By Marlon Wilkinson. Last Updated 29th January 2024. A sprained ankle doesn’t sound like a serious injury but when you consider that recovery times are generally between 2 and 6 weeks, you’ll realise that they are more serious, and painful, than they first appear. To claim compensation for a sprained ankle, there are certain criteria that need to be met. This guide will provide the relevant information for sprained ankle compensation claims.
Advice.co.uk are personal injury specialists who can help with ankle injury claims if somebody breached their duty of care and caused the accident which lead to the injury. If you would like to begin a claim right away, call our team on 0161 696 9685 and we’ll begin.
If you think that you need more information before making a claim, please carry on reading this helpful guide about compensation for ankle sprains.
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An ankle sprain is an injury that affects the muscles and ligaments in the ankle. If you have suffered an ankle injury in an accident, you may be wondering whether you could be eligible to receive compensation.
In order to have a valid personal injury claim, you will need to prove the following:
- You were owed a duty of care.
- This relevant third-party breached their duty of care.
- Due to this breach, you suffered an ankle injury.
There are various daily situations in which you are owed a duty of care. Some examples include:
- In public place – The party in control of the public space owes you a duty of care under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. Per their duty of care, they must take necessary measures to help ensure your reasonable safety while you are using that space for its intended purpose.
- At work – Your employer owes you a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Per their duty of care, they must take reasonable steps to help ensure your health and safety while working and in the workplace.
- On the roads – All road users owe each other a duty of care to navigate the roads in a manner that avoids causing harm to themselves and others. They must adhere to the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the rules set out within the Highway Code.
To see if you could be eligible to claim compensation for a sprained ankle, you can contact one of our advisors today for a free case assessment.
If you are eligible to claim compensation for a sprained ankle, you will only have a certain amount of time to begin the claiming process. Generally, there is a 3-year time limit for starting a personal injury claim, as set out by the Limitation Act 1980. This runs from the date the accident occurred.
There are certain exceptions that apply to this limitation period. One of these applies to those lacking the mental capacity to begin their own claim. In this case, the time limit is suspended, and a litigation friend could make a claim on their behalf. If no claim has been made and the person regains this required mental capacity, they will have three years to start their own claim from this recovery date.
The time limit is frozen for minors until their 18th birthday. From this date, they will have until their 21st birthday to begin the claiming process. Alternatively, a litigation friend could start a claim on their behalf prior to their 18th birthday.
To find out whether you still have enough time to begin your personal injury claim, you can contact one of our advisors.
We don’t offer a personal injury calculator, every claim is unique. Each claim has completely different factors affecting the amount of compensation that can be awarded which we’ll cover in more detail in the following section.
Before that though, we can provide the following table which shows compensation that can be paid for the pain and suffering caused by ankle injuries:
|Multiple Severe Injuries And Special Damages
|Up to £70,000+
|This would include other severe injuries combined with losses of a financial nature, such as lost earnings.
|Very Severe Ankle Injuries (a)
|£50,060 to £69,700
|Injuries of this nature would be limited and unusual, such as transmalleolar fractures that cause extensive soft tissue damage.
|Severe Ankle Injuries (b)
|£31,310 to £50,060
|Injuries that cause a long time spent in a plaster cast or where pins and plates are needed.
|Moderate Ankle Injuries (c)
|£13,740 to £26,590
|Less serious disabilities caused by fractures and ligamentous tears.
|Modest Ankle Injuries (d)
|Up to £13,740
|Less series or minor sprains, undisplaced fractures, and soft tissue damage.
|Most Serious Achilles Tendon Injuries (a)
|In the region of £38,430
|Severance of the tendon and the peroneus longus muscle.
You’ll notice that we’ve included some more serious ankle injuries as well for your reference.
This is just one part of a compensation claim and other factors may be added which means compensation amounts may differ.
What Are Special Damages?
Another form of compensation you could seek alongside general damages is compensation for any financial losses caused by your injury. This is called special damages.
For example, a hurt ankle could potentially result in losses such as:
- Lack of income due to needing time off work
- Treatment or care costs
- Travel expenses
You may be required to present evidence that supports your claim. As an example, if you had lost out on income due to your sprained ankle, from time off work, you could present bank statements or payslips to show this loss.
Please reach out to one of our advisers for more information about what could be included in compensation for a twisted ankle and other ankle injuries.
There are various daily situations in which you could sustain an ankle injury. These include:
- Accidents at work. Your employer owes you a duty of care while you are working and in the workplace. As part of this, they may have to ensure that equipment is fit for use, walkways of free of clutter and staircases have proper railings and lights. You may suffer an ankle injury if you were to trip over loose computer wires at your office job if your employer did not tidy these away or make you aware of the hazard.
- Public place accidents. A duty of care is owed to you while you are in a public place by the occupier of that space. An example of how you may suffer an ankle injury while in public could be if a supermarket failed to signpost or clear a spillage in an aisle, causing you to slip on it.
- Road Traffic Accidents. You could suffer an ankle injury as a cyclist, pedestrian, passenger or driver of a vehicle. For example, while crossing at a zebra crossing, a driver could fail to come to a stop in time due to being distracted by their phone. They then hit you, and this could result in multiple injuries, such as a broken ankle and head injury.
However, in order to be eligible to claim compensation for a sprained ankle, you must be able to prove that your injury was caused by another relevant party breaching the duty of care they owed you.
If you would like to discuss the incident that caused your ankle injury, please contact a member of our advisory team. They could assess your case and inform you whether you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim.
Following an accident that results in a preventable sprained ankle, regardless of the severity, there are a number of things you can do to make the claim easier, including:
- Gather photographs of the scene of the accident with as much detail in as possible, including the root cause of the accident.
- If you attended a doctor following your accident, for assessment and treatment, ask for a copy of the medical records created at the time. These can make a claim much easier as they confirm the injuries sustained, what treatment you were subject to and the prognosis.
- Take photographs of any visible signs of injury
- Ask any witnesses to provide their contact details.
- If your accident occurred in a public place or at work, report it to staff or a supervisor. The accident should be recorded in an accident report book and you should ask for a copy of the report.
To discuss what evidence could be submitted in support of personal injury claims for ankle sprains, please get in touch with one of our advisors.
Now that you know more about the sprained ankle claims process, you might be interested in seeking legal representation. A No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel could help you make an ankle injury compensation claim under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), which is a kind of No Win No Fee contract, provided you have a valid case.
Under a CFA, you generally aren’t asked to pay any upfront or ongoing fees to your solicitor for them to start working on your claim. Likewise, if your ankle injury compensation claim fails, your solicitor won’t take a payment for their work.
However, if it succeeds, they will be due a success fee. This fee is taken directly from your compensation as a small and legally capped percentage.
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Hopefully, now you’ve read this guide about claiming compensation for a sprained ankle, we hope you’ve received all of the information required to begin a claim. For further guidance, we’ve included another relevant guide for you:
- Sprains and Strains – a guide from the NHS regarding the symptoms and treatment of all types of sprains.
- Ankle Injury Settlements In The UK– A helpful guide exploring the compensation you could claim for an ankle injury.
If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch and we’ll try to provide you with the relevant information.
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