The knee is the largest joint in the body. It’s also one of the most complexes. The knee is responsible for many movements of the body. When a person’s knee is injured in an accident, it is not only extremely painful, but it can take a great deal of time to recover from. During this time, injured individuals often cannot work or perform other daily functions.
When a knee injury is caused by an accident that was the fault of someone else, victims can claim compensation from the at-fault party, or their insurance company. At the Cain Law Office, our Oklahoma knee injuries attorney fights for the rights of accident victims, demanding the full amount of compensation they need to recover.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced lawyer who can review the details of your accident and explain your legal rights.
How Do Knee Injuries Happen?
There are many different accidents that can result in a knee injury. These accidents can cause trauma to the knee, cause it to overextend, or tear and sprain tendons and ligaments. Some, like sports accidents, may not involve a personal injury claim. However, there are many types of accidents that result in knee injuries that could have been prevented.
Some of the most common types of knee injury case our firm handles include:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Car accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Nursing home accidents
- Medical malpractice
No matter how you were hurt, an Oklahoma knee injury lawyer can determine the legal options you have after reviewing the details of your case.
Common Knee Injuries
The knee is extremely complex. It’s an extensive network of muscles, bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and more. As such, there are several different types of knee injuries a person can suffer. Below are some of the most common.
- Cartilage injuries and disorders: Cartilage in the knee reduces friction and acts as a cushion between the joints. Cartilage is very thick and rubbery, but still, when it becomes injured, it is extremely painful. Additionally, there is no blood supply to cartilage. Due to this, when it is injured, it takes even longer to heal.
- Tendon injuries: When trauma occurs to the knee joint, tendons can fully or partially tear. Full tears may prevent an individual from straightening the leg.
- Ligament injuries: Ligament injuries severely limit what a person is able to do. These injuries are incredibly painful, cause significant swelling, and individuals often aren’t able to pull their full weight on their leg. Medical attention is crucial for these injuries, and sometimes, patients may have to undergo surgery to prevent their knee from giving out on them.
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries (ACL): A common type of ligament injury, ACL injuries can be very serious. When this injury occurs, a person may hear or feel a pop in the knee. The knee is likely to swell and become unable to hold a person’s body weight. ACL injuries can sometimes heal on their own, but if the ligament is torn, it will require surgery.
- Arthritis: When cartilage becomes damaged in an accident, it can lead to arthritis and even the formation of bone spurs. Those injured in an accident must speak to a medical professional about their long-term prognosis.
- Distal femur fractures: When the thigh bone becomes fractured, or broken, the distal femur flares outward. This bone is located just above the knee, and when it fractures, shattered pieces of bone may extend into the knee joint.
- Hyperextended knee: This injury occurs when the knee is pushed from a straightened position past its normal range of motion. The injury on its own can be very serious but can also cause ligament injuries and cartilage injuries.
- Meniscal tears: Menisci are the C-shaped pieces of cartilage between the shinbone and thighbone. Each knee has two of them. These injuries can make it difficult to fully extend the knee.
- Posterior cruciate ligament injuries: These injuries are typically caused by a direct blow to the knee, such as a knee hitting the dashboard of a car in an accident. The injury causes great pain, severe swelling, and difficulty walking.
All of these knee injuries are considered severe. They can cause a person serious mobility issues and are expensive to treat. Accident victims who have been hurt by someone else’s negligence may be able to file a personal injury claim for compensation that can help with the costs.
Maximizing Compensation for Your Knee Injury
Compensation in a personal injury claim is known as damages. These damages are intended to compensate the accident victim for their losses sustained due to their injury. In Oklahoma, there are several different types of damages a person can claim. They include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost income
- Property damages, including vehicles, clothing, and other items
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
When filing a claim, it’s important to demand the full amount of damages you are entitled to receive. For example, many injured individuals know to claim their current medical expenses but fail to include costs for future medical treatment. Our skilled Oklahoma knee injury attorneys will thoroughly assess the current and future anticipated losses in your claim in order to demand maximum compensation for you.
How Our Oklahoma Knee Injury Attorneys Can Help You
There are many reasons you should not try to manage a personal injury claim on your own. Individuals often aren’t familiar with Oklahoma law, how insurance companies work, or the process of filing a personal injury claim. Our attorneys can help with these things and more, including:
- Determining all potential sources of compensation in your accident
- Documenting the full value of your claim
- Advising on insurance settlement offers
- Negotiating with the insurance company, or the attorney for the defense
- Defending against any claims that you were partly, or even mostly, at fault for the accident
- Litigating your case at trial if a fair knee injury settlement cannot be reached
Our attorneys will take on all the legwork of your claim so you can focus on your recovery.
Contact Our Experienced Oklahoma Knee Injury Lawyer
Knee injuries can be debilitating. If you’ve suffered one during an accident, you need to learn about your legal right to compensation for your losses. At the Cain Law Office, our experienced Oklahoma personal injury attorneys can help.
Contact us today for your free consultation.