Compensation for a Pilon Fracture
Bone fractures are a common injury resulting from car accidents. Although some consider fractures to be “moderate” injuries, they can require treatment and rehabilitation that last a significant amount of time. A pilon fracture, which affects the bottom of the shinbone at the ankle joint, is one such injury.
In many pilon fractures, a severe impact, such as a car accident, crushes the bones of the ankle joint. Furthermore, if your injury was the result of someone else’s negligence, it is important for you to know your legal rights and options. You may be entitled to compensation for your losses or damages.
Understanding Pilon Fractures
A pilon fracture is often the result of high-energy impacts and affects both bones in the lower leg. As such, falls and car accidents are frequent causes of pilon fractures. Age can also be a factor. The average age of someone suffering from this injury is 35 to 40. Additionally, these are rare in children and the elderly. However, more and more elderly people are sustaining this injury.
Furthermore, men are three times more likely to suffer pilon fractures than women. Also, airbag impacts contribute to pilon fractures as well. Because airbags do not protect a person’s legs in a car crash, injuries such as pilon fractures occur in auto accidents.
Additionally, some of the common symptoms of pilon fractures include:
- Severe and immediate pain in the lower leg
- Swelling and bruising near the ankle
- Deformity around the ankle
- Inability to put weight on the injured foot
“Who is Liable for my Injuries?
Treatment and rehabilitation for pilon fractures can cost a lot of money. In fact, most pilon fractures require surgery. How many surgeries are necessary depends on how severe the injury is. You likely will not be able to put weight on your ankle for up to 12 weeks following your injury. During surgery, it’s possible to use screws or plates to hold bones in place until the injury finishes healing.
Furthermore, those responsible for the injury may include negligent drivers who have caused a car accident. Additionally, workers who suffer an injury while on the job may be entitled workers’ compensation benefits from their employers. Workers may also be able to file a third-party claim against anyone who may have contributed to the injuries. Also, senior citizens who suffer a pilon fracture in a nursing home can file a claim against the company or organization that owns and runs the facility.
Definition of a Pilon Fracture
A pilon fracture is a fracture that involves the leg and the ankle. The tibia and fibula connect with the ankle and form a flexible joint. It is important for this joint to be flexible so that people can flex, extend, or roll their ankle from side to side. The flexibility of the ankle is important because it helps to absorb the shock from walking, running or sudden changes in direction.
A pilon fracture is a fracture of this joint surface, at the end of the tibia near where it connects to the ankle. The size of the fracture can depend on how severe the injury is, but people may feel a crack or a pop as well. There could also be swelling near the ankle and the individual will most likely have difficulty walking.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, seek medical attention right away. Also, contact Premier Law Group today to speak with one of our attorneys about the best way to move forward with your claim.
What Causes a Pilon Fracture?
Pilon fractures are relatively rare, and there hasn’t been a lot of medical research done about them. As such, some medical information has been collected from a number of pilon fractures, however. It turns out there are a few common ways that these injuries occur.
- Auto Accidents: A common way that people sustain a pilon fracture is in an auto accident. Sometimes, when another car or truck strikes the side of a persons vehicle. When this happens, a victim may have their foot pinned and rotated at the front of the car. It could become trapped between the door and the floor. This rotational force can stretch and crack the tibia, resulting in a pilon fracture.
- Sports Injuries: These rotational forces are seen in other settings as well. In many sports, people need to plant one of their legs in order to rapidly change directions. If their cleat gets stuck, it can twist the leg. The rotational forces on the tibia then cause a pilon fracture.
- Falls from Height: Another way that people sustain these fractures is through a fall from a great height. When someone falls from a rooftop or a high up story of a building, their foot will strike the ground. The force of the impact goes up through the foot into the ankle, leading to a pilon fracture.
If you or a loved one has suffered a pilon fracture resulting from any of these accidents, contact Premier Law Group. Our experienced Seattle personal injury attorneys will help you best move forward from your injury and provide a free case review.
What Are The Long Term Consequences of a Pilon Fracture?
A medical professional should always examine a pilon fracture. Often, these serious injuries will require surgery to heal properly. Furthermore, failure to repair the fracture as quickly as possible can result in lasting damage as well. This damage can erode the cartilage in the area, which could develop into arthritis. This can have an impact on someone’s mobility, and even prevent them from moving around the house normally. This is why it is important for people to have their ankle looked at and repaired as quickly as possible.
Contacting an Experienced Seattle Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered a pilon fracture due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to receive compensation for damages. These damages may include medical expenses, lost income, loss of earning capacity, cost of surgeries and rehabilitation, as well as pain and suffering and emotional distress. The experienced Seattle personal injury lawyers at Premier Law Group can help you. We aim to inform those who contact us of their legal rights and options.
Call Premier Law Group today at 206.285.1743 to schedule your free case review. Remember, there is no fee unless we win your case.