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How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Foot Injury?

By Daniel Archer. Last updated 15th July 2022. In this guide, we’ll explain why foot injury claims may occur and how they work.  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 in a car accident or by slipping on a wet surface or tripping on an uneven pavement could 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 have evidence that the accident that led to a foot injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, you should seek legal advice to establish if you’re able to start a foot injury claim.

At Legal Expert, our advisors can answer questions you may have about different types of personal injury claims. If you have queries about foot injury compensation payouts in the UK or other related matters, you can call our advisors on 0800 073 8804. You can also contact our advisors online by filling out our online claim form or using our live chat service below.

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A Guide to Accident Claims for Foot Injuries

Foot Injury Claims

Foot Injury Claims

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 different foot injuries and accidents, such as foot accidents at work. 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.

For instance, foot accidents at work claims could be made if your employer has failed to uphold the duty of care they owe you causing you to sustain harm.

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.

Please note there are exceptions to the three-year time limit. For more information, please call our team on the number above.

What to Do If You Are Involved in an Accident Causing a Foot Injury

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.

Foot injury Claims

Foot Injury Claims

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.

How to Begin a Foot Injury Claim

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.

What Foot Bones Do You Have?

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.

Slip Trip or Fall Foot Injuries

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.

Additionally, foot accidents at work could involve slips, trips and falls due to your employer failing to take reasonable steps to prevent you from sustaining harm.

Foot Injuries Caused by Road Traffic Accidents

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.

Foot Injuries at Work

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.

For more information on making a claim for foot accidents at work, call our team on the number above.

The Most Common Types of Foot Injuries

According to the latest Health and Safety Executive report on workplace accidents, 441,000 workers suffered a non-fatal injury at their workplace in 2020-21. Of these injuries, 102,000 remained 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 a foot 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.

Assessing the Severity of a Foot 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.

Foot Injury Compensation Payouts In The UK

Your settlement could be split into two main heads of claim. They’re referred to as general damages and special damages. The figures in this section are possible examples of general damages payments.

This amount is calculated by legal professionals to reflect the level of your pain and suffering. Whilst people may often wonder what the average settlement for a foot injury is, the amount you receive depends on a variety of factors. For instance, more severe injuries generally attract much higher compensation awards. Additionally, permanent injuries are also typically awarded more in compensation than those that completely heal.

When legal professionals affiliated with the case are calculating how much the general damages portion of your crushed foot injury compensation should be worth, they turn to a few different resources to assist them with the process.

One of these is a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). Updated in 2022, the JCG contains figures based on past court cases involving various injuries – including foot injuries. We’ve included a few examples from the JCG in the table below.

Amputation of both feet£169,400 to £201,490
Amputation of one foot£83,960 to £109,650
Foot InjuryVery severe£83,960 to £109,650Severe paid and disability of a serious and lasting nature
Foot InjurySevere£41,970 to £70.030Both heels fractured with a substation resection on mobility - pain will be considerable and permanent
Foot InjuryModestUp to £13,740Simple injuries such as fractured metatarsal and ligament ruptures

Please be aware that your own claim will need to be assessed before an accurate figure can be settled on. Get in touch today, and we can take you through the valuation process.

More examples of foot injury compensation payouts

The figures above are examples of general damages. They are often calculated by legal professionals by looking at the impact your injuries have had on your life – both physically and psychologically. In other words, general damages cover compensation for your pain and suffering.

However, there are additional figures that could be included in your final settlement. For instance, there are special damages payments too. These are to reimburse you for costs, losses, and expenses that occur due to the injuries you have sustained. It’s important that you’re able to prove these expenses with receipts or other documentation.

We’ve provided some examples of a few things that could be included in a special damages payment.

  • Loss of earnings – If your foot is run over by a car, for example, then this could affect your ability to fulfil your role at work. For instance, you may be a bartender and need to be on your feet for your entire shift. Alternatively, you may be a football player or athlete. In many working scenarios, an injury such as this means you run the risk of losing out on income. The amount you could have earned during your recovery could be calculated and awarded to you.
  • Future loss – If your injury is permanent, then this could mean you are never able to return to your job. If so, it’s possible that you could be awarded an amount that reflects your potential future earnings. This includes amounts for bonuses, pensions, and more.
  • Damage to property – Personal items may have been damaged during the incident that caused your foot to be injured. For example, you may have dropped and broken your phone. If so, the cost of repairs could also be included in a special damages payment.
  • Medical costs – Prescription medication can cost money. However, the money you pay for any prescriptions may also be reimbursed to you if your claim is successful.

For more information, including how to know if your foot injury is serious enough to claim, get in touch with us today.

No Win No Fee Foot Injury Claims

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. If the case reaches a successful resolution you will pay a success fee from your compensation. If it doesn’t succeed, you won’t pay a success fee.

This approach 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.

Why Choose Us as Your Claims Service for a Foot Injury Claim?

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.

Call for Free Advice and To Start a Claim

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.

Helpful Links

How Much Compensation For An Accident At Work?

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.

Foot pain – NHS Choices

This NHS link has very useful information on foot injuries and foot pain. It’s worth a visit to help you with recovery.

How Much Compensation Can I Claim for a Sprained Ankle?

Did you know that you could claim for an ankle sprain due to someone else’s negligence? Read our guide to find out more.

Pedestrian Injury Compensation Claim

If you injured your foot in a pedestrian accident, see our guide for more information on the next steps you could take.

Injured In An Accident At Work Due to No Safety Shoes or Steel Toe Caps Boots – Can I Claim Compensation?

If you suffered a foot injury due to not being provided the correct safety boots in the workplace, read our guide to find out how to claim.

Health And Safety Breaches Examples

See this guide for information on how to claim following a breach of health and safety regulations by your employer.

Manual Handling Accident Claims

If you have suffered harm in a foot accident at work involving manual handling, see this guide for further information.

Bus Accident Claims

Visit this guide on claiming compensation following an accident on the bus.

Road Traffic Accident Claims

This guide explores the road traffic accident claims process and how to seek compensation for injuries sustained in various road accidents.

How Much Compensation For Slipping On A Wet Floor?

Find out how much compensation you could get for injuries sustained after slipping on a wet floor.

Pavement Accident Compensation Claims

Visit our guide on pavement accident claims.

Other Useful Compensation Guides

FAQs on Foot Injury Claims

In this section, we have provided answers to some commonly asked questions about foot accidents at work and in other places.

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 in compensation for the injury. If in doubt, call our advisors for free legal advice. 

How is pain and suffering compensation calculated?

Pain and suffering is calculated based on how severe injuries are as well as the psychological impact they may have. A medical report (from an independent expert) can form the basis of the calculation. 

How can I prove my pain and suffering?

You could show the extent of your pain and suffering by providing medical evidence. You could also prove financial damages with documents such as bills and receipts. 

How much are foot injury compensation payouts in the UK worth?

The value between different foot injury claims can vary a lot. The extent of your foot injuries has a large influence on how much you may be paid in general damages. Also, your total compensation payout may increase if you are eligible to claim for special damages. This could mean receiving compensation for financial losses directly related to your foot injury and the incident which caused it.

How long after an injury can you claim compensation?

Generally, the personal injury claims time limit is three years from the date of your accident. However, exceptions may apply. Call our team for more information.

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 athletic injury?

There are various types of athletic injuries, including acute, overuse and chronic injury.

Could I Claim For Foot Accidents At Work?

All employers have a responsibility to uphold the duty of care they owe you. However, in some cases, they may fail to do so causing you to sustain harm in a foot accident at work.

For example, your employer may have carried out a risk assessment to highlight any hazards on the construction site you were working on. They may have taken all reasonable steps to control any hazards highlighted in their report but certain risks may have still been present. In such cases, they may have been required to provide you with the necessary and relevant personal protective equipment (PPE) such as protective footwear. By failing to do so, you may have experienced an injury to your foot.

If you have experienced a similar incident, you may be eligible to seek compensation. For more information, please get in touch on the number above and one of our advisors could discuss your case in more detail.

What Are Foot Injury Compensation Payouts In The UK? 

There are no average foot injury compensation payouts in the UK as each case varies depending on several factors unique to your situation. For instance, consideration may be given to the severity of your injuries and how badly they may have impacted your quality of life.

Additionally, medical evidence may be used to determine the full extent of your injuries and the extent to which they may continue to affect you in the future.

If you’d like us to provide you with a free valuation of your injuries, please get in touch on the number above. An advisor can assess your case in more detail.

If you would like to speak to an advisor about foot injury claims, you’re welcome to contact Legal Expert online or by calling us.

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