How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Foot Injury?
By Mark Ainsdale. Last updated 8th July 2021. Welcome to our guide to foot injury claims. Physical injuries can occur at any time or at any place. Such accidents are unpredictable but may have a material impact on the physical and mental wellbeing of the victim. Further, these accidents may lead to all manner of health concerns. A foot injury is one such kind of health concern. It may be caused in several ways, such as a car accident or slipping on a wet surface. Walking on an uneven area may also lead to a foot injury.
Regardless of the cause, a foot injury can severely impact your ability to carry out your regular tasks and may impact your livelihood. Injuries to the feet can affect us in many different ways, with bones, joints, tendons, and muscles all potentially affected. A foot injury may manifest itself in various ways, such as a fractured talus or a fractured navicular bone. It may also lead to a fractured medial cuneiform bone or fractured intermediate cuneiform bone. If you believe that the accident that led to a foot injury was not your fault, you should consult a solicitor to make your foot injury claim.
Select a section:
- A guide to accident claims for foot injuries.
- What to do if you are involved in an accident causing a foot injury?
- How to begin a foot injury claim?
- What can be claimed for after an accident causing a foot injury?
- What foot bones do you have?
- Slip trip or fall foot injuries.
- Foot injuries caused by road traffic accidents.
- Foot injuries at work.
- The most common types of foot injuries.
- Assessing the severity of a foot injury.
- How much compensation will I get after an accident causing a foot injury?
- No win no fee foot injury claims.
- Why choose us as your claims service for a foot injury claim?
- Call for free advice and to start a claim.
If you are the victim of an accident and you have reason to believe you may be entitled to claim foot injury compensation, this guide will take you through various steps involved in the process. At this initial stage, you may have many concerns.
These could include not knowing whether your injury qualifies for compensation or – if it does – how much compensation you can claim. This handy guide will attempt to assuage your fears and help you make informed decisions. That also covers how medical attention that you receive may influence your compensation.
This guide will also help you in identifying the party responsible for causing the foot injury. While the laws related to such issues are generally complicated, this guide will present the relevant information in an easy-to-understand manner. It will also act as your foot injury claim calculator, letting you estimate the amount you may rightfully claim for compensating the losses caused by your foot injury.
We’ll also touch on finding the right legal representation and why this could be important for your foot injury claims. Our specialist personal injury lawyers can help you further should you decide to pursue a claim.
What foot injuries can I claim for?
You can make a compensation claim in the aftermath of suffering any type of foot injury. That covers any severity level and any period of recovery, ranging from weeks to months to years. Now, it does rely on you producing sufficient supportive evidence to back up your claim. But you can make such a claim after any foot injury that happens via an accident that somebody else causes.
How long does a foot injury claim take?
So, you have a maximum window of 3 years in which to state an intention to claim. Now, you can gather up all of the evidence that you need to support your claim during this time. So, this ranges from medical reports to eyewitness statements to the likes of CCTV footage. From there, you can speak to a personal injury solicitor, who can access the validity of your claim. Assuming that the case is water-tight, the personal injury lawyer can then begin to represent you.
On that note, the solicitor contacts the defendant to inform them of your plans to sue. At that stage, the negotiations between both parties commence on a potential out-of-court settlement for you. This assumes that they’re accepting liability for causing you to suffer your foot injury. Now, it could be 6, 12 or even 18 months before the agreement of a settlement happens. If necessary, though, it could last through to a court trial, at which point a judge decides on you receiving compensation. And if you win the case, the defendant must then pay you a specific level of compensation within 28 days.
A foot can be injured in many different ways. Following any injury, you should endeavour to seek medical help as quickly as possible. However, once you have treated the injury, it may be time to think about the next step. If you believe that the injury was the fault of another party, this step could involve building a potential compensation claim.
One of the first steps you should take before considering legal action is to gather documentation and evidence. This can come in various formats, from photographs of the scene of the accident to medical reports and x–rays. This evidence can be vital in the early stages of broken foot injury claims. It is also helpful if you take pictures of the injuries as soon as possible. As your wounds begin to heal, the full extent of the damage might not be as obvious. Photographs can provide documentation of the injuries you suffered.
Another important step is to collect information from all the people involved in the accident. This information includes the names, addresses, and other contact details of such persons. If you can collect statements from the witnesses, it can make your case even stronger. All of this matters even more if your foot injury causes a permanent disability.
In certain accidents – car crashes, for example – it might be necessary to call the police to the scene. If you do, then they will take an official report of events. Getting a copy of this report – if possible – can be beneficial. The victim should also take care to obtain a copy of any video that might have been captured by surveillance gadgets such as CCTV. This may be especially important for any medical negligence cases. All this information and evidence may come in handy while filing a claim for a foot injury.
Once you have received adequate medical care and have gathered all the available evidence, you should proceed to evaluate your options for filing a claim. The first step will involve meeting a qualified solicitor, particularly one who specialises in dealing with foot injury claims. Our law firm offers free consultancy sessions for potential clients, a consultation where you can talk with qualified experts to establish the facts of your case.
If you reach out to us, we can assist you in gathering and organising the necessary information. This step will help us in assessing the legal options available to you. It will also help determine the amount of compensation you could claim. Once the information is collected, analysed and a conclusion has been made, further discussion may be undertaken to decide the best possible way to proceed.
Our firm also offers a No Win No Fee policy, which further helps you in minimising your risk. As the name implies, the policy allows you to pay only if the case is won and receive compensation for your injuries. You are not liable to pay us anything if the case is lost. In this way, your risk in the case is minimal. Furthermore, we can also arrange for a local medical appointment for you, meaning that your long term health can be fully assessed. It will also ensure that you receive proper care and protect against future implications stemming from the accident. This way, our personal injury solicitors are always there to help you and assist you.
While the total compensation depends on several variables, these damages can also determine compensation for foot injury claims. So, these factors include:
- General Damages: These are the non-economic damages and are used for compensating the victim for their losses, which may not be quantified objectively. These damages are difficult to assess, being as they pertain to abstract notions such as pain, suffering, and so on.
- Care Claim: This type of compensation can help recover any expenses necessary to hire helpers, carers, or nurses. This care may be essential in enabling you to carry out your life and work. For example, if your foot injury required you to have bed rest, expenses for engaging a nurse or domestic help can be recovered.
- Loss of Earnings: This is a strand of Special Damages. If your foot injury has forced you to take time off from work, this clause allows you to claim your lost wages. You can also claim for a loss of future wages should your injuries hinder your earning ability.
- Travel Expenses: If your injury has caused you to undertake additional journeys – visiting a doctor, for example – then you are entitled to claim for the necessary travel expenses. This could be taxi fares, petrol costs, or train tickets.
- Medical Expenses: Medical expenses can include costs such as purchasing special equipment, visits to a physiotherapist, and the use of private healthcare facilities if necessary.
Our firm can help you properly manage and catalogue these expenses, preventing the foot injury from ruining your financial situation.
To properly ascertain the extent of the damage and to assess the amount of compensation you may be entitled to for your broken foot injury claim, it can be helpful to understand the anatomy of a human foot. The feet are composed of several flexible parts. As well as the bones, the muscles and joints combine with the soft tissues to allow the feet to function. This structure helps us in standing upright and performing various activities such as walking and running. Three main parts make up the human foot:
- Forefoot: The forefoot consists of the five toes, which are known as phalanges, and another five bones of a longer length, which are called metatarsals.
- Midfoot: The midfoot is shaped like a pyramid and has bones that make up the arches of the foot. Also, a part of this structure is the three cuneiform bones and the cuboid and navicular bones.
- Hindfoot: The hindfoot consists of the ankle and the heel. The talus bone supports the other bones in the leg, such as the fibula and tibia, and forms the ankle. The biggest of the bones in the feet is the calcaneus, also known as the heel bone.
In addition to the above parts, the foot also contains many muscles, tendons, and ligaments that can become damaged or hurt. These parts allow for the complicated movements required for motion, as well as for maintaining balance. The heel is connected to the other muscle, the calf, through the Achilles tendon. This enables us to jump, run and stand on our toes. Injuries, such as a fractured intermediate cuneiform bone, can hinder our mobility both in the immediate present and in the future. Hence why they could be the basis for your foot injury claims.
The single most common cause of foot injuries is slipping, tripping or falling due to a badly maintained pavement or public walkway. And that’s no matter where the foot injury happens. If you slip, trip or fall because somebody doesn’t clear a walkway, you could claim compensation for your foot injury.
Public pavements are the local council’s responsibility, and if the council fails to maintain them, and this leads to a foot injury accident, you have a reason to claim.
Commercial properties, such as supermarkets or shopping centres, have a legal requirement to maintain a safe environment for the public. If they fail to do so, which leads to a foot injury, a valid cause to claim compensation exists.
Road traffic accidents are another very common way that foot injuries are caused. Very few vehicles include safety features that specifically protect the feet. Therefore, these unprotected body parts have a much higher likelihood of being damaged in even low-speed accidents.
If you have sustained a foot injury in a road traffic accident, we can assist you in identifying the liable party and help you pursue any foot injury claims.
Every employer is legally required to make sure that your workplace is a safe place. Health and safety regulations for flooring apply to every company. If failure to comply with these HSE guidelines leads to a foot injury, then the employer will be liable for damages, and a compensation claim can be successfully pursued.
According to the latest Health and Safety Executive report on workplace accidents, 693,000 workers would suffer a non-fatal injury at their workplace in 2019-20. Of these injuries, almost 25% would remain out of work for more than seven days.
Foot injuries have the potential to limit mobility and making a large variety of activities difficult or impossible. This can include walking, running, lifting weights, or any strenuous physical movement. Evidently, such a loss of mobility can hamper your ability to work, especially in jobs where physicality or movement is a requirement.
Foot injuries are not uncommon, nor are their implications regarding your ability to work. Knowing the most common forms of an accident resulting in a foot injury can help you take preventative measures to avoid harm. The most common causes of foot injuries are as follows:
- Accidents at work: This can include dropping items on your foot, slipping or tripping, machinery or vehicle malfunctioning or crushing your foot.
- Bike, motorbike or car accidents: Injuries can happen due to collisions for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.
- Outdoor activities: Sports and other outdoor activities often require strenuous activity and can place the foot in danger.
- Falls: These can happen either at work or outside as the result of uneven surfaces or obstructions.
A foot is a complex body part and can suffer from a huge range of injuries in a huge number of different ways. To make the most convincing foot injury claims for compensation, it is important to determine the type of injury your foot has incurred. Your accident may have led to a broken foot, a classification of injury which we can further refine by assigning it a severity level. We’ll look more closely at this in another section.
Other Foot Injuries
Another type of common foot injury is a metatarsal fracture, common in sporting injuries. Your injury may also result in spraining the muscles or swelling. We’ve witnessed cases involving a fractured cuboid bone, fractured proximal phalanges, fractured intermediate phalanges and fractured distal phalanges, among other things. In the most severe of cases, the victim may be forced to undergo amputation of one or more feet or toes. However, these are far from common.
Typically, an accident results in acute foot injuries. In these cases, the foot reacts to trauma in several different ways. The list below features the most common types of foot injuries:
- Metatarsal Fractures – Both traumatic and stress fractures caused to bones in the foot.
- Toe Injuries – Fractures, amputation, or the crushing of toes
- Fracture of the Heel Bone (Calcaneus) – Broken bones around the ankle or heel.
- Sprains and Strains – Injuries occurring to ligaments around joints.
- Contusions – Deep bruising which can cover the ankle area.
- Crushing injuries – crushing injuries can result in compartment syndrome.
- Dislocations – Bones forced out of their place due to an impact
- Burns – chemicals or fire can cause a reaction and a burn when near the skin.
Whatever the specifics of your injury, it is advisable to consult a medical practitioner or a specialist as the first course of action. Once you receive proper treatment for your injury, you can begin legal action. As part of our policies, we can arrange for an appointment with a doctor near your home, meaning that you will not need to worry about the long term issues which might not be apparent in the immediate aftermath of your injury.
One of the most important steps involved in determining your compensation amount is directly related to the severity of your injury. In the time after your injury, the full extent of the damage can be difficult to assess. Swelling and bruising can hinder a full diagnosis. While you should visit a medical expert as soon as possible, a follow-up assessment can be useful. This will help you in determining the proper course of action for your treatment. And this could happen from you providing information relevant to your foot injury claims.
As part of evaluating clients’ claims, we can arrange for you to visit a local doctor. Not only will this appointment help you deal with the pain you might be experiencing, but it can evaluate the future impact the injury might have. The severity of the foot injury can include long-term considerations, such as weakness and propensity to become re-injured. We will consider these findings when seeking compensation and can ensure that you receive the correct settlement as a result.
Attempting to put a number on a potential compensation amount in the early days of a claim is difficult. If you are yet to seek legal assistance, then you may be struggling to know how much foot injury claim amounts are typically worth. There is a good reason for this.
Due to the unique circumstances surrounding every case, your final compensation total will depend on several factors. There is no set amount of compensation for a fractured calcaneus or heel bone or a fractured lateral cuneiform bone. But that does not mean that we cannot answer this question.
Instead, we have the below table to provide you with a rough estimation of potential payouts. And this uses average figures from past cases to estimate your settlement total. These figures come courtesy of the Judicial College.
|Foot Injury||Modest||Up to £12,900||Short-term damage to foot and pain as result of injury.|
|Foot Injury||Moderate to Serious||£12,900 - £36,790||Long-term loss of function of one or both feet, with ongoing disability as result of injury.|
|Foot Injury||Severe to Very Severe||£39,390- £102,890||Permanent loss of use of one or both feet as a result of accident.|
|Amputation of one foot||£78,800 to £102,890|
|Amputation of both feet||£158,970 to £189,110|
Finding the time and the energy to file a compensation claim is difficult. After suffering from a foot injury, you might find this particularly tough. One of the biggest challenges, however, is financial. If your injury is causing you to spend money and preventing you from working, then finding the money for legal fees is hard. That’s why we offer an alternative.
Our No Win No Fee agreement can be the perfect way to pursue compensation without financial risk. We don’t charge you upfront. In fact, we don’t charge you at all until the case reaches a successful resolution. If we are not successful, we won’t charge you at all.
This approach is also a ‘Conditional Fee Agreement’. And it can help reduce the financial barriers to winning compensation claims. If you suffer a foot injury that costs you money, this arrangement could be a way to win compensation.
Part of making a successful compensation claim is hiring the right law firm. We believe that we are the best choice for those fighting for foot injury compensation. Our approach combines brilliant customer service, years of experience and a commitment to offering the best policies for our clients. This includes the No Win No Fee agreement and the free legal consultations we offer. Not to mention our ability to arrange for a doctor’s appointment close to your home. We can minimise your financial risk, provide legal support, and help you every step of the way along the claims process. To learn about what makes us the perfect law firm for your foot injury claims, talk to our team today.
If you have suffered a foot injury and don’t believe it was your fault, we can help. If you believe you deserve compensation as the result of your injury, we can help. You can call 0800 073 8804 now or fill out a form on our website, and we’ll be able to get in touch and arrange a consultation session at a time that suits you.
If you have had an accident at work that has resulted in a foot injury, call us today for free advice and see how much you can make from any foot injury compensation claims.
This NHS link has very useful information on foot injuries and foot pain. It’s worth a visit to help you with recovery.
Did you know that you could claim for an ankle sprain due to someone else’s negligence? Read our guide to find out more.
FAQs on Foot Injury Claims
How do I calculate my personal injury claim?
Try to calculate the financial losses you accrue (such as medical bills). And use our guide to see what you could recover for the injury. If in doubt, call our advisors for free legal advice.
How is pain and suffering compensation calculated?
Pain and suffering come from how severe injuries are and what they mean for your psychology and enjoyment of life. A medical report (from an independent expert) can form the basis of the calculation.
How can I prove my pain and suffering?
Your pain and suffering come via medical evidence in the form of an independent expert. You can prove financial suffering with documents such as bills and receipts.
How much is a foot injury worth?
The value between claims differs. Whether you experience psychological harm and how much financial loss you accrue due to the injury, the amount of physical pain affects foot injury claims.
What are the two types of injury claims?
The main two types of injury claims are compensatory damages and also punitive damages.
How long after an injury can you claim compensation?
You can make a claim as soon as you want after the injury, so long as you have sufficient evidence as proof.
What is a work injury damages claim?
This is any claim that you file against an employer due to negligence in the workplace.
What are the three main types of an athletic injury?
These are an acute, overuse and chronic injury.
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