It is impossible to average how much a person who suffered ankle and foot injuries might recover in a car accident claim. Each case has unique factors that all contribute to the value of the case.
The best way to learn what a fair and just settlement may look like in your case is to work with a personal injury attorney. Our lawyer can help you gather evidence to show the value of your losses and determine how much you should agree to during settlement negotiations.
Causes of Accident-Related Ankle and Foot Pain Can Vary in Severity
The feet and ankles often endure significant stress during a crash. You could suffer injuries to almost any bone, joint, muscle, tendon, or ligament in either foot, in addition to injuries to the soft tissue.
In the most severe cases, ankle and foot pain and injuries can cause long-term impairments, including mobility concerns. Amputations are also possible. The potential causes of ankle and foot pain after a car accident include:
- Contusions and inflammation
- Sprains and strains
- Lacerations and puncture wounds
- Torn ligaments or ruptured tendons
- Broken bones
Surgery is usually necessary for fractures that affect the major bones of the foot, including the ankle. For example, fractures of the middle foot (Lisfranc fractures) and the heel bone (calcaneus fractures) are both notorious for being difficult to mend, slow to heal, and debilitating.
Ankle and Foot Injuries Can Have Lasting Impacts on Mobility
Serious injuries to the ankle and foot can cause ongoing pain, limited mobility, and difficulty completing previous tasks and activities. Those who suffer injuries to the foot or ankle in a traffic accident may struggle with many things that were not challenging before.
Lasting impacts of this type of injury could include:
- Difficulty standing or walking
- Struggling with household chores, such as mowing or grocery shopping
- The continued use of adaptive and mobility equipment
- Needing pain management long term
- Not being able to return to a previous job
- Struggling to work anywhere that requires standing or walking
- Not being able to exercise or be as active as before
Many of these concerns could contribute to a decline in quality of life compared to a person’s previous activities. In addition, reduced ability to earn a living can hurt financially and psychologically.
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Recoverable Damages Depend on the Losses and Expenses Incurred Due to the Crash
The compensation you may be able to recover through an insurance claim depends on the damages you suffered. This includes current and future financial costs, economic losses, and intangible damages. Some specific examples of recoverable damages that are common in these cases include:
- Ambulance transportation
- Medical bills to date and future related care needs
- Ongoing medical treatment, including prescription drugs costs
- Medical equipment and mobility devices, including wheelchairs and walkers
- Renovations to your home for mobility concerns
- Vehicle repair costs or replacement
- Miscellaneous expenses
- Pain and suffering and other intangible losses
You May Be Able to Reach a Fair and Just Settlement with an Attorney’s Help
If you decide to work with our car accident lawyer on your Louisiana crash claim, they will investigate what happened. This investigation will uncover evidence to show:
- How the liable party acted negligently and caused the crash
- That you suffered injuries and losses as a result
- The estimated value of your damages
Our lawyer will prepare and file an insurance claim, demanding the at-fault driver’s insurer provide fair payment based on the evidence presented. This generally leads to settlement negotiations, and most cases settle without going to trial.
However, if an insurer refuses to issue a just settlement, your lawyer will pursue a civil lawsuit on your behalf. This process asks the court to award an appropriate payout based on your injuries and the facts of the case.
The Timeline for Suing an At-Fault Driver Could Limit How Long You Can Wait
It may not be immediately evident how serious your injuries are or how long you will struggle to heal and overcome them. However, if you connect with a law firm as soon as possible, we can advise you on when to begin your claim.
You should get started on your case quickly. Louisiana statute CC Art. 3492 generally offers only one year before you lose the right to take the case to trial. Some people have less time based on their case’s circumstances.
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Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Can Take Your Call Today
You can speak with Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers about your injuries and crash for free today. Our team member is available to talk with you now. We represent victims suffering ankle and foot pain after a car accident in Lafayette, New Orleans, Alexandria, Marksville, and surrounding parishes.
Call (337) 777-7777 now to learn more about your free consultation. We are a contingency fee personal injury firm; you will not pay any upfront fees for our representation.