If you have just broken one of the bones in your ankle then you are already well aware of how excruciatingly painful this sort of injury can be. On top of dealing with the pain you may be feeling a little resentful because your injury was caused by an accident that was not your own fault. You can make yourself feel a lot better by calling Accident Advice Helpline and discussing what happened with our highly trained, professional advisors. Before you ring them take a look at this information.
How did you break the bones in your ankle?
You can break the bones in your ankle by twisting or rotating your ankle joint or rolling your ankle. This puts force on the bones that may be too strong for them to deal with and so they break. The important thing is what happened to apply these forces. It may have been:
- A slip, trip or fall – on something that should not have been on the floor surface that you were walking on at the time
- An impact during a collision between two vehicles in a road traffic accident
- Getting your ankle caught in some machinery
These accidents can happen when you are walking around a public place, travelling in a vehicle (or on a bicycle) or when you are at work.
Who caused the accident that broke the bones in your ankle?
This is a vital question because you will be starting a claim against the person who caused the accident in which you were hurt. If you broke the bones in your ankle in a slip, trip or fall in a public place then Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help you start a claim against the organisation that has responsibility for maintaining a safe floor surface in that area. This is sometimes called a public liability claim. On the other hand, if you have been hurt at work then you may want to start a claim from your employer because they did not safeguard your health and safety whilst you were at work. Often these claims are paid out of an employer’s liability insurance policy.
What are the bones in your ankle?
The ankle joint is actually made up of three bones and they are:
- Tibia – this is what we normally call the shinbone
- Fibula – this is the smaller bone of the lower leg
- Talus – this is a small bone that sits between the heel bone (calcaneus) and the tibia and fibula
A fracture can occur in any of these bones or in all three of them depending on the accident.
For more information about making a claim, call us on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 16th May 2014
Author: Sharon Parry