If you have sustained a foot injury due to an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to make a foot injury claim for compensation.
Although often overlooked, the foot is a very complex and important part of our body. It is made up of both large and small bones, ligaments, tendons, joints and muscles that all work together to give us stability, balance and of course, mobility. Every day we use our feet to walk, run, stand, and drive. In order to carry out daily tasks we use our feet without a second thought all the time. However, if we were to suffer a foot injury, as well as suffering a lot of pain and discomfort, the ability to carry out many of the tasks we do daily, would be greatly reduced. Apart from being a real inconvenience, this could have a real impact on someone’s life and well-being, and could also have a huge impact on their livelihood.
Foot injuries can happen due to many different reasons. A foot injury may occur due to an accident at work, being involved in a car accident, slipping on a wet floor, or tripping over an uneven surface for example. If you have sustained a foot injury, regardless of how it happened, if it was due to an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be eligible to make a foot injury compensation claim. Legal Helpline is a specialist personal injury claims firm that can help you to make your compensation claim.
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- A foot injury compensation claims guide
- Foot injuries at work and other common causes
- Common types of foot injuries
- Foot Anatomy
- Foot injuries from a slip, trip or fall
- Foot injuries caused by an accident at work
- Foot injuries caused in a road traffic accident
- Determining how severe your foot injury is
- What action should I take if I suffer a foot injury that isn’t my fault?
- What can I claim compensation for?
- How much foot injury compensation can I claim?
- How to make a foot injury claim
- Foot injury claims – No Win No Fee
- Why make a foot injury claim with Legal Helpline?
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Suffering with a foot injury can cause a lot of pain and discomfort, and can be quite debilitating. Just doing regular things such as going to the shops, doing housework, engaging in hobbies, driving and going to work can become hugely difficult, and in some circumstances, impossible.
If you have sustained a foot injury at work, or hurt your foot after being involved in a car accident or from tripping or slipping over, or any other type of accident or incident that wasn’t your fault, you could make a claim for compensation.
This guide is full of useful information in regards to making a claim for compensation for a foot injury. In this guide we show what is involved in the claiming process, what you can claim for, what actions you should take if you suffer a foot injury that wasn’t your fault, average foot injury claim amounts and much more. We also advise on using a personal injury solicitor and tell you why its so important.
There are a number of reasons of how a foot injury might be sustained and there are different variations of the types of foot injury people may suffer with. Common causes of foot injuries are injuries that happen at work, injuries due to having a slip, trip or fall accident, being involved in a road traffic accident, sporting accidents and many more. Further below in the guide we look at some of the more common causes in slightly more detail.
In 2016/2017, according to statistics provided by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 609,000 workers reported suffering a non-fatal injury whilst at work. Just over 30% of those injured, were absence from work for more than seven days. Often foot injuries restrict and even cease mobility making it either very difficult or impossible to carry out a variety of different tasks and activities. Therefore suffering a foot injury can potentially have huge implications on lifestyle and work life.
Foot injuries are far from rare and knowing the most common reasons a foot injury may occur can allow preventative measures to be put in place to minimise the risk of a foot injury. Foot injury accidents can be classed as follows:
- Work Accidents – These may include slipping or tripping over, dropping items onto the foot, machinery or vehicle accidents that could cause the foot to be crushed.
- Road Traffic Accidents – Pedestrians, passengers and drivers can all be at risk from injury caused by a road traffic accident.
- Outdoor Activities – Often activities and sports that require strenuous movement can put the feet at risk from injury. Some indoor sports can also be risky.
- Trips, slips and falls – these accidents may happen at work, in a shopping centre, at the park or whilst walking along a public path for example due to obstacles or uneven surfaces.
The foot actually has a fairly complex structure as it is made up of a combination of bones, tendons, and ligaments, therefore suffering a foot injury could result in a number of different problems with the foot that will also differ in severity and the impact it has on the victim. When making a foot injury compensation claim, it is important to get a proper diagnosis to help determine its severity as the amount paid will largely depend on this.
Due to the complexity of the foot, there are a number of different types of injuries that may occur following an accident. The most common are:
- Injuries to the toes – Fractures, breaks and crushing injuries could result in amputation.
- Metatarsal injuries – Fractures or breaks due to trauma and stress injuries to the bones. These are particularly common in sporting accidents.
- Calcaneus (heel bone) fracture – Fractures or broken bones around the heel and ankle.
- Contusions – This is bad, deep bruising normally around the ankle area of the foot.
- Sprains and strains – Injuries to the tendons and ligaments in the foot and around the joints in the foot.
- Dislocation – Due to the force of an impact to the foot, bones within the foot may come out of place.
- Injuries caused by crushing – these may result in something called compartment syndrome where excessive pressure may build up in the foot due to bleeding or swelling which in turn can cause blood flow restriction. Crushing injuries when very severe can lead to amputation.
Whatever the injury you have sustained, it is always best to seek medical attention to have your injury looked at properly and fully diagnosed. A diagnosis can help largely with foot injury compensation claims as the severity and long term effects (if any) can be determined and put forward in your case which will have a baring on the overall amount awarded. As part of Legal Helpline’s policy, we can offer you a free local medical for you particularly if other symptoms have begun to appear since your injury first occurred.
To be able to determine the extent of your injury and to be able to gage the amount of compensation you may receive, it can be useful to know a bit about the foot’s anatomy. The foot is fairly complex as it has moving parts and is made up of a number of different parts and areas that all work together to enable us to walk, run, and stand balanced. The three main parts the foot is made up of are:
- The forefoot – This area is made up of the five toes. The toe bones themselves are called phalanges and the longer bones are called the metatarsals.
- The midfoot – This area has a shape like a pyramid and is made up of bones that make the arches of the foot. Also in the midfoot are three cuneiform bones as well as navicular and cuboid bones.
- The hindfoot – This area is made up of the ankle and the heel. The ankle is made up of the talus bone which supports the leg bones, the tibia and fibula. Further down is then the calcaneus otherwise known as the heel bone which is the biggest bone in the foot.
As well as the bones in the foot, there are also tendons, ligaments and muscles that allow the movement of the foot which then allows us to walk and run. One of the tendons is the well- known Achilles tendon which connects to the calf muscle in the leg and is essential for any movement to be made.
The most common of all causes of foot injuries are due to slip, trip, or falling due to a public pavement or pathway that has been insufficiently maintained. If the maintenance is someone else’s responsibility and you get injured after a slip, trip or fall, then you should be able to claim compensation due to negligence.
The same would apply if you were to slip, trip or fall in any commercial property or other public place for example. If you sustain an injury and it was due to an accident that wasn’t your fault, then you may be entitled to claiming compensation for damages.
Foot injuries in the workplace can occur due to many different possible accidents occurring. In accordance with the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 employers are expected to provide a safe working environment for their employees by following a number of different requirements and procedures. If you have injured your foot at work and it is due to the employer’s negligence, then you can file a claim for compensation for a foot injury.
Work risk assessments should be carried out for all tasks and preventative measures should be taken to prevent accidents from occurring that could cause a foot injury. Appropriate footwear in the workplace such as steel-toe capped boots for example should be provided and insisted upon. There are different types of foot protection suitable to different occupations and employers should ensure their staff pay attention to shoe safety in the workplace requirements.
If a company fails to adhere to the standards and requirements set out in the HSE and Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and you sustain foot injuries at work, then they may be found to be in breach of their duty of care and sued for negligence.
Road traffic accidents are another common cause of injuries to the feet. Not many vehicles include protective features in their design especially to protect the feet and so that area of the body is fairly vulnerable when someone is involved in an accident.
If you have suffered a foot injury in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, then you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim.
One of the most important contributing factors that will largely affect the amount of compensation you may receive for an injury, is the severity of the injury. However, gaging how severe an injury is can be quite difficult initially and not always clear to start with and so although a medical professional should be seen as soon as possible, follow-up appointments are also important. Sometimes when there is bruising and swelling present, an injury cannot be fully realised and diagnosed until the swelling or bruising sub-sides a little. Once the injury is fully diagnosed, only then can the correct full treatment be recommended and the severity will then become more clear.
As part of our service at Legal Helpline, we will offer a free local medical where your injury can be checked again and any changes noted. The future impact of your injury can also be evaluated. The severity of the injury may include any long term complications and effects, and also the likelihood of the injury reoccurring will also be taken into account. By assessing the severity of the injury and looking at all areas where your injury may have an impact, and at how big the impact may be, we can put together a claim that will get you the compensation you deserve.
Sustaining a foot injury can happen in a variety of different ways. First and foremost, if you have injured your foot, medical attention should be sought as soon as possible. Once you have received some treatment for your injury, you may then start to think about claiming for compensation if the injury was caused by someone else.
To make a successful compensation claim, evidence and documentation is crucial, as with any claim, liability needs to be proven. By carrying out the following steps where possible, you will be making a start on building your case:
- Medical Report – Once you’ve seen a medical professional, a medical report will be put together which documents your injury, treatment recommended and any next steps.
- Photos – Take photos of where the accident causing injury took place and what cause the injury. Also take photos of the injury itself as visual proof of your pain and suffering.
- Witnesses – If there were any witnesses to your ordeal, try to get their contact details so that a witness statement can be acquired at a later date if necessary.
- Accident book – If the accident took place at work or in a public place such as a supermarket, make sure the details are written in the accident report book. This is actually a legal requirement. Ask for a copy of the report.
- CCTV / Emergency Services report – Try to get a copy of any CCTV footage that may have recorded the accident taking place. Also if the Emergency Services were needed to attend, they will also of had to of written a report of events and having a copy of this could be very beneficial.
Although the type and severity of your injury is a large deciding factor on how much compensation you may receive should your claim be successful, there are also a number of other things to take into consideration that should be included in your claim and will therefore also having a baring on the final award amount. Things that should be included in your claim are:
- General Damages – These cover the physical and psychological aspects of your claim. This is where the severity and long term effects of your injury matter. General damages cannot be quantified mathematically and can be sometimes difficult to assess. General damages are for the pain and suffering you have endured and any future physical and psychological effects.
- Medical Expenses – Any medical costs such as prescription fees, physiotherapy costs or costs of any special equipment you have needed to purchase for example, that directly relate to your injury should be included.
- Travel Expenses -As well as the obvious travel costs to and fro medical appointments, any costs incurred due to the necessary adaptions to your vehicle can be included.
- Care Claim – If you have needed home help from a relative, neighbour or friend, the person providing the help may be able to make a claim.
- Loss of earnings – Any earnings lost or potential future earnings lost should be included.
As can be seen from above, the average settlement for foot injury is going to vary from case to case as there are so many contributing factors that make up the final compensation amount awarded. Each and every case is unique and so it would be impossible to give an exact figure to everyone that asked how much compensation will they receive.
However, we can show an estimated and averaged amount awarded for certain injuries to at least give you some idea of what may be achievable.
|Reason for Compensation||Average Amount Awarded||Comments|
|Severe Very Severe Foot Injuries||£21,910 - £96,150||Severe pain and discomfort with the risk of arthritis developing. The higher payment would be for severe permanent pain and disability due to extensive damage to the foot.|
|Moderate Foot Injuries||£12,050 - £21,910||Metatarsal fractures where pain is present and a continuing limp, to more severe fractures and damage to the ligaments causing a permanent deformity, pain and potential risk of osteoarthritis.|
|Minor Moderate Foot Injuries||£2,150 - £12,050||Simple foot injuries such as simple fractures, lacerations, and contusions etc where full recovery is expected over time.|
|Amputation of One Foot||£73,620 - £96,150||Similar to a below the knee amputation as the ankle joint is lost.|
|Amputation of Both Feet||£148,540 - £176,660||Similar to a double below the knee amputation as the ankle joints are lost.|
|Loss of Earnings||£10,000 - £400,000||The awarded amount will depend on how much has been and potentially will be lost depending on the claimants pay grade.|
If you would like to discuss your individual case in more detail, just call Legal Helpline for free help and advice.
Once you have received medical care for your injury and gathered some evidence, it is a good idea to seek legal advice from a solicitor that regularly deals with personal injury claims.
At Legal Helpline, we offer free consultations where you can discuss what has happened to you with a personal injury lawyer to establish the facts surrounding your case and if you have a legitimate claim. During the consultation you can ask us as many questions as you need to understand the process of making a compensation claim and what is involved. We will obtain from you any evidence you have collected so that we can then start to put together your case.
If you then decide you’d like us to carry on with your claim on your behalf, we will set to work on gathering more evidence to build a strong case.
We will also offer you a free local medical if we feel this could be of benefit.
Legal Helpline offer a No Win No Fee service. What this essentially means is that if we do not win your compensation claims case, then you will not be required to pay any of our legal fees.
No Win No Fee is another name for a Conditional Fee Agreement. In this agreement it is clearly set out what our responsibilities are to you as your legal representative and what we also expect from you as our client. The agreement clearly defines what our roles are within the working relationship. Our payment terms are also written clearly. As already stated, if we do not win your case for you, you do not need to pay us anything. However, if we are successful and win your case, then we will require a payment but this is taken as a small percentage of your awarded amount and is only legally allowed to be a maximum of 25% of your overall final award.
With our No Win No Fee service, there are no upfront costs or any costs during the whole process. It is just one payment out of your award amount of up to 25% and this is only if we are successful.
For someone with limited funds or whose finances are already feeling the strain of lost earnings due to their injury, the No Win No Fee service is a welcomed opportunity to get the compensation they deserve without any financial gamble.
Legal Helpline specialise in personal injury claims with a fantastic reputation. We offer brilliant customer service, our solicitors have many years of experience and are completely committed to doing the very best for our clients. We offer a very competitive service with our No Win No Fee policy, free advice and consultations and the ability to provide a local medical free of charge. There is no financial risk involved and we provide informed legal assistance every step of the way during the claiming process. We really care about our clients and genuinely want to get them the best compensation award we can for them as quickly as we can so that they can move on with their lives.
Call our team today on 0161 696 9685 for an informal chat about what we can do for you as your legal representative when making your compensation claim.
This is our guide to claiming compensation if you have hurt your foot in a slip, trip, or fall accident.
This is some information from the NHS regarding foot pain and what might be causing it. Also it gives some advice on how to treat it and when to go to the A&E.
NHS guide on common strains and sprains injuries.