Have you suffered from a broken foot as a result of the carelessness or negligence of another person; here is what you can do and how much compensation you may likely get for your broken foot injury.
Broken Bone Fracture
The human foot is very complex consisting of several large bones, small bones, joints, ligaments and tendons which work together in perfect harmony to provide us with support, balance and mobility. When there is injury to the foot affecting any of the bones, ligaments or tendons, it can be very distressing, painful and inconveniencing. A foot injury can render a person immobile and unable to carry out basic activities at home, driving or even going to work.
The severity of the injury will determine how long it will take for the injury to heal- some take weeks, months, years while some do not go away completely for life but keep presenting a challenge to you and limiting the kind of work you can do or participate in for life.
There are about 26 different bones in the foot which can fracture when subjected to trauma. There could also be damage to the tendon leading to temporary or permanent damage and loss of function.
The anatomy of the foot is so structured that the calcaneus, which is the heel bone at the base of the foot in connection with the talus and the cuboid forms the foundation of the human foot. The talus which is the ankle bone joins the foot at the transverse tarsal joint and then connects to the navicular bone and the cuboid.
Via the medial cuneiform, the big toe is connected and then joins onto the metatarsal. From the intermediate cuneiform, the second toe joins the navicular bone while the third toe joins from the lateral cuneiform. The fourth and fifth join from the tarsometatarsal joint and from there the metatarsals join the phalanges of the toes.
Any of these bones could be fractured when subjected to trauma. There are various foot injuries one may suffer and for different reasons. One may suffer ankle injury from falling or contact sport, metatarsal injury, big toe injury, cuboid fracture, foot accidents at work or some other foot injuries from falling or other mishap.
If your foot accident or injury is as a result of another person’s negligence or carelessness, you may be able to make personal injury claims for a deserved compensation. It has been discovered that foot accidents at work and foot injuries from falling are the most common reasons why people make broken foot compensation claims.
Signs of a broken foot or foot injuries include the following;
- Pain at the site of fracture
- Inability to bear load, etc.
When this happens, it is important to seek prompt medical attention. The severity of your injury and its impact on your wellbeing will be vital to determining your foot injury compensation in the UK.
Common Foot Injuries
Some common foot injuries that people can suffer and for which they can make compensation claims include but are not limited to:
- Banged foot
- Ankle injury
- Metatarsal injury
- Big toe injury
- Cuboid fracture
- Sprains and strains
- Torn ligaments
- Ruptured tendons
- Extreme bruising
- Broken toes
- Other foot fractures.
These foot injuries can range from mild to moderate, to severely debilitating.
Possible Causes Of Broken Foot or Foot Injuries
There are different causes or risk factors that can make one suffer foot injuries which include the following;
- Slips, trips and falls from a height – This could cause foot injury of varying degrees depending on the height from where you fell, how you landed and where you fell.
- Vehicle and car accidents – one may suffer broken foot, crush injuries, sprains, strains or other foot injuries from car and motor accidents.
- Impacts from heavy objects– you may suffer crushing foot injuries at work, home or some other place if you are struck by a heavy object
- Missing a step – while climbing stairs or operating some machinery, or lifting heavy objects, missing your step can cause the foot to bend in an awkward way, applying undue pressure on it and can cause a bone to break.
- Overuse – you can also suffer stress fractures to the foot as a result of overuse and constant pressure on the foot.
- Lack of PPE (personal protective equipment) or lack of training on how to use them– when you fail to put on the required protective gear or you do not have the requisite training on how to use them, you put yourself at risk of suffering injuries including a broken foot.
When Can I File A Foot Injury Compensation Claim in the UK?
If your foot injury occurred at the workplace, you may be able to make claims against your employer if you can establish that your employer was negligent and failed to ensure that your safety at work is guaranteed and you have suffered fracture or injury as a result of his failure to do the needful.
Also, you can make personal injury claims where your accident caused injury as a result of the carelessness or negligence of another road user or motor driver.
Who Pays The Compensation For A Foot Injury?
The person or establishment responsible for your injury is liable for paying you compensation.
For example, employers have a duty to care for the health and safety of their workers by ensuring that the workplace is safe from all injury-causing risks. When they fail to do this and an employee suffers injury and it is proven that the injury is as a result of their negligence, then they will have to pay the compensation.
Furthermore, if you suffered a car accident as a result of a driver’s carelessness, the driver with his insurance company will have to see that you get your full compensation amount.
Additionally, a shop owner may be held responsible for compensating you if you suffered injury due to a slippery surface in the shop or presence of harmful objects carelessly kept.
Also, if your foot injury was caused as a result of medical negligence such as avoidable injury or amputation, you can make a claim against the health facility be it the NHS or a private hospital.
Making Personal Injury Claims
In making claims for a broken foot or other forms of foot injuries, you should be able to demonstrate two vital events. These are – Liability and Causation.
Your medical negligence solicitor will help you prove that the person or organization responsible for your injury had a duty of care to you or a responsibility to ensure your safety but failed to do so and that your injury is a direct result or consequence of that carelessness.
Also, you will have to show exactly how you have been impacted by the injury. This includes how your quality of life has been affected, psychological trauma you have suffered, how much money you have lost, costs of medical treatment and if you have lost your job or had to stop working as a result of the injury, these things have to be presented to prove your claims and get a deserved compensation amount.
Steps To Take After A Suffering A Broken Foot Or Other Foot Injury Due To Negligence
The first thing you should do is to seek medical attention. A delayed treatment could lead to further complications.
Very vital to your claims is to gather evidence to prove that indeed you suffered as a result of careless, reckless or negligent treatment. Documents you need include;
- A detailed statement of what happened
- Photographs of the accident scene
- Photographs showing severity of damage to your foot
- Statements from eye witnesses and contact information
- Medical records including results from the X-Rays and diagnostic tests
- Doctor’s report
- Medical bills and other financial losses incurred as a result of the injury
- File a statement at the nearest police station in the case of a road accident so that a record of the accident is documented
- File a written record in the log book kept in the HR office at your workplace if the foot injury happened at work
You may also need other documents depending on your specific injury and the circumstances surrounding it. We can help you gather the relevant documents you need to successfully prove your claims.
How We Can Help
At MND, we offer a free assessment of your case, make a professional evaluation of your case to determine if you have strong grounds to make a claim. We have expert personal injury claims solicitors who will listen to you, discuss your claims and answer whatever queries that you might have about your claims, what the entire process involves and what you need to make your claims.
We will also give you a realistic indication of what your payout amount will be using our injury compensation claim calculator and based on the Judicial College Guidelines average settlement payout for your specific fracture injury.
Our personal injury solicitors are well versed in such claims as these having represented many clients and securing deserving compensation amounts for them. Our medical negligence solicitors are also accredited in relevant clinical negligence solicitors’ panels such as the Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors’ panel and the Law Society’s panel. You can therefore be rest assured that your claims will be handled by competent lawyers.
How Much Compensation For A Foot Injury?
The exact amount you can receive as compensation for your foot injury will vary based on different factors. As foot injuries differ in type and severity, so does the compensation amount differ. For example, ankle injury settlement amounts will differ from serious foot injury compensations like amputation compensation.
Factors that are considered while deciding on a favourable compensation amount include-
- Type of injury
- Severity of injury
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Costs of medical treatment, rehabilitation fees and therapy including costs of purchasing mobility aids or assistive devices
- Costs of home or car adjustments to accommodate your foot injury.
- Loss of income from being unable to work including future estimated earnings
- Estimated recovery time
Find below foot injury compensation payouts as set by The Judicial College
|SEVERITY OF FOOT INJURY||POTENTIAL SETTLEMENT PAYOUT|
|Simple fracture with a predicted full recovery||Up to £5,590|
|A broken foot that has resulted in continuous pain as a result of traumatic arthritis with lengthy treatment and the possibility or needing fusion surgery||£19,920 – £31,250|
|Fractured toe||£9,010 to £12,900|
|Very severe Foot Injury – Where there is permanent disability or losses of a substantial part of the heel||£78,800 to £102,890|
|Severe Foot Injury where there are fractures to both heels, where permanent pain and restricted mobility exist preventing shoes to be worn||£39,390 to £65,710|
|Serious Foot Injury which is less severe than above but will pain is chronic, and there may be a risk of future arthritis, fusion surgery, or prolonged treatment.||£23,460 to £36,790|
|Moderate Foot Injury Where there are metatarsal fractures||£12,900 to £23,460|
|Modest Foot Injury Where there are simple fractures to metatarsals,||Up to £12,900|
for the amputation of one foot
|£78,800 to £102,890.|
|For the amputation of both feet||£158,970 to £189,110.|
|ankle injury settlement amounts
Severe ankle injuries-
|£25,200 to £59,115|
|Moderate ankle injuries-||£11,100 to £22,575|
|Minor ankle injuries-||Up to £11,655|
No Win No Fee Broken Foot Compensation Claims
At MND, we undertake all foot injury and personal injury claims under our Conditional Fee Agreement policy also known as No Win No Fee. This means that you do not have to pay a dime to us before or during the entire claims process. It also means that you are protected from making any payments to us even if your claims were unsuccessful. However, you will only have to pay 25% of your total compensation amount as success fee after your claim is won.
Reach out to us today by completing our online free claims assessment form or call us on 0800 644 4240 to schedule a meeting and let us discuss your claims.