Leg, Foot & Ankle Injuries in Car Accidents: Chicago, Illinois
Injuries to the feet and lower legs can be debilitating due to victims' inability to place weight on body parts responsible for bearing most of their weight.
People with leg fractures from car accidents might face painful recoveries and be forced to take time off work while focusing on rehabilitation. Many leg injuries take months or years to heal completely.
Hiring an Illinois Vehicle Accident Foot Injury Attorney can Help
The Chicago auto accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC understand that every day you are kept away from your occupation only puts you even further behind in meeting your financial obligations.
Contact our personal injury lawyers today at (888) 424-5757 to discuss your accident case during a free case evaluation to discuss handling your claim or lawsuit.
Let us handle your injury claim to ensure you recover compensation required to pay your medical bills, lost wages, pain-and-suffering.
Devastating Lower Body Injuries From Car Accidents
The inability to walk without assistance could cause mental and emotional stress on victims suffering from lower-body injuries.
The injury might impact their independence and force them to seek assistance from loved ones to perform tasks that were once easy to complete alone.
The lower extremities are responsible for supporting the body's entire weight and mobility from the toes to the hips.
Our Chicago auto injury lawyers have helped clients with the following types of injuries.
- Injuries to the knee — The knee is an instrumental joint that serves a critical function in walking. It comprises tendons, ligaments, and a protective kneecap and is one of the most complex joints in the body.
Dislocation of the knee joint, a torn PCL or ACL, and hyperextension of the ligaments surrounding the knee could temporarily and permanently inhibit the ability to walk or run properly.
- Injuries to the thigh — When the body is thrown forward in a car or truck accident, it can collide with the instrument panel, steering wheel, or dashboard. Airbags protect the face and upper body but do not cushion the knee or thigh.
Many broken femurs are the result of the knee or thigh striking an object during a collision.
- Injuries to the hip — If a vehicle is struck from the side or thrown sideways into another object, an occupant can suffer a bruised or broken hip. Depending on the injury's type and severity, recovering from a hip injury can be a long, painful, and expensive process.
- Injuries to the ankles and feet — The feet and ankles support the entire body. Ankle fractures, strains, and sprains can make it impossible for a victim to place any weight on the affected area. The ankle or foot can be twisted, crushed, caught between moving objects, or broken during an accident. Heel bone fractures (calcaneus) can take many months to heal completely.
Severe car accidents can cause serious foot injuries that might lead to amputation or other life-altering conditions.
Painful and Stressful Treatment Options
Our Chicago car accident lawyers know that lower-body injuries are often accompanied by physical and financial pain. Broken bones require time to heal and torn joint ligaments can require surgery to heal correctly.
While victims undergo medical procedures and endure months of physical therapy, they are often unable to return to work or participate in activities they once enjoyed. We will take all of the following into account when seeking financial compensation for your injuries.
- The expense of emergency medical treatment along with the cost of follow-up treatment or surgical procedures
- Out of pocket expenses incurred during the healing process and rehabilitation after suffering injuries
- The cost of the physical therapy required to help you recover your mobility
- The value of wages that were lost due to your inability to work during your physical recovery and any lost opportunities linked to your injury
- Damages for any permanent disability resulting from your injury – You might be able to recover additional compensation if you are permanently unable to return to work or can no longer enjoy the quality of living you once had.
- The value of the pain and suffering you endured during your physical recovery, along with any suffering you will endure in the future because of your ongoing complications or permanent injuries.
Leg, ankle, and feet injuries could impair your mobility and threaten your independence, which might lead to emotional distress and the financial burden of hiring assistive care.
If you have been injured in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, all your accident-related costs need to be considered when placing a value on your claim.
Insurance companies will make every effort possible to challenge your need for medical procedures, therapy, and other expenses to heal completely.
Our Chicago auto injury lawyers have access to medical professionals, social workers, and other professionals who can help defend your case's value and ensure you have the best possible chance of collecting all the financial compensation the law will allow.
Car Accident Leg Injury FAQs
Can You Break Your Leg in a Car Accident?
A high-impact force on any bone can cause it to break, especially the long bones in the leg. Speed is also a contributing factor in many car crashes that lead to severe injuries, including broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and hip fractures.
Motorcycles often suffer femur, tibia, fibula, and talus bones in motorcycle accidents when thrown from their bike into other vehicles or stationary objects.
How do You Know if a Leg Injury a Serious?
How do you know if your leg might be broken if you were recently in a car crash and suffering severe leg pain? You will likely notice intense tenderness, swelling, and bruising in the affected area.
The information from broken bones will usually create significant pain that worsens over time or when moved. You might be unable to walk or notice a shortening of one leg or apparent deformity.
What Injuries can a Car Accident Cause?
Broken bones are a common injury in many car accidents, as are traumatic brain injuries, internal bleeding, and herniated discs. Many car crash victims suffer broken ribs caused by the impact force that throws them against the seat belt, steering wheel, and deployed airbag in a rear-end or head-on collision.
Other injuries included lacerations, cuts, and scrapes, along with whiplash, where the tendon, ligaments, and muscles in the neck become significantly inflamed.
Why do My Legs Hurt after a Car Accident?
A car accident's impact force could cause leg injuries, including bone fractures, ankle joint trauma, or a foot fracture. Any injury to the lower extremities could cause pain in the shin, foot, and knee.
Muscles, tendons, and ligaments injuries can sprain or strain the soft tissue that might take days or weeks to heal completely. A diagnostician can use x-ray technology to identify torn ligaments, metatarsal damage, ankle injury, heel bone spurs, ankle sprain, or other bone fractures.
How Long Does a leg Injury Take to Heal?
Every leg injury is unique. The length of time the injury requires to heal completely is based on numerous factors, including the severity of the damage and the extent of the bone break or bruising.
Younger individuals heal significantly faster than the elderly. However, most individuals will notice their legs feel significantly better in as little as eight weeks or less.
Should You go to the ER after a Car Accident?
It often takes hours or days for inflammation, pain, and discomfort to arise after a car accident to show the first signs of a severe injury, including internal organ damage. Doctors recommend transporting all car accident victims to the emergency room for diagnostic care.
A competent diagnostician at the emergency room or urgent care center can perform a comprehensive physical examination to identify any serious injuries that require immediate medical attention. Car accident injuries might include foot fractures, soft tissue damage, torn ligaments, and other bone fractures that are not always apparent in the minutes after a motor vehicle crash.
Hiring a Car Accident Ankle Injury Attorney Can Help Get You Full Compensation
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represents thousands of clients who have suffered injuries to their feet, ankles, legs in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident.
To learn more about how we can help, contact us today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or through the contact form to schedule a free consultation.
We will evaluate your case's details, discuss your legal options, and answer any questions you have during a risk-free consultation. If our law office is unable to secure damages on your behalf for any reason at all, you can be assured that our time and services will be completely free of charge.
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