Accident Advice Helpline has been helping people claim personal injury compensation since 2000 and since then, one of the most common questions we are asked is, ‘How much compensation can you get for an injured foot?’ There is really not a ‘one size fits all’ answer to this question. We process each claim on an individual basis, taking into account a variety of different factors including the severity of your injuries and their impact on your life.
So asking, ‘How much compensation can you get for an injured foot?’ isn’t going to get you a definitive answer. Far better is to take the 30-second test here on our website, for an idea of how much compensation you could be entitled to claim after your accident.
The most common foot injuries
Foot injuries could be sustained after a slip, trip or fall at work or in a public place, or when your foot is run over by a vehicle – or even by something falling on your foot. Did you know that there are 26 bones in the foot, all connected by joints and ligaments? You could fracture any one (or more) of these bones, suffer crush injuries that lead to multiple fractures, dislocate bones or suffer any number of other types of foot injuries. Here are just a few examples of the types of foot injuries we have handled claims for over the past 16 years and more:
- Strains and sprains
- Puncture wounds
- Ruptured Achilles tendon
- Broken toe or ankle
- Crush injuries leading to compartment syndrome
- Dislocated bones in the foot
- Stress/hairline fractures
A lot of people asking ‘How much compensation can you get for an injured foot?’ do so because they have a broken or fractured bone. Fractured bones in the foot can take time to heal and the amount of time your injury will take to heal could depend on your age and fitness level. You generally find that elderly people’s bones are more brittle and prone to fracture – they may also take longer to heal from a fracture. Did you know that foot fractures account for 10% of all the broken bones in the body? A broken toe can take anywhere from four to six weeks to heal, but other bones can take longer and in most cases you will need to keep weight off your foot until your bones are mended, which can mean taking time off work and being unable to participate in sports and other activities.
There are five metatarsal bones in the foot, the long bones which connect the ankle to the toes. Fracturing one or more metatarsals could mean you are off your feet for six to eight weeks – these are the bones responsible for balance when standing and walking, so you may need physiotherapy to regain full mobility depending on the severity of your injury.
How have your foot injuries affected your life?
When people ask us ‘How much compensation can you get for an injured foot?’ we usually tell them, it depends on how your injuries have affected your life. For example if you have taken a few months off work to recover after your accident, you could be entitled to claim special damages for loss of earnings as well as compensation for your injuries. If you are an athlete who plays sport either for leisure or competitively, you may receive a more substantial personal injury settlement if your injury leaves you unable to participate in your sport or activity of choice in future.
It may be that you have been left with a permanent disability after suffering a serious foot injury. This is not uncommon when crush injuries to the bones of the foot are suffered, for example after being run over by a heavy industrial vehicle such as a forklift. When you consider that the average forklift weighs around 9,000 pounds, it is easy to see how one running over your foot can cause serious injury. You may be left unable to walk properly, or with a permanent limp, which can affect the rest of your life.
Those who have been left disabled after an accident may be at a higher risk of anxiety and depression, and you could claim compensation for the psychological trauma caused by your accident, as well as for the cost of any counselling and care you may need as a result of your injuries.
How much compensation can you get for an injured foot?
As you can see, foot injuries can be serious, and they have the potential to change your life. But even if you have suffered a minor injury to your foot after a slip or trip at work, you could still be eligible to claim personal injury compensation. Rather than calling Accident Advice Helpline and asking us ‘How much compensation can you get for an injured foot?’ why not take the 30-second test here on our website right now for an idea of how much you could be entitled to if your claim is successful?
There’s a three-year time limit in place to claim compensation for any type of injury, so we always recommend getting in touch with us as soon as possible after your accident. We have over 16 years’ experience helping people get compensation for foot injuries, and we’ve been endorsed by our patron, Dame Esther Rantzen, for our excellent customer service.
Next steps to making a claim
You can call Accident Advice Helpline at any time after your accident to benefit from confidential, no-obligation advice. Whether you have broken your toe in an accident at work or suffered serious crush injuries to the bones in your foot after an industrial accident, we’re here to make sure you are compensated for your pain, suffering and financial losses. Just call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to find out more about making a claim. Our personal injury lawyers provide a 100% no-win, no-fee service, so there is no need to let the cost of making a claim deter you from proceeding.
You can call us whether you’re ready to go ahead with a claim, or whether you simply need some advice and answers to your personal injury questions – all advice we offer is confidential and on a no-obligation basis, so there is no pressure to proceed.
Date Published: 4th October 2013