The impact from a car accident and/or bracing yourself from the impact may have contributed to your ankle and foot pain. Even if this pain seems superficial, it should not go untreated. You could have torn a ligament or broken a bone. Failure to properly and promptly diagnose and treat this pain in time could lead to long-lasting complications.
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Ankle and Foot Pain After a Car Accident Could be Indicative of Serious Injuries
If you have ankle or foot pain after an accident, you could be suffering from an acute injury, such as:
- Torn ligaments
- Muscle sprains
- Hairline fractures
- Severe bruises
These injuries can have debilitating symptoms, like loss of coordination, stiffness, tenderness, or difficulty walking. More serious injuries can arise from car accidents, too. To name a few:
- Heel bone fractures: When the heel bone is crushed or broken
- Compartment syndrome: When your foot swells due to the muscles and nerve compacting upon impact
- Lisfranc fracture: When the bones in the middle (the arch) of your foot fracture
Failure to quickly treat these injuries could result in permanent deformities and chronic pain.
What Treatment For Ankle and Foot Pain Looks Like
Per Mayo Clinic, when you visit your doctor after a car accident, they may perform a physical evaluation or take an X-ray or MRI of your foot or ankle to diagnose you and construct a treatment plan for you.
Your treatment and prognosis will depend on your injury’s severity. Those with less serious injuries, like a sprain or bruises, may be prescribed pain relievers and rest, ice, and told to elevate their ankle or foot for a few weeks until they’re back to normal.
On the other hand, people who suffered more severe injuries like fractures may need several months to fully recover. They could require:
- Devices (e.g., crutches)
- Physical and rehabilitative therapy
- Surgery (if the other methods don’t work)
Why You Should Go to the Doctor For Ankle and Foot Pain After a Car Accident
Never write off ankle or foot pain after a car accident. These types of injuries can change your mobility and your overall quality of life. You must obtain immediate medical attention following a crash. The sooner you see a doctor, the quicker you can start the recovery process.
Don’t worry about hospital bills and other related medical expenses, as you can seek compensation for these costs when you file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.
In addition, documentation of your doctor’s visit will tie your car accident and your ankle and foot injuries together. So, when you present your case to the liable party’s insurer, it will have less reason to claim that something else caused your injuries or that they weren’t serious enough for you to get medical help.
Keep Your Own Medical Record of Your Recovery
The medical facility at which you’re getting treatment will keep a record of your appointments, your medications, and test results related to your ankle and foot pain. However, you can keep your own personal journal to track your daily progress. Consider writing down details, like:
- Your mobility (e.g., if you can walk around your house, take short walks outside, etc.)
- How painful your injuries are when you’re at rest or apply pressure to the affected area
- If you can participate in sports or other activities you typically enjoy
- How the ankle and foot pain has affected your mood and mental health
- Your limitations at work
- Exercises you do to help strengthen your ankle or foot
This record could be used as evidence when you file your case.
Damages You May Seek For Ankle and Foot Pain After a Car Accident
Every car accident case is different. So, the damages you are entitled to collect will be unique to your situation. However, some common forms of compensation in these types of cases involve:
- Past and expected healthcare expenses
- Property damage
- Lost income
- Future lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Impaired quality of life
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Mental anguish
Your lawyer will assess each of your damages and value them accordingly.
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Your Legal Team Will Do All They Can For Your Car Accident Case
You can rely on your lawyer to compile evidence to build an effective case, speak to all parties involved, and engage in settlement negotiations on your behalf. We will investigate your case to find out how you became injured.
For instance, too many accidents occur due to distracted driving or reckless actions on the road, like tailgating. You could pursue justice after a negligent party harms you in a car accident by driving too close to you or texting and running a red light.
Have George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers Represent You in Your Car Accident Case
Rest and recovery should be your main concerns after suffering ankle and foot pain from a car accident. For now, leave managing your case for compensation to our attorneys and avoid posting on social media.
We will advocate for you on a no-win, no-fee basis*, so we will not charge you a dime unless we have achieved a financial outcome for you. Find out more about how we can serve you in a free consultation today. Connect with George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers at (888) 612-7001.