If you play a sport or have had a slip, trip or fall, you might have a damaged ligament in your ankle. You may have twisted your ankle inwards, and when this happens all of the body’s weight rests on the lateral ankle ligaments. The anterior and middle fibres of the ankle can stretch or tear when you sprain or strain your ankle. Sometimes, small fragments of bone may break off too when you have a damaged ligament in ankle.
If you have a damaged ligament in your ankle, then you should rest it and seek medical treatment immediately. This will help any claim for personal injury you might have, as some injuries worsen if they are not treated very quickly. Failure to seek medical advice can weaken any claim you might have for personal injury compensation.
Damaged ligament in ankle
A damaged ankle ligament might have been caused by an illegal tackle on a sports field, in which case you can probably make a claim for personal injury compensation. It could have occurred while you were in work, lifting or carrying an unwieldy object. If you have not had adequate training from your employer in how to lift heavy objects properly and safely, you may have grounds to make a personal injury compensation claim.
In the most severe cases of a damaged ankle ligament, you may have to undergo an operation for ligament reconstruction. After physiotherapy, you might prefer to have a brace to support your ankle rather than having ligament reconstruction. You may have to be absent from work for a period of time, so any compensation you receive should include loss of earnings. You will need to show a solicitor your pay slips in order for this to be done.
Symptoms of a severe damaged ligament in your ankle
If you are in great pain because of your ankle injury, you should certainly go to a doctor for treatment. The damage may be severe if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:
- Your ankle is so painful that you cannot walk on it all;
- The ankle looks as though it is out of shape;
- There is broken skin over your ankle;
- The damage was caused by a fall from a height or a blow from a heavy object; and
- The pain and swelling became worse rather than better during the first three or four days (the bruising may get worse for a week or more before it begins to fade).
Claim personal injury compensation for a damaged ligament in your ankle
If the accident in which you damaged a ligament in your ankle was caused by someone else’s negligence, such as an illegal tackle by another player on a sports field, or because you were not given adequate training by your employer, then you may have grounds to file a personal injury compensation claim. You can call us at Accident Advice Helpline at any time for expert advice regarding any possible claim.
Call us on a freephone number: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 7th July 2013