By Stephen Kane. Last Updated 2nd February 2024. Welcome to our guide to ankle injury settlement amounts for UK claims. In it, we look at why using an ankle injury compensation calculator in some cases could be misleading. We also answer questions such as ‘What is the average payout for a sprained ankle?’ ‘ How much can I claim if I broke my ankle at work?’ and ‘Would I get more compensation for broken ankle permanent damage than for a sprain?’
The ankle is a complicated joint. It is crucial in supporting the leg, helping us to walk and run. We tend to think that an ankle injury is something that affects sports people, and they are often associated with exercise. If you have had an ankle injury, such as a fractured ankle, sprained ankle, or have twisted your ankle and are reading this guide you will know that ankle injuries do not have to be either related to or caused by exercise. Walking on uneven ground or a simple fall could cause you to suffer serious soft tissue injuries, such as damage to the ligaments supporting the joint. If you would like to read a case study about a torn ankle ligament compensation claim then this guide will help.
In this guide, we will look in detail at the circumstances in which you could suffer an ankle injury, as well as looking at some of the most common types of ankle injury suffered in the UK. We will then advise you on the best way to make a personal injury claim for compensation and answer common questions such as “how much can I claim for an ankle injury?”. We have also included our contact details at the bottom of this guide.
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- How Much Compensation For Ankle Injury Claims – Guideline Amounts
- When Could I Claim Compensation For An Ankle Injury?
- Evidence That Could Support An Ankle Injury Claim
- Potential Causes Of An Ankle Injury
- Time Limits – How Long Do I Have To Claim Compensation For An Ankle Injury?
- Claim Compensation For An Ankle Injury With A No Win No Fee Lawyer
- Learn More About How Much Compensation For Ankle Injury Claims
If you successfully claim ankle injury compensation, your payout could consist of two heads. The first is general damages, which cover the pain and suffering caused by your injuries.
Those who value the general damages head of your claim may refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) when calculating how much you could receive. This is because the JCG provides a number of guideline compensation brackets that correspond with different injuries, including ankle injuries.
In the table below, you can find some examples of these guidelines. Please note that these are not guaranteed amounts, and that the first entry has not been taken from the JCG.
|Level of severity
|Comments about injury
|Multiple Serious Injuries And Special Damages
|Up to £100,000+
|Multiple serious injuries in combination with financial losses that are significant and affect your earnings, as well as the cost of home adjustments or mobility aids.
|£50,060 to £69,700
|Injuries falling into this bracket are ‘limited’ and ‘unusual’. Examples include a bilateral fracture causing degeneration in the joint.
|£31,310 to £50,060
|Injuries which require an extensive rehabilitation period.
|£13,740 to £26,590
|Less serious fractures, sprains and ligaments.
|Up to £13,740
|Injuries will be resolved in a short amount of time.
|In the region of £38,430
|Severed tendon and peroneus longus muscle.
|£24,990 to £30,090
|Repair of a completely severed tendon, with residual weakness.
How Much Compensation For Ankle Injury Claims – Special Damages
Special damages, the second head of your claim, are aimed towards the financial losses you experience as a result of your ankle injuries. For example, severe ankle injuries could take weeks to months to heal, which means you may need to take time off work to recover. In this case, you may be able to claim back the earnings you lose as a result under special damages.
This head of claim can also help you claim back the cost of:
- Help with housekeeping, like cooking or cleaning.
- Mobility aids.
- Home adjustments.
However, in order to claim ankle injury compensation under special damages, you will need to provide proof of your losses. This can be presented in the form of bills, receipts, or invoices.
To learn more about how much compensation you could receive for a successful personal injury claim, contact our team of advisors today.
In order to make an ankle injury claim, you first have to prove that your injuries occurred due to a breached duty of care. A duty of care is responsibility for your health and safety, and you could be owed one:
- At work: If your accident happened at work, you might be able to make an accident at work claim. Your employer owes you a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWSA) to keep you safe while working.
- In public: You might suffer a broken ankle or another ankle injury in public. The controller of a public space owes you a duty of care to keep you reasonably safe under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 (OLA).
- On the roads: Ankle injuries can also occur on the roads. Road users owe one another a duty of care to prevent damage and harm to themselves and others and should comply with the Highway Code and the Road Traffic Act 1980 to uphold this duty.
Our panel of solicitors are experts in claiming for ankle injuries, and could help you claim broken ankle compensation on a No Win No Fee basis. Get in touch to learn more about how a personal injury solicitor could help you, or read on for more information regarding ankle injury settlement amounts in the UK.
To make a valid ankle injury claim, you’ll require evidence that confirms the injuries you’re claiming for. You’ll also need evidence that shows that another party owed you a duty of care, and that this duty of care was breached.
Examples of evidence that may support claims for ankle injury settlements could include the following:
- Your medical records
- The contact details of any witnesses who could provide a statement
- Video footage that shows your accident, such as CCTV footage
- Photographs of the accident scene and your injuries
- If your ankle injury occurred in a work accident, then you may also be able to include a copy of the work accident report from your employer’s accident book
If a solicitor has agreed to help with your claim, then they can assist with gathering evidence that strengthens your case. For more advice on gathering evidence when seeking a broken ankle settlement or a settlement for another type of ankle injury, contact our advisors for free today.
In this section, we want to discuss potential causes of an accident that may result in ankle injury compensation amounts being awarded. The causes we highlight will include instances where another party has acted negligently.
Below are some examples of what could cause ankle injuries:
- You could visit a restaurant and slip on a wet floor that hadn’t been signposted by staff. Subsequently, you damage your ankle.
- If a motorist is not paying attention to the roads and hits you, the car accident could lead you to suffer permanent damage from a broken ankle.
- Should your employer fail to carry out routine maintenance checks and not identify any trip hazards, you may trip over a loose wire and twist your ankle.
Please don’t worry if your accident is not listed above. Get in touch and we can confirm if your incident may result in you being awarded a compensation payout free of charge. Additionally, we’ll be able to discuss typical payouts for a personal injury in the UK, so you’ll know what award to expect if your claim is successfully settled.
According to the Limitation Act 1980, the time limit for beginning a personal injury claim to seek compensation for a broken ankle is three years. This time limit usually begins from the date of the incident that caused your injury.
Are There Exceptions To The Time Limit?
In some circumstances, the time limit can be different. For example, if a child suffers an ankle injury the time limit is paused until the day of their 18th birthday. Before that point, a claim could be made on the child’s behalf by a court-appointed litigation friend. Once they turn 18, they will have three years to start a claim, if one has not already been made.
If the injured party lacks the mental capacity to make a claim on their own, then the three-year time limit is indefinitely suspended. In these circumstances, a litigation friend could make a claim on their behalf. However, if they were to regain this mental capacity, they will have three years to start a claim from the date of recovery if one has not already been made.
Now that you’ve learned more about ankle injury settlements and how to claim broken ankle compensation, you may be wondering if a No Win No Fee lawyer could help you.
Our panel of expert No Win No Fee lawyers take claims from all over the country, meaning you aren’t limited to choosing someone local. Our panel also offer their services under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), which is a kind of No Win No Fee contract. When you work with a lawyer under a CFA, you aren’t asked to pay any upfront or ongoing fees in order for them to work on your case. Alongside this, you won’t be asked to pay any fees for their work if your claim fails.
However, if your claim succeeds, then your lawyer will take a success fee. This fee comes straight from your compensation as a small percentage. But, there is a legislative cap in place, which helps to ensure that you keep the larger share of your award.
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To find out if you could be eligible to work with a lawyer from our panel, contact us today by:
- NHS Guide To Broken And Fractured Ankles: In this guide from the NHS, you can find information on fractures and breaks to the ankle.
- Sprains And Strains: In this NHS guide, you can find information about treating sprains and strains. We do recommend that you seek medical treatment from a doctor even for a minor injury if you wish to make a claim later.
- Accident At Work Claim: Did you sustain an ankle injury at work due to your employer’s negligence? If so, see our helpful guide.
- Pavement Accident Claim: Visit this guide on seeking compensation for injuries sustained in a pavement tripping accident.
- Passenger Car Accident Claim: See the guide for information on claiming compensation for an ankle injury sustained in a car accident.
- Compensation Claim For Foot Injuries: Visit this guide if you have experienced a foot injury due to someone else’s negligence.
We hope this guide on the ankle injury settlements in the UK has helped. If you have any additional questions about making an ankle injury compensation claim, please get in touch using the details above.