Toe Amputation Claims
Toes are an important part of the body and we use them daily for balance, walk and run. Toe amputation is relatively common as far as serious injuries are concerned, and can be necessary for various reasons, for example after an accident involving trauma, or as a result of a medical condition involving a reduced blood supply. In some cases, infection of the foot can lead to toe amputation, especially if antibiotics or other treatments do not work.
Losing one or more toes due to an amputation can affect a person’s balance, mobility and agility in both the short-term and long-term. Toe amputations can affect general day-to-day activities, especially in respect of sports and exercise. The impact of a toe amputation will also depend on which toe is amputated – having a big toe amputated has a very dramatic impact on your life, as it carries the burden of your weight as you walk or run. If you had one or more of your other toes amputated this might not affect your ability to do daily tasks and activities.
What Is A Toe Amputation?
Toe amputation refers to the full or partial loss of one or more toes, usually as a direct result of trauma to the area. Toe amputations are usually a last resort when it comes to treating injuries, but when it comes to infections in the area, toe injuries can be the only way to save the remainder of the foot and prevent the infection from spreading fatally. Recovery times in toe amputations differ from person to person, from injury to injury and will depend on the severity of the amputation, the how the injury occurred and which toe was amputated. Because of the different types of toe amputation possible, toe amputation recovery time can vary. Here, we list the common types of toe amputation that people are left with.
A Partial toe amputation would include the removal of any section of one or more toes, and it is often called an ‘excision’. A toe disarticulation on the other hand, means that the full toe is amputated, right to the base of the foot. Toe amputation may take place as a surgical necessity following an extreme trauma to the toe, such as crushing injuries. Toe amputations could also be the result of an infection has set in, or if the toe has been partially severed or fully severed in the accident.
No matter what type or severity of the toe amputation you have suffered, Free Legal Justice knows that an amputation is a stressful and difficult time for everyone. If your toe amputation was due to the fault of another, either by positive action or by breach of a duty of care, you may be within your rights to make a toe amputation claim.
What Information Do I Need To Make My Toe Amputation Claim?
- Generally, to be able to assist you with your toe amputation claim, Free Legal Justice will need the following details from you:
- how you sustained the injury that resulted in a toe amputation;
- who was involved in causing the injury;
- where you were at the time of the incident, be it in a car, at work or in a public place;
- details of those present when you suffered the arm injury, either as victims or witnesses;
- full details of your injuries, any medical diagnosis; and
- details about how the toe amputation has affected your life, both physically, emotionally and financially.
Based on these details, your legal professional from the Free Legal Justice team will be able to assess your toe amputation claim and advise you on the merits of your case. If we think you have a valid claim, we will also be able to give you an estimated value and advise you on the next stage in making your toe amputation claim.
Legal Time Limits Of Toe Amputation Claims
The general rule for personal injury cases is that an injured party has to make their compensation claim within three years of the date of the accident, alternatively from the date on which their injuries were diagnosed. If you have concerns about time limits of making your toe amputation claim, contact Free Legal Justice today for free legal advice on your compensation claim. In the scenario where it is a child that suffers the toe amputation, the three year time period commences on their 18th birthday. It may also be possible for an adult to act on behalf of the underage child and make a toe amputation claim against the person that caused them harm.
Types Of Toe Amputation Claims
Toe amputation claims can arise as a result of a workplace accident, an incident in a public place or a car accident. If your toe amputation has been caused as the result of another person’s actions or breach of a duty of care, you may have a valid claim for compensation against the person who wronged you. Free Legal Justice has dealt with many types of personal injury claims before, and we are well placed to advise you on your potential toe amputation claim.
Work-Related Toe Amputation Claims
A work accident is something that happens during the course of work, which leads to some form of physical or mental work-related injury. Accidents that happen at work are usually caused by a combination of unsafe behaviour and unsafe working conditions; alternatively they are caused by the negligence of an employee. When accidents happen, it is crucial that an employer has adequate safety processes and policies in place to deal with the accident and limit harm caused to employees.
Toe amputations can occur as a result of a single traumatic incident, where the toe is removed by ripping or severing the digit, or as a result of a complication for a severe toe injury. Some common causes include:
- if a toe is caught in a slip and fall accident;
- toes being crushed in or underneath heavy machinery;
- standing or landing on sharp tools or objects;
- toes being caught in contraptions, doors, gates;
- toes making contact with a heavy object or a heavy object falling on the toe amputation;
- Vehicle accidents in the workplace; and
- Toes being cut by sharp tools or equipment.
While any worker is at risk when of suffering an occupational toe amputation, some employees are more likely to suffer these injuries than others. This includes people working in hospitals or other care workers, those working in manufacturing and construction industries, as well as those in the retail industry including waiters, cashiers, chefs, shop assistants and bar staff. Employers have a duty to provide sufficient personal protective equipment to employees to prevent them from suffering harm in the workplace. To prevent toe injuries for example, those working in hazardous environments should be provided with protective shoes as well as proper training for working with dangerous machinery.
It is not always obvious who caused the accident at work, or to determine who is responsible for the accident that resulted in the toe amputation. In most cases an employer will ultimately liable for the injuries an employee has suffered at work, and will have beached the duty of care that they have towards the employee. This is because the employer is deemed to have failed to ensure the injured employee’s health and safety at work. As a result of the failure to comply with their duty of care, an accident has occurred an employee has suffered a toe amputation. If this is the case, there will be sufficient grounds for the employee to make a toe amputation claim against their employer.
If your toe amputation was caused by the negligent acts of a colleague, you should not worry that your colleague will be held personally liable for your toe amputation claim. Because of an important principle known as vicarious liability, your employer will be responsible for all the actions of employees, whether negligent or otherwise. This means that your employer will be responsible for dealing with and compensating you for the toe amputation that you have suffered at work, as long as you incurred the injury during the normal course of work, and you were not at fault in causing the injury. You need not worry that your employer will be out of pocket after a compensation claim- employers are required by law to take out employer’s liability insurance to cover claims by employees that have suffered injuries at work.
If another person is to blame an accident at work that has resulted in your toe amputation, it is likely that you have a valid toe amputation claim against your employer.
Contact Free Legal Justice at any time of day, on any day of the week, by filling out the short online form and waiting for us to call you back for free, or by calling one of our friendly claims handlers on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317. If you would like to discuss your toe amputation claim from the comfort of your own home, please request a complimentary home visit from one of our friendly accident claims handlers now, so that we can start your toe amputation claim without delay.
What Should I Do If I Have Been Injured In A Work Accident?
In the trauma of any serious work accident, it can be difficult to remember which health and safety reporting and management procedures to follow, and what to do to make sure the incident is dealt with properly. Sometimes the injury sustained is so serious that the first and most important thing to do is to seek emergency medical attention. In the rush and hysteria of an accident, it may be rather difficult for a victim of the accident to collect evidence and details about the incident, for use in a compensation claim at a later stage.
If you are ever involved in a work accident, you should try, to whatever extent possible, to take the following steps to deal with the situation:
Seek medical attention
The most important thing to do after any accident at work is to assess the injuries. If you have suffered severe injuries, such as a severe injury that results in a toe amputation, you should call emergency services to the scene of the accident. Any delay could result in an unnecessary amputation of your toe. If the injuries that you have do not appear to be serious, you should still get a check-up at the doctor as soon as possible, because some injuries take a while to develop symptoms and if you leave these hidden injuries untreated it could result in unnecessary complications later on.
Fill in the work accident report book
After a work accident occurs, you should record the details of your injury (including for example the time, place, your contact details and a description of the accident) in the official work accident book. This should be in your own words as far as possible. It is understandable that if you suffer a serious toe injury that results in a toe amputation, you will not have the time or ability to record the accident immediately. You should ensure that a manager or trusted colleague fills in the accident report book for you, and as soon as you can you should record the details of the accident causing your toe amputation in an email to your manager, so that there is an official record of the injury. We recommend that you get a copy of the relevant page with your accident report recorded on it, as it will be used in your toe amputation claim.
Obtain CCTV footage of the work accident
Depending on where the work accident happened, your employer may have CCTV camera footage available that was recording at the time that you suffered the toe injury. It is a good idea to request a copy of any footage of the work accident, as this will be helpful in proving how and why the toe amputation happened, as well as who caused the accident and resultant injuries.
Collect witness accounts
Unless you work remotely, there is a good chance that one of your co-workers will have seen your toe injury occurring. It may be useful to your toe amputation claim if you can obtain witness statements from these individuals as proof of what happened in the work accident.
If possible, it is a good idea to take photographs of whatever caused your toe amputation, as well of the injuries you have suffered because of the accident at work. You can also make notes about your accident as soon as possible – you can even include drawings if they’ll help show what happened.
Car Accident Related Toe Amputation Claims
If you have been involved in a car accident, there are many possible toe amputation injuries that you could suffer as a result. Toe and foot injuries are both extremely common injuries sustained in car accidents, as car accidents can be hard-hitting on the lower part of the body, for drivers and passengers of the vehicle. It is not just the bones that you have to worry about being injured in car accidents – the feet and lower leg contain many types of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues that could be damaged in a car accident.
If a car accident happens, the legs of the driver or a front seat passenger could easily crash into, or buckle under the dashboard upon impact, leading to an array of lower leg and toe amputation injuries. Even if the crash happens slowly, a car accident can still exert a huge amount of force on those inside the car and crush the limbs and digits of those within. Even a low impact can be enough to seriously injure toes and feet.
Another way that you can be injured in a car accident is through banging your feet on the floor as you brace for the impact of the crash. This is a natural reaction, and we find that the majority of people will bang their feet on the floor at the moment of impact in a car accident. This is just a reflex action as people brace themselves for the impact. However, this reflex action increases the potential and likelihood of a foot or toe amputation injury, as the pressure makes it easier to be able to tear or stretch the soft tissues or even fracture the toes severely.
If you have been in a car accident and have experienced a serious injury resulting in a toe amputation, you should contact a friendly Free Legal Justice claims handler today, to find out more about your toe amputation injury claim. At the end of the day, if the car accident was not your fault, then you should not have to pay for your physical injuries or for the financial consequences of such injury.
Public Place Related Toe Amputation Claims
Free Legal Justice is highly experienced in handling personal injury compensation claims which have happened in a wide range of public places, including theme parks, shopping centres, bars and restaurants, parks, schools, theatres, carnivals and music concerts.
If you have suffered a serious toe injury whilst in a public place and you believe it was due to negligence of another individual or body, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries. Councils, shop owners, businesses and other public bodies all have a duty to take reasonable measures to prevent the public from being injured on the premises under their control. You will however need to be able to ascribe the cause of the injury to a specific individual, and this can be tricky to prove. Make sure you seek help from a legal professional when making a toe amputation claim against a public body.
If the accident causing your toe amputation happened on a council owned property, for example a public walkway or a local library, then you may be able to make a toe amputation claim against the local authority if the accident was due to their negligence. When we look at serious toe injuries occurring in public spaces, the accident generally involves a toe being crushed by a heavy load or object, being crushed in a door or in equipment, being severed by stepping on a sharp object or by a falling object, or by making direct blunt contact with a strong hard object. In public places, this often happens because the owner of the property has failed to clear the premises of hazardous items, or has failed to put up proper warning signs, or has failed to maintain the premises properly. By failing to do so, and an accident happens on the premises which results in a toe amputation, the public body has likely breached its duty of care towards you and you may have a valid toe amputation claim.
When instituting a claim against a Local Authority for a toe amputation as a result of them not maintaining a road or sidewalk, will need to be able to prove that the local council was negligent in their duty to the public, by failing to keep and maintain the safety of the pavement. This involves proving that, based on the circumstances of the case, it was not reasonable for the local council to let the public space to fall into a state of disrepair. Further we will need to prove that because of their actions (or lack of actions), you sustained your toe amputation.
Why Should I Seek Help From Free Legal Justice For My Toe Amputation Claim?
Free Legal Justice has successfully resolved many amputation claims. Our skilled personal injury solicitors have comprehensive knowledge and experience in all kinds of toe amputation claims, and they know exactly how to help clients receive the maximum compensation they deserve. By seeking help from a solicitor from Free Legal Justice, it could mean the difference between a successful case and an unsuccessful case. It could also mean the difference between a small settlement payment and the maximum compensation that you are rightfully entitled to. Free Legal Justice will protect your privacy and safety throughout the claims process, and ensure that your toe amputation claim is handled diligently, efficiently and discreetly. We aim to make the whole experience as easy and stress free as possible for you. You can rest easy knowing that you have an expert solicitor working hard on your case to get you the maximum compensation you deserve.
By working with Free Legal Justice on a No Win No Fee compensation claim, we promise that:
- You will receive free legal advice from one of our expert solicitors as to how best to proceed with your toe amputation claim;
- A member of the Free Legal Justice Team will be available to speak to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help you with any queries that you might have regarding your toe amputation claim;
- If you are not successful in your toe amputation claim, we will not charge you any legal fees;
- You won’t pay a thing from your own pocket;
- We will help you to recover the maximum amount of compensation in the shortest possible time; and
- We will manage your toe amputation claim efficiently, keep you updated on its progress, and will try to make the entire compensation claim process as stress-free as possible for you.
Free Legal Justice is available to give you completely free legal advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is ready answer any questions you might have about your toe amputation claim. Please get in touch with us by filling out the online form, or by calling us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 today. If you are unable to get to one of the Free Legal Justice offices, one of our friendly personal injury solicitors will be happy to conduct a home visit, to talk over your toe amputation claim from the comfort of your own home.
What Is The Value Of My Toe Amputation Claim?
Toe amputation claims typically comprise of general and special damages. General damages refer to compensation for the physical injury suffered by the person, while special damages refer to compensation awarded as a reimbursement of additional expenses incurred as a result of the amputation. Your special damages claim will include an amount for pain and suffering, care and assistance, rehabilitation, travel costs, home adjustments costs, and past and future earning losses. Free Legal Justice will explain in detail what will form part of the calculation of your general and special damages, once you provide us with the details of your toe amputation claim.
The general damages part of your toe amputation claim is calculated by comparing your independent medical report with the official Judicial Board Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases. This guideline estimates how much can be claimed for general damages in relation to different types of injuries. When calculating these amounts, the Court will consider various aspects such as how serious your toe amputation is, which toe is injured, complicating factors surrounding the injury, how it affects your day to day life, as well as the length of the recovery period.
If you have suffered minor tissue injuries to your toe, for example cuts, bruises, abrasions and lacerations, your compensation could be up to £8,420. If your injuries are more serious, for example a toe with several fractures or several fractured toes, you could claim between £8,400 and £12,000 in compensation.
Toe amputations on the other hand are considered to be extremely serious injuries, and compensation amounts will be much higher in claims of this nature. For a severed toe injury, for example where the toe is cut off or lost through paralysis or amputation, the compensation can range between £12,000 and £18,400. The big toe is a very important toe for movement and balance, therefore for an entire big toe amputation your compensation claim can be in the region of £27,500. If you have unfortunately been the victim of a severe amputation involving the loss of all toes on one foot, your compensation can be between £32,000 and £49,100.
Please note that these figures are for broad guidance only. For a more tailored estimate of your toe amputation claim, contact the Free Legal Justice team today. Our claims team is available to give you completely free legal advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is ready answer any questions you might have about the value of your toe amputation claim.
Contact Our Toe Amputation Claims Solicitors Today
Get in touch with Free Legal Justice today by filling out the online form, or by calling us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317. One of our friendly personal injury solicitors will be happy to conduct a home visit, to discuss your toe amputation claim from the comfort of your own home.