Foot injuries are among the more serious injuries a person can sustain in an auto accident. There are two ways a person may injure his foot or both feet in a collision — compression from the pedal or brake pad, or upon impact with the vehicle’s dashboard. Regardless of how the injury occurred, the person who suffers it stands to face weeks of medical care without any guarantee that the foot will return to normal upon completing treatment.
If you have suffered a foot injury in a car accident, you may be wondering about the potential value of your case. If you were hurt due to the negligence of another driver, it is possible that you may be entitled to significant compensation. Learn how an Orlando foot injury lawyer with The Umansky Law Firm can help you make the most of your injury claim.
The human foot contains 28 bones and 30 joints arranged in an intricate structure. An injury to any one of these bones can alter a person’s movement. It can take weeks to months to heal fractured bones, and they may not heal properly. At times, the structure of the foot cannot be adequately restored, causing victims to sustain permanent injuries that affect their gait for life.
The following three fractures are common in car accidents:
These fractures often return high settlement awards because of their complex nature and significant impact on a person’s life.
Heel bone fracture are painful and sometimes disabling injuries. This fracture often occurs from a car crash or a fall from a high location. The heel can fracture when it is crushed under the weight of the entire body. When the heel fractures, it widens, shortens, and becomes deformed.
Treatment for Calcaneus fractures often requires surgery to reconstruct the heel’s normal anatomy and restore mobility. Sometimes, fractures require long-term care due to complications like pain, swelling, loss of motion, and arthritis.
Comminuted fractures may occur in any of the bones in the human body; the term simply refers to any fracture in which the bone is broken into more than two pieces. In a simple fracture, the bone would break in two, while in a comminuted fracture, the bone may break into three or four fragments. The greater the number of pieces the bone is broken into, the higher the chances that the bone will not align properly upon the completion of treatment. This means that the patient will have a higher risk of suffering lifelong pain and having recurring issues with the bone.
Damage awards for these types of fractures tend to be higher than awards for simple fractures because of the increased potential for victims to live with permanent injuries.
A Lisfranc injury is a foot injury in which one or more of the metatarsal bones are displaced from the tarsus. The metatarsal bones are a group of five long bones in the foot that connect to the tarsal bones and the phalanges of the toes in the middle of the foot. The tarsus is a cluster of seven articulating bones in each foot that sits between the lower tibia and fibula of the lower leg and the metatarsal bones.
Midfoot injuries can be fractures or injuries to the ligaments in this region. The Lisfranc joint is crucial for mobility, which is why it’s important to seek appropriate medical care as soon as possible after an accident. Injuries to this region may bring a hefty settlement.
The bones that make up the ankle — the tibia (shinbone), fibula (a small bone of the lower leg), and talus (a small bone that sits between the heel bone and the tibia and fibula), can fracture in a particularly forceful collision. The ankle can also sustain sprains. Ankle injuries may result in severe pain, swelling, and tenderness causing difficulty walking.
You may incur several thousand dollars’ worth of medical bills over the course of your treatment for a foot injury. While you pile on the medical bills, you may be unable to work, further sinking you into debt. Like the injury itself, achieving a settlement for a foot injury requires the careful attention of a professional.
Orlando foot injury attorneys with The Umansky Law Firm have over 100 years of combined experience helping people recover much-needed funds after an accident. If your injury requires surgery or extensive physical therapy, we’ll be sure to calculate the exact costs of your current and future medical bills. We’ll also fight for compensation to make up for your lost time at work and lost work ability if you cannot return to work. You may also be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering.
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