A sprained ankle may not be quite as serious an injury as a fractured ankle, but it can still be incredibly painful and debilitating. If you suffered a sprained ankle years ago and it still hurts, you might find yourself wondering, ‘Can I still claim personal injury compensation after all this time?’ The answer is, it depends. There is a three-year time limit in place for all personal injury claims. This means that if it has been three years or less since you sprained your ankle, then you could make a claim for compensation (provided somebody else caused your accident). However, if the three-year time limit has passed then you will probably find that you are unable to make a claim at this point.
Do I need a personal injury lawyer if I suffered a sprained ankle years ago and it still hurts?
If you want to make a claim for personal injury compensation, even if you suffered your sprained ankle years ago and it still hurts, then you will need to contact a personal injury lawyer. It’s best to choose a qualified specialist in personal injury law, like Accident Advice Helpline. We have over 16 years’ experience helping people claim for a wide range of injuries, and strains and sprains are amongst our most common claims. It doesn’t really matter whether you sprained your ankle in a workplace accident, after tripping on damaged pavement or even after being injured in a public place such as a shop or leisure centre.
What matters is that somebody else’s negligence led to your accident – for example if you slipped on a wet floor, this should have had warning signs displayed, or if you tripped on damaged flooring, this should have been repaired.
Is a sprained ankle a life-changing injury?
There’s a myth that you can only make a personal injury claim if you’ve suffered a ‘life-changing injury’ and it’s simply not true. In fact, you can make a claim for almost any type of injury whatsoever, provided somebody else caused your accident and you sought medical attention for your injuries. A sprained ankle normally heals within six to eight weeks, but for some people there could be pain and ongoing issues with the injured ankle for months or even years – so in that sense, a severe sprain could be considered life changing.
To find out if you’re eligible to make a claim after your accident, you can call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to get confidential, no-obligation advice from our team of expert advisors.
Date Published: March 10, 2017
Author: Rob Steen