Foot, Ankle, and Leg Injuries in Car Accidents
An injury to your foot, ankle, or leg significantly affects all aspects of your life, even when the injury lasts for a relatively short time. Unfortunately, many of these types of injuries require substantial time for healing and rehabilitation, often rendering a victim unable to do work or even walk around without assistance. When a foot, ankle, or leg injury is caused by a car accident, those responsible for a victim’s harm should be held legally liable. Miami car accident lawyer Robert Dixon assists victims in pursuing appropriate legal action against parties at fault for their harm. The Law Offices of Robert Dixon represents clients throughout South Florida, including in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. If you, or someone in your family, have sustained a foot, ankle, or leg injury as a result of a car accident, contact our attorneys today to find out more about your legal options.Types of Foot, Ankle, and Leg Injuries
When a person suffers an injury to their lower body, the impact can be more than physical, since victims often experience mental or emotional stress due to not being able to walk without help. Car accidents can lead to extensive injuries to victims’ feet, ankles, and legs, including:
- Knee injuries. These include tendon or ligament tears, as well as dislocation of the knee joint, which is one of the most complex joints in a person’s body. These types of injuries often require surgery and can have a permanent effect on a victim’s ability to walk or run.
- Thigh injuries. These occur frequently when a driver or passenger is thrust forward and into a steering wheel or dashboard. Victims may sustain fractures or broken bones in the area, as well as muscle sprains or strains.
- Hip injuries: These happen most often when a vehicle is struck from the side.
- Ankle or foot injuries: These include tendonitis, fractures, and sprains. A collision can cause ankles or feet to get caught, crushed, or twisted between objects.
Injuries to lower extremities interfere with victims’ abilities to maintain their day-to-day lives as they are accustomed to doing. They also often require physical therapy and ongoing medical treatment, sometimes including surgery.Legal Action Following a Collision
In many motor vehicle collisions, it is the negligence of one or more parties that has contributed to a victim’s injuries. Negligence is established when a defendant is found to have breached his or her duty to another person by acting unreasonably in the circumstances. It must be shown that the victim’s injuries were caused by the defendant’s negligent acts and that damages also resulted. In Florida, even if a victim is partially at fault for his or her own injuries, compensation can be awarded in proportion to each liable party’s degree of fault. For example, a victim who is found 35 percent at fault for causing an accident may still receive 65 percent of the damages sustained from another negligent party. Victims who have sustained foot, ankle, or leg injuries as a result of another motorist’s negligence may recover damages for past and future medical bills, loss of income due to time spent away from work, and other losses associated with their injuries.Consult a Car Accident Attorney in Miami or Surrounding Cities
Suffering a serious injury to your legs, ankles, or feet can effectively pause your daily life for a protracted time, if not permanently affect it. Robert Dixon and his staff at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon are dedicated to making sure that victims injured by another party’s negligence receive the financial assistance that they are entitled to obtain in order to heal. If you have been involved in a car accident in South Florida, and you need help determining your next legal steps, call our attorneys today at (877) 499-4878 or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation about your potential claims. We represent victims in cities such as Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach.