Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for pedestrians in Florida to be hit by moving motor vehicles and suffer injuries. One frequent injury that occurs in Sarasota pedestrian accidents is a tibia fracture. This is because pedestrians are often hit in their legs and suffer lower extremity injuries.
Tibia fractures can be open or closed and can range from minor to major injuries. If the bone has punctured the skin and is visible, the tibia fracture is considered an open fracture and is very serious due to the risk of infection to the bone, the potential for necessary amputation, and for profuse bleeding. When an open tibia fracture occurs, it can be catastrophic and lead to death. In cases in which the surgeon has been able to save the victim, a victim’s leg may never be the same again. Sadly, some survivors suffer amputation.
When a victim of a pedestrian accident endures amputation or a lengthy, complicated surgery that requires intramedullary nailing or other techniques, a victim should be compensated accordingly. Physical healing can take months or years, and emotional healing can last a lifetime. Many things will change for a pedestrian accident victim, including:
- Job – An open tibia fracture can prevent a person from returning to his or her job. If a person can no longer walk, bend, or exert the same amount of physical energy that he or she was expected to prior to the injury, then the job may be impossible to accomplish.
- Lifestyle – A tibia injury can cause a person to lose the ability to drive or live the life to which he or she was once accustomed. The victim will most likely need help getting ready, bathing, and doing other things he or she was used to doing prior to the Florida pedestrian accident.
- Hobbies – Tibia fractures have been known to require victims to cease participating with their hobbies, such as running, kick boxing, aerobics, swimming, and other sports.
An open tibia fracture can cause a victim’s life to be disrupted and may never allow a person to return to the life he or she once knew. Not only can tibia injuries in Florida cause a victim emotional trauma and pain and suffering, but these types of injuries can also cause a victim financial stress due to the mounting medical bills, lost income, and ongoing care.
Victims of pedestrian accidents need to be compensated accordingly. For help protecting your interests after being injured, call a knowledgeable Sarasota accident attorney at the Mallard Law Firm at 888-409-3805 for a free consultation and request a free copy of our book What You Need to Know After a Florida Auto, Truck or Bike Accident.