Broken ankle injury resulting in surgery settles for $300,000 after a negligent driver hit a pedestrian.

Our client was at a convenience store in Forney, walking towards the entrance, when she was struck by a distracted driver and knocked to the ground. It was apparent she had sustained serious injuries to the left leg and an ambulance was called to transport her to the Emergency Room.

Comments from Attorney Joseph Morrison: Imaging was immediately ordered due to the obvious deformity to our client’s left ankle. The results demonstrated a medial dislocation of the talus and a lateral dislocation of the remaining hind-foot. There was also a fracture fragment posterior to the ankle mortise. Our client was hospitalized for several days and had to undergo surgery. The doctor performed an excisional debridement and irrigation of her left ankle subtalar and talonavicular joints and an open reduction of the left ankle subtalar and talonavicular joints with repair of lateral ligaments.

Remember: Parking lots can be dangerous places if you are a pedestrian. Even if you are struck at a low speed, the possibility of sustaining significant injuries is obviously enhanced. Stay vigilant and keep an eye out for inattentive drivers.

Our client required physical therapy and rehabilitation following the surgical procedure and was unable to return to work for roughly four months. We submitted a settlement demand package to the at-fault motorist’s liability insurance carrier.

Our client’s incurred medical bills were roughly $50,000. When Attorney Shane Mullen and I evaluate cases we don’t rely on some arbitrary formula that is tied to the client’s medical bills. We believe personal injury cases are about people – not medical bills. Our client was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time and sustained a serious injury that deeply impacted her life. She was entitled to fair compensation. After extensive and deliberate negotiations we were able to obtain a $300,000 settlement for her. We are very proud of this great result for a very deserving client.

The settlement for this injury claim, involving a broken ankle from an automobile hitting a pedestrian, was $300,000. Attorney fees were $87,000. Case expenses were $1,722.78. After paying medical providers, the client’s net recovery was $168,560.59. The client saved $13,000 with our reduced 29% – as opposed to the industry standard 33.3% – contingency fee.