Ankle and foot injuries may heal within a matter of days or weeks, but more serious foot injuries can affect you for years to come. Thankfully, you can seek compensation if your injuries resulted from a car accident due to a negligent driver.
If you experience ankle and foot pain after a car accident, your personal injury lawyer can help you examine the full scope of your injury. Together, you can decide which legal option is best for you before you move forward with any life-changing decisions. Your lawyer can fight for your rights in civil court, gather evidence, negotiate settlements, and provide more services catered towards your specific needs.
Understanding the Value of Your Ankle or Foot Injury
The value of your foot injury will be based on a variety of physical, mental, and financial aspects. Every case is unique, and the costs you incur will be specific to your specific recovery process.
For someone experiencing minor symptoms that heal with very little medical intervention, your case may only be worth so much. On the other hand, if your case has left you with permanent disabilities, you may be entitled to a much larger settlement.
The State of Georgia has progressive laws in place that do not limit the amount of money you can receive for your economic losses, in most cases. As such, you simply need to add up the value of your current and future financial expenses to get a clearer perspective on what level of compensation you may be eligible for.
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After any car accident, you have a few options to recover compensation for your injuries. One option is to file an insurance claim. The other option is to file a lawsuit against the negligent party who caused your accident. Fortunately, both options allow you to recover compensation for your basic economic losses, like medical bills, lost wages, and damage to your vehicle.
However, foot injuries can also cause severe injuries to your mental health. For example, during the recovery process, you may find yourself unable to enjoy the recreational activities you once enjoyed, thereby affecting your overall quality of life. Additionally, your relationships with loved ones may be strained. Filing a lawsuit can allow you to seek damages related to these non-economic damages.
In total, you can seek damages for many different losses related to your foot injuries, including:
- Various medical expenses
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
- Impaired quality of life
- Vehicle damage
- Rehabilitation programs
- Long-term impacts on your earning abilities
- Lost wages
- Permanent disability assistance
- Compensation for disfigurement
If you retain our car accident lawyer, they could help you determine the impact your injuries will have on your work life, personal relationships, and overall well-being. Generally, determining the value of your financial losses is relatively straightforward.
However, many victims run into trouble when they attempt to assign financial values to their mental anguish. Your lawyer can document how your losses have affected your life. This provides important context to your mental suffering. Your attorney can also reach out to mental health specialists to help determine the extent of your trauma.
Attorneys have also been known to multiply your economic losses by a predetermined number (proportionate to your level of suffering) which allows them to reach a more definitive representation of your mental anguish.
Symptoms of Ankle and Foot Injuries
Studies from the Mayo Clinic show that ankle injuries sometimes result in bruising and swelling, but many of the symptoms are often unseen by the naked eye. As such, it is important to seek medical attention immediately following your car accident. This way, a medical team can document your injuries and you can know what to expect moving forward.
Overall, ankle and foot injuries may result in a wide variety of symptoms. These include, but are not limited to:
- Loss of coordination
- Pain in the affected area, which can spread throughout the leg
- Stiffness and immobility
- Pain when touching the affected region
- Discoloration (bruising) and broken blood vessels
- Trouble putting weight on the leg
- Difficulty standing for extended periods of time
- “Popping” sounds
Your personal injury lawyer can help you document the symptoms of your injury and appropriately translate them to monetary value. Additionally, your injuries may help tell the story of the accident itself, thereby making it easier to prove liability.
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Deadlines for Filing a Lawsuit
While our attorneys are happy to keep track of all the relevant laws and impending deadlines that may affect your case, you should know that you are required to take legal action within a specific amount of time following your accident.
In accordance with OCGA §9-3-33, if you do not file your case within two years of your ankle or foot injury, your right to compensation may be in danger.
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Georgia Car Accident Lawyers Fighting for Foot Injury Victims
Here at Kaine Law, we have fought for countless car accident victims from all walks of life. If you find yourself experiencing ankle or foot pain after a car accident, our law firm can be there to help you fight to protect your right to compensation.
From calculating case values to defending your rights in civil court to negotiating settlements and beyond, our attorneys can handle the legal aspects of your case while you dedicate yourself to your recovery.
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