Toe Injury Compensation

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If you, or someone close to you, have suffered a toe injury in Queensland due to the negligence or fault of another party, you might wonder if you're entitled to compensation.

This straightforward guide aims to help you understand the intricacies of claiming compensation, including your rights to compensation, common causes of such injuries, an overview of the claims process, frequently asked questions, and time limits for making a claim specific to Queensland. 

Smith's Lawyers team of personal injury claim experts offers free initial advice and no-obligation appointments at home, in the hospital, in-office, or via phone. All claims have no upfront costs or risks of being left out of pocket under our No Win, No Fee, No Catch® promise. We operate Queensland-wide.

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Understanding Your Rights After a Toe Injury in Queensland

If you’ve suffered a toe or foot injury in Queensland due to someone else's negligence, it's essential to understand your rights to compensation. As well as a common law claim, you may have the right to claim under one of the state's various schemes. These include:

  • Car Accidents: If your toe injuries occurred on the road, you might be entitled to make a claim under the Compulsory Third Party (CTP) claims scheme. Queensland requires all drivers to hold this insurance and you could claim against the negligent party's policy. 
  • Work Accidents: In the unfortunate event of a work-related injury, workers are protected by WorkCover Queensland or their employer's workers compensation scheme if they are self-insured. This can be claimed regardless of fault. Where the employer was negligent, common law claims can also be made.
  • Public Place Accidents: Foot and toe injuries sustained in public places may enable you to make a common law claim against the public liability insurer of the area.

There are lots of factors that are considered when making a toe injury compensation claim. You should seek legal advice to work out what option suits you best.

Common Causes of Toe Injuries

Approximately five percent of all Australian hospitalisations in 2021/22 involved foot injuries. Toe injuries can happen when you least expect them and happen in various situations. Here are the most common causes: 

  • Unsafe footwear: Wearing inappropriate or ill-fitting shoes can lead to toe injuries. For example, flip-flops and sandals offer little protection, making toes more susceptible to accidental bumps and stubs.
  • Workplace accidents: High-risk jobs involving manual labour often expose workers to potential foot and toe injuries. Falling objects, machinery mishaps, and awkward landings from heights contribute significantly to injuries - especially if you don't have the right safety equipment. 
  • Public place accidents: Wet floors in a shopping mall or stubbing your toe on uneven pavement can leave you with an injured toe. Sometimes, these are minor, but occasionally, they can result in serious injuries, such as a broken toe. 
  • Bike crash: Road incidents, especially those involving motorcycles or bicycles, can result in serious toe injuries due to the lack of protection in the foot area.
Common Types of Toe Injuries

In 2021/22, Worksafe Australia reported that almost 11 percent of claims were the result of a fracture. The toes are among the most common areas of the body to suffer an injury. This can range from a stub that is painful for a few minutes to something much more serious. 

  • Toe fracture: This is a break in one or more of the bones in your toe, often caused by contact with heavy objects, falls or high-impact accidents. In the workplace, this could be due to improperly handled machinery or inadequate safety footwear. If your injury was the result of your employer, you may be entitled to make a toe injury claim.
  • Dislocated toe: An injury often resulting from a severe or awkward impact, causing the toe's bones to move out of their usual alignment. This can lead to chronic pain if not properly treated and potentially lead to problems later in life, such as arthritis. 
  • Crush injuries: This sort of trauma is typical in workplaces that involve manual labour and heavy objects, such as working in a warehouse. If your toes are crushed badly, it might result in complete or partial amputation. This could entitle you to toe amputation compensation.
  • Ingrown toenail: This may appear mild when compared to other injuries, but an untreated ingrown nail can become infected and cause significant discomfort. In work, this often happens because of poorly fitted safety shoes that push the nails on your feet inwards. 

Regardless of the type of injury you have received, if it wasn't your fault, you could be entitled to make a foot injury claim. Speaking to personal injury lawyers can help you understand your options.

Workers Most at Risk of Toe Injuries

Based on the nature of your job, you may be at a greater risk of a personal injury. In Queensland, one in ten workplace injuries involve the foot or toe. Some workers are exposed to frequent risks of accidents and injuries. 

These include:

  • Construction: The building industry is notorious for workplace injuries, including the toes. Workers are frequently dealing with heavy machinery and construction materials, which may lead to things like crush injuries to feet and toes. Additionally, working at heights can result in falls that cause broken toes or more serious injuries. Foot injury claims can be made by workers injured on a construction site where it wasn't their fault.
  • Manufacturing: Factory workers often come into contact with heavy machinery, tools and moveable objects. This environment can lead to accidents such as foot injuries from being struck by or trapped between objects. Also, standing for extended periods can strain the feet and lead to various types of foot problems, including injured toes.
  • Transportation and logistics: Workers in this sector are frequently injured due to poor foot protection or accidents involving vehicles or heavy loads. Falls from vehicles, objects dropping on the foot or crushing accidents can all lead to severe toe injuries. All of these may entitle you to a personal injury claim.
  • Agriculture: Farmers and other agricultural workers can face similar risks as they often handle heavy machinery, animals and tools. Moreover, uneven and unpredictable terrain can increase the risk of a trip - putting the feet and toes at risk.

Irrespective of your job type or industry, it's important to observe all safety measures and wear appropriate protective footwear to protect your toes and feet from injuries.

If you're unfortunate enough to suffer a toe injury, seek medical advice to ensure you get the right treatment. Toe injury compensation claims can be made if your accident was someone else's fault. You should speak to a foot injury claims lawyer to understand your rights to make a claim.

To check your compensation entitlements, request a free case review with our expert lawyers.

Understanding the Compensation Claims Process

Figuring out how much toe injury compensation you may get or navigating the claims process can be complex, especially while dealing with the discomfort and stress of your injury. We've created a simplified overview of the steps.

Remember, this is just a rough guide, and your claim might look different as every injury compensation journey is unique. 

Below is an outline of the steps involved: 

1. Seek Free Initial Legal Advice

The first step is to get in touch with a law firm that specialises in cases like toe injury compensation claims. Such a firm will have the necessary expertise and understanding of the complexities of Queensland law and can confirm your legal options, including eligibility to make a claim.

2. Engage A Personal Injury Lawyer

After an initial phone assessment, the next stage is a no-obligation consultation to explain the process and client agreement in more detail and to gather initial key information relating to your accident and injury to help assess your case and your injury and identify the liable party. The client agreement will also be explained so you can understand the terms under which the personal injury law operates. Smith’s Lawyers runs all claims risk-free with no upfront costs.

3. Gather Evidence To Build Your Case

Once your toe injury compensation matter is opened, you will be allocated a personal injury lawyer who will start gathering the required evidence to build a strong case and to determine liability. This may include medical reports, accident reports, witness statements, CCTV or dashcam footage or documentation of any loss of earnings due to your injury. Further down the track, when your injuries have settled, your law firm may arrange for independent medical assessments such as occupational therapy assessment to assess your ability to work, long-term recovery prospects and so on.

4. File Your Claim

Your personal injury solicitor will lodge a notice of claim and negotiate on your behalf with the liable parties, typically with their insurance companies (or their legal representatives), such as the CTP insurer of the at-fault party for car and road accidents or WorkCover Qld for workplace accidents. 

5. Negotiate With The At-Fault Party's Insurer

Negotiations with the insurance company aim to reach a fair settlement that covers your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Most cases are settled out of court in a compulsory conference, an office-based meeting involving yourself, your personal injury solicitor and a barrister they have engaged in leading the negotiations along with the legal representatives of the at-fault party's insurer. 

In the unlikely event that a settlement cannot be negotiated out of court, proceedings can proceed to court. In most ‘no win, no fee’ agreements, you could be liable for the other side's legal costs if your case is unsuccessful in court. Smith’s Lawyers No Win, No Fee, No Catch® promise protects you from this risk and means you can not be out of pocket.

6. Settlement Payment

If your claim is successful, you will receive a lump-sum tax-free compensation settlement. The amount received will depend on different factors, including the severity of your injury, any impact on your earning capacity, and any medical expenses incurred. Legal fees are charged for the work completed only if there is a successful outcome.

Seek expert advice ASAP: Remember, each case is unique, and the process can vary based on the specifics. It's suggested to seek professional legal advice and have your case reviewed by an expert team to guide you in this journey. Smith's Lawyers are experts in personal injury claims and offer a Queensland-wide service with free initial advice to get you started in your claim process.

What Evidence Do I Need to Support My Toe Injury Claim?

All toe injury claims will require solid evidence to prove you're entitled to compensation. This can include: 

  • Medical reports: Detailed documentation from your doctor or another healthcare professional indicating the nature and severity of your toe injury, treatment administered and expected recovery timeline.
  • Witness testimonies: Accounts from others present at the scene who can corroborate your version of events.
  • Proof of the accident: This can include photos, CCTV footage or accident reports provided by your employer or the administrators of the public space in which you were injured.
  • Details of expense: Receipts and bills for any medical expenses may be useful in negotiating your settlement. These could be costs incurred for medications, physiotherapy, medical equipment or any other expenses directly related to your toe injury.
  • Proof of lost earnings: If your injury has caused you to take time off work or has compromised your earning ability, wage slips, tax returns or a letter from your employer verifying these facts can aid your claim.

Other relevant evidence might depend on your situation. Speaking to a personal injury lawyer will help ensure you're making the most compelling case possible.

Calculating Your Compensation Amount

Figuring out how much compensation you may be entitled to is a complex calculation involving a number of factors. This can include:

  • Past and future earnings: If the toe injury has impacted your ability to work, whether temporarily or permanently, compensation can cover these losses. This includes not just your current loss of income but also future loss of earnings and loss of superannuation contributions.
  • Hospital and medical expenses: These include any bills you've had to pay for medical consultations, treatments, medication and ongoing care related to your injury.
  • Rehabilitation costs: If your recovery involves rehabilitative care such as physiotherapy, these costs can also be included in your claim.
  • Pain and suffering: The discomfort, emotional distress and diminished quality of life as a result of the toe injury can also be compensated.

It's important to understand that the same injury doesn't always mean a similar payout amount. Several factors can influence how much compensation you can receive, such as: 

  • The severity of the injury: The more serious your injury, the higher the compensation. For instance, cases involving permanent impairment fetch higher amounts.
  • Your recovery progress: If your recovery is slow or complicated, that could affect the compensation.
  • The impact on your ability to work: Depending on your occupation, if the injury has affected your earning capacity, that will be a major factor.
  • Your age: Your age also plays a part, particularly if you were young and had years of work ahead of you.

A toe injury lawyer can help you understand more about how toe injury compensation claims work and how much you may be entitled to. 

How Can a Toe Injury Impact Your Ability to Work?

A toe injury, often perceived as minor, can surprisingly have a significant effect on your ability to work. In the short term, severe pain and limited mobility can lead to increased sick leave, which could affect your earnings. You might find it difficult to commute to work or stand for long periods. Your shoes might become uncomfortable to wear if they don't accommodate any swelling you have. 

Long-term effects are also not to be underestimated. Depending on the severity of the injury and any complications, such as an infection or arthritis, your ability to undertake certain tasks could be affected permanently. Professions requiring lengthy periods of standing or manual handling might become completely unfeasible. This change in your career trajectory, in turn, could significantly impact your lifetime earnings. 

It is crucial to remember that your toe injury compensation claim will heavily take into account these short and long-term impacts on your ability to earn an income.

Time Limits for Toe Injuries

As a victim of a toe injury, it's important to understand the statutory time limits for claims. Generally, in Queensland, claims must be lodged within three years of the date of the accident or injury. However, exceptions may apply, influenced by the specifics of your accident and subsequent injury.

For work-related injuries in Queensland:

  • You have six months to lodge your claim with WorkCover. The six-month period begins whenever the incident takes place, either when you are injured or after a doctor has made their assessment. 
  • You have three years to commence legal proceedings for a common law claim. If your employer or a third party caused or contributed to your injury, this can be run alongside a standard WorkCover claim.

For motor vehicle-related injuries in Queensland:

  • You have nine months from the date of the accident or when injuries first became apparent to lodge a Notice of Accident Claim Form (known as a 'NOAC') with the Compulsory Third Party Insurer (CTP Insurer). A “reasonable excuse for delay” can be provided outside the nine months but must be within three years of the accident, or you will be barred from making a claim. 
  • Or, you have one month from when you first consult with a lawyer about the possibility of making a claim to lodge the form. When running a claim with Smith’s Lawyers, your appointed solicitor will help you complete and submit this form.  Note: This time limit is the earlier of the two (one month vs nine months), so if you have spoken to a lawyer about your potential claim, you must lodge the NOAC within one month.
  • Where the motor vehicle at fault cannot be identified (such as in a hit and run), or the vehicle was unregistered, you have three months from the date of the accident to lodge a Notice of Accident Claim form with the Nominal Defendant. For these claims, if you have missed the three-month period, a reasonable excuse can be provided, but it must be provided within the standard nine-month limit; otherwise, you will be barred from making a claim.
  • After the Notice of Claim Form is lodged, you have three years from the date of the accident/injury to start legal proceedings.

These limits can fluctuate based on specific circumstances, such as exceptional delays in discovering the injury or if the injured party was under 18 at the time of the accident. For those under 18, the time limit begins when they reach adulthood.

At Smith's Lawyers, we offer free and no-obligation case reviews to aid you in understanding your legal rights after an injury. Operating on a No Win, No Fee, No Catch® basis, we aim to provide risk-free legal assistance and advocate for your right to proper compensation.

To check your compensation entitlements, request a free case review with our expert car accident lawyers.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What can I claim for after a toe injury at work?

Following a toe injury at work, you may be able to seek compensation for various expenses and impacts resulting from your injury. This includes medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, loss of earnings if you have been unable to work or any future loss of earnings. You may also be entitled to claim for pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. 

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Do I need a specific type of evidence to claim compensation for a toe injury?

Supporting your claim with comprehensive evidence is crucial. Medical reports documenting the extent of your toe injury and your recovery process, photographic evidence of your injured foot, witness statements and any records of expenses incurred due to the injury can be significantly useful for your claim. 

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Can I claim compensation if I tripped over in a public place and injured my toe?

Yes, you can pursue a toe injury compensation claim if your injury occurred in a public place due to factors like poorly maintained pavement or no warning signs around a potential hazard. However, it's important to prove that the person or body responsible for the maintenance of the place was negligent.

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Are there any upfront costs or risks?

No; our No Win, No Fee, No Catch® promise at Smith’s Lawyers means there are no upfront costs, and you can never be left out of pocket as a result of the claim. Typically, with ‘no win, no fee’ agreements, you could still be liable for the other side's legal costs if your case goes to court and is unsuccessful. In the unlikely event that your case goes to court and you are unsuccessful, we'll cover the costs - so you won't pay a cent to us or anyone else.

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To check your compensation entitlements, request a free case review with our expert lawyers. We can explain your options to Toe Injury Compensation claims so you are clear on your rights during this difficult time.

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Last updated:
April 4, 2024

Disclaimer: This information is designed for general information in relation to Queensland compensation law. It does not constitute legal advice. We strongly recommend you seek legal advice in regards to your specific situation. For help understanding your rights, please call 1800 960 482 or request a free case review to talk to one of our lawyers today.