How can I tell how much compensation for a twisted ankle in an Asda supermarket can be claimed? I slipped in Asda and badly twisted an ankle but I am not sure if it will be worth my while claiming for my injury.
It is usually worthwhile claiming compensation for a twisted ankle in an Asda supermarket, although this will depend on the severity of your injury. Since you slipped in Asda and badly twisted an ankle, it is probable that the amount of compensation you will be entitled to recover will justify making a legal claim against the supermarket.
Twisted Ankle in an Asda Supermarket
A sprained ankle can make certain tasks uncomfortable or even highly painful. Climbing stairs can be difficult, as can walking on uneven surfaces and this discomfort can persist for many months after the injury was sustained. Even relatively minor ankle sprains can result in weakness in the ankle ligaments, making subsequent strains more likely to occur. Compensation amounts in a claim for twisting an ankle after slipping in Asda reflect the considerable loss of amenity suffered, as well as the increased risk of ankle problems being suffered in later life.
It is not possible to tell you how much compensation for a twisted ankle in an Asda supermarket can be claimed under general damages without knowing about the severity of your ankle sprain. To give you an accurate estimate of the value of your claim for twisting an ankle after slipping in Asda it would be necessary to have access to your medical records or to at least schedule a medical examination with an expert orthopaedic doctor.
Medically, sprains are classified in grades; with Grade I injuries relatively minor with a full recovery made in weeks to months. Grade II ankle sprains involve partial tearing of ankle ligaments, and require a much longer period of rehabilitation. Grade III sprains involving a complete tear in a ligament which may require surgery to treat, and often causes permanent weakness in the ankle.
Typically grade I sprains will see compensation awarded up to Ā£3,600 if a full recovery can be made inside twelve months, with more severe injuries rarely exceeding Ā£15,000, unless the ankle needs to be pinned in place, if surgery is required or if permanent disability is suffered.
You should bear in mind that the figures quoted above are typical compensation values from the Judicial Studies Board guidelines, and do not factor in any financial losses suffered due to the injury. Loss of earnings, medical treatment costs and other expenses are claimed separately under special damages.
If you want to find out exactly how much you will be entitled to claim before you make the decision to take legal action against Asda, we recommend contacting a personal injury solicitor. You will have eligibility to claim compensation assessed, and if you instruct a solicitor to access your medical records, it will be possible for compensation amounts to be accurately calculated.