Some sprained ankles can be treated at home. If the sprain is only mild, you can use the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) guidelines to treat it yourself. However, if the injury is more serious and you cannot bear any weight on it at all, you should seek sprained ankle NHS care. This is advisable because a fracture and a sprain can present with almost identical symptoms at times. Ruling out a fracture is a good idea, and the medical team may want you to wear a supportive boot or even have a cast if the tear is serious. This allows your ankle time to recover.
The other good thing about getting treatment from the NHS is that it means there will be a record of your injury. You can tell the staff what happened and how it occurred, and records of your treatment, x-rays and any other appointments you have will be there for all to see.
Why are sprained ankle NHS records important?
How did you sprain your ankle? If you did it in a slip or trip, or you fell over a hazard that shouldn’t have been in your way, causing you to sprain your ankle, you could have a good case to put forward to receive compensation for negligence. Having proper medical records that confirm your sprain and how it occurred will be very useful when it comes to making a claim.
Your lawyer can seek out those records to get further details to support your claim if you decide to make one. The main reason to seek NHS care is to ensure you haven’t fractured a bone and to receive advice and support on healing your injury. But as you can see, it has another purpose too.
Call us today to see if one of our lawyers could help you make a claim
No-win, no-fee* claims are easier to make than you’d think. If you have proof that another party was negligent in causing you to sprain your ankle, this could be all it takes to press ahead and make that claim.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 if using a mobile. When you do, you can tell our experts about your sprained ankle NHS care and ask about the likelihood of using that evidence to support your claim with us.
Date Published: February 13, 2017
Author: Rob Steen
Category: Ankle injury claims