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How Much Compensation for a Broken Ankle at Work?

A broken or fractured ankle can be a very debilitating injury that causes a lot of pain and discomfort. Crucially, if you’ve broken your ankle at work, it may be possible to claim compensation for any suffering you endure. Throughout this guide on broken ankle at work claims, we’ll explore when that might be the case and what types of accidents could enable you to claim. Additionally, you’ll read about how much compensation for a broken ankle at work might be awarded if you make a successful claim.

If you reach out to a member of our team, you’ll receive free legal advice about starting a broken ankle compensation claim. In your initial consultation, you’ll be able to ask any questions you have while your advisor assesses the merits of your claim. If they believe that you might be entitled to compensation, they’ll partner you with one of our solicitors. If that happens and your case proceeds, you’ll benefit from No Win, No Fee legal representation.

To discuss your case right away you can:

  • Call our legal advisors now on 0333 241 2519.
  • Use our live chat service at a time that suits you.

For more about what to do if you’ve sustained a broken ankle at work, read on. If any questions arise along the way, please feel free to call.

What Types of Broken Ankles Can We Help With?

Your ankle is formed by 7 bones: the talus, cuboid, navicular, calcaneus, cuneiform and the ends of the tibia and fibula. If any of these bones is damaged in an accident at work, you could be diagnosed with a broken ankle.

Here are some of the types of fractured ankle you could claim compensation for if it can be proven someone else caused it:

  • Lateral malleolus fractures.
  • Medial malleolus fractures.
  • Posterior malleolus fractures.
  • Bimalleolar fractures.
  • Trimalleolar fractures.
  • Pilon fractures.
  • Avulsion fractures.
  • Stress fractures.

The main symptoms of a broken ankle include:

  • Immediate pain.
  • Bruising, tenderness and swelling.
  • Deformity.
  • Pain when bearing weight or when rotating the foot.

Our team is happy to review whether you have a feasible broken ankle compensation claim so please feel free to speak to them now.

Can I Make a Broken Ankle at Work Claim?

The criteria our solicitors use when assessing workplace broken ankle claims include:

  • Were you owed a duty of care at the time of your accident?
  • Did you have an accident in the last three years that was caused by your employer’s negligence?
  • Was your ankle broken as a direct result of that accident?

If you can answer yes to all three questions, you may have grounds to seek compensation for the pain and suffering you’ve endured.

What Types of Negligence Can Lead to a Broken Ankle at Work Claim?

Here are a few example scenarios of where accidents at work could result in a broken ankle at work claim:

  • You tripped on a pothole and broke your ankle because your employer failed to fix it in a reasonable amount of time.
  • You fell off a ladder at work and sustained multiple fractures because you did not receive health and safety training on how to work at height safely.
  • Your foot and leg were crushed by falling stock in a warehouse due to damaged racking or shelving.
  • An accident with a forklift broke your ankle when it collided with you in an area which was designated as pedestrian-only.
  • You sustained a severely broken ankle after a poorly maintained piece of factory equipment crushed your foot.

There are many other types of accidents at work that could result in a broken ankle claim. Therefore, don’t worry if we’ve not discussed yours here. Instead, simply call our advisors, let them know what happened and they’ll assess whether you have grounds to claim broken ankle at work compensation for your suffering.

What Should I Do If I Sustain a Fractured Ankle at Work?

There are some steps that you may need to take if you fracture your ankle at work to comply with your own workplace health and safety obligations. Here are some examples:

  1. Make sure that your broken ankle is checked at a hospital as soon as possible. If you rely on first aid or fail to attend A&E, you could make things worse.
  2. Tell your supervisor about the accident as soon as you possibly can.
  3. Ask for the incident to be logged in the accident report book and request a copy of the report.

These steps, and others, could help your employer to prevent similar accidents and injuries in the future. In addition, they will arm you with some of the evidence needed to support a broken ankle at work claim.

What Evidence Can Be Used for Broken Ankle Compensation Claims?

Gathering evidence is a crucial part of the claims process. Without information to prove how you broke your ankle, the suffering you’ve had to deal with and why your employer should pay you compensation, you probably won’t be offered any compensation at all.

Here are some examples of the types of evidence you could use for broken ankle claims:

  • CCTV footage of the accident along with photographs that show what caused the incident.
  • A copy of an accident report form so that the location and date of the accident cannot be denied.
  • Medical records (including X-rays) to prove that you’ve broken your ankle.
  • Details of any potential witnesses – this will enable statements to be collected if required.
  • Investigation reports from the Health and Safety Executive if they reviewed what happened.

If you would like a legal advisor to review whether there is enough evidence available to support your broken ankle claim, please call now.

How Long Do I Have to Claim Broken Ankle Compensation?

There is a 3-year time limit for personal injury claims in the UK. This is set in law by the Limitation Act 1980. For most work-related broken ankle compensation claims, the time limit would normally start on the date the accident occurred.

Something to bear in mind is that there is a good amount of work needed to prepare your claim. Therefore, it’s best not to leave it until the very last minute otherwise, your claim could be rejected if it’s submitted too late which means you might be refused the compensation you deserve.

To see how long you have to make a broken ankle claim, please contact our legal advisors.

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How Much Compensation for a Broken Ankle at Work?

If you are paid compensation for your broken ankle injury, it will normally be formed of two heads of loss.

General damages is the first and it covers the pain, discomfort, suffering and loss of amenity caused by your broken ankle. To help determine the level of suffering you’ve had to deal with, your solicitor will use medical records and independent medical reports.

Next, they may refer to previous cases of a similar nature and compensation brackets listed in the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to help put a value on your broken ankle. Crucially, general damages can also cover psychological trauma linked to your injuries such as depression or anxiety.

The following list uses JCG data to demonstrate potential broken ankle compensation values. However, please note that they are guideline amounts rather than guaranteed compensation payouts.

  • A minor broken ankle at work could be worth up to £13,740 in compensation.
  • A moderate fracture that might lead to some degree of disability might see compensation of £13,740 – £26,590.
  • A severely broken ankle at work which results in significant disability making it difficult to walk might be worth £31,310 – £50,060.
  • A very severe injury, such as a trans malleolar fracture of the ankle with extensive damage to soft tissues and deformity might see compensation of around £50,060 – £69,700.

Special damages are another head of loss that could be included in any settlement for a broken ankle you receive. It aims to compensate for any financial losses linked to your injuries including:

  • Loss of earnings.
  • Travel costs – for instance, if you need to use taxis or buses rather than walking while you’re injured.
  • Medical costs.
  • Home adaptation costs if your broken ankle causes a permanent disability.
  • Future loss of earnings where more serious ankle injuries limit the type of work that you can do.
  • Care and support costs at home.

If your claim is accepted, your solicitor will provide a compensation estimate once they’ve reviewed all aspects of your case in detail.

Can I Claim for a Broken Ankle if I’m Not a Full-Time Employee?

All workers, regardless of contract type, are owed a duty of care by their employer. That means if you’re placed in an organisation by an agency, you could sue the employer for a broken ankle so long as you can prove that the employer’s negligence caused your accident.

The same is true for the self-employed, zero-hours workers, consultants, part-time staff and subcontractors.

To see if one of our solicitors could help you to claim for a broken ankle caused by a workplace accident, please get in touch now.

Do I Need a Solicitor to Make a Broken Ankle Claim?

Accident at work claims can be complex. They might involve difficult legal or medical evidence and your employer’s insurers could look to contest your broken ankle claim so that you receive less compensation than you deserve or none at all.

For this reason, you might want to take on help from a solicitor who specialises in work-related injury claims. If you work with one of ours, their services could include:

  • Collection and reviewing of evidence.
  • Filing the claim with your employer correctly and on time.
  • Managing all communications.
  • Fighting your corner to secure the right amount of compensation.
  • Keeping you up to date throughout the claims process.

Crucially, if your broken ankle at work claim is taken on, your solicitor will work on a No Win, No Fee basis. This means that they won’t need to be paid for their time and effort unless the case is won and compensation is awarded.

A success fee will be deducted from any settlement payment. This is a percentage of the compensation you’re awarded but, legally, it can’t be any higher than 25 per cent.

To find out if you could make a No Win No Fee broken ankle claim, please call now.

How Long Do Work Injury Claims Take?

Unfortunately, we can’t predict how long a claim will take because each case differs. However, we can provide a couple of examples:

  1. If you broke your ankle at work without any complications and you’ve made a complete recovery, you may be compensated in around 5 to 6 months. This would rely on your employer agreeing that they were liable for your accident.
  2. If you suffered a more serious broken ankle where screws, pins and plates were used surgically to hold your bones together, your claim could take up to a year or more. This would enable time for the long-term impact of your broken ankle to be assessed and your needs to be determined.

If your claim is going to take a long time, you might be entitled to interim compensation payments so long as liability for the accident has been proven and agreed upon.

Contacting Us About a Broken Ankle at Work Compensation Claim

Our legal advisors are here to help if you’d like further information on how to claim compensation for a broken ankle. To discuss your case, you can:

  • Phone us on 0333 241 2519.
  • Use our 24-hour online chat service.

There is no obligation for you to take action following your call and you won’t be pressured into doing so. However, if your broken ankle at work claim does proceed, your solicitor will manage it from beginning to end on a No Win, No Fee basis.

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