Many Georgia residents who slip, trip or fall on another’s property can suffer from ankle injuries. They largely arise from an unnatural turning and twisting of the ankle as victims step hard on their foot to stop a fall. There are many types of injuries, so it can be helpful for those who are about to file a claim to know what they are; they range in severity with some being able to permanently limit one’s mobility.
Ankle injuries are broken down into sprains, strains, fractures and tears. The first two occur with the injury or stretching of the ankle ligaments, causing severe pain and compromising mobility for up to several months. As for fractures, they involve either the fibula, tibia or talus. These are the three bones that make up the ankle joint. The talus can especially be damaged because it is located in the foot.
The tendons and ligaments that connect the bones, as well as the cartilage that cushions the bones, can be torn in accidents too. These are serious and sometimes leave victims with permanent limitations with their mobility.
Filing a premises liability claim will require the victim to accurately assess the extent of his or her injuries and prove that these injuries are all related to the accident in question. The victim will also need to prove that the property owner breached its duty of care. To accomplish these objectives, a lawyer may be of assistance.
If a case has valid grounds, the lawyer might bring in professionals to gather evidence, including the incident report and any surveillance camera footage or eyewitness testimony. The lawyer may work to negotiate for a fair amount, and if a settlement cannot be reached, the victim might choose to litigate.