Claiming For An Ankle Injury At Work
This guide will discuss when you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim for an ankle injury at work. Even a simple ankle injury, such as a sprain or strain, can be painful and make it hard to put any weight on the joint. In turn, this can make it tricky for you to enjoy your normal activities, drive or even work.
If you’ve sustained an ankle injury following a work accident, there’s a chance you could be entitled to claim compensation if a breach of duty by your employer caused you to suffer harm. We have discussed the eligibility criteria in more detail throughout this guide.
Additionally, we have discussed other aspects involved in the process of claiming ankle injury compensation, including the evidence you could gather to support your case and the compensation payout that could be awarded should you succeed.
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You might wonder whether you can claim compensation for an ankle injury following an accident at work. Employers owe their employees a duty of care to take reasonable as well as practicable steps to prevent them from becoming injured in the workplace. This duty is placed on them by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
Examples of the steps an employer could take to uphold their duty of care include:
- Conducting regular risk assessments and removing or reducing the risk of injury posed by any known hazards.
- Training staff regularly on their roles and the company’s safety procedures.
- Providing necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) where risks can’t be mitigated in any other way.
- Try to keep the workplace clear and free of trip hazards.
You might be able to begin a personal injury claim following an ankle injury at work if:
- You were owed a duty of care by your employer at the time and location of your accident; and
- That duty of care was breached; and
- You suffered an ankle injury as a direct result of that breach.
Effectively, you could be compensated for various types of ankle injuries including sprains, strains and fractures, so long as the accident and injury resulted from your employer’s breach of duty.
If you believe you should be compensated following a sprained, fractured or twisted ankle injury in the workplace, why not contact us to review your claim for free?
There are various ways in which you could sustain an ankle injury in the workplace. Here are some examples of incidents that might lead to an ankle injury at work:
- If you slipped and sprained your ankle because a faulty machine was leaking fluids that hadn’t been cleaned in an adequate time frame.
- If your ankle was crushed by falling items that had been stacked incorrectly in a warehouse.
- If you tripped on a cable laid across the office floor which had not been taped down.
It’s important to note that not all instances of an accident at work in which you hurt your ankle will form the basis of a valid ankle injury compensation claim. You need to prove that your employer breached their duty of care and this led to you becoming injured.
Please discuss your specific case with an advisor for free advice on the next steps you could potentially take.
Each accident at work claim is unique and therefore, it’s not possible to state exactly how much compensation for an ankle injury might be awarded. Our compensation calculator and the table below provide guideline compensation brackets taken from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG).
The JCG is a publication that solicitors and other legal professionals can refer to when valuing the general damages portion of your payout. General damages is one of the heads of loss that will be included in your settlement following a successful claim. It compensates for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries.
You should only use these figures as a guide though because different factors can influence the payout you receive, including the severity of your injury and how badly it has affected your quality of life.
Injury Type Guideline Award Bracket More Information
Very Severe Ankle Injury £50,060 to £69,700 Cases of a bilateral ankle fracture that results in joint degeneration at a young age so that there is a requirement for an arthrodesis.
Severe Ankle Injury £31,310 to £50,060 Ankle injuries that require extensive treatment and/or a lengthy period in plaster are included in this bracket.
Moderate Ankle Injury £13,740 to £26,590 Fractures and tears to the ligaments causing disabilities of a less serious nature.
Modest Ankle Injury To £13,740 Less serious, minor or undisplaced fractures, sprains and strains.
Serious Achilles Tendon Injury £24,990 to £30,090 Where a fully torn Achilles tendon is repaired successfully but ankle movement is limited or weakened.
Moderate Achilles Tendon £12,590 to £21,070 A partial rupture or significant tendon injury.
Special Damages In An Ankle Injury Claim
A workplace ankle injury might also lead to compensation for any financial costs incurred as a result. This is awarded under the second head of loss, referred to as special damages.
Under this head, you could claim back the cost of:
- Private remedial surgery or treatment.
- Modifications to your home if they’ll make it easier to deal with any ongoing symptoms.
- A carer helping you at home.
You should provide evidence of these losses in order to claim them back. This could include receipts, payslips and invoices.
For more information on how much compensation could be awarded for an ankle injury at work, call our team on the number above.
When claiming for a workplace ankle injury, it’s important to provide as much evidence as possible. Evidence can prove that you sustained an injury as a result of your employer breaching the duty of care they owed.
For ankle injury at work claims, the following evidence may prove useful:
- Pictures that capture the cause of the incident or show a visible ankle injury.
- Witness contact details so a statement can be taken at a later date. This can help to corroborate what happened.
- Accident report forms to help confirm the location, date and time of your accident. If you’re involved in an accident at work, you must report it to your employer at the earliest opportunity. This will result in the incident being recorded in the company’s accident report book. The details of your accident may also be used in the future to prevent others from similar accidents and injuries.
- Medical records or letters relating to your diagnosis and treatment. You might also be invited to attend an independent medical specialist during the claims process. A report will follow your appointment that will give more details on the future impact of your injuries. This report can be used to help value the harm you sustained.
- Camera footage of your accident as it happened, such as from CCTV or a mobile phone.
- Financial evidence to demonstrate any losses you wish to claim back. This can include receipts, payslips and invoices.
If you have a valid claim, a solicitor from our panel could help you collate any evidence you have collected to build your case and present it fully within the relevant time limit.
What Are The Time Limits If I Want To Claim For Common Types Of Ankle Injuries?
The Limitation Act 1980 sets a 3-year time limit for personal injury claims. Therefore, if you suffer an ankle injury at work, you’ll have 3 years from the date of the incident to start your claim.
Although that is quite a long period of time, beginning your claim at the earliest opportunity may be a good idea. By doing so, gathering evidence to support your case could prove much easier.
However, there are some exceptions that could apply to your specific circumstances. To find out more about these and how a solicitor could potentially help you seek compensation, call our team on the number above.
Our solicitors offer several services that could benefit you and your claim. For example, they can:
- Assist you with gathering evidence to support your claim
- Value your claim
- Send important correspondence on your behalf
- Ensure your case is brought forward fully within the time limit applicable
- Keep you updated on the progress of your case as it proceeds
Working with a solicitor under a CFA means they will not request fees for their work upfront, during the course of the claim or if the case is lost.
If you succeed with your claim and receive a compensation payout, your solicitor will take a percentage of the compensation as their success fee. This percentage is capped legally.
Our advisors are ready to help if you have any questions about making a personal injury claim for an ankle injury at work. By getting in touch, you’ll receive free guidance on the claims process and a review of the merits of your claim on a no-obligation basis.
If it’s found your case has a chance of success and is valid, an advisor could connect you with one of our solicitors who could begin working on your claim.
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Finally, we’ve included some additional resources that might prove helpful. You can find more of our helpful guides below:
- Advice on what to do after an accident at work including information on claiming compensation.
- Information on when a back injury at work could lead to a compensation claim.
- Our guide about claiming for a fall at work that has caused you to suffer an injury.
You can find some external resources below:
- Advice from the NHS about what to do if you suffer ankle pain and when treatment might be required.
- Information from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) about how they conduct accident investigations and when they are needed.
- Details on when you might receive Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if you’re unable to work.
Thank you for reading our guide on how to claim for an ankle injury at work. Please feel free to get in touch for further information.