No matter how big or small the car is that you are traveling in, there is always a chance that a sudden collision may leave you with a serious knee injury. This same type of harm can also occur after a fall from a great height – or while walking across slippery or uneven street and sidewalk surfaces. These are the common causes of knee injuries: auto accidents, motorcycle crashes, pedestrian knockdowns, bicycle accidents, athletic activities, trip and falls, premise liability, construction accidents, and many others.
When this type of personal injury can lead to serious problems, you should be seen right away by an emergency room doctor, preferably an orthopedist. It is always best to get checked out instead of trying home care. In addition to knees ramming into vehicle dashboards during head-on collisions (especially when seatbelts are unfastened), other knee injuries can occur when the knee’s ligaments and bones are stretched or otherwise damaged.
Although some knee (patella) damage can take weeks or months to become noticeable, you must always obtain immediate diagnostic care and treatment when swelling and pain are present. The information below reviews basic facts about the structure of the knee (or patella), how common knee injuries occur, frequent symptoms and preferred approaches to treatment.
A few other key parts of the knee are mentioned below. As the list indicates, people often incur many other ailments in addition to “dashboard knee.”
Noticeable swelling is apparent in and around the knee. Since attempts to walk often greatly increase the swelling, such activity should be avoided. Repetitive Stress and heavy lifting should also be avoided if possible.
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Surgical and nonsurgical approaches to treatment
Physical therapy. Highly specific exercises designed for your unique injuries can help strengthen your leg muscles as the entire knee area heals.
Medications are also used, sometimes in combination with one of the other treatments already referenced above. These anti-inflammatory and nonsteroidal drugs, which may include ibuprofen and aspirin, can greatly diminish the swelling and pain that must be endured.
It is vital to consult with a law firm with specific experience litigating knee injury claims in a variety of personal injury accidents including auto accidents, workplace accidents, premises liability, slip and fall, trip and fall, and others. A knee injury claim such as a knee surgery is known as arthroscopic surgery can have a wide value range. In our own cases since 1999, we have seen knee injury lawsuits resolve from $25,000 to over $1,250,000.
If an insurance company refuses to offer a reasonable settlement to a personal injury attorney, that attorney must have the litigation experience and knowledge of the client’s particular injury to prepare for and take the case to a jury trial in New York State. Otherwise, the client’s personal injury case can be delayed, dismissed, or forced into a low settlement.
The types of recovery after a knee injury include:
The amount of recovery will depend on many factors but the two biggest factors are liability and damages. Liability answers the question: who was at fault for the accident? Damages are all the harms and losses you suffered because of the accident including physical pain, medical costs, and lost wages. In some New York City courts, there will be bifurcated trials – one for liability and another for damages. A knee injury lawyer will prepare the case for maximum recovery. With respect to a fault, any percentage of blame assigned to you as the plaintiff will reduce your recovery. For example, if a jury awards $100,000 but the plaintiff is found 20% at fault, the verdict is reduced to $80,000 because a person cannot obtain compensation for their own percentage of fault in their personal injury claim.
Ultimately the amount of recovery in damages will depend on how serious the knee injury sustained. For example, an injury with tendon tears, blood clots, and lost income requiring a knee brace that is a debilitating injury and requires a knee replacement procedure will be a compensation claim worth over $1 million while an injury that does not result in any permanent disability, joint damage, or knee trauma will result in a knee injury settlement worth considerably less. Any permanent impairment such as damage to knee cartilage, torn ligaments, a torn meniscus, knee fracture or broken lower leg bone where a surgical procedure is needed followed by long term rehabilitation will be worth a substantial amount. An injury that resolves after a few visits to a physical therapist can also have value but significantly less.
Our firm has received the following personal injury settlements and verdicts on behalf of clients who filed insurance claims after suffering common types of knee injuries:
If you have suffered a severe knee injury after an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, please contact our New York City knee injury attorneys for a free consultation about your injury claim.
Our law firm will carefully investigate all the facts of your case, review all your medical records, and then fight hard to win the maximum compensation available for you. Your accident attorney will fight to ensure that every client fully recovers for all lost wages, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other losses.
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