£50,000 Compensation Payout For A Crushed Foot At Work – Case Study

By Daniel Sisko. Last Updated 6th June 2022. Welcome to this page which includes information on personal injury claims payouts for a crushed foot.

This is a case study which we have researched in order to highlight how having the right solicitor to help you make a claim, such as for a crushed foot at work, can make the difference in you getting a higher or lower amount of compensation for your injuries. We will hopefully show how and why you should work with the best solicitor possible on your personal injury compensation claim.

Crushed Foot At Work personal injury claims payouts for a crushed foot

Crushed Foot At Work

In this case study we are looking at a case where the claimant suffered a crushed foot at work and who needed to make a foot injury compensation claim. The claimant was working on a construction site operating a digger at the time of the accident. The claimant paused operation to load some tools into the diggers bucket. Another vehicle (a forklift truck) collided with the vehicle the claimant was loading. This caused the bucket of the digger to fall. This trapped and crushed the claimants foot causing an open crush injury to the claimants right foot.

In this case study we will see how much compensation for a foot injury the claimant was awarded and how in some cases where injuries are more complex to assess, claimants may receive an interim payment before the case is settled. If you require further information on the type of injury suffered by the claimant, or how to make this type of claim we have included links at the bottom of this page. You can also find details of how to contact Accident Claims UK.

Statistics For Accidents And Injuries In The Construction Industry

The claimant worked in the construction industry as a plant (machinery) operator at the time of their accident and injuries. Whilst there have been large improvements in the number of people working in the construction industry who are injured at work, the overall rate of injury still remains high when compared to other, similar, industries. The Health and Safety Executive has identified the construction industry as high risk and recognises that it accounts for a high percentage of injuries in the workplace. According to the HSE, the industry also has a much higher than average risk for overall health problems as well.

Crushed foot at work injury statistics

In the table above we can see that injuries suffered by the claimant in this case, namely a crushed foot at work (musculoskeletal disorder) and psychological issues are some of the most common types of injury seen in this industry. It should also be noted that the second most frequent causes of injury to people in the construction industry are those which happen whilst handling, lifting, or carrying. For more information on health and safety in the construction industry, please see this information from the Health and Safety Executive.

What Injury Did The Claimant Suffer, And What Was The Consequence For Them?

The claimants crushed foot at work resulted in several different injuries to the foot as a whole. The fractured foot at work injury consisted of fractured to four of the metatarsal bones, those being the second, third, fourth, and fifth. There was also a further fracture on the third metatarsal bone as well as fractures to the big toe, and various cuts on the foot as a whole. The foot was severely damaged and the broken foot would result in time off work.

The claimant immediately went to hospital and had his wounds cleaned, as well as being placed under anaesthetic. Several days later he had surgery to fit fixation wires into the fractured foot bones. Whilst in hospital, the claimant also sought to being his foot injury compensation claim. Over a week later, the claimant needed to have a second procedure which also needed general anaesthetic and clear away dead tissues from the foot. Following this, the claimant then had to take six months broken foot time off work.

After this, the claimant was able to return to work. However he had to do so on reduced duties and was unable to operate the heavy pedals on diggers he had used before the accident. Additionally to the crushed foot, the claimant suffered from depression caused by the accident. This was also cited in his personal injury compensation claim. This depression was diagnosed as a prolonged depressive adjustment disorder. The psychiatrist also diagnosed chronic mild fluctuating depression and a mild form of PTSD. These psychological injuries were attributed to the physical injuries suffered and their consequences.

What Action Did Solicitors Acting On Behalf Of The Claimant Take?

Solicitors immediately took action against the employer upon being hired. They were quickly able to secure an admission of the defendants liability for injuries suffered by the claimant, as well as an interim payment to cover immediate expenses and costs. The solicitors obtained medical evidence and upon taking advice they were able to see that it would be some time until doctors could fully assess the level of damage to the claimants foot, the length of recovery time, and how well they may be able to recover. However, the solicitor and defendant recognised that whilst this information would not be immediately forthcoming, the claimant would need some initial compensation for their loss if income. As such they secured an interim payment.

Later the solicitors we able to gain medical evidence from an expert who assessed the level of damage to the claimants broken foot. Advice was sought from an consultant in reconstructive microsurgery, a orthopaedic trauma surgeon as well as a psychiatrist (to assess the claimants depression). They were able to successfully establish the claimants current and future physical and mental status and what their level of recovery was projected to be. Following this, there was a long period of negotiation with solicitors acting on behalf of the defendant.

What Compensation Payout Was Agreed Between The Claimant And Defendant?

Next we will look at the payout the claimant was awarded for their crushed foot at work. How much compensation can I claim for a foot injury is a difficult question to ask without knowing the full extent of the injuries suffered.

As we have seen in the section above, the personal injury lawyer acting on the claimants behalf was able to secure both an admission of liability from the defendant, and an a payment of £7,500 whilst the claim was being conducted. This helped to compensate the victim for their lost earnings whilst recovering from the broken foot injury. However, this was not the total amount awarded to the claimant. After further investigation of the extent of the claimants injuries, the total amount of compensation which was awarded to the claimant was in the region of £50,000. The settlement for the claimants fractured foot at work injury was made up of several components. These were:

  • Compensation for the actual injuries to the foot,
  • Damages to compensate for difficulties which the claimant would face in the future in terms of finding a new or similar job,
  • Compensation for loss of earnings (part of which was advanced to the claimant),
  • Compensation for medical expenses, such as care whilst recovering,
  • Compensation for future medical costs such as private surgery as well as any care needed in the future,
  • Other expenses and costs incurred as a result of the injury. This included medicine and replacement clothes for those damaged.

Compensation Payouts For A Crushed Foot Injury

One portion of your settlement for a foot injury claim relates to how your injury has affected you on a physical and mental level. This figure is known as general damages. Compensation payouts for a crushed foot under this head of claim can vary depending on factors such as how severe the damage is, and the extent/length of your recovery.

When legal professionals are arriving at an appropriate value for a general damages payment, they have a few helpful resources to turn to. One of these is a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). The most recent edition of the JCG was published in 2022. Below, we have included some example figures.

As you can see from the table below, each level of injury has a range of monetary figures alongside. These are guide figures that relate to how much this injury could be worth in general damages. However, the amounts are not guaranteed.

InjuryDescriptionAmount
Foot(a) Both feet amputated.£169,400 to £201,490
Foot(b) One foot amputated.£83,960 to £109,650
Foot(c) Very severe – The injury causes severe, lasting pain, such as the forefront of the foot going through a traumatic amputation.£83,960 to £109,650
Foot(d) Severe – Both heels fractured, or a particularly severe injury to just one foot.£41,970 to £70,030
Foot(e) Serious – Risk of arthritis and fusion surgery.£24,990 to £39,200
Foot(f) Moderate – Metatarsal fractures that are displaced and cause lasting deformity.£13,740 to £24,990
Foot(g) Modest – Simple fractures and ligament ruptures etc.Up to £13,740
Toes(a) All toes amputated.£36,520 to £56,080
Toe(b) Great toe amputated.In the region of £31,310
Post-traumatic stress disorder(a) Severe – There will be lasting effects that mean the person will be prevented from working, or their ability to work is affected.£59,860 to £100,670

If you have any queries regarding the value of a foot injury claim, please do not hesitate to reach out. Our advisors are here to help at any time.

How To Make A No Win No Fee Claim For A Crushed Foot At Work

If you have been hurt at work it is likely that you will subsequently had to take time off work. With many people working under what are called zero hours contracts, this time off work could be unpaid, or be paid at a much lower rate, putting your under financial pressure. If this has happened to you, the last thing you want to think about the cost of making a claim. This is why many people prefer to use no win no fee solicitors. The added costs of legal fees are removed until you have the settlement from which to pay them.

We are happy to offer many of the claimants we work with what is called a no win no fee, or conditional fee agreement. Under this type of contract, as a claimant you will only be expected to pay your personal injury solicitor or lawyer any fees due on successful completion of your claim. The total amount which you will have to pay to your solicitor or lawyer will be clearly set out in the terms and conditions of your your agreement. The no win no fee solicitor should be paid a percentage of the final settlement when it is agreed, this is usually a set amount and is regulated by the government. The no win no fee agreement will also set out what work you can expect the solicitor to do for you, and how they will conduct your claim.

Begin Your Foot Injury Compensation Claim Today And Get Personal Injury Claims Payouts For A Crushed Foot

When choosing between different personal injury solicitors to make your claim, we understand that you have many different options. So, why should you choose to work with Accident Claims UK? Our Personal injury lawyers and solicitors have many years of experience in helping people to make successful personal injury claims for injuries such as a crushed foot at work. What’s more, we are able to offer many of the people we help our services through no win no fee contracts. We are always dedicated to helping you to get the compensation you deserve.

To contact our team, please use any of the following methods.

Tel: 0800 073 8801
Email: office@accidentclaims.co.uk
Message: www.accidentclaims.co.uk/contact-us

Could I get personal injury claims payouts for a crushed foot on behalf of a child?

If you are considering making a claim for a crushed foot injury on behalf of a child there are a few things that you may want to know. First of all, your child would not be able to make their own claim until they turned 18 years old. This is because, in the eyes of the law, your child would not have the capacity to make decisions about legal matters pertaining to their claim. However, you could go ahead and make a personal injury claim on their behalf as their litigation friend. You would have to apply to be a litigation friend for your child but then you could make decisions on their behalf about a claim. We would be happy to provide you with specialist solicitors who are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority if you intend on making a claim on behalf of your child. We could take on such a claim on a no win no fee basis. However, if you have turned 18 years old and are now looking to make a claim for a crushed foot that happened when you were a child, we could also help you with this. However, you would have to make sure that nobody had already claimed on your behalf.

Could I get personal injury claims payouts for a crushed foot caused by medical negligence?

Unfortunately, sometimes in the medical profession things go wrong. While you could expect a safe standard of care from your local hospital, clinic or GP’s office, sometimes this does not happen. If you suffer medical negligence that leads to a foot injury becoming worse, harder to treat or leaving you with long term issues you would not have suffered but for negligence, you could make a clinical negligence claim against the negligent healthcare provider. There are various reasons why you could suffer further damage to a foot injury due to clinical negligence. If your foot injury is misdiagnosed, you may not receive the correct treatment. Or, perhaps something went wrong in surgery. Whatever your case, we would be happy to speak to you about making a claim for compensation. There are a number of people who make successful medical negligence claims. In fact, in 2020- 2021, according to NHS Resolution, there was a significant sum paid out for clinical negligence claims. You can see these figures in the graphic below.

 

personal injury claims payouts for a crushed foot statistics graph

Do I need a local lawyer to maximise my chance of getting personal injury claims payouts for a crushed foot?

When it comes to maximising compensation amounts in the UK, having a soliicitor on your side could be beneficial. Specialist solicitors could fight for the maximum settlement amount for your personal injury claim. They could significantly improve your chances of receiving personal injury compensation payouts. When it comes to choosing your solicitor, you do not have to look locally however. You could opt for a solicitor that is based anywhere in the UK. We would be happy to provide you with a personal injury solicitor to help you fight for the maximum settlement amounts for your personal injury claim.

Helpful Resources Relating To Personal Injury Claims Payouts For A Crushed Foot

Useful links and resources to further guides on our site, and trusted external resources.

NHS Information On Metatarsal Fractures
If you have suffered a crushed foot at work, or other form of broken foot injury, you can find information on your injuries here.

Metatarsal Fractures
Further information on metatarsal fractures.

Foot Injuries At Work
If you have suffered any form of injury to your feet when working, such as a crushed foot at work, find out how to make a successful compensation claim in this handy guide.

Accident At Work Compensation Rights
After suffering any form of accident in the workplace you could be wondering what your rights to compensation are. Find the answer in this guide.

Other Useful Compensation Guides

Thank you for reading this guide on personal injury claims payouts for a crushed foot. If you suffered a foot injury in road traffic accidents, accidents at work or a slip, trip or fall, why not call us to find out what general damages and special damages you could receive without using a compensation calculator. We could help whether you suffer a permanent disability or short term injury by giving you guideline amounts from the Judicial College Guidelines.