This online guide intends to examine the process of making a personal injury case for a broken foot claim. Nobody expects to be injured in an accident, especially one that isn’t your fault. We’d like to think that being injured is the worst outcome that an accident can have. But often, the financial side of being injured can have just as much impact.
Whether you’ve been hurt on the road, in a public place or following an accident at work, caused by the negligence of a party responsible for your safety you might be entitled to make a broken foot accident claim. If you are unsure about your eligibility to claim compensation our personal injury claims team can help.
In our article below, we will discuss the process of making a broken foot claim. For more free legal advice, contact our personal injury claims team using our online chat, contact form or by calling 0161 696 9685. Our team is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. They can answer your question in a free no-obligation chat.
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- How Much Compensation For A Broken Foot Claim?
- Your Injury Explanation
- Make A Broken Foot Claim For An Accident At Work
- Broken Foot Claim For An Injury In A Public Place
- How Can You Suffer A Foot Fracture In A Road Traffic Accident?
- How Experts Calculate Personal Injury Compensation
- What Are Special Damages?
- Case Study: £20,000 For A Broken Foot Claim
- Get Free Legal Advice On Your Case’s Worth
- How A No Win No Fee Broken Foot Claim Works
- Our Expert Team Can Offer Free Legal Advice
- More Resources And Guides On A Broken Foot Claim
- Broken Foot Claim FAQs
We don’t always think of pursuing a personal injury claim as soon as an accident occurs. Often, we’re most concerned with our injuries and are focused on recovering. But if your injuries were caused by an accident that you weren’t at fault for, then you might be entitled to compensation for a broken foot.
Whether you’ve been injured at work, in an RTA or been involved in an accident in a public place, it may be because someone has neglected their duty of care to you. We’ll explain who has this duty of care to you in different situations, and how to spot a breach.
Often, it’s tempting to use an online personal injury calculator to see how much you might be entitled to. We’ll talk you through how broken foot compensation is calculated, and why it’s best to speak to a solicitor instead of relying on one of these online tools.
Being injured in an accident can be stressful and expensive. That’s one of the reasons that personal injury claims exist. Our explanation of No Win No Fee claims will help put your mind at ease regarding the financial side of hiring a solicitor.
Choosing a personal injury solicitor is an important part of claiming compensation for a broken foot. By the end of this article, you’ll have the information you need to feel confident in choosing a solicitor to work on your behalf. It is important to note that the law does not require you to have a solicitor represent your case but they could bring many advantages to the table.
For further free legal advice, or to speak to someone about pursuing a broken foot claim, get in touch with our team today.
Your foot is made up of several small bones, any of which can be broken. At the front of your foot are your five toes and the long bones that connect to them, known the metatarsal. The cuboid, navicular and cuneiform bones make up the arch of your foot, and the calcaneus (heel) and ankle (talus) can be found at the back of your foot.
If you’ve broken one or more of these bones in your foot, you might find that you’re not able to bear weight on the foot because of the pain. There could also be bruising and swelling in the area.
If you think you’ve broken your foot you should always seek medical attention, as an untreated broken bone can cause serious injuries in the long term. An x-ray will be performed to confirm that you’ve broken your foot and determine the severity of the fracture.
Minor fractures, particularly stable ones where the bones stay aligned, will likely not need surgery to heal. You’ll be given a cast or boot to make sure the bones stay in place as they heal. You’ll be told by your doctor how much weight you’ll be able to bear as it heals.
If the fractures to your foot are more serious, like if the bones are displaced, then you might need surgery. This may require inserting metal plates or screws to keep the bones in position.
Most fractures will heal in around six weeks. But if your injuries are more complicated, or if you’ve needed surgery, then the healing time can take many months. You might also notice some stiffness and pain after your cast or boot is removed, which can take some time to ease up.
Often the last thing we expect is to be injured while we’re in the workplace. But accidents at work do happen. In 2019/20, 38.8 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury.
29% of workplace accidents take the form of slips, trips and falls. This figure rises to 37% if you include falls from a height. The kinds of injuries sustained in these accidents can have a big impact.
Moving or falling objects are also a big risk of workplace injury. These kinds of accidents can easily result in a broken foot at work.
A lot of us don’t want to end up on the wrong side of our employer or take action that leaves them out of pocket. This might discourage you from making a work accident claim. But the Employer’s Liability Act 1969 means your employer must have insurance for any accident at work claims that are made.
If you’re a temporary worker you might be wondering if you’re entitled to make a claim. Read our guide to claiming as a temporary or agency worker for everything you need to know.
What Is An Employers Duty Of Care?
When you’re working, it’s the responsibility of your employer to make sure you can do your role safely and with minimal risk of harm. Remember, it’s not just your employer who has a duty of care in the workplace. All employees have a duty to one another to make reasonably sure that the workplace is a safe place to be.
Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 sets out what an employer is expected to do to make sure you can carry out your role safely. Proper training is crucial to do your role safety, and that any equipment you need is safely maintained for your use.
Regular risk assessments are vital so that, hazards to you and your colleagues are removed or controlled. Maintaining good housekeeping, like making sure walkways are unobstructed and spills are cleaned up is also critical.
How Can This Duty Be Breached?
If your employer fails to take the proper steps to make sure your workplace is safe and you’re injured as a result, it could be grounds for an injury at work claim. If you’ve been hurt because of a piece of equipment that was faulty or damaged, this may be a breach of your employer’s duty of care.
You may have tripped or fallen on something that’s obstructed a walkway, or slipped because a surface wasn’t safe to walk on. In this case, you might potentially be entitled to make a work accident claim.
Your employer also has a responsibility to make sure you and your colleagues are properly trained, reducing the risk of workplace injury for everyone. For example, if you’ve been hurt by a forklift that was being driven by someone who didn’t have the proper training, this could be grounds for a workplace accident claim.
For free legal advice regarding your accident at work claim, get in touch with our team today.
When we’re in public, we expect that we can go about our business without risk of injury. Accidents in a public place can occur, and it’s the responsibility of the person in control of the space to ensure that it’s safe for you to use. Depending on where the accident happens, this could be a business owner, landlord, local authority or a combination of the above.
The Duty Of Care Of Those In Control Of Public Spaces
In the Occupier’s Liability Act 1957 the responsibility to make sure that you are reasonably safe while using the space is down to the person in charge of the space. To be held accountable, the occupier needs to have control of the space.
How Can This Duty Be Breached?
There are many ways that a breach in duty of care can result in accidents in a public place. A shop owner failing to signpost a spill in a supermarket that results in someone slipping and falling can constitute a breach of duty, resulting in a public liability claim.
You might be injured while at the gym by a piece of equipment that isn’t properly maintained, or that is faulty. If there’s nothing to indicate to you that you shouldn’t use the equipment and you’re injured as a result, this would be a breach of the occupier’s duty of care to you.
You might think that an occupier’s duty of care is only applicable if you’re injured whilst on a business premises, but this isn’t the case. Injuries that occur in places like beaches and parks can also be the result of a breach of duty. For example, if you’re injured using playground or exercise equipment in a park, due to poor maintenance you might be entitled to make a public liability claim.
If you’d like free legal advice about making a public liability claim then get in touch with our team today.
Road traffic accidents can be really disruptive. Especially if you damage the vehicle you depend on for transport. But when the outcome of a road traffic accident is a foot fracture, it can be especially troubling.
Vulnerable road users is the term used to describe cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. They don’t have the protection that a vehicle offers and so are particularly at risk of a road traffic accident foot fracture. In 2019/20, vulnerable road users were injured at a rate of 12, 615 per billion miles travelled.
Drivers are also at risk of a foot fracture in a road traffic accident. This is particularly true if the impact is to the front of your car, where your feet rest. This could be the case in a head-on collision or a side-impact crash.
Duty Of Care Of Road Users
Unlike accidents in work or in public, there’s no specific piece of legislation that outlines the duty of care owed to you on the road. But when we look to the Highway Code, we see that all road users have a duty of care to each other. It’s every road user’s responsibility to act in a way that reasonably ensures the safety of others.
How Can A Road User Breach Their Duty Of Care?
There are lots of ways that a road user might conduct themselves dangerously resulting in a car accident claim. Section 97 of the Highway Code tells you what checks they need to make before starting a journey, including making sure that your vehicle is roadworthy. There are no allowances made for inexperienced drivers on the road. The standard of skill and care is that of the average motorist.
Part of the duty of care while on the road is making sure that you’re fully concentrating on the road and other vehicles. Failure to pay proper attention could cause a road user to make an unsafe turn at a junction, or fail to stop when the car in front does. This could cause a road traffic accident.
For more free legal advice or to chat with someone about making a car accident claim, call our team.
Fracturing your foot can have a real effect on your daily life, so it’s only right that a broken foot settlement amount would reflect the impact that this kind of injury has. Nobody wants to have to change the way they live their life because of being injured. The general damages cover the physical pain and psychological distress that an injury has caused you.
General damages are awarded based on how severe your injury is, and how long it’s likely to affect you. Because of this, you’ll attend a medical assessment. This will also confirm that your injuries are a result of the accident and not some preexisting condition. Click here to read more about how personal injury claims are calculated.
Special damages are the part of your claim awarded to you based on any financial losses that you’ve incurred. This includes loss of earnings for time you’ve needed to take off work. It also covers future losses if your injury means you aren’t able to return to your role. You mightn’t be able to drive because of your injury, meaning that you have to pay for transport to and from your medical appointments.
To make sure that you receive everything you’re entitled to, it’s really important that you keep any receipts, bills and invoices. Without proof, these kinds of expenses may not be included in your claim and you could be left out of pocket.
Gerard was out having a meal with friends to celebrate his new job. They were seated at a table and ordered food and drinks.
As the server set the tray down, the two end legs came away from the table. This caused it to fall and crash on Gerard’s foot. Other patrons had mentioned to the manager that the table seemed unsteady, but it hadn’t been replaced.
Gerard immediately felt an intense pain near the front of his foot. His friends reported the incident to the manager of the restaurant. An ambulance was called.
At the hospital, x-rays revealed that Gerard had suffered several fractures to his metatarsal bones.
After the accident, Gerard sought legal advice about making a public liability claim. He decided to pursue a broken foot claim.
After The Accident
While Gerard was wearing the boot he wasn’t able to drive, meaning that he had to rely on lifts from friends and taxis to get him to and from hospital appointments. His flatmates also had to help him with cleaning as it was difficult to do alone while on crutches. Whilst his foot healed, Gerard used painkillers for when the pain was particularly bad. However, when the support boot was removed he noticed a slight pain and stiffness in his toes that never quite went away.
|Type of Special Damages||Includes||How Much?|
|Travel Expenses||Taxis to and from hospital appointments and work||£270|
|Medications/Prescriptions||Prescriptions for painkillers||£180|
|Loss of Earnings||£4000|
|Cleaning||Friends helped Gerard clean his room||£150|
Gerard pursued a personal injury claim for which was settled out of court once the restaurant owner was presented with the evidence. He was awarded £20,000 for general damages – pain and suffering and special damages – financial losses.
Gerard’s case is purely an example. It is based on valuing and pursuing past cases.
Using a personal injury compensation calculator will often fail to give you an accurate value of your claim. But this doesn’t mean that you need to wait until your claim is settled to see how much it’s worth.
We aren’t able to give you a definite value of your claim without speaking to you. But we will be able to help once we’ve gotten more information about your case. Get in touch today to speak to our knowledgeable advisers who can put you in touch with our panel of expert personal injury solicitors.
Making a No Win No Fee claim allows those without fund to hire a solicitor to pursue the case of their behalf.
No Win No Fee agreements usually means that
- You’ll never need to pay the solicitors upfront
- In the event your claim isn’t successful, you won’t be asked to cover the solicitor’s costs
- If you do succeed in your claim, your solicitors will take a success fee from your compensation. Don’t worry, this is legally capped so you’ll always receive the majority of the amount you’re awarded.
If you’d like to take advantage of our free legal advice and move forward with a broken foot claim, speak to our personal injury claims team today.
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- NHS guide to spotting a broken bone
- Employment Rights Act 1996
- How to report a health and safety issue at work
How serious is a broken foot?
Many breaks to the foot are minor and will heal without complication. But long term effects of serious fractures can include an increased risk of arthritis, permanent pain and restricted mobility.
How long will I be off work with a broken foot?
It all depends on how severe the fracture is and whether surgery is needed.
Can you walk on a metatarsal fracture?
See the opinion of a medical professional to see if you can walk with a fracture.
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