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Should I Call a Lawyer After a Knee Injury?

Given the structure and function of the knee, even a minor internal injury to it can be particularly painful and require surgery. If you were the victim of an accident and suffered an internal knee injury in California, you’ll want to speak with an experienced and respected personal injury lawyer as soon as you can.

Contact your local attorneys at Maison Law today.

The Structure of the Knee

The knee is the largest joint in the human body, and given its complicated structure, it’s vulnerable to injury. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons advises that the knee’s main components consist of the following:

  • Bones: The knee is made from three bones. The femur (thighbone), tibia (shinbone) and the patella (kneecap) are the bones of the knee.
  • Articular Cartilage: This surface is found on the ends of the femur and tibia. It’s also at the back of the patella. It’s slippery, and the bones of the knee glide across those surfaces when the knee is bent.
  • Meniscus: A meniscus is also cartilage, but it’s tough and rubbery. A meniscus works as a cushion between the femur and tibia.
  • Ligaments: Bones are connected to each other by ligaments. Four ligaments hold the bones of the knee together. Those are the collateral ligaments on the knee’s sides and the cruciate ligaments at the front and back of the knee.
  • Tendons: These connect muscles to bones. For example, the quadriceps tendon connects the muscles at the front of your thigh to your patella.

Common Causes of Knee Injuries

Any number of movements or types trauma can cause an internal knee injury. They might consist of car, motorcycle and bicycle accidents, slip-and-falls or trip-and-falls, falls from heights, construction and workplace accidents and sports injuries.

Common Knee Injuries

According to Revere Health, sudden acute injuries are the most common types of knee issues. Most are caused by trauma, but some can also be caused by twisting, bending or even falling on a knee. Here are some of the common types of knee injuries that accident victims suffer:

  • Tendon and ligament strains and strains.
  • Ligament and meniscus tears.
  • Fractures of the patella, lower femur, upper tibia or upper fibula.
  • Loose bodies from fractures or tears that work their way into the joint and interfere with it.
  • A dislocated patella or knee joint.

Conservative Treatment of Knee Injuries

Many knee injuries can be treated conservatively. A doctor might recommend a brace or RICE treatment involving rest, periodic icing of the knee, light compression of the knee and elevation. If that’s unsuccessful, the next step is usually physical therapy. If physical therapy is unsuccessful, you might be looking at knee surgery.

Knee Surgery

The good news about knee surgery is that many knee repairs can be done arthroscopically using tiny incisions and miniature instruments in outpatient surgery. Some injuries like fractures might require a larger incision for purposes of implantation of surgical hardware. In the context of post-surgery physical therapy, much depends on the type of surgery that the patient had. Continuous movement of the knee is important in regaining strength and preventing blood clots.

Permanent Knee Damage

A serious internal knee isn’t just likely to leave an accident victim with costly medical expenses and lost time from work. Permanent physical impairment can also result. Fortunately, California law recognizes such impairment as a compensable element of a victim’s damages.

Contact a California Personal Injury Lawyer

After suffering any type of internal knee injury after an accident anywhere in California, contact a dedicated and highly regarded personal injury lawyer at Maison Law as soon as possible. You can obtain a consultation and case assessment at no cost or obligation at all. If we enter into a retainer agreement with you, no legal fees at all are due unless we obtain a settlement or award for you. Our goal is to obtain the maximum compensation available for your injuries and damage.

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