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Broken ankle - Personal injury compensation claim

Accidents leaving you with a broken ankle

You may be able to claim accident compensation, , if you have suffered a broken ankle through no fault of your own. Part of the most experienced personal injury law firm in the UK, Clear Answers may be able to help you to bring a personal injury claim.

Road accident at work causes broken ankle and crushed foot

Our client suffered personal injury in an accident at work when a colleague ran over his foot whilst driving a company vehicle. He asked for our advice on bringing a compensation claim for work accident compensation and we were able to secure a significant sum in work accident compensation for this life-changing accident.

During the process of making this compensation claim for a personal injury at work, the defendant, our client's employer, admitted liability and our work accident lawyers were able to secure an interim payment of several thousand pounds.
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Please select one of the links below for more information about broken ankles and to see whether Clear Answers' solicitors can help you make a compensation claim.

Causes of broken ankles

Broken ankle injuries are relatively common. They can occur just by twisting your ankle, or even by tripping, such as in a slip, trip or fall accident. The most common break in the ankle is the fibular bone, which is on the outside of the ankle and smaller than the tibia, which is on the inside of the ankle. A break in the fibular will frequently leave the tibia intact.

Sporting accidents, slips and trips either at work or in public places, or road traffic accidents can all cause broken ankles. In more serious accidents, a broken ankle may well be one of a series of injuries.

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Symptoms of broken ankles

Sometimes a fairly minor blow can cause a broken ankle and it may not immediately be obvious that you have a break. However, if you are in pain, cannot put weight on your foot, or experience swelling, you should go immediately to A&E. You may also feel dizzy or sick or even faint. Avoid putting weight on the ankle and if possible keep the leg raised until you are seen by medical staff.

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Treatment of broken ankles

An X-ray may be necessary to confirm that you have broken or cracked a bone and depending on your age and the complexity of the break you may be admitted to hospital for a few days. A rigid support (splint) may be applied, or a plaster cast which will immobilise your lower leg and foot to stop you putting any weight on it for a while. Crutches will be provided, as well as advice on how to use them safely.

If your injury has also left your leg bones out of alignment, you may need them to be corrected in a procedure called a reduction. A reduction involves manipulating the bones before applying the splint or cast. Often, but not always, this can be done without cutting the skin. If a skin cut is necessary the procedure will be carried out under general anaesthetic. Screws or plates may be required in very severe or complicated fractures.

If your injury is fairly minor you may not need a splint or cast but you will be referred to a physiotherapist who may advise you to carry out gentle exercise at home.

It usually takes four to eight weeks for a broken ankle to heal but it may be many months before full movement returns.

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Working with a broken ankle

For the first couple of weeks, particularly if you have had open surgery, you will need to rest your ankle, ideally sitting with it raised. It may be some time before you can return to work, depending on the severity of your injury and the type of work you do. Typically this will be several weeks.

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Making a claim for compensation for a broken ankle

Clear Answers lawyers are experts in all aspects of personal injury compensation claims, such as injuries resulting in broken or fractured ankles. Our specialist personal injury lawyers are waiting to advise you. They will explain the claims process in plain English and answer any questions you have about making a compensation claim.

Telephone us now on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms and a representative will contact you as soon as possible.

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