This guide will explain how to make a foot injury at work claim. If you have suffered a foot injury because of an accident at work, you may be eligible to make a workplace compensation claim. However, you must be able to prove that your injury was caused by your employer’s negligence. We will explore this in more detail throughout our guide.
A foot injury can vary in severity but in some cases, it could impact your quality of life. For instance, you may be unable to work while you’re recovering meaning you suffer financial losses.
Additionally, if you have a more severe injury such as a foot amputation, you may experience a psychological impact as a result.
However, when making a valid foot injury claim, you could seek compensation for your pain and suffering as well as any financial losses incurred as a result of your injuries.
This guide will explore the process of making a personal injury claim for a foot injury and the steps you could take to build a strong case. However, if you have any questions whilst or after reading, get in touch on the following:
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You might be eligible to make a foot injury at work claim if the accident happened because your employer acted negligently. This means they breached the duty of care they owed you and caused you harm as a result.
There are various types of workplace accidents that could cause foot injuries as a result of your employer’s negligence. For example:
- Falls from height: Your employer may have failed to carry out regular risk assessments to maintain the safety of equipment at work. As a result, you may have fallen from a defective ladder causing them to suffer a broken foot.
- Lack of necessary personal protective equipment (PPE): Your employer may have failed to provide you with PPE when they were required to. As a result, you may have experienced an impalement injury while working in a factory after not receiving steel toe boots.
If you suffered a similar foot injury at work because your employer breached the duty of care they owed you, please contact us today to discuss making a claim for compensation.
There are various types of foot injuries that someone could sustain in an accident. Also, injuries can vary in severity. The following are examples of injuries that could be sustained due to overuse of the area:
- Stress fractures or hairline fractures. These are cracks in the bone that can happen because of repeated weight-bearing pressure on the leg or the foot.
- Heel spurs. These are painful bony growths on the bottom of the heel bone. They could grow in response to the stress placed on the tendons and ligaments.
- Achilles tendinitis. This is an injury to the Achilles tendon. Achilles tendinitis can cause heel pain and tenderness caused by repetitive or intense strain on the tendon.
Other foot injuries that could be sustained in an accident at work might include:
- Crushed foot injury
- Puncture wounds
- Soft tissue injuries
- Fractures and breaks
It’s important to note that foot injuries sustained at work may not necessarily be a result of your employer acting negligently. Instead, your employer could have done everything reasonably possible to protect your safety and you still sustain harm.
However, in order to put forward a foot injury at work claim, it must be demonstrated that your employer breached the duty of care they owed you and caused you harm. For more information on whether you’re eligible to claim, call our team on the number above.
Workplace Foot Injury Statistics
Employers are required to report certain injuries and incidents under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences 2013 (RIDDOR).
They are required to report to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), a government agency. The provisional statistics from HSE show that employees sustained around 2,827 non-fatal foot injuries during 2020/2021 as reported by employers.
Although information on the nature of the foot injuries isn’t provided, the figures give an insight into how frequently foot injuries may occur in the workplace.
Clients often ask us how to prove a personal injury claim demonstrates negligence. An important step in doing so is gathering relevant evidence to support your case. For instance:
- Medical evidence: If you have sought medical advice following a foot injury at work, the treatment and diagnosis you received may have been recorded. If so, you could use these medical records as evidence. You may also be invited to attend a medical appointment that’s completed independently. This can produce a report on the current state and full extent of your injuries.
- Evidence of the accident or injury: This could include CCTV footage, records of your accident in the workplace accident book, witness contact details or pictures of your injuries and the accident scene.
- Evidence of any financial losses: If you incurred any financial losses as a result of your injuries, you could claim them back. However, you will need to provide evidence to prove any losses incurred. This could include payslips that show any loss of earnings.
You may also wish to seek legal advice when making your foot injury at work claim. A solicitor could help you gather evidence and arrange for you to attend the medical appointment in your local area.
This is something our panel of personal injury solicitors could help with. Call our team for more information.
Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, your employer owes you a duty of care. You could make a foot injury at work claim for compensation if your employer breached their duty of care by failing to take all reasonable steps to protect your safety in the workplace, causing you harm.
The steps they could take may vary depending on the industry you work in. However, general duties might include:
- Carrying out regular risk assessments
- Providing PPE where necessary
- Maintain the safety of workplace equipment
If you have evidence to show that your employer failed to uphold their duty of care, call our team on the number above.
If your foot injury compensation claim is successful, you may receive up to two heads of claim. These are general damages, compensating you for the pain and suffering your foot injury caused. However, the award you receive will vary depending on several factors, such as the severity of your injury.
When calculating the value of your injuries, medical evidence will be used to assess the full extent of the harm you sustained. Alongside this, a document called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) may be used to help value your claim.
The table below use bracket compensation figures from the JCG. The figures only relate to general damages and should only be used as a guide because your actual settlement will vary.
|Type of Foot Injury
|Details Of The Foot Injury
|Example Damages Amount
|Amputation of both feet (A)
|The loss of both feet is considered similar to the below the knee amputation of both of the legs. This is due to the loss of ankle joint in both injuries.
|£158,970 to £189,110
|Amputation of one foot (B)
|This is considered similar to an amputation below the knee due to the loss of the ankle joint.
|£78,800 to £102,890
|Very severe (C)
|An injury which causes permanent and severe pain. There may be a disability which is permanent and serious.
|£78,800 to £102,890
|Injuries which substantially restrict mobility. This could include fracturing both heels or both feet. There may be considerable and permanent pain.
|£39,390 to £65,710
|Injuries might include those that cause future arthritis, which may need treatment over the long-term and which could require surgery.
|£23,460 to £36,790
|Displaced fractures of the metatarsal which may cause deformities and continuing symptoms.
|£12,900 to £23,460
|The modest bracket may include simple metatarsal fractures, ligaments that have ruptured and puncture wounds. Injuries might cause ongoing symptoms such as pain.
|Up to £12,900
Moreover, you could receive special damages compensation for any expenses associated with your injuries provided you have relevant evidence. For example, you could claim back the cost of any mobility equipment you may receive.
For more information on how your foot injury at work claim may be calculated, call our team. They can offer a free valuation and provide further information on the costs you could claim back under special damages.
If you make a workplace injury claim with our panel of solicitors, they could take your claim on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you won’t pay a fee upfront or any ongoing costs.
You will need to pay a success fee if you win. This is deducted as a percentage of your compensation. The percentage is capped by law. However, you will not pay a success fee if your claim is not successful.
To begin your foot injury at work claim on this basis, please contact us today. Call us on 0800 408 7825 to speak to a claims advisor. Alternatively, please use our chat widget to ask us a question. Or fill out the online contact form with your query.
Foot Injury And Accident Claim Resources
We have included some additional guides you might find helpful.
- £14,000 Compensation Payout For Ruptured Foot Ligaments
- £120,000 Compensation Payout For Loss of Toes On One Foot
- £18,000 Compensation Payout For A Broken Foot Claim
We have also included some external resources that you may find useful.
- HSE health and safety guidelines for working at height.
- An HSE guide to risk management at work.
- An NHS guide to foot pain.
We hope this guide on making a foot injury at work claim has helped. However, if you need any additional information, call our team on the number above.