A broken ankle or a fractured ankle… both terms point to the same painful injury that means you’ll have to be off the affected foot for several weeks while the break heals. If you suffer from this injury, you may have broken the bottom of the tibia or fibula (both in the lower leg) or the talus. The latter is a small bone that is close to the other two and sits below the tibia. It’s understandable to be curious about the typical broken ankle compensation payout, but there are a few things you should know that will make it easier for you to assess the likelihood of receiving a financial award.
Firstly, there isn’t a typical broken ankle compensation payout. This might come as a surprise, but compensation for successful claims is calculated by looking at several factors. All cases must have proof that the injury occurred because someone else was negligent. We’ll look at this in more detail in a moment.
Symptoms and recovery
Meanwhile, the typical broken ankle compensation payout will depend on the severity of the break. You’ll likely notice bruising and swelling whatever you’ve done, and you won’t be able to bear weight on the affected ankle. However, some breaks are worse than others. A hairline fracture will need an x-ray to confirm the diagnosis. If your break is severe, one end of the broken bone may have pierced the skin, deforming the ankle and causing bleeding as well.
The best-case scenario is for your ankle to be put in plaster for at least six weeks while the fracture heals. The worst-case scenario is for surgery to be required to fix the break and to pin the ends of the bone back together. Surgery will also likely be required to repair the damage caused if the bone pierced the skin. Even though six weeks is the minimum recovery time, it can take longer to recover. Even once the cast is off, you may struggle to walk for long distances and it will take longer to get back to normal as you were before. Proper treatment and rehab will help you recover.
How might a broken ankle occur?
So, we now know there isn’t a typical broken ankle compensation payout. However, it is easier to determine whether you have a legal right to claim if you can work out whether a third party was negligent in causing your broken ankle to occur.
Slips, trips and falls could all easily lead to a broken ankle. The question here is whether negligence led to the situation occurring. For example, did you slip on a wet shop floor that had no warning signs to tell you it was wet? Did you fall down a set of steps that were loose and crumbling and not fit for purpose? Did you trip on a paving stone that was loose and raised well above the level it should have been at?
These situations give you some examples of how a broken ankle may occur, and how they might lead you to wonder about the typical broken ankle compensation payout you could potentially receive.
A broken ankle can also completely change the way you live your life. Your personal experience may be very different to someone else who has this same injury. You may find there are lots of things you cannot do. This may also be taken into consideration when calculating a typical broken ankle compensation payout for you if you are successful in getting a financial award for your injury.
The one thing that is most important to focus on is the issue of negligence. A professional injury lawyer can determine whether this may be proven in your case. If so, it means you may have a good chance of receiving compensation for your discomfort, pain and inconvenience.
Are you entitled to a typical broken ankle compensation payout?
In some instances, it may be very easy to determine whether another person was negligent in causing your broken ankle to occur. For instance, you may have been in a car accident that was clearly caused by another driver crashing into your vehicle. Perhaps you were knocked off your bicycle while riding along the road by a driver who didn’t see you when you had the right of way. You may have broken your ankle when struck by a driver who should have seen you and stopped at the crossing you were on at the time.
Of course, these are only examples. The most important thing to remember initially is to get medical advice to determine whether you have a broken ankle or not. This will help you get the right treatment early, which in turn can help you recover. An official medical record of the injury and how it happened will also help when it comes to assessing the chances of receiving compensation for that injury.
Get some advice from Accident Advice Helpline today
We are fortunate to have an experienced team of personal injury lawyers – many of whom have handled cases relating to broken ankles in the past. Perhaps you could receive help from them too? To find out, you simply need to get in touch with us to take advantage of our no-obligation advice initially. This is easy to do, and it will help you understand your legal position.
Call now on 0800 689 0500, or try ringing from your mobile on 0333 500 0993. When you speak with an advisor, you can see what the likely typical broken ankle compensation payout may potentially be for you. There’s no obligation to press on with a claim if you decide not to, but if you do go ahead, our experienced lawyers will be with you every step of the way. They’ll advise you on what is happening and take care of most of the elements of the case for you. See if you can claim for your fractured ankle by calling our team today.
Date Published: 10th July 2014