The knee is one of the largest and most complex joints in the body. As a Fort Worth injury lawyer I know that the most common cause of knee injuries in auto accidents is when the knee and part of the car engage in quick violent contact. An automobile accident knee injury may occur from impact alone or may occur because of a severe distortion or a hyperextension of the leg.
Common Types of Knee Injuries
Common types of knee injuries involve the four major ligaments:
The anterior cruciate ligament is the key muscle to stabilization. It is one of two ligaments that cross the middle of the knee connecting your thighbone to your shinbone. An injured ACL can cause extreme long-term irritation and pain. Being a major component to the knee, the most effective path to recovery would be surgery.
The posterior cruciate ligament is located near the back of the knee. The PCL helps maintain the knee’s stability and when injured, it can easily affect the ability to walk for extended periods of time.
The medial collateral ligament affects the area of the knee, which controls the knee’s flexibility. MCL injuries are usually cause by direct contact to the outside of the knee. Suffering from a MCL injury can also cause severe pain and the inability to partake in everyday activities.
A meniscus tear occurs when the cartilage in the knee is torn. When the cartilage in the knee is torn it often leaves the knee with reduced amount of cartilage in the area. This causes an increased amount of friction to the joint as well as escalating tenderness.
The Cost of Knee Injury Due to Auto Wrecks
Medical costs related to knee injuries vary. In order to determine the extent of the injury, the victim will most likely take part in an x-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRI costs range from $1,200 to $4,000 (with contrast).
The average costs for certain knee surgeries are as follows; arthroscopic surgery and reconstructive surgery average at about $11,900, and knee replacement surgery averages at about $2,795.
The financial consequences for you or a family member suffering from a knee injury can tremendously impact your life. In the case of severe knee damage, a patient may need to partake in intensive surgical options such as a total knee replacement with physical therapy. Although this can reduce the chances of permanent or long-term disability, it can drastically increase the overall cost of treatment and the financial burden on the injured individual’s household.
How to Win Money for Your Knee Injury After an Accident
First, was the car wreck your fault?
If so, you're going to have to use your own health insurance to pay for your medical bills.
If not, you can file a claim for compensation. Read more about how to start a claim against another driver here.
If the accident resulted in the damage that can be blamed on someone else’s negligence, it is important for you or a family member to speak with a board certified personal injury attorney in order to determine your legal rights and options. Due the significant financial implications associated with knee injuries it is vital to take appropriate steps to achieve full justice. Should you be entitled to make a compensation claim against the other party’s insurance company, be sure to hire a lawyer with a proven successful track record who will aggressively defend your legal rights.
At Anderson Law Firm, our personal injury lawyers have extensive experience with successfully settling auto accident claims. We’re dedicated to protecting your rights, and we have the leadership, legal expertise, and resources to handle your case effectively. We invite you to contact the Anderson Law Firm today for a free, no obligation consultation. Call us toll free from anywhere at any time at 800-354-6275 or contact us online or call locally in Fort Worth at 817-294-1900.
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