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.
What Is the Average Settlement for a Knee Injury?
There is no “average settlement” for a knee injury. Every case is unique.
When you work with our firm, we will seek maximum compensation for all related damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, permanent changes to lifestyle or ability, and emotional and physical pain and suffering. In this way, we can fight for every penny you are due.
While there is no average settlement for a knee injury, one thing is certain: accepting an offer from insurance before you talk to an attorney may result in losing out on what you are truly due. Before you accept an offer from an insurance company, talk to Ira Maurer to learn what your claim might really be worth.
Is There a Statute of Limitations for Knee Injuries in New York?
The statute of limitations for personal injury in New York is three years. It is, however, always a good idea to take legal action well before this time approaches. Waiting to file a claim may complicate the investigative process and make parts of your case more difficult to prove.
What Are My Legal Options for a Knee Injury?
When you sustain a knee injury in an accident, you may be entitled to seek compensation through legal action. Much of this depends on the cause of your accident and who bears the most responsibility. Discussing your case with a qualified and experienced attorney is a great way to determine the best course of action following any type of personal injury.
How Can I Prepare for My Case in Court?
When you choose our firm to represent you, we will prepare your case by conducting a thorough investigation into the accident, collecting information from witnesses and emergency personnel, and reviewing all related medical documentation. We may hire experts in various fields to assist in our reviews or provide testimony as well.
We take every step necessary to help ensure the most favorable results for our clients. While a majority of these claims settle before they require a hearing, we prepare every case as if it were going to trial to ensure we are ready for any eventuality.
What Can I Expect From the Outcome?
Every case is unique. We will fight for compensation for both economic damages, such as medical bills and lost wages, and non-economic damages, such as emotional suffering and physical pain, in our attempt to secure the full compensation we believe you are due.
We take into account how your injury has and may continue to impact you in the long term to try and secure the compensation you will need both now and in the future.
What Should I Do Immediately Following My Knee Injury?
As soon as possible following a knee injury, you should contact our firm for a free consultation. We will ask you to bring medical records and other documentation to this meeting so that we can begin to understand the extent of what you will be forced to deal with.
Remember, it is important that you do not accept an offer from an insurance company before you have had a chance to talk to us. Accepting an insurance settlement will prohibit additional action.
Contact us Today
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe knee injury, please contact The Maurer Law Firm by contacting us at 845-896-5295. During your free case evaluation, our experienced Fishkill injury attorney can determine if you have a personal injury case.