Talus Fracture Compensation Claims In The UK

Have you been in an accident that resulted in an injury? If so and someone else’s negligence caused the accident, you may have grounds to claim. Our guide will be taking a detailed look at how you can make talus fracture compensation claims. 

Talus fracture compensation claims

Talus fracture compensation claims

We understand if you’re unsure of how to determine whether someone else was responsible for your accident. However, no matter whether the accident happened at work, in public or on the road, someone likely owed you a duty of care. If they breached their duty of care, then it’s possible they were negligent and you could claim against them. 

Our guide will be exploring how to make a personal injury claim against someone who caused the accident that resulted in you suffering an injury. However, if you have any questions after reading, you can call our team for more information. They can provide you with free legal advice and answer any questions you may have 24/7. 

Additionally, they can assess whether your claim has a chance of success. If it does, they can connect you with a personal injury solicitor who can represent you on a No Win No Fee basis. A solicitor may then help you get started by taking you through the next steps of your claim.

Get In Touch With Our Team

For more information, contact our team using the details below:

  • Call us on 020 3870 4868
  • Chat with us using the live chat feature at the bottom of this page
  • Fill out our call-back request form and we’ll get back to you at your specified time

Services And Information

  1. Everything You Need To Know About Talus Fracture Compensation Claims
  2. What Is A Talus Fracture?
  3. Anatomy Of The Foot And Talus Bone
  4. Talus Fracture Symptoms
  5. How Do You Break Your Talus Bone?
  6. Talus Fracture Compensation Calculator
  7. How Do I Know My Talus Is Broken?
  8. What Is A Missed Diagnosis Of A Broken Bone?
  9. Why Could Foot Fractures Be Misdiagnosed?
  10. Limitation Periods For Fractured Talus Bones
  11. I Fractured My Talus Bone, What Should I Do?
  12. Claim Talus Fracture Compensation On A No Win No Fee Basis
  13. Related Guides
  14. Talus Fracture Compensation FAQs

Everything You Need To Know About Talus Fracture Compensation Claims

If the injury you’ve suffered has left you unable to live your life as normal, whether permanently or temporarily, we understand the frustration you may be feeling. Especially if you’re unsure whether someone was liable for your accident. However, there are many ways someone’s negligence could lead to harm. 

For example:

  • Someone driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol 
  • An employer could fail to provide proper footwear when there is a real risk of injury to workers
  • A shop owner could fail to keep the shop floor tidy 
  • A doctor could misdiagnose your talus bone fracture

As you can see, negligence can happen on the road, at work, in public and even when accessing medical care. If you’ve suffered a talus fracture or other type of ankle fracture in a similar situation, you could claim compensation for the different damages you’ve suffered as a result. 

We’ve included a compensation table as an alternative to a personal injury claims calculator to help you work out how much you may be owed. We’ll also be looking at the different costs you can claim back and the evidence required to do so.  

Additionally, our guide will look at the benefits of claiming with a personal injury lawyer. Although there are normally fees associated with seeking legal representation and advice, you could still benefit from a solicitor’s expert advice whilst avoiding upfront costs through a No Win No Fee agreement. 

For further help and advice, get in touch with our team on the number above and they’ll be happy to help.

What Is A Talus Fracture?

The talus is a bone in the ankle and, when damaged, can cause severe pain and various complications. Damage to the talus bone could be caused by direct force to the area. For instance, through a fall from height, a slip, trip or fall on the same level or from impact in a crash. 

It’s an injury that could happen in various situations. However, most notably the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) recorded 5,668 non-fatal ankle injuries that occurred in the workplace in 2019/20. 

Although the nature of the ankle injuries is not mentioned, it’s important to note that RIDDOR recorded 18,535 non-fatal fractures that occurred in the workplace in 2019/20. 

The graph below shows the non-fatal lower limb injuries sustained in the workplace in 2019/20 as recorded by RIDDOR.  The figures show that ankle injuries were the second most common lower limb to be affected in an accident at work. 

talus fracture statistics

Anatomy Of The Foot And Talus Bone

The bones in the ankle, leg and footwork together to allow for movement and balance. For example:

  • The tibia and fibula form the upper part of the ankle joint
  • The talus sits above the calcaneus which is the heel bone and makes up the lower part of your ankle joint and allows you to move your foot up and down
  • Medial malleolus is the end of the tibia on the inner side of the ankle joint which provides support for the ankle joint
  • Lateral malleolus is the end of the fibula on the outer side of the ankle. 

Talus Fracture Symptoms

Are you wondering ‘what is a talus fracture?’ and what the signs of this type of injury are? If so, the NHS recommends seeking medical advice if you suffer the following ankle or talus fracture symptoms:

  • Pain when you put weight on the ankle
  • Bruising and swelling
  • Stiffness and difficulty moving the ankle as normal

Additionally, the NHS recommends seeking immediate medical help if you experience any of the following:

  • Your ankle is at an odd angle
  • There is bone is sticking out from your ankle
  • You have a bad cut or wound
  • Severe pain
  • Your toes turn blue in colour or start to feel numb

It’s important to seek medical advice for any injury as it could be more severe than you think and talus stress fracture treatment or treatment for other types of fractures is essential in preventing any complications. 

Can you walk on a fractured talus?

It is always best to follow your doctor’s advice.

How Do You Break Your Talus Bone?

There are various causes for breaking your talus bone. For example, a slip, trip and fall from height or on the same level. However, in order to claim someone else’s negligence should have caused the accident. 

Several people could have been negligent for the accident that caused your injury. For instance, employers, road users, people in control of a public place and medical professionals. As per the following legislation, each of these has a duty of care to do everything reasonably possible to keep you safe:

Failing to comply with the rules and regulations set out in these pieces of legislation could result in negligence causing the following accidents:

  • An employer failing to provide employees with slip-resistant shoes to prevent them from falling over and damaging their talus 
  • Someone speeding and knocking a cyclist off their bike causing them to suffer an ankle fracture in a cycle accident
  • Supermarkets failing to provide proper training on ensuring areas where the public occupy are clean and tidy
  • A doctor failing to diagnose someone’s fracture causing the injury to worsen over time and the person to suffer talus fracture complications such as persistent stiffness

These are just a few examples and there are many other ways your accident could have happened. If you’re still unsure of whether someone was liable for your accident, get in touch with our team and they’ll be happy to help. 

Talus Fracture Compensation Calculator

When making talus fracture compensation claims, you may receive general and special damages. General damages cover your physical and psychological pain and suffering directly caused by the injury. They also cover the impact the injury has had on your quality of life and any long term effects. For example, permanent scarring or disability. 

In addition to claiming compensation for your injury, you may be able to claim for any financial losses incurred as a result of your injury. These would be covered under special damages and cover both past and future financial losses. This might include:

Instead of a personal injury claims calculator, we have created a compensation table. The table may provide you with an estimate of how much you can claim for your injury. However, the table doesn’t cover any additional damages you may be claiming. The figures have been provided by the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG), a document solicitors may use to value claims. 

InjuryDescriptionAward
AnkleVery severe: Ankle injuries such as a transmalleolar fracture with extensive soft- tissue damage which results in deformity and ongoing problems. £46,980 to £65,420
AnkleSevere: The award for a severe ankle injury includes having to wear a plaster for a lengthy amount of time, needing pins or plates inserted to stabilise the injury and resulting in significant disability such as having a severely limited ability to walk and ankle instability.£29,380 to £46,980
AnkleModerate: This includes injuries such as fractures and ligamentous tears and may result in difficulty walking, standing or walking for long periods of time.£12,900 to £24,950
AnkleModest: Minor or undisplaced fractures, sprains and ligamentous injuries. The award given will depend on the severity of the symptoms of the injuries listed for this award e.g. how long recovery takes, whether there's any scarring, loss of movement or a chance of long term osteoarthritis. Up to £12,900
FootSevere: The award for a severe foot injury includes a fracture of both heels or feet with substantial restriction on mobility and permanent considerable pain.£39,390 to £65,710
FootModerate: The award given for a moderate foot injury includes a displaced metatarsal fracture which causes permanent deformity and ongoing symptoms from the injury. £12,900 to £23,460
FootModest: Modest foot injuries might include simple metatarsal fractures and other simple foot fractures as well as any continuing symptoms e.g. permanent limp, pain or aching. Up to £12,900
ToeSerious: This includes an injury to the big toe or crush and multiple fractures of two or more toes. The injury will result in permanent symptoms such as pain, discomfort or scarring.£9,010 to £12,900

The figures should only be used as a guide as actual compensation amounts may vary depending on the severity of your injury. 

How Do I Know My Talus Is Broken?

If you visit the hospital for medical treatment, a doctor may arrange an X-ray in order to determine the severity of your break. Depending on how bad the break is, you may receive different treatment. For example, if you have a severe talus fracture, a doctor may:

  • Provide you with a special boot to support your ankle when walking
  • Place your ankle in a plaster cast to hold ankle bone in place while it’s healing
  • Need to move the bones back into place to ensure they heal correctly
  • Perform surgery to fix the bones e.g. in cases of a comminuted fracture where the break is in more than one place or an open fracture where the bone has pierced the skin

For more information on talus fracture treatment, visit the NHS website or seek advice from a trained medical professional. 

What Is A Missed Diagnosis Of A Broken Bone?

Although we put our trust in healthcare professionals to keep us safe from further harm, there are occasions where mistakes can happen. For example, failing to diagnose someone with a fracture because a doctor had been negligent. If this resulted from them breaching their duty of care, you could have grounds to claim for medical negligence

A healthcare professional’s duty of care may vary. However, the General Medical Council oversees how they should approach their patients’ care. For example, putting your patients care first and ensuring you maintain and keep your skills and knowledge up to date. 

However, it’s possible a healthcare professional may breach their duty of care by:

  • Missing the fracture on the x-ray
  • Reading the x-ray wrong leading to a misdiagnosis e.g. treating it as a simple fracture but not seeing breaks in other parts of the bone 
  • Prescribing the wrong dosage of pain medication 
  • Operating on the wrong bone and causing unnecessary scarring 

A medical negligence solicitor could help you understand why talus fracture compensation claims could help you get the compensation you deserve.  

How can I prove a doctor breached their duty of care?

Medical professionals have a duty of care to prevent you from suffering any further harm. Failing to do so can result in situations similar to the above. However, liability can be complex. 

For instance, if another doctor confirms they would have made the same decisions regarding your care and treatment, then clinical negligence can be difficult to prove. This is called the Bolam Test and is used to determine whether a doctor was liable for either causing the injuries you have or causing the injuries you already have to become worse. 

For that reason, it’s important to have medical evidence to support your claim. For example, if you sustained your injury in an accident and your injury was made worse as a result of a negligent misdiagnosis, medical reports can show this. 

Additionally, it can be useful to keep hold of prescriptions that can provide evidence of a doctor prescribing the wrong medication or wrong dosage.

Why Could Foot Fractures Be Misdiagnosed?

There are many reasons why a doctor may have misdiagnosed your fracture. However, in order for you to claim, there needs to have been negligence. For instance, any medical professional responsible for the following may be negligent:

  • Not ordering an Xray when there are clear symptoms of a fracture
  • Someone under qualified reading the X-ray incorrectly
  • A surgeon reading the wrong patient notes and failing to check before proceeding with a fractured talus operation

These simple mistakes could lead to unfortunate complications of a talus fracture. Treatment could end up ongoing and the clinical negligence could result in permanent problems such as arthritis and continuous pain.

If you feel your doctor has breached the duty of care, you could report them for medical negligence. Contact our team on the number above for more information.

Limitation Periods For Fractured Talus Bones

We appreciate that you may be reading this a while after your accident happened. If so, you may be wondering if you still have time to claim. Generally, the personal injury claims time limit is three years from the date of the accident. Or from the date you obtained knowledge that someone else’s negligence either contributed to or caused your injuries. 

However, there are exceptions. If someone under the age of 18 was injured, the three-year time limit is frozen until they turn 18. They would then have three years from the date of their 18th birthday to make a claim. Alternatively, someone could claim on their behalf whilst they’re under the age of 18 by acting as a litigation friend. 

Additionally, there are further exceptions if someone doesn’t have the mental capacity to claim. If their lack of mental capacity is a result of the injury they suffered, the three-year time limit will be frozen until they regain enough capacity to claim for themselves.  However, the time limit will be frozen indefinitely if:

  • Their injuries are severe enough that they won’t regain their mental capacity 

If you have any questions regarding the personal injury claims time limits, please don’t hesitate to contact our team. They can provide further information on whether you’re still eligible to make your claim. 

I Fractured My Talus Bone, What Should I Do?

Evidence is essential to building a valid talus fracture compensation claims. You will need to prove the accident happened and that you sustained your injuries in the accident. Some of the evidence that could help to do so might include:

  • CCTV footage
  • Pictures of the accident and injury
  • Witness details 
  • Police reports, if applicable
  • Medical reports 

After suffering any fracture, you should always seek medical advice to prevent any complications and ensure you receive proper treatment. In a personal injury claim, having medical evidence is essential. 

Additionally, medical evidence may help a personal injury solicitor to value your claim alongside using the JCG. A solicitor may use medical documents. You will also be invited to attend an additional medical assessment. This may provide a report that can help solicitors assess the state of your injuries and how you sustained them. 

If you’re still unsure of what you need to do to build a valid claim, contact our team for more information.

Claim Talus Fracture Compensation On A No Win No Fee Basis

We understand that you may be concerned with the fees often associated with a personal injury lawyer representing you. However, the option of a No Win No Fee agreement allows you to avoid upfront costs.

Essentially it means that if your solicitor is unsuccessful, you won’t pay solicitor fees. If your solicitor is successful, you’ll pay a legally capped success fee. However, you can decide on this fee with your solicitor before the claim starts. 

Most importantly, this type of agreement allows you to access a solicitor’s expert advice based on their experience of handling similar talus fracture compensation claims. 

For more information, contact our team using the details below:

  • Call us on 020 3870 4868
  • Chat with us using the live chat feature at the bottom of this page
  • Fill out our call-back request form and we’ll get back to you at your specified time

Related Guides

If you require more information on claiming for an accident in a public place, our guide could help. 

See our guide for more information on how you can claim if you were injured at work.

Were you a pedestrian hit by a car in a road traffic accident? If so, our guide could provide further information.

For any further medical advice on symptoms of a broken bone, see the NHS website.

See the government health and safety website for more information on non-fatal injuries in the workplace.

Visit the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents for further information on road safety, particularly the risk of driving whilst tired

Talus Fracture Compensation FAQs

See below for answers to some questions we’re commonly asked. 

What is the average payout for a broken foot?

The compensation you receive for a talus avulsion fracture or another type of ankle fracture may depend on the severity of the break. Additionally, the settlement payout you receive may vary if you’re claiming for any additional damages.

Is a talus fracture serious?

A talus fracture could be serious.

How long does it take for a talus stress fracture to heal?

The recovery time can vary depending on the severity of your ankle fracture. However, in most cases, it could take up to 8 weeks for your symptoms to ease up. After the 6-8 weeks though, you may still experience some stiffness or discomfort. 

What do you do for a fractured talus?

The talus fracture treatment you receive will depend on how severe the injury is. For example, in some instances, you may require a fractured talus operation. However, in other cases, you may require a cast.

We hope you found our guide on making talus fracture compensation claims in the UK useful. Thank you for reading. 

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