A knee injury can have a dramatic impact on a person’s quality of life. As the largest joint in the human body, the knee’s structure is very complex. If injured in an accident, many things can go wrong, which can lead to a person needing medical treatment, physical therapy, pain medications, or surgery.
If you, or a loved one, have experienced a knee injury, you may have the grounds for a personal injury case. The caring and experienced knee injury attorneys at the Raphaelson & Levine law firm are here to support you as you recover. Contact us today for a free consultation by calling 212-268-3222.
Most knee injuries occur after being in a car accident. However, other events that can lead to severe knee injuries include slip and fall accidents, fall accidents (i.e., off a ladder or other high place), through acts of violence, and sports mishaps. Some knee injuries are minor and only require ice treatment, elevation, and rest, but other injuries can be very severe and cause a high level of pain.
After an event occurs that hurts the knee, an injured person might notice pain and swelling. Pain and swelling could indicate broken bones or muscle tears. Other signs a knee injury has occurred include hearing popping noises, feeling like the knee has “locked up,” being unable to stand and support the body, or walking with a limp. Parts of the knee susceptible to injury include the patella (kneecap), femur, tibia, meniscus, tendons, and ligaments. One or more of these symptoms can point to a serious knee injury. Common knee injuries include:
A person who has been in a car crash may suffer breaks or fractures in their knee bone, especially the knee cap. The femur and tibia sections of the knee can also become broken or fractured.
Tendons connect muscles to bones and, if torn, can create severe pain and a feeling of being unable to walk because the body feels like it can’t hold its weight. Tendons are very susceptible to injury.
Ligaments are the body part that holds knee joints together by attaching to bones. Injuries are usually the result of a tear.
Ligament injuries can heal on their own, but some may require surgery. Unfortunately, other injuries might lead to deteriorating conditions that ultimately require knee replacement surgery.
In some knee injuries, a bone could dislocate from its original position. For instance, the patella can shift out of place, or the tibia or femur becomes misaligned.
A knee has two menisci. These are pieces of cartilage that establish a cushion between the thighbone and the shinbone. One or both menisci are susceptible to injury in a motor vehicle accident or another event.
If an accident victim feels any pain, looseness, sprain sensations, swelling, or hears a pop, medical treatment should be gotten right away. Knee injuries often worsen when symptoms are ignored. It’s also important to obtain medical documentation in case it’s necessary for a knee injury lawsuit.
Many workplaces have hazards one wouldn’t ordinarily think about until it happens to them or someone they know. Common work-related knee injuries include:
Jobs involving routine or repetitive activities sometimes lead to deterioration or injury to the knee.
If your knee injury is the result of an accident occurring due to another person’s negligence, you may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit and obtain compensation for your injuries. However, you’ll also have the burden of proof to show someone else is at fault, be it an employer or the other driver in an auto accident. An accident attorney can be a strong ally to help with your case.
The amount of compensation available will depend upon a few factors in New York State, including, but not limited to, the severity of an injury or how the injury was obtained. For instance, the legal process for pursuing compensation for work-related knee injury will differ from that of an automobile accident or violent crime committed against you. A skilled personal injury lawyer can examine all the circumstances surrounding the incident and determine if there are grounds for a lawsuit and determine if a personal injury or workers' compensation claim should be filed.
Victims of accidents or incidents resulting in knee injuries may find they're left with expensive medical bills, extensive medical treatment (including knee surgery), lost wages, along with pain and suffering. If you or a loved one are struggling in the aftermath of an accident, contact the Raphaelson & Levine law office.
Our experienced personal injury attorneys will meticulously go over all of the events surrounding the injury and determine the negligence of another party caused it. If you’re entitled to file an injury claim to receive compensation, our caring and compassionate attorneys will actively work to ensure you receive the maximum amount allowed by New York State law.
The Raphaelson & Levine law firm is proud of our reputation of “The Voice of the Injured” in the NYC and tri-state area, and we place a high value on the attorney-client relationship. To learn more about how our legal team can help, call us at 212-268-3222 for a free consultation.