Broken Foot Compensation Claims In The UK
If you’ve suffered a broken foot in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be compensated for this. It is possible to suffer broken bones in your foot due to a wide range of different accidents. Examples include accidents at work, road traffic accidents and slips, trips and falls which may happen in public places.
No matter how a broken foot injury happens, there are some important questions to ask. Was the accident that led to your injury caused by another party. Did that other party owe you a duty of care? Do you have evidence that this other party breached their duty in a way that led to your injury? If you can answer yes to these questions, then you could have a strong case to claim compensation. In our guide to broken foot compensation, we’ll explain the process for this type of personal injury claim.
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- Everything You Need To Know About Broken Foot Compensation Claims
- What Is A Broken Foot Bone?
- What Are The Names Of The Bones In Your Feet?
- Broken Foot Signs And Symptoms
- What Causes A Broken Foot?
- Calculate Broken Foot Compensation Payouts
- Broken And Fractured Foot Diagnosis And Treatment
- What Is A Negligent Missed Diagnosis Of A Broken Foot?
- Why Are Fractures Negligently Misdiagnosed?
- Is There A Time Limit For Broken Foot Compensation Claims?
- I Broke My Foot In An Accident, What Should I Do?
- Can You Claim For A Broken Foot On A No Win No Fee Basis?
- Contact Us For More Help
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- Frequently Asked Questions
There are numerous kinds of accidents which can cause a broken foot injury. Car accidents, accidents in the workplace plus slips, trips and falls are just some examples. If one or several bones break in your foot, then it can cause a lot of pain and restrict your movement. Particularly severe foot injuries can have a long-term or even permanent effect on your everyday activities and overall quality of life.
An important question to ask if you suffer a broken foot in an accident is whether someone else is responsible. If another party which owed you a duty of care is liable in causing whatever accident injured your foot, then you may be able to claim compensation from them.
Read on to learn more about how broken foot injuries are defined. We’ll also look further at the requirements you need to meet to successfully claim compensation for a broken foot. We will also talk about potential compensation payments for this type of claim. We’ll also look at time limits and No Win No Fee agreements for this type of claim.
The term ‘broken foot’ may be applied when one or several bones located within the foot become fractured. The severity of a broken foot injury can vary. A fracture may consist of a tiny crack in the bone. In more serious cases, the bone may break in a way which ends up piercing the skin.
A lot of the symptoms associated with a broken foot are shared with a sprained foot. Some people may therefore have difficulty telling whether their foot is sprained or broken when they feel pain in this area. A broken foot injury tends to create more pain which lasts longer when compared to a sprain. If you suspect you’ve broken a foot bone, then it’s important to get treatment from a medical professional as soon as possible.
The feet combine bones, joints, muscles and soft tissue to create flexible structures. They allow us to complete a range of physical activities. They include standing, walking, running, jumping, kicking and using certain kinds of equipment.
There are 26 bones in a human foot and these include:
- Tarsal bones – The group of bones at the rear of the foot.
- Phalanges – Refers to the bones in the toes.
- Metatarsal bones – The bones in the middle of the foot which connect to the tarsal bones and the phalanges.
A broken foot injury can cause a range of symptoms. How severe these symptoms are will depend on how serious the fracture in your foot bone is. Potential symptoms can include the following:
- Bruising on the affected foot
- Deformity of the injured foot
- Difficulty with walking or bearing weight
- Immediate and throbbing pain
- Lingering pain which increases with physical activity
- Swelling on the affected foot
- Tenderness on the affected foot
It’s important to get treatment from a doctor or hospital as soon as possible if you have reason to suspect you have a broken foot. You should do so even if your symptoms are not severe. A delay in receiving treatment could potentially lead to serious complications. Those can include an infection or permanent alterations to the shape of your foot.
A fracture to one or several foot bones can occur if they are subjected to a large amount of force or pressure. There are various types of accidents which can lead to a broken foot, such as the following:
- Road traffic accidents – This can include car accidents, motorcycle accidents, cycling accidents and being hit by a vehicle as a pedestrian.
- Slips, trips and falls – Slipping, tripping or falling from a great height can cause a breakage of bones in your feet. Such accidents can happen anywhere, including at home, at work or in a public area.
- Impact from a heavy object – For example, your foot could be broken if a box is accidentally dropped on it.
- Overuse – Small stress fractures can potentially occur in weight-bearing bones due to repetitive force or overuse. Running long distances on a frequent basis is one type of activity which can lead to such fractures. Stress fractures can also occur if the bones have been weakened by a condition, such as osteoporosis.
You may be wondering how much broken foot compensation you could receive from your claim. It is difficult to predict how much you could receive before your case is concluded. There are various factors which are taken into account when your payout is being calculated. They include the severity of your injury and how much it has impacted on your quality of life. More factors, such as the financial impact the injury has had on you, may be taken into account too. Therefore, compensation payouts for a broken foot can vary a lot.
With the table below, you can view compensation brackets for foot and toe fracture injuries. These brackets come from the latest Judicial College guidelines and they are based on compensation payouts given out in past cases. These brackets offer no guarantee on how much you could be paid for your injury. They can, however, at least provide a general idea of potential payouts.
|Severe Foot Injury||Fractures of both heels or an usually severe injury to a single foot||£39,390 to £65,710|
|Moderate Foot Injury||Can include metatarsal fractures which lead to permanent symptoms and deformity||£12,900 to £23,460|
|Modest Foot Injury||Can include simple metatarsal fractures which may or may not lead to full recovery||Up to £12,900|
|Serious Toe Injury||Multiple fractures of two or more toes which lead to permanent disability||£9,010 to £12,900|
|Moderate Toe Injury||Can include relatively straightforward toe fractures which may require surgery||Up to £9,010|
The compensation brackets table covers payments which you may receive for ‘general damages’. These types of payments aim specifically to compensate for the injuries and suffering you’ve experienced due to your accident. You may possibly also receive compensation for ‘special damages’. Payments for special damages aim to cover for financial losses which are directly related to your accident and subsequent injuries. For example, medical bills you need to accumulate in order to receive treatment for your broken foot could be covered under special damages.
For more advice on compensation amounts for a broken foot, you can contact UK Law today. Our advisors may be able to provide a more specific estimate on your potential compensation payout, based on the details of your case.
If you are showing symptoms of a fractured foot, then you should go to a doctor or hospital as soon as you can. To get your condition diagnosed, a doctor will ask for details about your symptoms and conduct an X-ray of your affected foot. If more information is required about your injury, your doctor may also arrange an MRI scan or CT scan.
If it’s confirmed that your foot is broken, then the treatment you’ll receive will depend on which exact bones are affected and how severe the fracture is. Treatment options include the following:
- Immobilisation – To help a foot heal, it needs to be immobilised so that the broken bones will stay together and eventually heal. A removable brace, boot or shoe may be needed for a minor foot fracture.
- Surgery – Severe cases of a foot injury may warrant surgery in order to reposition damaged bones or to ensure they hold together during the healing process. It may prove necessary to have pins, plates or screws attached to your foot on a temporary basis to achieve proper healing.
- Pain relief medication – A doctor will likely prescribe you medication to reduce pain in your foot while it recovers from a fracture.
- Crutches or wheelchair – To help keep weight off your broken foot, it may be arranged for you to have crutches or a wheelchair to move around until you’ve recovered from your injury.
If you suspect you have a broken foot, then it’s vital to get your condition diagnosed properly by a medical professional. There is, however, a small possibility that a medical expert or hospital could misdiagnose your fracture when they examine you.
If you’re unfortunate enough to have this happen to you, then this can lead to various issues. You may be left to endure pain from your broken foot for longer than necessary. It could also lead to incorrect healing of the fracture and the development of complications.
An avoidable delay in being treated for a foot fracture could mean that more extensive treatment will be required by the time it finally begins.
Certain mistakes could potentially be made by a medical professional while looking at your fracture symptoms. Mistakes can unfortunately happen at different stages of your examination. Examples include the following:
- Your symptoms may be confused for a different type of injury, such as a sprain.
- An X-ray may not have been offered when it could have provided confirmation of your injury.
- You had an X-ray of your foot, but it was not done correctly or the results were misinterpreted.
- The medical professional examining you did not arrange for you to have an MRI or CT scan when it could have provided extra useful info.
- An administrative error occurred at the hospital you’re at. This could lead to issues, such as your doctor receiving incorrect scan results.
When you see a medical professional such as a doctor or your GP about an injury, they owe you a duty of care. As part of it, they are responsible for examining you, prescribing any treatments and referring you for extra tests if appropriate. Medical professionals are expected to do all that can reasonably be expected to diagnose and treat any health issues that you have correctly.
If you experience a misdiagnosis of your fracture, then you may be able to claim compensation for this. You’ll need to prove with evidence that a medical expert breached their duty of care towards you when they misdiagnosed your condition.
The standard time limit for starting a broken foot compensation claim is three years from the date of the accident which caused your injury. However, in some cases, a broken foot injury may not be confirmed until some time after the accident occurred. When this applies, the three-year time limit starts from the day your broken foot was diagnosed. This is referred to as the date of knowledge.
Under certain circumstances, the three-year time limit for starting a claim may be frozen for at least a temporary period. For instance, it can be put on hold for a child who has suffered a fractured foot. The three-year time limit does not start for children who broke their foot in an accident until the day they turn 18. An injured child can’t start their own claim before they reach their 18th birthday. However, a claim could possibly be started before they reach 18 on their behalf by a representative known as a litigation friend. This representative could be a parent or someone else close to the child.
The three-year time limit for starting a claim may also be frozen if the victim lacks the mental capacity to act on their own behalf. In these circumstances, a claim could potentially be started by a litigation friend representing the injured party. If at some point, the injured party regains enough mental capacity to act on their own behalf, then the three-year time limit for claiming starts from the day this occurs.
When you’re suffering symptoms of a broken foot following an accident, you should go to a medical professional or hospital as soon as possible. If your injury occurred due to a breach in duty of care by another party, then you may be considering a personal injury claim against them. If you want to explore starting a case, then it’s worth gaining medical evidence of any treatment you receive for your injury. Evidence could include discharge letters plus medical notes from a doctor.
Should you wish to move forward with a claim, then you should next work on gathering other evidence. Other potential evidence may include photos of the accident and your injuries, security camera footage and witness contact information.
When you’ve finished gathering evidence, you could then consider hiring a solicitor to support your claim. If you do choose to hire one, we recommend picking a solicitor who has previously handled broken foot compensation claims.
Your chosen solicitor will review your potential case based on the details and evidence available. If they are confident that your case can succeed, and they’re happy to support it, you could then sign an agreement with them. From this point, your solicitor will then guide you through the remaining steps required to complete your claim.
You can contact UK Law for advice on making a broken foot claim on a No Win No Fee basis. If you hire a solicitor to support your case, then you may sign a No Win No Fee agreement with them. Signing this type of agreement can deliver several financial benefits to you, including the following:
- No requirement to pay legal fees upfront to your solicitor.
- It also won’t be required to pay out for legal fees during the process of your claim.
- If your claim proves to be unsuccessful, you won’t be required to pay your solicitor’s legal fees. That means your solicitor should have plenty of incentive to work hard on your case, since they face extra risk
If you win with your No Win No Fee claim, then a small percentage of your compensation will be deducted by your solicitor. They will do this in order to cover their legal fees. The amount they can charge is capped by law.
You can contact UK Law for advice on making a broken foot injury claim. Our advisors can assist with advice on other kinds of personal injury claims as well. You can reach us through the following methods:
- With our online live chat service
- By using our claim online form
- With our call back form
- You can also phone us on 020 3870 4868
For advice on other kinds of bone fracture claims, you can read our related guides linked to below:
We also have guides on different types of personal injury claims, such as the following:
In this final section of our guide on claiming for a broken foot, we’ve addressed some popular questions:
What happens if a child has broken their foot?
If a child of yours suffers a broken foot injury, then getting them the required medical treatment should be the first priority. You or another representative may be able to claim compensation on the child’s behalf as a litigation friend. That is provided that the child’s injury was caused by a breach of duty of care by another party.
Could you claim for a minor fracture injury?
A broken foot injury does not need to be considered severe in order for you to claim compensation for it. If another party breached their duty of care towards you and this breach led to your injury, then you may be entitled to compensation. It’s possible to receive compensation for foot fractures which are considered minor.
What complications could fractures cause?
If a fracture in your foot is left untreated, then it could cause some serious complications. The injury could become infected, for instance. Or the injury could create permanent changes to the shape of your foot.
Could I secure an interim payout?
If your injury is particularly severe and has led to financial concerns, then you may be able to secure interim payouts. A single or several interim payments may be arranged in cases which take a long time to conclude. They are more likely to happen if the defendant has already admitted liability or the claimant is likely to succeed with the case.
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