Knee Injury Lawyers
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Knee injuries may involve the tendons, ligaments, bones, cartilage, and bursa (sacs) that make up and surround the knee joint. The ligaments in the knee include the medial collateral (inside), the lateral collateral (outside), the posterior cruciate (PCL), and the anterior cruciate (ACL). Tears of the ACL are common in sports that require sudden changes in direction, and they usually cause severe and immediate pain and swelling.
The most common knee injuries are sprains, strains and fractures. Some injuries occur gradually as the result of repetitive movements. These types of injury can contribute to tendonitis, which may cause pain and swelling, and can weaken the tendon, leading to tendon rupture. A torn tendon in the knee can make it difficult to fully extend or straighten the knee.
Other injuries are due to physical trauma, such as ones received in an automobile accident, a slip and fall, and/or at work. It is not uncommon, for example, for passengers to slam their knees on the dashboard during an auto accident, even while wearing seatbelts. In such cases, the passenger often sustains a meniscus tear, which involves damage to the cartilage under the kneecap (patella). Such injuries may require cortisone injections, arthroscopic surgery, extensive therapy, and possibly knee replacement.
Another example of an injury due to physical trauma that occurs commonly in certain lines of work is a knee that may only seem bruised, but then gradually worsens until the pain and discomfort becomes unbearable. This may be due to bursitis, a condition marked by inflammation in one of the fluid containing sacs that cushion the outside of the knee.
Recovering from a knee injury can involve prohibitive medical costs and/or may seriously impact the lives of the injured and of their families. If you or a loved one suffered a knee injury while at work, in an automobile accident, or otherwise due to the negligence of another, you may be entitled to compensation. To obtain the maximum compensation you may be entitled to, you should consider working with a personal injury attorney with successful experience representing knee injury cases.