Ankle Injury Compensation Claims & Settlement Values

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The ankle is a complex joint that plays a vital part in allowing us to maintain mobility, independence and live life to the full. Unsurprisingly, ankle injuries are common and form many of the claims we at Direct2Compensation assist with. Most such claims arise as a result of a fall, trip or slip, and also road traffic accidents.

If have injured your ankle as a result of a slipping accident on a wet floor surface, rolled your ankle on a disrepaired pavement, or fallen whilst at work, there is a good possibility you can make a claim for compensation.

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Examples that could lead to a successful claim

Anyone who suffers an ankle injury as the result of the negligent actions of someone else, a business or organisation, could seek to pursue a claim for compensation. To succeed, the injured person must be able to identify a hazard or act of negligence that has caused their ankle injury.

Slipping Accidents

If you have sustained an ankle injury as a result of a slipping accident, a claim will succeed if it can be demonstrated that the area which caused you to slip was not marked with a hazard warning sign. The hazard must have been in situ for a sufficient period of time that the business or organisation responsible for the area should have erected a warning sign and removed the hazard.

Tripping Accidents

Ankle injury claims often arise as a result of a tripping accident in a public place. If you have injured your ankle as a result of a disrepaired pavement surface, a broken kerb or step, you could succeed with a claim if it can be demonstrated that the landowner or local authority responsible for maintenance has failed to carry out adequate routine inspections and acted on repairing any dangerous hazards found.

As a general rule of thumb, to succeed with a claim for ankle injury compensation as a result of a tripping accident, it must be shown that the defect that caused the ankle injury is 25mm or more in height/depth and that the landowner failed to identify and repair the defect in a reasonable time.

Ankle injuries at work

A work accident claim will succeed if you sustain an ankle injury that can be directly linked to a lack of training or employer negligence. For example, a fall from height could be due to the provision of the wrong ladder or a lack of access platforms.

Road Traffic accidents

If your ankle injury was caused in a road traffic accident that was not your fault, whether you were a driver, passenger, pedestrian or cyclist, you can seek to claim ankle injury compensation from the insurers of the person responsible for the accident.

At Direct2Compensation we can assist you whether the negligent party was insured or not.

Different types of ankle injury

Common types of ankle injuries at the heart of a successful claim include:

  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Soft tissue injuries including ligament tears and sprains
  • Severe bruising
  • Lacerations

The most common injury that leads to a claim for ankle injury compensation is one of a soft tissue nature involving ligament damage. Such injuries can be more serious than a simple fracture and can lead to a long recovery period.

Any person who suffers a soft tissue ligament injury to the ankle, and has symptoms that last for 2 weeks or more, can seek to make a claim. Most soft tissue injuries take up to 6-8 weeks to recover, but in cases where surgical intervention is required, recovery periods will be far longer.

Compensation amounts for ankle injuries

The value of a compensation settlement for an ankle injury will vary depending on its severity. The amounts below are for the injury itself, but you can also claim for special damages which would include your expenses, lost income and rehabilitation therapies, for example.

The rarest and most severe injuries may involve fractures and soft tissue damage resulting in deformity, and potentially amputation. Such cases may reach settlement values in excess of £50,000.

Severe injuries that leave a person with significant disability and reduction in mobility, necessitate an extensive period of treatment in plaster and/or where pins and plates have been inserted, can usually expect compensation of between £20,000 and £40,000.

Moderate ankle injuries would include fractures and ligament tears that give rise to occasional difficulties in walking or standing. Here the value of a settlement would fall around £10,000 to £20,000.

Minor ankle injuries see values of up to about £10,000 depending on whether a complete recovery has been made.

The following table displays The Judicial College’s guidelines on compensation amounts for ankle injuries of different severity.

Severity of injuryCompensation amount
Very severe with future risk of lower leg amputation and permanent consequences£38,050 - £58,300
Severe, requiring lengthy treatment and significant residual disability£23,800 - £41,860
Moderate, e.g fractures, ligament tears, with ongoing discomfort in certain activities£10,450 - £22,220
Modest, with varying levels of recoveryUp to £11,500

Once your specialist solicitor has obtained your medical report they will be able to give you an idea of how much compensation to expect for your injury.

How to report or record the details of your accident

As with any claim for compensation, a claimant will need supporting evidence to demonstrate that their ankle injury was caused by someone else’s negligence. Alongside important evidence such as medical reports, having the details of the accident properly reported and recorded will give your specialist solicitor the best chance of succeeding with a claim.

In most cases, anyone who suffers an ankle injury should make sure that the details of their ankle injury are recorded within the accident book of the business or organisation responsible for the accident site.

Commonly, in a supermarket or shop, the accident book will be held within the store and you should report your injury to a member of staff.

When out in public, it is most likely that the responsible landowner will be a local authority. In such cases, you should contact your local highways department responsible for the maintenance of the footpath (or area where you injured your ankle) and advise them of what happened and where.

In any record of an ankle injury it is important that the cause of the ankle injury is noted – such as slipping on a spillage with no hazard warning sign, or due to a large pothole or broken curb.

If you are unsure as to how to report the details of your ankle injury to the right people, contact us for help.

How Direct2Compensation can help you

At Direct2Compensation, our expertly trained and knowledgeable staff can easily identify whether or not the cause of your ankle injury will enable you to make a claim for compensation. We speak in simple terms so that you will understand your rights and how our No Win No Fee claims service can benefit you.

We’ll advise you as to how to report your ankle injury properly, what photographs you may need of the accident site, and link you with some of the best ankle injury compensation solicitors available.

Our specialist solicitors will seek to maximise any settlement for you, with expert medical reports obtained to support your claim, and we’ll also make sure that any lost income and costs incurred are fully recovered in your special damages claim.

We have a genuine expertise in ankle injury compensation claims and invite you to start your claim online today, or call us on 01225 430285.

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  1. Ryan

    I tore ligaments in my ankle on a job site. I have permanent damage and no longer can work in construction which its all I’ve done for 20 plus years. Can i get a settlement?

    • Ian Morris

      If your accident happened within the past 3 years and was due to negligence or a hazardous/dangerous area at the worksite, you can make a claim for compensation.

  2. Alison

    I slipped and broke my ankle at work 3months ago and had to have pins and plates , I am still recovering. The brewery I work for are saying they are not liable and that the landlord of the pub is , as it was house keeping (wet cardboard in the cellar ) and it should of been maintained by him. So who would be at fault ? Will they have to argue it out in court ? Thanks Alison

    • Ian Morris

      It would appear that the liable party is the landlord as they allowed a slippery and loose surface (wet cardboard) to be present in their area of responsibility.

      Have you already instructed a Solicitor to act for you? If not, we would be happy to get involved in assisting you place your claim.

      • Alison

        Thank you . And yes but both parties have asked for more time to gather evidence and I havent heard anything off my solicitor since. They have until the 18th march . Thank you for your help . Regards Alison

        • Ian Morris

          You’re welcome! Good luck with your claim and recovery.

  3. Michelle

    I am self employed & was working at an exhibition. A guy I was working for put a bag underneath the desk & advised me it was there. When I got up my foot got stuck in the strap & I fell causing me to break a bone in my ankle, can I claim?

    • Ian Morris

      To be able to make a claim you need to be able to establish negligence at play. Whilst in hindsight you could argue that it wasn’t suitable to place the bag underneath the desk, the fact that you had been made aware it was present is likely to render any claim redundant.

  4. Nikki

    I wasn’t told how to safely lock up and people normally use a children’s stool to do so. The first and only time I had to, i use the tool and fell off twisting my ankle and hurting my back. There were cameras there. I filled out an incident report and went to the gp, came baxk to work right after limping and no one checked on me or seemed to care. Im still in pain and don’t know what i can do, Thanks

    • Ian Morris

      If the employer has not provided with training to work at height and a step ladder to use that would enable you to work safely, you may pursue a claim against them.

  5. Jessica

    Hi, I have been on my last warning in work for a while now for medical reasons. I have been in agony hobbling around the yard with a torn ligament in my ankle as I don’t want to loose my job but it’s getting to the point now I can hardly walk after a days work.
    What can I do?
    If I provide proof from a dr can he still sack me?

    • Ian Morris

      The query you have relates to your rights and the employers rights under employment law and not under personal injury law. You should contact a specialist in employment law to get the advice you need.

  6. Gavin

    I broke my ankle in January but I am now back to work since April 23, but yesterday I snapped my pins because of very bad workmanship, now I’m back in a cast.

    • Ian Morris

      How did you snap the metal work in your ankle? Even though you have a pre-existing injury, you may have a valid claim against whoever was the cause of the damage to the pins in your ankle.

  7. Nicole

    I was reaching for a box head level which had packaging inside for my pastries, the box slipped out of my hands (steel toe cap boots are worn) but the box hit my ankle, and is now swollen and very bruised. Reported to manager who then helped me phone the accident at work line to report it there. Have not been to doctors yet as doesn’t feel broken but sore to touch. As I dropped the box by accident would this be my fault? The box was slightly creased which caused the box to squeeze slightly in and lost all grip and fell onto my foot.

    • Ian Morris

      Although you dropped the box, it may not necessarily be seen as your fault. Perhaps the box is not fit for purpose and perhaps the place where the box is kept (at head height) is a risk to safety?

      The best bet at this stage would be to make further contact with us so that we can investigate this for you as a possible claim.

  8. Lina

    I had an injury at work some steam water and grease coming out from the oven door for about one month, but I didn’t use my safe shoes, because they are very hard, rigid and hurt my ankles. They don’t want pay me the 2 days that I didn’t go to work. Can I claim?

    • Ian Morris

      As you did not wear the specific ‘safe’ shoes that your employer requires you to wear in the workplace, it could be that you may have to accept an element of contributory negligence if you go on to make a claim for compensation. This is because you will be seen to have contributed to your injury in some way. However, it would not stop you from being able to make a claim.

  9. Janet

    I had a bad fall at work 12 years ago. I did look into claiming compensation at the time, but I was advised against it, as I fell and badly broke my ankle and also my shoulder.
    I was a teaching assistant and fell in the area I worked in. A child threw a wooden building brick , and I fell over it.
    I have now bad arthritis in my leg and knee. I have pins and plates and a metal rod in my leg.
    Need advice.

    • Ian Morris

      Sadly, you are now unable to take any action for the ongoing symptoms and trouble you have as a result of your accident 12 years ago. UK Personal Injury law only allows a maximum claim limitation period of 3 years from the date of the accident in which you can make a claim for compensation. In your case, you are now 9 years outside of that limitation period.

  10. Jade

    Hi I’ve sprained my ankle twice now at work in the past 18 months, could I claim?!

    • Ian Morris

      Yes, you can make a claim – for both incidents. Please use the ‘start a claim’ page of our website to send us some further information and our new claims team will be in touch to help you further.

  11. Emma

    I work for a Floristry & events company. The health and safety is non existent – I am subjected to passive smoking and expected to work in a storage barn which is extremely dusty/dirty and has broken glass on the floor. Last Christmas I fell down some steps whilst out on site at a hotel. I was taking down an eight foot Christmas tree on my own. I was carrying a very large box of decorations down some stone steps when I fell. I cut both my knees and badly hurt my ankle. I went to the GP the next day who sent me for an X-ray. My ankle was not broken but I’d torn tendons and ligaments. I was in work the next day and despite asking for light duties I was expected to stand up to work all day. Ten months on I still suffer with my ankle. I can’t take part in aerobics classes like I used to. I have never been given any health and safety training. The accident was never recorded. Can I claim against my employer for this?

    • Ian Morris

      From your description of the nature of the workplace, it would appear that they show little regard for the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act or their statutory duties. As such, employer negligence should attach. However, you mention that the accident was never recorded, so this could undermine your claim somewhat. Do you have any witnesses who could assist you in corroborating your claim?

  12. Lorrain

    After falling on a wet floor with no warning sign at the start of my shift in the job, I have only been in for 13 weeks and have sprained my ankle. I was told that the injury to my ankle could take up to 4 weeks to recover. Do I have a claim and could I lose my job if I made a claim? Thank you.

    • Ian Morris

      You can certainly make a claim for slipping accident compensation here. Given that the floor was wet, with no hazard warning sign on display there is a case for your employer to answer regarding this.

      By law you cannot lose your job for exercising a legal right to make a claim for compensation for your injuries and loss of income.

  13. Lloyd

    Hi, I was injured outside of the workplace. I have done ligament damage in my ankle… some of the duties at work require heavy lifting and my employer is trying to get me to do these tasks even after supplying a doctor’s note with the injury. We have no ppe supplied or had any training in safe lifting etc. I was told an 8 week healing process and it’s only been a week. What rights do I have?

    • Ian Morris

      If you have a Doctors note advising that you are not fit to perform some of the requirements of your role, your employer can do two things. Either provide light duties to you during your recovery or insist that you remain absent from work until you are fit. They cannot demand that you worsen or risk the worsening of your injuries by making you ignore the advice of your GP. Read more about your rights here.

      The lack of PPE provision by your employer is likely to be employer negligence and if this was the cause of your ankle injury you could seek to make a claim against the employer for the injuries you have sustained.

      If you would like to discuss your injury and cause with us, we can advise you as to whether or not you have a valid claim for compensation.

  14. Maria

    I’m enquiring about what to do or who to hold responsible if an accident happened at someone business premises who is liable. If an ankle is broken while carrying out contracted work by a big company and they sub contracted to do the insulation work and the accident happens at the premises of the contract work for the company, who do I hold liable for the claim – the subcontractor or the owner of the business who I was carrying the work at? And what is the procedure for claiming, thank you.

    • Ian Morris

      It is important that the details of the accident and the cause of any injury are appropriately reported and recorded. To this end, it would be wise to make sure that the main contractor and sub-contractor have recorded the incident.

      The liability for any possible claim for compensation will rest with whoever was negligent. As a claimant, you do not need to be concerned about this as a specialist Solicitor will ensure that the liability attaches to the correct persons.

  15. sthembiso

    On the 19/09/2017 I was injured on duty on my right ankle, and today the Doctor said it’s a permanent injury because my ankle is is still a bit swollen, but I can walk. I reported the matter to my company and they sent me to hospital and received treatment, they put me a hard cast, after three weeks they removed it and they put on a soft cast so I was able to walk again. But the whole process took four months and I can still feel pain at times, what should I do? If I claim how much can I get?

    • Ian Morris

      We cannot accurately state how much compensation you will receive at this stage as we do not know the full extent of your medical treatment or how much of a recovery you will eventually make from your injuries. In any claim after an accident at work, a Solicitor will reach the value that the claim ought to settle for on the basis of medical evidence. They will also ensure that your loss of income and costs incurred as a result of your time off work after the accident are recovered in a special damages claim.

      It is clear that if your claim were to succeed, the value of the compensation could be quite high. You have a permanent ankle injury, were unable to walk for a while and unable to work.

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