Injuring any of the bones, tendons, or ligaments in your feet can be painful and make it difficult to carry out daily activities. If your foot injury was caused by somebody else’s negligence, you could be eligible to make a foot injury claim for compensation. That might be the case if you’ve been involved in a car crash, an accident at work, or you’ve slipped on a wet floor amongst other things.
In this guide to foot injury claims, we’ll explain when you might be eligible to claim compensation for a foot injury, how much compensation you could claim, and how the process works.
Our claims advisors are ready to help if you’re looking to make a claim for a foot injury. Firstly, they’ll review your claim during a no-obligation telephone consultation. During your call, they’ll explain your options and offer free legal advice about how to proceed. If your claim appears to be suitable, they’ll refer you to one of our personal injury solicitors. If they take your foot injury claim on, it will be processed on a No Win No Fee basis meaning you’ll only pay them for their work if you receive a compensation payout.
Are you ready to claim compensation for a foot injury right away? If so, please call us on 0800 6524 881 today. Otherwise, please read on to learn more about the claims process.
Table of contents
- Am I Eligible To Make A Make Foot Injury Compensation Claim?
- Common Causes Of Foot Injury Claims
- Common Injuries To Feet
- How Much Compensation For A Foot Injury Could I Claim?
- Evidence To Support A Foot Injury Claim
- Time Limits For Claiming Foot Injury Compensation
- Starting The Foot Injury Claims Process
If you’ve suffered a foot injury in an accident that was somebody else’s fault, you’re well within your rights to consider suing for compensation. A personal injury solicitor may offer to take on your claim if they believe that you’ve got a fair chance of receiving compensation for your foot injury. To check this, our solicitors will look to verify whether:
- A duty of care can be established between the defendant and yourself; and
- That duty was broken by an act of negligence; and
- Your foot was injured as a result.
You don’t need to be concerned too much about whether you were owed a duty of care as your solicitor will verify this before accepting your claim. For now, it’s enough to know that most organisations have a duty of care to try and keep anybody on their premises as safe as possible and employers owe a similar duty of care to their employees and staff.
Once the duty of care has been confirmed, we’ll look at how you could supply evidence to show how your accident happened. This is something we’ll go over in more detail later.
As there are so many different ways that your foot could be injured, we won’t list every potential scenario here. However, some examples of where foot injury compensation claims might be made include:
- If you trip on an uneven paving slab and break a metatarsal bone.
- Where items fall onto your foot in a DIY shop because they were not stacked safely.
- Where you’ve been injured from slipping on a wet floor with no sign.
- If your child breaks their foot after falling in an unsafe playground at school.
- Where a toe has been amputated by a cutting machine at work because your employer didn’t provide protective footwear.
- If your foot was trapped and injured after you were knocked off your motorbike in a road traffic accident.
- Where you’ve suffered sports injuries that have resulted from poor coaching advice or unsafe facilities.
Remember, whatever foot injury you’ve sustained, compensation claims are only possible if the accident that caused you to suffer happened because somebody else was negligent. If you’d like us to check if you’ve got the grounds to take action, please call today.
Other than the most minor problems, you could essentially claim for any foot injury sustained in an accident that was somebody else’s fault. Some of the more common injuries that result in foot injury compensation include:
- Lacerations and bruising.
- Sprains and strains.
- Excessive bruising.
- Foot injuries that cause osteoarthritis.
If you believe you’ve suffered a foot injury that was not your fault, please call 0800 6524 881 today for free advice about your options.
The exact amount of compensation for a foot injury that you can claim will vary considerably, depending on the severity of your injuries, your actual financial losses and the impact that the injury has had on your life.
A typical settlement may include compensation for:
- General damages: The pain, suffering and loss of amenity caused by your injured foot. Loss of amenity is where a financial value is placed on things like loss of enjoyment of hobbies caused by your injuries and is further explained here.
- Special damages: Any financial impact your foot injury has caused. This might help to cover any medical expenses, care costs, lost income or travel expenses. For more serious foot injuries, you could also claim to have your home modified if the changes will make it easier to deal with any ongoing disability.
To help demonstrate the severity of your foot injury, you’ll typically need a medical assessment during a claim. This will be conducted by an independent expert who’ll produce a report about your injuries and prognosis after examining you and talking with you about the impact of your foot injury. Usually, our solicitors can book these appointments locally so you won’t need to travel too far.
The Judicial College sets guidelines for foot injury compensation payouts which we’ve based the figures on below.
- For modest foot injuries such as simple metatarsal fractures, puncture wounds, and ruptured ligaments the compensation payout is up to £12,900.
- For moderate foot injuries like displaced metatarsal fractures resulting in deformity, £12,900 to £23,460.
- For serious foot injuries such as fractures of both feet where there may be a risk of future symptoms or surgery, £23,460 to £36,790.
- For a severe foot injury such as both heels fractured, both feet fractured, a severe injury to a single foot resulting in substantial disability the compensation payout can range from
- £39,390 to £65,710.
- Very severe foot injuries resulting in permanent, severe pain or extremely serious and permanent disability such as from amputation of the forefoot, the suggested average compensation payout is £78,800 to £102,890.
- For the amputation of one foot the compensation payout is £78,800 to £102,890.
- For the amputation of both feet the compensation payout is £158,970 to £189,110.
It should be noted that these are guidelines that personal injury solicitors can follow when calculating compensation in a foot injury claim, however as each foot injury is unique the actual payout amount may vary. For an expert evaluation of your foot injury claim or simply for further advice on a foot accident please do speak with us today.
It’s important to provide as much evidence to support a foot injury claim as possible. To show how your accident occurred and how you suffered, you could supply:
- Photographs. Taking pictures of the accident scene can make it a lot easier to prove what went wrong. If possible, you should try to do this before anything is moved from the scene.
- Medical information. Any notes and x-rays of your foot following treatment at a hospital or minor injuries unit can make it a lot easier to prove how serious your injuries were.
- Witness information. You could provide your solicitor with the contact details of any witnesses to your accident. If liability for your accident is not clear, witness statements might help.
- Accident report forms. It’s important to report any incident in which you suffer a foot injury. An accident at work report form, for example, can be used to prove that a) the accident took place and b) where and when it occurred.
- CCTV footage. Any security camera (or dashcam) footage can be a helpful method of proving who was responsible for your injuries. Therefore, request any relevant recordings ASAP.
You might also find it useful to write down as much as you can about your foot injury and your recovery. This could include details of any costs or expenses you’ve incurred. Additionally, you could make a note of any dates where you had to miss social or family events or when you couldn’t work.
Any form of personal injury claim has a 3-year time limit in the UK. When making foot injury claims, this will usually commence on the date of your accident. Although 3-years does seem like a long time, there are various reasons why you should claim as soon as possible including:
- You’ll have plenty of time to secure evidence.
- Your solicitor might be able to arrange private medical treatment for your foot so that you recover sooner.
- You’ll find it much easier to recall how you’ve been affected.
Claims involving children don’t have the same time limit. A parent can represent their child by becoming their litigation friend and take action so long as they begin the claim before the child’s 18th birthday.
If you’d like to ask a claims advisor how long you have left to make a foot injury claim, simply give our team a call today.
Our solicitors provide a No Win No Fee service for accepted foot injury claims to help reduce stress levels and the financial risks of claiming compensation. If your case is taken on, you won’t need to pay your solicitor in advance and they won’t be paid if your claim is lost either.
To make this a formal agreement, you’ll both sign a Conditional Fee Agreement before the case begins. This will explain what percentage amount of your compensation would be deducted by your solicitor if the claim is won. This ‘success fee’ is used to cover their work and expenses.
If you’d like to see if we could help you claim on a No Win No Fee basis, please call 0800 6524 881 today. An advisor will talk you through the process of making a foot injury compensation claim and provide legal advice for free.