How Much Compensation For A Foot Amputation Claim?
By Danielle Jordan. Last Updated 11th September 2023. A foot amputation is a significant and life-changing injury. If you’ve suffered this injury through no fault of your own, you may be looking for advice on making a personal injury claim. If so, you’ve come to the right place. Below, we offer useful advice on claiming foot amputation compensation.
We also explain how our No Win No Fee claims service and offer some potential payouts to give you an idea of what you could receive.
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- What To Do After An Accident
- How To Begin A Foot Amputation Compensation Claim
- How Can You Suffer A Foot Amputation Injury?
- What Can Foot Amputation Compensation Payouts Include?
- Foot Amputation Compensation Payouts
- What Is A No Win No Fee Agreement And Can I Make A Claim?
- Make A Foot Amputation Compensation Claim
If you are involved in an accident that causes the loss of your foot, then whether you are intending to pursue a loss of limb compensation claim immediately, or may be thinking of doing so somewhere along the line, it is best to collate the following evidence in order to support the loss of limb claims.
Photographic proof – It may seem obvious to others what has happened to your foot, but taking photographs of the initial injury may be useful. This is because these photographs will show the level of immediate injury, rather than the person assessing limb loss claims only seeing your injury once it has been partway through the healing process. Taking photographs of the scene of the accident can also be useful in proving your claim, particularly for road traffic accidents.
Proof of incurred costs – It is very likely that you will have had to pay out of pocket costs immediately after your injury, and whether this is private counselling sessions, rehabilitation or physiotherapy, or travel to appointments and prescription costs, it is a good idea to keep all documentation and receipts.
Details of witnesses and persons/vehicles involved – If someone has witnessed your accident, it may be useful for them to provide their contact details to you so that we can contact them for a witness statement as part of your amputated foot injury claim. It is also vital you take down any details of people involved in the accident. If it is a road accident, then driver, car and number plate details need to be noted too. If a commercial vehicle is involved, the name of the company that owns the vehicle may be useful.
If you’re unsure as to whether any evidence of your accident could help with your foot loss claims, or want to know more about proving you have paid out of pocket because of your injuries, then we can advise you. Simply call us to enquire and we will offer you free actionable advice.
To be eligible to make a personal injury claim for foot amputation compensation, you will need to prove that your injury was directly caused by a relevant party breaching their duty of care. Together this is known as negligence.
There are various situations where you are owed a duty of care. For example, your employer has a duty of care towards you under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. They must take reasonably practicable steps to ensure your safety while you are at work.
Additionally, anyone in control of a public space owes users a duty of care under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. Per their duty of care, they must take all the necessary precautions to ensure your reasonable safety while you are using that space for its intended purposes.
Furthermore, road users owe a duty of care under the Road Traffic Act 1988. Per their duty of care, they must use to roads in a way that avoids causing harm to themself and others. They must also adhere to the rules and guidance set out for them in the Highway Code.
If you can prove that negligence occurred, you may have the grounds to make a personal injury claim.
To find out if you could make a personal injury claim for a foot amputation, contact our advisors today.
How Long Do I Have To Make A Foot Amputation Compensation Claim?
Depending on your age at the time of the accident that has caused your foot amputation, there are different limitations on how long you can leave between the time of your accident and the amputation itself.
If you are a child at the time the foot is amputated but no adult has made a claim on your behalf, you have up to three years from your 18th birthday to make a claim. If you are an adult, the time limit is three years from the date of your accident. If you would like to make a claim for either yourself or a minor in your care, then do not hesitate to call us.
There are various accidents that could result in a full or partial foot amputation. As discussed above, these could occur at work, in a road traffic accident or while in a public place.
Examples of accidents that could result in the amputation of the foot include:
- Road traffic accidents: A driver could run over your foot as a pedestrian in an accident after failing to stop at a zebra crossing you were using. This could lead to a traumatic amputation. Alternatively, during a head-on collision, your foot may become stuck underneath an object in a car resulting in a crush injury that means surgical amputation is required.
- Workplace accidents: Faulty machinery at work could result in a traumatic amputation. For example, if adequate maintenance checks are not carried out this could result in faults going undiscovered, such as a sharp object being exposed when it shouldn’t be. Lack of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) at work could also lead to a foot injury. For example, if PPE is required to safely carry out work duties, your employer must provide it free of charge, such as providing steel-toe boots if your toes are at risk.
- Public space accidents: Slips, trips and falls, such as slipping on a wet floor due to no wet floor sign in a supermarket, or falling down the stairs due to a faulty handrail in a shopping centre, can result in severe foot fractures that later require amputation.
To discuss the circumstances of your injury and find out if you could be eligible for compensation, speak with one of our advisors.
There are a few things that compensation can be awarded for following a foot amputation. For example, the pain and suffering that the injury has caused must be accounted for. The payment that covers this is known as general damages. The figure is calculated by legal professionals by consulting a publication known as the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG).
Listed alongside an extensive compendium of injuries are figures that could be awarded in compensation. Circumstances such as the severity of the injury and how long it takes to recover are just two of the things that can affect the value of your general damages payment.
There’s also a way that additional costs that have occurred due to your injuries can be reimbursed to you. This figure is known as special damages. Costs that can be reclaimed via the special damages payment include:
- Medical expenses – prescription costs, other treatments not available for free on the NHS
- Travel costs – you may need to travel to and from check-ups, for example
- Damage to property – the cost of repairing or replacing your property that sustained damage during your injury
- Loss of earnings – if you miss time at work, you could lose out on wages that can be reclaimed
Remember to hold onto receipts and other forms of evidence so that you can prove these expenditures took place.
For more information on what else could be reclaimed, get in touch today.
As previously stated, if you make a successful personal injury claim, your foot amputation compensation will include general damages. This compensates you for the pain and suffering your injury has caused you, and how it will affect your quality of life.
When valuing this head of claim for a foot amputation, legal professionals may refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This is a document that provides guideline compensation amounts for various types of injuries. We have included some of the figures listed in the 16th edition of this document in the table below.
It is important to note that the various factors of your specific claim may affect how much you receive. Please only use this table as a guide.
|Feet||(a) both feet amputated||£169,400 to £201,490|
|Feet||(b) one foot amputated||£83,960 to £109,650|
|Feet||(c) very severe. Injuries in this bracket must cause permanent severe pain or a really serious permanent disability. These include traumatic forefoot amputation with a significant risk of requiring a full amputation or the loss of a substantial portion of the heel.||£83,960 to £109,650|
|Toe||(a) all toes amputated. Whether the amputation was traumatic will affect the amount awarded.||£36,520 to £56,080|
|Toe||(b) only the big toe amputated||In the region of £31,310|
|Toe||(c) Severe - crush injury leading to the amputation of one or two toes (not including the big toe)||£13,740 to £21,070|
|Psychiatric Damage Generally||(c) Moderate - Despite suffering various problems, such as maintaining personal relationships and working life, they will have been marked improvements.||£5,860 to £19,070|
If you would like to learn more about compensation payouts for an amputated foot, please do not hesitate to call our advisors. Our friendly team would be happy to talk to you about your potential claim.
Whatever type of accident it is that has led to the loss of your foot, it is important that you are compensated for your injuries and the marked effect they are likely to have on your future if the accident was someone else’s fault.
We know the effect that this type of injury can have on your finances, both immediately after an accident and well into the future, and whilst we will aim to get you compensation for your injuries quickly and to the highest amount possible, we will not take any money upfront to do so.
Unlike some solicitors that charge an hourly rate, whether your case is successful in gaining you compensation or not, we will not collect any funds from you should your case not be successful. Our No Win No Fee service is transparent, and you will know exactly what is due to pay once your compensation claim is successfully settled.
For more information about what this involves, including our rates, please don’t hesitate to call us. We want you to be clear on all costs and charges, and want to assure you that should your claim be unsuccessful, you will not be left out of pocket through legal bills.
It could not be simpler to obtain more information on leg amputation claims. Whether you are wondering about what sort of compensation you could possibly receive, want more information on our injury compensation calculator, or would simply like to start a claim with us, call 0800 073 8804 today and will be happy to help you.
We promise to deal with any query you have in the strictest of confidence, with understanding and professionalism at all times. Whether you are ready to make a claim or not, we will not push you into taking any action unless you decide it is in your best interests to do so, so why not call with your questions today to receive professional, no-obligation advice that you can trust.
Learn More About Personal Injury Claims
Below, you can find some useful information on personal injury claims:
National Health Service amputation advice – The NHS has provided a guide to amputation, including helpful explanations of how the healing process might go.
Informing the DVLA about an amputation – It is important to inform the DVLA of any injuries that may affect your driving. This link takes you to the government’s guidance page on this.
Service personnel stats on amputations – For service personnel, this link may be of interest. It details statistics for amputation while in service.
How much compensation for an amputation? – We have produced a guide on how much compensation you may receive for amputation injury claims.
Work accident compensation guide – If your amputation was a result of a work accident, then our guide may help you understand more about making an accident at work claim.
Personal Injury Claims – Our general guide to the process of making a personal injury claim.
Other personal injury claim guides
- How To Claim When Hit By An Uninsured Driver
- Foot Injury Claims Guide
- No Safety Boots Accident Claims Guide
- Toe Amputation Compensation Claims
- Compensation For a Broken Metatarsal
Remember, if you have any questions about making a foot amputation compensation claim, please get in touch.