Foot Ligament Damage Compensation

If you have injured a foot ligament due to the actions – or lack of actions – by somebody who had a responsibility for your health and safety, you may be entitled to initiate a claim for foot ligament damage compensation. However, not every instance of an injured foot ligament will qualify for injured foot ligament compensation; and this article explains some of the factors which can affect your eligibility to claim compensation for an injury to a foot ligament.

Please note that, whereas this article provides general information about making a compensation claim for injuring a foot ligament when your injury has been caused by the negligence of somebody who owed you a duty of care, it is not intended to cover every conceivable scenario in which an injury to the foot ligament might be sustained, and is therefore not a substitute for seeking individual and specific legal advice about damage to a foot ligament claims for compensation which relate to your own personal circumstances.

Why a Medical Exam for Foot Ligament Damage is so Important

One factor which is not widely understood in damage to a foot ligament claims for compensation is the importance of pursuing a medical examination from a professional at a hospital or your doctor´s GP surgery. Even if you believe that your foot ligament damage is relatively minor – or you received first aid when your injury had initially occurred – it is essential that the injury is professionally diagnosed and noted in your medical history.

Without proof that an injury has been sustained, it will be much harder to make a claim for injuring a foot ligament and, furthermore, your solicitor would usually require access to your medical notes to calculate how much compensation for an injury to a foot ligament you would be entitled to. Therefore, if you have not already pursued medical attention, see a medical practitioner as soon as practically possible – not only in order to claim injured foot ligament compensation, but also for the good of your health.

Who Pays Injured Foot Ligament Compensation?

In most situations, claims for injured foot ligament compensation are settled by an insurance company representing the party liable for your injury. When an insurance company becomes involved, it is important that evidence of negligence is collected to support a claim for injuring a foot ligament – even if the individual who is liable for your injury acknowledged their liability at the time your injury was sustained.

Evidence of negligence in support of damage to a foot ligament claims could include photographic evidence of the hazard which resulted in your injury, statements from witnesses who can verify your version of events and – if possible – CCTV. If you have any doubts about whether you can prove somebody´s negligence was responsible for your foot ligament damage, speak with your solicitor; as, if the severity of your injury prevents you from completing the procedures required to support a claim for compensation for an injury to a foot ligament, your solicitor may be able to complete them on your behalf.

The Damage to a Foot Ligament claims Process

Once the strongest possible claim for injuring a foot ligament has been constructed, your solicitor will write to the negligent party´s insurance company advising them that you are claiming injured foot ligament compensation against their policyholder. Your solicitor´s ‘Letter of Claim’ will be assisted by the evidence of negligence and your medical notes in the anticipation that – once the insurance company have performed their own investigation into your foot ligament damage – they will accept liability for their client´s negligence.

Once liability is admitted, your solicitor will then present what he or she believes to be a fair sum of compensation for an injury to a foot ligament and negotiations will begin to obtain your full entitlement of injury compensation. Should liability be denied, your solicitor will discuss with you the procedures and costs of pursuing damage to a foot ligament claims through the courts, and you will have to decide whether this course of action is worth pursuing further.

How Much Compensation for an Injury to a Foot Ligament?

Damage to a foot ligament claims are settled according to the nature and severity of your foot injury, based on previous injured foot ligament compensation settlements published in the ‘Judicial College Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages’. The basic figure acquired by your solicitor will be altered to account for your age and gender, and the consequences of your foot ligament damage on your quality of life – for example, any difficulty in driving, perform everyday domestic tasks and participating in leisure pursuits which would form part of your normal schedule.

Your claim for injuring a foot ligament will also incorporate compensation for any psychological injuries you have been diagnosed with – either due to the nature of the event which caused your injury or an emotional trauma you have experienced since – and any expenses you have incurred, or may incur in the future, will be recovered in your claim for compensation for an injury to a foot ligament provided they are justified and can be supported by receipts.

Your Own Lack of Care Can Reduce Settlements of Injured Foot Ligament Compensation

If you have contributed in any way to the cause of your foot injury, or its severity by failing to seek immediate medical attention, your claim for injuring a foot ligament may be contested due to your ‘Contributory Negligence’. Being found partly responsible for your injury will not disqualify you from making damage to a foot ligament claims for compensation, but you might find that a percentage of blame is allocated to you and that percentage deducted from your settlement of injured foot ligament compensation.

If you feel that your own carelessness may become an issue when your claim for foot ligament damage compensation is initiated, you should advise your solicitor when you first discuss making a claim; as how much compensation for an injury to a foot ligament you are left with after your claim is resolved may not make it worth your while to initiate legal action.

Offers of Compensation for an Injury to a Foot Ligament

As part of the claims procedure, it is often the scenario that a report of your foot ligament damage is provided to the negligent party via an ‘Accident Report Book’ or an official complaint. Under the terms of their insurance policy, the negligent party may have to forewarn their insurance company of the likelihood of damage to a foot ligament claims being made against them and, in response, the insurance company may approach you directly with an unsolicited offer of injured foot ligament compensation.

No matter how attractive an offer of compensation for an injury to a foot ligament appears, you should always first mention it to your solicitor. Your solicitor will determine whether the offer represents a fair and adequate settlement of your claim for injuring a foot ligament and advise you whether it should be accepted or rejected. Please note that if you inadvertently accept an offer of compensation for a foot ligament damage, and it subsequently proves to be insufficient for your needs, you cannot go back to the insurance company and ask for more.


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