Broken Toe Compensation Claim
Toe injuries are quite a common form of personal injury and can be caused by a variety of different accidents.
It is not always immediately apparent who may have been at fault following a toe injury, so it is important to consult a claims specialist if you think you have have suffered an injury due to the negligence of someone else.
Different types of toe injury
Although they are relatively small, the toes can be injured in a variety of different ways. Some common toe injuries include:
- Broken toes
- Crushed toes
Broken toe injury claims
One of the most common forms of toe injury is a fractured or broken toe. These can be caused by impact accidents (e.g. road traffic and pedestrian accidents), crush injuries (e.g. accidents at work), trips, slips and falls (e.g. on poorly maintained pathways).
There are several different forms of fracture which describe the severity of the injury, some examples include:
- Hairline fracture
- Simple fracture
- Displaced fracture
Crushed toe injury claims
As well as causing fractures and broken toes, crush-type accidents can also lead to damage to tendons, ligaments and soft tissue – and can also cause burst injuries.
In some cases crush injuries can cause so much pain throughout the foot and result in such severe damage that the toes have to be amputated.
Amputated toe claims
When a toe injury is very severe it can lead to the toe(s) effectively becoming useless, which can result in gangrene setting in. If this goes on to spread to healthy parts of the body it can cause serious problems, so in these cases amputation is needed.
An amputation can either be complete or partial. A partial amputation involved removing only a part of the toe (e.g. from the tip of the toe to the knuckle). A full amputation would see the whole of the toe removed.
In terms of function and balance, the big toes is seen as the most important toe – so if this toe has to be amputated it is considered to be a ‘serious’ foot injury and the likely compensation payout will reflect that.
For more information regarding how much compensation you could be entitled to, use our personal injury calculator.
Common causes of toe injury claims
Broken toe compensation claims can happen for a wide variety of reasons. There are of course many different ways you can injure or break your toe, but in order for you to be eligible to make a claim for compensation your injury needs to be the result of another party’s negligence.
Such cases can be cause by:
Road traffic accidents
Car accidents are very common cause of toe injury in general, as high speed collisions can often result in impact injuries to the feet and toes. The impact of a car crash can push the pedals into your feet, for instance, which can lead to very serious injuries including broken bones.
Another common cause of broken toes is accidents at work, which can vary from falls at height to heavy objects being dropped onto the toes.
Trips, slips and falls
Broken toes are also commonly caused by people tripping, slipping or falling over e.g. on poorly maintained pathways or on unmarked slippery surfaces.
Toe injuries can be very common in sports – whether you are playing rugby, football, hockey, basketball, tennis or anything else. Find out more about sporting injuries – Making a compensation claim for a sports injury
How much compensation for a broken toe?
As with all personal injury compensation claims, it is not possible to predict the exact amount of compensation you could be awarded as it depends on a variety of factors e.g the severity of your toe injury and how it has affected your day-to-day life. As our feet and toes are quite important to our balance and mobility, a compensation payout will take into account the high impact on your ability to walk and therefore to work – which means broken toe compensation payouts can often be quite high.
While it is not possible to provide an accurate prediction for your particular compensation payout, we can use guideline figures* for foot and toe compensation payouts:
Amputation of both feet:
£128,750 to £153,200
Amputation of one foot:
£63,825 to £83,325
Very severe foot injury:
£63,825 to £83,325
Severe foot injury:
£31,900 to £53,200
Serious foot injury:
£19,000 to £29,800
Moderate foot injury:
£10,450 to £19,000
Modest foot injury:
Up to £10,450
* Information taken from Judicial College Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases – 13th Edition. – please note that these figures are for guidance only and the compensation that you receive may be outside of these guidelines.
How we can help…
If you have suffered a toe injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Contact Cute Injury today for professional and impartial advice from the outset: