We need our feet to get from A to B and a foot injury can be severely debilitating, leaving you unable to walk, go to work or carry out physical activities. Fractured or cracks bones in the feet can cause bruising, tenderness and pain and it’s important to keep weight off the injured foot until you can see your GP. Accidents at work or slips, trips or falls can all cause injuries to your feet which could result in fractures, and claiming broken foot compensation could be an option that’s open to you if you believe your injuries were caused by somebody else’s negligence.
For example, if you work in construction and your employer hasn’t provided you with steel-toed protective boots, you could claim broken foot compensation if you suffer a foot fracture. Accident Advice Helpline’s team of personal injury advisors offer confidential, no-obligation advice, so you could find out if you have a viable claim.
How have you injured your foot?
There are 26 bones in the foot, and your foot is made up of three parts – the hindfoot, midfoot and forefoot:
- Hindfoot – Has two bones, the talus and the calcaneus
- Midfoot – Has five bones – the cuboid, navicular and three cuneiforms
- Forefoot – Has 19 bones – a metatarsal and three phalanges in each toe and two phalanges in your big toe
With all these bones, it’s no wonder that a foot injury can easily lead to a fracture. Tripping over something such as a box of files or a broken kerb could cause broken toes. Falling from height, such as a fall from scaffolding or a roof, is the most common cause of broken heels, whilst twisting or spraining your ankle can also lead to a broken foot.
Claiming compensation – what next?
You may need a splint or cast, surgery or treatment with flat-bottom shoes and crutches after your injury, and the time your fracture will take to heal depends on which bone(s) you have broken. If somebody else is to blame for your injury, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline within three years of your accident by calling 0800 689 0500. Our personal injury lawyers provide a 100% no win, no fee* service and we’re here to make sure you’re compensated if your employer or somebody else has been negligent. Most claims can be processed in full over the phone, so don’t let the idea of going to court put you off making a claim for the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: September 29, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton