Ankle Injury after a Slip and Fall Accident

Ankle and foot injuries may not seem to be common, but according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), over 25,000 Americans sprain their ankle on a daily basis. These injuries disrupt routinely activities as they make it extremely difficult to move around. Fractures, sprains, and strains are the most frequently reported ankle and foot injuries in emergency rooms that are caused by slip and fall or tripping accidents.

In Iowa, if you sustained an ankle injury from a slip and fall accident due to unsafe property conditions or negligence of another person, you can file a personal injury claim to receive compensation. Seeking medical attention immediately after the accident is of utmost importance in such cases, because they prove to be a valuable piece of evidence to support your claim.

Ankle Injury – Warning Signs

The AAOS recommends seeking medical attention right away if you experience the following signs or symptoms at or around your ankle:

  • Pain around or at the ankle
  • Bruises
  • Swelling along the leg or at the ankle
  • Unable to walk properly or put weight on the ankle

Based on your condition, you should consult your situation with a slip and fall attorney and evaluate whether you can make a personal injury claim against the at-fault person or entity. They will provide you with insights into the legal aspects of filing a claim and help you secure maximum compensation to recover your damages.

Determining Liability in Slip and Fall Accidents

If you want to hold the at-fault party legally responsible for your ankle injury from tripping, slipping, or falling on their property, you must be able to establish any one of the following:

  • The owner or a worker must have caused the torn or worn spot, or left a dangerous or slippery item or substance on the surface causing the accident
  • The owner or a worker must have been aware of the dangerous condition of the surface, but did not take any action
  • The owner or a worker should have been aware of the dangerous surface, as any reasonable individual assigned with the maintenance of the property would have found and repaired or removed it

Of all the situations, the third one is the most common. However, proving liability in the third situation is also tricky, because it implies that the owner or worker “should have known” about the threat. Generally, judges and juries give decisions pertaining to liability in such cases based on common sense. They carefully study the situation and determine whether the occupier or owner of the property acted as a reasonable person would in the same situation.

It can be difficult for a person without any requisite legal knowledge to prove liability in slip and fall accidents leading to ankle injury. It is best to work with an experienced attorney who can gather evidence and build a strong case to persuade judge and jury of your entitlement to compensation. Contact Tom Riley Law Firm today to schedule an initial consultation and discuss your case.