Because our lower body contains complex joints and supports most of our weight, a car accident can cause leg, ankle, hip, or knee injuries. When these injuries begin to significantly affect your life, impacting you financially and preventing you from focusing on your recovery, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Contact an attorney if you’ve been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand your rights and options, guide you through the legal process, and represent you in negotiations or court proceedings. In addition, they will work to get you a fair settlement for your injuries and other losses.
At The Fran Haasch Law Group, we have years of experience helping car accident victims get the money they need to rebuild their lives. We know how to fight for our clients, and we will do everything possible to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free case review.
Common Leg Injuries After a Car Accident
One of the most common leg injuries after a car accident is a soft-tissue injury. These injuries can include things like bruises, strains, and sprains. While they may not seem serious, they can often be quite painful and take a while to heal.
The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that runs from your lower spine and down the thigh. It controls many of the muscles in the leg and can be easily injured in a car accident. A slight spinal misalignment or inflammation puts pressure on the nerve, causing shooting pain down the leg or swelling of the knee cap.
Another type of leg injury that can occur after a car accident is dislocation. This is when the joint (where two bones meet) is pushed out of place. Dislocations can be very painful and may require surgery to fix.
Broken Bones and Fractures
A broken bone or fracture includes shattered bones and compound fractures. These injuries can be severe and may require surgery to fix. Other broken bones that can occur after a car accident include:
- Tibia/Fibula: These are the two large bones in the lower leg. They can be broken in a car accident if the leg is hit with a lot of force.
- Patella: The patella is the small bone at the front of the knee. Patella fractures can occur after a leg or knee injury when the bone breaks.
- Femur: The femur is the large bone in the upper leg. When broken, it can cause severe pain.
The meniscus is a cartilage cushion that helps protect the knee joint. A tear in the meniscus can be very painful and may require surgery to fix.
Bruises, Cuts and Hematomas
These are common injuries that can occur in a car accident. They can be caused by flying glass or metal and can often be quite painful.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)
The ACL is one of the four ligaments that attach your shinbone to your thighbone. An ACL injury occurs when the ligaments stretch, causing a tear that leads to pain, swelling, and instability in the leg.
Common Leg Injury Symptoms After a Crash
There are a few common symptoms that you may experience if you have suffered a leg injury in a car accident. These include:
- Swelling: Another common symptom is swelling. This can occur in the area of the injury and may make it difficult to move or put weight on the affected limb.
- Bruising: You may also experience bruising in the area of the injury. This can range from a small bruise to a large hematoma (a collection of blood under the skin).
- Numbness: In some cases, you may experience numbness in the area of the injury. This is often caused by nerve damage.
- Tingling: You may also experience tingling or “pins and needles” in the area of the injury. This is caused by damage to the nerves and can be quite painful.
If you experience these symptoms or general leg pain after a car accident, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible. They will properly diagnose your injury and give you the treatment you need.
Diagnosing Leg Injuries
The doctor will perform a physical examination to diagnose a leg injury properly. They will look for things like swelling, bruising, and numbness. They may also ask you about your symptoms and how the injury occurred. If they suspect that you have a fracture, they may order an X-ray or other imaging test. This will help to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other possible injuries.
If they suspect that you have a dislocation, they will likely order an MRI or CT scan. These tests can help to show the position of the bones and determine if the joint is out of place. Once the doctor has made a diagnosis, they will prescribe the appropriate treatment.
Treatment Options for Car Accident Leg Injuries
The treatment for a car accident leg injury will vary depending on the type and severity of the injury. For minor injuries, such as bruises and cuts, treatment may involve home care and over-the-counter medication. Treatment may involve surgery for more serious injuries, such as leg fractures and dislocations. In some cases, physical therapy and chiropractic care may also be needed.
It is important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible after a car accident to get the best possible outcome. Delaying treatment can often lead to further injuries and longer recovery times.
Compensation for a Leg Injury After a Car Accident
If you have suffered a leg injury in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. This can include medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
The amount of compensation you are entitled to will vary depending on the facts of your case. It is important to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer to get an idea of what you may be entitled to.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim for a Leg Injury After a Car Accident
If you have been in a car accident and have suffered a leg injury, you may be able to file a personal injury claim. A personal injury claim can help you receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
It is important to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer to determine if you can file a claim. A personal injury lawyer can help gather evidence and build a strong case on your behalf.
What the Fran Haasch Law Group Auto Accident Attorneys Can Do For You
At The Fran Haasch Law Group, we focus on helping you and your family recover. We pursue personal injury lawsuits, and wrongful death claims to obtain full compensation for damages such as pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost earnings, property damage, and more.
With over 21 years of experience, we draw on constant legal and medical research to help clients recover after being injured in auto accidents in Tampa Bay and the surrounding areas. Founding personal injury attorney, Fran Haasch, is a lifetime member of the Multimillion Dollar Advocates Forum and a member of the American Association for Justice, the Florida Justice Association, and the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association.
Our attorneys are skilled and experienced litigators. We are not afraid to take your lawsuit to trial if necessary. No matter how complicated your case, our firm is here to help you navigate the legal process from start to finish.
We’ll Get You the Compensation You Deserve
At The Fran Haasch Law Group, we understand that no amount of financial recovery can undo what you have been through. However, a fair settlement or jury verdict can ease the financial burden of unexpected medical bills, lost income, and other economic and non-economic damages associated with your accident.
We have obtained multi-million-dollar jury verdicts and settlements in cases involving car accidents, as well as claims concerning wrongful death and catastrophic injuries. Here are a few of our case results:
- $1.8 million for our client in Pinellas County who was injured in a car accident.
- $1.8 million for a 33-year-old female client in Hillsborough County who was lawfully stopped for a left-turning vehicle ahead when she was rear-ended by the defendant vehicle, which was then rear-ended by the vehicle behind it, causing the client to feel two impacts. This resulted in multiple back surgeries and an infection which caused the client to be hospitalized several times.
- $1.6 million for a 25-year-old female passenger on a motorcycle when the defendant cut across the client’s path. The client was thrown over 200 feet from the motorcycle. The accident resulted in a fractured leg, broken finger, back surgery, and many other injuries.
- $1.55 million for a 46-year old male in Pasco County who was stopped at a red light on U.S. Highway 19 in Pasco County and was rear-ended by the defendant at a high rate of speed.
- $1.35 million for a client in Pasco County. The defendant turned left in front of our client, causing the client’s vehicle to flip and resulting in many injuries.
- $1.34 million for a 69-year-old male client in Orange County who was in the left turn lane when the defendant came across his pathway while attempting to turn and collided with the client. The accident resulted in multiple severe injuries, including a fractured pelvis, broken ribs, punctured lung, a broken arm that required surgery, and several lacerations.
- $1.3 million for a 33-year-old female client in Pinellas County who was rear-ended while stopped at a traffic light with her three children in the car with her. The accident resulted in multiple surgeries and complications.
- $1.025 million for our client injured in a car accident in Hillsborough County.
- $1 million for a client in Hillsborough County rear-ended in stop-and-go traffic on the interstate.
Contact a Car Accident Attorney Today
At The Fran Haasch Law Group, we are committed to fighting for your fair recovery. We strive to help injured individuals and the families of the deceased secure the full, fair recovery they are owed. We offer dedicated legal representation for car accident victims and victims of bicycle, rideshare, and semi-truck accidents.
If you feel you have been the victim of a car accident through no fault of your own. Our attorneys are prepared to help you navigate the legal process and work toward securing the maximum compensation you are owed. Call (727) 637-0100 or contact us online to get started on receiving maximum compensation for your personal injury case.