Many Ohio residents are involved in slip-and-fall accidents each year, and some of them suffer debilitating ankle injuries as a result. Ankle injuries range from mild strains to serious sprains and fractures, and recovering from them is often a slow and painful process. Torn ligaments or tendons in ankle joints can be particularly slow to heal.
Even mild ankle injuries like strains and sprains can be extremely painful and limit mobility for weeks or even months. Awkward slips or falls can stretch or damage ligaments or fracture the talus or one of the lower leg bones, and severe injuries to the ankle joint can cause permanent disability. Slip-and-fall accident victims are often unable to earn a paycheck for prolonged periods, and this can make it difficult for them to bear the costs of their medical treatment, physical therapy and prescription medications.
Individuals naturally throw out their arms and step down forcefully when they begin to fall, and this places added pressure on ankle joints and makes severe injury more likely. Strains, sprains, fractures and tears can be caused by twisting, rolling or hyperextension, and even a minor trip can lead to a serious injury by causing the foot to bend unnaturally.
Individuals who suffer ankle injuries in slip-and-fall accidents seek to recover damages when negligence may have played a role. Property owners are expected to take all reasonable steps to protect their visitors from harm, and personal injury attorneys may file premises liability lawsuits against them on behalf of accident victims when they fail to meet this obligation. Property owners may face this kind of litigation when they are slow to address known safety issues, fail to provide adequate lighting or security or allow walkways to become treacherous to navigate.