Knee Injury Compensation Claims
The knee is the body’s largest and most complex joint and as such, injuries caused to this area can be excruciatingly painful as well as severely debilitating. Accidents that lead to knee injuries often occur through no fault of the victim and in these cases, it may be possible to make a claim for compensation.
Knee injuries can be the result of a variety of incidents, and it is important that your solicitor can identify the injury caused to you as well as establish the impact that the damage has had on your life in order to secure the highest compensation award possible.
The following guide provides information on the type of knee injuries that can be sustained, common causes for such injuries and the impact that can be suffered by a victim.
Types of Knee Injury
The knee, being the most complex joint in the body, is susceptible to a wide variety of injury types as several parts of the joint can be damaged in an accident. Some of the most common types of knee injury that solicitors deal with include:
Bones in the Knee
The bone of the knee is often referred to as the” knee cap”, but it’s official medical term is the “patella”. Some injuries can impact on the knee cap itself, and this can have further implications for surrounding bones, including the tibia and fibula (shinbone and lower leg bone) as well as the bone above the knee, the femur. Victims of knee injuries can suffer from a dislocation of the kneecap, fractures in the bones and subsequent damage to surrounding areas. This can be incredibly painful as well as having a significant impact on the victim’s mobility and functionality.
Bursitis is a type of knee injury that occurs most often in work-related incidents. The condition occurs when excess fluid builds up on or around the knee and can be very painful and debilitating. Victims of this injury will require painkillers and anti-inflammatory treatment.
Repetitive use of the joint in professions such as carpentry, plumbing and cleaning can cause wear and damage to the joint. Other jobs that are at a higher risk of bursitis include sportsmen and women, bricklayers, carpet layers, child-workers and construction workers – any occupation that involves a worker bending regularly or putting pressure on the knees.
Cartilage of the Knee
The cartilage of the knee is medically referred to as the meniscus and injuries to this area are quite common, though potentially very painful. Cartilage is the strong, stiff tissue that is located throughout the body in all areas where one bone is connected to another. The body uses cartilage to allow motion in joints without causing painful frictions between bones. When a person suffers a cartilage injury, motion within the joint can become difficult, painful and uncomfortable.
Knee Ligament Injuries
The knee has four ligaments, made up of two cruciate ligaments in the centre of the joint and two collateral ligaments either side of the knee. Injuries to this part of the knee are presented to solicitors regularly and can cause great levels of discomfort.
Many injuries of the knee ligaments are caused by slips and falls that results in tears or ruptures of the ligament. If knee ligaments are ruptured, surgery will be necessary and the person is likely to suffer extensive pain. Several months of rehabilitation will be required to recover manoeuvrability and function of the joint.
Knee injuries can also occur when the muscle of the joint is damaged in an accident. The muscles in the knee are responsible for allowing movement, strength and function within the leg.
Muscles such as the quadriceps, which are found at the front of the leg, and hamstrings which are located at the back of the upper leg can, if damaged, cause significant restrictions to a patient’s ability to function normally, and are likely to cause significant pain and disruption to daily life.
The Impact of a Knee Injury
A knee injury can have a significant impact on a person’s life and can inhibit their potential to function in normal tasks. This, coupled with the likely excruciating pain that they have suffered can lead to the injury causing significant disruption to daily life.
Some of the most common disruptions and impacts that we see as a result of knee injuries include:
- The need to take time off from work – resulting in consequences to your career and your income
- Potentially, you may need to leave work completely
- Ongoing treatment such as physiotherapy and pain management may be required
- Restrictions on your ability to take part in hobbies or sports
- Severe restrictions in mobility through inability to put weight on the joint, bend the joint as before and because of the pain.
- The resulting pain and functionality issues might restrict your ability to take care of your children
- The pain and discomfort might affect your ability to sleep comfortably which in turn, will inhibit your pain management abilities the following day.
- You may be required to take medicine including pain relief and anti-inflammatories for a prolonged period.
Benefits of Using a Solicitor
Personal injury solicitors have a wealth of experience in processing knee injury claims and are able to offer a bespoke and reliable service to all clients to secure the highest compensation possible.
Some of the additional benefits of using a solicitor include:
- No win, No fee service
- Free initial consultation with no obligation to proceed
- Expert solicitors available throughout the UK
- Focused commitment to securing the highest compensation award possible on your behalf