Making a knee injury claim
Not only are knee injuries painful but they are also limiting and restrictive on your mobility. Often resulting in you being unable to move your leg entirely or put weight on the joint, meaning you may not able to walk, drive, work or take part in any activities/hobbies you usually take part in.
As well as the physical pain you may find yourself becoming dependant on those around you leaving you feeling upset and frustrated. Although compensation cannot remove these feelings, it can help you rebuild how things use to be.
Not only can compensation help you pay for additional costs caused by your injury, such as medical treatment, rehabilitation, adaptations to your home, medication but can also cover any lost earnings you may have due to the time that is taken off work for recovery. When claiming we can also consider re-paying those who have provided care to you, even if it was free from a loved one.
If you would like to find out more about claiming and what you can claim for then contact our legally trained advisors today for a free, confidential, no-obligation chat on 08000 250 250.
Finding out what you are entitled to and your options should always be your first step to ensure you make the decision that’s right for you and your loved ones. Our advisors will ask you a few questions about your experiences and injuries to ensure you are given the best, tailored advice to suit you and your circumstances.
How is a knee injury caused?
Knees injuries can be caused in various ways in different types of accidents. It is typically found that a knee injury is caused by a jolt, bend or twist that causes the knee to move beyond its natural range of movement. This may happen in one of the following scenarios:
Knee injuries can be caused by surgical errors, delayed treatment or any other type of negligence from your treating medical professional.
Often cause due to the force of the impact caused by the collision. However, you can still claim if your injury was as a result of a pothole or other types of poor road conditions.
Maintaining flooring, footpaths etc. is a duty of care owed to you and other members of the public by business owners and local councils; therefore, if you have sustained a knee injury due to a breach of this duty, then you could be eligible for compensation.
Often due to heavy lifting or strenuous repetitive movements causing damage over time to the knee joint. If you haven’t been provided with the correct training or protective equipment, then your employer may be at fault.
The above are a few examples and links are provided if you wish to read more, however, if your experiences do not match any of the above then don’t worry it doesn’t mean we cannot help. However your injury was caused, as long as the accident was not your fault and it happened in the last three years then you could be eligible to make a claim, contact us today and find out how we can help.
What are the different types of knee injuries?
Your knee is a complex joint and even the minor types of injuries can cause difficulty with movement and discomfort, the more severe cases can even lead to life-changing consequences.
The knee is made up of 4 parts, bones, cartilage, tendons and ligaments and whilst it can withstand a lot of usages and pressure it is possible it can get damaged. This damage could be one of the following:
If you have sustained a leg injury it can also lead to restricting your movement in your knee e.g. stretching, straining or tearing your hamstring can cause pain, weakness, swelling and bruising.
Injuries such as these can be healed with exercise and may need rehabilitation such as physiotherapy to aid recovery.
Knee Ligament Injuries
Often caused by excessive straining, torn ligaments can result in feeling unstable when walking or running.
The main types of ligament tears are:
- ACL injury – this is when the Anterior Cruciate Ligament, joining the thigh to the shin is torn, this will usually require surgery to reconstruct the ligament
- PCL injury – Posterior Cruciate Ligament, this type of injury is usually bruising or swelling rather than a tear; however, if it has resulted in a tear then surgery would be required
- MCL injury – Lateral Collateral Ligament and Medial Collateral Ligament, same as PCL injuries, these types of injuries will usually consist of bruising or swelling rather than a tear, however, if it has resulted in a tear, then surgery would be required
If any ligament has been torn the treatment will usually be long-term and if surgery isn’t required physiotherapy or equipment such as braces may be needed to aid in recovering, walking, running etc.
A fracture is when at least one of the bones in the knee is broken, this is usually classed as a serious injury due to the impact a fractured knee can have on your life.
Your knee cap, known as the Patella, could become dislocated or fractured which can lead to long-term or permanent consequences. In more severe cases, the Patella could break in more than one place meaning you will require surgery to repair it.
Cartilage acts as a shock absorber for your knee joint. Also known as the meniscus, your cartilage can be damaged if your knee joint is bent and twisted.
Most cases require you to have rest and maybe time off work, however, in more severe cases surgery and rehabilitation may be required to ensure a full recovery is made.
Injuries to your knee cartilage can also lead to ongoing conditions such as osteoarthritis.
If you would like to discuss your injury with one of our team then get in touch on 08000 250 250, we will ask you a few questions regarding your experiences and your injury so we can provide you with tailored advice to suit your circumstances.
I want to make a claim for my knee injury
At Direct Solicitors, we like to make everything as simple and easy as possible, that’s why you can get the ball rolling in one quick call, just get in touch with our team on 08000 250 250 and we will go through everything with you.
We like to make sure that you understand the entire process of the claim and what we do can on your behalf, this way you can feel at ease knowing what will happen, as we understand making a claim can feel like a stressful situation.
Once you have spoken with one of our legal advice team about your experiences and injuries they will tell you whether we think you are eligible to make a claim. This initial call is on a no-obligation basis.
If you are eligible and you wish to proceed then we can get your claim set up quickly and proceed with your claim on a No Win No Fee basis.
How would I be able to fund my compensation claim?
We know that sustaining a knee injury can mean time off work and financial strains, but don’t worry making a claim doesn’t have to be another financial stress.
Our solicitors can work on a No Win No Fee basis; this means you will not have to worry about paying upfront for your legal fees. It also means if our solicitors take your case on under a No Win No Fee agreement (also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA)) and you don’t win any compensation you will not owe them any fee, there are no hidden terms and/or conditions, just simply, if you do not win your case you do not pay any legal fees.