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Ankle injuries and workers’ compensation

On Behalf of | Jun 17, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

Ankle injuries are common in the workplace and can impact an employee’s ability to perform their job. These injuries can occur in various settings, from construction sites to office environments. Understanding their implications is crucial for both employees and employers.

Types of ankle injuries

Ankle injuries range from minor sprains to severe fractures. Sprains occur when ligaments that support the ankle stretch or tear. They are often caused by a sudden twist or fall. Fractures involve a break in one or more of the ankle bones and can result from a direct blow or severe twisting motion. Tendon injuries and dislocations are also possible. 

Workers’ compensation coverage

Workers’ compensation often covers medical expenses and lost wages resulting from ankle injuries sustained on the job. Employees must report the injury promptly and follow the proper procedures to ensure a smooth claim process. This coverage includes doctor visits, physical therapy, medications, and, in some cases, surgery. Compensation for lost wages helps employees maintain financial stability while they recover.

Preventing ankle injuries

Employers play a crucial role in preventing ankle injuries by ensuring a safe working environment. This includes maintaining clean and obstacle-free workspaces and offering training on safe work practices. Employees should also take precautions. Make sure to wear proper footwear and be mindful of your surroundings.

Supporting recovery

Ankle injuries can take weeks or even months to heal, depending on their severity. Proper medical treatment is essential for a full recovery. Employers can support injured employees by offering modified duties or a gradual return-to-work plan and playing their role in the claims process. If you’ve injured your ankle at work, contact YOUR Workers’ Compensation Specialist for a free, no-obligation consultation to learn how we can help you. Call 610-892-9300 or reach us online.