All joint injuries are painful and limit your mobility. Knee injuries can prevent you from sitting, standing or walking comfortably, or even sleeping. Depending on the type and severity of the musculoskeletal injury, you may need knee replacement surgery.
Knee replacement surgery typically has a lengthy recovery period that can include a few days in the hospital followed by a lengthy stay in a rehabilitative care facility and in-home care. You may be unable to drive and resume other normal activities for four to six weeks. If you do not regain full use of the knee, you may be unable to return to your job.
You may be entitled to compensation if your injury was caused by the negligence of another party. I am personal injury lawyer Ira M. Maurer, and I have been representing injury victims for more than 30 years. Whether you were injured in a vehicle accident, work accident or a slip-and-fall, you may be able to recover damages for your losses. Call 845-896-5295 today to discuss your case for free.
Knee injuries can be caused by traumatic accidents such as slips and trips, falls from elevated heights, car accidents and motorcycle accidents. Railroad and construction accidents are also common causes of knee injuries.
Types of Knee Injuries
Any accident with sufficient force can result in fractures to the lower leg bone in the knee joint or the kneecap, as well as trauma to the soft tissues such as:
- ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears
- PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) tears
- MCL (medial cruciate ligament) tears
- Quadriceps tendon tears
- Torn meniscus (tear of the knee cartilage)
- Fractured patella (knee cap)
You can also suffer cumulative trauma injuries to the knees. Repetitive stress/cumulative trauma injuries can be caused by lifting or carrying heavy items, and walking on uneven surfaces. A cumulative trauma injury can cause pain, burning, tingling, numbness or reduced range of motion that may prevent you from working or doing daily activities.
Effects of Stress Injury on the Knee
When the Menisci cartilage in the knee joint have been severely injured and the articular cartilage on the ends of the Femur and Tibia have degenerated and/or worn due to traumatic arthritic changes following an injury or due to non-traumatic arthritis, leaving the patient with "bone on bone" Stage 4 arthritis, a knee replacement procedure may be performed.
Orthopedists try to delay performing a total knee replacement arthroplasty as long as possible because the prosthetic devices have a life span of approximately 15-20 years. If the knee replacement is performed on someone in their fifties, it's likely they will have to undergo another knee replacement in their seventies.
Knee Replacement Surgery
There are many variations of knee replacement procedures. Total knee replacement involves the removal of the ends of the Femur and Tibia and replacing them with prosthetic devices. Using MRI tecnology to obtain exact measurements, the prosthetic devices can be custom made. Immediately after surgery, the patient is placed in a CPM machine that puts the knee joint in motion. This helps to overcome the patient's fear of moving the joint and can also reduce swelling and the possibility of blood clots while increasing the range of movement in the knee joint.
I will aggressively fight to help you obtain full compensation under the law for your pain and suffering, and the costs of your medical care, including surgeries, physical therapy and follow-up care. You will also need compensation for lost income, especially if your knee injury prevents you from returning to work in the future.
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe knee injury, please contact The Maurer Law Firm by calling 845-896-5295. During your free case evaluation, our experienced Fishkill injury attorney can determine if you have a personal injury case.