Many people who have slip-and-fall accidents in Arizona suffer ankle injuries as a result. Whatever circumstances precipitate a slip-and-fall accident, a painful and long-lasting ankle injury is always a threat. Whether the accident occurred due to a loose brick in a parking lot or a spilled bottle of oil in the grocery store, it can cause several different types of ankle injuries can severely impact a person's life and health.
The ankle joint contains tendons, a joint capsule called the synovium and three bones. The three bones that meet in the ankle, the tibia, fibula and talus, come together to form an arch seated over a bone in the foot. The synovium is a smooth tissue layer lining the joint capsule membrane that surrounds and covers the entire ankle mechanism. It contains fluid that helps the joint facilitate smooth movements while a person is walking. Ligaments and tendons bring the entire structure together.
Due to all these moving pieces, the ankle is particularly vulnerable to injury and damage from slip-and-fall accidents. These types of injuries can be painful and long lasting, and they include torn ligaments or tendons, sprains or strains or bone fractures.
Fractures and tears to the tendons and ligaments can occur if a person trips or slips over an object in his or her path and the ankle rolls. Other types of slips or falls may cause the ankle to twist sideways or overextend, causing fractures, sprains or tears.
Premises liability holds property owners responsible for compensation for injuries, medical bills or other damages that result when slip-and-fall accidents take place on their premises. A personal injury lawyer could advise an individual about his or her specific situation and the potential liability of a property owner for any hazardous conditions that led to the slip-and-fall accident, causing him or her to be injured.