When we think about car accidents, we usually don’t associate them with knee injuries. However, knee injuries are an incredibly common result from accidents—your knees may hit the dash, steering wheel, doors or the seats in front of you. Sudden force on these delicate joints can cause lifetime problems.
If you were injured in a car accident and suffered knee injuries as a result, call a personal injury lawyer today. It’s important that you get help with your settlement or lawsuit. Knee injuries are notoriously persistent, and may require lifelong medical intervention.
Common knee injuries
The knee is a complex joint that can bend in several ways. Once any part of it is injured, it’s much harder for patients to function the way they used to. Here are some of the most common knee injuries after a car accident:
- Dislocated patella: If your kneecap is dislocated, it can make it difficult for you to bend and flex your knees. Your doctor may be able to relocate it and help you build muscle around it—but if it’s fractured, more drastic measures may be necessary.
- Torn meniscus: A torn meniscus can cause swelling and severe pain. The meniscus works as a cushion for the knee, and when it’s damaged, it’s usually only treatable by surgery. The patient should also expect some physical therapy afterward.
- Torn ligaments: The ligaments in your knee can tear when put under extreme force. Unfortunately, this is another condition where the answer is almost always knee surgery. It affects mobility and can be quite painful until fixed.
- Ruptured tendons: Finally, your tendons can also rupture. This often occurs after a dislocated patella, and can be extremely painful. Surgery is almost always necessary to fix the issue.
Patients with knee injuries often undergo surgery. They may also need to engage in physical therapy, use assistive mobility devices and rearrange their homes to accommodate the injury. Most people can’t handle these extra expenses, especially when the accident wasn’t their fault. That’s why working with a lawyer is so important—a sufficient settlement can help support your medical and financial needs, especially if your income was affected. Be sure to call a lawyer before you accept any insurance company settlements. A good attorney will negotiate a better deal than you might be able to get on your own.
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