Most of us take our toes for granted. They’re there of course, and they actually play an important role in helping us walk. Think about how you walk and you’ll realise you rely on them every time you go forward and roll each foot onto its toes before walking ahead for another step. It stands to reason therefore that serious toe injuries could have a pronounced effect on how you walk and run.
This was seen recently when a Kent man lost three toes on one foot in an accident at work. He later had another toe on the other foot amputated as a direct result of suffering the accident. If you can imagine what it would be like to suffer such an accident and suddenly find yourself missing some toes, you can probably imagine that it would indeed be quite difficult to walk as if nothing had happened. It would take lots of rehabilitation and treatment to recover from such injuries, even though your toes don’t initially seem to be all that important. It’s one reason why steel toe-capped boots are so essential in a variety of workplaces in the UK today.
How common is it to lose your toes?
Thankfully this is not a situation many people will go through. There are ample health and safety rules in place to ensure this does not occur. The good news you will be glad to know about is that the majority of employers take their duty of care towards their employees very seriously indeed. They know how important it is that employees are safe whenever they are at work. As such it is imperative that they follow all health and safety rules to ensure the high levels of safety are constant and consistent.
Do you think you could have a claim to make?
Making a claim for compensation may seem very difficult indeed. However it does not need to be like this. If you were to contact Accident Advice Helpline and speak to one of our professional injury compensation experts, you might be surprised at how simple the process could be. By calling 0800 689 0500 you can determine whether you have evidence of negligence to support any claim that you might make. One call will provide the no-obligation advice you need at this stage, so make sure you do make that call as soon as possible.
Date Published: April 19, 2015
Author: Rob Steen