Sometimes we only fully appreciate our mobility and independence when it is taken away from us. This is something that can happen when we suffer a broken foot, and if this injury means that we can no longer work or earn a living, the consequences could be much more serious than simply physical. Many people suffer foot injuries at work each year, including broken bones in the feet, and can mean a serious loss of income. However, if your injury was sustained at work due to negligence on the part of your employer or perhaps a colleague, you may be wondering what the average workers’ compensation broken foot settlement could be.
The problem with average compensation amounts is that they can be very misleading. 621,000 workers sustained non-fatal injuries at work in 2015/16 with many of these being foot injuries. Even something as specific as a broken foot can lead to quite a wide range of different figures as far as compensation is concerned. For example, a broken foot caused by a high degree of negligence and a long recovery period may lead to a higher amount of compensation than a broken foot caused by a simple trip. Any average workers’ compensation broken foot settlement you may find may not take this into consideration and leave you with a misleading figure.
How could someone break a foot at work?
A broken foot at work could be caused in a large number of different ways depending on the kind of work you do and the environment you do it in. People working on building sites where there is a lot of heavy machinery and dangerous vehicles moving around may break a foot by it being crushed or perhaps run over. Perhaps a digger or bulldozer was exiting the building site and a person was injured because there was no warning of this. It could also be that heavy machinery was operating in a pedestrian only area and therefore put workers at risk in that way. These could be examples of negligence on the part of the foreman or management of the construction site, and therefore compensation may be due.
Many broken feet are caused by heavy objects falling on them, which is why the Health and Safety Executive has issued guidelines around this matter. The HSE states that 30% of all fatal accidents in the manufacturing industry in Great Britain between 2003 and 2009 involved the fall of a heavy item. Considering how rare fatal accidents are, this provides an idea of how many broken bones and feet are caused by falling heavy items too.
You may also be looking for the average workers’ compensation broken foot settlement because you suffered a broken foot in an otherwise very safe environment such as an office. Although it may seem unlikely, something as simple as tripping on a hazard on a staircase could leave you with a broken foot, and again, keeping stairwells safe and clear of obstructions is down to the management of an office, or whoever is responsible for health and safety there.
How would a broken foot affect you?
Loss of mobility can affect a person in more ways than one. The average healing time for a broken foot can be anything from six to 12 weeks, depending on the how serious the break is. Needless to say, not being able to get about independently or drive a car can seriously affect a person’s lifestyle, and any time spent off work could affect your income. Different employers will have different policies when it comes to sick pay, ranging from taking home your full pay for every day you’re off work, to nothing at all. If you feel you have not received the sick pay you are due, you can talk to Accident Advice Helpline about your rights, as well as how much injury compensation you could claim.
Accident Advice Helpline are experts in claiming personal injury compensation for all manner of different accidents and injury types. Even better, there are no solicitors’ fees to pay if your claim is not successful, and you do not have to pay any upfront fees either. There really isn’t a reliable average workers’ compensation broken foot settlement to give you without further details, and we like to treat each and every one of our claimants as an individual in any case.
How to prevent injuries
The Trade Union Congress provides health and safety guidelines on protective footwear and how to prevent foot injuries in the workplace. Sometimes simply having the right footwear such as steel-capped boots can prevent a serious injury, especially to the toes.
When it comes to preventing broken feet, it is often the case that stricter health and safety guidelines should be in place, especially around heavy machinery and factory equipment.
Average workers’ compensation broken foot settlement
Although it is difficult to give an average workers’ compensation broken foot settlement amount for the reasons already discussed, if you would like a ballpark figure of how much you would likely receive for a foot injury, you can use the 30-second claim calculator on our website. All you have to do is enter a few basic details and you will receive some information about injury compensation, as well as some figures which may be of interest to you.
However, for a more detailed discussion of how much your injury may be worth in compensation, we highly advise you call us on our freephone telephone number below at any time.
Calling Accident Advice Helpline
The best way to get a more accurate figure for how much compensation your injury may be worth to you rather than an average workers’ compensation broken foot settlement is to call us on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile). Our staff are highly experienced and very helpful, and will patiently listen to what happened to you and how your accident was caused. There is absolutely no obligation to proceed with a claim simply because you called us, so you can simply enjoy some free initial advice from the UK’s largest specialist personal injury law firm.
Date Published: 17th February 2017
Author: Rob Steen