Foot, Ankle, and Leg Injuries
The use of the feet and legs is necessary for the ability to bear weight and walk. Foot, ankle, and leg injuries are common in serious motor vehicle accidents. Foot and lower leg injuries can be debilitating. Individuals who suffer from these injuries may lose their ability to walk or get around quickly. In addition to the loss of mobility, car accident victims may face painful recoveries and be forced to take time off of work to focus on physical therapy and rehabilitation.
The Charlotte car accident attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC understand how difficult it is to live with a foot and leg injury. Every day that our clients are unable to work due to their injuries adds another element of stress to their everyday lives. Many of our clients face mounting medical bills and the financial pressure of being able to provide for their families. Our car accident attorneys fight assertively for our client’s right to compensation. Contact our Charlotte personal injury law firm today to schedule your free initial consultation.Common Lower Body Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
Unfortunately, leg injuries are some of the more common types of injuries suffered in car accidents. The inability to walk will often prevent people from returning to work and can cause emotional and physical stress on victims and their family members. In some instances, leg injuries force car accident victims to become dependent on the help of their family members. The following leg injuries are common results from car accidents:
- Knee injuries: The knee is an incredibly important joint that is essential to the ability to walk. Car accidents can cause dislocated knee joints, a torn PCL or ACL, and hyperextension of the ligaments surrounding the knee. Knee injuries can temporarily or permanently inhibit a person’s ability to walk or run properly.
- Injuries to the thigh: A motor vehicle collision often forces someone's body forward roughly. When the body hurls forward, it can collide with the steering wheel, dashboard, or instrument panel. While airbags might provide the upper body and face protection, they cannot protect the knees or thighs. Motor vehicle accidents cause many broken femurs when the knee or thigh strikes an object during the collision.
- Injuries to the feet and ankles: Car accident victims are at risk of suffering broken feet and ankles. Sprains, bone fractures, and strains can make it difficult, if not impossible, for victims to put weight on the affected area. During a car accident, it is possible for the foot or ankle to become crushed, twisted, or caught between moving objects.
The medical costs associated with leg, foot, and ankle injuries can be expensive and time consuming. Broken bones require time to heal. Depending on the severity of the injury, the victim may need extensive and long-term treatment. Some victims need to undergo extensive medical procedures or endure months of physical therapy. While undergoing physical therapy, many victims are unable to return to work.
In addition to taking time off to undergo necessary therapy, victims are often unable to do things they currently enjoy. Those suffering from the ankle, hip, and leg injuries are often unable to engage in exercise, hiking, swimming, walking, and any other physical activities they once enjoyed. Filing a civil personal injury lawsuit is often necessary to recover compensation for high medical and therapy costs, such as:
- Expensive emergency medical treatment
- Follow-up medical treatment and the cost of surgical procedures
- Out of pocket expenses related to the car accident injury
- The cost of ongoing physical therapy necessary for recovering mobility
- The value of lost wages due to an inability to work during your physical recovery
- Compensation for lost work opportunities
- Damages for any permanent disabilities that result from the knee, leg, or ankle injury
- Compensation for pain and suffering resulting from the physical recovery
North Carolina drivers are required to carry a minimum amount of car insurance. Drivers are also required to carry uninsured and underinsured driver’s insurance. Our Charlotte personal injury attorneys have an in-depth knowledge of the process insurance companies use to determine benefits.
If the at-fault driver’s insurance company has denied your claim for compensation, we can help you appeal that decision. If necessary, our attorneys can help you file a personal injury lawsuit for your injuries. Contact our Charlotte personal injury law firm today to schedule your free initial consultation. Call us now at 704-370-2828 to speak with our lawyers to explore your legal options or fill out our contact form. Now taking cases throughout North Carolina with offices in Uptown Charlotte, Mooresville and our new location in Monroe.