The period leading up to starting an accident compensation claim in London can be worrying. You may be getting conflicting advice from friends and family about how to claim for compensation when you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault. Some people worry – in particular, about the medical details that they will have to provide. There is actually no need to be concerned about this as many of these details will be carefully recorded on your medical notes which will be kept at the London hospital where you were treated. Here we take a look at some typical details that may be provided about an ankle injury to a large law firm like Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) for an accident that happened in London..
Accident compensation claim in London – the accident
The accident details that Accident Advice Helpline will need in order to handle an accident compensation claim in London case may include:
- The exact location of the accident
- How the accident was caused
- Details of any vehicles involved
- Details of any equipment involved
- Weather conditions
- Road conditions
- Traffic conditions
Accident compensation claim in London – fractured ankle treatment
As part of an accident compensation claim in London involving a fractured ankle you would provide details of how the fracture was diagnosed and treated. A fractured ankle is usually diagnosed by an X-ray – even hairline fractures usually show up and can be spotted by an experienced doctor.
If the fracture is slight – just a cracked bone – then the usual treatment is to apply a plaster cast. This fixes the ankle in place whilst the bones heal. You will not be able to put weight on the affected leg and you will need to use crutches to get around. This will affect your ability to drive, walk, perform household tasks and look after your children. The plaster may be in place for up to eight weeks.
If the fracture is more severe, then your accident compensation claim London case will involve providing details about the procedure that you needed – likely to re-align the bones, the medical term for which is reduction. This may be done whilst you are still awake but you will be given some medication to relax you. The bones are manually moved back into the correct position. The precise medical term for this is closed reduction. If the fracture is very severe you will be given a general anaesthetic and the bones will be moved back into place after an incision has been made in the skin. Sometimes the bones are so badly damaged that a selection of bolts and screws are needed to fix them in place.
Accident compensation claim in London – fractured ankle rehabilitation
Unfortunately, the removal of the plaster is rarely the end of the treatment. Many people need help to get them back to the levels of movement that they had before the injury and this is called rehabilitation. Most rehabilitation is carried out by physiotherapists. There may be a series of exercises for you to follow to gradually get all of the movement back.