£23,000 compensation for ankle fracture at caravan park
In 2015 compensation of £23,000 was awarded to a 62 year-old woman for injuries including a fractured ankle sustained when she slipped and fell on steps at a caravan park four years earlier.
The claimant slipped and fell on steps from a static caravan. Her ankle was fractured in the fall.
She was treated at hospital where her ankle was put in plaster. For eight days after the accident the lady was unable to work. She required care for a period of a few weeks.
When the plaster was removed the claimant returned to normal life. She suffered ongoing pain which she was advised should ease with time. The pains continued and showed no signs of recovery so after two years she sought further treatment.
A CT scan was performed. This showed the bone had not healed fully. There was evidence of a non-union.
In order to repair the bone surgery was necessary. The lady was admitted to hospital for an internal fixation of the fracture to her right fibula. This involved the insertion of metalwork to fix the bone in place.
After the operation the claimant was unable to work for 12 weeks. She required care for this 12 week period.
Following the operation the lady suffered reduced pain and recovered gradually. It was likely she would have mild pain and discomfort permanently.
It was alleged that the caravan park had been negligent insofar as the steps were unsafe.
The fall caused a fracture to the ankle. Complications to the fracture led to surgery two years later.
The claimant maintained the complications were as a result of the initial accident.
Defendant medical experts alleged the claimant was partially responsible. Smoking was one cause of the non-union of the bone. The claimant had been a smoker for 45 years.
Conclusion and settlement
Lliability was admitted and the matter did not proceed to Court.
Compensation of £23,000 was accepted by way of an out of Court settlement.
£16,700 of the damages was attributed to "pain, suffering and loss of amenity."
Compensation for loss of earnings was awarded at £3,000.
£3,000 of the damages was in respect of care and assistance received.
Travel and miscellaneous expenses of £300 were accepted.