It is not always easy to tell if you have broken your ankle. There may be clear signs, such as a bone poking through the skin for example, but thankfully this is uncommon. You won’t be able to put your weight on it, but then again, you may not be able to if you have simply sprained it and torn the muscles inside. As such, you should always leave it to the professionals who know how to treat a broken ankle.
If you suspect you have suffered this injury, visit your local A&E department. You will need an x-ray to determine whether you have broken it or not. If you have, you will probably need to have it put in a cast while it heals, which will take a few weeks. This is fine for simple breaks, but more complex ones might require surgery as well.
How might you break your ankle in the first place?
This can happen in a variety of ways, including if you slip, trip or fall over. An awkward fall can lead to you ricking your ankle over to one side, and if you put your weight on it accidentally, this can be all it takes to break it.
Cycling accidents, road accidents and other such incidents could potentially lead to this type of injury. Similarly, a fall from height could result in it happening, particularly if you end up landing on your feet. This is instinct, as you wouldn’t want to land any other way. However, if you fall from a significant height you could end up breaking both ankles – or possibly suffering even worse injuries.
Seeking advice for a possible compensation claim
When you do break an ankle, you will want to see a professional who knows how to treat a broken ankle. However, when you are recovering, your mind might go back to what happened. Were you to blame? Was it just ‘one of those things’ – or was someone else at fault?
To find out which of these applies in your case, call 0800 689 0500 now to be put through to Accident Advice Helpline. You’re entitled to receive free advice from us, to see what legal position you are in. Additionally, if you do have a case and you lose, no solicitors’ fees would be payable by you. It is literally a win-win situation to be in.
Date Published: June 19, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead