Foot and Ankle Injuries in Personal Injury Claims
Foot and ankle injuries can be caused by all kinds of incidents and accidents. Some of the more common foot and ankle injuries include:
- Sprains and strains: Sprained ankles and strained foot muscles are extremely common in slips and falls. Such injuries can range from mild to severe and may require prolonged rest to heal.
- Fractures: Bone fractures of the foot and ankle can occur from trauma in car crashes and falls. They can vary in severity and often require immobilization, surgery, or both.
- Amputation: In some situations, such as motor vehicle accidents or work injuries, a foot may be crushed or otherwise injured and beyond saving, resulting in an amputation. Feet may also be severed in severe accidents.
- Tendon and ligament injuries: Occasionally, sudden trauma causes ligament and tendon injuries, such as Achilles tendonitis. Tendon and ligament tears can cause mobility problems and pain and may require surgery.
- Dislocations: A dislocated joint in the foot or ankle can be excruciatingly painful and may require prompt medical attention to reset the joint and address any associated injuries.
- Heel Injury: Heel bone injuries, such as fractures, typically require surgical intervention. Such injuries may also require costly, prolonged rehabilitation and physical therapy.
- Contusions and abrasions: Contusions (bruises) and abrasions (scrapes) can occur during many accidents. While such injuries are generally minor, they can cause significant discomfort and may require medical care.
Many everyday tasks and activities, such as household responsibilities, work, and recreational pursuits, can be impacted by a foot and ankle injury. Further, such injuries, if severe, may require extensive medical treatments and rehabilitation therapies.
If you suffered a foot and ankle injury due to another’s carelessness or recklessness, consult with an attorney as soon as possible after your accident to determine your next best steps.
Accidents Leading to Foot and Ankle Injuries
While many types of accidents can potentially cause foot and ankle injuries, here are some of the most common:
- Slips and falls
- Motor vehicle crashes
- Workplace accidents
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Animal attacks
After injuring your foot or ankle, seek medical advice as soon as possible to diagnose the injury, receive prompt treatment, and ensure the best recovery possible. Insurance companies and defense attorneys may try to discredit your injury when you fail to receive medical treatment.
What to Do After a Foot and Ankle Injury
If you or a loved one broke a foot or suffered another serious foot and ankle injury, the following steps can help protect your rights.
- See a doctor: If you were involved in an accident and are experiencing foot or ankle pain or swelling, see a doctor as soon as possible to receive treatment and document your injuries.
- Gather evidence: If someone else or a hazard caused your injury, gather evidence, such as photographs and witness statements.
- Consult a personal injury lawyer: Speak to an attorney who can clarify your rights, determine whether you have a legal case, and bring a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf to ensure you receive fair compensation for your losses.
If you suffered a painful foot and ankle injury due to another’s fault, you may be entitled to legal compensation for your financial losses and the pain and suffering you experienced.
Get Help Today
Don’t wait too long to get legal advice after suffering a foot and ankle injury, as the time to file a lawsuit is limited. An experienced personal injury attorney at the Ammons Law Firm can help you navigate the legal process and recover the damages you deserve. Contact us now for a free consultation and determine your rights under the law.
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