Ankle breaks occur when one of the three bones making up the ankle joint become broken. Ankle breaks may be simple or multiple in nature. Simple breaks may not require surgery and usually heal with ease. Severe breaks, however, are more complicated to treat and may lead to:
• Delayed diagnosis and treatment
• Repeated ankle surgeries
What are the most common causes of ankle breaks?
Ankle breaks can be entirely accidental or can be caused by the negligence of others. They may result from:
- Road accidents
- Trip and fall accidents, including those caused by uneven pavements and poorly maintained stairways and walkways
- Product defects
If you have suffered an ankle injury, you have the right to contact us here at Accident Advice Helpline and file a claim to obtain compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
When a faulty product is to blame for your injury, you may be eligible to file a claim against the designer, manufacturer or promoter.
How much compensation can be claimed for ankle injuries?
Regardless of the cause of your ankle break, you can claim for two main types of compensation:
- General damages
This type of compensation reflects the pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of your ankle injury.
- Special damages
This type of compensation reflects the financial losses you have incurred as a result of your injury. It covers your medical expenses, lost earnings and travel expenses.
To estimate the amount of compensation you deserve, your solicitor will obtain a medical report from a specialist doctor, which will set out the injuries you have experienced, the severity of your pain and suffering and the extent to which you will recover from your injuries. The vast majority of ankle break compensation claims are settled out of court; only a small minority of cases will require your attendance in court.
What are the time limits for making a claim?
You will need to make a personal injury claim within three years of the date of your ankle break. As time passes, your memory may fade and documents relating to your accident may go missing, making it more difficult for you to pursue your claim. You should therefore contact Accident Advice Helpline at the earliest opportunity.
Date Published: 25th July 2013
Author: Jan Newell