An ankle fracture can be a serious injury– resulting in significant financial losses. Although it’s possible to break your ankle while enjoying everyday activities, it is often caused by someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior. If you’ve been hurt, and you suspect it may have been someone else’s fault, it’s in your best interests to consult a personal injury attorney right away.
At Salamati Law, our personal injury team has in-depth experience working with injured victims with an ankle bone fracture or other serious injuries. We offer free initial consultations to allow victims to learn about their legal rights and explore their options for securing compensation.
Common causes of ankle fractures
A broken ankle can occur due to a direct blow or because it is forcibly twisted. One of the most common causes is motor vehicle accidents. Whether it’s a crash with another car, a big rig, or a motorcycle, it can result in severe, crushing injuries to the ankle that often require surgical repair.
It’s also possible to break your ankle by merely falling. For instance, if you’re at a restaurant and there is a spill on the floor, you might slip and fall. You may twist your ankle forcefully enough to fracture one or more bones. Or, in another scenario, you’re walking down the stairs in your apartment building. You notice that one of the steps is broken or has a loose board, and so you try to navigate around it but fall anyway– and beak several bones in your ankle.
All of the above scenarios were caused by someone else’s negligence. Even if you’re not sure whether someone else might be liable for your injury, it’s worth consulting a personal injury attorney. We can review your case for free to determine if someone else could be held liable.
How much money is my ankle fracture case worth?
The average settlement for a broken ankle varies widely, depending on the specifics of the case. On the low end of the spectrum, plaintiffs might receive tens of thousands of dollars. On the high end, they might receive more than one to two million dollars.
When you meet with a personal injury lawyer at Salamati Law, we’ll evaluate your case, calculate your damages, and determine how much compensation to demand from the at-fault party. Your damages will depend on multiple factors, not the least of which is your calculable losses. These include your:
- Past, present, and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Property damage related to the accident
In general, the more severe your injuries are, the higher your compensation is likely to be. More severe injuries typically require more extensive treatment, such as multiple surgeries and a lengthy period of rehabilitation with physical therapy. Likewise, some individuals can return to work fairly quickly after an ankle fracture, such as those with sedentary office jobs. Others are out of work for weeks or months because they cannot do physically demanding work.
In addition to these calculable losses, you may be able to receive compensation for non-economic damages. These are subjective losses that include your pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life. If your ankle fracture was quite severe, you are more likely to receive non-economic damages.
Contact us today for a free consultation
We are known for combining aggressive, results-oriented legal representation with compassionate guidance for our clients. A Los Angeles slip and fall lawyer will work with you to identify your options for legal recourse and walk you through the process. Contact an ankle fracture attorney today to request a free initial consultation. We work on a contingency-fee-basis, so there are no upfront legal costs.