Though it is not often the first type of injury a person thinks of when thinking of car accident injuries, the truth is that knee injuries are one of the most common in these cases. What’s more, knee injuries can be extremely complex. Keep reading to find out more about personal injury claims related to knee injuries. Then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation with a personal injury attorney.
Knees can sustain a wide range of injuries
Injuries can sustain numerous injuries in any type of trauma situation, but there are two main types: Fractures of hard bone and tears of soft tissue like ligaments.
A knee fracture can be to the Patella, or to some of the bones that are around the knee such as the Tibia or Fibula. Tears can happen in the middle portion of any of the numerous ligaments around the knee. It is also possible for the ligaments to tear away from the bones. The result can be injuries to the anterior or posterior ligaments and tendons.
Fractures are more common in accidents involving blunt force between the knee and another hard object while soft tissue tears are more likely to be caused by excess tension placed on the ligament.
The right treatment for a knee injury will depend on the type of injury
A minor knee injury needs nothing more than ice and immobilization to heal. If there is a fracture, then a cast or extended immobilization may be necessary. The victim may also need to use crutches or similar assistive devices.
A knee injury that involves a tear or a serious fracture may require surgery. The type of surgery could involve fixating the bones with hardware if they shattered, or repairing or reattaching the ligaments. In most cases, surgery is followed by physical therapy in order to restore the knee’s flexibility and function.
The key to successfully healing after a knee injury is to get medical help
If your knee has been injured and you want the maximum chance of total healing then we highly recommend going to the doctor for an exam. They can diagnose and create a treatment plan that will help you heal. They will also provide valuable documents needed for legal representation.
Depending on the injury, a doctor’s exam may include an x-ray, an MRI, or an ultrasound. The sooner a victim sees the doctor, the better their chance will be at getting curative medical care.
If you have been involved in an accident that has led to a knee injury then we welcome your call to The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. We can go over your accident, your injuries, and your legal options. Call now to find out what your next move should be.