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£40,000 Compensation For A Broken Metatarsal Bones

broken metatarsal By Daniel Archer. Last Updated 22nd April 2022. Metatarsal bones, sometimes called metatarsus are bones that connect the tarsal bones of the hind and midfoot, to the phalanges toe bones. Metatarsals function as a join in the foot. Broken metatarsal bones can be common in sports, or in foot crush injuries.

Have you suffered a broken metatarsal bone in an accident that wasn’t your fault? Did you suffer a foot pain, metatarsal foot pain, metatarsal fracture or a metatarsal break due to the negligent actions of another party? If you can prove that your injury was due to negligence, of an employer, road user, or the proprietor of the public establishment where you were injured then you could claim thousands of pounds in compensation from them. Trust us, Legal Expert, to match you with the right personal injury solicitor to handle your case, and get you the compensation that you are entitled to.

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Broken Metatarsal Bones From A Foot Crush Injury

In this case study, we are going to look at the case of Mr L, whose name we have abbreviated to protect his privacy. At the time of his injury, Mr L worked as a plant operator on a construction site. On the day of his accident, Mr L was operating a digger. He stopped to load some tools into the bucket at the front of the digger. At that moment, a forklift truck collided with the digger, making the bucket of the digger fall and trap Mr L’s foot underneath.

What Injuries were Sustained During this Case?

Mr L sustained a serious open crush injury to his right foot. The neck of his 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th metatarsal bones on that foot was fractured. He also suffered a segmental fracture of the shaft of his third metatarsal and a fracture of his big toe’s proximal phalanx. He also experienced various lacerations.

For his injuries, Mr L had to endure several operations under general anaesthetic. This included operations to clean his wounds, a Kirschner wire fixation insertion and another operation to remove dead tissue.

As well as these immediate injuries, Mr L was unable to work for 6 months and when he returned he was unable to fulfil all his previous duties, as he was unable to operate the heavy pedals on the digger. As well as all of this, Mr L suffered from depression in the aftermath of his injury and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The Allegation, Establishing Liability and Compensation Award

The defendants, the operators of the construction site where Mr L was working, admitted liability shortly after his accident. Mr L’s legal team negotiated an interim payment of £6,500 to cover the loss of wages he would experience after his accident.

Mr L’s legal team obtained medical evidence on Mr L’s behalf, which included working with an orthopaedic trauma surgeon, a consultant in reconstructive microsurgery and a consultant in psychiatry. Following this evidence, the defendant awarded the claimant £45,000 compensation for his broken metatarsal and other injuries.

This included: compensation for the injuries sustained, compensation for lost income as Mr L would now have to change career due to his injuries making him unable to work in construction and to cover the cost of future surgery and metatarsal fracture treatment he may need in the future.

How Much Compensation Will I Receive?

This section contains a table with figures from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). The JCG is a publication that is an important resource for legal professionals when they are valuing a claim. The amount that is awarded for both physical and psychological injuries is called general damages.

The figures listed in the JCG are based on amounts that have been calculated and awarded in similar cases in the past. However, the amount that you could receive may not necessarily fall within the ranges listed. This is because every claim is unique, and all circumstances must be taken into account.

Foot(e) Serious - ongoing pain, risk of arthritis in the future and prolonged treatment£23,460 to £36,790
Foot(f) Moderate - when metatarsals sustain displaced fractured and there is lasting deformity as a result£12,900 to £23,460
Foot(g) Modest - metatarsal fractures of a simple nature, and other injuries such as ruptured ligamentsUp to £12,900
Foot(b) One foot amputated£78,800 to £102,890
Post-traumatic stress disorder(c) Moderate£7,680 to £21,730

You may also be able to claim special damages. To elaborate, these are amounts of money that you have lost out on or have had to spend as a result of your injuries. For example, you may have been unable to work while you recover and experienced a loss of earnings as a result. This loss could be reimbursed to you as part of a special damages payment.

Additionally, you may have medical bills such as prescription costs to cover. This could also be paid back to you via special damages.

Get in touch if you need more information on how your claim is calculated.

No Win No Fee Solicitors

If you have suffered a broken metatarsal or fractured metatarsal in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence then you can claim compensation. Choosing a no win no fee solicitor is a less stressful option, as there is no financial risk to you, because with no win no fee, you only pay your solicitor’s fee if you win your claim for compensation.

Legal Expert can match you with the right personal injury solicitor to handle your case and can offer you a no win no fee service. Call us today to speak to one of our friendly advisors about your case.

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Have you suffered from a broken metatarsal bone, fractured metatarsal or metatarsal foot pain, due to an accident that wasn’t your fault? Legal Expert can help you claim the compensation that you are entitled to, due to your injuries. We can help you claim compensation to cover the costs of your broken metatarsal treatment or metatarsal fracture treatment and for your pain and suffering.

Seek justice for your metatarsal break, call Legal Expert on 0800 073 8804 today and one of our friendly advisors will let you know if you have a genuine case for compensation, advise you on how much compensation you could claim and match you with a personal injury solicitor who can take on your case.

Frequently Asked Questions

How serious is a broken metatarsal?

This can depend on how severe the fracture is, and even possibly which metatarsal is broken. Certain fractures can lead to arthritis, whilst some carry less of a risk of this happening. Some fractures may even be ignored by the sufferer if they misinterpret the symptoms as another injury entirely.

Even minor foot injuries should be looked at by a medical professional. Otherwise, they could become much worse if you continue to put weight on a foot with an undetected metatarsal fracture.

What is the average settlement for a broken foot in the UK?

Giving an “average” amount of compensation for a foot injury would likely be inaccurate for many people. This is because each claim is unique. Factors such as how severely you are injured, and how other areas of your life are affected, are just a couple of the things that are taken into account when your settlement is calculated.

Speak to our advisors for a tailored valuation of your claim. Or, you can also get one from our compensation calculator.

What does a metatarsal fracture feel like?

As with other injuries involving a broken bone, the NHS tells us that the 3 most common symptoms are:

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Deformity

However, there can also be other signs of a broken bone. If in doubt, it’s always best to seek the advice of a medical professional.

Can a child claim compensation for a broken metatarsal?

Yes, a claim can still receive compensation for an injury caused by the negligence of someone who owed them a duty of care. However, anyone under the age of 18 cannot make a claim on their behalf. Legally, a litigation friend must be appointed.

This can be a parent or guardian but does not need to be. A litigation friend can take the form of any adult affiliated with the child and with their best interests in mind.

Another option would be to wait until the injured child turns 18. Then, they could start their own claim within 3 years, as is the general time limit under the Limitation Act 1980.

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