At Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, our Atlanta injury lawyers represent knee injury victims. If you injured your knee, we’ll help you obtain great, affordable medical care. Then, our Atlanta knee injury lawyers will help you win the compensation you deserve. Our prior victories and our 5-star client reviews validate that promise.
Knee Injury Accidents
Our legal team handles knee injury claims arising from:
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Other Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Work Accidents
- Slip and Falls
- Dangerous Property Accidents
- Defective Products
- Elder Abuse or Neglect
- Medical Malpractice
Knee Injury Symptoms
Here are the common symptoms that most knee injury victims experience:
- Discoloration: If the skin around your knee is red, purple or blue, you’ve suffered a knee bruise. Knee bruises typically heal on their own in a few days. However, they’ll persist if your knee is significantly injured. If the skin around your knee is yellow or green, your knee may be infected.
- Skin Temperature: When you injure your knee, the skin around your knee may feel warmer or cooler than usual.
- Swelling: Many knee victims experience swelling. If the swelling doesn’t subside within a few days, you should call your doctor.
- Reduced Mobility: Many knee injury victims have difficulty bending their knees or rotating their knees.
- Reduced Strength and Stability: You may notice that your knee is weaker following an accident. If so, you should use crutches when you move so that it can heal.
- Pain: Many knee victims experience pain. If the pain is constant or sharp, you should get an MRI exam. An MRI exam will reveal whether you injured your muscles, tendons, or ligaments.
- Pop or Crunch Sounds: If you’ve injured your knee, you may hear it pop or crunch when you move it.
Some knee injury victims hesitate to seek medical treatment because they hope that their knee will heal itself. That’s unwise. If you’re experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms, you should always get your knee examined by your doctor. Even if it turns out that your knee is only moderately injured, your doctor will help your knee heal faster. If you’re unsure what doctor you should visit, your Atlanta knee injury lawyer will refer you to a great doctor.
Common Knee Injuries
Here are the most common knee injuries that our clients suffer:
- Fractures: Some knee injury victims fracture their knee caps when they fall upon a hard surface.
- Dislocation: The knee is the junction site of three bones—the femur (thighbone), tibia (shinbone), and patella (kneecap). A strong impact may dislocate one or more of those bones. Dislocation injuries are easy to diagnose because they’re so painful.
- ACL Tear: Many knee injury victims tear their Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). The ACL crosses over the front of the knee and stabilizes the joint. Some ACL tears are partial. Others are full tears. Sometimes partial tears heal on their own. However, full tears usually require surgery.
- MCL Tear: Some knee injury victims tear their Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL). The MCL is a tissue band that runs down the knee interior. It stabilizes the knee by preventing it from flexing inward. If the inside of your knee is tender or painful, you may have torn your MCL.
- PCL Tear: The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) connects the femur and tibia. It runs diagonally down the back of the knee. The PCL prevents your knee from bending too far backward. PCL injuries are less common than ACL injuries because the PCL is larger and stronger than the ACL.
- Meniscus Tear: The menisci are two cartilage wedges between the femur and tibia that act as shock absorbers. They may be torn if you suddenly twist your knee while bearing weight on it.
If you suffer a knee injury that wasn’t your fault, you should call an Atlanta knee injury lawyer. Your lawyer will help you file an insurance claim so that you can recover compensation for your injuries. If the insurance adjuster won’t pay you what you deserve, your lawyer will help you file a lawsuit.
Knee Injury Treatment
If you’ve injured your knee, you should get it examined by your doctor. Most doctors initially recommend that you bear minimal weight on your knee. That means you should elevate you knee when you’re seated. When you walk, you should use crutches, as well as a knee brace to stabilize your knee. Your doctor may also prescribe pain and anti-inflammatory medications to relieve your symptoms.
If your knee injury symptoms don’t improve after a few weeks, your doctor may recommend steroid injections or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections to strengthen your knee.
Surgery is the next option if those treatments don’t sufficiently relieve your symptoms. Most physicians perform arthroscopic knee surgery. “Arthroscopic” surgery means that the surgeon only makes a few small incisions. Then, they use a fiberoptic camera and tools to repair your tissues.
Severe knee injury victims often undergo a knee replacement procedure. During that procedure, your damaged bones and tissues are replaced with artificial parts.
Once your wounds are healed, your doctor will order you to undergo physical therapy. Physical therapy helps you regain strength and mobility in your knee and leg.
Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers Can Help You
At Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, our Atlanta injury lawyers will help you recover the following damages:
- Past, current, and future medical costs
- Lost wages
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Permanent physical disability
- Reduced earning capacity due to physical limitations
- Reduced quality of life
No case is too big or too small for us. Give us a call. We’re glad to help you win justice.