If you have recently suffered a slip, trip or fall in the street that was not your fault, you may be thinking about starting a personal injury claim with an injury solicitor in Glenrothes. You may have already started this process by contacting the highly regarded legal firm Accident Advice Helpline. Established more than a decade ago, we are endorsed by TV consumer champion Esther Rantzen and are well placed to help you with your claim.
Ankle injuries are not the most serious injury that can feature in a compensation claim, but they can be extremely painful and debilitating. Here we will take a look at how your ankle injury may have been caused and how this will affect your compensation claim.
Causes of ankle injuries
Slips, trip and falls in the street can often cause ankle injuries. When the foot moves violently to one side, it can cause a break in the bone at the bottom of the leg. This can be caused when the injured person slips on a substance that should not have been on the floor. The person or company responsible for monitoring and cleaning the floor surface may be at fault for the accident.
Other ankle injuries are caused by a trip. People tend to trip over things that are in thoroughfares when they were not expecting those things to be there. Trailing cables are a typical example. Cables should be secured against a wall or cable covers should be used to make it less likely that someone can trip over them. The person or company responsible for placing the trailing cables may be at fault for your accident.
Finally, a fall can be caused by faulty stairs or a badly maintained handrail. This can cause the injured person to lose their footing and possibly fall a considerable distance. The person or company that had the responsibility for maintaining and checking the stairs may be to blame for the accident. Poor lighting and worn floor surfaces have been found to be a contributory factor in many slips, trips and falls.
Grades of ankle injury
Some ankle injuries are very straightforward. The bone may crack but not move out of place. This sort of break can be treated by placing the injured ankle in plaster for a period of some weeks. If the bones have moved out of alignment, the break is considered more serious. The bones will have to be put back in place before a plaster cast can be fitted. This is done in one of two ways. They may be manipulated back into place under a local anaesthetic, which saves the need for a more serious operation. If this cannot be done, the movement of the bones (reduction) is carried out under a general anaesthetic.
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