If you are looking for information about beginning a personal injury claim for a broken foot injury at work, this guide could help. We look at who could be eligible to make a work injury claim and the criteria which applies. In addition to this, we discuss the evidence you can use to support your claim and how long you have to start legal proceedings.
Additionally, we discuss the duty of care employer’s owe as well as ways this duty could be breached and how it could lead to an employee becoming injured in the workplace.
Furthermore, we explore the compensation settlement you could be awarded should your claim succeed and how it aims to address the ways your injury has affected you.
Finally, we finish our guide with information on how a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel could benefit you and your claim.
If you would like more information relating to your potential accident at work claim, you can get in touch with an advisor by:
- Calling on 0113 460 1216
- Learning more about making a claim online
- Getting help via the live chat feature below.
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- When Are You Eligible To Claim For A Broken Foot Injury At Work?
- Tips For Broken Foot Injury At Work Claims
- When Could Employer Negligence Lead To You Sustaining A Broken Foot?
- How Much Compensation Could You Receive From A Work Injury Claim?
- Make A No Win No Fee Broken Foot Injury At Work Claim Using Our Panel Of Solicitors
- Learn More About Claiming Employer Negligence
You may be eligible to start a personal injury claim for a broken foot injury at work if you can prove:
- You were owed a duty of care by your employer at the time and location of the accident.
- Your employer breached this duty of care.
- As a result of this breach, you experience physical or emotional harm, or both. This is negligence.
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 sets out the duty of care employers owe. It states they need to take steps that are reasonable and practicable to prevent employees from being harmed in the workplace or as they do their job. Examples of the steps they need to take include:
- Performing regular risk assessments and acting on any findings to ensure the risk of any hazards is removed or reduced.
- Providing training to their employees to ensure they are able to carry out their duties safely.
- Ensure any workplace equipment is safe and fit for purpose.
- Provide necessary personal protective equipment (PPE), such as steel-toe capped boots.
If your employer fails to do so and you experience a broken foot as a result, you may be eligible to seek personal injury compensation. Get in touch with an advisor to learn whether your case meets the criteria laid out above.
You may be wondering how to claim compensation for your broken foot injury at work. There are several steps you can take as part of the claims process, including gathering evidence to strengthen your case.
Evidence can help prove employer negligence and give details on your injuries and how they have affected you. Examples of the evidence you could gather include:
- CCTV footage of the accident
- A diary that details your mental and physical state
- A copy of your medical records, such as an X-ray scan of your broken foot
- Photographs of your injury
- The contact details of witnesses who can provide a statement at a later date
In addition to collecting evidence, you need to ensure you begin your claim within the relevant time limit. For personal injury claims, you generally have three years to begin legal proceedings. However, exceptions can apply in some circumstances.
You may benefit from working with an accident at work solicitor from our panel as they have experience guiding claimants through the different stages of the claims process. They can help you collect evidence to support your claim and can ensure your claim is presented in full within the limitation period.
For more information on the personal injury claims process, get in touch on the number above.
There are several ways in which you could sustain a broken foot injury at work. For example:
- Your employer could have provided you with tools or equipment they knew was faulty causing you to sustain harm. For example, a defective ladder may have caused you to fall from a height and break your foot as you tried to use it.
- Your employer may have failed to provide you with PPE necessary to reduce the risk of harm while carrying heavy boxes, such as steel-toe capped boots. As a result, you sustain a foot fracture at work after dropping the boxes.
- Before operating a forklift truck, your employer may have failed to provide you with adequate training. As a result, you are unsure how to operate the workplace vehicle causing you to crash and sustain multiple injuries, including a broken foot.
It’s important to note that it’s not always possible to claim for injuries sustained in the workplace. You need to demonstrate that employer negligence has occurred in order to do so.
There are up to two heads of claim that could be included in your personal injury settlement, if your claim succeeds. Firstly, general damages compensate for the emotional pain and physical suffering you experienced due to your injuries.
Solicitors can value your injuries using medical evidence alongside a document called the Judicial College Guidelines. This document contains guideline compensation awards, some of which we have included in the table below. Please only use these figures as a guide though, because settlements can vary depending on the specific circumstances of a claim.
|Type Of Injury
|Fractures of both heels or feet causing substantially restricted mobility or considerable and permanent pain.
|£41,970 to £70,030
|Injuries lead to continuing pain from traumatic arthritis.
|£24,990 to £39,200
|Displaced metatarsal fractures that cause permanent deformity and ongoing symptoms. Potential risk of long-term osteoarthritis.
|£13,740 to £24,990
|Simple metatarsal fractures with ongoing symptoms, such as a permanent limp, pain or aching.
|Up to £13,740
|Serious crush or multiple fractures affecting two or more toes. There will be disability of a permanent nature as a result.
|£9,600 to £13,740
|This bracket covers fractures that are relatively straighforward.
|Up to £9,600
Claiming For Financial Losses In A Broken Foot Claim
Secondly, special damages compensate for the financial losses incurred due to your injuries. Documentation like receipts, invoices and pay slips can demonstrate these losses.
For example, you can present any pay slips that demonstrate you were unable to work because of your foot injury, and that you lost income as a result.
For more information on the costs you could claim back under special damages, get in touch with an advisor. They can provide an estimate of how much your claim for a broken foot injury at work could be worth, should it succeed.
Our panel of personal injury solicitors offer their services under a particular kind of No Win No Fee agreement. Whilst there are different types, they offer a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This contract generally means:
- There is no requirement to pay upfront or ongoing fees for a solicitor’s services.
- No payment is needed for completed work on unsuccessful claims.
- A small and legally limited amount is deducted from your compensation in a successful claim.
To find out whether you could work with a solicitor from our panel, contact an advisor. They can assess your case for free and answer any questions regarding your claim. Additionally, if they find you have legitimate grounds to seek compensation, they could connect you with a solicitor. You can get in touch by:
- Calling on 0113 460 1216
- Learning more about making a claim online
- Accessing help via our live chat feature below.
For more of our workplace accident claim guides:
- Can I sue my employer for a work accident causing injuries?
- Can I claim compensation after an accident while working in a shop?
- A guide on factory accident claims
- Foot Injury At Work Compensation Claims
In addition, these links may be helpful:
- NHS – Advice about foot fractures
- Health and Safety Executive – Employer Responsibilities
- GOV – Statutory Sick Pay
Thank you for reading our helpful guide on when you could be eligible to begin a personal injury claim for a broken foot injury at work. If you have any other questions, get in touch using the number above.
Writer Jeff Wallow
Editor Meg McConnell