When it comes to a toddler’s sprained ankle, it can be more challenging to deal with than a sprain in an adult. If you’ve sprained your own ankle, chances are you will know what you have done, or at least suspect it is a sprain. Now, imagine your child experiences that same injury. You know how much it hurts, but the toddler won’t understand what they have done, and therefore it can be harder to keep them calm and to get the ankle treated.
When your toddler has this injury, you should always seek proper medical advice to confirm it is a sprain. It is very easy for a severe sprain to present in much the same way as a fracture, and you want to know for certain which it is, since the treatment will be different. This may also help provide evidence of the injury if you later go on to claim compensation for your child.
How did your toddler’s sprained ankle happen?
This may be something you want to know straight away if you were not with your toddler at the time the injury happened. For example, where was your child? Were they at a playgroup or nursery? Were they at a pre-school group or with a childminder? You should find out what happened so you can consider whether anyone was negligent.
Of course, it is rare indeed that anyone working for any of these outlets or child-friendly places will be negligent. Not only do those in charge make sure their premises and services meet all health and safety requirements, they will typically exceed those requirements and ensure everyone is always safe.
Do you still believe there could be a chance to claim?
If you were not there when your toddler’s sprained ankle was sustained, compensation could be something you’d want to know about. Since your child cannot claim themselves, it is down to you to find out more.
You can do so today by calling our team on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Accident Advice Helpline has been providing no-obligation advice to people just like you for over 16 years, so there is a good chance you too can benefit from our services. A no-win, no-fee solicitor may deem your case to be worth fighting for, in search of some compensation for your child.
Date Published: March 2, 2017
Author: Rob Steen