By Joanne Jeffries. Last Updated 20th July 2021. Welcome to our guide on foot injury claims. On this page, you will find a full and detailed guide to the process of making foot injury compensation claims. This guide is aimed at anyone who has suffered an accident that was caused by a third party, which led to a foot injury of some kind. It covers both accidents at work and accidents in a public place.
As an alternative to reading this entire foot injury clims guide, you can call Accident Claims UK on 0800 073 8801. We will answer any questions you have, and advise you on the best way to make personal injury claims for a foot injury.
Select a Section:
- A Guide To Foot Injury Compensation Claims
- What Are Foot Injuries At Work Or Other Locations
- Anatomy Of The Feet
- What Are The Most Common Forms Of Foot Injury?
- Foot Injuries In The Workplace
- Foot Injuries Caused By Slips, Trips, And Falls
- Road Traffic Accidents Leading To Foot Injuries
- How Serious Are Foot Injuries?
- What Should You Do If You Have A Foot Injury?
- How To Start Your Foot Injury Compensation Claim
- What Can You Include In A Compensation Claim?
- Calculating Foot Injury Compensation Payouts – Updated July 2021
- No Win No Fee Foot Injury Compensation Claims
- Why Make Your Personal Injury Claim With Us?
- Speak To Our Team Today
- Helpful Resources And Links
A Guide To Foot Injury Compensation Claims
This guide to making a compensation claim for an accident that has caused a foot injury is aimed at educating people so that they understand the claims process that their legal team will follow on their behalf, whilst making a claim. It gives all the information and advice you will need to know about making foot injury claims. It covers both accidents that happen at work and accidents that happen to members of the public.
In addition, it covers the main types of accidents that lead to foot injuries, and also the most common injuries to the foot. You will find useful information, such as what the personal injury claims time limit is. There is no online personal injury claims calculator tool on this page, these are often incredibly inaccurate. Instead, you will find typical compensation amounts for a range of foot injuries. The guide contains information such as:
- A description of some of the major ways that the foot can be injured, and the accidents that can cause the injuries.
- A discussion of the way the foot is physically put together, the major bones, muscles, tendons, etc.
- Information on making foot injury claims for an accident that happened in the workplace, that led to some form of a foot injury.
- Information on claiming for foot injuries that have been caused by a slip, trip or fall accident, these are the second most common accidents in the UK.
- Information on claiming for foot injuries that have been caused in a road traffic accident, these are the most common accidents of all in the UK.
- Details of the severity of common foot injuries, and the possible long-term effects that can have on a person’s life.
- Steps you can take if you have been the victim of an accident that has led to a foot injury to give you the best chance of successfully claiming compensation.
- A list of the types of damages, both general damages and special damages, that you may be able to claim for a foot injury.
- Information on what you need to do to actually begin a claim for compensation for a foot injury.
- A table which details typical amounts of compensation that are awarded for a range of different foot injuries.
- An introduction to the No Win No Fee claims service offered by Accident Claims UK and the reasons why we believe this claims service is the best way to make a claim for an injured foot.
If, when you have gone over this guide, you still have questions or need additional information about foot injury claims, please contact Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page, and we will do everything we can you assist you.
What Are Foot Injuries At Work Or Other Locations
There are many ways that an accident can cause a foot injury that results in a person needing to engage a personal injury solicitor to make foot injury compensation claims. The most common types of accidents that lead to foot injuries, either a foot injury at work or to a member of the public, are:
- Road traffic accidents – these are the most common of all accidents in the UK, so it comes as no surprise they are also the most common cause of foot injuries.
- Slips, trips or falls – the second most common type of accident in the UK, and therefore, the second most common way that foot injuries are caused.
- Sporting accidents – any sport which relies on the player sprinting or running, could result in a serious accident injuring the foot.
Anatomy Of The Feet
The human foot is the second most complex part of the body, after the hand. It is made up of a collection of bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles, in the following way:
- The back of the foot – or the hindfoot, comprises of the ankle and the heel. It connects to the bottom of the leg via the talus bone.
- The centre of the foot – or midfoot, comprises of the cuneiform bones, which connect the hindfoot to the forefoot, and also create the arch of the sole.
- The front of the foot – or the forefoot, comprises of five toes, made up of the bones named the phalanges and metatarsals.
- The main tendon of the foot is called the Achilles tendon, and it connects the foot, via the heel, to the leg.
If you have injured any part of your foot in an accident that was caused by a third party, call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page so that we can help you make foot injury claims.
What Are The Most Common Forms Of Foot Injury?
There is a wide range of injuries that can lead to foot injury compensation claims. However, some types of injuries are far more common than others. The most common of these that we see people seek compensation for a foot injury for are:
- Sprained muscles and strained tendons – especially common in sporting accidents, these are usually fairly minor injuries but in extreme cases can be worse than a fracture.
- Damage to the toes – everything from deep cuts to full amputation of all toes.
- Fractures of the metatarsal – usually caused by some kind of blunt trauma, such as that which would be encountered in a road traffic accident.
- Fractured heel bone – another very common sporting injury, especially in track sports, where the heel bone is impacted at each step.
Foot Injuries In The Workplace
If we look at workplace foot injury statistics such as those in the graph above were based on, we can deduce that foot injuries in the workplace must be quite common. Slips, trips and falls are the most frequent of all workplace accidents, and also a common cause of foot injuries.
Every company in the UK is required by law to conform to Health & Safety legislation that applies to the nature of their business. And in some cases, there is even special Health & Safety regulation that specifically covers foot safety in the workplace.
If your employer has failed in its duty of compliance, and Health & Safety protocols have broken down, leading directly to an employee receiving a foot injury in an accident at work, then a valid reason to make a compensation claim will exist. Call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page so that we can help you claim for a work-related foot injury.
Foot Injuries Caused By Slips, Trips, And Falls
Slips, trips and falls are a very common cause of foot injuries, both foot injuries at work and foot injuries that happen to members of the public. If a third party can be proven to have been the cause of the injury, then a personal injury lawyer will be able to make a compensation claim on your behalf. Common accidents which lead to a foot injury, and subsequent foot injury compensation claims, include:
- Slips – either on a wet or dirty floor that should have been cleaned, and that had not been signposted as a hazard to avoid.
- Falls – such as falling down a staircase due to the handrail being faulty, or there being insufficient lighting in the stairwell.
- Trips – on damaged floor coverings, torn carpets, or outside over broken curbstones or badly laid paving slabs.
If you have suffered a slip, trip or fall, and it has injured your foot, call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page and we will help you to make foot injury claims for your injury.
Road Traffic Accidents Leading To Foot Injuries
The single most common forms of accident in the UK every year are road traffic accidents. So logically, these are also the most common reason for people to seek foot injury compensation payouts.
The blunt trauma shock that a high-speed car crash can exert on the bones of the foot can easily cause fractures, often serious compound fractures. Motorcyclists and cyclists who are involved in a road traffic accident injure one or both feet frequently.
How Serious Are Foot Injuries?
The severity of a foot injury depends on the severity of the accident that caused it in most cases. Accidents at work can cause very serious injuries to the foot, especially if the employee was not wearing appropriate footwear in the workplace.
Even mild sprains and strains can lead to a person having to keep off their feet for several weeks or more. Compound fractures can take several months to heal properly, and for the victim to undertake a course of physiotherapy. And of course, amputations will leave the victim with a permanent disablement.
What Should You Do If You Have A Foot Injury?
If you have been the victim of an accident that has harmed your foot, there are a number of this you can do to make sure you have the best chance of winning your foot injury compensation claims, these are:
- If the accident happened at work, make sure that it has been recorded in the company accident book. Also, coming back to the proper footwear safety topic, make sure that if your employee did not supply the types of foot protection needed, or they failed to provide training and foot protection safety tips, make sure this is also recorded.
- Take photographs or record video of the scene of the accident. For example, if you are involved in a car crash, make sure you use your phone to photograph all of the vehicles involved as well as their registration numbers.
- Talk to any witnesses to the accident, and ask them for their name and address, so that you can call on them to give testimony to support your case if needed.
- Make sure that you get your injury treated at the hospital so that it has been recorded within the NHS system.
How To Start Your Foot Injury Compensation Claim
Beginning a claim for an injured foot is simple, all you need to do is call Accident Claims UK at the number at the bottom of this page. When you do, we will spend some time asking you a number of questions designed to give us a fuller idea of your injury, and how the claim would need to proceed, before giving you a rough idea of the foot injury compensation payouts you might expect to receive. The questions we ask could include:
- When and where did the accident take place which injured your foot?
- Did the accident happen at work? If it did, has it been recorded in the company accident book?
- Do you have any evidence to support your claim? Photographs or video?
- Were there any witnesses to your accident?
- What is the long-term prognosis for your recovery?
- Does your doctor believe there will be any permanent negative health effects of your injury?
- Have you suffered any type of financial losses due to your injured foot?
What Can You Include In A Compensation Claim?
To answer the question, how much compensation will I get for a broken foot? it depends on the actual injury and how bad it is. For example, crushed foot injury compensation would be far lower than compensation for an amputated foot. However, every claim is made up of a number of different types of damages, such as:
- General damages:
- Psychological damage
- Long-term disability
- Special damages:
- Travel costs
- Medical fees
- Loss of earnings from time off work
- Other losses
Calculating Foot Injury Compensation Payouts – Updated July 2021
It is very hard to answers questions such as how much compensation for broken metatarsal? This is because every case is different. The table below gives the average settlement for foot injury of different types which will give you a general idea, with these figures coming courtesy of the Judicial College:
|Foot||Minor||Ranging from simple injuries such as lacerations or heavy bruising to very minor breaks.||Up to £12,900|
|Foot||Moderate||More severe fractures, such as compound fractures, or multiple simple fractures.||£12,900 to £23,460|
|Foot||Serious||Very bad fractures that will heal but will leave the foot with limited function.||£23,460 to £36,790|
|Foot||Severe||Very bad fractures that will heal but will leave the foot with limited function and constant pain.||£39,390 to £65,710|
|Foot||Very Severe||All foot injuries that once healed, will leave the victim with a disability.||£78,800 to £102,890|
|Foot||Amputation||Total amputation of one foot.||£78,800 to £102,890|
|Foot||Amputation (both)||Total amputation of both feet.||£158,970 to £189,110|
|Toe||Amputation of all toes||Amputation of all toes||£34,270 to £52,620|
|Great toe||Amputation of the great toe||Amputation of the great toe||Around £29,380|
A much better option than using a compensation calculator is to call Accident Claims UK at the number at the bottom of this page, so we can give you a more accurate estimate for your foot injury claims.
No Win No Fee Foot Injury Compensation Claims
Accident Claims UK offers our No Win No Fee personal injury claims service as the simplest way to make a compensation claim for an accident that resulted in an injured foot. This covers both a foot injury at work and a foot injury in a public place.
Under our No Win No Fee scheme there is nothing to pay to begin your claim, no ongoing legal fees, and if we fail to claim for you, then we cancel all fees. You only pay when you receive a damages settlement.
Why Make Your Personal Injury Claim With Us?
As an experienced team of personal injury lawyers, we have the experience and knowledge required to make sure you receive the maximum level of compensation possible. We will do everything we can to maximise your payment, but we will never do anything to endanger your claim.
We use plain English to give you regular status updates about your claim and to answer any questions you may have.
Our track record shows that we have repeatedly won significant settlements for our clients, and we can do the same for you. Call us at the number at the bottom of this page to find out about foot injury compensation claims.
Speak To Our Team Today
Are you ready to make a claim for an injured foot, such as broken 5th metatarsal compensation? If you are, you should call Accident Claims UK now on 0800 073 8801. We will ask you some questions, learn a little more about your case, and then offer you some free advice on what you should do next for your foot injury claims.
Helpful Resources And Links
At the following link, you will find information published by the NHS about foot pain and foot injuries:
At the following link, you will find information published by the UK Health & Safety Executive about the correct footwear for different tasks:
At the following link, you will find information published by the NHS about physiotherapy that may be a requirement during the recovery phase of a foot injury:
Foot Injury Compensation Claims FAQs
How do I know if my foot injury is serious?
Most commonly, you can determine whether a foot injury is serious due to the symptoms. For instance, you will most likely have serious pain in your foot for most of the day. You may experience swelling that doesn’t get better within two to five days, and you may also feel tingling numbness or a burning sensation.
How do you know if your foot is broken or sprained?
Typically, a broken foot tends to be more painful than a sprained foot, and the pain often lasts longer with a broken bone. The bruising, tenderness and swelling are also more severe.
When should you go to the doctor for a foot injury?
If you have been involved in an accident at work or elsewhere and have been injured, one of the most important things you can do is seek medical attention. You should always seek medical attention as soon as possible. Waiting to seek medical attention could potentially affect your health and well-being.
What are the two types of injury claims?
These are compensatory damages and punitive damages.
What are some types of foot injuries?
These include an ankle sprain, stress fractures, metatarsal fractures, plantar fasciitis, toe injuries and ankle fractures.
How long does a foot injury take to heal?
This can vary greatly from 2-4 weeks to 6-8 months depending on severity.
Can you walk on a fractured foot?
It takes a few weeks to be able to walk again on the injured foot.
Can you wiggle your toes if your foot is broken?
Being unable to wiggle your toes is a clear sign of the foot being broken.
Should I take the first offer of compensation for a foot injury claim?
Taking the first offer of compensation might be appropriate in some cases. However, many claimants may think that they have to take the first offer they receive, even if it doesn’t seem enough for the loss of amenity, pain and suffering they’ve experienced. Whether you’ve suffered a foot injury in an accident at work, in a public place or because of medical negligence, you don’t necessarily have to accept an offer of compensation right away. We would urge you to speak to a solicitor before accepting any offer. It is important that the settlement reflects not only the short-term pain caused by your injury, but the long-term effects too. For example, if you are likely to need further surgery on your injury, or you’re unable to continue in your current job because of it, your settlement should reflect this.
Would my case go to court?
It may not be necessary for your case to go to court. In fact, many claims never reach this stage. Your lawyer will always try to resolve matters by negotiating with the liable party or their insurers first. However, if the liable party refuses your claim, disputes their part in it, or says your injury isn’t as serious as you claim, this could lead to your solicitor advising you to take the other party through the courts to get the compensation you deserve. Your lawyer would support you through the process, and would let you know what to expect when you do so.
Thank you for taking the time to read our guide on foot injury compensation claims. We hope you have learned a lot about foot injury claims.