Ankle and Foot Injuries
Our feet and ankles are key to our mobility and balance. Any injuries to these parts of our body can make life more difficult, not to mention painful. Even seemingly small injuries can be frustrating, limit your independence or hinder activities such as working, driving, walking or sporting hobbies.
The feet and ankles are complex structures. The foot alone contains 26 bones, 33 joints and hundreds of muscles, tendons and ligaments. Common injuries include fractures, torn ligaments, ruptured tendons, crushing injuries, inflammation and nerve damage. Often injuries are suffered at work, in road traffic accidents or after a slip, trip or fall.
Injuries can take a long time to resolve. Meanwhile, you will be forced to rest often meaning you have to rely on others for help. You might even be unable to work, resulting in a loss of earnings.
We are here to help make sure that you are compensated for any losses or injury. We can also make sure that you have access to the best treatment and rehabilitation available, which often helps you recover more quickly. Treatment options may include surgery, physiotherapy or specialist mobility equipment. Together with our specialised medical experts, we can help you get back on your feet as quickly as possible.
Physiotherapy can often help restore your range of movement, strength and balance. This can be done with a number of techniques, such as massage, ultrasound, joint mobilisation, strength and balance exercises to assist you in returning to sport or taping or having a brace placed around your foot or ankle.
The Judicial College sets out guidelines for the damages awarded for foot injuries:
- Foot injuries that resolve within a few months, with little impact on day to day activities will attract damages of up to £2,090.
- Injuries such as fractures, lacerations, contusions etc from which a complete or near complete recovery is made attract awards of up to £5,980.
- Metatarsal fractures, ruptured ligaments or puncture wounds, where someone is left with a permanent limp, pain, or aching, attract awards between £5,980 and £11,730.
- Displaced metatarsal fractures resulting in permanent deformity and continuing symptoms (where there may be a risk of long-term osteoarthritis and/or future surgery) attract awards between £11,730 to £21,320.
- For serious foot injuries, such as fractures of both feet where there is a risk of future surgery, awards range between £21,320 to £33,450.
- For a severe foot injury, such as the fracture of both heels/feet or a severe injury to a single foot, damages can range from £35,810 to £59,730. Often, this type of injury prevents the wearing of normal shoes. We can also include damages for special shoes (orthotic devices) as part of your claim.
- Very severe foot injuries resulting in permanent severe pain, such as an amputation of the forefoot or the loss of a substantial part of the heel, would attract awards of between £71,640 to £93,540.
- For the amputation of one foot, the award would be £71,640 to £93,540.
- For the amputation of both feet (where you have lost a useful ankle joint) the likely award would range between £144,520 to £171,920.
Ankle pain can vary greatly; you may have short term pain caused by a sprain or a more serious injury or fracture to your ankle which needs surgery, which affects your mobility and your life moving forward:
- Undisplaced fractures, sprains, and ligamentous injuries where recovery is complete within a year, will attract awards up to £4,690.
- Fractures, ligament tears and the like which cause difficulty walking on uneven ground, standing or walking, irritation from metal plates and residual scarring attract awards between £11,730 -£22,680.
- Injuries causing a long period of treatment or in plaster or where pins and plates have been inserted and there is significant instability attract awards between £26,710 – £42,710.
- Very severe injuries such as a trans-malleolar fracture of the ankle resulting in the risk that any future injury may cause a below-knee amputation, or cases of bilateral ankle fractures causing degeneration of the joints at a young age will attract awards ranging from £42,710-£59,480.
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