Causes of Knee Injuries
Knee injuries can occur in many circumstances, some involving accidents due to another’s careless or deliberate conduct. Here are some common causes of knee injuries:
- Auto and Truck Accidents Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents can cause serious knee injuries. The impact, sudden deceleration, and force exerted on the knees during a collision can cause fractures, ligament tears, and dislocations.
- Slips and Falls Uneven surfaces, slippery floors, or loose mats can lead to slip and fall accidents. Individuals falling awkwardly on their knees may experience sprains, strains, tears, and fractures.
- Workplace Accidents Knee injuries on the job can be common, especially on construction sites, in factories, and other labor-intensive jobs. Work-related knee injuries can be severe and may require specialized attention.
While these are some of the most common reasons for knee injuries involving a personal injury claim, there could be others, such as medical negligence or physical violence. Whatever your circumstances, if you suffered a knee injury due to another’s fault, you could be entitled to legal compensation.
What Are Common Types of Knee Injuries?
Knee injuries can encompass various conditions, from mild strains to complex fractures requiring surgery. Common types of knee injuries include:
- ACL tears: The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a vital stabilizing ligament in the knee. Tears or sprains of the ACL can occur in accidents and result in instability, swelling, and pain.
- Meniscus tears: The meniscus is a wedge-shaped cartilage that cushions the knee. Tears in the meniscus can be extremely painful and cause a limited range of motion.
- Patellar dislocation: When the kneecap is forced out of its normal position in an accident or fall, patellar dislocation can result. This excruciating injury may require medical intervention to reset and stabilize the kneecap.
- Kneecap fractures: A broken patella, the bone at the front of the knee, may require surgical intervention. Individuals with a kneecap fracture may face a recovery period of six months or longer.
Obtaining Compensation for Knee Injuries in a Personal Injury Lawsuit
Recovering compensation for a knee injury can help cover healthcare costs, lost wages, and other expenses. Here are some avenues to consider:
- Personal Injury Lawsuit If your knee injury happened in a car accident or slip and fall due to another’s negligence, you could qualify for a personal injury claim and pursue compensation.
- Product Liability Claim Sometimes, a faulty product or equipment, such as a car or work machinery, can cause a knee injury. In this case, you may have a product liability claim against the manufacturer or distributor and recover damages.
- Workers’ Compensation If you injured your knee at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, such as partial wage replacement and medical expenses. However, if a third party caused your accident, such as another contractor at your job site, you could qualify for a personal injury lawsuit and receive damages.
Damages You Could Recover
Depending on your specific accident and circumstances, you could recover various damages with a personal injury or product liability lawsuit, including but not limited to:
- Medical bills
- Wage loss
- Medical devices, such as knee braces and mobility aids
- Pain and suffering
A Personal Injury Attorney Can Maximize Your Recovery
Navigating the complexities of knee injury claims can be daunting. However, you don’t have to go it alone. Here’s how an attorney could help:
- Provide legal expertise and guidance
- Identify the responsible and liable parties
- Negotiate with insurance companies
- Gather evidence to strengthen your case
- Represent your best interests powerfully in court
Hiring an experienced attorney allows you to focus on your recovery while they handle the crucial legal aspects of your case.
Contact Us Now
When someone else causes your knee injury, they or their insurance company should pay for your expenses and damages. However, you don’t have to deal with a stressful legal claim on your own. The personal injury attorneys at The Ammons Law Firm can help take the burden off your shoulders and fight hard for the compensation you need to get your life back on track.
Get started now and contact us for a free case review to assess your legal options.
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