Ankle injuries not only cause pain and discomfort, but they can also force you to take time off work and lead to a loss of enjoyment in things you loved doing like sports. Thus, if you have suffered an injury in an accident that was caused by a negligent person or entity, you may be eligible to file a claim and seek compensation for your pain and suffering.
Am I eligible to make a claim?
In order to determine whether you are eligible to make an injury claim, you will have to determine if the defendant owed you a duty of care, whether they breached that duty and caused your accident to happen and whether your ankle fracture was directly caused by their negligence.
Common causes of injury claims
Ankle fractures can be caused by trips, slips, and falls in public areas like shopping centers, parks, restaurants, and pavements. They can also occur from accidents in the workplace after tripping on obstacles and debris on the floors. Furthermore, sporting injuries can be caused by vigorous and excessive pressure which is put on the joint when a person is playing any type of sports or doing dangerous tackles.
In addition, road accidents and medical negligence like wrong treatment and late diagnosis can also result in injuries. The most common injuries include cuts and lacerations, dislocations, soft tissue damage, strains and sprains, and fractures. These injuries can be treated through surgery, home rest, and wearing a bandage or brace.
How much compensation can I claim?
Every accident is unique and the pay-out amount to each victim also varies. Furthermore, the compensation you will receive will be based on two types of losses called: general damages and special damages. General damages concentrate on the pain and suffering resulting from your injuries. This entails both physical and psychological injuries. On the other hand, special damages entail all accident-related expenses like medical bills, care costs, travel costs, and lost income. If you want to get maximum compensation, you will have to gather sufficient evidence that shows all the accident-related expenses and suffering you have experienced.
Evidence to support your claim
You will need to prove that you suffered an injury because of another entity’s negligence by providing sufficient evidence such as:
The pictures should be taken before anything is moved and should clearly display the cause of the accident.
You should get a medical check-up and have your injuries assessed and treated in the hospital. The medical records from the hospital will help in showing the extent of your injuries as well as what caused them.
Anybody who saw the accident unfold can testify on your behalf and substantiate your claim.
If your accident was captured on CCTV cameras or dashcams, you can request the footage from the owners.
In conclusion, you can receive legal compensation for your injury as long as you can provide sufficient evidence to show that your injuries were caused by someone’s negligence and violation of the duty of care, they owe you.