If you suffer a knee injury as a result of another person’s negligent driving, contact a Chicago personal injury lawyer to learn about your legal rights.
A car accident victim can suffer different types of knee injuries, from simple cuts and burns to severe ligament and soft tissue injuries. Some soft tissue injuries may be more complicated than others and may require long-term treatment.
Common Types of Knee Injuries
Car accident victims often suffer knee injuries due to sudden external force on the knee. Here is a look at some common types of knee injuries car accident victims suffer.
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury: This type of injury occurs when you fall from a height and hurt your knees. You may hear a loud popping sound. Depending on the severity of the injury, the doctor may recommend an immediate surgery.
Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury: Commonly known as dashboard knee, this type of injury occurs when the driver or the passenger hits the dashboard of the car. Common symptoms include pain and swelling. The injury affects the ligament connecting the tibia (shinbone) to the femur (thighbone).
Medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury: Like a PCL injury, a MCL injury occurs when the knee hits a solid object inside the car. The medial collateral ligament also connects the tibia to the femur.
Meniscus injury: This type of injury hurts the discs that help prevent friction between the knee bones. These discs provide cushioning and stability to the knee while walking. Common symptoms of this injury include swelling, severe pain, instability, and locking in the knee.
Possible Outcomes of a Knee Injury
The consequences of a knee injury vary depending on the severity of the injury, your age, and current physical condition. Some injuries heal with time after an initial medical treatment. However, some injuries may trigger long-term consequences. A doctor is the best person to suggest to you the best treatment option for your case.
Doctors usually use a conservative treatment method called RICE for minor knee injuries. RICE stands for Rest, Ice, (gentle) Compression, and Elevation. If this conservative treatment method fails, a doctor may recommend physical therapy for some weeks or months. If the injury is more serious, a doctor may suggest a surgical treatment option. Recovery time depends on the severity of the injury. For example, minor injuries may go away within a few days, while serious injuries may take weeks, months, or years to recover completely.
Consulting With a Chicago Car Accident Lawyer
If you suffer a knee injury as a result of another person’s negligent driving, contact a Chicago personal injury lawyer to learn about your legal rights. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills and loss of earnings. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166. We can tell you how to make a claim and what exactly you are entitled to.