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Knee Injury

The knee is the body’s largest joint, making it susceptible to serious injuries that can impair mobility for months. Important structures like bones, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage can easily be damaged, leaving victims in excruciating pain and unable to walk. 

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the most common knee injuries include fractures, torn ligaments, bursitis, dislocations, and sprains. While knee injuries can happen in a variety of circumstances, workplace and vehicle accidents caused by negligence account for a large majority. 

Los Angeles knee injury lawyers 

At Ellis Law, our Los Angeles accident lawyers liaise with top-notch health care providers and can help victims get expert medical care for debilitating knee injuries. Our legal team is well-versed in soft tissue and orthopedic injuries stemming from construction site accidents, high-speed motorcycle crashes, slips/falls, sporting injuries, car accidents, and large truck collisions. 

We routinely handle personal injury cases that result in traumatic orthopedic injuries and are familiar with the surgery, physical therapy, medications, and rehabilitation that clients may require. If you believe that your knee injury was caused – either wholly or partially – by the negligence of another person, it’s in your best interest to seek legal representation as quickly as possible. 

You don’t have to suffer alone, or even worse, pay the price for another’s reckless actions. Our seasoned litigators know how to negotiate and achieve the best possible settlement for your knee injury.  

Symptoms of a knee injury 

A prompt medical evaluation is the best way to ensure knee injuries are properly diagnosed. After any sudden blow or trauma to the knee, use the RICE method — rest, ice, compression, and elevation – until you can get to a doctor. 

Some of the most tell-tale signs of a knee injury are sudden onset pain combined with swelling. If you hear a popping noise at the time of the accident, this is another cause for concern, as it might imply a torn ligament or tendon.   

Other symptoms of a knee injury include stiffness, limited range of motion, or the sensation that the joint is ‘locking up.’   

Knee injuries explained 

Most knee injuries are caused by high-force impacts that can damage multiple components and structures. 

  • Knee fractures – Falls from heights and motor vehicle crashes account for a number of knee fractures to the patella or knee cap. 
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury — intense pain, swelling, and loss of stability are hallmarks of an anterior cruciate ligament injury. This ligament can be partially or fully torn and usually requires surgery. About 50 percent of people who suffer ACL injuries also suffer damage to the meniscus, tendons, or other ligaments. 
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) injury – PCL injuries are commonly seen in car accidents, as it involves a blow to the front of the knee when it is in a bent position 
  • Meniscal tear – the spongy cartilage between the knee joints can be torn when it is stretched or twisted, giving one the sensation that their knee if giving way 
  • Dislocation – happens when the tibia and femur are forced out of alignment, pushing the patella out of place  

Diagnosis of knee injuries will be determined by a physical exam, X-rays and possibly an MRI to confirm soft tissue damage. Treatment will depend on the type and severity of the injury, along with your age and activity level.   

Physical therapy, injections, and targeted exercise may help some patients, but fractures and badly injured ligaments often require surgery to mitigate pain and restore full functionality. 

Recover maximum compensation for your injuries 

Knee injuries can cause crippling pain and extended immobility, and while recovery is possible, it can be a long and extremely expensive process. Ellis Law can – quite literally – help you get back on your feet, and obtain the money damages you are rightfully due. 

Los Angeles accident lawyer will fight for a fair settlement that accounts for:  

  • Lost wages 
  • Pain and suffering 
  • Emotional trauma 
  • Lost earning capacity 
  • Rehabilitation expenses 
  • All medical costs, including surgeries and medication 

Legal guidance for knee injury victims in California 

If you were hurt in a preventable accident that resulted in a serious knee injury, you may be eligible for significant compensation through the courts. When it comes to pursuing maximum damages for your injuries, seek the experience, resources, and talent of Ellis Injury Law. Call our office to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a knowledgeable accident lawyer in Los Angeles today. 

Ellis Law takes every catastrophic injury case on a contingency basis, which means there are no upfront legal fees, and you only pay if we secure compensation in your case.