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.
What are Ankle and Foot Injuries?
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.
How Do Ankle and Foot Injuries Happen on the Job in Florida?
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:
- A drilling rig worker whose foot was underneath a pipe that fell and landed on him, causing him to lose the first, second and third toes of his right foot despite his wearing steel-toed boots.
- A forklift operator backing a forklift in the receiving area of a distribution center who crushed his foot between the forklift and a trailer door when the forklift tilted.
- A worker loading wooden tables onto a conveyor whose shoelace became caught in a nearby sprocket, which pulled his foot into the conveyor’s catch point and fractured his ankle.
- A sales manager taking out the trash who tripped and fell down concrete steps and broke his ankle, resulting in surgery to have his ankle pinned.
- An office clerk retrieving files from an unsecured cabinet who fell from a ladder as the unsecured cabinet toppled over and then struck and fractured her left foot and ankle.
Who Is At Risk of Ankle and Foot Injuries at Work?
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:
- Airline terminals
- Amusement parks
- Drilling companies
- Food distributors
- Grocery stores
- Hosiery mills
- Hospital kitchens
- Marine terminals
- Municipal water departments
- Painting contractor work at a hotels
- Sanitary services companies
How Can a Florida Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Help with Your Ankle or Foot Injury?
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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