Claiming compensation for a foot injury


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By Oliviah Rix-Taylor

on Wednesday 15 August 2018


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Making a claim for compensation for a foot injury can be a simple process that can provide key financial support for your recovery.

Foot anatomy – complexity of the human foot

The human foot is one of the most complex structures comprising the human body, and because the foot is so complicated, it is often prone to injury.

 The bones in the feet consist of phalanges (toes) and metatarsals (foot bones). The heel is considered a hind foot form and works in connection with the ankle joint.  In addition to the bones there are some hundred other ligaments and tendons crucial to foot motion that allows us to run, jump, climb and walk on two legs.

Foot injuries – typical problems associated with the foot

There are numerous conditions and injuries that affect the feet, some of the most common are;

How much compensation can I get for a foot injury?

Foot injuries vary in severity and the impact the injury has on a person’s life therefore compensation amounts vary too. Typically foot injury compensation can range from £160,000 for a foot amputation to £10,960 for a modest foot injury claim.

Severity Compensation
ModestUp to £10,960
Moderate£10,960 to £19,920
Serious£19,920 to £31,250
Severe£33,460 to £55,830
Very Severe£66,930 to £87,410
Amputation of One Foot£66,930 to £87,410
Amputation of Both Feet£135,030 to £160,600

Accidents that cause foot injuries

Within the workplace and in public spaces there are many hazards that can cause an accident and injury our feet in particular. At work there are also numerous activities that could lead to a foot disorder if health and safety procedures are not rigorous enough.

In order to make a claim for compensation for a foot injury, there has to be someone who was liable for your injury, someone who was responsible for your wellbeing but behaved negligently.

Common work place accidents causing foot injuries are;

  • Slips trips and falls
  • Falls from height
  • Accidents involving machinery
  • Dropping heavy objects
  • Repetitive strenuous activity
  • Walking on sharp objects

Industries in which these accidents can occur are numerous. You may work behind the bar, operate heavy machinery, work on a production like or in a role that involves manual handling. A foot injury is pretty much universal to all roles except perhaps office jobs in which the risk of injury is lower from sitting most of the day.

The important thing to realise is that workers have rights and employers are expected to adhere to workplace regulations to ensure the safety of their staff. If you believe your injury was due to an accident that could have been prevented then you likely have a case for a negligence claim.

We recommend that you retain all information relating to the accident such as medical care costs, eye witness accounts and accident book entries alongside any extra costs you might have incurred such as transport and time off work.

Most negligence claims must be made within three years of occurring so we advise getting in contact with an experienced solicitor as soon as possible.

Accident Line Direct use No Win No Fee agreements for foot injury claims and other negligence claims. If you are unsure about your injury or case then our initial consultation is via a free phone number and costs nothing. We can listen to what happened to you and recommend further action. If we believe you have a case then one of our experienced solicitors will be able to take on your claim and help you win compensation.

If you are successful with your claim, only then will we deduct our fee as a percentage of your compensation award (normally around 25%). If you are unsuccessful then there is nothing to pay on either side.

Call us today and have a quick discussion with one of our advisors to find out if you have a claim. For more on foot injuries keep reading.

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Foot Injuries

Fractures

Most commonly it is the long metatarsal bones that are susceptible to fracture although the larger foot bones are also prone to break, typically from blunt force from a falling object. If you have pain whilst walking, swelling and redness then you may have a foot fracture.

Tendonitis

This is an inflammation of the tendons in the feet and can be extremely painful. Often there will be swelling associated with the inflamed area.

Strains and Sprains

Foot sprains usually involve tearing of the ligaments that attach to the bones and can vary in severity. Sometimes a foot sprain can take longer to heal than a break due to the microscopic tears that struggle to heal with usage.

Athletes foot

This is a fungal infection that affects the feet and causes dry, irritated skin that can often flake and be itchy. The cause can be poor footwear or working conditions but the fungal infection is treatable.

Osteoarthritis

Causing pain, deformities of the foot and swelling, osteoarthritis is the painful result of cartilage degeneration between the bones of the foot.  

Gout

Often affection the big toe, gout is a condition which causes the joints to become inflamed due to deposits of chalk-stones from uric acid.

Plantar fasciitis

There is a ligament which runs along the bottom of the foot called the plantar fascia and this can become painfully inflamed. The pain can spread as far as the knee joint but the cause is a condition of the foot. Being on your feet all day can be cause.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Similar to osteoarthritis but an autoimmune form which causes the breakdown of cartilage in the foot.

Bunions

This is a bony protrusion on the side of the foot next to the big toe. The cause the big toe to turn inward which can be painful, especially when wearing conventional footwear that does not accommodate the foot shape.

Broken toes

Broken toes can be extremely painful as shoes and eight bearing can affect their recovery. Mostly they heal on their own but some cases require more serious attention.

Achilles Tendon Injury

Occurring as a sudden or progressive injury, pain at the back of the heel may indicate an Achilles tendon injury.

Diabetic complications

Sufferers of diabetes are more prone to infections in the feet due to issues with blood vessels. Small lacerations can quickly become infected and should be treated with care.

Heel Spurs

A heel spur is an abnormal growth on the heel bone and can cause severe pain whilst moving around or standing. People who already have abnormalities in foot structure are likely to develop heel spurs.

Corns

Pressure points on the feet can be susceptible to an excessive build-up of tough skin, often with a cone shape that can be painful.

Ingrown toe nails

Toes can become infected and extremely painful when the nails grow into the nail bed at the side of the nail and into the toe itself.

Fallen arches

The soles of the feet appear flat due to a collapse of the heel arch. Although they can be corrected with orthopaedic insoles, standing or walking can be painful.

Claw toes and mallet toes

Toes that are fused and unable to straighten or toes that are curled under are often painful results of joint issues in the toe region.

Fungal Nail Infection

Otherwise known as onychomycosis, a fungal nail infection is created by a fungus in the nails of the feet and can cause crumbling discoloured skin. Often uncomfortable to live with but treatable, a nail fungal infection isn’t usually too severe.