Slip and fall accidents can result in serious injury to any part of the body. Ankle injuries, including sprains and strains, fractures and tendon or ligament tears, are among the most common. Georgia residents who have been in one on another party’s property may want to learn more about the ways in which an ankle injury may manifest following an accident.
Sprains and strains occur when the ligaments around the ankle are stretched or injured. While sprains and strains do not involve broken bones or torn ligaments, they can cause severe pain and result in significant functional limitations, such as restricted movement. Such injuries may also last for months and require rehabilitation.
It is not uncommon to break an ankle as a result of a slip and fall. The breaks may involve the tibia, the fibula or the talus, and they can be very painful. Fractures of these bones may also require significant time to heal. In some cases, an individual may experience permanent or long-lasting limitations as a result.
In slip and fall cases where an individual tears tendons or ligaments, the victim’s ankle is left weak and may cause severe pain. It is possible in a single case for a person to suffer any one, two or all three types of ankle injury. If the person trips over an object, for example, his or her ankle may roll, resulting in fractures, tears and sprains.
Slip and fall ankle injuries range in severity from mild to debilitating. Individuals who are hurt due to the negligence of a property owner who failed to mitigate or provide a warning about the hazardous condition that led to the accident may want to have the help of a premises liability attorney in seeking compensation.