John blogging again.
I thought I’d blog about claiming compensation for injuries to the foot or feet.
Foot injury compensation claims are pretty common and we have dealt with a lot of them over the years here at Ibbotson Brady Solicitors.
Feet are quite vulnerable parts of our bodies. I’ve had claims where things have been dropped on them, where feet have been crushed in the work place and where feet have been run over, to name just a few scenarios. The mechanics and the structure of the foot makes them particularly vulnerable too. They are weight bearing and there are lots of small but important bones and many complex soft tissue structures, like tendons and ligaments.
In a workplace where activities like loading or packing or carrying heavy materials are involved, then employees really ought to be issued with personal protective equipment, or “PPE”. Where there is any possibility or likelihood of a foot injury then the PPE issued ought to include work boots or shoes with steel toecaps.
As with all injuries it is important to seek medical treatment before thinking about making a claim. In the long term your health and recovery will be more important than a compensation claim. By seeking medical help you will also have the accident and the injury logged and recorded, so make sure you give a clear description of how it happened to the doctor.
Foot injuries commonly affect your mobility and perhaps the ability to work, so they can often lead to large loss of earnings claims in addition to all of the other losses you can seek recovery for.
Foot injuries themselves will attract compensation for your pain and suffering too, if you have a good claim. For example, very serious injuries such as an amputation of one foot can attract pain and suffering damages alone of up to £78,300 (Source: Judicial Studies Board guidelines, 11th edition). More modest injuries like a moderate toe injury such as a straightforward fracture would be likely to attract pain and suffering damages of up to £6,850 (same source).
If you’ve had an a accident and hurt your foot (or anything else for that matter) we’ll speak to you for free and without any obligation. We can let you know whether we think you have a good claim. If we think you do, then we will be happy to offer you a “no win, no fee” arrangement so that if the claim does not succeed you will still not have to pay anything. In other words it’s free to try. Give us a call on the above number or click the case evaluation button below and we’ll call you back.
That’s all for now,