Knee injuries can have a serious effect on an accident victim. Michigan personal injury lawyers who represent clients who have suffered knee injuries must have a detailed knowledge and understanding of this type of injury, treatment for this type of injury, and its effect on the client is essential to achieving the best possible settlement for the injured client.
A knee injury frequently arises from trauma, such as a car accident, motorcycle accident, slip and fall accident, bicycle accident, or recreational injury. Depending on the cause of the injury, the injured person may have legal rights to be compensated for his or her injury, including money damages for pain and suffering, disability, medical bills, and lost wages.
The knee joint is made up of ligaments, tendons or fluid-filled sacs (bursa) that surround the knee joint as well as the bones, cartilage and ligaments that form the joint itself. Because of the knee's complexity. Although there are some knee conditions that develop over the years due to usage and the aging process, severe knee pains that occur suddenly are typically the result of trauma or injury.
Common Types of Knee Injuries
- Ligament injuries. The knee contains four ligaments - tough bands of tissue that connect your thighbone (femur) to your lower leg bones (tibia and fibula). There are two collateral ligaments - one on the inside (medial collateral ligament) and one on the outside (lateral collateral ligament) of each knee. A tear in one of these ligaments is usually the result of a fall or contact trauma and is likely to cause immediate pain in the injured area. Common ligament injuries include tears to the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and PCL (posterior cruciate ligament). These injuries often require surgery and extensive physical rehabilitation.
- Tendon injuries (tendonitis). Tendonitis is irritation and inflammation of one or more tendons - the thick, fibrous cords that attach muscles to bone. These injuries are often the result of repetitive use, like running, but can also occur from trauma or injuries.
- Meniscus injuries. The meniscus is a C-shaped cartilage that curves within your knee joint. Meniscus injuries involve tears in the cartilage, which can occur in various places and configurations. These injuries may not be immediately noticed or dismissed just due to mild pain at the time, but may actually be quite serious and noticed more later on. Meniscal injuries that cause locking of your knee should be surgically treated.
- Bursitis. Some knee injuries cause inflammation in the bursa, the small sacs of fluid that cushion the outside of your knee joint so that tendons and ligaments glide smoothly over the joint. This can lead to infections, fevers, and great discomfort.
- Loose body. Sometimes injury or degeneration of bone or cartilage can cause a piece of bone or cartilage to break off and float in the joint space. This may not create any problems unless the loose body interferes with knee joint movement - the effect is something like a pencil caught in a door hinge - leading to pain and a locked joint.
- Dislocated kneecap. This occurs when the triangular bone that covers the front of the knee (patella) slips out of place, usually to the outside of your knee. This typically results in intense pain and swelling in the affected area and difficulty walking or straightening the knee.
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Statute of Limitations For A Michigan Knee Injury Case
The procedures for filing claims and lawsuits are different virtually everywhere and the time limitations for filing personal injury claims isn't always the same. Depending on what type of case it I determines the statute of limitations for the case. If you miss a deadline, your claim will be lost forever. For these reasons, you should contact our Michigan personal injury lawyers immediately if you have been injured in an accident.
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Contact a Michigan Knee Injury Lawyer
If you or a family member suffer from ankle injuries due to a Michigan accident, you should contact our Michigan knee injury lawyers to determine whether a Michigan injury claim should be pursued. We have obtained significant settlements and verdicts for knee injury clients. Call us now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced Michigan personal injury lawyers about your case. Our office will start working on your case immediately and begin gathering witness statements and evidence to prove and win your case.