Claiming for a knee injury
We know that all knee injuries are painful, debilitating and hamper movement.
Since we rely on our knees for all types of forwarding movement, it can put a clamp on your life.
You might be feeling upset and frustrated as well as in physical pain, depending on the charity of others to get you around.
We know money can’t take this away, but compensation could help you start to get things back to how they were.
Your compensation could help to pay for medical treatment, painkillers and rehabilitation, as well as covering lost earnings from the time taken off work. It can even help you repay the kindness others have afforded you.
To start a claim for your knee injury, you can get in touch with our friendly advisors for a confidential chat on 1300 106 107. We’re here to offer free, supportive advice and to let you know whether we think you can make a knee injury claim.
There are absolutely no obligations when you speak to us. However, we can help by connecting you with a specialist lawyer to handle your claim. You may even be eligible to make a No Win No Lose compensation claim.
Your knee injury compensation
The amount of compensation you could get for your knee injury depends on several factors. This may be the severity of the injury and how it’s affected your life.
The compensation you could receive could help to cover the following for both you and your family:
- Loss of earnings due to time off work
- The cost of medical treatment, medication and care – including prescriptions or painkillers
- Travel costs and other expenses
- The impact on your social life, sports and leisure activities
- Your pain and suffering
- Care and support, even when given by a friend or family member
Your specialist lawyer will cover all the impacts or expenses caused by your injury, so you are compensated accordingly. They’ll also help you make your claim on a ‘no win no fee’ basis. If your claim does not succeed, you are not on the hook for legal costs. The final fees, if your claim does succeed, are taken from the settlement. We tell you what you can expect well in advance.
Types of knee injuries
Knee injuries can affect the muscles, bones, ligaments, cartilage or tendons that comprise the knee.
Even minor knee injuries can cause discomfort or walking difficulty. In some cases, mobility may be lost forever, changing how you live your life.
A fracture occurs when one or more of the bones in the knee are broken. Due to the impact, a fracture can have on your life, these are classified as serious injuries.
The Patella, also known as the kneecap, can become dislocated or fractured. This may cause acute or chronic problems. If the fracture is severe, it can break the kneecap into multiple pieces, and you may need surgery, which can prove expensive.
Your meniscus is cartilage (a sort of natural, plastic substance) that absorbs shocks in your knee joint. You can damage your meniscus if your knee joint is bent or twisted.
This type of injury may require you to rest and take time off work. In some cases, you may need surgery, reconstructions and rehabilitation to make a full recovery. After, there’s no guarantee of full recovery, as osteoarthritis could still form.
Knee ligament injuries
Torn ligaments in your knee are often caused by any excessive strain. This type of knee injury is likely to cause you to feel unstable when you walk, run or play sports.
A common type of ligament tear is an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury. However other injuries such as tears in the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), lateral collateral ligament and medial collateral ligament (MCL).
Torn ligaments require long-term medical treatment and support. This may mean surgery to repair the tear, physiotherapy, or specialised equipment such as a brace to help you walk, run, or play sports.
Muscle damage in the legs can also affect your ability to move your knee. For example, your hamstrings or quadriceps can be stretched, strained or torn
causing symptoms such as swelling, bruising, pain and weakness. This restricts movement and means expensive treatments by physiotherapists.
Causes of knee injuries
You can injure your knee in many different types of accidents. Knees are vulnerable when suddenly twisted or jolted, or when there is an impact or blow to the joint. This can happen due to a slip or trip in a public place or due to a road traffic accident.
Medical negligence can also cause knee injuries. This could be caused by surgical errors, delayed treatment or any other negligence. Doctors and hospital staff must “do no harm” as healers and as licenced professionals. If you’ve been injured due to their fault or negligent behaviour, then you could make a no win no fee personal injury claim.
No matter what the cause of your knee injury, if somebody else caused it, then we may be able to help you. Contact us today on 1300 106 107. Our friendly advisors here to help.