Most people who have twisted their ankle are, more than anything, embarrassed. But an ankle injury should never be taken lightly. You may think it’s a simple sprain you can “walk off,” but you could have a broken bone or severe tendon, ligament, muscle and/or nerve damage. That’s why it’s important to seek medical attention right away.
Some ankle injuries may cause partial disability, especially if the damage is permanent and prevents you from working. In many ways, a painful ankle injury is no different than one from a car crash or any other type of personal injury accident in which negligence plays a factor.
How Serious Is The Injury?
If it’s just a minor sprain, your doctor may put you on “light duty” for a few days. But an ankle injury can be severe, painful and debilitating, requiring reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation. You may require months of recuperation, and you may still not fully recover. Every case is different, but unless your ankle injury was a minor sprain, you may be as badly injured as you would be in a car crash or workplace accident.
Ankle injuries can also be accompanied by other injuries, including:
- Back injuries
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Soft tissue damage
If you’ve suffered additional injuries along with an ankle injury due to someone’s negligence, it’s time to consider speaking with an East Village injury lawyer to discuss an ankle injury claim.
As with any personal injury case, you’ll have expenses such as:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain & Suffering
If you’ve been disabled or prevented from working by your ankle injury, you may also be able to recover for diminished work capacity, This is especially true if you are engaged in work that requires you to be in good physical condition (i.e., a bicycle courier or restaurant wait staff.)
If you’re out of work while you recuperate from your injury, you can work to recover compensation for your injuries. As with any personal injury case, you’ll also need to gather evidence and, if possible, witness statements.
Ankle Injury At Work
Ankle injuries at work number about 25,000 every year in the US, especially for people who work in service-related industries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that ankle injuries affect about 9% of the workforce every year.
Depending on how the injury happened, you could find yourself with temporary or permanent disability. Immediate medical treatment is important for recovery, as well as preventing a reoccurrence.
For a workplace injury, you’ll be filing a claim for Worker’s Compensation through your employer. It’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible after the accident, and have the details of the injury recorded on paper. If you have witnesses, their statements detailing what they saw will also be helpful for Worker’s Compensation, as well as a personal injury filing, if necessary.
How Our East Village Injury Lawyers Can Help
To answer the question, yes, it is worth it to file an ankle injury claim; and our east village injury lawyers are here to help.
Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier has represented hundreds of victims who were injured due to negligence and helped them obtain the compensation they need. Call us at (212) 777-9400 (or use our online contact form.) As a family-owned personal injury law firm in New York City, we have more than 26 years of experience representing injured New Yorkers just like you.
Our contingency fee arrangement means we won’t get paid until you do, whether we settle your case in or out of court. We also have Spanish-speaking and Chinese-speaking staff for your convenience.