Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere at any time. Injuries sustained in falls can range from mild abrasions or bruising to those that are more serious, such as broken bones. Every year, more than one million people visit the emergency room for ankle injuries. In more severe ankle injuries, recovery can be a long, painful process.
Anatomy of the Ankle
The ankle is a joint made up of bones, tendons, and a connective membrane called a synovium. The joint itself is formed where the tibia, fibula, and talus bones join. The fibula forms the outer anklebone. The tibia forms the inner anklebone. They join, forming an arch on top of the talus. The joints are covered by a fluid-filled capsule called a synovium, which facilitates movement. Various tendons and ligaments support the joint structure. Ankle injuries can affect all or some of the bones, ligaments, tendons, or synovium.
Slip and fall accidents can cause the ankle to roll, tearing the tendons and straining the ligaments. In many of these accidents, the victim instinctively tries to break their fall by stepping down with force, causing the joint to hyperextend or twist side-to-side. When the ankle twists or turns unnaturally, injuries can occur to every part of the ankle joint. The prognosis for ankle injuries depends upon the type and severity.
Injuries to Tendons and Ligaments
Ligaments are strong bands that connect the bones while allowing for movement. Sprains occur when the ligament fibers are stretched beyond the normal range of motion and tear. Tears can be microscopic or complete ruptures. Tendons are fibrous bands of connective tissue that attach the muscle to the bone, creating movement in the ankle and the foot. Strains occur when tendons are pulled too far. Tendons can be torn from sudden impact or other trauma. Strains and sprains can be very painful and limit mobility for days, weeks, or even months.
Injuries to the Bones
Some slip and fall accidents cause the ankle bones to break. Because the ankle joint is so complex, injuries to the bones that form the joint can be debilitating. Broken ankle bones take a long time to heal and can permanently impact the victim’s mobility and range of motion. Fractures are commonly mistaken for sprains because the symptoms are similar. The signs of an ankle injury are pain, swelling, bruising, stiffness, and the inability to bear weight or walk on the joint. Because ankle injuries can result in lasting damage to the joint, it is important to see a physician immediately after a slip and fall accident.
Chester County Slip and Fall Lawyers at McCann & Wall, LLC Pursue Compensation for Ankle Injuries Sustained in a Slip and Fall
Premises liability laws exist to protect victims injured by a property owner’s carelessness or negligence. If your ankle injury was preventable, you may have cause to pursue a personal injury claim against the owner of the business or property where you fell. Chester County slip and fall lawyers at McCann & Wall, LLC work tirelessly to recover the compensation you deserve for your medical expenses and other losses. Schedule a free consultation to discuss your slip and fall accident by calling 215-515-2236 today or contact us online.