Of the many types of injuries sustained in car accidents, foot injuries are among the most debilitating and disruptive due to hindering one’s ability to walk and move freely. They can result in time away from work, which translates to lost wages, and this combined with medical expenses can create great financial stress. If you’re unable to ever return to the job you held before the accident, the road to recovery seems even longer. But remember: you have options, and you have rights. With the help of an experienced personal injury attorney, you can hold the at-fault party legally accountable for their negligence and be fully compensated for your injuries and losses, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact our attorneys today for a free consultation.
Each foot contains 26 bones, as well as a variety of muscles, tendons, joints, ligaments, and soft tissue. Here are some of the common types of foot injuries, particularly in auto accidents:
Compartment Syndrome – This refers to the breaking, fracturing, puncturing, or crushing of a particular “compartment” of the foot, which can be quite painful and cause both swelling and bleeding. If not treated properly, this type of injury may not fully heal.
Lisfranc Fracture – This occurs when a metatarsal bone (one of the long bones in the middle of the foot) becomes displaced and typically results from blunt trauma or other damage to the middle of the foot. Lisfranc fractures may take ten weeks or more to heal properly, and surgery may also be necessary in some cases.
Calcaneus – This refers to a heel bone fracture, when a strong force (such as in an auto accident) results in the fracturing or breaking of the heel bone. These can be very painful and debilitating injuries and surgery is often needed for them to heal properly. If improperly treated, or not treated at all, calcaneus can result in arthritis, chronic pain, or even permanent deformity.
Acute Injuries – A variety of other acute foot injuries exist, and these include torn ligaments, ruptured tendons, puncture wounds, joint and muscle sprains, severe bruising and/or swelling, and crushed or dislocated bones.
Foot injuries in the workplace commonly result from:
- Moving vehicles, conveyor belts, falling objects, or trapped feet between objects;
- Burns from fire, electricity, chemicals, or molten metal;
- Punctures in the sole of the shoe from glass, nails, or other sharp objects;
- Electric shocks, typically from contact with faulty electrical equipment or wiring;
- Cuts from unguarded machinery, chainsaws, rotary mowers, or other sharp blades;
- Fractures or twisted or sprained ankles from slip-and-fall accidents on slippery flooring or walkways.
If you’ve been injured on the job and plan to file a worker’s compensation claim, remember that under Illinois law, you must notify your employer of the injury within forty-five (45) days of the date of the accident, either verbally or in writing. You may also benefit from including a description of your injury as well as your contact information. Then, you generally have three (3) years from the date of the accident to file a worker’s compensation claim under Illinois law. Although some workers have reservations about reporting their injury to their employer, it’s important to remember that it’s unlawful for your employer to harass, threaten, or terminate you for filing for worker’s compensation, and with an experienced attorney on your side, your rights will be protected.
We at Mike Agruss Law are proud to serve our fellow citizens in personal injury cases, especially when you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, and we are fully committed to protecting your rights and ensuring that the other party is held legally accountable when negligence occurs. We will fight until the very end to ensure that you are fully compensated for all injuries and losses resulting from the accident, including medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering, and you won’t owe us a dime for our services.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident due to another’s negligence, you need an experienced personal injury attorney. Contact Mike Agruss Law today for a free consultation. We are a Chicago-based personal injury law firm, and helping our clients is about counseling, advocating, and ultimately solving problems. With years of experience successfully representing the people and not the powerful, we will file your claim and take care of the insurance company, medical bills, property damage, and lost income. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you. Lastly, our personal injury lawyers are not paid attorney fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.