Car Accident Ankle Fracture Lawsuit Lawyers in Georgia
Ankle fractures are a common car accident injury. Minor ankle fractures are often treated as a serious sprain. Severe ankle fractures may require corrective surgery mostly because the ankle has either become dislocated or it unstable. Ankle fractures may also be associated with ligament injuries, which also destabilize the ankle joint. Most ankle fractures occur when the ankle is suddenly twisted outwardly or inwardly.
What Are the Symptoms of an Ankle Fracture
It is important to seek medical evaluation if you are injured. Ankle fractures will have a few or possibly all of the following symptoms:
- Localized pain in the area of the ankle. (foot pain, medial ankle pain, or lateral ankle pain)
- Swelling around the ankle
- Bruises around the ankle
- Blisters over the fractured area
- Difficulty putting weight on the ankle
- Bones have broken the skin
Ankle injuries are very common in auto accidents, and a person does not have to sustain a serious car wreck to suffer an ankle injury. According to PubMed, the number of moderate to serious ankle injuries is about 24 out of 1,000 vehicle occupants injured.
Types of Ankle Fractures
The most common type of ankle fracture occurs when the foot is forcibly inverted. The fracture is called a "lateral malleolar fracture." In a lateral malleolar fracture, only the fibula's distal portion is fractured. This fracture is usually caused by twisting the ankle, falls, or motor vehicle accidents. An ankle brace or cast is placed on the broken ankle for about 4-6 weeks or until the fracture has healed. Surgical plates and screws into the distal fibula may be necessary when the fracture has made the ankle very unstable.
In medial malleolar fractures, the fracture is in the distal tibia along with different areas of the tibia. A distal tibial fracture rarely occurs without a fibular fracture. If the medial malleolar fracture is not out of the correct position, the fracture may be treated with casting. If there is a dislocation or abnormal alignment of the ankle bones, surgery will be needed to fix the bones jointly.
Posterior malleolar fractures occur when the back part of the tibia is fractured. The ankle joint is typically unstable and needs to be surgically corrected. Arthritis is one of the primary complications of this type of ankle fracture.
Bimalleolar fractures involve a fracture of the lateral malleolus and the medial malleolus. This fracture commonly requires surgery to stabilize the ankle joint.
Trimalleolar fractures involve all three ankle malleoli. Surgery is usually necessary to fix this type of fracture. Plates and pins are used to repair the fractured ends.
Diagnosing an Ankle Fracture
A physician will inspect the ankle for bruising, swelling, dislocation, and point tenderness. An x-ray can be taken in order to diagnose ankle fractures. An MRI exam is beneficial since it can show where ligaments have been disrupted in places the bones have been fractured.
Common Car Accident-related Ankle Injuries
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published a report stating that severe injuries to the body's lower extremities are the second most frequently occurring injuries in an auto accident.
How Do People Sustain an Ankle Injury in an Auto Accident?
The most common way ankle injuries occur is when the vehicle they are riding in is hit from the front. The front-end section of most cars is meant to crumple upon impact. When the front end of a motor vehicle crumples, the passenger's ankles can get crushed with the front of the car.
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Ankle Fracture Lawsuit Lawyers in Georgia