A Driver Ran Over My Foot, Could I Claim Compensation?
If a driver ran over your foot, you could be wondering if you could be eligible to make a claim for compensation. Whether you suffered an injury at work or on the roads, if the negligence of a party that owed you a duty of care caused it, you could claim.
This is a guide on what you could do if you have suffered an injury because a driver ran over your foot. We look at what could happen if the injury was caused by your employer’s negligence or caused by a driver breaching their duty of care.
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- What Injuries Could Be Caused By A Driver Running Over Your Foot?
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- How Do I Claim If A Driver Ran Over My Foot?
Injuries that could happen as a result of having your foot run over by a vehicle can include:
Such accidents can be deliberate or accidental. If the driver of the vehicle is unaware of your presence on the road, it could lead to an accident where your foot is run over. However, not every injury leads to a claim. You’d need to be able to show that third-party negligence caused your injuries.
If an injury is caused by employer negligence, you could claim. To prove negligence and make a successful claim, you’d have to show the following:
- You were owed a duty of care by an employer.
- Your employer breached that duty.
- The injury was the result of this breached duty of care.
Workplace vehicles are often used in areas such as construction sites and warehouses. Forklifts, diggers, excavators and trucks are just some vehicles that can cause serious injury if a driver runs over another person’s foot.
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 is used to protect employees’ health, safety and wellbeing. It outlines the employer’s responsibilities to their employees along with the appropriate measures they would be required to put in place.
Injuries could be sustained by workplace vehicles can include:
Contact one of our advisors today if you need more information on what you can do if a driver ran over your foot at work.
Workplace Vehicle Injury Statistics
Certain injuries, incidents and near misses need to be reported by employers under The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR).
In 2020/21, there was a total of 51,211 non-fatal injuries reported. Out of that, according to non-fatal health and safety statistics, there were 2,827 reported foot injuries, with 4,889 being reported to be ankle injuries.
All drivers have a duty of care to use the roads safely and not cause others harm through substandard driving. If they breach this duty and it causes you to suffer an injury, you could claim. To claim, you’d need to prove the driver’s negligence and could do so with the help of a solicitor. Though it’s not necessary to use a solicitor’s services, their experience and knowledge could be beneficial.
As a pedestrian, you’re seen as a vulnerable road user and drivers should take extra care to avoid injuring you. If this duty of care is breached, then it could result in an accident.
The Highway Code outlines the duty of care that all road users have towards one another. While not a piece of legislation, the Code does include information that road users should follow.
Pedestrian Road Accident Statistics
Provisional statistics for pedestrian road accidents from the Department for Transport show that, for the year 2021, there were 364 reported pedestrian fatalities. Overall, there were (provisionally) 16,608 pedestrian road casualties that year.
If you’re able to claim, you could seek up to two forms of damages: general and special.
These damages compensate you for the injuries you have suffered because of a third party’s negligence, whether psychological or physical.
The figures that are presented in the compensation table below are taken from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). These guidelines are used by solicitors when valuing injuries. The numbers presented aren’t exact amounts and should be used for illustrative purposes only. When valuing your claim, your solicitor should take into account the severity of your injuries, as well as the impact that your injuries have had on your life.
|Types of injuries||Brackets for compensation||Description of injury|
|Foot Injuries: Very Severe||£83,960 to £109,650||A traumatic amputation that has resulted in a serious permanent disability.|
|Foot Injuries: Severe||£41,970 to £70,030||Fractures to both feet or heels.|
|Foot Injuries: Serious||£24,990 to £39,200||Less severe fractures that have continuing pain.|
|Foot Injuries: Moderate||£13,740 to £24,990||Displaced fractures that have led to a permanent deformity.|
|Foot Injuries: Modest||Up to £13,740||Ruptured ligaments, puncture wounds that might lead to a permanent limp.|
|Toe Injuries: Severe||£13,740 to £21,070||Severe crush injuries, falling short of amputation.|
|Ankle Injuries: Very Severe||£50,060 to £69,700||Transmalleolar fracture of the ankle with damage to the soft tissue.|
|Ankle Injuries: Severe||£31,310 to £50,060||Injuries that last for an extensive period.|
|Ankle Injuries: Moderate||£13,740 to £26,590||Ligamentous tears and fractures.|
|Ankle Injuries: Modest||Up to £13,740||Minor of displaced fractures, sprains and ligamentous injuries.|
The figures in the compensation table above were taken from the 16th edition of the Guidelines, published in April 2022.
Special damages compensate you for the financial harm you suffered as a result of your injuries. They can be considered to be:
- Travel expenses (to and from hospital appointments, for example)
- Loss of earnings (if you had to take unpaid leave, for instance)
- Cost of medication
- Childcare costs
In order to claim special damages, you’d need to provide evidence. This could include receipts of medications or payslips from your place of employment, for example. Financial losses can be inflicted both in the present and in the future. Evidence is a good way to assess how much you could claim in compensation.
If you’d like our advisors to value your claim for free, get in touch. Our advisors are ready to help 24/7 and any advice given is free.
No Win No Fee arrangements are a way that makes it more affordable for claimants to access the services of solicitors. Under a No Win No Fee agreement, you’d only pay the solicitor for their work if the claim wins. You’d pay the success fee, but this would be a percentage of the compensation and would be capped by law.
If the claim loses, you wouldn’t have to pay the success fee at all.
We could help you. Our advisors can give you advice and guidance on your claim. If you have a strong claim, they could put you in touch with our solicitors:
More On Foot Injury Claims
The guide has a lot of information about what you can do if a driver has ran over your foot. However, there is a great deal more information through our site, Legal Expert. These links that are presented could help:
- Uninsured drivers compensation claims
- Pedestrian accident claims
- Foot injury claims
- Death or fatal road accident claims
- Road traffic accident solicitors
Additionally, there are some external links that could help expand your understanding of the claim process.
If you have any questions about what you could do if a driver ran over your foot, contact us today.
Written by Welsh
Edited by Victorine