There are a number of ways you can potentially suffer a metatarsal fracture. For some people it can occur as a result of something heavy dropping on their feet. Others may get a fracture due to someone aggressively and illegally tackling them while playing football. Whatever the reason, it is worth knowing how to claim for a metatarsal fracture caused by someone else’s actions or negligence, in order to get the compensation you deserve.
The nature of a fracture can impede you in different ways. There are two main types. The first is the acute. This is the type that occurs instantly due to something dropping on your foot, an illegal tackle, and so forth. Once it happens you instantly know about it and it’s very painful.
The other type occurs more gradually over time and is known as a stress fracture. Because they occur over a longer period of time, you may not be instantly aware of them, but after a while the pain goes from being a nuisance to something that makes it hard to walk.
Why you need to know
Knowing what type of fracture you have can help to verify the cause. If, for example, you suffer an acute fracture at work because something has fallen off a shelf that shouldn’t have heavy items on it, there can be little doubt that your injury was directly caused by your working environment and you can pursue a claim for compensation against your employer.
With a stress fracture this can be a sign that the workplace has not properly looked after you in terms of minimising the risk of injury. For some jobs, employers are required to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which includes safety footwear where necessary. If they have failed to provide appropriate footwear or guidance, they could be liable if an employee suffers a stress fracture. If you are suffering discomfort in your feet, you should get a doctor’s appointment to make sure it is not something serious and get prompt treatment before the condition worsens.
How to claim for a metatarsal fracture
A crucial aspect is to note details as much as possible. Note down symptoms and how they progress as well as any information from your doctor. This can be used by your solicitor if you later need to make a compensation claim.
Your next step might be to contact a personal injury law firm. Some people get nervous about this as they are afraid of costing their company money. However, it is important to emphasise that any compensation will be claimed from their insurance and should not directly affect the business.
Furthermore, this highlights any practices that could be improved and in the long term this ought to result in improved safety which will help protect other workers. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today to find out more. We’re open 24 hours a day.
Date Published: October 18, 2013
Author: David Brown