Any type of bodily injury can cause pain, temporarily limit a person’s abilities, and require downtime to adequately recover. However, joint injuries are known to be particularly damaging. Joint injuries disrupt movement and motions, and can be difficult to treat. In many cases, it takes years to fully recover from a joint injury.
One of the most common types of joint injuries is a knee injury. Whether a knee injury is the result on an automobile accident, sports injury, work accident, or assault, if it was caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another person or party, that person or party should be held liable for any resulting damages.
At Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton, our experienced joint injury lawyers have represented clients in personal injury cases involving knee injuries. We have helped our Provo, UT clients receive compensation so that they can focus on their recovery, rather than worrying about financial hardships caused by the injury.
Types of Knee Injuries
There are many types of injuries that can impact the function of the knees. Following are the most frequent types of knee injuries that our attorneys see in personal injury cases:
- ACL tears: ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, tears affect the ligament that runs along the middle of the knee. ACL tears may be partial or complete. This injury can create a sharp, intense pain. When a person suffers from an ACL tear, the joint may be unable to support the weight of the body, making walking difficult.
- LCL tears: An LCL tear affects the lateral collateral ligament, the ligament that stretches along the outside of the knee joint. An LCL tear commonly results in side effects such as swelling, pain, and stiffness or instability of the knee joint.
- Torn meniscus: The meniscus is pieces of cartilage that create a cushion between the shin bone and the thigh bone. If the meniscus is torn, people are likely to experience pain and swelling. The knee joint will also be stiff, and it may be difficult to fully extend the knee.
These types of knee injuries have a significant impact on a person’s physical abilities and quality of life. Unfortunately, torn ligaments and cartilage do not heal on their own. In many cases, orthopedic surgery is required to adequately treat a knee injury. Surgery is likely to be followed by months of physical therapy and healing.
Damages from Knee Injuries
The damage caused by a knee injury can be severe. There is obvious physical pain related to knee injuries. However, the financial strain of a knee injury can also be serious. The costs of surgery, medical treatment, physical therapy, and other expenses quickly add up. This is especially true if the injury victim is uninsured.
Many people must take time off of work while they recover from their injuries, further impacting finances. Finally, these injuries can have an emotional impact. It can be extremely disheartening to go from being a healthy, active individual to one suffering with a long-term injury.
If a knee injury was caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another person or party, a personal injury lawsuit should be filed. Our attorneys will gather the evidence needed to prove liability so that injury victim can be compensated for the full extent of losses.
If you are suffering from a knee injury that you believe was caused by another person or party, you may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit. Contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about your legal right to financial compensation. The experienced lawyers at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton look forward to working with you.