Fractures are common in car accidents, including broken leg bones. One example is a fibula fracture, which is a break in the smaller, outer bone of the lower leg. Since this bone also makes up the ankle joint, it could be accompanied by a broken ankle. There may be other injuries that accompany the fibula fracture. Costs that Aurora accident victims incur to treat the injury may be recoverable via a personal injury claim.
Treatment of a Fibula Fracture
The treatment depends on whether or not the ankle was also broken or otherwise injured. If not, surgery usually isn’t necessary. The patient may require conservative treatment, though, and could still be out of work while unable to put weight on the broken leg.
A brace is used to support the ankle and crutches help with mobility. Medication may reduce swelling and pain. Typically physical therapy will follow for strengthening and helping the person to walk again.
In cases of ankle fractures or ligament damage, the patient may require surgery. Whether you require surgery is largely dependent on the stability of your ankle, notes the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. If it’s stable, you may not require surgery. If the ankle is unstable, surgery may be necessary.
How a Fibula Fracture May Impact Compensation in a Car Accident Claim
It’s first important to prove that another person’s negligence caused the accident. Negligence could be anything from a traffic violation (like speeding) to impairment (drugs or alcohol) and driving while distracted (like texting). Once you have established the other driver’s negligence, you must prove you have suffered injuries.
Evidence of physical injuries is important for three reasons. One is to show the costs incurred as a result. Any medical treatment received – surgical or nonsurgical – should be addressed in a claim. Establishing your injuries also shows how the injuries have prevented you from working. This could allow for compensation of lost wages.
In a mild fibula fracture, you might only miss a few weeks of work. But those who require surgery and/or have multiple injuries could miss several weeks or months. Documentation should show how much work time you missed and the amount of wages you lost.
Lastly, establishing the physical injuries could allow for additional forms of compensation related to:
- pain and suffering;
- mental anguish; and
- other losses.
These damages may be recoverable in cases where the patient has suffered long-term or permanently disabling injuries.
Find Legal Help from D.J. Banovitz
After a serious car accident in Aurora it’s important to seek legal advice. Attorney D.J. Banovitz will evaluate your case to determine if someone else was at fault and how to establish negligence. Additionally, he will make sure the insurance claim or lawsuit properly addresses any injuries, including a broken leg bone or ankle injury. Set up your consultation by calling 303-300-5060 or use our online contact form.