When it comes to settling your car accident case that involves an ankle injury, chances are increased that it will end up good. By good, it means that the probability is high that you’ll get a reasonable settlement offer before you even file a lawsuit.
A Common Injury
People tend to think about head, back, and neck injuries when they think about a car accident. Injuries to the ankles, feet, and knees, however, occur in 76 percent of front-end collisions. It is common when the foot is pressured between the pedals. It can also happen as people attempt to brace for impact by pressing their feet into the floor. This causes stretching and tearing of the soft tissues and can even fracture the bones in these areas. How does this make ankle injury cases easier to settle than other accident claims? It has to do with the nature of ankle injuries.
An Obvious Cause
When it comes to neck and back injuries, people with the exact same MRI and X-ray results can have a wide variance in how the pain manifests. Whether caused by a degenerative disease or a hard impact, these radiological outcomes can look the same. This can make it difficult to prove that the injury came from the accident. Due to this variance, insurance companies typically assume the lowest level of pain in this type of case.
When it comes to the ankle, the injuries are far less often the result of a degenerative disease and are more likely caused by trauma. This means that there are rarely any concerns that the injury is caused by a factor such as arthritis or something that is preexisting. Most importantly, this type of injury can be seen clearly in a radiological report.
Ankle Injury Definitions
The following ankle injury definitions can help you when it comes to your ankle injury case.
• Tendon. The soft tissue that attaches the muscle to the bone. Inflammation of the tendon is called tendonitis.
• Trimalleolar fracture. A fracture in the ankle that involves three different areas: the lateral malleolus, the medial malleolus, and the posterior malleolus.
• Maisonneuve fracture. A proximal fibular fracture that disrupts the joint between the tibia and the fibula down at the ankle.
• Meniscoid scar. Extra scar tissue can form as a result of bleeding in the ankle. This scar tissue can spread into the joint and get trapped between the bones causing severe pain.
The treatment for ankle injuries is generally not as complex as it is for other types of injuries, which can limit the argument from the insurance company about how much treatment is too much treatment. Though there is a vast difference between a hairline fracture and a crushed ankle bone, ankle injuries limit mobility and impair daily life. Missed work, missed activities, and medical treatment are fairly cut and dry, leaving you in a good position when settlement time arrives.
Foot and ankle injuries are no joke. If you are looking to learn more visit our law firm website at https://www.JusticePays.com