This guide is all about identifying how you could receive compensation for a foot injury. Now, this would be the result of a situation brought about by a third party, with you being the clear victim. And it would be about producing substantial evidence conclusively proving the negligence of another person or organisation.
Therefore, the guide in front of you aims to explain all key aspects of claiming after injuring your foot. We also answer common questions pertaining to such a situation. And we provide an example £22,000 case study scenario of a similar nature.
All you need to do is to click the headings in our list directly below. But remember that we’re always available to talk to you about your foot injury. And by establishing communication with us, you’re in a position to then work towards receiving compensation for your foot injury. Just call 0800 408 7826, contact us on our online form, or drop us a message on our 24/7 Live Chat.
Choose A Section
- How Much Compensation For A Foot Injury?
- Definition Of A Foot Injury
- How Can I Lose Out Financially From A Foot Injury?
- Top 3 Common Foot Injury Accidents
- Case Study: £22,000 Compensation For A Foot Injury
- What Is A Duty Of Care?
- How Can A Duty Of Care Be In Breach?
- Guide Estimates For Foot Injury Compensation
- No Win No Fee Foot Injury Claims
- Choosing The Right Personal Injury Solicitor
- Talk To Us About Your Case
- Additional Foot Injury Information
There is no set figure that covers compensation for every single foot injury. But we’re going to handle the various elements that influence the final payout in this guide. What’s more, we delve into the benefits of working with a No Win No Fee solicitor. And we also explain why a compensation calculator doesn’t always produce the most accurate settlement estimates.
Personal Injury Claims Time Limit
You may be aware that you have a maximum window of 3 years in which to make a claim. When this time limit begins all depends on individual circumstances. And there are exceptions to the rule. If a child or someone lacking mental capacity is hurt, the rules differ slightly. That’s because a responsible third party could claim on their behalf as a litigation friend. Only if the child turns 18 or if the victim regains mental capacity would their own 3-year window then begin. Message our friendly team if you want further advice in this regard.
A foot injury has the potential to reduce mobility for an extensive period of time. At a serious level, you may find that walking safely becomes very difficult for several months. Foot bones include the metatarsals, tarsals, phalanges, talus and calcaneus. And a foot injury is any scenario where the strength and mobility of the foot suffers a compromise. That could be a sprain, a strain, tendonitis or a fracture of any of the aforementioned bones. Typical symptoms include dull pain, lacking the strength to stand on the foot safely, bruising, bleeding, swelling and tingling. For a fracture, the bone sticking through the skin or a change in the foot’s shape would be clear signs.
In any event, we recommend using ice to reduce the swelling while limiting mobility and resting the foot. Should it require further medical attention, the recovery time could be between a few weeks and many months. In the most serious cases, surgery would be a possibility. And for truly severe injuries, amputation could be a consideration. For a general foot injury, though, it’s simply about recuperation so that the foot returns to 100% strength. And if someone else holds responsibility for your situation, breaching their duty of care you could claim compensation.
There could be a real financial impact which may help to shape the compensation for a foot injury. For starters, not being able to walk properly could preclude you from working. And that means a potentially significant period of time without income while you recover. While you handle that, there could also be rising medical costs, especially for a more serious injury. Then consider being unable to drive while hurt, thus requiring more public transport which means further spendings. And there could be holidays and weekend excursions that you have to cancel due to being at less than 100%. Each of these may form the financial fallout of your injury, but you could potentially receive it back as compensation. Please speak with our helpful team if you want some guidance on this matter.
A foot injury can take numerous forms, but three are particularly common. One is a stress fracture, where a bone breaks from sustaining excessive force. The metatarsal bones are the most frequent source of such an injury. Another example concerns an ankle fracture, which generally stems from suffering trauma. And its importance to the foot’s mobility makes the injury seem more obvious and harder to handle. The final instance would be a sprain, stemming from a ligament tear due to the ankle twisting in an unexpected manner. Each of these could result in you receiving compensation if it is caused due to the negligence of a third party that has a responsibility to your health and well being. Chat with us if you want a more in-depth explanation about specific accident scenarios.
Mr Jackson had been working as a warehouse operative. He was on night shifts this particular week. He was unloading a pallet of tins when his colleague accidentally run over his foot with a forklift truck. Mr Jackson instantly felt huge amounts of pain. He could no longer apply weight to his right foot. The first aid team were called to check over Mr Jackson’s injury. As his boot was taken away it was clearly apparent that something was seriously wrong with his foot. An ambulance was called straight away.
Mr Jackson was transported to the hospital, where he had multiple diagnostic tests. The doctor came to give him the results which were several broken metatarsals in the right foot. Several metatarsal bones had displaced fractures. Surgery was needed to correct this which meant several months recovery for Mr Jackson meaning rime away from work.
After receiving legal advice, Mr Jackson filed a claim against his employers. The investigation revealed that the forklift driver had not had sufficient training on how to drive the forklift safely. He was new to the job and had been thrown in at the deep end due to staff shortage. Mr Jackosn’s case was settled out of court. His employers admitted liability when they saw the evidence that had been produced. He was awarded both general and special damages in a payout of £22,000.
|Type Of Special Damages||Includes:||How Much?|
|Lost Earnings||Costs of lost earnings||£4,500|
|Medical Costs||Costs of medication during rehabilitation||£300|
|Transport Costs||Costs of public transport requirements during recuperation||£300|
|Physiotherapy Costs||Costs of physiotherapy treatment||£700|
|Other Costs||Remaining costs due to the injury||£80|
Keep in mind that Mr Jackson’s story is an example and purely for the purpose of this article.
A duty of care represents the responsibility that a person or authority has towards other people to keep them safe. This can take up numerous forms, as we’ll explain shortly. But it essentially means the guidelines that a body must follow to look after one another. When a breach occurs, though, accidents could soon follow. And such accidents may lead to a compensation claim. Hence why it’s so important for those managing a duty of care to do so effectively. Talk with our advisors if you want a deeper breakdown of the duty of care concept.
So, how do we define a breach of a duty of care? Well, as noted, the purpose of a duty of care is to protect people. This comes by putting rules in place to ensure that everybody is kept safe at all times. But it’s when one or more of these procedures isn’t followed, even on a minor scale, that oversights happen. In such scenarios, that’s when accidents could follow suit, with this potentially causing injuries. Therefore, a breach of duty comes from a third party not maintaining their duty of care, ultimately resulting in an injury.
The responsibility for a breach, though, would vary depending on where and how the accident occurs. Take, for instance, a workplace accident. A breach of duty under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 could mean an employer is liable for any suffering caused. If an employer fails to adhere to legislation they could be responsible for an injury that happens as a result. Employer’s liability (EL) makes an employer liable for his employees’ safety. Even something as slipping on a wet surface with no warning signs causing an injury could lead to a claim. And if multiple injuries are suffered in one such incident, then it might lead to a multiple injury claim.
Public places covering areas such as parks, restaurants, cinemas, pavements, libraries etc. There are many possibilities. Therefore, the duty of care via the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 would cover these spaces. Being injured in a public place might include you tripping and spraining your foot, or the foot being broken due to a pothole in a park walkway. Not all accidents will be the result of a breach of the Occupiers’ Liability Act, however, if they are depending on whether you are injured or not you may be eligible to file a claim against the responsible party.
And we also have the instance of road traffic accidents (RTAs). The Highway Code applies a duty of care in this area which relates to all road users. That means drivers and also pedestrians and cyclists too. But you could injure your foot in a car crash or with a vehicle colliding with your bike. If the accident was not your fault you this could provide the grounds to claim compensation for a foot injury via a breach of the road’s duty of care.
Find out everything you need about a duty of care by using our Live Chat at any time.
A professional estimate of compensation for a foot injury requires you to initially have a medical evaluation. Only by receiving a full and proper diagnosis would your case have sufficient credibility and a viable chance to win. So, this would look into how you’re coping with your injury and its impact on your mobility. Crucially, though, it would also take into account how it occurred, proving that someone else’s negligence caused your injury.
The results of the evaluation could then influence the compensation you may claim for. An online personal injury claims calculator cannot provide accurate amounts as it can not take into account extenuating circumstances. We prefer to use your specific circumstances as our focal point rather than typical industry guesswork. The estimate itself comes in two forms.
General damages would be first, and this pertains to the primary consequences of your foot injury. We’re talking about pain and suffering, and how your lifestyle has been impacted by the injury itself. Then, we come to special damages, which handle the additional fallout, largely from a financial perspective. That means lost earnings, medical bills, travel expenses and any physiotherapy. It could also cover care claims, which means gracious care from friends and family along with hiring nurses to look after you. Keep in mind how retaining receipts and invoices could be very important in supporting these figures. Call us if you need further information.
A No Win No Fee agreement protects the financial interests of the claimant to the furthest degree possible. This means only paying a personal injury solicitor legal costs if the case wins. If the case fails, though, the personal injury solicitor doesn’t receive anything from you specifically for their time. You wouldn’t have to pay at initial contact or during the case. Hence why No Win No Fee agreements are beneficial for those wanting to use a solicitor to pursue their case on their behalf. Telephone our knowledgeable team to ask us any questions.
The right personal injury solicitor has to be somebody with real credibility and a history of handling foot injury claims. They should also prove that they have a tendency to win such cases; why pick someone who often loses? Also, consider accessibility and their turnaround when it comes to activity and communication. And it always helps to see what clients have to say about working with them in the past. If everything matches up, then you have a personal injury solicitor who should look after you.
Call our team of advisors today if you have a valid case they could refer you onto expert personal injury solicitors. Please get in touch with our specialist team for further details.
Want to speak with us about claiming compensation for your foot injury? You can use any of these three methods to get the conversation under way:
We’re available to talk with you 24/7, and you don’t have to pursue your case even after contacting us.
When can I receive a compensation estimate?
You can get in touch at any time to receive guidance on what you may be able to claim for. There is no delay necessary in communicating with us.
Should there be a witness to an accident?
It helps if you have witnesses, but your claim could still succeed even if you don’t.
How long could a case take to reach its conclusion?
This varies depending on the severity of the injury and the level of evidence that you have. It’s possible that those liable may settle out of court within weeks of you intending to take action. But this isn’t always the case by any means.
Is there a limit on what I could claim for?
There are general thresholds based on individual circumstances.
Thank you for reading our guide all about compensation for foot injury claims. But we’re mindful that you may still want to know more. Therefore, we have numerous additional links below for you to take a look at.
The NHS have a page relating to all manners of foot injuries.
They also discuss sprains and strains in great depth too.
And you can also take a look in full at the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
Check out more of our legal guides below:
- Personal injury claims
- Check to see how much compensation you could claim
- How much compensation can you claim for a back injury?
- How to claim compensation for a broken arm
- How much compensation can you claim for a broken foot?
- Claim compensation for a crushed ankle injury
- How to claim compensation for a facial scar
- Broken foot compensation claims
- How much compensation can you get for a fractured leg?
- How much compensation can you claim for a wrist injury?
- Claim compensation for a broken ankle
- How to claim compensation for a broken leg
- Claim compensation for a fractured jaw
- Broken leg compensation claims
- Broken forearm compensation claims
- Make a claim for a torn Achilles tendon
- Broken thumb compensation claims
- Broken wrist compensation claims
Written by RK
Checked by SA