Chicago Car Accident Lawyer – Torn Meniscus – Knee Injuries
If you have suffered a serious knee injury due to a Chicago car accident because of another’s negligence, contact Willens Law Offices for a FREE consultation.
When a person is involved in a car accident it can result in multiple types of injuries. While knee injuries aren’t as common in a car accident as neck and back injuries are, they can be quite serious. They often require surgery and rehabilitation which can be costly and time consuming.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a Chicago car accident and have suffered a knee injury, you should be receiving ALL of your benefits, not just the ones the insurance company wants to accept. At Willens Law Offices, we focus exclusively on representing the individuals and family members of those who were injured by someone else’s reckless or negligent behavior.
Common Knee Injuries
There are several components that make up the knee. The femur, tibia, fibula, and the patella are the bones that come together at the knee. In addition, there are muscles, tendons, and ligaments the provide balance and allow movement of the knee joint. Inside the knee, there are two pieces of cartilage called menisci, or two meniscus, that sit on top of the tibia and act as shock-absorbers. There are fluid-filled sacs that surround the knee called bursas, they cushion the knee as it moves.
All of these parts have to function properly in order for the knee to work. Trauma or acute injury to the knee can cause serious damage that can affect a person for a lifetime.
Common knee injuries as the result of car accidents include:
- Torn meniscus – this injury is the result of trauma caused by forceful twisting or hyper-flexing of the knee joint. The symptoms generally include pain, swelling, popping and an inability for the knee to support a person weight. Treatment includes therapy to strengthen the muscles that stabilize the knee but when these measure are ineffective, surgery may be required.
- Knee fracture – as with any type of broken bone, a knee fracture can have varying degrees. A kneecap fracture can happen at the top, center, or bottom and can happen in more than one area. They are generally caused by a direct blow. Symptoms include bruising, swelling, inability to walk or straighten the leg. Depending on the severity and location, surgery may or may not be required.
- Torn ACL – this injury occurs when the anterior cruciate ligament tears away from the knee joint. This can be extremely painful and potentially debilitating. Depending on the severity of the injury, therapy for rehabilitation can take 3 to 6 months. However, it can take 6 to 9 months to heal if surgery is required.
- MCL Tear – this is a sprain or tear to the medial collateral ligament. This ligament connects the thighbone to the lower leg. When injured, symptoms include pain, stiffness, and swelling. The pain can range from mild to sever, depending on the extent of the damage. This injury can often be treated without surgery, unless the ligament is torn in a way that it cannot heal.
Knee injuries that result from car accidents can be serious. If you need weeks or months to recover, you will have to deal with lost wages. You may not be able to do the same work as you once did, resulting in loss of earning capacity. Knee injuries can affect you in ways you would not have otherwise imagined.
If you have been in a car accident, it is important that you seek immediate medical attention. Knee injury symptoms can sometimes take a while to become apparent. If you begin to experience symptoms anytime after your car accident, contact your doctor immediately. This is especially the case if you’re going to be filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault drivers insurance company.
Contact a Chicago Car Injury Attorney
If you have been injured in a car accident due to another’s negligence, then you have the right to receive compensation for your injuries. The knee injuries that result from a car accident can be serious, permanent, and life changing. Recovery may take years, and sometimes it requires that you adapt to a new way of life. While the thought of adding a legal claim to an already stressful situation can feel like too much, the personal injury attorneys at Willens Law Offices in Chicago are here to help represent your claims in court.
To discuss your knee injury, call our Chicago Personal Injury Attorneys today at (312) 957-4166 or fill out our online contact form. Initially, we will listen to you and offer you guidance. We see this initial FREE consultation not only as a way for us to get to know you, but also for you to better understand who we are and what we can do, so you can feel comfortable making the decision as to which law firm to hire.