This page relates to making a claim for a broken metatarsal. We look at some of the causes of these kinds of injuries, and we also present an example case study showing how a claimant won £35,000 in compensation for a broken metatarsal in a car accident.
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- Car Accidents Leading To Broken Metatarsal Injuries
- Metatarsal Bone Anatomy
- Common Causes Of Car And Road Traffic Accidents
- 10 Ways You Could Be Injured In A Car Accident
- Case Study: £35,000 Payout For A Broken Metatarsal In A Car Accident
- Broken Metatarsal Car Accident Injury Calculator
- No Win No Fee Broken Metatarsal Car Accident Claims
- How Do You Make A Car Accident Or Metatarsal Injury Claim?
- Talking To Legal Helpline
- References And Resources
Car Accidents Leading To Broken Metatarsal Injuries
The example case study we will present later, is based on an incident that resulted in a broken metatarsal in a car accident. Before we move on to look at this kind of accident and injury in more detail, we need to go over what makes a valid claim. Whenever a person is injured in a road traffic accident that wasn’t their fault, they could potentially have a valid claim. However, the claimant will need to be able to prove that a third party was responsible for the accident. In effect, the following statements must all be true:
- A road user was injured in the accident. This could be a driver/rider, a passenger or a pedestrian.
- The accident was the fault of a third party.
- The injured party can prove that the third party was responsible for the accident.
If the claim for an injury such as a damaged metatarsal is successful, then the injured metatarsal compensation amount will be calculated based on how much pain and suffering the claimant went through, any loss of life quality and also financial losses.
Metatarsal Bone Anatomy
The metatarsal bones are the five long bones in the foot, that run from the base of the toes to the heel bone. They are the first metatarsal, second metatarsal, third metatarsal, fourth metatarsal, fifth metatarsal counting from the side of the foot the big toe is on.
These bones help to make up the arch of the foot, and are one of the major load-bearing structures of the body. The ligaments and muscle attached to these bones help us to keep our balance and pivot our feet when we walk.
When a metatarsal is broken, metatarsal fracture treatment consists primarily of restricting the movement of the foot (generally in a cast) and also ensuring that weight is kept off the foot until the fracture has healed.
Common Causes Of Car And Road Traffic Accidents
There are many causes of accidents such as a car crash. However, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has published information that shows the most common causes of road traffic accidents such as a car accident, are:
- Driving while under the effects of alcohol (and also drugs, recreational or medicinal).
- Inexperienced drivers, such as young drivers and people who have recently passed their test.
- Tired drivers who lose concentration or suffer blurred vision, etc.
- In adults, there are other causes such as stress, negligence, carelessness and irresponsible behaviour.
10 Ways You Could Be Injured In A Car Accident
Extrapolating on the information above, this section will cover some of the kinds of injuries that road traffic accident can cause, such as:
- Whiplash – nonspecific damage to the neck caused by the neck moving violently due to inertia.
- Back injuries – ranging from sprains and strains to damage to the spinal column.
- Shoulder injuries – including dislocations and fractures.
- Arm injuries – caused by blunt trauma, resulting in fractures, etc.
- General bone fractures – such as a foot injury such as metatarsal fractures.
- Crush injuries – caused by being trapped in or under a damaged vehicle.
- Burns – ranging from trivial first-degree burns to potentially fatal third-degree burns.
- Head injuries – this would include injuries such as a concussion, and also more serious injuries resulting in brain damage.
- Face injuries – that could result in permanent scarring.
- Psychological injuries – such as post-traumatic stress disorder following being involved in a traumatic accident.
If an injury can be proven to have been caused by a third party, then a personal injury lawyer could be able to process a personal injury claim on behalf of the victim. A solicitor can also provide advice on possible foot injury claim amounts and other critical information.
Case Study: £35,000 Payout For A Broken Metatarsal In A Car Accident
In this section, we will give an example case study that shows how a personal injury solicitor was able to help a person to claim £35,000 in compensation for a fractured metatarsal caused by a road traffic accident.
This claim was made by a young woman, who was returning home from work in her car, when a large van rammed into her vehicle while she was crossing a junction. The van had jumped a red light. The claimant’s car was tipped up onto its left side. Because of this, the victim fell downwards from the driver’s seat, landing on the passenger door. Her left foot was trapped under the brake peddle, causing the application of severe force to the foot. This resulted in a fractured metatarsal, soft tissue injuries and a severe laceration of her ankle.
The victim was trapped in her car for some time, until the emergency services arrived and extracted her. An ambulance took her to hospital, and she was provided with emergency treatment. An X-Ray showed multiple fractures of the first metatarsal, and also serious damage to the ligaments of the ankle. The laceration was treated, and then a cast was applied to help immobilise the foot.
The claimant was unable to walk for many weeks, and even once she could put weight on her foot, she still needed walking aids. It took many physiotherapy sessions to get her full mobility back. Due to the nature of her job, she worked as a waitress, she was unable to work until she could effectively stand and walk again. As she was on a zero hour contract, she received no income at all during the time she took off work.
A solicitor processed a clam for her, against the vehicle insurance firm used by the van driver. It was found that the driver was under the influence of recreational drugs at the time the accident took place (cocaine). The driver was prosecuted for this, and for negligent driving causing an injury. The insurer admitted full liability and an out of court settlement of £35,000 agreed upon. This was to cover the claimant for the severe pain they had to go through, and for the trauma of being in a serious accident and being trapped inside her own car. There was also a provision for loss of earnings due to the claimant not being paid for her time away from work.
Broken Metatarsal Car Accident Injury Calculator
The table below is based on the actual UK judicial guidelines used by the courts to value injuries. You can look up your injury type, and learn the level of compensation that could be available. You may also be able to find an online broken metatarsal compensation calculator that could estimate the amount of compensation you could claim.
|Injured foot||Moderate||£12,900 to £23,460||Injuries that would include a displaced metatarsal fracture, that could result in a permanent deformity of the foot and a measurable disability.|
|Injured foot||Serious||£23,460 to £36,790||All injuries that will health eventually but will leave the victim with chronic pain and the risk of arthritis in the future.|
|Injured foot||Severe||£39,390 to £65,710||Fractures of the foot, with the heel being the most extreme of these. All injuries that will leave the victim with permanent pain and some level of disability. Including the inability to wear normal footwear and lowered mobility.|
|Injured foot||Very severe||£78,800 to £102,890||Injuries that will result in a severe permanent disability accompanied by chronic pain. Loss of mobility will be extreme, potentially leaving the victim in a wheelchair. All injuries that fall short of total amputation.|
|Injured foot||Amputation||£78,800 to £189,110||Total loss of one or both feet.|
You may have already used a personal injury claims calculator to get a rough idea of metatarsal compensation payouts. Even so, your claim will need to be evaluated fully before you can make a claim. Speak to our team to learn more about this.
No Win No Fee Broken Metatarsal Car Accident Claims
Did you know that if you use the services of a No Win No Fee lawyer, you don’t pay anything at all until you have won your claim? The lawyer won’t collect their pre-agreed fee until they have received a compensation payment for you.
You won’t be charged at the time the lawyer begins working on your claim, or during the time it takes them to process it, even if this takes months. Additionally, you won’t be asked to pay any legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful and you don’t get any compensation.
How Do You Make A Car Accident Or Metatarsal Injury Claim?
Starting a road traffic accident claim couldn’t be easier, as we are here to help you every step of the way. Just follow this simple process:
- Talk to our team, and explain your situation to them.
- An advisor will evaluate your claim for you, and give you some free advice on how to proceed with a claim.
- You can then use an accident and injury lawyer to process your claim for you.
Talking To Legal Helpline
Do you need some help and advice about making personal injury claims? Have you been injured in a road traffic accident that was somebody else’s fault? Do you think you have a valid basis for a claim? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then please speak to our team for some free help and advice. You can contact them on 0161 696 9685, and they will provide you with any help you may need.
References And Resources
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