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Ankle and foot injuries suffered on the job can cause you to miss an extended period of time from work. For example, you may be unable to walk and may need surgery to implant plates, rods or screws so that your fracture will heal properly.
To help you to cope with your injury and its aftermath, you may be eligible to receive Florida workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can cover all of your medical expenses and a percentage of your lost income.
At Frank M. Eidson, P.A., we can help you to seek the benefits you deserve, including representing you in an appeal if your benefits claim was denied. We assist clients throughout Orlando and central Florida. Contact us today. We always provide free case reviews.
Ankle and foot injuries can include damage to toes, feet or ankles, including bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles. Typical foot injuries are crushing injuries. These injuries can result from objects falling on or being dropped onto a worker’s feet. Toes and feet can also be amputated in accidents, including cases in which they are immediately severed or in which a crushed foot or toe must be surgically removed.
Injuries to the ankles and feet, in addition to being painful, can make it difficult to walk or bear weight. In fact, the loss of a foot is a disfigurement that can be permanently disabling or require the use of prosthetics.
A review of recent Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) accident reports can give you a good idea of how these injuries may occur. Examples include:
As the examples above illustrate, any worker can suffer a foot or ankle injury in a worksite accident. Even those in jobs for which OSHA regulations require steel-toed boots (including jobs with a risk of falling or rolling objects, punctures, stubbing or banging, chemical or corrosive contact, electrical shock, burns or slips and falls) lack full protection from a foot or ankle injury.
Foot and ankle injuries described in OSHA accident reports include accidents at worksites such as:
Workers’ compensation medical benefits in Florida are supposed to reimburse an injured employee for all medical care and treatment connected to an occupational injury.
This includes emergency care at the scene of the accident, diagnostic imaging (X-rays, MRIs, CT scans), surgery, hospitalization and rehabilitative therapy. Experienced workers’ compensation lawyer Frank M. Eidson can seek reimbursement for every dollar of medical expenses that your workplace ankle or foot injury has cost you
Additionally, if you are unable to work while recovering, we can seek lost-wage benefits on your behalf. In some cases, we may seek to obtain compensation from a non-employer or non-co-worker who was responsible for your injury. This is called a third-party injury claim.
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