There are those injuries you wouldn’t wish even on your worst enemy and knee injuries fall into that category. If you have had a knee injury, you understand just how painful and debilitating a knee injury can be.
Knee injuries are often associated with sports. However, they can occur as a result of an auto accident, a fall or an incident at work. If your injury is the result of an accident that was caused by another party’s negligence, it’s important to talk to an experienced personal injury attorney to understand whether you have a claim and, if so, what your case is worth.
Common types and causes of knee injuries
- Strains and sprains – These occur when the tendons or muscles that surround the knee are stretched too far. Tendons can hyperextend or twist beyond their limits. They may sometimes tear as a result. The result is a sprain or strain that can take a long time to heal.
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are an example of this type of knee injury. Car accidents frequently cause ACL tears.
- Menisci (meniscus) injuries – This is one of the most common types of knee injuries. It involves the tearing of the menisci, which is a rubbery pad that is located between the lower and upper leg bones. Its function is to act as a cushion between the bones and absorb any shock. This prevents wear and tear of the bones.
Damage of the meniscus leads to swelling and locking of the knee. It is also extremely painful. The meniscus can heal with time. However, when the damage is severe, surgical interventions are required.
- Bursitis – These knee injuries are common amongst people who have to work while on their knees for extended periods of time e.g. cleaning or laying bricks. The repeated tasks result in the accumulation of excess fluid in the knees.
What is the value of your Knee Injury case?
The settlement value for knee injury claims ranges from $10,000 to more than $1,000,000. The actual value of your case will depend on the liability of the defendant, the severity of your knee injury, lost wages, and pain and suffering, among other things. Other factors considered in determining your award include your age, occupation as well as the cost of treating the injury.
Ensure that you engage an experienced attorney to represent and guide you through the claims process. You will have a better chance of receiving compensation with an attorney at your side.