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Toe Amputation Compensation Amounts – How Much Can I Claim?

By Max Miyagi. Last Updated 9th May 2022. Losing a toe can cause more problems than you would think, and on top of the pain a toe amputation can cause, you may also suffer psychological effects from your injury, particularly when it comes to baring your feet in front of others. If you have sustained a toe amputation because of an accident that was not your fault, you may be able to claim compensation for your loss.

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A guide to toe amputation injury claims

Losing a toe, whichever one it is, can have a long-lasting effect on a person. As well as the initial pain that comes with any type of injury that causes amputation, it also presents several difficulties that may not have been fully understood at the time the accident happened.

It is not uncommon for a person with a severed toe to suffer both emotional and physical issues after amputation, as well as being put in a somewhat precarious financial position due to the fact that they may have had to take time off work while recovering from the incident.

However, if you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence or dangerous behaviour, then it may be the case that you can claim for a loss of limb payment to help you financially after the loss of a toe.

There are a number of ways you can get in touch with our advisors. Speak to us today.

  • Call us on 0800 073 8804
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What is toe amputation?

Toe amputation is the partial or full loss of the toe following a trauma to the area. It can also be necessary should an infection take over the toe, if it is deemed that no other action can be taken to stem the infection. Because of the different types of tow amputation possible, toe amputation recovery time can vary. Here, we list the common types of toe amputation that people are left with.

  • Partial toe amputation – A partial toe amputation covers the removal of any part of one or more toes, and it is often called an excision.
  • Toe disarticulation – This is a full toe amputation, right down to the base of the foot
  • Partial foot/ray resection – This involved the resection of the third to fifth metatarsal including the digit.

Toe amputation may take place as a surgical necessity after some trauma has occurred to the area, such as crush injuries. It could also take place after infection has set in, or if the toe has been partially severed or fully severed at the scene of an accident.

Toe Injury Statistics In The Workplace

Under The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR), there are certain incidents that must be reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). These reports generate statistics regarding workplace injuries across Great Britain.

As you can see from the graph below, there were 614 reported incidents of non-fatal toe injuries that affected one or more toes over 2020/21.

Toe injury statistics graph

Toe injury statistics graph

Recovery after toe amputation

Your amputation, if surgical, will take place under a general anaesthetic, whereas if it has been removed at the scene, you will more than likely undergo surgery to close and neaten the wound. General anaesthetics can make you feel woozy upon waking, and you will be generally observed for some time after waking.

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Toe amputation

The site where the amputation has taken place will likely cause you some pain, so you will more often than not require pain relief. The area will require compression, and whilst you may experience some swelling initially, it should wear off over time.

Physiotherapy should follow after any kind of amputation. Depending on the toe that has been removed, you may have to learn to balance and walk differently, which may cause you some issues at first. With practice, most people who lose a toe regain the ability to walk comfortably over time, although there are some exceptions to this, particularly if more than one toe was removed.

What to do if you are involved in a toe amputation accident

If you have been injured and lost a toe as the result of an accident, there is much you can do to aid with making toe amputation claims after the event. Depending on where the accident took place and who was involved in it, you may be wise to try and keep hold of the following items to help provide evidence for loss of toe claims after the event.

  • Pictures – Whether you take them on a smartphone or digital camera, photographs of both the injuries you have sustained in the accident as well as the scene where the accident happened can be useful. If you are unable to take the photographs yourself, you may be able to ask someone to do so for you.
  • Expenses – When you have an accident of this type, often you will be paying out of pocket for expenses relating to your toe injury. If you have incurred costs such as travel or medical expenses, then do try to keep copies of any documentation pertaining to these. This may serve as proof that you have been out of pocket when making a toe injury claim.
  • Witness information – Some people believe that they need to get a witness to an accident to write a statement straight away, but this is not the case. Simply taking the details of a witness so that they can be contacted later for their version of events should suffice. Make sure to get their phone number, full name and address if possible.
  • Involved party details – If your toe amputation compensation claim is due to a road traffic accident, then it is wise to take the car and driver details down carefully. Remember, if a company vehicle is involved, it will be necessary to take contact details for the business too.

How to begin a toe amputation compensation claim

In order to start loss of limb claims, whether it is partial toe amputation compensation or great toe amputation compensation you’re seeking, all that is required initially is a phone call to our team. One of our sympathetic and fully trained staff will talk to you in confidence about your accident, taking down the relevant details so they can build a better picture of what has happened.

At this point, you can ask any questions you might have about the claims process and how it works. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to have a healthy bank balance in order to start a claim with us. We work on a No Win No Fee basis, so you will not be expected to fund your case upfront. In fact, you won’t pay a penny unless you are successfully granted a loss of limb compensation award.

We will, of course, talk you through how this works when you call us. We will also make an appointment for you to see a medical professional, in order that they can provide us with a fully comprehensive medical report on your injuries and how they have affected you. This will be used to assess how much toe injury compensation you are likely to receive.

We will also match you with the solicitor that we feel best suits your case. Your solicitor will be the person who puts together your loss of toe compensation case, and presents it in such a way as to show the full picture of what you have suffered with and why you should receive compensation for your injuries.

Toe amputation accident at work claims

Toe injury at work is common, and whether you have suffered a loss of toe due to carrying and dropping an uneven load, due to not having had manual handling training, or slipped and fallen, damaging your toe on a trailing wire, then it is possible your employer could be at fault. If it can be proven that your employer failed in their duty of case to you, their employee, then they may be liable to pay you compensation. Toe amputation after an accident at work claims tend to leave employees worried about pursuing their employer, but it is not something that you feel you cannot do.

By law, all employers must have insurance in place to cover instances such as these. So, your employer will not be personally responsible for paying out the compensation. If the claim is successful, then your employer’s insurance company are responsible for awarding the compensation amount.

In addition to this, you must not fear being treated differently while pursuing a claim. There is legislation in place that will prevent your employer from treating you any differently than they did prior to your claim.

If you would like to speak to someone in confidence about making a claim for loss of toe compensation against an employer, then we will be happy to put your mind at rest and tell you what to expect.

Toe amputation after a road traffic accident

Road traffic accidents are a common cause of toe amputation. Whether your injury was caused because of a merge manoeuvre that was not done correctly, or whether you have been hit as a pedestrian, or even if a car has rolled over your foot, you may be able to make a claim. As long as you can prove you were not to blame, and someone else was, then you are well within your rights to find out if you could be due compensation for your lost toe or toes.

Toe amputation slip, trip or fall claims

Slips, trips and falls can cause trauma to any part of the body and the toe is no different. Whether your toe has been subjected to trauma after a fall from height, or you have tripped over something sharp that should not have been there, then if someone else is liable, you may be able to claim for toe amputation compensation.

Whether it is at work, in a public place such as a car park or school playground, or even in a supermarket or commercial building, we can help. Simply call us to tell us what has happened to you and we will be able to offer you no-obligation free advice which may help you decide on whether to take action.

Toe amputation in military claims

In the military, injuries requiring amputation happen every year. Although numbers are falling year on year, it is still a subject that provokes much discussion over who is at fault. If you have been injured whilst serving your country, in combat or on the training field, then there is no reason not to call us. We can help decipher whether you have a claim against the military for compensation. In fact, we have extensive experience working on military injury claims.

Toe amputation medical negligence claim

Whether it is a misdiagnosis that has caused you to lose a toe or an error in surgery, there is no reason not to pursue a claim for compensation should your amputation be due to medical negligence. Whether you have been a patient of a private clinic or the NHS, it is important to know your rights, and we can help make things clear. Whether you are ready to pursue a claim against the NHS or a private clinic or simply want some guidance on what is involved, we will be happy to talk you through your options.

Payouts for toe amputation claims

Whether you’ve suffered from a big toe amputation or another kind of amputated toe injury, you may be able to receive compensation if you can prove it was caused by third-party negligence. There are two potential heads of claim when attempting to receive compensation: general damages and special damages.

General damages relate to the impact of the physical and psychological injuries caused by the injury and accident. Missing a big toe cannot only physically disable you but it can also have a massive impact on your mental health. dealing with any kind of amputation may take a while for you to come to terms with. If your claim is successful, all injuries caused by the accident will be accommodated for within the compensation amount.

Special damages relate to the financial losses you’ve suffered because of the injury. If you’ve suffered from an amputated toe, losses you may be able to claim for include:

  • Private healthcare costs
  • Loss of earnings
  • Adjustments to your home
  • Travel costs
  • Cancellation fees (if, for instance, you’ve had to cancel a holiday due to the injury).

when making a claim for a big toe amputation you would need financial evidence to claim special damages. Evidence you could use includes bank statements, invoices, receipts and payslips. To learn more about payouts for toe amputation claims, please contact us for free legal advice.

The most common accidents causing toe amputations

There is no such thing as a usual toe amputation, as all cases are unique. However, there are some common occurrences that can cause toe amputation injuries, and the most common are listed here:

  1. Dropped item accident
  2. Slip, trip or fall accident
  3. Road accident
  4. Motorcycle accident
  5. Military accident
  6. Gardening accident
  7. Medical error

If your accident is not within this list, and you are wondering if it could lead to a compensation claim, then we can explore this further if you would like to give us a call to discuss.

How much compensation for losing a toe will I get after an accident causing an amputation?

As we have previously mentioned, no two cases are the same. However, there are some similarities between toe amputation claims, and whilst we cannot guarantee you a certain payout, we can guide you towards what has been commonly paid out for certain injuries.

Many people assume that toe injury compensation cases only require a payout for the toe injury itself but there may be more than one injury involved, and you may suffer psychological problems because of a toe amputation that could be claimed for as well. With this in mind, we have collated some typical payout amounts in the table below so that you can see what can be claimed in some cases.

These figures have been taken from the latest edition of the Judicial College Guidelines. Please do remember that this solely acts as a guide. If you would prefer to call us to discuss your specific case, then do not hesitate to do so.

Toe(a) All toes amputated - level will depend on things like the cause of the amputation£34,270 to £52,620
Toe(b) Big toe amputatedIn the region of £29,380
Toe(c) Severe - full or partial amputation resulting from crush injuries (excludes big toe)£12,900 to £29,770
Psychiatric Damage(d) Less Severe - amount will depend on how daily activities such as sleep are affected£1,440 to £5,500

No Win No Fee toe amputation claims

We do not feel it would be right for you to be left any further out of pocket to make a claim for the pain and suffering and financial loss you’ve experienced as a result of your accident. Therefore, we offer a No Win No Fee policy that ensures you are not required to pay upfront for any legal fees pertaining to your claim. Even better, you will not be required to pay out of pocket should your case not be successful in getting you a compensation payment.

Our No Win No Fee policy is transparent and easy to understand and we make sure you understand it completely before going ahead and signing the agreement. If you would like any further clarification on what No Win No Fee claims entail, please do not hesitate to call us so we can explain in detail what is involved.

Why choose us as your claims service for a toe amputation claim?

We are proud to be a company that puts our clients first and from the very first phone call for advice, we ensure that we are sympathetic, understanding and we do not put you under any pressure to make a claim for compensation.

We know, often you can have been through a traumatic time and may need some time to make a decision on the right course of action for you to take. We truly put your feelings and your wellbeing at the forefront of all we do, and as previous clients would testify, the commitment to put you first is the cornerstone on which we base our business.

We are also privileged to have some of the finest legal minds ready and able to take on your claim should you wish to take your claim forward. We are able to match you with a top-quality solicitor with experience in cases like yours, who have a wealth of experience to draw on to ensure your claim is put forward in the best possible way, maximising the compensation payout as much as is possible.

Call for free advice and to start a claim

Whether you are looking for more advice on what you need to begin a claim, would like clarification on how the No Win No Fee process works or would simply like to begin a claim, the number to call is 0800 073 8804.

Our highly-trained team will be delighted to talk you through any aspect of your injury, and offer free advice that puts you under no obligation to use our services, should you not wish to. There really is no reason not to find out more about whether you could make a claim for a toe amputation, so why not call today to ask us anything you need to know about claiming for an amputated toe.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much compensation for losing a toe can I be awarded?

The figure can vary. When your compensation is being calculated, things like the impact your injury has had (or may have) on your life are taken into account.

Additionally, your physical pain and psychological suffering are considered. It’s also possible that an accident could cause you to lose more than 1 toe. If so, then this could also have some bearing on the amount you receive.

In short, any figure we give as an example is unlikely to be accurate for everyone reading this article. There are several factors that may be considered so it’s difficult to give a definitive value without understanding more about your injuries. However, you can call us on the number above to receive a free estimate of your claim.

Is toe amputation a major surgery?

As with many surgical procedures, toe amputation has certain risks associated with it. For example, infection or issues with the healing process.

Can you walk after a toe amputation?

Until you have recovered from the procedure, you may find it too painful to walk initially. Your doctor may suggest resting the affected area as much as possible.

For more advice on what to expect after a toe amputation surgery following the loss of a toe, you should speak to your doctor or another trained medical professional.

Helpful links

NHS – Amputations

This link directs you to the NHS website section that covers amputation. Here, you will find information about recovery, the different types of amputation possible, and further helpful links.

UK amputation stats for service personnel

Military personnel have suffered injuries in combat and in training that have led to the amputation of certain body parts. Read more about toe amputations statistics in the military here.

Finger amputation guide to compensation

We have produced a guide on finger amputation for those who have suffered from this injury. It explains all about finger amputation along with providing information surrounding the claims process for compensation.

Amputation claims guide

Our general guide to making amputation claims may help you understand more about the claims process.

Accident at work compensation claims guide

If you’ve been injured in an accident at work and had a toe amputated, you may wish to read more about accidents at work here.

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