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What is a Knee Injury?
A knee injury is a common type of injury that affects the knee joint, which is the largest joint in the body. The knee joint is responsible for supporting our body weight and allowing movements such as walking, running, and jumping.
Types of Knee Injuries
Knee injuries can range from minor injuries to severe injuries, causing intense pain and discomfort and potentially leading to long-term complications. Here are some common types of knee injuries:
Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injuries
Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) injuries can occur due to various causes, including sports-related activities, motor vehicle accidents, falls, and direct blows to the front of the knee. Symptoms of a PCL injury include pain, swelling, instability, and difficulty walking or bending the knee.
Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Injuries
Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) injuries are a common type of knee injury that can occur due to various factors. The MCL is a band of tissue on the inner side of the knee that helps stabilize the joint. When the MCL gets stretched or torn, it can lead to pain, instability, and limited range of motion.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries are one of the most common knee injuries. The ACL, located in the middle of the knee, helps stabilize the joint and prevent excessive forward movement of the tibia bone.
Meniscus Tears and Knee Dislocations
In addition to ACL injuries, another type of severe knee injury is a meniscus injury. The meniscus is a C-shaped cartilage in the knee that acts as a shock absorber between the thigh bone and shin bone. Meniscal tears can occur due to sudden twists or turns or as a result of degenerative changes in the knee.
A patellar fracture refers to a broken kneecap, which is the small, triangular-shaped bone that covers the front of the knee joint. A fracture of the patella can occur due to various causes, such as a direct blow to the knee during a fall or accident, or a sudden twisting or bending movement.
Torn Patellar Tendon
A tear in the patellar tendon typically occurs as a result of a sudden, forceful contraction of the quadriceps muscle or a direct blow to the knee. The primary symptom of a torn patellar tendon is severe pain and an inability to straighten the knee or bear weight on the affected leg. It is a complete or partial disruption of the tendon that connects the patella (kneecap) to the tibia (shinbone).
Soft Tissue Damage
Causes of soft tissue damage and sprains in the knee can vary, but they often result from sudden movements, excessive force, or overuse. Examples of specific soft tissue injuries that can occur in the knee include quadriceps strains, hamstring strains, patellar tendonitis, and iliotibial band syndrome.
Liability and Causes of Knee Injuries
Common causes of knee injuries include:
Liability for overuse and repetitive stress knee injuries may fall on employers who fail to provide a safe working environment, proper training, or necessary ergonomic accommodations.
Liability for knee infections may arise if medical professionals fail to properly diagnose or treat an infection. If the healthcare facility fails to maintain proper cleanliness and hygiene standards leading to the infection, or if a manufacturer produces a defective medical device that causes an infection, this may potentially result in legal claims for medical malpractice or product liability.
Why Hire a Knee Injury Attorney?
If you have sustained a knee injury due to an accident or workplace incident, hiring a knee injury attorney can significantly benefit your case. Our knee injury attorneys at Goldberg & Loren specialize in personal injury law and have the expertise necessary to handle knee injury claims effectively.
Our personal injury attorneys have experience in dealing with insurance companies and know how to negotiate for maximum compensation on your behalf.
Have you recently suffered a knee injury due to someone else's negligence?
We specialize in representing accident victims of knee injuries. Our experienced knee injury lawyers understand the physical, emotional, and financial cost that these injuries can bring to your life. We are here to fight for your compensation claim.
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