Hello again folks, John here.
I talked about hand and finger injury compensation claims in my last blog and today I’m going to talk about toe and foot accidents and toe amputation compensation claims.
I want to reassure you that we usually win these compensation claims. They each have their own characteristics, but as long as you have a lawyer who understands these cases and has run them before, then they are likely to succeed and be pretty valuable in terms of the compensation you deserve.
Amputated toe accidents and other foot and toe injuries suffered at work used to be very common in particular trades and industries. Health and safety legislation, education, training and enforcement have improved this situation and many accidents are now either avoided entirely, or else the outcome and injuries have not been as bad in the past.
Safety footwear alone, and better enforcement in wearing it at work, has made a massive difference. We do still see these really nasty injuries though and we often have to help people with compensation claims and rehabilitation when the injuries were entirely preventable.
Some clients still come to us and have suffered a toe or foot injury at a workplace where they really ought to wear safety footwear, but it was either not provided or not enforced. They have very strong claims. In fact, it is incredible that occasionally we do still hear of high risk workplaces like building sites or busy warehouses where no basic safety footwear is provided or the wearing of it is not enforced.
Amputated toe accidents and other foot and toe injuries often happen in other scenarios outside work too. Wherever these injuries are caused they have their own particular characteristics, so far as bringing a claim is concerned. We know what to look for and how to run these claims.
The starting point for the assessment of the level of compensation appropriate for a particular injury is the “Judicial Studies Board Guidelines”. This publication gives approximate tariffs for what certain injuries ought to be “worth”. The valuations are updated over time, but the current suggested valuations include:
Loss of all toes on one foot – £25,500 to £39,320
Amputation of the big toe – in the region of £21,780
Severe toe injuries – £9,560 to £13,390
There are various other categories, but remember these figures are just the amount for the injuries and pain and suffering alone, on top of that you receive compensation for all of the financial losses too.
These financial losses are often what make claims really valuable because they can include things like loss of earnings. Imagine if you injury meant you had a limited capacity to work, or you had to change to a less well paid job. You can see that the losses grow very quickly and so does the value of the claim.
It’s impossible to go into all of the details and characteristics of these types of claim in this quick blog, so if you have any issue or question give me or Lorraine a no obligation call on 0113 3663022 or click on the button below. We can help!
Enjoy the Olympic. That’s all for now,