You tripped, slipped or fell, and before you knew it you had sprained your ankle. This injury hurts the moment you experience it, but there is also a chance your sprained ankle still hurts months after the original injury occurred.
While most sprains heal well if you rest the affected joint and allow it time to heal, there are times when more serious sprains take much longer to heal. Even when you begin walking on the ankle again, you will likely experience some pain and discomfort. Getting appropriate advice from your GP will help the healing process, and ensure you do all the right things and avoid doing things that may not be good for you.
My sprained ankle still hurts …
If it does, it could indicate the original injury was worse than you thought. A badly-torn ligament will take time to knit itself back together. Even when it has done so, there could be some fragility in the joint and a feeling that you don’t quite trust it. In rare cases, people end up requiring surgery to fix the ligament, and this too can take months to recover from.
It could be that you originally discounted the idea of putting in a claim for compensation because you thought the injury was minor, or you just didn’t want the hassle. Maybe you thought your sprain wasn’t worth claiming for, or you simply didn’t think about it. But if your sprained ankle is still causing you problems months later, it might be worthwhile to speak with a lawyer specialising in personal injury claims.
How much could you receive?
If your claim was successful, the amount granted in compensation may depend on how bad the sprain was and whether your sprained ankle still hurts and causes you inconvenience and problems in daily life. An appointment with an independent doctor will help determine the facts and create a prognosis for the future.
Accident Advice Helpline regularly provides no-obligation advice to people who are in similar situations to you. If your accident was caused by a third party, why not call 0800 689 0500 now? You can even get in touch via your mobile on 0333 500 0993. When you do, it will be easier to determine if a claim is warranted and what your chances are of being awarded a sum in compensation for the injury.
Date Published: February 13, 2017
Author: Rob Steen