This guide will explain how to make a broken foot at work claim against your employer. When you are working, your employer owes you a duty of care. Therefore, your employer must ensure that your workspace is safe and hygienic to protect employees from injuries at work. If you have suffered a broken foot because of an accident at work, you may be eligible to claim compensation from your employer if their negligence caused it.
Contact us today if you have broken your foot in the workplace due to employer negligence. Our advisors can assess your claim and let you know if you can claim compensation. We can appoint a panel of skilled personal injury lawyers from our panel to work on your claim. Call us today on 0800 408 7825.
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- What Is A Broken Foot At Work Claim?
- Causes Of A Broken Foot At Work
- Who Could You Make A Broken Foot At Work Claim Against?
- How To Show Your Employer Breached Their Duty Of Care
- How Much Do You Get For A Broken Foot At Work Claim?
- Talk To Us About No Win No Fee Broken Foot At Work Claims
A broken foot injury happens when a bone in the foot becomes broken or fractured. Broken foot injuries can be painful and debilitating. Moreover, the injured person may find they can’t drive or participate in activities they enjoy. Therefore, the person’s quality of life may suffer.
You could claim for a broken foot at work if your employer’s negligence caused it.
Foot fracture symptoms can include the following:
- Pain and tenderness
- Bruising and swelling
- Difficulty bearing weight
- The foot appears to be misshapen
- The bone is sticking out of the foot
There are many causes of a broken foot at work. Let’s look at some causes of fractured or broken foot injuries that you could make a broken foot at work claim for if they result from employer negligence.
- Slip and fall or trip or fall accidents can result in a broken foot.
- Likewise, if a worker falls from a height, they can break their foot. Employers should abide by The Work at Height Regulations 2005 to avoid these accidents.
- A forklift truck runs over a warehouse worker’s foot.
- A shelving and racking accident happens. For example, a storage shelf could collapse and drop a heavy object onto a worker’s foot. Therefore, the worker’s foot could break.
- A worker can experience a hairline fracture (also known as a stress fracture) in their foot because of repetitive pressure and overuse. The hairline fracture can happen if the employer does not give workers adequate breaks.
Health And Safety Statistics
Despite health and safety legislation to protect workers, workplace accidents are still a common occurrence. For example, according to statistics published by HSE, 441,000 people self-reported sustaining a non-fatal injury at work in 2020/21. Tragically, fatal accidents killed 142 people in the workplace during the same period.
You could claim compensation for a broken foot at work against your employer. You could do this under the following circumstances:
- Firstly, your employer owed you a duty of care. (Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers owe their employees a duty of care.)
- Secondly, your employer breached their duty of care. Consequently, an incident or accident at work took place.
- And finally, this breach caused your broken or fractured foot injury.
You will usually make your injury claim against your employer’s insurance.
Are you entitled to full pay if injured at work? Please check your employment contract to see what sick pay you are entitled to. You may also be eligible to claim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). Moreover, your compensation payout can include reimbursement for your loss of earnings.
The personal injury claims time limit is generally three years. So please get in touch with Public Interest Lawyers as soon as possible to begin your claim to avoid falling outside of the time limit.
To make a broken foot at work claim, you’d need evidence. You could use the following to prove your injury claim.
- Proof of employment
- Medical records
- Photographs of your injuries
- Proof of any financial losses incurred
- A copy of your accident at work report
You may be wondering how much compensation you can claim for a broken foot. Please use the compensation table to estimate what your compensation payout may be worth. We based these broken foot compensation amounts on guidelines from the Judicial College. Lawyers also use Judicial College guidelines to help them value a claim. But the final compensation payment you receive may vary, depending on your circumstances.
|Severity Of Foot Injury||Settlement||Notes|
|(A) Amputation of both feet||£158,970 to £189,110||This is treated in a similar way to below the knee amputation of both legs due to the loss of the ankle joint.|
|(B) Amputation of a foot||£78,800 to £102,890||The loss of the ankle makes this similar to a below the knee amputation.|
|(C) Very severe||£78,800 to £102,890||Injuries must cause severe and permanent pain or a serious permanent disability to fit this bracket.|
|(D) Severe||£39,390 to £65,710||The fracture of both feet or heels. The injury could substantially restrict mobility. It could lead to permanent and considerable pain.|
|(E) Serious||£23,460 to £36,790||The injury may lead to the risk of arthritis in the future, long-term treatment and the risk of needing surgery in the future.|
|(F) Moderate||£12,900 to £23,460||A displaced metatarsal fracture. This could lead to permanent deformities with symptoms which continue. This could lead to a risk of osteoarthritis in the future.|
|(G) Modest||Up to £12,900||This bracket could include a simple fracture of a metatarsal. There could be a permanent limp or there may be pain.|
General damages compensate you for your physical and psychological injuries caused by the incident. To prove general damages, you’d attend an independent medical assessment. An impartial medical professional would check and relevant medical notes and your injuries. They’d then create a report that shows:
- How severe your injuries were.
- Whether the injury is consistent with those that could be caused by such an incident.
The report can then be used as proof of your claim. It can also be used alongside the Judicial College Guidelines to value your injuries.
However, please remember that the table does not include special damages. Special damages compensate you for the financial losses associated with your injuries. This could include:
- Care costs
- Travel expenses
To prove these, you’d need to provide invoices or receipts, for example.
You are welcome to call our claims helpline, and an advisor can estimate how much compensation you could receive.
Public Interest Lawyers could help you make a No Win No Fee broken foot at work claim. You don’t pay an upfront solicitor’s fee when you make a No Win No Fee claim. Therefore it is a more affordable way to access the services of a solicitor.
Under No Win No Fee, you would pay a success fee if you win your claim. However, it’s capped by law.
To begin your claim for a broken foot, please get in touch with us today:
- Call our claims helpline on 0800 408 7825
- Or use our chat widget to ask an advisor a question
- Contact us today via our website
Learn More About Who Could Be Liable For A Workplace Injury
Thank you for reading our accident at work claims guide. Please read these guides to learn more about making a workplace injury claim.
An HSE guide to managing risks at work
An HSE guide to working at a height
How do I know if I’ve broken a bone? – an NHS guide
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Article by AH