Types of ankle injuries in slip-and-fall accidents

Some individuals in the New York City metro area might suffer from an ankle injury after a slip-and-fall accident. Ankle injuries can occur when a person trips over an object or tries to break a fall after a slip. In doing so, they twist the ankle. This could result in a sprain, a fracture, or torn tendons or ligaments.

A sprain or strain also involves the ligaments. If they are torn or injured in some way, a person could have a limited range of motion for several months. A fracture or break might include the lower leg bones. This type of injury could lead to a permanent loss of function. In other injuries, the cartilage or tendons could be torn. This generally has a similar recovery trajectory to a sprain or strain.

When a person is injured in a slip-and-fall accident on property belonging to another person or entity, the owner might be liable if negligence resulted in the injury. The injured person might get compensation by filing a premises liability lawsuit.

Examples of negligence by a property owner in a slip-and-fall accident might be failing to clear a snowy or icy walkway, leaving a water spill on a floor, allowing a walkway to become cluttered or failing to repair an uneven surface. The owner of the property or business might have insurance that is supposed to pay the medical expenses and other costs of an accident. However, if the owner does not have coverage or the insurance offers too little, a lawsuit may be necessary. Furthermore, if a person suffers an ankle injury, it may not be initially clear whether the damage will be permanent. In some cases, victims should not waive the right to further compensation if an injury could become more serious.

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