determined by treatment received (invasive or conservative), recovery made with continuing pain, functional disability and scarring.
Minor Achilles Tendon (d)£6,820 to £11,820Ankle turning leading to some tendon damage and unsure ankle support.
Modest Foot Injury (g)Up to £12,900Minor metatarsal fracture, ligament ruptures, puncture wounds or similar. Lasting symptoms like a limp, pain or aching.
Moderate Toe Injuries (e)Up to £9,010Fractures or worsening of a degenerating condition or laceration to one or more toes.

If you worked throughout your injury, you can still claim for special damages except for the loss of income. Some damages you can claim include:

  • Child care costs
  • Travel to and from medical appointments 
  • Medical care sought outside the NHS

For more information on what compensation you can receive for your broken ankle at work claim call our advisors any time of the day or night. 

How To Get Help And Advice

To begin your personal injury claim, you may find it beneficial to hire a No Win No Fee lawyer to handle your case as they may make the process feel easier. In a No Win No Fee agreement, your lawyer requires no immediate cost and you will owe them nothing if your claim fails. They will only take a success fee, a small, legally-capped percentage of your compensation to cover their costs if your personal injury claim succeeds. 

Contact our advisors if you want to pursue your broken ankle at work claim and they will determine whether they may pass it on to our panel of No Win No Fee Lawyers. For more information read our No Win No Fee guide or contact us by:

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