In this article, we will discuss compensation for a broken foot metatarsal claim and how using a No Win No Fee solicitor could significantly boost your payout for the injury. If your injury was the result of an accident in the workplace, in public, or on the roads, and you can prove the accident was caused by third-party negligence, personal injury lawyers can help you launch a claim for damages call our advisors today by calling 0800 408 7825 for more information.
We will look at the two types of compensation you could receive for your injury. We look at common accident hot spots, how to define your injury and what evidence you would need to launch a personal injury claim for broken foot compensation. We will demonstrate through an example case study how this works and provide information on how to find the best personal injury lawyer to help you do this, wherever your accident happened.
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Launching a broken foot metatarsal claim for compensation may seem a little daunting. If you can prove that a negligent third party who had a responsibility to your health and well being caused your injury you may be able to claim compensation for your suffering.
Using our case example, this guide will show how you could include out of pocket expenses on your compensation claim you may not have thought possible. We discuss the three main laws that protect our safety in public, who exactly to hold responsible in those scenarios and how things like a medical assessment can strengthen your claim.
Successfully handling cases all around the country, our panel of No Win No Fee expert personal injury solicitors are helping people win the compensation they deserve for their broken foot metatarsal claim in all the various circumstances an accident like that could occur. If at any point through this article you have a question, please contact our friendly team today at the number above, or drop us a line here.
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Metatarsal bones are the five main bones that run across the bridge of the foot and are uniquely vulnerable to things dropping on them. Quite fragile, a fracture of these bones is both painful and inconvenient. The NHS website states that a metatarsal fracture can have a potential recovery time of 12 weeks.
If you suffered a broken foot in the workplace, in a road traffic accident (RTA), perhaps while out shopping or in the park, it’s important to consider three things when seeking broken metatarsal compensation:
- Who had the legal ‘duty of care’ for your safety in that environment?
- Did they breach that responsibility through something they did or did not do?
- Were your injuries a consequence of that?
The three main areas covered by the law that protects your safety can be read in detail below by clicking on the highlighted links. Any questions and our friendly team are on hand to explain.
- The Health and Safety At Work etc Act 1974 clearly outlines the responsibility of your employer to ensure, as far as is practical, your workplace is safe and fit for purpose. You can also refer to this link to read in detail about ‘reportable accidents’ in the workplace and the essential procedures for reporting them correctly.
- In public places that are operated by the council or private companies, there is The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1984 which enforces their responsibility to provide places that are as safe as reasonably possible. If you were out shopping, at the cinema, in a library or walking along the pavement, in fact, anywhere that is open and accessible to the public, are included under this law.
- The Highway Code ensures that all road users show a ‘care of duty’ to each other and anyone who uses the road, including cyclists and pedestrians. This law expects everyone to demonstrate the same level of diligence, regardless of age and experience and also requires that every road user should anticipate that others may not show that level of care or expertise whilst driving and act accordingly.
Difficulty walking due to your broken foot will place an instant strain on your ability to work and whatever your job is, the financial impact of metatarsal injuries or problematic mobility is likely to be felt immediately. A personal injury lawyer can recognise this and pick out potential costs to be included as part of your damages. Should your case win, you could receive much more than you considered possible without their advice?
Special damages, for example, are awarded in addition to the general damages as outlined in the Judicial College Guidelines, a set of financial awards that can be won for a wide array of personal injuries. Using special damages as well can greatly boost the value of your broken foot metatarsal claim for compensation. They are designed to cover your numerous out of pocket expenses that are a consequence of your injury such as:
- Loss of earnings.
- Loss of potential/future earnings.
- Travel expenses to the hospital.
- Specialists fees.
- Carer costs.
- Any modifications to your lifestyle that carry a cost implication.
Slips, trips and falls accounted for 29% of non-fatal accidents in the workplace during 2018/19 and foot fractures and broken metatarsal bones may have been the result in some of these cases. Any dropped heavy-weight object on the foot, a misstep or sudden impact can result in you fracturing one or several bones across the top of your foot. There are some specific scenarios of causation:
- Tripping or slipping in something unattended on a surface.
- Untreated ice or bad weather conditions.
- Heavy objects falling on the bridge of the foot.
- Unclearly marked stairs and risers.
- Collision with heavy objects that can trap or crush the foot.
- Heavy vehicles, trolleys or other mobile objects running across the foot.
- Bad and reckless driving and cycling collision.
Some useful government websites give more information on recognising and avoiding potential hazards which you can view here.
In 2019/20, 693,000 people suffered workplace injuries. In order to make a claim for an injury in the workplace, you must supply evidence that supports your view that your employer has breached their duty of care and you have suffered as a consequence. You may be entitled to a broken foot metatarsal claim if this happened to you.
A broken metatarsal bone could mean several months during which you will have to attempt all basic domestic tasks required while possibly on crutches and wearing a ‘leg boot’ or cast.
Relying on family and friends for their help, which is known as ‘gracious care’ and is not usually performed with the expectation of any financial gain, could impact others financially and may not be an option. Although they can receive an hourly rate for the care they provide.
If you need the services of a paid carer, these costs can be prohibitively high. The NHS estimates that a conservative estimate is between £650 – £1,600 per week for such services. If you require professional help during your recuperation, a No Win No Fee lawyer will stress to you the importance of retaining all invoices and receipts for these costs, as without them it can very difficult to get your defendant to reimburse you as part of your damages.
An independent medical assessment is a crucial part of your claim for compensation for a foot fracture at work, in public or on the roads. The success of your case may hinge on a medical professional being able to confirm that your injury was a result of the accident, not the result of a long-standing or previous medical condition, or in this instance, some other possible trauma.
A medical assessment can also provide you with a long-term prognosis, the details of which could boost the value of your claim. When calculating potential compensation amounts for a broken foot at work, in public or on the roads, your No Win No Fee lawyer will look at two heads of damages:
- General damages – these are awarded regarding the Judicial College Guidelines and cover various degrees of severity for a whole catalogue of injuries. A modest metatarsal fractured to the foot, with mild ligament damage, is valued at up to £12,900.
- Special damages – incorporate all the various financial implications a foot fracture can create. Loss of earnings, personal care costs, travel expenses to and from hospital or doctor’s appointments, prescription charges for painkillers and any future losses can be accounted for under this heading.
You can contact our team for free legal clarity on this or any other points raised by using the number at the top of this page.
Anne and her work colleagues like to go ten pin bowling after work on Fridays and compete against each other for fun.
Anne went to the toilet before starting her game. As she walked into the toilet she did not realise that one of the toilets was leaking, there were no hazard signs warning her of this and she slipped very badly trapping her foot.
An ambulance was called as Anne was in great pain. When the doctor diagnosed her injuries after an x-ray he informed her she had broken several metatarsal bones.
Anne needed a cast and was signed off work for 12 weeks. The injury was particularly distressing to Anne as she liked to go running with her dogs and this would leave her with a disability.
After discussing her concerns with the way the bowling alley management had tried to simply shrug the accident off, even suggesting that they knew nothing of the leak. However when the NOoWin No Fee solicitor Anne hired investigated the situation the leak had been complained about several times before.
With the correct medical assessment, accident logs and witness statements, the case was swiftly decided in Anne’s favour and she won damages of just over £18,000 compensation in her broken foot metatarsal claim. This included special and general damages.
Whilst Anne’s case is purely an example, it demonstrates how consulting with a No Win No Fee solicitor about your possible claim could boost your potential broken foot settlement amount.
A breakdown of how Anne’s damages were calculated as follows:
General damages Special damages
Pain and Suffering caused by injury £13000 Anne's loss of earnings for 12 weeks £3600
Carer services for one week, 200
Travel costs to hospital - £100
Medication charges - £100
By discussing her case with a No Win No Fee lawyer, Anne was able to boost her potential compensation amount to include all of the outs of pocket expenses inflicted upon her by an accident that was not her fault.
At Public Interest Lawyers we can refer claimants with a valid claim to No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors. There are numerous benefits to using a No Win No Fee service which includes:
- Nothing to pay while the claim is on-going.
- No fees to pay upfront.
- In-depth legal knowledge
- Your solicitor’s success fee is capped by law and deductible only after damages have been paid.
- Access to useful advice about retaining evidence and proof of expenses.
- Peace of mind knowing a solicitor is working for your best interests.
It can be very emotionally helpful to discuss your case and overcome any initial apprehension you might have about a compensation claim against your employer, the council or another road user. A No Win No Fee lawyer can expertly guide you through the whole process.
The exact location of a personal injury lawyer is no longer crucially important thanks to the internet. Google searches can, however, produce a bewildering volume of No Win No Fee firms offering ‘instant compensation’ calculators. These instant quotes may not take into account the subtle details of your case or reflect that each case is different. So how do you find the right personal injury lawyer? It’s important to consider the following in your search for the right one:
- How much were claimants awarded?
- How quickly did it take for the solicitors to settle the case?
- Was the client communication clear and consistent?
- Are they a successful company?
- Do they regularly win the higher amounts for broken foot compensation claims?
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