Foot and ankle injuries suffered at your job may not only ache — they can also disrupt your life in a major way. You might not be able to walk normally or drive for a while. You may have to stay out of work to recuperate. And you could have quite a bit of pain, too.
Foot and ankle injuries on the job are not unusual. Some may be minor, others severe. And they happen in all types of work environments. Some of the most common factors in foot and ankle injuries include: slick floors or walkways, punctured footwear, crushing accidents, sprains, twists, fractures, spilled chemicals and chemical burns, forklift accidents, dolly accidents, and items that fall from heights.
Get the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve
If you suffered a foot or ankle injury at work, you need to know your options for getting all the workers’ compensation benefits you need. Workers’ compensation in Georgia provides medical benefits, lost wage benefits and other benefits, but these benefits are not automatic. You need to report your injury and file a workers’ compensation claim — and not only that; your claim needs to avoid errors and provide all the necessary information to get the maximum available benefits.
IMPORTANT: Insurance companies and employers are notorious for denying or minimizing workers’ comp benefits. Insurance companies will do what they can to avoid paying out on a claim. The best way to ensure that you get the proper medical care and all the workers’ compensation benefits you need is to talk to a workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as possible. Some foot and ankle injuries have long-term effects on a person’s health and earning ability. Don’t let this type of injury affect your life for years to come. Talk to a Georgia workers’ compensation lawyer today.
Why foot injuries can be so serious
Feet have many little nerves and bones in them. If you suffer a crush injury, it can turn very serious and painful. It’s important to have the workers’ compensation insurance company send you to an orthopedist who specializes in foot and ankle injuries for the best results in your recovery.
Work-related foot and ankle blisters combined with diabetes
People sometimes develop blisters on their feet and toes from wearing work boots. Normally, this isn’t terribly bad, but if you are a diabetic and you get a foot blister, it could develop into an ulcerated sore that could lead to severe infection. The infection could then lead to amputation of your foot and lower leg if the infection isn’t treated in time. If the blister was caused from working, and it leads to an amputation, it may very well be covered by workers’ compensation. With that said, it’s important to let your doctor know on the first visit that you developed the blister from wearing tight work boots.
You can do some things to safeguard your feet and ankles
One important measure you can take to protect your feet and ankles at work is to use heavy-duty footwear. In addition to being solidly constructed, heavy duty boots and shoes should fit well and be comfortable enough for you to have them on all day. This is crucial. If your shoes or work boots pinch or rub, you won’t feel like wearing them.
An open safety culture can reduce the risk of injuries
Having a workplace where all safety guidelines are complied with is very important. Workers should also always feel free to report on-site dangers without fear of reprisals.
Learn more about workers’ compensation in Georgia
We offer some helpful resources for workers who suffer job-related injuries or illnesses. To learn more, please see the following: