Leg Injuries & Car Accidents
Motor vehicle crashes can result in a wide range of injuries, from those that cause temporary disabilities and limited pain to injuries that result in long-term or permanent disabilities requiring extensive medical treatment.
While any part of the body can sustain injuries in a car crash, leg injuries from car accidents are particularly common and devastating.
Much too frequently, drivers and motor vehicle occupants sustain severe injuries to their feet, ankles, knees, and thighs that result in substantial disabilities and limit movement. For many people, the inability to walk or to use their legs fully also impedes the ability to work
If you suffered leg injuries in a car accident, it is important to learn more about these types of injuries and whether you may be eligible to seek financial compensation for your losses.
Common Types of Leg Injuries from Car Accidents
According to eMedicine Health, trauma is the most common cause of leg pain and serious leg injuries. Car accidents are a frequent source of bodily trauma, and collisions routinely result in many different types of serious leg injuries.
We have gathered a range of information about traumatic leg injuries from the Arthritis Foundation, WebMD, and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS). The following is detailed information about leg injuries that are common in car crashes:
- Ankle and foot injuries: Sprains, strains, and fractures are the most common type of traumatic ankle or foot injury. A fracture is a term that describes a break in a person’s bone, while a sprain or strain refers to an injury affecting ligaments, muscles, or tendons. Fractures in the ankle and foot can be particularly complex when it comes to healing, and patients can be required to stay off the foot for weeks to months, depending upon the severity of the injury. While a sprain or strain may be able to heal without surgical intervention, the delicacy of a fracture in the foot or ankle frequently requires surgery.
- Knee injuries: There are many different parts of the knee, including bones, articular cartilage, meniscus, ligaments, and tendons. Any of these parts of the knee can sustain injury in a traumatic car crash. Fractures—or a broken bone—are the most common form of knee injury after a car accident. Typical knee fractures include patellar fractures (or a break of the kneecap), distal femur fractures (or a fracture of the thighbone), and proximal tibia (or a break of the shinbone). In some cases, traumatic injuries also include dislocations, ligament tears (including tears of the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL), and tendon tears.
- Hip injuries: Hip fractures and dislocations are among the most common traumatic hip injuries after a motor vehicle crash. Depending on the person’s age, a hip fracture (or broken hip) can be particularly debilitating. For older adults who sustain hip fractures in traffic crashes, that injury can result in a complete loss of independence and for many can be fatal.
Contact a South Carolina Car Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one sustained leg injuries in a car crash, you should speak with a car accident attorney in South Carolina about your options.
You may be eligible to obtain both economic and noneconomic damages that can provide you with compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and even pain and suffering. Contact Peace Law Firm today for more information.