As a Plantation personal injury attorney, I am seeing more and more clients suffering from foot injuries after car accidents. More specifically, we have seen a number of clients suffer Lisfranc injuries (involving the joints and/or ligaments in the middle of the foot) or compression fractures. A majority of foot injuries involve front-end crashes.
The foot is an extremely complex collection of many bones and joints. During a car accident, your body absorbs the force of the impact. The load bearing parts of the body (such as the foot) are the areas typically most affected by trauma.
During a collision, your natural reaction is to brace yourself with your feet. This is especially true when you see the accident coming – if even for a split second. While bracing for impact, your foot will instinctively press hard against the brake pad (driver), floor or lodge against the side board (passenger). This intense – and sudden – pressure can lead to significant injuries.
Many of our clients who suffer from foot injuries also have associated knee injuries (i.e. ACL tear) for many of the same reasons.
To diagnose a foot injury after a car accident, you will need an X-Ray, Ultrasound, CT Scan (for Lisfranc injury) and/or MRI. A podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon will determine the most appropriate course of treatment, which may involve surgery depending on the severity of the break. If the fracture is unstable – meaning the ends of the bone do not stay in place – surgery will likely be needed. You should immediately go to the hospital if you have a broken bone associated with a break in the skin – i.e. open fracture.
If you are involved in a car accident where you injure your foot, call the Plantation personal injury attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin for a free consultation. We can determine whether the at-fault party has available insurance coverage to compensate you for your past medical bills, future medical bills, and pain and suffering related to this injury.