Written by Andrew Sarski on February 9, 2011
Types of Knee Injuries
A knee can suffer damage in any situation in which it is struck or in which the knee joint is forced past its normal range of motion. The most common types of knee injuries are sprains, strains and fractures. Knee sprains involve the stretching or tearing of a ligament, typically caused by twisting the knee which puts an enormous amount of stress on the ligaments. Knee strains are caused by acute hyperflexion or hyperextension of the the knee, which puts stress on and potentially tears the muscles or tendons. A fracture is a broken, cracked or shattered bone caused by a direct blow to the knee.
Symptoms of Knee Injuries
Acute knee injuries typically cause pain, swelling, and tenderness, accompanied by difficulty bending or putting weight on the knee. Because there are so many different components of the knee, symptoms are difficult to predict since damage typically involves multiple knee structures. Generally, if swelling occurs immediately following the accident, the injury may be more severe than if symptoms were to occur after several hours or days. Long-term symptoms of knee injury include pain and swelling, in addition to inflammation of the joint, and a feeling of instability in the knee.
Treatment of Knee Injuries
The treatment necessary for a knee injury depends largely on the type and severity of the damage, as well as the age and activity level of the victim. Physicians can use an x-ray, CAT scan or MRI to determine the location of the injury and the extent of damage sustained. Minor injuries may require only rest, ice, compression and elevation, while more severe injuries may require strengthening exercises, physical therapy and surgery. Victims who suffer major knee injuries will likely be encouraged to see an orthopedic surgeon for further treatment. Unfortunately, many knee injuries leave victims incapacitated, unable to walk properly and sometimes unable to return to work.
Legal Help for Accident-Related Knee Injury
Knee injuries can subject victims to severe pain and suffering, especially if surgery is required. Individuals who suffer from major knee injuries like torn ligaments will likely require surgery followed by months of physical therapy. In some cases, the knee injury may cause chronic pain that lasts for months or even years, requiring extensive and costly medical treatment. Most people assume that their insurance company will provide financial relief from the expenses associated with an accident and knee injury, but this isn’t always the case. Many insurance claims adjusters are actually trained to reject personal injury claims or to offer a settlement well below what the victim is entitled to in order to pay out the minimum amount in damages. In some cases, the adjuster will drag out the claim in hopes that the victim will simply give up. These deceptive practices leave victims injured, overloaded with expensive medical bills, and without financial help. The only way to fight a denied insurance claim is to hire an accident attorney to represent your case.
Filing a personal injury lawsuit can be a complex process, but accident lawyers are extremely qualified and experienced in personal injury litigation. Knee injury victims should be given time to recover from their injury without having to worry about developing their case. An accident attorney will fight for the victim’s rights and help them collect the compensation they are entitled to. If you or a loved one has suffered from a knee injury, contact an accident lawyer for help receiving reimbursement for your injuries.