A serious ankle injury can be a very real risk following a slip-and-fall accident in North Carolina. These types of injuries can lead to severe pain, reduced mobility and other chronic issues.
The ankle joint comes together where three bones join — the tibia, fibula and talus. The tibia forms the inner bone of the ankle while the fibula forms the outer; the talus is a foot bone. This convergence is covered by a joint capsule membrane lined with tissue called the synovium. Multiple ligaments and tendons hold the structure of the ankle joint together. This complex interaction means that injuries can happen to various parts of the ankle.
A slip-and-fall accident can cause several types of ankle injuries, including fractures, tendon or ligament tears or sprains. A sprain or strain does not damage the bone; however, the ligaments can be injured. These types of injuries can last for months and cause both pain and mobility reduction.
An ankle fracture means that one or more bones in the ankle was broken. These breaks can be quite serious and carry a long recovery time as well as potentially permanent limited mobility. When tendons or cartilage in the ankle are torn, the victim could experience weakness and pain that lasts for several months.
Some slip-and-fall accidents are caused by the negligence of a business owner or organization responsible for the upkeep, care and maintenance of the location of the accident. A personal injury lawyer can help a slip-and-fall victim determine whether premises liability applies in their case. If it does, the injured person could seek compensation for medical bills and other lasting damage.