Severe knee injuries are often debilitating, resulting in lost wages, pain, suffering, and long-term medical expenses.
In many car accidents, the knee is prone to severe injury. The sudden impact of the crash can fracture, dislocate, twist, or tear the complex system of bones, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage in the knee. These injuries occur when the knee hits a part of the vehicle’s interior, such as a door, window, dashboard, or airbag. It can also be the result of hyperextending or twisting the leg.
Severe knee injuries are often catastrophic and can result in intense, long-term pain. The victim may not return to their previous form of employment, resulting in lost wages or lost earning capacity. It may require surgery and lead to costly and time-consuming physical therapy.
Contact Apicella & Schlesinger Attorneys at Law if you or a loved one has suffered a severe knee injury due to a car accident contact Apicella & Schlesinger Attorneys at Law. Our knowledge and experience cover a broad spectrum of accident types and injuries. We are passionate about seeking all available compensation to help people deal with medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering, and other damages.
Types of Car Accident Knee Injuries
The knees are one of the most complex joints in the body. They are made up of bones, ligaments, cartilage, tendons, and muscles. While our knees are strong and support most of our body weight, they are also vulnerable to damage. In a violent car accident, our knees are susceptible to severe injury.
Some of the most common types of knee injuries resulting from a car accident include:
- ACL injury – An ACL injury refers to an anterior cruciate ligament tear. They typically occur when the knee suddenly changes direction, and one or more of the four ligaments are torn or damaged.
- MCL injury – An MCL injury refers to an injured medial cruciate ligament. Depending on the severity of the injury, movement is typically limited and extremely painful. Surgery may be required to live a pain-free life.
- Knee fractures – There are several bones in the knee, including the patella (kneecap.) Blunt trauma to the knee causes these bones to fracture or break.
- Torn meniscus – This is the tough, rubbery cartilage that acts as a shock absorber between the shinbone and the thighbone. If it twists suddenly or violently, it can tear.
These injuries can range in severity, thus determining the extent of medical treatment and therapy. The consequences of the injury also depend on the victim’s age and current physical condition.
Knee Injury Compensation
The compensation you’re entitled to receive after a car accident is the sum of your injuries and car repairs. If you have suffered a severe knee injury in an accident caused by someone else, you have the right to receive total and fair compensation for the following:
- Immediate medical expenses
- Hospital bills
- Rehabilitation services
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Long-term medical expenses
- Other damages
To receive compensation, you must file an insurance claim with the at-fault’s party insurance company. However, navigating the complexities of a car accident case on your own is almost impossible. Insurance companies will look for any reason to devalue or deny your claim. But, an experienced car accident attorney understands the legalities, as well as the tactics the insurance companies use to deny or devalue your claim.
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For more than 45 years, New York car accident attorneys at our law firm have helped hundreds of injury victims and their families obtain millions of dollars in compensation. Contact us today if you or your loved one has suffered severe injuries due to an auto accident.