Our knees, shoulders, and other joints are largely responsible for our body’s movement. They bear a significant amount of weight throughout our lives. When a person’s knee becomes injured in an accident, the consequences can be serious. If you or a loved one have sustained a knee injury in a car accident, slip and fall, or another type of preventable accident, you may be entitled to compensation.
Have You Suffered a Knee Injury? If So, We Are Here to Help
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Accidents That Can Result in Knee Injuries
Many personal injury accidents can cause knee injuries, from working on a construction site to being involved in a pedestrian accident. When another person or company’s negligence causes an accident that results in an injury, the victim has a right to pursue compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. Negligence occurs when someone fails to use reasonable care under the circumstances to prevent another person’s injury.
There are four main categories of accidents resulting in personal injury claims. Motor vehicle accidents are among the most common causes of knee injuries for drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists. In other cases, a person becomes injured while on another person’s property or at a business establishment because of dangerous conditions. Defective products can also cause knee injuries, such as defective treadmills or elliptical machines.
Construction accidents can result in knee injuries. For example, if a construction worker’s employer fails to make the work site reasonably safe, a person could sustain a knee injury by falling into an open sewer drain. The attorneys at Saeedian Law Group represent victims who’ve been injured in a wide range of accidents. If you are unsure whether you have a compensation claim, we offer free consultations. We can help you understand your legal rights.
Knee Injury Types
The knee joint is crucial for our mobility, but it can be injured relatively easily. The knee joint is made up of 4 bones, several muscles, ligaments, and tendons. When one or more of these become injured, the knee joint may become destabilized, making movement painful, difficult, or impossible. The following types of injuries commonly cause knee instability:
- Dislocated knees
- Knee fractures
- Ligament injuries, such as a torn ACL or PCL
- Tears in the tendons or meniscus
Each part of the knee’s anatomy needs to function properly for it to work. In an accident, an object may collide with a person’s knee, causing trauma. Chronic overuse of a person’s knee can also cause inflammation, pain, redness, swelling, and warmth.
Recovering Compensation for Medical Bills and Other Damages
Knee injuries can disrupt a person’s life to a significant degree. They can make it painful and difficult to complete daily tasks, go to work, and move around. Depending on the severity of the injury, a person may need surgery which requires an extensive recovery time during which he or she cannot work.
In California, personal injury victims can pursue damages for knee injuries. For most victims, recovering medical damages is important. The expenses to cover the cost of treatment and aftercare can rack up quickly. A victim may need lifelong treatment and experience ongoing chronic pain in severe cases. In addition to past and future medical damages, plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits can recover the following:
- Property damage costs, such as replacing or repairing your vehicle
- Transportation costs if your knee prevents you from driving
- Pain and suffering
- Psychological trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Permanent disability
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment in hobbies and activities
- Loss of independence
Workers’ Compensation Benefits for a Knee Injury
Many knee injuries occur due to workplace injury or overuse of the joint in the workplace. Workers who use their knees significantly to kneel, squat, lift and crawl while on the job are more likely to experience injuries. Suppose your knee has become injured while on the job. You are probably entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits will cover your medical costs and a portion of your lost income due to your injury. They can also cover expenses related to prescription medication, prosthetics, medical appointments, and other treatments you need.
Before you apply for workers’ compensation, it can be helpful to discuss your case with an attorney. If your knee injury was caused by negligence on the part of your employer, a co-worker, or a third party, pursuing a personal injury lawsuit could be more beneficial than filing a workers’ compensation claim. There are more damages available in personal injury lawsuits. If you accept workers’ compensation benefits, you will waive your right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
In California, you only have two years from your injury to file a personal injury lawsuit. While dealing with a serious injury, the thought of pursuing a lawsuit may seem overwhelming. However, it’s important that you reach out to an attorney after your accident. An attorney will be able to advise you on the deadline for filing a lawsuit. Personal injury cases can be complex and require extensive investigations, and the sooner you begin the process, the better for your case.
Reach Out to an Experienced Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney
If you have experienced a knee injury due to a workplace accident or a personal injury accident, it’s essential that you take steps to protect yourself. You only have a limited amount of time to file a compensation claim. The attorneys at Saeedian Law Group provide our clients with excellent legal representation and personal attention. We understand how traumatizing and painful the injuries can be, and we will carefully review your case and help you obtain the financial recovery you need and deserve. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation.