Missouri Knee Injury Claims
Serious Knee Injury Accidents
Knee injuries are common in various types of accidents. Car accidents can cause a serious knee injury such as a fractured patella or torn meniscus. Falls can also damage the soft tissue structures of the knee. These types of injuries can result in months of physical therapy and even surgery. The anatomy of the knee is made up of two bones, the femur and tibia. These bones meet at a hinge joint, which is protected by the patella (kneecap). The lateral and medial meniscus are the cartilage that acts as a cushion. Ligaments, both anterior and collateral, connect the bones at the knee and control rotation. The knee is the largest joint in our body, and plays a factor in every aspect of mobility. When it is injured in an accident, the results can be catastrophic.
The knee can be severely damaged in a car accident if it strikes the dashboard or another hard surface inside the vehicle at impact. A victim can sustain a fractured kneecap (patella), torn meniscus, or torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Knee injuries are also common in motorcycle accidents, boating accidents,
construction accidents, and
pedestrian accidents. Bruising of the knee can be treated with ice and compression, but more severe injuries require
immediate medical care. Common symptoms of a serious knee injury include:
- Inability to put weight on the knee
- Hear a popping noise
- Severe knee swelling for more than 24 hours
- Sharp, stabbing pain behind the kneecap
- Knee dislocation
If you are experiencing these types of symptoms after an accident, it is important to obtain both xrays and MRI to determine what damage has been caused. It is even more important to obtain the best medical care available from an orthopedist who specializes in diagnosing knee trauma.
Knee Injury Accident Lawyer
Knee injuries can result in extensive medical treatment, including ACL reconstruction, partial/total knee replacement, cartilage repair, and various other surgeries. This can cause you to lose time from work and incur $1000's of dollars in medical expenses. With the help of a Missouri injury lawyer who is experienced in knee injury accident claims, you can obtain compensation for all the harms caused by incident. These types of injuries are often times permanent and can destroy your overall quality of life. Next to spine trauma, a knee injury causes the most interference with a person's mobility.
A St. Louis knee injury attorney can file a claim against the person or company that was negligent, seeking compensation for medical bills, pain & suffering, lost wages, loss of mobility, and any other damages resulting from the accident. An
experienced injury lawyer from Schultz Legal Group may also be able to assist you in getting the medical treatment you need in the event you do not have health insurance. If you don't get the necessary treatment for your knee injury, you are risking your overall health and the chance to obtain fair compensation for your claim.