Ankle Injuries in London
The importance of the ankle to movement and balance is often underestimated. Surrounded by tendons and ligaments, an injured ankle can require a lengthy period of rest, with time missed from work, followed by an intensive regime of exercise and physiotherapy. Not surprisingly, it may be possible to claim compensation both for loss of income and for the pain and suffering caused by the injury.
What sort of ankle injury may give rise to a claim?
- Tripping or slipping: these are common causes of ankle injuries and when the accident occurs at work or in a public place, it may be possible to claim compensation. Employers and local authorities have insurance policies to cover the cost of this sort of compensation.
- Sporting injuries: where an ankle injury is caused through no fault of your own, it may be possible to claim compensation, whether the injured party happens to be a professional athlete or simply participates in sport for fun or fitness.
What level of compensation might be available for ankle injuries in London?
Guidelines have been issued by the Judicial Studies Board based on compensation awarded by the courts. Precise awards vary according to the severity of the injury and the medical evidence produced to the courts, but the figures below will give some idea of the levels that could be expected.
- Very severe ankle injuries, such as a transmalleolar fracture accompanied by extensive soft-tissue damage and resulting in deformity or creating a risk of future amputation may result in awards of between £32,750 and £45,750.
- Severe ankle injuries which involve the insertion of pins and plates and involve a very significant recovery time, extensive scarring or future ankle instability may result in awards of between £20,500 and £32,750.
- Moderate ankle injuries which cause less serious long-term problems such as difficulty in climbing stairs or walking up hills or leave residual scarring may result in awards of between £8,700 and £17,500.
- Modest ankle injuries, from which a complete or near complete recovery is made within one year of the injury may result in an award of up to £9,000.
Whilst this article focuses upon ankle injuries in London, similar awards are likely to be made throughout England and Wales.
Accident Advice Helpline (AAH), a law firm experienced in dealing with ankle injuries, can be contacted via a freephone helpline 24/7. Call AAH’s advice line on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 on a mobile to speak to a professional adviser in confidence and without obligation. Claims will be handled on a no win no fee basis.