Ankle, Knee and Foot Injuries from Car Accidents

You may not realize just how serious an ankle injury can be, until you sustain one in an accident at work, home, or another location. You may quickly find that an ankle injury, such as a sprain or fracture, can limit your mobility, leave you in serious pain, and in some cases require surgery and weeks or months of missed work while you recover.

When you’ve suffered an ankle injury at work or in an accident in South Carolina that was caused by somebody else, you shouldn’t have to bear the financial burden of medical bills and lost wages. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you evaluate your options and pursue the compensation available to help you get back on your feet.

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Since 1968, the accident attorneys of Joye Law Firm have helped many people pursue just compensation after serious leg and ankle injuries. You may be entitled to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages while out of work, and other accident-related expenses.

When you choose Joye Law Firm to handle your ankle injury case, you can expect to work with our experienced lawyers. Six attorneys at Joye Law Firm were selected for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Our two partners have been named South Carolina Super Lawyers in recognition of their accomplishments on behalf of clients.

Don’t delay in pursuing compensation for your ankle injury. Call 888-324-3100 or use our online contact form to request a free initial case evaluation. Our firm has offices in Myrtle Beach, Columbia, Charleston, Summerville and Clinton. We will review your options for seeking compensation and discuss how we can help you.

 Understanding Ankle Injuries

An ankle injury refers to damage to the ligaments, tendons, muscles, and/or bones in the ankle joint, where the tibia and fibula bones of the leg meet the talus bone in the foot. Ligaments hold these bones together, while tendons attach muscles to the bones to allow the muscles to move the joint.

Ankle injuries may present a variety of symptoms. Among the symptoms that you may experience when you have suffered an ankle injury are:

  • Pain, which typically has a sudden and severe onset and may continue to be severe and persistent
  • Swelling
  • Inability to walk or to bear weight on the ankle joint
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness
  • The ankle feels warm to the touch
  • Weakness or instability of the foot and ankle
  • Bruising
  • Ankle and/or foot look deformed or out of place
  • Snapping or “popping” sound as the ankle joint moves
  • Increase in foot arch height

When you experience any of these symptoms, you should make sure to get your ankle examined by a medical professional as soon as possible.

What Types of Accidents Cause an Ankle Fracture?

Ankle fractures and injures occur in many types of accidents, such as:

Ankle injuries also frequently occur in the workplace. Employees in many types of work ranging from construction to food service to office work face the risk of ankle injuries on the job. A worker can suffer a severe ankle sprain, or broken ankle from slipping or tripping on slippery factory floor surfaces, from getting an ankle caught in equipment and machinery, from turning an ankle awkwardly while stepping, or from being involved in a motor vehicle accident while driving for work.

 Types of Ankle Injuries

Ankle injuries fall into three major categories – sprains, strains, and fractures.

An ankle sprain refers to an injury to the ligaments which help stabilize the ankle joint.

Ankle sprains themselves are classified as one of two different types:

  • Inversion ankle sprain, the more common type of ankle sprain, happens when the foot turns inward, causing the ligaments on the outside of the ankle to stretch and suffer injury.
  • Eversion ankle sprain, where the foot twists outwards, injuring the ligaments on the inside of the ankle.

The severity of an ankle sprain is graded on a scale of I to III.

  • A Grade I ankle sprain involves an injury where the ligaments are stretched but not torn. Symptoms of Grade I ankle sprains include mild pain, swelling, and joint stiffness, and difficulty running or jogging.
  • A Grade II ankle sprain involves partial tearing of ligaments, with symptoms including swelling, bruising, moderate pain, trouble walking, and loss of range of motion.
  • A Grade III ankle sprain, the most serious type of injury, involves complete tearing of the ligament. Symptoms include severe pain and swelling, instability of the joint, and loss of range of motion.

An ankle strain injury is typically classified the same way that a sprain injury would be classified. However, the difference between strains and sprains is that a strain injury involves stretching and tearing of tendons and muscle tissue, whereas sprains affect ligaments.

Finally, an ankle fracture involves a break to one or more bones in the ankle. As with all broken bone injuries, ankle fractures can either be simple fractures, where the bone does not pierce through the skin, or compound fractures, where broken pieces of bone do puncture the skin, causing a significant risk of secondary infection.

Fractures can be classified as one of several types, including:

  • Comminuted fracture, which involves the bone breaking into several pieces
  • Transverse fracture, where the break is positioned perpendicular to the long part of the bone
  • Oblique fracture, where the break travels at an angle through the bone
  • Stress fracture, which involves a hairline crack in the bone.

Who Is Liable for My Ankle Injuries?

In traditional personal injury cases, the injured person will need to show that another individual or business committed some type of negligent act or willful action that caused the ankle injury.

For example, an at-fault driver in a car crash may be held liable for an ankle injury another person sustained in the accident. You may be entitled to hold a property owner or business owner liable for an ankle injury that you suffered in a slip-and-fall accident caused by the property owner’s negligence.

The individual or business that is financially responsible for your ankle injury may be required to pay you compensation for:

  • All medical bills and costs related to the injury
  • All lost income
  • Pain and suffering compensation
  • Emotional distress.

If the accident wasn’t your fault, you should not have to cope with the medical costs alone, nor should you face any financial losses or emotional anguish without just compensation. Our attorneys can review your accident and help you understand the types of damages that may be sought in your ankle injury case.

Who is Liable for a Workplace Ankle Injury?

When a worker suffers an ankle injury in a workplace accident, the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance may provide benefits to the injured employee including paid medical treatment and replacement of lost wages. Under the workers’ compensation system, injured employees do not have to prove that their employer somehow caused the injury. An injured employee only needs to show that the injury arose in the course and scope of your employment to receive benefits.

Workers’ compensation provides benefits for most work-related injuries. However, workers’ compensation typically represents an injured employee’s sole course of action against the employer. Injured workers typically cannot bring a personal injury lawsuit against their employer for a work-related injury.

Average Workers’ Comp Ankle Injury Settlement

Depending on the severity of an ankle injury, a workers’ comp settlement can result in a significant payment. The most severe ankle injuries can require multiple surgeries to repair, months of physical therapy, and may leave an injury victim with lifelong pain and loss of capacity to run, walk, or stand.

When ankle injuries require surgical intervention, workers’ comp settlements can easily range into six-figure sums, especially when the injured worker is left with a permanent disability due to the ankle injury.

In most cases, an injured worker will wait until an ankle injury has healed or has reached maximum medical improvement, at which no further treatment is reasonably expected, before pursuing a workers’ compensation settlement. Under workers’ comp, an employee is entitled to payment for all reasonable and necessary medical treatment for a work injury. A workers’ compensation settlement may involve accepting a lump sum of money.

Contact Us Today for Help in Recovering Compensation for Your Ankle Injury

 If you’ve suffered an ankle injury in an accident or at work, contact Joye Law Firm or give us a call at 888-324-3100 today for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your legal rights and options for pursuing compensation for your injury and losses. We are sincere in our desire to help you receive compensation when you suffer a serious ankle injury.

We have four office locations throughout South Carolina so that we can conveniently serve you. Let us go to work to help you recover after a debilitating ankle injury.

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