Foot & Ankle Injuries
If you have suffered a foot or ankle injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault, then Smith Jones Solicitors are here to assist you in making a compensation claim.
Injuries to the foot and ankle can occur from a variety of accidents, including accidents at work, road traffic accidents, motorcycle accidents, and slips, trips and falls. Over the many years that Smith Jones has been specialising in personal injury law, we have represented clients who have suffered from foot and ankle injuries following a variety of accidents. We have acted for clients whose injuries include:
- Broken toes;
- Tendon injuries;
- A broken or fractured ankle;
- Foot amputations; and
- Crushing injuries.
These injuries can impose real restrictions on your everyday life, work and hobbies that you enjoy. If you have suffered a foot or ankle injury as a result of an accident, then you can contact Smith Jones on 0800 195 95 90 to see if you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.
How Much Compensation For A Foot / Ankle Injury?
|Compensation Amount Guideline
|Amputations||£81,920.00 – £235,790.00|
|Ankle Injuries||Minor||£1,000.00 – £11,500.00|
|Moderate||£11,500.00 – £22,220.00|
|Moderately Severe||£26,180.00 – £41,860.00|
|Severe||£41,860.00 – £58,300.00|
|Foot Injuries||Minor||£1,000.00 – £11,500.00|
|Moderate||£11,500.00 – £20,900.00|
|Moderately Severe||£20,900.00 – £58,520.00|
|Severe||£70,210.00 – £91,660.00|
|Toe Injuries||Minor||£1,000.00 – £8,030.00|
|Moderate||£8,030.00 – £11,500.00|
|Moderately Severe||£11,500.00 – £17,600.00|
|Severe||£17,600.00 – £26,180.00|
|Complex Regional Pain Syndrome||£23,430.00 – £70,240.00|
|Other Pain Disorders||£17,600.00 – £52,660.00|
FAQ About Foot / Ankle Injury Claims
SPRAINS & STRAINS
A common injury to sustain from a slip, trip or fall, is a sprained ankle and can range from mild to severe sprains. A mild sprain may cause the ankle to feel tender, swollen or stiff. More serious sprains can make the affected ankle painful to walk on. The most severe ankle sprains could cause the ankle to feel wobbly, be very painful and you won’t be able to put weight on or walk on the affected ankle.
A sprained ankle often involves pain immediately after the accident, and will often result in swelling and bruising of the ankle. The majority of sprains can be treated at home with rest, elevation and compression techniques. Also, ice can be applied to the affected area and over the counter painkillers can be taken to alleviate any pain. Through home treatment, the ankle will start to feel better after two weeks, but strenuous exercise should be avoided for up to eight weeks to prevent further damage.
If the symptoms do not start to ease after the first few days, or if there is any numbness or discolouration, then you should go and visit a minor injuries unit or your GP as the injury may be worse than you first thought. The doctor may prescribe some stronger painkillers or a cream or gel to help bring down the swelling. They may also recommend a course of physiotherapy to help strengthen the muscles in the affected ankle.
More serious sprains may require medical attention and so you should go to the nearest accident and emergency department. Here they will X-ray the ankle to assess the damage done, make sure that no significant damage has been done to the bones or the ligaments. Serious sprains can take a number of months to get back to normal, especially if it involves a commonly used joint such as the ankle.
Even though sprains and strains can be severe injuries, the majority of sprains are minor and usually heal within a short amount of time. Our expert team take into account all injuries, including minor ones, when valuing your claim and fighting it on your behalf. For more information on how much compensation you could be entitled to for minor injuries, have a look at our minor injuries claims calculator.
Broken toes can be the consequence of many accidents, including stubbing the toe, objects being dropped on the foot, or sports injuries. This type of injury often occurs as a result of a works accidents or a slip, trip or fall accident. Broken toes are usually very painful and tender, difficult to walk on and have symptoms of swelling and bruising. There are a variety of ways to treat a broken toe, but if you suspect you have broken your big toe, or have suffered a severe injury such as a crushing, then you should go straight to the nearest accident and emergency department.
Most broken toes can be treated at home with rest, elevation and the application of an ice pack. Also, using cotton wool and strapping the toes together can help to protect the injured toe and aid in its recovery. Over the counter painkillers can be used to tackle the pain and you should avoid putting pressure on the affected toe until the pain starts to improve. It is advised that you call your GP if the pain gets worse, if the swelling or discolouration does not improve after a few days. You should also seek medical advice if you are still having difficulty walking two to three weeks after the accident, as there may be greater problems with your foot.
If your toe is badly broken, you may need to seek medical advice. A doctor will X-ray the foot to assess the severity of the break and plan any action needed to correct the damage. The bones may need to be moved back into place, or even operated on if the break is particularly severe. A plaster cast or crutches may be provided in order to protect the toe and to aid in walking. A broken toe can take a couple of weeks to a month to heal, or it could take longer if the injury is severe or there are complications with the wound.
If you are in a lot of pain and you are unsure of the injuries you may have sustained to the foot as a result of an accident, then you should seek medical attention. For more information regarding the amount of compensation you may be entitled to for toe injuries, you can visit our useful toe injuries claims calculator.
TENDON RUPTURES & TEARS
Perhaps one of the most important tendons in the foot is the Achilles tendon. This is the largest tendon in the body and connects the heel to the calf. The Achilles tendon allows you to point your foot downward, rise on your toes and push off as you walk. A rupture or tear occurs when there is a sudden increase in stress on the Achilles tendon, this is common in sporting injuries but can also occur in accidents involving a fall from a height or stepping into a hole. Rupturing the Achilles tendon can result in pain and swelling near the heel, and may lead to an inability to push off with the injured leg when walking. If you have been involved in an accident and have similar symptoms then you should seek medical advice immediately in order to prevent further damage to the tendon.
A tear or rupture to the Achilles tendon can be treated via surgical or non-surgical means. Nonsurgical treatment includes resting the tendon, using crutches when walking, applying ice, taking painkillers and moving the ankle. This form of treatment avoids any risk of infection but may increase the chance of re-rupture. Surgical forms of treatments involve stitching the two ends of torn tendon together, or reinforcing it with other tendons. Both options will most likely involve a plaster cast being fitted to protect the tendon and give it time to heal.
If you suffer this type of injury in an accident, then physiotherapy will most likely be required. Once the tendon has healed physiotherapy can help to strengthen the tendons and surrounding muscles and help to restore mobility to the joint. The Achilles tendon is relied on every day and allows us to keep active, so we can understand how disruptive it can be when it is injured. Our team of specialist solicitors can take this into account when pursuing a claim on your behalf and can help you claim for the inconvenience it causes to your everyday life.
BROKEN OR FRACTURED ANKLE
Much like an Achilles tendon rupture, a broken ankle can be quite a serious injury and can cause significant setbacks in your everyday life. Smith Jones have dealt with many claims involving a broken ankle, including accidents at work, cycling accidents, road traffic accidents and slips, trips and falls. It can be difficult to tell the difference between a minor break and a sprain, if unsure then you should go to a local minor injuries unit. More serious breaks will require immediate medical attention at the A&E department of your nearest hospital.
A broken ankle usually has symptoms of swelling, bruising, severe pain and sometimes bleeding. Minor fractures can be repaired usually by fitting a plaster cast or a supportive boot and resting the ankle by not putting any weight on it. More serious fractures may require the bones to be moved back into place by a doctor, or they may even require surgery. Surgery for serious fractures usually involves wires, plates, screws or rods to realign the bones and keep them in place. A cast may then be fitted and you may be given painkillers to deal with the pain.
A boot or cast is usually removed after around six weeks, but it may be needed for a longer period of time if the break was severe or required surgery to repair, as the bone would take longer to heal. After the cast is removed then your ankle may be uncomfortable, or feel particularly weak, this may require the assistance of a physiotherapist, who can provide exercises to help with these problems.
The most serious accidents can result in severe consequences, such as amputation. Your foot may need to be amputated if you have suffered a serious accident which has resulted in:
- A severe foot infection;
- Gangrene (which is likely after a serious accident and typically starts in the toes);
- Serious trauma to the foot (such as a trapping/crushing injury); or
- The foot has been deformed and has limited function.
Following an accident, one or both feet may need amputating, and this could involve a total loss of the limb.
Rehabilitation will undoubtedly be required after surgery, in the form of physiotherapy and occupational therapy. These will assist you in getting back into a routine following such a tragic accident. In addition to this, psychological rehabilitation may be required as the loss of a limb can be devastating and have a significant impact psychologically. If the amputation occurred as the result of a traumatic accident then there may be a risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder. Both physical and psychological rehabilitation play a huge part in getting your life back on track, and so to get the most out of the rehabilitation it is important that you persevere no matter how difficult it may become.
A person’s way of life can be significantly changed following an amputation, especially one which is so essential to a person’s daily activities. Our team understand the effect that losing a foot can have upon your life, your work life and the hobbies that you enjoy. We also understand how these injuries can affect your family and everyone else in your daily life and so we will be there to offer support at every stage.
MAKING A CLAIM, AFTERCARE & REHABILITATION
Many accidents can result in injuries to the foot; if caused by someone else’s negligence, then Smith Jones Solicitors could help you make a claim for compensation. Our team specialise in helping people who have been involved in accidents through no fault of their own and have sustained a variety of injuries, including foot injuries. We have the necessary skills and knowledge, built up over 28 years of practice, to help you maximise the amount of compensation you may be entitled to.
Any injuries will need to be assessed by an independent medical professional, who will conduct a thorough examination and then liaise with our team to ensure the compensation we seek is in line with the full extent of your injuries. Working closely with medical experts, we will be able to make an accurate assessment of your condition and plan any treatment and future needs. This includes the provision of physiotherapy, crutches to aid mobility, or even the fitting of prosthetic limbs.
For claims involving the loss of a limb, more complex rehabilitation may be required to help you to adjust to life wearing a prosthetic. The surrounding muscles in the remaining limb would need to be strengthened through exercise in order to cope with the demands of an artificial limb. These injuries may also mean that the injured person requires mobility aids, or modifications to the home in order to assist in daily activities. Our expert team can arrange any physiotherapy and help you claim for any modifications or aids that you need following an accident (as can other injuries, which you can read further about here).
If your injury occurred in a cycling accident, we understand that you may be just as concerned about the condition of your bike, if not more! The damage to your bike and kit is something that we can take into account when fighting your claim on your behalf, and something that we may be able to help you claim back from the party responsible for the accident. We can also help you to claim back other losses you may have suffered, such as damage to equipment, travel expenses, prescription charges and loss of earnings. If the accident has left you unable to work indefinitely, then we may also be able to help you claim for a loss of future earnings.
If you wish to talk to us about making a claim for a foot or ankle injury, you can call our advice helpline on 0800 195 9590 to talk to a member of our specialist team. Alternatively, you can submit your enquiry online and we will give you a call back to discuss the next steps you can take. The friendly team at Smith Jones are ready to take your call and deal with your claim in a professional and sensitive manner.