From minor strains or sprains to an ACL or MCL tear, knee injuries can be inconvenient, painful, and incredibly stressful. Financially, you have to handle medical expenses while missing out on your usual income. But remember, you always have options and the legal right to recover compensation.
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Knee injuries have a profound impact on your everyday life. You could be laid up for weeks or several months for a total knee replacement surgery. Aside from the financial cost and physical limitations, a knee injury also affects your emotional well-being. When you miss work and can’t enjoy normal life because of an accident that wasn’t your fault, it’s time to discuss your situation with a New York knee injury lawyer.
You have rights as the victim of an accident that caused your knee injury, but you may face challenges when you’re also trying to recover physically. At Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., our NY personal injury lawyers are happy to help, both in and out of court. We have decades of experience and recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for injury victims. We are here to communicate with the parties involved, handle every aspect of your knee injury claim, and fight to secure you full and fair compensation.
The knee is one of the largest and most complex joints in the human body, so accidents can lead to many types of trauma. The potential compensation you can recover will depend on the component that was affected and the severity. Some common injuries to the knee include:
The rubbery cartilage between the bones of the shin and thigh is the meniscus, which acts as a cushion against trauma. A tear or injury to this tissue may require arthroscopic surgery, or you may need a transplant of cartilage from other parts of the knee.
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which connects the front of the shin to the thigh bone, is one of four ligaments in the knee. Injuries to the ACL usually require surgery to replace the damaged tissue through other tendons around the knee.
Another primary ligament is the medial collateral ligament (MCL), running from the thigh to the shin on the inner side of the knee. The MCL functions to stabilize the knee and allow rotation. Many MCL tears result from a violent impact on the outer side of the leg. Though surgery is often unnecessary, you may need to wear a cast or brace for up to six weeks.
Aside from damage to the ligaments, tendons, and cartilage, trauma to the knee may result in:
In a personal injury case, legal liability comes down to the concept of negligence. To recover monetary damages for your losses, you must prove four necessary elements:
Motor Vehicle Collisions: Drivers should operate their vehicles safely, but the likelihood of an accident increases when they violate traffic laws or engage in risky activities behind the wheel. Examples include:
Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents: Many of the same careless acts by motorists are behind incidents that cause harm to people on foot and non-motorized vehicles. Without a strong metal barrier to protect them, pedestrians and bicyclists are at risk of serious knee injuries.
Slip and Fall Incidents: Business owners and operators are required to maintain a safe premises for people who enter restaurants, stores, office buildings, apartment complexes, and many other properties. Dangerous conditions and unseen hazards can cause knee injuries to a victim who slips, trips, or falls.
Sports Injuries: Though participants engage in contact sports by choice, you may be entitled to recover for your losses if your knee injuries were caused by negligent misconduct or hazards that should have been foreseen by those in charge of the facility or equipment involved.
Workplace Accidents: On-the-job incidents can lead to bodily harm, especially in the construction, transportation, shipping, and related industries. While negligence is not a factor in securing workers’ compensation for knee injuries at work, you may be entitled to additional compensation through a third party claim if someone outside of your employer was responsible.
If you meet the requirements of a negligence claim, you may be able to recover monetary damages for your losses. Your compensation depends on many factors, but your knee injury attorney may be able to seek damages for:
It can be challenging to put an exact figure on how a knee injury impacted your life. You may be in physical pain with limited mobility, unable to work, and you may not be able to engage in activities that once brought you joy.
At Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., we will thoroughly investigate the accident that caused your knee injury. We will gather evidence to identify who’s liable, and we will work with you, your family, your physicians, and when necessary, outside experts to document and calculate the value of your injuries.
To learn more about the potential value of your knee injury claim, either through a lawsuit or settlement, schedule an appointment with us today.
Knee injuries should never be taken lightly, and no one should needlessly suffer because of someone else’s actions or negligence. If you’re struggling with medical costs related to a knee injury or are unable to work while you are recuperating, the best thing you can do for yourself and your family is to consult with a skilled, and successful personal injury attorney.
At Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., we have decades of experience and recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for victims like you. Let us review your situation, advise you about your options and fight for everything you’ll need to move past your injury.
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