Can you think of crushing a foot at work? You may not be able to imagine it but some people have had this very experience. While injuries of this kind are uncommon they can happen if the circumstances allow it. Ideally there should be procedures in place that restrict the potential for this accident to occur.
For example steel toe-capped boots will protect the feet and there should also be consideration given to how safe particular loads are, whether they are on shelves, on a fork lift truck or on the back of a lorry.
In some cases there could be a potential for something to fall off onto a person’s feet if they are nearby. A risk assessment would very likely identify the potential for this to occur. However if an employer doesn’t bother with risk assessments and someone is injured, this could potentially be a sign of negligence.
How might crushing a foot at work affect your life?
While such injuries can be treated, the severity of the injuries sustained will have a significant effect on the outcome. For example, a crushed foot might incur broken bones and damage to muscles, tendons and ligaments.
While a certain degree of healing might be possible, it may not be possible for everything to heal completely. You might be left with a limp or be unable to put your weight on the foot for long periods of time.
If you find you can no longer work as a result of the injury, you have a right to find out whether compensation might be paid to you. Negligence should be proven in order for this to happen. However even lesser injuries can be liable for compensation if your employer was negligent in some way.
How is an accident like this caused?
As we’ve seen already there could be all kinds of ways an injury like this might be experienced. The key to whether compensation is due though is to work out whether someone else’s negligence led to the accident occurring. Once the answer is known the appropriate amount of compensation may be worked out.
If you’d like answers, Accident Advice Helpline can help you. Just call us now on 0800 689 0500 – it’s free to do and the advice is provided on a no-obligation basis too. Doesn’t it make sense to call us here today?
Date Published: June 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen