If you have broken your ankle, chances are you won’t be able to go to work or carry out any physical activities – it’s likely you will be on crutches for at least the first few weeks after being injured. A broken ankle takes on average 6 to 12 weeks to heal, which could seriously impact your work, travel and social plans. The good news is that there’s a possibility you may be able to claim broken ankle compensation if your accident was caused by somebody else.
Were you hit by a dangerous driver whilst you were crossing the road? Or perhaps you’ve fallen off a faulty ladder at work and fractured your ankle? Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience handling claims like this, and we’re here to help you get the personal injury compensation you deserve.
What are the implications?
If you think you’ve broken your ankle, you’ll need to attend your local Accident and Emergency department for an x-ray to establish if it’s actually broken or just sprained. Signs your ankle could be broken include pain, bruising and swelling – although a fracture may be obvious if there is bone sticking out of the skin (an open fracture). When you attend hospital, most people will have a cast applied, but if you have suffered a severe fracture, you may need surgery under general anaesthetic.
If you have a cast fitted, this will usually be for at least 6 weeks, with crutches supplied to help you move around for the first few weeks. You’ll probably need to be off work for at least 4 to 6 weeks and may need help around the house, with shopping and other everyday activities.
What about your finances?
All that time off work might sound great, but chances are you’ll be in considerable pain for much of the time and won’t be able to get up to much. Not to mention your finances can take a serious hit when you have so much time off work sick, and there may be the cost of medical bills or prescription medication to cover. When you call Accident Advice Helpline, our professional personal injury advisors will take all these factors into account to work out your settlement, and you could even get an idea right now of how much compensation you could be entitled to, by taking the 30-second test on our website. Call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 and find out if you could claim broken ankle compensation today.