Did you suffer a broken ankle on the job?

Breaking any bone, regardless of which one, can lead to serious pain and discomfort. Just as bad, it may hold you back from doing your job as you recover.

A broken ankle is not only painful, but this can change your life in many ways. For example, since you won't be able to walk, you may not be able to take part in activities you enjoy. At the same time, depending on your profession, you may not be able to work until you can once again use your foot without any health concern.d

Some of the most common signs of a broken bone include:

-- Swelling and bruising

-- Immediate pain

-- Pain that increases when you put pressure on your ankle

-- Deformity

-- Difficulty bearing weight

If you're experiencing any of these symptoms of a broken ankle, you should receive immediate medical attention.

Note: Don't wait to report the accident and injury to your employer, as you want them to understand that you were injured on the job.

Your medical team can examine your ankle and order a variety of tests, such as an x-ray, to determine the extent of your injury.

If it's found that your ankle is broke, there are many treatment strategies that your medical team will consider.

In addition to medication for pain relief, a cast can help immobilize your ankle while it heals.

Depending on the type, location, and severity of the fracture, surgery may be necessary. In this case, your surgeon may need to use plates, screws, or pins to position your bones as they heal.

Regardless of the type of treatment you receive, physical therapy will be required once you heal. This will help loosen ligaments and stiff muscles, while also improving strength in your ankle.

If you suffer a broken ankle on the job, you may be able to receive workers' compensation benefits until you can return to work.

Once you file a claim, wait to receive an approval or denial letter. If you're denied benefits for any reason, such as if your employer claims that you were not injured on the job, you have the right to file an appeal.

You have a right to receive benefits, so don't give up until you have exhausted all your options.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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