By Daniel Paris. Last updated 14th December 2022. How much you receive in compensation for a broken foot will depend on how much physical and psychological suffering you endured. Compensation settlements also take into account any financial losses or expenses you have had due to your injury. This guide should help you understand:
- The valuation of foot injury compensation payouts in the UK.
- How third parties may be liable.
- What you can do after a foot injury that wasn’t your fault.
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Select a Section
- How Much Compensation For A Broken Foot?
- What Bones Can You Break In Your Foot?
- Can I Suffer Financial Loss From A Broken Foot?
- Top 3 Common Broken Foot Incidents
- Case Study: £27,000 Compensation For A Broken Foot
- What Is A Duty Of Care?
- How Can A Duty Of Care Be In Breach?
- Compensation For A Broken Foot Guide Estimates
- No Win No Fee Broken Foot Claims
- Choosing A Suitable Personal Injury Solicitor
- Discuss Your Compensation For A Broken Foot
- Additional Foot Fracture Information
Compensation for broken or fractured bones in the foot can range from a couple of thousand pounds to over a hundred thousand pounds. On top of that, you could be recompensed for any financial issues the injury has inflicted (such as unpaid absence from work).
We look to answer the following questions within this guide, however, if we do not cover particulars of your case please call our advisors for further information:
- What does the hospital do for a broken foot?
- How much should I sue for pain and suffering?
- Can I prove my pain and suffering?
- What amount can you get for a foot injury?
Should you need clearer answers on compensation for a broken foot or your own particular personal injury claim, freephone our team on the number at the bottom of this article any time, any day. We also offer prompt advice through our chatbox, and there is no necessity for you to make a claim.
There are a number of bones that can be broken in the foot and ankle joint, including the metatarsals (five longer bones before the toes). The most commonly fractured metatarsal is the fifth, which leads up to the smallest toe.
It’s crucial to know whether your broken bone was owed to the negligence of another body when seeking compensation. Employers’ liability cases, road traffic accidents (RTAs) and public liability cases cannot be won if there is no proof that there was a breach in the duty of care owed to you unless the third-party admits liability. For example, there a number of laws, legislation and guidelines that must be adhered to in certain aspects of our everyday life:
- Employers liability under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
- Occupiers liability – public places – under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.
- Road users under The Highway Code.
Provided you acted reasonably safely, and your injuries were a result of their breaches, you may be able to claim. Contact an advisor on our free-to-use live chat to find out more.
You may have already lost money due to your injury, causing you to consider compensation for a broken foot. Perhaps you have:
- Bought painkillers.
- Paid for counselling (if your accident caused psychological harm).
- Lost out on a workplace bonus.
- Paid for physiotherapy.
Whatever you lost out on financially because of the injury, you could claim it back in a successful compensation claim. If you chose to progress with a personal injury claim through a solicitor, they would advise you on what could and could not be claimed in your instance.
There are two types of foot breaks: acute and stress. According to Oxford University Hospitals, stress fractures are less common (only 1 person in every hundred experiences them) but more likely to be endured by sportspeople over time.
If you seek compensation for a broken foot that occurred after a workplace accident, road traffic accident or you were injured in a public place, it is likely that it’s acute.
Depending on your injury, your NHS hospital or clinic may advise resting the foot and wearing supportive shoes, provide you with a special boot or crutches and, occasionally, an orthopaedic surgeon may reposition your bones.
1. Accidents At Work
Any work injury payment would require your employer to be liable. The most common accidents at work in the country all being capable of inflicting fractured bones, your employer should have taken measures to protect you. The most common workplace accidents according to the Health and Safety Executive are:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Handling, lifting or carrying
- Striking by moving object
- Acts of violence
- Falls from a height
All of the above can cause metatarsal pain.
2. Road Traffic Accidents
RTAs can result in compensation for a broken foot after a non-fault car collision, but the fracture could be one of multiple injuries.
Cycling is increasing although it still only makes up 1% of the mileage of road users whereas cars and taxis make up 77% in England, Wales and Scotland according to Cycling UK. However, the proportion of cyclists who face fatalities is disproportional when it comes to vehicle drivers.
A metatarsal fracture or other foot injury can happen to a motorist, pedestrian, or motorcyclist if excessive force is placed on the foot or feet.
3. Incidents In A Public Place
Accidents in public places can be embarrassing, but also painful and psychologically damaging. If a dislodged object falls onto your foot from a building, for example, you may suffer for longer from the anxiety it causes than the pain itself. The owner of the building, such as a business, could be the third party you claim against.
You could potentially claim compensation for a broken foot if you fell in a pothole in a car park owned by a private landlord, or the council if it was owned by them depending on certain circumstances.
To correctly claim for accidents in a public place, try to find out who the third party was and make sure that they could have taken reasonable steps to prevent it. Our team of advisors can help you with this, your accident at work or your RTA, if you call on the number at the top of the page. You can also use our live chatbox and, remember, their suggestions are of no charge.
Foot Injury Compensation Payouts – How Long Do I Have To Claim?
We know from the Limitation Act 1980 that you typically have 3 years from the date of the accident to start a claim for compensation. However, when claiming for a foot injury, compensation payouts there may be exceptions that can apply in some circumstances.
For example, the time limit may start three years from the date you became aware of negligence. Negligence is when a third party has breached the duty of care they owed and caused you harm as a result.
Furthermore, the time limit can be suspended entirely in cases of children being injured, or those with a reduced mental capacity. In these instances, a suitable adult can apply to the courts to act as a litigation friend and put forward the claim on their behalf.
For those who are under the age of 18, if no claim has been made on their behalf, they will have three years from their 18th birthday to make their own claim. Alternatively, for those who lack the mental capacity, if they recover and no claim has been made on their behalf, they will have three years from the date of recovery to claim on their own behalf.
Get in touch today to find out about foot injury compensation payouts in the UK, including how much compensation for a foot injury you could be owed. An advisor can also discuss whether the exceptions to the time limit could apply to your case.
Ms Marks worked in a factory. She had worked there for five years and had recently started doing night shifts for higher income. She was unsure of the soundness of some of the night foreman’s decisions and, on one shift, she discovered that he was coercing colleagues into stacking heavy packages too high and too quickly.
As she was walking by, a number of packages fell and one weighing 22kg hit the back of her right foot causing severe pain in the ankle and heel area.
The pain was unbearable and she rested her foot on a chair in the canteen. Taking off her shoe, she could see that the back of her foot was misaligned. She could hardly walk and found putting weight on it nigh on impossible.
Ms Marks was taken to the hospital by a colleague. The doctor ordered an x-ray which revealed that Ms Marks had fractured her calcaneus. The doctor had stated that she may be in considerable pain for some time and that arthritis in the future was a very real possibility.
It was decided by her and her husband that she would investigate her chances at filing a claim against her employer. Her company offered her only four weeks’ full sick pay, but it took her several months to be able to return to work. Added to this, a follow-up appointment with a chiropractor revealed that she would have permanent gait asymmetry due to the pain and severe injury type.
Ms Marks’ claim for compensation for a broken calcaneus was a success. Her No Win No Fee solicitor used medical expert reports and footage from the CCTV to prove her case. The special damages were as follows:
Type of Special Damages: Includes: How much?:
Travel Expenses To and from appointments/treatment £100 for taxi to/from appointments.
Medications/Prescriptions Prescriptions, treatment, physiotherapy, walking aids, etc. £100 for painkillers and walking crutches.
Additional Care Professional care at home, from family, childcare, etc. £200 for friend’s care (especially driving).
Future Loss Loss of Earnings, future loss of earnings, potential future care. £3000
Cleaning/Gardening Cleaning, gardening, areas that requires consistent attention. Cleaner and
Ms Marks case is purely an example. Her case of compensation for a broken heel is created from our experiences. The case’s purpose is to demonstrate how your claim may be awarded.
As mentioned in section 2, when you are at work, on the road or in a public place, it is highly likely that someone is responsible for protecting your health, safety and wellbeing. If they fail to protect this in the eyes of the law, resulting in your suffering, you could make a personal injury claim against them.
However, you also have a responsibility under litigation. Should you continue on a person’s premises, for example, despite knowing that there are dangers or your workplace accident is a consequence of you abusing the training your employer provided, you may not be able to claim compensation for a broken heel. If you choose to make a claim, be transparent about your actions with your solicitor.
A lot of recipients of broken bones in the foot find themselves unable to drive, take part in sports or work for around six weeks. Your employer may offer you at least Statutory Sick Pay. However, they don’t need to if you earn less than a weekly wage of £120 each week before tax. If you find you’re not eligible for SSP, the Citizens Advice Bureau has guidance on other options of income. Any salary you lose could be received through a personal injury claim. Speak with one of our friendly advisors to find out more today.
Duty of care can be breached, and compensation for a broken foot pursued, when legislation is not followed. After a foot injury at work, a solicitor may find that your employer didn’t appear to adhere to the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Perhaps you weren’t trained in how to use their ladders properly and you fell. Perhaps they didn’t maintain the bracket it was attached to, causing the ladder to fail and you to fall.
For road traffic accidents, perhaps you found yourself in a collision caused by a speeding driver. By breaking the speed limit, that driver would be endangering the safety of those around them through sub-standard driving. The Highway Code could be used against them and a claim for compensation for a broken foot made.
If you were on public or private premises when you sustained your broken foot, for example, a council-owned park, you may not have been appropriately warned of dangers. A trip may have happened because a safety sign was concealed by overgrown hedges.
Personal injury lawyer looks into breaches of care on a regular basis and may have heard a case similar to yours. Call an advisor on the number at the top of the page at no cost to you. Our team is here for you 24/7.
If you had a pre-existing foot condition (such as metatarsal pain) before the accident, it could change your compensation estimate. Medical evidence gathered at the time of injury and as part of the claims process must prove that any injuries were caused by the accident, which was in turn caused by a negligent third party.
Speaking with a personal injury solicitor about any pre-existing conditions you had could help them understand and defend your claim.
Part of your compensation will be covered by general damages, which aims to compensate you for the physical and mental damage you experienced. Also, medical evidence provided through an impartial medical expert during the claims process will go towards the valuation of general damages.
If you are to claim compensation for a broken foot, you may look into special damages. It intends to indemnify you for damages other than pain and includes any additional care you received. Also the money you used as a result of the injury. Therefore, If your family or friends to cooked, cleaned or did the school runs while your foot recovered, you could claim compensation for their time. However, you must provide evidence. Try to keep documents such as:
- Receipts for painkillers
- Bills for physiotherapy
Appropriate evidence can strengthen your case. If you’d like to talk about evidence you’re lacking or wondering what else you can use, send a message to our team using the instant chat feature.
A concern when making a claim for compensation for a broken foot may be that you can’t fund a solicitor. We must mention here that solicitors are choices, not necessities. You may even worry that if you lose your claim, you will not be able to afford fees, especially since the accident has caused you financial strain. No Win No Fee agreements are known as Conditional Fee Agreements under law and they can resolve these apprehensions.
If you win your case through a CFA, you pay your personal injury solicitors fees through compensation recovered from the other side. The solicitor fees are limited to ensure that you receive the vast majority of the compensation.
To conclude, Losing your case means that you don’t pay the fees to your solicitor. The solicitor is working for you, and they risk the outcome of the case with you.
The amount of compensation for a broken foot can be influenced by the quality of the solicitor you might choose. If you’re looking for a No Win No Fee solicitor, we recommend you:
- Look at their reviews: are they positive and real?
- See how they respond to your calls or emails. Do they prioritise you enough to get back to you after a matter of hours, or do they delay you by days?
- Many claims settle before they go to court, but would your solicitor like to settle for less than is sensible?
Our panel of personal injury solicitors has experience, professionalism and are personable. Get in touch through any of the methods below if you’d like to get connected.
Contact our advice team (available 24/7 with no need to use our services afterwards) through any of the following options:
Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974: The workplace Health and Safety Act, broken down by the Health and Safety Executive.
NHS Services: For professional medical advice on your foot injury.
Employment Rights Act 1996: Government legislation on your rights at work.
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Written by TH
Checked by SA.