We can claim compensation for a broken ankle injury sustained at work or in a public place. Stephen Morse has experience in claiming compensation for broken ankle accidents. He introduces our service in this video.
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Claiming Compensation For Broken Ankle Injuries
The ankle joint represents the intersection of the tibia and fibula bones in the lower leg, and the talus bone which connects the lower leg to the foot. The ankle serves the dual purposes of supporting the body while standing up, and facilitating walking and running. A simple break will involve some time in plaster with the use of crutches, and the bones will realign and heal naturally in a matter of weeks. Complicated ankle fractures are likely to require surgery, and the recovery time will extend to months. These include:
Compensation For Broken Ankle Accidents At Work
In the winter months, hospital admissions for broken ankle injuries rise sharply due to freezing conditions, with slips on ice and snow violently forcing the ankle off at an unnatural angle, causing it to break. Broken ankle injuries among workers are often the result of defective or poorly maintained equipment, such as collapsing ladders, or hazardous premises in general. In busy working environments, such as on building sites, there is the risk of obstacles being discarded in the path of workers, causing them to trip and fall. These types of accident may be the result of an employer or a co-worker's negligence for the purposes of claiming compensation for a broken ankle injury.
How Will Claiming Compensation For A Broken Ankle Affect My Working Life?
Many injured workers that contact us worry about making a claim against their employer and are anxious about losing their job. It is important to remember that compensation claims are handled by an employer's insurers, meaning that there is no reason for the litigation process and any perceived animosity to affect working relationships. In fact, claiming compensation for a broken ankle injury at work from an employer can have the beneficial effect of raising safety standards, by highlighting previously unidentified workplace safety issues.
Broken Ankle Treatment & Complications
Surgical intervention is recommended by doctors in broken ankle cases where it will speed up the healing process relative to wearing a plaster cast. Often plates, pins and screws will be inserted to realign and hold the bones in their proper position. A number of possible medical complications may come into the equation, including the possibility of arthritis, infection and non-union (where the bones will not reset). An injured person may develop a permanent limp, and experience pain in the joint during cold weather.
Broken ankles invariably cause serious problems in daily life due to mobility difficulties. If an injured person's job involves extensive periods of time standing up, they may be unable to return to work or resume full duties for weeks or months. The most severe broken ankle injuries will cause permanent weakness in the joint, and may signify a major deterioration in quality of life, particularly if a person is forced to give up hobbies and sports, or retire from work altogether.
How Much Compensation For A Broken Ankle?
Our clients often ask us how much compensation can I claim for a broken ankle? The answer is that the size of compensation awards for a broken ankle depends largely on the residual effects of the injury. Compensation for a simple ankle fracture, which heals fully in a matter of weeks or a few months, generally ranges between £3,000 and £4,000. Where a fracture is more complicated, and causes ongoing problems such as aches and discomfort, compensation awards will rise to a maximum of £8,000. The most serious fractures will involve a residual disability, such as a limp, or difficulty managing stairs. Compensation for a broken ankle injury in these cases may rise to £17,000.
The Benefits Of Seeking Prompt Legal Advice
When a person has been injured and feels that they are entitled to compensation for their broken ankle injury, they should seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity. The law firm representing them will be able to arrange specialist private medical treatment at the outset, and swiftly obtain the expert medical evidence which can be vital to the eventual success of a claim. Experienced solicitors can also ensure a claimant's financial stability during any enforced time off work by obtaining interim payments to cover loss of earnings.
What Is The Process Involved In Claiming Compensation A Broken Ankle?
Normally a person will have three years from the date of an accident to commence legal action against a third party and claim compensation for a broken ankle injury. Once you instruct a law firm, you can expect to be kept updated on the progress of your claim at every stage in the process. With a firm like Bartletts Solicitors you will not have to visit our offices, as all correspondence and paperwork can be carried out by phone, email and post. Your lawyer can also visit you at home if you wish to discuss your case face-to-face. Most of the claims that we handle are settled before a hearing, meaning that claimants will not normally face the stress of attending court. In July 2013, the Ministry of Justice further streamlined the litigation process for claims valued at up to £25,000, making access to justice easier and reducing the time it takes to reach a settlement.
How Is A Broken Ankle Compensation Claim Funded?
A no win no fee agreement (also known as a Conditional Fee Agreements) means that you will not have to pay any legal fees until you have won your claim and received your compensation, and will not have anything if your claim is unsuccessful. Since a change in the law in April 2013, a success fee will be payable upon conclusion of a successful claim, which will be calculated as a percentage of your damages, and will depend largely on the complexity of your case. If you have any queries about the potential cost of claiming compensation for a broken ankle injury, our solicitors will be able to explain the impact of the recent reforms in greater detail.
How Do I Get Started Claiming Compensation For A Broken Ankle?
Get in touch with a firm like Bartletts Solicitors with genuine expertise in claiming compensation for broken ankle injuries from employers and commercial organisations, and with the lengthy experience to help us win the best possible compensation settlements for our clients. Established in 1860 and with over 50 legal staff, Bartletts is a law firm you can trust.
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