Even seemingly minor car accidents can cause serious car accident knee injuries that can affect every aspect of your life. For help filing a claim for compensation, call a car accident attorney from Bressman Law today: 877-538-1116.
Knee Sprains & Strains
Knee sprains and strains, which can be major or minor, occur when the tendons, muscles, and ligaments surrounding the knee stretch or tear. Car accidents often cause your body to jerk suddenly, which can result in hyperflexion or hyperextension of the knee.
This unnatural movement can result in a strain or tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), or the lateral collateral ligament (LCL).
Hyperflexion or hyperextension can also result in a tearing of the meniscus, or the cartilage that protects the knee. You may be able to identify a torn meniscus by pain, swelling, and stiffness in the knee area.
Depending on the severity of the sprain, strain, or tear, home treatment, such as rest, ice, and medication, will be enough. If the injury is severe enough, surgery, rehabilitation, and physical therapy may be necessary.
Knee Joint Dislocation
Knee joint dislocation is a serious injury that often occurs from a high-impact, large-force injury to the knee. Though this injury is rare, if you suffer from knee joint dislocation, the damage from the dislocation will likely be severe and require immediate medical attention or surgical intervention.
Knee fractures, or breaks, are a result of direct hits to the bones themselves. Knee fractures often occur in head-on and side-impact collisions or rollovers. If the injury did not separate or displace pieces of the bone, doctors can often treat fractures non-surgically. In that case, the doctor may use a cast or splint to keep your knee straight while it heals. If your bones are not close enough together to properly heal, surgery will likely be necessary.
How can my knee injury affect my life?
In addition to the treatments above, long-term care (such as costly and time-consuming physical therapy) may also be necessary to bring your knee back to its pre-accident state. During the healing process, over-the-counter medication is often necessary to dull the pain.
Your daily life could change drastically. If you have a job that requires you to be active, you may find yourself unable to work in the same profession. You will also have to forgo activities that you enjoy, such as exercise, hiking, or bicycle riding, at least temporarily.
How can I receive compensation for my knee injury?
Under Ohio law, you must show evidence that the other driver was more than 50 percent at fault for the accident in order to file a claim for compensation. If you are able to do so, all of your out-of-pocket expenses (medical bills, prescription costs, and insurance co-pays) are recoverable as damages. For more information and help with this process, contact Bressman Law at 877-538-1116.