Injuries to the ankle and foot can make it difficult to get around and can interfere with work and daily life activities. If your ankle or foot injury was caused by someone else’s negligence or by an accident at work, you may be entitled to compensation.
Based in Richmond, Geoff McDonald & Associates can help you get the money you deserve for your ankle injury or foot injury.
Our personal injury lawyers in Richmond, VA have more than 20 years of experience. We have been recognized by clients and peers for our dedication to helping injured victims. We have a No Fee Guarantee® to ensure you do not pay for legal services if we don’t help you recover compensation.
Call Geoff today or fill out our online contact form to get your case started. We are ready to provide you with a free claim review and advice about your legal rights. Let us answer important questions such as:
- Am I entitled to compensation for foot and ankle injuries?
- What should I do if I injured my ankle or foot and I think someone else was responsible for my accident?
- How can a Richmond personal injury lawyer help with my foot or ankle injury?
Types of Ankle and Foot Injuries
If your ankle or foot injury happened at work or because of your job duties, you may be able to make a Virginia workers’ compensation claim. If your injuries were due to someone else’s negligence, carelessness or improper actions, you may have a right to file a personal injury claim.
There are many kinds of ankle and foot injuries that can happen on the job or in other types of accidents. Some of the most common injuries include:
- Bone fractures – The fibula, tibia and talus join at the ankle and are commonly broken in falls and car accidents. The feet and toes also have many bones that can be broken.
- Tendonitis – If the tendons around the ankle joint are irritated, they can become inflamed, causing significant pain and mobility limitations.
- Amputation – If a foot is crushed or severely injured, it may need to be amputated due to cell death caused by loss of blood flow. An accident could also cause an unplanned amputation of the foot if it is severed in a car accident or caught in a machine.
- Foot punctures – Sharp objects can puncture the soles of the feet.
- Sprains – Around 25,000 people in the U.S. sprain their ankles daily. A sprain occurs when the ligaments in the ankle or foot become torn. Sprains are often painful, but rest, ice and painkillers are usually sufficient to relieve the pain and allow the foot to get better over time. In some cases, surgery is necessary if the ligaments are torn and/or if the sprain does not heal on its own.
Responsibility for Accidents That Injure Feet and Ankles
If you injured your ankle or foot and you believe someone else was responsible for your accident, you should speak with both a doctor and a lawyer. A doctor can diagnose your condition, keep records of your injuries, recommend and perform treatments and protect your health. A lawyer will protect your legal rights.
You may be entitled to compensation for all losses that your foot or ankle injury caused. This may include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. You may be entitled to make a personal injury claim to recover this type of compensation if a person or a company’s negligence caused your injury.
For example, you may be able to sue for a foot or ankle injury if:
- A product or machine malfunctioned. The product manufacturer may be held strictly liable for the foot or ankle injury caused by the product defect, meaning you could recover compensation regardless of negligence.
- A car accident caused the injury. If another driver broke safety rules or was careless and your foot or ankle was injured in a resulting accident, you may sue that motorist.
- A slip-and-fall accident was the cause. Falls are especially common causes of sprained ankles and other foot and ankle injuries. Property owners have a duty to protect visitors from falls caused by unsafe conditions.
Personal injury claims may be resolved out of court if a settlement is reached, or you could follow through with a lawsuit and a judge or jury would determine if you are entitled to damages.
If your injury occurred at work, you are likely entitled to file a workers’ compensation claim – even if your employer did nothing wrong or even if you were at fault.
Our Lawyers Help People with Foot and Ankle Injuries
If you have suffered an ankle or foot injury in Virginia and you believe someone else is responsible – or your injury resulted from work – contact Geoff McDonald & Associates as soon as possible. Our attorneys are ready to review your situation and seek out all potential sources of recovery.
Find out how we can help you get the compensation you deserve. The initial consultation is free and has no strings attached.