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A Guide To Sprained Ankle Injury Claims

By Danielle Jordan. Last Updated 12th October 2023. In this guide, we look at making an ankle injury claim. There are various daily situations that can cause you to suffer an injury to your ankle, and we’ll take a look at these while examining the criteria to seek compensation. Additionally, all personal injury claims must be supported with evidence, and we’ll look at a few examples of what you could collect to help strengthen your case. 

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Sprained ankle injury claims

You might want to know more about how compensation is calculated in a successful claim. We examine the different factors that determine how much a personal injury claim could be worth, and we’ll further illustrate this by examining an ankle injury compensation case study

Additionally, we look at the benefits of having the support of a No Win No Fee solicitor should you wish to make a claim. If you have any questions about personal injury compensation, or if you would like to check your eligibility to claim, one of the advisors from our team could help. They can evaluate your claim for free, and can offer further insight into the claims process.

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  1. I’ve Sprained My Ankle – Am I Eligible To Claim?
  2. What To Do If You Are Involved in an Accident Causing a Sprained Ankle.
  3. Ankle Injury Compensation Amounts
  4. Ankle Injury Compensation Case Study
  5. Claiming For An Ankle Injury With A No Win No Fee Solicitor
  6. Helpful Links

I’ve Sprained My Ankle – Am I Eligible To Claim?

You may be wondering who is eligible to claim for a sprained ankle injury. In order to be eligible to claim personal injury compensation, you must be able to prove that you suffered your injury due to a breach of duty of care. You are owed a duty of care in various scenarios; we go through some of these in more detail below.

Sprained ankle injury claims for a workplace accident

Your employer’s duty of care is outlined in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. This duty of care means they are responsible for taking all reasonably practicable steps towards ensuring your health and safety in the workplace or whilst performing work-related activities.

If your employer breached the duty of care they owe you, leading to a sprained ankle, you could make a work accident claim for ankle injury compensation.

If you have any questions about ankle injury claims after a workplace accident, get in touch with our team. They can offer free legal advice about the personal injury claims process with no obligation to claim with us after.

Claiming for a sprained ankle injury caused in a public place accident

Similar to an employer’s responsibility to ensure your health and well-being, the owner or controlling entity of a public place also has legal responsibility for your health. This is outlined in The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. An occupier has a duty of care to ensure the reasonable safety of all visitors to their spaces. 

This could include:

  • Pavements
  • Gyms
  • Shops
  • Parks

If an occupier breaches their duty of care, and you are injured as a result, you could potentially claim compensation.

For example, if you are injured due to an uneven road or pavement, your local authority or council has a responsibility to maintain the state of such facilities and to attempt to prevent accidents from happening. This means that you could be able to make a compensation claim against said local authority if you could prove your sprained ankle was their fault.

Sprained ankle injury claims following a road traffic accident

Road users have a duty of care to follow the guidance set in the Road Traffic Act 1988 and The Highway Code and behave in a way that reduces the risk of harm to other road users.

Due to recent changes in The Highway Code, some road users are now considered more vulnerable than others. This includes pedestrians and cyclists, and means that road users less at risk, such as motorists, should take extra care around these parties.

If you suffer a sprained ankle due to the careless actions or inaction of another road user, you could potentially claim against them for your injury.

To get more information about ankle injury compensation and the amount you could receive, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today.

What to Do If You Are Involved in an Accident Causing a Sprained Ankle

We would recommend you first seek medical help if you are involved in an accident that causes a sprained ankle injury.

After you have ensured that you will not worsen your injury, you could consider if you are eligible to claim. We advise that you gather evidence to support the legitimacy of any potential claim. You will need evidence both of your injury and the breach of duty of care that caused it. This could include:

  • Witness contact details for others who saw your accident
  • CCTV footage if possible
  • Pictures of the cause of your injury, such as a photo of an uneven paving stone
  • Pictures of your injury could also be helpful
  • Medical reports or scans of your ankle

You are not required to work with a solicitor, though they could help you gather the right evidence for your case. However, working with a solicitor could be beneficial as they will have the expertise and experience to guide you through the claims process.

To find out what evidence could work best for sprained ankle injury claims, or to find out how our solicitors could help you, get in touch with our personal injury advisors at a time that suits you.

How Long Do I Have To Claim Ankle Injury Compensation?

Per the Limitation Act 1980, the time limit for starting an ankle injury compensation claim is three years. This time limit usually begins from the date you suffered your injury.

The time limit can work differently in certain circumstances. For example, if a child has injured their ankle, then the time limit is paused until the day of their 18th birthday. Before that day comes, 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 started.

If the injured party lacks the mental capacity to make a claim for themself, the three-year time limit is indefinitely suspended. When this is the case, 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 (assuming a claim hasn’t already been started for them).

Contact our advisors today to see whether you are within the time limit to start a claim for sprained ankle compensation.

Ankle Injury Compensation Amounts

If you’re eligible to make a personal injury claim for a sprained ankle at work, your compensation settlement could consist of general and special damages.

General damages compensate you for the suffering and pain you have endured due to your injury.

Ankle injury compensation amounts for general damages are determined on a case-by-case basis. However, many legal professionals will refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to help them when valuing this head of claim.

We have created a table below using some of the figures listed in the 16th edition of the JCG. Please use it as a guide only.

Type/Severity of Injury Explanation/Example Average Compensation
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Severe – Lasting effects that may include the injured person being unable to work £59,860 to £100,670
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Moderate – If there are lasting effects, they will not be too disabling £8,180 to £23,150
Very Severe Ankle Injury Complicated fractures or soft tissue damage that leads to deformity and a risk of future injuries. £50,060 to £69,700
Severe Ankle Injury Injuries that lead to long-term treatment. There will be a significant lasting disability, such as limited walking ability. £31,310 to £50,060
Moderate Ankle Injury Partial ligament damage with some long-term effects. £13,740 to £26,590
Modest Ankle Injury Sprains, ligament injuries, and minor fractures. Up to £13,740
Most Serious Achilles Tendon Injury Severance of the tendon and the peroneus longus muscle giving rise to cramp, swelling, and restricted ankle movement In the region of £38,430
Moderate Achilles Tendon Injury Cases involving partial rupture or significant injury to the tendon. The level of award within the bracket will be determined by the treatment receive £12,590 to £21,070

Special damages may be included as part of a personal injury claim to cover for financial losses or expenses that can be directly linked with your injuries. For instance, if your ankle injury has forced you to take unpaid time off work, then you may be able to reclaim your loss of earnings under special damages.

You may also be compensated for:

  • Travel costs.
  • Medical expenses.
  • Care costs.

Presenting evidence of these financial losses with bank statements and invoices could help support your claim for special damages.

For more advice on how much compensation you could receive for your ankle injury claim, you can contact our advisors today either online or by phoning us.

Ankle Injury Compensation Case Study

In this case study, the claimant suffered from a minor sprained ankle after falling through a hole in the floor of their workplace. After an investigation, it was determined that their employer had failed to repair the hole properly despite the issue having been reported. The employer’s responsibility, combined with the minor severity of the claimant’s injury, resulted in a £1,500 sprained ankle insurance claim payout.

While each ankle injury settlement amount can vary, this case still shows how your sprained ankle injury claim might follow along a similar path. In this instance, the claimant received a lower payout as the injury was minor, and no special damages were included. However, a more complicated claim could potentially be handled just as swiftly.

To learn more about how we can help you with sprained ankle injury claims or to start the process of claiming ankle injury compensation, get in touch.

Claiming For An Ankle Injury With A No Win No Fee Solicitor

If you have twisted your ankle or injured your ankle in another way as a result of negligence, you may be wondering how a solicitor could benefit your claim. A solicitor could help you with:

  • Ensuring all bases of your claim are covered
  • Organising an independent medical assessment
  • Gathering evidence
  • Negotiating with the faulting party, if necessary

All of our solicitors can offer their services through a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This kind of No Win No Fee contract allows you to access their legal services without paying any upfront fees to your solicitor at the start of your claim or any ongoing fees as your claim progresses.

Your solicitor will take a success fee directly from your award if your claim succeeds, though the amount they take is legislatively capped. You will not be required to pay your solicitor for their work if your claim does not succeed.

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Helpful Links

Slip Trip or Fall Compensation Claims

Have you suffered a sprained ankle injury due to a slip trip or fall? Find out how to claim.

Work Accident Compensation Claims

If you have suffered sprained ankle from an accident at work, you could claim compensation.

Whiplash Compensation Claims

Find out more about whiplash compensation claims here.

NHS Sprains and strains 

Sprains and strains are injuries that affect muscles and ligaments, resulting in successful ankle injury compensation claims.

An HSE Case Study On Protection From Ankle Injuries At Work

An interesting study on how one oil company addressed the number of ankle injuries their employees suffered at work.

An HSE Guide to Lower Limb Disorders and Injuries

Find out more about lower limb disorders suffered at work in this HSE guide.

Falling On Uneven Pavements

Read our guide to find out if you could claim for falling on an uneven pavement.

Fractured Kneecap Compensation Case Study

This guide takes you through how much a claim like this could be worth.

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We hope you found this guide on sprained ankle injury claims and how to get ankle injury compensation helpful. If you have further questions, such as, “what is the average payout for a sprained ankle?” and “can I claim after I’ve sprained my ankle at work?”, contact our team for free legal advice at a time that suits you.

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