£55,000 Compensation Payout For A Fractured Heel – Case Study & Guide On Claiming Broken Heel Compensation

£55,000 Compensation For A Fractured Heel

Fractured heel compensation

Fractured heel compensation

You could seek legal advice if you suffer a fractured heel in an accident that wasn’t your fault. But what would you need to know about claiming compensation for your fractured heel? 

This guide offers all of the in-depth information that you need. The guide includes an example case study for a £55,000 compensation payout for a fractured heel injury. In addition, it’ll cover care claims, general damages and special damages, compensation calculators and No Win No Fee agreements.

In the meantime, though, you can talk to our friendly team anytime. Our panel of personal injury lawyers could handle your compensation claim for your fractured heel from there.

Get in touch by telephoning 0800 408 7825, using our Live Chat tool or completing our online form. Remember that our advisors are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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  1. A Guide To Compensation For A Fractured Heel
  2. What Is A Calcaneus Fracture?
  3. Calcaneus Fracture Financial Effects
  4. How Can You Fracture Your Heel?
  5. Adding Care Claims Is Easy
  6. Lawyers Can Calculate Compensation Claims
  7. Case Study: £55,000 Compensation For A Fractured Heel
  8. Claim Your Free Estimate Today
  9. Breakdown Of No Win No Fee
  10. Top Personal Injury Solicitors Could Help
  11. Chat With An Advisor
  12. Further Advice

A Guide To Compensation For A Fractured Heel

This guide explains how to make a compensation claim for your fractured heel, along with:

  • A breakdown of a calcaneus fracture injury
  • Financial losses that could be incurred because of a heel fracture injury
  • Care claims
  • General and special damages
  • An example case study of a £55,000 compensation payout for a fractured heel
  • Advice on compensation calculators
  • No Win No Fee agreements

Now, if you plan to make a compensation claim for your fractured heel, there is a personal injury claims time limit. In other words, you would have 3 years to make a compensation claim for your heel fracture from the date the injury occurred. 

As for a child (someone aged under 18) or someone who lacks the mental capacity to claim, a close relative or another appointed representative could act as their litigation friend to process the claim on their behalf. Only when the child turns 18 or if the victim regains capability to represent themselves would the 3-year clock begin for them. 

Learn more by talking with our specialist team.

What Is A Calcaneus Fracture?

The calcaneus is the heel bone within the foot. A fracture occurs when the bone is crushed, twisted or, in serious cases, shattered. Now, the recovery time for a calcaneus fracture depends on the severity of the injury. A basic break could allow for the calcaneus to fully heal within a few weeks. 

For a moderate fracture, meanwhile, it might require three or four months to recover. And in the most severe cases, it could even take a year, if not two, to fully rehabilitate the fractured calcaneus.

However, if the break occurs due to an accident that wasn’t your fault, you could claim compensation for your fractured heel. To do this, you must meet the following 3 criteria:

  • You were owed a duty of care by a third party
  • But that duty of care was breached, leading to an accident
  • And that accident caused you to suffer an injury, such as a fractured heel.

We can support you with claims that fall under three general areas of personal injury law. 

One is employer’s liability (EL), which relates to workplace accidents. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 notes how employers should so far as reasonably possible uphold an employee’s health, safety and wellbeing. But faulty equipment or hazardous obstacles could result in an accident at work which leads to a fractured heel. Such a breach of duty may justify a fractured heel at work claim for a work injury payment.

Another is public liability (PL), which covers any accidents in a public place. The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 sets out the duty of care in place to prevent accidents in public places. So, if you’re injured in a public place, it could suggest a duty of care breach. This may justify a public liability claim. 

Lastly, we have road traffic accidents (RTAs). According to the Highway Code, drivers should uphold a duty of care towards fellow motorists and vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. However, crashes and collisions still occur, and they could result in the victim suffering a heel fracture. 

Bear in mind that you could file a multiple injury claim if your fractured heel is only one of multiple injuries. 

In any of these three scenarios, our knowledgeable team could offer you free legal advice. And they could pave the way for our panel of personal injury lawyers to represent you and begin the process of obtaining justice and compensation. 

To initiate talks about claiming compensation for your fractured heel, you can call us on the above number or complete our online form.

Calcaneus Fracture Financial Effects

The financial effects of a calcaneus fracture could be significant. Whether it’s lost income, high medical costs or long-term physiotherapy, the expenses begin to add up quickly. 

And for a serious heel fracture, the costs could easily reach four figures, if not five figures. 

But don’t worry. Any expenses you incur because of your injury can be recovered. It’s important, though, that you retain all invoices and bills that show the expenses. Without them, you may not be able to claim. It’s also possible to account for future losses too, such as if you’re unable to return to your job. Call us today to have a conversation about this topic.

How Can You Fracture Your Heel?

Here are some striking statistics which would likely comprise heel fracture injuries. In 2018/9, there were approximately 581,000 workplace accidents. There were also over 180,000 driver injuries in 2016 and 2,000 cyclist injuries in 2018

All of these scenarios could have seen the victim suffer a fractured heel. And they could be slips, trips, falls, crashes, drops or anything else. 

Whatever the case may be, we can help. Talk to us anytime to discuss this in more detail.

Adding Care Claims Is Easy

A care claim is simply an additional layer to your compensation claim for your fractured heel. And it would focus on additional care that you received due to your injury, including:

  • Extra support from relatives and friends
  • Professional nursing costs
  • Cleaning, gardening and dog-walking

You can use our 24/7 Live Chat to discuss care claims in more detail.

Lawyers Can Calculate Compensation Claims

Before you receive a precise calculation for your compensation claim for your fractured heel, a full medical check would be a requirement. This would take place as part of the claims process. 

By undergoing an independent medical evaluation, you could have your injury fully diagnosed, along with your predicted recovery time. And this could prove that, if not for the accident, your heel wouldn’t be hurt. All of these elements could contribute towards the calculation of your compensation claim as well as proving your case, hence the importance of an independent medical evaluation. 

Any settlement you’d receive could comprise two heads of claim: general damages and special damages.

General Damages

General damages relate to the physical and mental fallout of your fractured heel. In other words, they cover the pain, suffering and impact on your enjoyment of life because of your injury.

Special Damages

Meanwhile, special damages handle the financial impact. They could include lost earnings, public transport usage, medical costs and any professional physiotherapy. And you may wish to include professional nursing costs too. Still want more information? Call us via the number at the top of this page.

Case Study: £55,000 Compensation For A Fractured Heel

James Hill, 57, works in a factory in Brighton. He lives with his wife Patricia, and they have three sons who have all grown up. Away from work, James enjoys playing golf and attending live music performances.

One afternoon at work, James was asked to dismantle some old machinery, alone. To do this, he had to use a ladder to remove nuts and bolts from the brackets holding in place. While James was up his ladder, a piece of the machine sprung out and struck the ladder. It knocked James off balance and he fell from height to land flat on his feet. Pain exploded in James’s feet and he was unable to stand. 

James was taken to a hospital, where he was officially diagnosed with a double heel fracture. He was also advised to undergo surgery for his two broken calcaneus bones. The operation was extensive but successful, and after an initial recovery period, James was allowed to return home for the rest of his rehabilitation. He was told that it would take four months for both of his feet to heal completely.

During his recovery period, James required professional nursing services. And because of Patricia’s job as a science teacher, the couple also had to pay for additional home care services to look after James and to keep their house running. These included professional cleaning, gardening and dog-walking services. James also had to enter a physically intense physiotherapy programme to restrengthen his heels, as well as keeping his general health strong.

The accident left James very upset. He was unable to truly enjoy life for four months, and he also couldn’t work during that time either. This meant that there were significant lost earnings while he recuperated. Plus, he wasn’t sure if his managers would retain faith in him following the incident. 

James also felt that the accident was avoidable, as well as a sign of negligence by his superiors. After all, why was he (in his late 50s no less) left alone to handle such a large piece of apparatus. He also suspected that the machine had faults, for he could see no reason why the part sprung outwards to hit his ladder. 

After seeking legal advice, James filed a compensation claim for his double heel fracture against his employers. After strong allegations of negligence were presented and further investigations conducted, James’s employer admitted liability.

He received £55,000 as an out-of-court settlement. This included £42,000 in general damages and £13,000 in special damages.

Type Of Special DamagesIncludes:How Much?
Current LossLost earnings from being unable to work£6,000
PhysiotherapyProfessional rehabilitation costs to assist with his recovery£1,500
Professional Home CareRegular professional nursing care costs£3,000
Additional Home CareCosts for additional gardening, cleaning & dog-walking services£1,500
Medical ExpensesCosts of medical care relating to the accident & the sufferer's recovery£500
Transport CostsCosts of using public transport to & from the hospital£500

The case of Mr Hill is purely an example. It is based on our past experiences of handling and valuing claims and serves to illustrate how accidents can happen and how they are valued.

Claim Your Free Estimate Today

We avoid online personal injury claims calculators. Instead, we prefer to get to know more about your case directly before we commit to any compensation estimates. Indeed, we find out everything possible about your accident, your fractured heel injury and the impact on your life. And from there, we can provide you with a compensation estimate that is not only accurate but is free as well. 

Even if you don’t pursue a compensation claim for your fractured heel, you pay nothing for your payout estimate. So, ignore hypothetical compensation calculators, and instead speak to us to receive your free estimate today.

Breakdown Of No Win No Fee

You could reap the benefits of our No Win No Fee service, and that includes:

  • No requirement to pay legal fees upfront
  • As well as no requirement to pay legal fees during the case
  • And if the claim fails, you won’t have to pay any of your solicitor’s fees at all
  • If your case does succeed, your solicitor will deduct a small, legally capped percentage of the compensation award. This is to cover their fees. 

Although we’re confident you would receive compensation, you wouldn’t pay anything to your No Win No Fee solicitor if you didn’t. And that is the most reassuring benefit of all. So, to find out more about No Win No Fee agreements, you can call us or use our Live Chat anytime.

Top Personal Injury Solicitors Could Help

You would want the best personal injury lawyers to represent your case. And our nationwide service ticks all the boxes to help potential claimants such as yourself. We have an excellent track record, vast expertise, a plethora of positive reviews and superb credentials. 

And we also have a priority to handle cases which have a high likelihood of succeeding. So, give us a call today to chat about your fractured heel claim for compensation.

Chat With An Advisor

At this point, we would love to hear about your own fractured heel injury. By speaking to our expert team and then our panel of personal injury lawyers, your case could start progressing today. And we could then build your compensation claim for your fractured heel. You can get in touch by:

There is no obligation to proceed with your case even after speaking with our knowledgeable team.

Further Advice

We hope you now have greater knowledge about claiming compensation for your fractured heel. However, you could receive further guidance via the links below.

To find out all about our services, click here.

You can contact our specialist team today by clicking here.

For further notes on making a compensation claim, click here.

The NHS’ official guidance on heel pain is available here.

You can read about fractures and broken bones by clicking here.

To find out more about the Health and Safety Executive’s guidance, click here.

 

 

Guide by AR

Edited by II