An ankle fracture, or lateral malleolar fracture, can occur in a fall or a car accident, and is characterized by:
- Intense pain in the outer ankle and lower leg
- Difficulty walking and inability to put any weight on the foot
- Swelling, bruising, and tenderness
- Deformity (with displaced fracture)
This type of fracture is confirmed and the extent of the damage determined by using an x-ray, CT scan, or MRI.
How this Type of Ankle Fracture May Be Treated
In a fracture of the lateral malleolus, if the bones remain properly aligned, healing may occur with conservative treatment. This may include a brace or short plaster cast that leaves most of the leg mobile. Unstable fractures require open reduction and internal fixation surgery. This procedure is a combination of plate and screws or a rod inside the bone used to realign the bone fragments and hold them together so they can heal. Once healing occurs, physical therapy will be required to restore strength and range of motion in the ankle.
Complications of this Surgery
In some cases, complications may result, including:
- Improper healing
Recovering Compensation for Your Losses
If you have suffered a lateral maleolar fracture or other ankle fracture in an accident that was caused by another person’s careless or negligent act, you may have a claim to recover money to compensate you for the losses you incurred as a result of the accident, including medical expenses, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. This is best done using the services of an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Before you talk to an insurance adjuster or sign a statement or release of any kind, you should schedule a consultation with a lawyer who only accepts personal injury cases to have the best chance of receiving fair and adequate compensation.