Foot and ankle injuries are a leading cause of disability in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics over 50,000 foot and ankle injuries a year happen on the job, and from other types of accidents. Foot and ankles injuries not only prevent victims from working at many types of employment, but also decrease the enjoyment of life that comes from jogging, dancing, and physical hobbies, as well as making it more difficult to maintain a proper weight.
When a foot or ankle injury is caused by the negligence, recklessness, or intentional act of another person, it’s possible for victims to collect compensation. An experienced Orange County foot and ankle injury attorney can help you collect money damages for medical costs, lost earnings, pain, suffering, and mental anguish. Call the Crockett Law Group today to schedule your free consultation with a personal injury attorney and learn more.
Can You Injure Your Foot or Ankle in a Car Accident?
Many foot and ankle injuries are caused by car accidents. High-speed collisions can cause a vehicle to be crushed at the point of impact, causing serious permanent injuries to drivers and passengers. Pedestrians knocked over by vehicles are also prone to injuries to the lower extremities. Drunk drivers and other negligent and reckless drivers that lose control of a vehicle can cause rollovers that can be deadly or cause catastrophic injuries such as amputations. Less severe car crashes can still cause foot injuries that can require years of medical treatment and rehabilitation before complete healing is achieved.
What Are Some Common Foot and Ankle Injuries?
Some of the most frequent foot and ankle injuries are sprains, fractures, and burns.
This is when the connective bands of tissue, called ligaments, are stretched or torn. Most sprains are minor and will heal on their own or with conservative treatment such as physical therapy. Some sprains can be much more serious, requiring surgery and rehabilitation.
Fractures and Dislocations
Even the smallest fracture can impact the ability of the foot or ankle to withstand the constant pounding it needs to take when a person walks. More serious fractures can cause substantial pain, swelling, bruising, blistering, and other deformities. Compound fractures, where broken bones protrude through the skin, can require multiple surgeries to correct. Some fractures are so severe that they can require the foot and ankle to be amputated.
Industrial accidents or car crashes with explosions can lead to serious burns to the foot and ankle that can require skin grafts and surgical intervention. Amputation is only considered if there is severe bone damage or infection.
How Do I Know If My Foot or Ankle Is Injured?
It’s not unusual for foot and ankle injuries to have very mild symptoms right after an accident. This could be because other injuries are more serious or because of a generalized shock that increased pain tolerance. Victims sometimes don’t even realize they have a foot or ankle injury until they wake up the morning after the accident with severe swelling and find that they cannot put weight on the foot. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the injury is serious, but in such cases, it’s wise to seek medical attention at an emergency room, urgent care center, or with your primary care physician as soon as possible.
How Do You Treat a Foot or Ankle Injury?
Treatment for foot and ankle injuries varies depending on the type of injury and its severity. These are the typical modalities that are used by health care practitioners to treat foot and ankle injuries:
Hot packs, electrical stimulation, massage, and exercise can be effective on its own for treating minor injuries. Physical therapy is also prescribed to help regain mobility after surgery.
An Asian technique where tiny needles are inserted at specific points to promote healing.
Epidural injections and other pain reduction techniques are used when physical therapy alone does not relieve symptoms, but surgery is not indicated.
Arthroscopic and open surgical techniques are used for more severe injuries.
How Much Is a Foot or Ankle Injury Worth?
The amount of compensation that an accident victim with foot and ankle injuries will receive depends greatly on the severity of the injury and the impact of the injury on the person’s life. For example, a professional athlete that had an injury so serious that it required his foot to be amputated would clearly be entitled to a multi-million-dollar settlement. Somebody that slipped on oil on the floor of a supermarket, sustaining a sprain that healed on its own, with one visit to a doctor to take a negative x-ray would be entitled to a very small amount of compensation.
Somebody with a serious ankle fracture that required surgery and full use of the foot restored, would be entitled to a large amount of compensation for pain and suffering, even though the injury did not result in permanent disability. Every case is different, that’s why it’s important to hire a patient and diligent attorney that can advocate properly to obtain the highest amount of compensation under the circumstances.
Contact an Orange County Foot and Ankle Injury Attorney
Here at Crockett Law Group, our Orange County foot and ankle injury attorneys know how to maximize the amount of money you can collect to pay for your medical treatment, reimburse you for your lost earnings, and compensate you for your pain, suffering, and mental anguish. We’ll investigate your case, leaving no stone unturned in order to get you the highest amount of compensation possible. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case and our legal strategy, ensuring that you have a complete understanding of all issues. Please call (800) 900-9393 today to make an appointment.