By Megan Hale. Last Updated 19th December 2022. Have you been involved in an accident caused by the negligence of a third party? Did the negligent party owe you a duty of care? Did you break your ankle as a result of the accident you were involved in? If so, our guide could be of use to you. We’ve included a broken ankle compensation calculator that could help you work out how much you’re owed.
Our guide will look at the process of making a personal injury claim, including how to know if you have a valid claim. We will do this by looking at different kinds of accidents that constitute a breach of duty of care.
Breaking your ankle can have a severe impact on your quality of life. It can impact your mobility and, in some cases, may stop you from being able to work. If your broken ankle injury was caused by the negligence of someone who had a duty of care to you, you could claim.
If you have any further questions, our advisors are available 24/7 to provide free legal advice. For more information, call us on 0800 408 7826. Otherwise, continue reading for further advice on working out how much compensation for a broken ankle you could get.
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- A Guide To Using A Broken Ankle Compensation Calculator
- What Is A Broken Ankle?
- What Types Of Damages Could I Be Compensated For?
- Examples Of Common Causes Of A Broken Ankle
- Statistics On Road Safety In The UK
- Can I Claim The Costs Of Care After My Injury?
- How To Use A Broken Ankle Compensation Calculator
- Ankle Injury Settlement Amounts In The UK
- Can I Claim Broken Ankle Compensation With A No Win No Fee Agreement?
- Get Advice About Your Case
- Ask If We Can Help Calculate Your Broken Ankle Compensation
- Case Studies And Related Services
- FAQs About Personal Injury Claims For A Break Or Fracture
Accidents resulting in a broken ankle can happen in a number of ways. For instance, perhaps you were injured in a slip, trip or fall at work or in a public place. Or maybe you sustained a fractured ankle in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence.
If your accident happened because someone else breached their duty of care to you, you could have grounds to claim for the pain and suffering you experienced. However, don’t worry if you’re unsure of the rights you have after your accident. Our guide will cover the duty of care you’re owed in various situations.
Additionally, we’ll look at what a claim for broken ankle compensation could include and how this might be calculated. We’ll also be covering how you can claim with a solicitor on a No Win No Fee basis so you can avoid the upfront costs usually associated with legal help.
Furthermore, our guide will include a table of guideline compensation brackets for fractured ankles. We also provide a broken ankle compensation calculator, which assesses the validity of your claim and how much you could receive.
A broken ankle could lead to severe pain and suffering and can impact your ability to do daily tasks. Depending on how severe the injury was, you may have experienced the following:
- Pain when putting weight on the injured foot
- Ankle pointing at an odd angle
- Bone sticking out of your ankle
- Numbness in the toes or toes turning white or blue
The NHS recommends seeking medical attention if you’ve experienced any of the above. This can prevent further damage and help ensure that long-lasting impact from the injury is avoided. Furthermore, a medical report could support your claim.
If the break to your ankle is minor, your doctor may choose not to treat it. However, for more severe injuries, you may be given a boot or a cast to support your ankle as it heals. In some cases, you may need surgery, which could lead to a scar.
If you would like to check whether you’re eligible to claim, call our advisors on the number above. They can assess whether your claim is valid and may be able to connect you with a lawyer from our panel. Or, use our broken ankle compensation calculator to see if you could be eligible to make a claim.
There are two types of damages that a broken ankle compensation payout could consist of. These are known as general and special damages.
General damages cover your physical and psychological injuries, as well as how the injury has impacted your quality of life. On the other hand, special damages cover your past and future financial losses. You may be able to claim:
- Medical expenses such as physiotherapy or any physical aids needed
- Travel costs, e.g. the cost of public transport if you were left unable to drive
- Care costs for yourself and anyone dependent on you
- Home adaptations for any long term injuries, e.g. loss of a limb or paralysis
Evidence is vital in making a claim for general or special damages. General damages can be supported by things like medical reports of your injuries and CCTV footage or photographs of the cause of the accident. For special damages, you will need to provide evidence of any costs you’ve incurred, such as receipts or invoices.
Our team can help you determine how much compensation you could be owed and may be able to advise you on how to collect evidence to support your claim. Speak to an advisor by calling the number at the top of this page.
Below, we’ve included some examples of how you could injure your ankle in different accidents. You can also use our broken ankle compensation calculator for further information on how much your injury could be worth.
Broken, Fractured And Shattered Ankles In A Vehicle Crash
To prevent road traffic accidents, all road users must abide by the rules set out in the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Highway Code. The duty of care that road users owe to one another includes things like abiding by the speed limit, keeping full concentration on the road and paying attention to road markings like give way signs.
If they don’t, accidents causing broken ankles could occur. This might include:
- You’re involved in a head-on collision because another car was driving down the wrong side of the road. As a result, your ankle is crushed in the footwell
- Being knocked off your motorbike and suffering a fractured ankle as your bike lands on top of your foot
Slips, Trips And Falls Causing A Broken Ankle
Slips, trips and falls can be caused by negligence in a number of ways. And if you are involved in a slip or fall, you could experience a broken ankle. For instance, the slip or trip could cause your ankle to roll underneath you, causing one of the bones to break. Alternatively, you could fall from a height with your ankle bearing the impact of the fall, causing it to fracture.
Some common examples of how you could experience a slip, trip or fall might include:
- An elderly person tripping over an uneven carpet in a care home
- A member of the public slipping on a spill in a restaurant that hasn’t been cleaned up in a reasonable timeframe
- An employee falling down the stairs at work due to equipment being left out
Workplace Fractured Ankle Injuries
- Providing you with the right equipment to do your job safely
- Carrying out risk assessments to prevent any potential accidents
- Providing health and safety and any other relevant training
Failing to do so could lead to several types of accidents at work that could cause a broken ankle. For instance, you may require specific anti-slip footwear to carry out your role. If your employer fails to provide this and you slip and break your ankle as a result, you may be able to claim compensation.
Broken Ankle Injuries In A Public Place
The person in control of a public place (the “occupier”) has a duty of care to do everything reasonably practicable to keep you safe. This is outlined in the Occupiers Liability Act 1957.
If occupiers fail to meet the health and safety requirements laid out by the law, this could lead you to suffer an injury in an accident. Some examples of accidents caused by the negligence of the occupier could include:
- Tripping over stock left on the shop floor
- Falling down the stairs of a restaurant in a dimly lit stairwell
- A table collapsing on your foot in a cafe because a faulty leg had not been repaired
The accidents that we’ve touched upon above are not the only accidents that could lead you to claim broken ankle compensation. If you feel the accident in which you fractured your ankle was caused by the negligence of a third party, why not get in touch with our team? Alternatively,
Road safety is greatly important in reducing the number of accidents on the road. The graph below shows the number and category of road users involved in fatal accidents. This information was taken from the Reported Road Casualties Great Britain, Provisional Results Report: 2020.
It shows that car users were the most likely to be killed in an accident in this time period. Pedestrians were at the second-highest risk of being killed, with 355 pedestrian fatalities reported in this period.
If your accident was caused by the negligent actions of another driver, and you suffered a broken ankle as a result, then you may be able to claim compensation. Why not get in touch with a member of our team today? They’ll be happy to discuss the validity of your claim and may be able to connect you with a solicitor from our panel.
If you were unable to care for yourself or for anyone who is dependant on you because of your injuries, your broken ankle compensation payout could cover any care costs. Many situations could lead to you needing to claim for the cost of care, including:
- Being unable to look after an elderly parent when you usually do so
- Needing child care if your ability to look after your children is affected
- A severe injury making you unable to carry out daily activities without help
You don’t need to have sought out professional care in order for this to be included in your claim. If a friend or family member had to provide you with care because of your injuries, then you could also be compensated for this. Speak to our team today for more information on how care costs can be factored into your compensation claim.
Our broken ankle compensation calculator can provide an accurate estimate of the broken ankle compensation amount you could receive. It will look at the following factors to assess the value of your claim:
- What kind of injury you’ve suffered from
- The severity of your injury
- Any loss of earnings
The calculator will provide an estimated award amount based on general damages and loss of earnings. However, the actual settlement offer you receive could vary. If you’re offered an amount you’re not satisfied with, you don’t have to accept it. Instead, you could make a counteroffer.
For more information on how your broken ankle compensation may be calculated, see the section below. You can also call our team for free legal advice about making a claim.
As we have already stated within this guide, following a successful ankle injury claim, the pain and suffering your injury has caused you could be compensated with general damages.
Below, we have created a table to help you gain a clearer idea of how much you could receive in compensation for a successful personal injury claim for an ankle injury. The amounts listed have been taken from the most recent update of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). The JCG provides compensation brackets for a number of injuries and is also used by various legal professionals when they are valuing claims.
However, it is important to note that there is no average payout for a broken ankle that we can provide. This is because how much compensation you could be awarded will be affected by the various factors affecting your claim. Therefore, you should only use the table below as a guide.
|Very severe ankle injury
|Injuries within these bracket are unusual and severe. For example, a transmalleolar fracture with extensive damage to the soft tissue that results in deformity.
|£50,060 to £69,700
|Severe ankle injury
|Where an extensive period of treatment is requires and the injured person will be left with a severely limited ability to walk.
|£31,310 to £50,060
|Moderate ankle injury
|Injuries like fractures and tears to the ligament. Disabilities will be less severe and may include difficulty walking on uneven ground, irritation from plates and scarring.
|£13,740 to £26,590
|Modest ankle injury
|This bracket will include less serious fractures, sprains and injuries to the ligament. Higher awards will be appropriate where recovery has been incomplete and there is aching, discomfort or loss of movement.
|Up to £13,740
|Most serious Achilles' Tendon injury
|Severance of the peroneus longus muscle and tendon that result in swelling and cramping.
|In the region of £38,430
|Serious Achilles' Tendon injury
|Where the tendon is completely divided and successfully repaired, but the injured person is left with weakness and limited movement in the ankle.
|£24,990 to £30,090
|Moderate Achilles' Tendon injury
|Where the tendon has been subject to a partial rupture or significant injury.
|£12,590 to £21,070
|Minor Achilles' Tendon injury
|Where the ankle has turned, resulting in some damage to the tendon and an uncertainty regarding ankle support.
|Moderate foot injury
|A displaced metatarsal fracture that result in continuing symptoms and a permanent deformity. It may also require surgery in the future.
|£13,740 to £24,990
|Modest foot injury
|Ruptured ligaments or simple metatarsal fractures that result in a permanent limp and cause aching and pain.
|Up to £13,740
Alternatively, our compensation calculator may be able to help you gain a clearer understanding of how much you could receive in general damages. It will ask you question about where and how you suffered your accident, as well as questions about your injury.
Do not hesitate to contact our advisors today if you have any questions about making a personal injury claim. They can also offer you free legal advice regarding your claim.
You may want the guidance and support of a solicitor when making your claim but are concerned that you may incur large legal fees with no guarantee of success. A No Win No Fee agreement means that you don’t need to worry about this.
Furthermore, if your solicitor doesn’t win the case, you won’t pay solicitor fees. You also won’t be asked to cover their costs before the claim starts or while it’s ongoing.
If they do win, you’ll pay a success fee. This is legally capped, and you and your solicitor will agree upon it before your claim goes ahead.
If you feel that you could benefit from a No Win No Fee solicitor, why not get in touch with our team? If they feel your claim has a good chance of success, they may be able to connect you with a personal injury solicitor.
Although we’ve tried to cover as much information as possible, we understand that you may still have questions. Our advisors can provide free legal advice and further clarification on anything you’re unsure of. They may also be able to connect you with a personal injury solicitor to take you through the next steps of your claim.
For further information, contact us by:
- Calling on – 0800 408 7826
- Chatting on live chat at the bottom of the page
- Sending us an enquiry and specifying a time for us to call you
If you’re having any trouble using our compensation payout calculator, our team can advise. They can talk you through how to use the calculator.
They can also help you calculate an estimate of your claim value by asking questions about your injuries and how the accident happened. Call us on the number above for more information on how our team can help.
For further information on accidents at work involving a slip, trip or fall, see the HSE website.
You can find information on the duty of care that road users owe to one another in the Highway Code.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has some useful information on accident prevention.
Our case study guide to claiming compensation for a broken ankle could provide further help.
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Can I claim for a broken ankle?
Yes. If you suffered a broken ankle in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you could claim compensation for your injury.
How much is a broken bone settlement worth?
It’s difficult to give an average settlement amount for a broken bone. This is because compensation is calculated on a case-by-case basis. However, you can use our personal injury calculator to get an estimate of how much you could be owed.
Could I claim on behalf of a child?
Yes, if your child was injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you could claim on their behalf. If no claim has been made by their 18th birthday, then they would have 3 years (until they turn 21) to start a claim for the accident themselves.
What is a Litigation Friend?
A litigation friend is someone who acts on behalf of someone who doesn’t have the capacity to represent themselves in a claim. They can act as a representative for a child. They could also represent someone who lacks the mental capacity to claim for themselves.
Thank you for reading our guide on working out how much you could claim with a broken ankle compensation calculator. We hope you found it helpful.
Guide by GT
Edited by RO