Breaking the bones in your foot can be very painful. As well as your initial suffering, your injuries could prevent you from working, enjoying your hobbies or carrying out daily tasks like supporting your children. In some cases, complex surgery may be required that could leave you suffering from a permanent disability.
In this guide to claiming compensation for a broken foot, we’ll look at when you could seek damages if your injuries were caused by somebody else. That might mean claiming for an accident at work, a road traffic accident, or claiming compensation against the local authority. As well as explaining when you could claim, we’ll look at how much compensation for a broken foot might be paid.
Our team of personal injury solicitors can help you if you are thinking about taking legal action. If they take your broken foot claim on, they’ll provide a No Win No Fee service. That means you’ll not pay your solicitor’s fees unless you are paid compensation. Also, you won’t be asked to pay for their work upfront.
Please read through the rest of this guide to find out more about claiming for a broken foot. If you are ready to start your claim today, get in touch on 0800 6524 881 to see if we could help you.
Table of contents
- Types Of Foot Fractures And Breaks
- Am I Eligible To Claim Compensation For A Broken Foot?
- Evidence To Help With Broken Foot Injury Claims
- Common Accidents Leading To Compensation For A Broken Foot
- How Much Compensation For A Broken Foot?
- How Long Do I Have To Claim Compensation For A Broken Foot?
- Do I Need A Solicitor For A Broken Foot Claim?
Broken bones in the feet are common after many different types of accidents. They can include fractures or breaks of the:
- Heel or calcaneus bone.
- Ankle or talus bone.
- Metatarsal bones (the bones leading to the toes).
- The toes.
The treatment required to remedy your injuries will vary depending on the type of fracture. In some cases, splints or bandages might be used to allow the fracture to heal naturally. In more serious cases, metal plates, pins and screws might be required to secure the bones in place until recovery takes place. Even when these treatments are successful, they could lead to some form of deformity or disability that might be factored into any broken foot compensation claim.
It’s important to get your claim right as your injury could affect you for many months or years to come. Therefore, we’d suggest using a personal injury solicitor to try and ensure you’re compensated fairly. If you’d like to see if one of ours could help you, please contact us today.
Even if you break the bones in your foot during an accident, you won’t always automatically have the right to claim compensation. To determine your eligibility, your solicitor will check:
- The defendant (the party you blame) owed you a duty of care; and
- They caused an accident because they were negligent somehow; and
- That negligence led to an accident in which you broke your foot.
Duty of care is something our solicitors can check for you. It’s established by laws like the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 or the Road Traffic Act 1988. To help prove the second and third criteria, you could collect evidence to show what happened. Therefore, that’s what we’ll look at next.
The types of evidence you could use to support your broken foot injury claim include:
- Accident reports. If you broke your foot at work or in a public place, you should report the incident. This will mean it will be recorded in an accident report book. A copy of the report will make it easier to prove when and where you were injured.
- Medical notes. After treatment at A&E or a minor injuries unit, your medical records and x-rays could be requested. These could help to prove the level of injury.
- Taking pictures at the scene of the accident is a good way to demonstrate what happened to others. Ideally, you should do this before the cause of the accident is removed.
- Information about witnesses. Where your accident was seen by others, you should ask for their contact details. If necessary, your solicitor could request a statement from them about what they saw.
- Camera footage. CCTV or dashcam recordings can also be a good way to prove liability for an accident. You should act quickly here because some footage is deleted within a matter of days.
Our advisors understand what evidence is needed to win compensation for a broken foot. Therefore, please feel free to discuss what you’ve gathered so that they can review your options.
Now we’re going to look at some common accidents that might entitle you to claim compensation for a broken foot. Importantly, we can’t provide information about every type of accident here – so don’t worry if yours is not listed. Our examples include:
- If your foot is crushed in an accident at work because of a faulty piece of machinery.
- Where your foot is broken in a road traffic accident. This can be quite a common injury to cyclists or motorcyclists who are knocked off of their bikes.
- If you tripped over a raised paving slab, pothole or missing kerbstone. In this case, you may need to sue the local council.
- Where your foot is broken in a gym because of poorly maintained or broken exercise equipment.
- If your child breaks their foot during sporting activities because of damaged equipment or poor supervision.
Not all accidents are avoidable and you won’t always be entitled to make a broken foot compensation claim. However, to check whether you’ve got the grounds to take action, please call our team today on 0800 6524 881.
The amount of compensation you would get for a broken foot if your claim is successful will be based on two heads of loss:
- General damages. This element looks at what pain, suffering and loss of amenity were caused by your broken foot injury. Loss of amenity considers the things you were unable to enjoy whilst injured. For example, your claim could factor in the fact that you’d previously enjoyed hiking but couldn’t do so while you were recovering. Loss of amenity is explained further in this guide.
- Special damages. Here you’ll try to claim back any costs or losses incurred because of your injuries. Examples in this category include medical costs, lost income and travel-related expenses.
To help determine the severity of your injuries, a medical assessment by an independent specialist is required for all claims. Our solicitors are usually able to book these locally.
Although compensation varies in every claim, we have listed some examples of broken foot payouts as a guide below.
- £41,970 to £70,030 compensation for a severely broken foot.
- £24,990 to £39,200 for serious breaks to both feet.
- £13,740 to £24,990 for a moderate broken foot injury, for example, displaced metatarsal fractures that caused deformity.
- Up to £13,740 compensation for a minor broken foot, for example, a broken 5th metatarsal.
Although the above payouts for a broken foot are based on the figures published by the Judicial College for general damages, please take them as a guide only until you’ve spoken with a solicitor.
In the UK, compensation claims for a broken foot and personal injuries, in general, have a 3-year time limit. For broken foot injuries, this will usually begin from the date you were injured.
An exception to this rule is if your child has broken their foot. Here, the 3-year limitation period does not apply. A parent or guardian can claim on the child’s behalf so long as the claim starts before the child’s 18th birthday.
To give your solicitor plenty of time to prepare your claim, we’d suggest starting the claims process as soon as possible.
Proving liability for your broken foot can be a complex task. You’ll need to prove to an insurance company (usually) why their defendant was to blame for your injuries. If you’re not able to do so successfully, you might face a reduced compensation payout. Furthermore, you might not be compensated at all.
We strongly believe that compensation awards are easier to achieve if you use a personal injury solicitor. If one of our specialists takes on your broken foot claim, they’ll fight your corner to try and secure a fair settlement for you.
Throughout the claims process, they’ll work hard to counter any objections raised by the defendant’s insurer. They’ll also make sure you receive regular updates about how things are going. All of their work will be carried out on a No Win No Fee basis so you should find everything a little less stressful.
To find out if we could help you claim compensation for a broken foot, call us on 0800 6524 881. There’s nothing to lose by calling as we’ll provide free legal advice on the strength of your claim and how much compensation for a broken foot you could receive.