Compensation for Spraining Ankle in Accident
In order to claim compensation for spraining your ankle in an accident in Ireland, the injury must be attributable to the carelessness of somebody who owed you a reasonable duty of care. This does not mean that person had to be physically present at the scene of your ankle injury in order to claim compensation for a sprained ankle – just that their negligent actions were the reason why your ankle injury occurred.
Often, it may not even be a single person against whom a sprained ankle claim for compensation is initiated. Compensation claims for ankle injuries can be made against corporate bodies, local councils and State agencies who have failed in their duty of care to protect you from foreseeable risks and, once it is established that the incident in which your ankle was sprained could have been prevented had greater care been taken by one of these “third parties”, you will be eligible to make a claim for spraining an ankle and recover compensation for your injury.
Getting Treatment for an Ankle Injury
One of the most important elements of a sprained ankle claim for compensation is the action you took following the incident in which your ankle was sprained. In most cases, common sense would have prevailed and you would have pursued an immediate medical examination of your ankle injury at a hospital or clinic, or at your family GP´s surgery. While swift medical attention is very important for the good of your health, it can also have an impact on the success of compensation claims for ankle injuries.
If – for any unjustifiable reason – you failed to pursue immediate professional attention for your sprained ankle, it could be alleged when your claim for spraining an ankle is made that you worsened your injury by your own lack of care. If this is the case, it may not disqualify you from claiming ankle sprain compensation, but you may find that how much compensation for a sprained ankle injury you receive is reduced to account for your own lack of care.
How Much Compensation for a Sprained Ankle?
The “value” of compensation claims for ankle injuries in Ireland is calculated in accordance with the “Book of Quantum” – a publication which notes a comprehensive range of injuries and allocates a financial value to a sprained ankle depending on how severe your ankle injury is and how long you may take to recover from it. This figure of compensation for a sprained ankle is then altered to account for your age, previous state of health and the impact your ankle injury has on your quality of life.
You are also able to include in your claim for spraining an ankle any quantifiable psychological trauma you sustained due to the nature of the incident in which your ankle was sprained and any financial expenses you have incurred as a result of your ankle injury. Unless you have had experience of making an application for assessment to the Injuries Board in the past, it is very difficult to properly communicate all the consequences of an ankle injury on the application for assessment, and it is therefore in your best interests to have a solicitor assess your sprained ankle claim for compensation before submitting it to the Injuries Board to ensure you receive the maximum amount of ankle sprain compensation to which you are entitled.
What To Do Next
No two compensation claims for ankle injuries in Ireland are identical – regardless of how similar the circumstances of the accident were – and it is always in your best interests to discuss your accident and ankle injury with a solicitor at the earliest possible moment. A solicitor will be able to assist with potential issues such as determining liability for your ankle injury, collecting evidence of negligence on your behalf and ensuring that your application for the assessment of ankle sprain compensation to the Injuries Board properly reflects the consequences that your injured ankle have made to your quality of life.
An ankle injury can often be a debilitating experience, and although no amount of compensation for a sprained ankle can ever make up for the negligence of the person who was to blame for your injury, it costs nothing to find out whether you have a sprained ankle claim for compensation which it is worth your while to pursue. Therefore, you are advised to discuss your entitlement to make a compensation claim for spraining an ankle with a solicitor at the first possible opportunity.