Foot Injury Claims in Personal Injury and Workers’ Comp Cases

26. This is the number of bones in one foot. As a result, there are many different kinds of foot injuries.

If you’ve suffered a foot injury that you believe was the result of the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation. The question is how much.

The settlement value for these injuries can vary substantially depending on the severity of the injury, whether there is a permanent loss of use, the impact it had on your life, etc. The settlement value of a foot injury can range from a few thousand dollars to millions of dollars depending on these factors. However, you may need to go to trial if you have severe injuries and the insurance company is not willing to give you a reasonable payout.

In workers’ comp claims the value of a foot injury may be determined by guidelines used by the agency or administrative law judges.

Common Types and Causes of Foot Injuries

  • Fractures

These occur when one of the bones in the foot is broken. These can include the toes. This type of injury is common with car accidents or workplace injuries.

  • Sprains and strains

These occur when the ligaments in the foot are stretched too much or torn. These injuries can be painful and often result in reduced mobility. However, minor sprains can be treated relatively easily with some rest and ice. However, severe injuries such as fully torn ligaments may require surgical intervention. These injuries may also require physical therapy to improve mobility and strength. Obviously, the settlement value of a sprained foot or ankle will depend on the severity of the injury itself.

  • Punctures

These occur when you step on a sharp object. The object may penetrate the skin and soft tissue. These injuries may also be accompanied by lacerations of nerves, tendons and ligaments in severe cases.

  • Amputation

This occurs when the foot is severely injured, crushed or completely severed from the rest of the leg. Feet may be amputated when injures result in complete loss or poor blood flow to the foot. This results in the death of cells.

  • Tendonitis

This occurs when the tendons in the feet are irritated and become inflamed. This results in severe pain and reduced mobility. Typically, tendonitis claims do not have a high settlement value unless they keep you from working and, hence, earning a living.

Types of Claims in Foot Injury Lawsuits

If your foot has been injured, you can make a claim for your injuries if:

  1. Your injury is the result of a car accident
  2. Your injury resulted from a slip and fall accident on property belonging to or managed by another party
  3. Your injury was the result of using products or machinery that malfunctioned or was defective.
  4. Your injury occurred while you were on the job

Awards for foot injuries vary greatly depending on the severity of the injuries, the occupation of the injured party and many other factors. It is important to have an experienced attorney who will help ensure that your legal rights are protected.