Foot Injury Compensation Claims

If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a foot injury we can help.

The purpose of this guide is to help anyone who has suffered a foot injury and is considering a legal claim for compensation. If you are looking for medical advice, please see the NHS website.

In our guide to claiming foot injury compensation:


Health and Safety Executive figures show around 693,000 people had an accident at work during 2019-20. Approximately 168,000 people were off work for more than 7 days due to their injuries. A proportion of these workplace injuries were foot injuries, for which workers can claim compensation.

Members of the public are also entitled to claim for foot injuries, if they are sustained as a result of negligence.

What types of foot injury can I claim for?

Claimable foot injuries fall into two main types:

Bone injury - fractures and breaks

Fractures and breaks in the bones of the foot and ankle are a frequent type of accident injury. This type of injury can include breaks, or fractures of:

  • Anklebone (talus bone)
  • Heel bone (calcaneus bone)
  • Metatarsal bones (just above the toes)
  • Toe bones

Sometimes bone injuries result in damaged ligaments and tendons. This damage may produce foot deformities and on-going impairment. This can particularly be the case with burn injuries to the foot. In severe foot injuries, bones may have to be surgically fused, which can also result in permanent disability. In very severe cases, amputation of the foot may be necessary.

Foot health injury

Foot health injury can be occur in occupations involving standing for long periods, or where heavy protective footwear is required. Injuries of this type can include:

  • Bursitis of the toes (inflammation of the fluid filled sacks protecting the toe joints)
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome (compression of the nerve behind the inner anklebone)
  • Fungal infections

Your solicitor will arrange for an independent medical report of your foot injury. This report will detail the injuries sustained, and offer expert opinion on the likely impact of these injuries.

What can I claim compensation for?

Compensation awards made by the Court take into account both the financial and personal impact of the injury. Your lawyer will assess the value of your claim based on your medical report, and previous awards for similar foot injuries.

Compensation settlements may include amounts for:

  • Costs of medical treatment
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of amenity - social and personal adjustments made as a consequence of the injury
  • Loss of earnings - including future earnings
  • Expenses associated with the injury - such as the purchase of mobility equipment, or taxi costs to hospital

In severe cases, the Court may award an interim payment, in advance of the final settlement.

Do I have a foot injury claim?

As a basic rule, you will be eligible to make a foot injury claim if you sustained an injury:

  • in the last three years, and;
  • someone else was at fault, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.
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What if a child was injured?

The 3 year rule does not apply to minors.

A claim can be pursued for anyone under the age of 18 by a parent, guardian or litigation friend. The injured child has up to the age of 21 to start a foot injury claim on their own behalf.

Read more about claiming injury compensation on behalf of a child.

What if the other party denies liability?

If the defendant denies liability, your solicitor will build the strongest possible case in order to prove that the defendant is responsible for your foot injury. Ultimately the solicitor will issue court proceedings on the defendant. Often this prompts an admission of liability before proceedings begin.

Can I claim if the foot injury made an existing injury worse?

Yes, although demonstrating this can be more difficult, so legal and medical advice should be sought as early as possible.

How much compensation can I claim for a foot injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your foot injury will depend on:

  • the extent of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your foot injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.

This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.

What can I claim for after a foot injury? (see list)

Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Foot injury compensation amounts

The following foot injury payouts refer to the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Fifteenth Edition by the Judicial College.

These tables are used by solicitors or by the courts as a starting point when calculating your compensation.

Example Amount
Foot injury
Common foot injury with full recovery Up to £10,960
Metatarsal fracture with permanent symptoms £10,960 to £19,920
Serious, permanent injury £19,920 to £31,250
Severe, permanent injury to one or both feet £33,460 to £55,830
Loss of one foot £66,930 to £87,410
Loss of both feet £135,030 to £160,600

How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?

If you have sustained multiple injuries, the compensation amounts are not simply added together.

The upper bracket of the most serious injury may be considered as a starting point, with a reduced amount applied for the other less severe injuries.

For example:

General damages for a severe foot injury can be £33,000

For a less serious leg injury, in isolation, you would typically receive £7,500.

However, if you have a severe foot injury and a less serious leg injury, you would typically receive £33,000 + a reduced percentage of £7,500.

Special damages, such as loss of earnings are not usually increased if you have multiple injuries. Read more about multiple injury claims.

What is the average injury compensation for a foot injury claim?

The Judicial College injury tables give a approximate idea of the ranges awarded for different injuries.

However, the money you would receive following a foot injury will depend entirely on your specific circumstances.

Your foot injury compensation will be calculated based on the unique impact your injuries have had on your life and your ability to work, and on the actual financial losses you have incurred as a result of your injuries.

See the injury table above for some examples.

Can I see the complete judicial college tables?

The table above (excerpted from the Judicial College Tables) shows the most common foot injury claims. To see the complete list see: Judicial College Injury Tables.

Calculate my foot injury compensation

Calculating how much compensation you can claim for a foot injury can be complicated.

Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.

Find out what your foot injury claim could be worth now:

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How long does a foot injury claim take?

How long it can take to process a foot injury claim can vary considerably.

For instance, a straightforward liability accepted injury claim could be settled in a few weeks. If the defendant denies liability, a compensation claim can take significantly longer. Usually, an injury claim will take 4 to 9 months. For more information, see: How long will my claim take?

Caring and sensitive support

Your solicitor will handle your foot injury claim from the initial consultation through to the financial settlement. In addition, your solicitor will work with other specialists to help you with:

  • Financial support: interim payments while you are unable to work.
  • Advice: on personal injury trusts, tax and welfare benefits.
  • Coordination: with rehabilitation providers and therapists.
  • Access: to treatment and therapies not always available on the NHS.

Will I get financial advice?

Your solicitor will be able to advise you on whether to accept a financial settlement for your foot injury claim. If you require tax planning or trust advice, the solicitor will recommend and work closely with a financial adviser.

How did your injury occur?

The claims process that your solicitor follows will vary, depending on how the injury occurred:

No win, no fee

No win, no fee takes all of the risk out of making a foot injury claim. If you don't win any compensation, you won't have to pay your solicitor any legal fees.

No win, no fee promise

If you have been injured and someone else was to blame (even partially), our no win, no fee guarantee takes the risk out of making a foot injury compensation claim. Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

What do I pay if I win my foot injury claim?

Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee which is deducted from your compensation, after your compensation is awarded. The solicitor's success fee can be up to 25%. You and your solicitor can agree the success fee before you start your claim.

What do I pay if I do not win my foot injury claim?

If your foot injury claim is not successful then you won't have to pay your solicitor any fees. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.

Is there a catch?

The Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) sets out the terms between you and your solicitor., No Win No Fee is a regulated activity and as such there should be no nasty surprises in the agreement. Nevertheless, it is recommended that you read the agreement carefully and ask any questions if you are unsure.

How can Quittance help?

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims.

If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.

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Foot injury FAQ's

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?

You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.

However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long do I have to make a foot injury claim?

In general, you have a time limit of up to 3 years from the date of the foot injury to make an injury claim.

The last date you can make a claim is known as the claim limitation date - after which your foot injury claim becomes 'statute barred'.

Can I claim for a foot injury after 3 years?

Possibly. The general rule for adults is that a claim must be started within three years.

However, the three-year countdown starts on the day you learned of your injury or illness. This will usually be the date of the accident, but could be the date your doctor gave you a diagnosis.

If you were injured as a child, you do have up until your 21st birthday to make a claim.

There other circumstances that can also impact the limitation date. Call us now on 0800 376 1001 to find out if you are still able to claim foot injury compensation.

In reality, there are a number of factors that can affect whether a foot injury claim will be taken on by a solicitor.

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Will I have to go to court?

Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.

Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.

Read more: Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

Can I get an early compensation payment?

If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

Read more about interim compensation payments.

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher