Knee injuries can be extremely painful, costly and even debilitating.
If you’ve suffered a knee injury as a result of another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation for associated medical expenses, loss of income and pain and suffering.
Here’s what you should know before pursuing a knee injury claim.
Common knee injuries
The knee is a complex, hard-working joint – one that carries your full body weight and takes significant impact when you walk, run or jump. Unfortunately, it’s vulnerable to a range of injuries. Simply banging, twisting or over-extending the knee can cause lasting damage to the knee itself, and to the muscles, ligaments and tendons that surround it.
Common causes of knee injuries include falls, sport-related contact and motor vehicle accidents.
Knee injuries range from fractures to ligament or tendon damage, tears of the meniscal (a shock absorber that cushions the bone) and knee cap or knee joint dislocations. Knee injuries can also lead to the development of osteoarthritis at the site of a knee injury, resulting in chronic pain, inflammation and stiffness.
Minor knee injuries may be treated with rest, stretching and strengthening exercises and anti-inflammatory medication. More severe knee injuries may require surgery and prolonged physical therapy, and can have life-long consequences.
When you should seek compensation
If you’ve suffered a serious knee injury due to another party’s negligence, you should consider seeking compensation.
For example, this may apply if your knee injury was the result of falling, slipping or tripping due to a hazard – like an unusual obstacle or a slippery surface with no accompanying signpost or warning – in a public area.
Although there are many unique factors in each knee injury case, you’ll generally need medical records and an accident report to support the validity of your claim. An attorney can assist in obtaining required records and other evidence on your behalf.
How DSC Attorneys can help
At DSC Attorneys, we specialise in personal injury law and our medico-legal team has extensive experience in handling knee injury claims.
Our attorneys can assess your claim, help gather and prepare supporting evidence and represent you in legal proceedings, giving you the best chance of receiving the compensation you deserve. We also work on a “no win, no fee” basis.