Knee injuries are excruciating.
While knee injuries caused by sports injuries and slip-and-fall accidents don’t surprise us, most of us aren’t as familiar with these injuries caused by car accidents.
But they are some of the most common injuries after a car wreck. And they can range from minor swelling to sprains, dislocations, ligament tears, and knee fractures.
Unfortunately, victims of car crash knee injuries often require extensive medical treatments and rehabilitation to regain mobility.
Worse, a lack of mobility can impact a victim’s ability to work and enjoy life.
The good news is that if you suffered an injury in a collision, you could be entitled to significant compensation for your expenses and losses.
Most Common Types of Knee Injury from Car Accident Incidents
According to the Association for the Advancement of Automobile Medicine, approximately 20% of drivers suffer at least one lower extremity fracture in a collision.
What is the most common knee injury in car accident victims? Here are a few:
- Patella fracture (kneecap)—Depending on the fracture’s severity, treatment for this might vary from ice and motion exercises to surgery.
- Tibial Plateau fracture—Metal plates and screws placed through a large incision usually fix the injury. However, bone grafts or types of bone cement are sometimes needed to support the joint surface.
- Rupture of the Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL)— Most cases involving this injury don’t require surgery but often require medication for pain and swelling, as well as braces and crutches.
- Rupture of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)—A torn ACL requires reconstruction surgery and may require bracing and physical therapy.
- Rupture of the Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL)—MCL ruptures can cause sprains or tears. Depending on the kind of injury, it may require surgery.
- Torn Meniscus—Depending on the injury’s severity, treatment can range from icing, rest, medication, and physical rehabilitation to surgery to repair the meniscus or a meniscus transplant.
- Knee Dislocation—A doctor will manually “pop” the joint back in place to restore bone alignment. However, if damage occurs to nearby blood vessels, it may restrict blood flow and may require emergency surgery.
- Degenerative arthritis—This issue often results as a long-term consequence of the injury.
If you hit your knee in a car crash or suffer any knee pain or swelling after an accident, seek immediate medical attention to avoid debilitating pain and long-term complications.
Calling an experienced car accident attorney can also help you obtain the compensation you need for your losses and injuries.
Contact a California Car Accident Lawyer Today
Our skilled advocates understand how an injury can impact your life and livelihood.
We genuinely care about our client’s well-being and can help you seek the best possible settlement to cover your medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, and other damages.