By Marlon Redding. Last Updated 12th July 2022. If you’ve suffered a broken foot in a car accident, or are seeking compensation for a broken foot at work in another type of accident that you feel your employer was at fault for, then you may have landed on this page because you were researching compensation payouts to see how much your foot injury in a car accident, or at work could bring you. Here, we have illustrated a fictitious case study as an example of how much compensation for a broken foot at work, or a broken foot in a car accident could be appropriate. Along with providing information on this type of injury and explaining how a claim could lead to compensation, we’ll also provide potential compensation amounts for broken feet, in order to give you some idea of how much your claim might be worth. If you’d like help with personal injury claims of this nature, our helpline advisors are here to support you. Call 0161 696 9685 and we could offer you advice and guidance on making your own claim, including providing you with a personal injury solicitor from our panel to help you begin a claim. However, before you do call us, you may wish to learn more about how claims of this nature could lead to significant broken foot compensation payouts.
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We take a look later down this page at a fictitious case study in order to look at what potential compensation payouts could be made for a broken foot in a car accident at work. Whatever industry you work in, and whatever job you do, your employer has a duty of care towards you, and if their failure in this duty leads to you to suffer a broken foot or broken feet at work then you may be eligible to claim compensation.
There are a great many bones in the foot that, if put under force, could break or snap. These could lead to tendon damage as well as the broken bones themselves, and in some cases, could lead to permanent damage or loss of function in the foot.
Signs of broken bones in the foot could include pain, swelling, inability to weight bear and more. We would always advise that you seek medical attention if you have been in an accident that has caused any symptoms such as these so that prompt treatment could be given if needed. This could make a real difference in some cases to your prognosis. However, if the damage is severe, it may not be possible for the foot to be completely repaired without some ongoing issues. These are all things that are taken into account when calculating broken foot compensation payouts.
There are 26 different bones in the foot that could be broken, and to understand how they could affect you, we first need to understand how the foot is structured. The first bone we should look at is the calcaneus, which is the heel bone at the base of the foot. This forms the foundation of a human foot, connection to the talus and the cuboid. The foot joins the talus, the anklebone, at the transversal tarsal joint, which then connects to the navicular bone and the cuboid. From there, the great toe is connected via the medial cuneiform, and then onto to metatarsal of the big/great toe. The second toe joins the navicular bone from the intermediate cuneiform, whereas the third toe joins from the lateral cuneiform, and the fourth and fifth join from the tarsometatarsal joint. From here the metatarsals join the phalanges of the toes.
Even if you have broken just one of the bones in the foot, it could cause you to have problems with walking or weight-bearing. More serious injuries could put you at risk of permanent disability.
The HSE releases statistics relating to common workplace accidents, and the category of workplace non-fatal injuries that was considered most prominent in 2018/19 was slips, trips and falls all on one level. This was followed by handling, carrying or lifting injuries, being struck by moving objects, acts of violence and falls from heights. All of these types of workplace accident could, in theory, lead to a broken foot. If you have suffered a broken foot in a car accident at work or any other accident at work, and you feel that your employer was responsible for your broken foot injuries, then you may wish to look into making a claim for compensation. We could help you with this.
There could be some specific risks of suffering a foot fracture in a car accident at work or another type of workplace accident. These could include, but are not limited to:
- Vehicle and car accidents – foot injuries from car accidents at work could lead to crush injuries, broken bones, sprains, strains and more.
- Slips, trips and falls (from a height or same level) – Depending on how far and where you fell, you could sustain a broken foot in a slip, trip or fall.
- Impacts and blunt force trauma from heavy objects – If you are struck with an object that is heavy, this could force the bones in the foot to break
- Misstepping – If you step on something by accident, depending on what it is, and the foot bends or is pressured in a certain way, it could cause bones within the foot to break.
- Overuse – overuse of the foot also lead to stress fractures.
- Lack of PPE (personal protective equipment) or training – Lack of training or provision of PPE could also cause you a broken foot injury.
If it could be proved that your employer was negligent in looking after your health and safety at work and you suffered a broken foot in a car accident at work, or any other type of workplace accident, you may be eligible to claim for compensation.
If you’d like to know the kind of case that could lead to compensation amounts of £80,000 for a broken foot in a car accident, here we have put together a fictitious example of a case to illustrate how a break to the foot could lead to a permanent injury, which could attract a compensation award of this level. Please note that the compensation amounts we refer to could include loss of earnings, and other special damages as well as the award for the injury itself.
The claimant in this fictitious case, who we will refer to as Miss L, was involved in a serious car accident at work when she was hit by a truck in the car park of the logistics firm at which she worked. The driver of the truck had been told to use the main car park of the building to unload his vehicle as the loading bay was full. While manoeuvring the vehicle around the car park, he could not see Miss L and crashed into the front of her car, crushing her foot and leading it to be broken badly. Her foot was so badly broken that she required surgery to fix the injury, and underwent a long period of rehabilitation, but was still left with a permanent limp and was unable to work for a significant period of time. Miss L is no longer able to stand for long periods and needs to wear a special shoe on the injured foot.
The employer admitted liability for the accident, as the car park was not fit for the vehicle they allowed in it, and they settled with Miss L, paying compensation amounts for the injury and the costs associated with the injury, including loss of earnings, that totalled £80,000.
Compensation payouts in a foot injury claim will largely depend on the severity of your injury and the effect it has had on your life.
The compensation amount for the pain and distress from an injury, is known as general damages. To show you how general damages can be awarded in foot injury claims, we have included a table of foot injuries and example compensation valuations. The figures in our table come from the Judicial College Guidelines. While they should not be looked at as an exact reflection of compensation in your claim, they can give you an idea of the valuation for this type of injury.
|Injury||Bracket for Compensation||Notes|
|Amputation – Both Feet||£169,400 to £201,490||Treated as a below knee amputation due to the loss of the ankle|
|Amputation - One Foot||£83,960 to £109,650||Treated as a below knee amputation due to the loss of the ankle|
|Foot Injury – Very Severe||£83,960 to £109,650||Injuries resulting in severe disability or chronic pain|
|Foot Injury – Severe||£41,970 to £70,030||Fractures to both feet causing mobility problems|
|Foot Injury - Serious||£24,990 to £39,200||Serious injuries with risk of future arthritis|
|Foot Injury – Moderate||£13,740 to £24,990||Fractures distorting the foot|
|Foot Injury – Modest||Up to £13,740||Appropriate for ruptured ligaments or penetrating wounds|
|Amputation Of All Toes||£36,520 to £56,080||The reason for the amputation can influence the award|
|Toe Injuries - Severe||£13,740 to £21,070||Crushing injuries requiring amputation|
|Toe Injuries - Serious||£9,600 to £13,740||Fractures to multiple toes|
For financial losses caused by the injury, you would seek special damages. This could include:
- Loss of income
- Costs towards treatment or care outside of the NHS
- Adapted travel costs
For more information about foot injury claims and a direct valuation for compensation in your claim, please reach out to one of our advisors.
There is a way in which you could retain the services of an experienced personal injury solicitor for your broken foot claim without needing to pay for their services before your personal injury claim begins. We believe every claimant should have the opportunity to claim for compensation for an accident that someone else was liable for, without having to fund the claim out of their own pocket, which is why we work with a panel of no win no fee solicitors that take their payment out of your compensation settlement, and not before your foot fracture claim begins. Claims such as these would be documented in a Conditional Fee Agreement that you’d be expected to sign, which would promise your solicitor, in the event of a successful claim, a percentage of your total settlement. This percentage cannot be over 25% and would be payable in the event that you received compensation payouts for your broken foot accident claim. If you had a valid broken foot claim but your lawyer failed to win you any compensation, you would not have to pay this fee.
Making a compensation claim for a foot fracture in a car accident, or for compensation for a broken foot at work that you suffered in a slip, trip or fall accident that wasn’t your fault could be less stressful with Legal Helpline on your side. We could offer a free assessment of your case, answering any queries that you might have about the personal injury claims time limit that applies to your claim, as well as giving some indication of the Judicial College Guidelines compensation bracket for your specific fracture injury. If we feel that you could have a valid case, we could connect you to a personal injury lawyer from our panel of experienced injury claims lawyers, who could then take your case forward on a no win no fee basis. With lots of experience in helping accident victims with their personal injury claims, we have the knowledge and experience needed to get you all the help you could need with making a claim for compensation.
Now you know how we could offer you help and support with making a claim, why not get in touch for a free, no-obligation assessment of your case? You could call 0161 696 9685 and speak to a friendly advisor who will answer your questions and, if appropriate, connect you with a solicitor from our panel who could help to begin your claim for you. You could, alternatively, fill in the contact form and a Legal Helpline advisor would be happy to get in touch with you. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you in any way that we can.
Workplace Accidents – Our guide to accidents in the workplace is full of handy information and guidance on making claims.
Manual Handling Incidents – Manual handling accident claims advice can be found in this handy guide.
Our Guide To Foot Injury Claims – Here, you can find advice on making injury claims for damage to the foot.
Trusted External Resources
NHS Guide to Broken Bones – Here you can see if you have any symptoms of broken bones.
HSE Guide to Specified Injuries – Here you can find what injuries need to be reported to RIDDOR.
How To Tell If An Injury Is Work-Related – The HSE answers questions on what kind of injuries could be classed as work-related.
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