Our free compensation claims guide is for victims who have suffered a foot injury and would like to claim compensation and get the justice they deserve.
Foot injuries can be particularly difficult to adapt to, as they can have a serious negative impact on your mobility. This loss of mobility can lead to expensive travel costs or can cause problems in your work, social and domestic life. Foot injuries range from minor sprains and strains to more serious damage, even amputation. Foot injuries can be very painful but will usually heal by themselves in a short space of time. Some foot injuries, however, can be more serious and take a considerable period of time to heal, possibly even requiring surgery for the worst cases.
If you have suffered a foot injury as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our online claims form to find out whether you can make a foot injury compensation and get the compensation you deserve.
Common Leg Injury Claim Types
Foot injuries can range from mild to extremely serious, and will almost certainly require a period of partial or full rest as part of the healing process. Common foot injuries include:
1. Sprains and strains.Sprains and strains occur when a muscle, tendon or ligament is stretched or torn, usually as the result of falling, twisting or being struck. Sprains usually take longer to heal than strains, as they involve the tendons which heal more slowly than muscles. Sprains and strains sound like very minor injuries but they can take weeks or even months to heal and can severely limit your ability to travel and enjoy your normal lifestyle until they are fully recovered. Additionally, if you are unable to rest your sprain or strain properly, your foot injury can worsen and you may develop a permanent foot injury. Sprains and strains commonly lead to pain, bruising, swelling and difficulty moving the affected area.
2. Fractures (broken bones). The foot has a large number of small bones, any of which can develop a fracture. A fractured or broken foot is a very obviously debilitating injury, sometimes requiring you to have your foot and part of your leg in a plaster cast to keep it immobile and allow the bone to knit together to heal properly. If you are unable to rest as you need to following your accident that led to your broken foot, the injury may never heal properly, leading to long term pain and suffering. Most people will find that they need to take at least some off work as a result of the accident that led to their broken foot, which can be both stressful and financially worrying. It is important that you obtain the compensation you need to ensure that you do not feel rushed back to work and can concentrate on healing fully.
3. Crush injuries to the foot.Crush injuries to the foot can be extremely serious, as a crushed bone is far more difficult to heal than a simple fracture. Crush injuries can be the result of an industrial accident at work, caused by faulty or poorly maintained machinery or an inattentive forklift driver. Crush injuries to the foot are also often the consequence of a road traffic accident, whether as a driver or as any other form of road user. Crush injuries can also be life-threatening if not given the correct medical treatment at the scene, as toxins can build up quickly if you are not released immediately, which can cause a disorder known as crush syndrome which damages the kidneys and can be fatal. If you have suffered a crush injury as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, or have developed crush syndrome due to incorrect medical treatment following your accident, the compensation you receive may be essential to help you rebuild your life.
4. Dislocations.A dislocation is when the bone is moved out of the place it is supposed to sit within the joint. This leads to a significant loss of mobility, as well as extreme pain. If the dislocation is not set right promptly, it is possible to develop additional damage to the nerves, blood vessels and ligaments. Dislocation can occur at any joint in the body, but is very common at the ankle joint. Once you have suffered a dislocation in a particular joint, further dislocations are more likely, and this increased risk will need to be taken into account in any compensation claim you might make for this type of foot injury.
5. Nerve damage. Nerve damage can be either temporary or long-lasting and can range from a slight tingling sensation to severe pain and loss of strength and muscle control. Nerve damage is always worrying and can be a complication associated with many of the other foot injuries described already. It is important that any nerve damage is assessed by a doctor to ensure that it does not lead to long term complications.
6. Amputation. Probably the most severe of all foot injuries is an amputation. Although injuries resulting in amputation, whether traumatic or surgical, are highly unusual, they are always life-changing and will require a great deal of adaptation of your home, life and environment. This could include having to build an extension to your home to enable you to live downstairs if you are confined to a wheelchair following your accident, the purchase of specially adapted car if you are unable to drive normally or getting a carer if you are no longer able to look after yourself independently.
Compensation For Foot Injury Claims
All compensation claims payments are comprised of two parts. The first part deals with the injury itself. The Judicial College sets out national guidelines to enable claimants (such as yourself) and those responsible for the accidents (if you were injured at work, for example, this would be your employer) to know how much compensation is reasonable for a particular injury. These ranges can be very wide, however, to ensure that the compensation you receive reflects the individual nature of your accident. Our expert team of personal injury claims solicitors have extensive experience interpreting these guidelines and will be able to give you a clearer estimate of how much compensation you might expect for your foot injury. A minor foot injury with the expectation of you making a full recovery might attract up to £10,960, whilst a the loss of both feet would require a compensation payment of between £135,030 and £160,600.
The second part of any personal injury claim is that you must be compensated for any expenses or financial losses that you might have suffered as a result of your accident and injury. In the case of foot injuries, this might include additional transportation costs if you are unable to drive or making modifications to your home to allow you to continue to live as independently as possible. It would also include any loss of earnings you may have suffered, and even a loss of potential earnings if your foot injury means that you are not able to return to your former career.
Making A Foot Injury Claim
Making a foot injury claim with us is easier than you might expect. The first thing to do is to call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our online claims form and we will call you back. We will listen to the details of your case, ensuring that we understand your unique circumstances and injury. We will discuss funding options with you. For most clients, the best option will be that we offer our services on a no win no fee basis. Once we have an agreement in place, we will:
Write to the other party notifying them that you are making a personal injury claim against them for the accident or injury you have sustained to your foot. We will ask them to accept liability (this is the legal term for accepting that they are responsible for what happened) and give them a deadline by which they have to respond. In most cases, the other person or organisation will accept that they are to blame.
If the other party does not accept that they were the cause of the accident or injury that you suffered, we will gather evidence in support of your claim. Once we have gathered this evidence, liability is agreed in almost all cases.
In the unlikely event that we have to go to court to progress your foot injury claim, we will make sure that you are supported and informed throughout. This is essential to giving you the peace of mind you need to concentrate on your recovery while we deal with getting you the compensation you deserve.
Once liability has been agreed, we will also conduct the negotiations on your behalf. This means that we will be talking to the other party, listening to how much they offer, bringing that offer to you for a decision and putting forward our reasons for why you deserve a higher payment if you decline their offer. Negotiations can leave many of our clients feeling unsure and unsettled, as it can be hard for you to know how much compensation is a fair reflection of the pain, suffering and difficulties you have experienced. Our expert team of personal injury claims solicitors have years of experience handling these negotiations and will be able to give you the benefit of this experience making sure that you feel sure in your decisions as to whether to accept or reject a compensation offer. Although we will be conducting the negotiations for you, you remain in control of the process at all times. We will inform you of any and all offers of compensation and give you our opinion as to whether we think it is fair or not. Either way, the final decision is yours and we will support you in this.
If you are thinking of making a foot injury compensation claim, call us on0121 565 4317or use our online claims form to arrange your free, no obligation consultation.