Guy S. DiMartino, Florida personal injury lawyer discusses the devastating nature of foot fractures after accident injury.
For those who have read some of my other blog posts, I contend that foot injuries following accidents whether it is from a car, motorcycle or slip and fall accident can have devastating consequences. I have written about calcaneus fractures here and lisfranc fractures (injuries) here.
Over the years, in my clinical practice following patients and as a lawyer, I have seen patients and clients who suffer with terrible issues following an accident that was 10 or 15 years earlier. One of the hurdles for a Florida personal injury lawyer has when assisting clients who have these injuries is educating the insurance adjuster or the jury about the long term consequences that the client will most likely have, so they can be adequately compensated.
In my experience, foot injuries are terrible and almost never heal correctly. This is because the foot has a number of bones, ligaments and joints, and THE FOOT bears the body's weight. The foot is so important that podiatrists only take care of foot and ankle problems.
Compound/Open Fracture of the foot
A compound (open) fracture gets its name because it breaks the skin. A recent article documents that compound fractures of the foot have pretty high amputation rates. Imagine that, somebody breaks their foot in an accident and then they lose their foot or possibly lower leg. That is DEVASTATING in my view.
In order to make some sense out of the findings, we have to go over the anatomy a little bit because the terms forefoot, midfoot and hindfoot are used.
The findings were:
- Patients with multiple forefoot fractures had high amputation rates
- The most severely injured patients had midfoot and hindfoot fractures
- Open fractures are not common when compared to other fractures but the outcomes are much poorer and can lead to amputation.
Foot injuries after an accident can have devastating and life long effects including amputation. It is important if you've been injured because of negligence or carelessness that you retain a lawyer that can be a strong advocate so you are able to receive appropriate compensation for your injuries.
If you have any questions about a foot injury following a Florida car, motorcycle or slip and fall accident, you can call me directly on my cell phone at (352) 267-9168 or fill out the internet consultation form on the right.