Foot injury compensation claims
In this article we set out what you need to know about making a successful foot injury compensation claim.
Health and Safety Executive figures show around 629,000 people had an accident at work during 2013-14. Approximately 351,000 people were off work for more than 3 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.
If you have suffered a foot injury in the last three years (longer if children were involved) and someone else was to blame, then we can help you make a compensation claim.
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.
I have a strong claim - why won't a solicitor take it on?
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.
Compensation for a wide variety of foot injury claims can be obtained. Compensation is governed by reference to the Judicial College Guidelines (Judge's Guidelines) and by reference to previously reported cases where people have suffered similar injuries.
Again compensation can vary dependent of the severity and long term effects of a foot injury. For example a simple metatarsal fracture may attract an award of compensation of in the region of 5,000, whereas the amputation of one foot may result in compensation up to £78,300.
A value for a compensation claim reflects the seriousness and nature of your injuries resulting from the accident or illness.
Upper and lower figures for an injury are recommended in the Judicial College guidelines for personal injury awards.
Insurers and solicitors use the Judicial College guidelines when proposing a settlement, and the Courts will apply the guidelines when calculating compensation awards.
In some matters accidents or illness can also result in an pre-existing condition or injury getting worse . It may be possible to claim compensation for this too.
Further to the figure recommended in the Judicial College guidelines for general damages, it is possible to make a compensation claim for costs you have incurred during treatment and ongoing care.
A foot injury No Win, No Fee claim starts with an injured party signing up to, with their preferred solicitor, a Conditional Fee Agreement (or CFA).
A Conditional Fee Agreement is, in essence, a contract or "terms and conditions" between your personal injury solicitor and you.
The document sets out the work delivered by your case handler and a success fee that will be taken from your total compensation when the claim is won.
By selecting a Quittance solicitor, you are able to prioritise your rest and recovery, with the knowledge that you will never be out of pocket and there will be nothing to pay if the claim is unsuccessful.
Accidents at work - Claims against your employer
Every year, 600,000* employees are injured in accidents at work. If you have suffered an injury or illness at work, you may able to claim compensation.
Find out if you can claim foot injury compensation from your employer: Read more about work accident claims
*Source: 2016/17 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report
Road traffic accident claims
Every year almost 200,000* people are injured on Britain's roads. If you have been injured in a road accident that was not your fault, you can claim compensation.
Find out more about claiming foot injury compensation for a road accident: Read more about road accident claims
*Source: Official Department of Transport statistics (gov.uk)
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