Ankle Injury Claims *
Ankle injury claims * arise in cases where a person suffers an injury to the ankle as a result of the negligence of another person. Ankle injuries * are very common, which is not surprising given that the ankle deals with the weight of our bodies as we walk. Injuries to the ankle can caused because of the actions/inactions of another person may lead to a personal injury claim *. These injuries can affect a person’s everyday life. Many of those who have been injured may be unable to work or carry out simple everyday tasks as a result.
In order to make a claim liability must be proven to show that the accident was not your fault. In some cases this can be a simple task, for example, in cases where you slip and fall on a wet floor in a supermarket where there was no wet floor sign, the liability usually rests with the supermarket as they have a duty of care to keep a hazard free environment for customers. In these cases it must be proven that that the party responsible lacked a reasonable duty of care and failed to eliminate any risks and hazards that may have been present.
Ankle injury Causes
The most common form of workplace accidents * that may result in an ankle injury * are slip and fall accidents *. These injuries generally occur due to a hazardous working environment or cases where a person trips over something left in their walk way that shouldn’t have been there. In these case, a person’s mobility is reduced and this may affect their ability to work or even carry out daily activities. Certain industries may be more at risk from these accidents, for example, in construction, mechanics, retail workers and hospital workers. Other causes of work related ankle injuries are:
- Fall from a height *
- Ladder accidents *
- Scaffolding accident claims *
- Construction accidents *
- Repetitive strain injuries *
In cases where a person is injured in work and the accident was the fault of somebody else – either the employer or fellow employee – they must report the accident to their superior in work and then seek medical attention straight away before pursuing a claim and speaking with a workplace accident solicitor *.
Injuries sustained in a road traffic accident will vary depending on the severity of the accident, the speed of the drivers and whether one or two vehicles are involved. If the accident was caused by another vehicle and was not your fault there are certain steps that need to be taken when making a claim;
- Call an ambulance and seek medical attention
- Get the other drivers details
- Take details of any witnesses to the accident
- Take photographs of the scene and your injuries
- Speak to a road traffic accident solicitor *
Ankle injuries sustained in a public place accident are commonly slips, trips and falls. Liability may rest with the owner of a premises, like a shop or petrol station forecourt, for example, if the premises is deemed to be a hazardous environment. These incidents may also happen on our streets or in local public parks in cases where a person trips and falls on an uneven or broken pavement that is deemed to be hazardous and dangerous for public use. In these cases, you should seek medical attention but also take pictures of the cause of the accident and your injuries and then speak with an accident solicitor *.
This is a common ankle injury where mail damage is done to the ligaments of the ankle which results in pain, inflammation and reduced mobility. This can happen as a result of a slip, trip or fall accident *, walking on an uneven footpath or a sports related injury *.
An ankle fracture occurs when there is a break on one or more bones within the ankle. This is a more serious injury and may be caused by a slip and fall or other serious accident * that may cause trauma to the ankle. These fractures must be treated straight away so as to avoid any long term ankle issues.
Tendon injuries are known as tendinopathies. In cases where an accident has caused a person to rupture or tear their tendon, what has happened is the tendon that wraps around your ankle that provides protection from strains, stability and allow you to walk and run cannot do its job and your mobility will become severely reduced. Rehabilitation and possibly surgery may be needed in this case.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerate condition that can cause ankle pain and dysfunction. This can be linked to over use or repetitive strain injury from a person’s job. It is important to note that if your job requires you to perform a certain task that if effecting your ankle you should speak with your employer about personal protective equipment to avoid any long term injuries.
A broken ankle is one of the more serious ankle injuries a person can sustain. In these cases surgery may be required to reset the bone. Casting may be required also to provide support to allow the ankle to set correctly and longer term rehabilitation may also be needed. There type of injuries can happen in more serious accidents like car accidents, occupational accidents, more serious slips, trips or falls and any accident that may affect the lower limbs.
Ankle ligament Damage
Damage to the ligament of the ankle is not uncommon. In cases following a serious sprain the ligaments may become torn. This would mean a much longer recovery time and reduced mobility for a longer period of time. As part of rehabilitation an ankle support may be worn to help the injury heal. This injury is also associated with slip, trips and fall along with other accidents that may inflict damage on the lower limbs.
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