Car accidents can lead to all sorts of issues: whiplash, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and countless other common car accident injuries. But what happens when you injure something less obvious, like a foot? In many ways, our feet are the unsung heroes of our lives: they work tirelessly to keep us moving every day. But when something goes wrong with them, such as a car accident injury, the results can be debilitating.
Trying to file an insurance claim after an accident that someone else caused is complicated enough. Even more so when trying to quantify something as specific as a foot injury and the future impacts that this injury will have on your life (as well as the impacts it has already had). This is just one of the many reasons why working with a personal injury attorney is a good first step in the claims process — even before initiating your claim.
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At Mountain States Injury Law, our personal injury attorneys help those who have been injured in car accidents caused by the careless or negligent actions of others. If you have been in an accident and suffered a foot injury, we can help. Our skilled legal team will investigate your accident, gather evidence, and work to build a strong case on your behalf. We will then negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf to get you the full and fair compensation you deserve.
Read more below to better understand how an experienced attorney will represent someone with a foot injury during the car accident claims process.
Common Types of Foot Injuries
There are all sorts of different foot injuries that can occur, and some are more common than others. For example, ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries, followed by fractures and dislocations. In more severe cases, crush injuries or amputations can occur. Here are some more details on common types of foot injuries:
An ankle sprain occurs when the ligaments that support the ankle are stretched beyond their capacity. This can happen if you roll your ankle, twist it, or land on it wrong. Symptoms of an ankle sprain include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking.
A foot fracture is a break in one of the bones in the foot. This can happen due to a direct blow (like being hit with a heavy object) or from twisting or unnaturally turning the foot. Symptoms of a foot fracture can include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking.
A foot dislocation occurs when the bones in the foot are forced out of alignment. This can happen from a direct blow or from twisting or turning the foot in an unnatural way. Symptoms of a foot dislocation can include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking.
A crush injury occurs when the foot is caught between two heavy objects and compressed. This can happen in a car accident if your foot is trapped under the pedal or some other part of the vehicle. Symptoms of a crush injury can include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking.
In the most severe cases, a foot injury can result in the need for an amputation. This can happen if the foot is severely crushed or mangled in an accident. In some instances, the foot may be shorn from the body during the collision, and in others, it may be medically removed to prevent further injury or infection.
These are just some of the more common types of foot injuries that can occur in a car accident. If you have suffered any type of foot injury, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Once a doctor has seen you, the next step is to contact an experienced car accident attorney to discuss your case.
Calculating Damages For a Foot Injury
A diligent attorney will go through their clients’ injuries and calculate the specific impacts of each injury in terms of both economic and non-economic damages. To complicate matters further, they will need to consider damages and losses in the present and future. As you can imagine, trying to accurately calculate (and then defend in negotiations) the future impacts of an injury can feel nearly impossible for an inexperienced victim. However, you can be confident that your personal injury attorney at Mountain States Injury Law is dedicated to the task.
Economic damages have a specific monetary value; in other words, they are tangible damages that can be proven with receipts, invoices, or other documentation. However, future economic damages must be estimated based on realistic projections, making it a more complicated task for your attorney.
Here are some examples of economic damages that could be available in a foot injury case:
These could include ambulance bills, hospitalization costs, surgery costs, doctors’ visits, physical therapy, and any other medical treatment related to the injuries suffered in the accident. A lawyer would estimate future medical bills based on your medical team’s projections of your recovery time.
If the victim is unable to work due to their injuries, they may be able to recover lost wages for the time they miss from work. This could include lost salary, commissions, bonuses, and more. As with your medical bills, an attorney would calculate future damages by estimating the amount of time this injury will continue to impact your ability to earn a wage — it may need to be considered a permanent disability.
Non-economic damages do not have a specific monetary value attached to them. In other words, they are intangible damages that cannot be proven with receipts, invoices, or other documentation.
Here are some examples of non-economic damages that could be available in a foot injury case:
Pain and Suffering
This could include the physical pain and discomfort caused by the injuries and the psychological trauma of dealing with the injuries.
This could include anxiety, depression, nightmares, and other psychological effects caused by the injuries.
Loss of Enjoyment of Life
This could include the inability to participate in hobbies or other activities the victim enjoyed before the accident.
Negotiating a Fair Settlement
Calculating these damages is the first in a series of steps to get you the money you deserve. Once your lawyer has calculated a fair settlement amount, they will open negotiations with the at-fault party’s insurance company.
The insurance company will likely come back with a lowball offer, but your attorney will be prepared to negotiate for a better settlement. If the insurance company is unwilling to budge, your attorney may recommend filing a personal injury lawsuit.
A car accident injury lawyer at Mountain States Injury Law will be with you every step of the way, ensuring that you get the best possible outcome for your case. Contact us today for a free consultation.