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How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Sprained Ankle?

By Daniel Archer. Last Updated 20th June 2022. Welcome to our ankle injury compensation guide on how to make sprained ankle injury claims. According to research in the British Medical Journal, ankle injuries, in particular sprained ankles, account for around 5% of all Accident and Emergency department visits in the United Kingdom, adding up to about 5,600 every day.

If you have suffered an injury following an accident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim for ankle injury compensation. Thousands of other people have suffered similarly. There’s no need to suffer in silence when you have options available.

To get free legal advice on sprained ankle injury compensation claims or get started with your own today, get in touch with our personal injury advisers. They’re available 24/7 to offer you whatever free legal advice and support you need. You can reach them by:

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A Guide to Accident Claims for a Sprained Ankle

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Sprained ankle injury claims

This ankle injury compensation guide to sprained ankle injury claims exists to inform you about your potential personal injury claim. The process of such a case can initially appear daunting and complicated, but with the assistance of our guide and a competent claims service, it could not be simpler.

The guide will inform you about what actions you should immediately take after being involved in an accident causing a sprained ankle, examining the reasons behind the common occurrences of sprained ankle injuries, and how much compensation you could receive by making your ankle injury compensation claim.

How much should I settle on for ankle injury compensation?

This ultimately depends on the severity of the injury, as well as any disabilities stemming from you being hurt. However, any ankle injury compensation settlement which completely covers your medical costs and loss of earnings, not to mention the pain and suffering, should be adequate.

What is a Sprained Ankle?

While most people may have suffered from a minor ankle injury (such as a twisted ankle) at some point, these minor injuries can easily develop into a more severe sprained ankle. A sprained ankle will occur when your ankle becomes badly twisted – resulting in the ligaments within your ankle either being strained or torn – and can be extremely painful.

However, if you suffer from the aftereffects of a sprained ankle repeatedly over a long period of time, the ligaments within your ankle could become permanently damaged, and this could cause long-term pain and muscle weakness.

These severe sprained ankle injuries can cause large amounts of pain and can result in many negative consequences, such as difficulties walking or carrying heavy objects. In turn, this could impact your job and lead to a loss of earnings. Ankle injury settlement amounts can be increased if you’re able to successfully claim for these types of financial losses.

Ankle injury claims can help alleviate the financial strain that being injured can cause by awarding ankle injury compensation. To learn more, please read on.

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

If you are involved in an accident that causes a sprained ankle injury – especially if you have suffered an ankle injury in the past – you may need to receive non-emergency medical help.

After you have ensured that you will not worsen your injury – and if you consider pursuing ankle injury compensation for the accident – you can begin to think about your next step. We advise that you gather evidence to support the legitimacy of any potential claim. We recommend these steps:

  • Firstly, you should gather evidence in support of your sequence of events regarding the accident. This could include witness statements from others who saw your accident or even CCTV footage if you can access it. This ensures that your ankle injury compensation claim cannot be refused due to a lack of evidence of the accident itself.
  • Secondly, you should find evidence that another party (who you are claiming against) is responsible for your accident and the subsequent sprained ankle injury. For example, if your accident occurred by tripping or slipping on a poorly maintained pavement, then the evidence could be found that the local council failed to abide by proper health and safety standards and are therefore responsible.
  • Thirdly, you should ensure that you have evidence to prove the severity of your injury. This could include medical reports or scans of your ankle to prove that major damage was done. This evidence is the most important for your ankle injury compensation claim, as the severity of your injury affects how much compensation you could receive due to your claim.

To learn more about what’s required when pursuing sprained ankle injury claims, get in touch with our personal injury advisers on the number at the top of this page.

How to Begin a Sprained Ankle Claim

The process of beginning your ankle injury compensation claim can appear difficult if you have little previous experience with the legal system. However, the process is made infinitely simpler through the assistance provided by a claims service, which can make sure that your stress and difficulty of claiming compensation is minimised.

If you choose us as your sprained ankle injury claims service, we can proceed with preparation for bringing your compensation claim to court. This will involve gathering any additional information surrounding your claim that we can, such as accessing CCTV footage of your accident and arranging a local medical assessment of the severity of your injury.

Then we will begin to take your ankle injury compensation claim to court. Thanks to our No Win No Fee policy, we won’t charge you legal fees unless we successfully argue your case, giving you the financial flexibility needed to investigate your sprained ankle injury claim without fear. In certain cases, the settlement agreement will be reached before we even get to the process’s court stage. The final amount of compensation will consider several factors, as discussed in the next section.

Evidence Collection

As mentioned above, the first step toward ankle injury compensation is to gather the evidence necessary to support your compensation claim. This evidence is needed to ensure that your claim is legitimate and can establish any allegations of medical negligence on behalf of another party. Evidence typically used can include witness statements describing the accident and medical reports describing your injury’s severity.

After gathering this evidence, the next step you should take is to contact a law firm such as ours. We’ll include contact information later in this article, should you wish to find out more. After you get in touch, we can arrange for a free consultation session.

In this consultation session, we will assess how valid we believe your sprained ankle compensation claim to be and will be able to evaluate its chances of success. This conclusion is based on our years of experience dealing with personal injury claims – especially sprained ankle injury claims – and the evidence you provide concerning your ankle sprains or strains compensation claim. Please speak to us about how to collect evidence for your ankle injury compensation claim.

What can be Claimed for after an Accident Causing a Sprained Ankle?

If you consider making a personal injury compensation claim for ankle injury compensation, you will likely want to know how much compensation you might be owed. This is a difficult question. Most people believe that they can only claim costs such as medical expenses or direct loss of earnings. However, you could claim a whole range of costs related to your injury if you can provide evidence for them in court. These can include things like travel, the adaption of property and a few other things. We’ll cover them in more depth later in this article.

What is the average payout for a sprained ankle?

It is difficult to give an average payout amount for a sprained ankle, as each case is assessed individually. The compensation table in this article gives an estimated payout for general damages, based on previous successful cases. However, these numbers are not a guarantee.

To learn more about what you can include within ankle injury compensation claims, please contact our personal injury advisers.

Why are Sprained Ankles So Common?

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Ankle injury compensation claims guide

When discussing ankle injury compensation, let’s analyse the injury itself. According to the NHS, approximately 2 million ankle sprain injuries present to A&E departments every year. This is especially true of inversion ankle sprain injuries, which are the most common type caused by soft tissue damage when the ankle bends rapidly inwards towards your body.

This soft tissue is the main reason behind the frequency of sprained ankle injuries. Soft tissue is easy to damage – especially considering how much weight your ankle supports while you walk – and easy to damage badly, especially if you have suffered previous sprained ankle injuries. A trip or fall can lead to a twist or sprain, as sports or outdoor activities can be involved. It can happen as the result of a car crash or an accident in the gym.

Ankle injury settlement amounts are partly affected by the severity of your injury and how badly the injury has negatively impacted your day-to-day life. If you’d like further details on claiming ankle injury compensation, you can get in touch with our team today. 

What is the recovery time for a sprained ankle?

According to the NHS guide on sprains and strains, most sprains should start to feel better within 2 weeks. However, more serious cases could have a longer recovery period.

Note that the longer it takes for you to recover, the higher your ankle injury compensation could be.

Slip Trip and Fall Accidents Causing a Sprained Ankle

The section below in this ankle injury compensation guide covers the main ways that sprained ankle injuries occur. However, slip, trip and fall injuries require additional comment. The most common way people incur a sprained ankle injury is by slipping, tripping or falling due to pavement/walkway hazards.

There will be somebody liable in almost every case where a person suffers a sprained ankle due to slips, trips, or falls. This could be the local council for failing to maintain pavement, the operator of a supermarket that failed to clean up a liquid spillage causing a person to slip and injure themselves, and any entity responsible for maintaining health and safety standards in a public place.

If you have suffered a sprained ankle due to a slip, trip or fall, you can use the contact details at the bottom of this page to get legal help and support. In addition, we will help you begin the process of claiming ankle injury compensation for your sprained ankle injury.

Please read on to learn more about the types of ankle injuries resulting in sprained ankle injury claims.

The Most Common Ways a Sprained Ankle is Caused

Sprained ankle injuries can be caused in several different ways. Perhaps the most common ways for you to injure your ankle and cause a sprain are:

  • Slipping or falling onto your ankle, typically onto an uneven surface. This is the most common cause of sprained ankles. This can result in any severity of sprained ankle injury being suffered by you. And the damage can result in ankle injury compensation claims, especially if suffered at your place of employment.
  • Another common way that a sprained ankle can be caused is through sports injuries, especially contact sports such as rugby and hockey. The physical nature of these sports often results in moderate injuries being suffered by those playing. However, you might be right to claim compensation if health and safety standards have not been adhered to by the sports’ organisers.
  • Stepping on uneven ground – particularly uneven pavement – is another common way a sprained ankle can be caused. Compensation can be claimed for accidents that have been caused in this way due to the council’s responsibility to maintain road and pavement standards to ensure accidents don’t happen.

I’ve Sprained My Ankle At Work, Can I Claim?

This section will answer such questions as “I’ve sprained my ankle at work, can I claim?” If your ankle injury compensation claim involves an accident that occurred at your place of employment, further consideration of what you must do should be considered for your sprained ankle at work claim. A sprained ankle is one of the most common accidents at work in the UK, as the below graph from The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) shows.

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According to provisional 2020/21 statistics from the HSE, we can also see that employers reported 4,889 ankle injuries under The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR). Though not all of these may have been sprains, you can still claim for ankle injuries if you can prove your employer’s negligence was the cause.

Your employer’s duty of care is illustrated in The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. As your employer has legal responsibility for any of their employees, suffering an accident at your workplace can mean your employer could be held responsible.

If this is the case, you could make a work accident claim to receive the ankle injury compensation you deserve. However, worker’s compensation ankle injury claims include a 3-year time limit from the time of your accident. This could be from the date the accident occurred, or the date you became aware the accident had caused a sprained ankle injury.

If you’re unsure about your eligibility when it comes to pursuing sprained ankle injury claims, get in touch with our team. They’re well-versed in sprained ankle at work claims and can offer you the free legal advice you’re after.

Claiming for a Sprained Ankle in a Public Place

If your sprained ankle compensation claim involves an accident in a public place, such as a library or in the street, then different considerations must be taken into account when dealing with your ankle injury compensation claim.

Similar to your 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. They may, therefore, be responsible for paying you compensation. As such, if you attempt to claim ankle injury compensation for a sprained ankle you suffered as a result of an accident in a public place, you need to make a public liability claim.

Particularly in a case of injury caused by 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 they acted negligently when maintaining the road and could, therefore, be considered directly responsible for your accident.

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

Assessing the Severity of a Sprained Ankle

One of the most important aspects of your sprained ankle injury claim, regardless of whether your accident occurred at work or in a public place, is the severity of your injury.

As will be fully demonstrated below, your injury’s severity and type have the greatest impact on how much ankle injury compensation you could receive. For this reason, we prioritise the assessment of your injury and can arrange a local medical assessment on your behalf.

At this assessment, a medical professional will evaluate the effects of your ankle sprain, and how it may continue to impact your quality of life. The report from this appointment will be used as key evidence for your claim.

How Much Can You Claim For an Ankle Injury?

You may be wondering, “what is the average payout for a sprained ankle?” The average payout for a sprained ankle in the UK is a difficult thing to calculate. Each claim has its own intricacies and so the value can be affected by a number of things.

Two of the factors that can affect the value of your claims are the severity of your injury and the recovery time. There is a publication that is updated on a semi-regularly basis known as the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). They are used to calculate the value of the general damages portion of personal injury claims. General damages are awarded to the claimant to account for both physical and mental injuries caused by their accident.

Average Compensation For An Ankle Injury

When making ankle injury claims, you may be wondering how much compensation you could be eligible to receive. However, the figure that you receive can vary depending on factors such as how badly you are injured. Recovery time is also taken into account.

The figure that is arrived upon that relates to the pain and suffering your ankle injury causes you is called a general damages payment. Legal professionals are given the responsibility of valuing this part of your claim. When they are doing so, there are a few different resources they can use to help them. For instance, there is medical evidence. Additionally, they can also turn to a helpful publication called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). The JCG was updated in 2022. It contains a detailed list of injuries. Alongside each description, there is a range of monetary figures based on previous successful cases in England and Wales.

We’ve included certain examples from the JCG in the table below. Whilst the figures have been based on past cases, they should still only be used as a rough guide.

Type/Severity of InjuryExplanation/ExampleAverage Compensation
Post-traumatic Stress DisorderSevere - Lasting effects that may include the injured person being unable to work£59,860 to £100,670
Post-traumatic Stress DisorderModerate - If there are lasting effects, they will not be too disabling£8,180 to £23,150
Very Severe Ankle InjuryComplicated fractures or soft tissue damage that leads to deformity and a risk of future injuries.£50,060 to £69,700
Severe Ankle InjuryInjuries 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 InjuryPartial ligament damage with some long-term effects.£13,740 to £26,590
Modest Ankle InjurySprains, ligament injuries, and minor fractures.Up to £13,740
Most Serious Achilles Tendon InjurySeverance 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 InjuryCases 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

There can be another figure included in your ankle injury compensation payout. This is called special damages. This portion of your ankle injury compensation is paid to the injured party to ensure they are not left out of pocket due to costs directly associated with their injury or injuries. What this means is that costs or losses that have occurred due to the claimant’s injuries can be reimbursed via this figure.

It’s vital that you maintain records to prove these expenditures took place, and that they relate to your ankle injury. Without proof, you could find it incredibly difficult to have these costs reimbursed. Some examples of things that can be included in a special damages payment are:

  • Medical costs – prescriptions and other treatment that aren’t available for free on NHS. this includes things like any walking aids that are required, for example.
  • Loss of earnings – you may have missed time at work due to your injuries, and therefore lost income. If so, the wages you would’ve earned over this period could be paid back to you.
  • Damage to property – this could cover or augment the cost of repairing and/or replacing personal property that was damaged or destroyed due to the accident that caused your injuries.

For additional information on special damages, including how much it can affect ankle injury settlement amounts, call today to speak to our advisors. If you get in touch with our advisors, we can give you a more personalised valuation of your claim. We can also tell you about compensation for specific kinds of injuries such as an ankle sprain and the associated amounts.

Ankle Injury Compensation Case Study

We often find that the discussions surrounding potential legal claims can be clarified using a case study. By providing a real-world example, we can illustrate the path along which your claim may proceed. In this instance, we can provide you with the story of a client who injured their ankle and sought compensation as a result.

This 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. The result of this failure to address the issue was the accident that caused the ankle injury. 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 obviously, 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 payout awarded (and, indeed, the injury itself) were relatively minor. However, much larger payouts and much more serious injuries can often be handled in the same swift fashion.

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.

Other examples of compensation payouts for ankle injury claims

There is no average compensation for an ankle injury. This is because there are several factors that could influence the payout you receive. For example, the severity of your injury can affect how much you receive in compensation.

To give an example of how an ankle injury could be sustained – you may have tripped and fallen in a public place. Trip hazards can be present in a number of public settings. Examples include:

  • Supermarkets
  • Bars/restaurants
  • In the street

In accordance with the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, those responsible for a  public space have a legal duty to take all reasonable steps to minimize the risk of injury. If there is a trip hazard of which they have been notified, but they make no effort to rectify it, this is negligence.

If someone were to be injured as a result of this negligence, then an ankle injury claim could be made against the person or body responsible for the area in which they were injured.

It is also sometimes possible to make an ankle injury claim even if you were partly responsible for your own injuries. To illustrate: a trip hazard may have been present, but easily avoidable. If the claimant was looking at their phone or was otherwise distracted and fell, then it could be argued that they contributed to their own injuries.

This is known as contributory negligence. If this is established, then you could be awarded a partial payout that reflects your level of responsibility. For example, if a claim is worth £10,000 and you are deemed to be 50% responsible, you could be awarded 50% of this amount. In this instance, this would be £5,000.

No Win No Fee Ankle Injury Compensation Claims

When you begin your sprained ankle injury claim, you may be afraid of the potential costs you incur when claiming with specialist solicitors. Unfortunately, the legal fees that other Claims Services commonly charge can be incredibly damaging to your financial stability.

If you are already experiencing financial loss resulting from your injury, such fees can seem extortionate. Even worse, the fees that your personal injury solicitor charges you may even exceed the compensation amount you receive, placing you in a worse situation than previous to your claim.

Our company can offer a different approach to ankle injury compensation claims in the form of our No Win No Fee policy.

This policy, legally referred to as a ‘Conditional Fee Agreement,’ provides a solid base for any claimant seeking compensation for an ankle injury claim. Payment is taken from the final compensation amount only if you win your claim. As a result, there is no upfront cost to worry about and no threat of legal debts should your case be unsuccessful. If you want to win compensation, it can be the most financially viable means of securing professional legal assistance.

If you’d like more details on how we can help with claiming ankle injury compensation, get in touch with our team today for free, expert legal advice.

Why Choose Us as Your Claims Service for an Ankle Injury Compensation?

If you decide to move forward with your sprained ankle injury claim, you will need the strong support of an expert claims service. With this in mind, our company is ideal. We can assist you in maximising your claim and ensuring that you receive the compensation you deserve.

Our years of experience in dealing with personal injury claims rank us as one of the most capable companies for dealing with sprained ankle claims. This experience has given us a deep understanding of maximising your chance of being successful in your ankle injury compensation claim.

Our team has a long history of dealing with personal injury claims, ensuring our ability to deal with your compensation claim professionally and efficiently. We are there at every stage of your claim and can provide premium advice on how to handle your claim. Our commitment to client satisfaction is second to none. This commitment is highlighted by offering local medical assessments, our ‘No Win No Fee’ policy, and our free legal consultations.

We are one of the best companies to help you deal with sprained ankle injury claims and maximise an ankle injury claim amount. When you need a Claims Service, we’re the obvious choice.

Call for Free Advice and To Start an Ankle Injury Compensation Claim

You’re nearly at the end of our guide to sprained ankle injury claims. However, if you believe that you have a legitimate sprained ankle injury compensation claim, you need to contact our company as soon as possible.

You can begin the process using our website’s contact form or by calling 0800 073 8804 now. Once you do this, we can provide the legal expertise you need to win your claim.

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

Our guide on if you could be owed compensation under these circumstances

Fractured Kneecap Compensation Case Study

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

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Sprained Ankle Injury Compensation FAQs

How much is an ankle injury compensation claim worth?

The amount of compensation you could be awarded for an ankle injury claim will often consider the unique circumstances at hand. For instance, when making a claim, your case will be heavily influenced by the type of injury, the severity and any life-long implications.

To receive an estimated figure, please contact our team.

How long does it take to recover from an ankle injury?

An ankle injury can often result in varying degrees of trauma and damage. Therefore, the amount of time it will take to heal can differ. For instance, for a simple ankle break to heal, it may take a couple of weeks. In contrast, a serious injury that has resulted in multiple fractures and complications may take longer.

Can I sue for a sprained ankle?

Provided that a third party owed you a legal duty of care and failed to uphold it, causing your injury. As a result, you could be entitled to compensation.

Should I go to work with a sprained ankle?

If you’ve suffered a sprained ankle at work and aren’t sure whether to return to work or take time off, it’s always best to seek advice from a medical professional. They can give you a sick note if necessary, confirming the injury. For you and your employer, logging it on your medical records can be relied upon to evidence your ankle injury compensation claim.

How much does it cost for a broken ankle?

Serious injuries like broken bones can be costly, with expenses ranging from medical fees to care costs. However, you could be able to claim these out-of-pocket costs back by claiming special damages as part of your personal injury claim.

What is the average settlement for a broken ankle?

As mentioned above, the amount of compensation you could be awarded for a personal injury claim will consider the unique circumstances at hand. Therefore, there’s no such thing as an average settlement regarding an ankle injury compensation claim.

Thank you for taking the time to read our guide on sprained ankle injury claims and how to get ankle injury compensation. 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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