Car Accident Knee Injury Statistics

Car Accident Knee Injury The knee injuries typically suffered in car accidents can be so serious that new air bag technology has been devoted to protecting drivers’ knees in the event of wrecks. There are numerous ways the driver’s knee can become fractured or crushed and surgery is usually the only avenue doctors have to address the resulting issues. Even passengers are at risk during side impacts or rollover incidents of suffering an injury to the knee. The Chicago auto accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers specialize in recovering compensation for clients so that they can afford the medical care they need to get back to their lives following these accidents.

Types of Knee Injuries Suffered in Car Accidents

While knee injuries are far less common in car wrecks, they tend to be much more severe than the injuries suffered to victims’ backs and necks. Following are some of the knee injuries that are most commonly associated with car accidents.

  • Fractured patella— the kneecap is known as the patella and functions to protect the different tendons and ligaments in the knee which allow the knee to flex and move. A broken or crushed patella requires open reduction internal fixation surgery to repair the bone. During this procedure, bone fragments are put back into place using wire, pins and screws. Any fragments that are too small to salvage are removed. In extremely severe cases, part or the entire patella may be removed.

  • Ligament damage— the force of any car impact can cause the body, muscles and joints to flex, twist and tear due to the displacement of energy. When tendons extend beyond their range of motion, they can tear or become inflamed, resulting in extreme pain and loss of range of motion. There are four ligaments that control the movements performed by the knee and the one that is most commonly injured is the ACL. 70% of knee injuries occurring in car accidents involve this ligament and can vary from minor strains and tears to the entire disconnection of the tendon from the joint.

  • Ruptured meniscus— behind the knee, there are two menisci that are masses of cartilage and soft muscle tissue. High impact events such as a car accident can cause one or more of these discs to rupture, resulting in agonizing levels of pain and loss of motion. The knee often becomes locked, making it impossible to walk without medical intervention.

Many knee injuries require specialized medical treatment and extended periods of physical rehabilitation. Most prognoses involve upwards of nine months of physical therapy, which may take place after a laparoscopic surgical procedure. The medical costs over this period can easily mount and when coupled with the inability to work, this may result in financial strain and undue stress.

Our Chicago car accident lawyers can help determine the approximate cost of your rehabilitation, including the value of factors such as lost wages, pain and suffering and your out of pocket expenses. Once these factors have been considered, it is much easier to place a value on your claim that ensures you will have the compensation needed to carry you through your entire physical recovery.

Learn More About Your Rights and Options

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has helped thousands of people access the medical and legal services they needed the most after being injured in a car accident. Our access to an extensive network of doctors and medical specialists helps us connect our clients with the medical services they need to ensure the fastest physical recovery possible and our experienced and knowledgeable lawyers have the skills needed to recover the maximum amount of compensation the law will allow. This will ensure that you are able to focus on getting better without the stress and worry of wondering whether you can make ends meet.

If you have any questions about your knee injury suffered in a car accident, we would like to invite you to contact us so that we can connect you with one of our award winning Chicago auto accident attorneys. During your free consultation, we will collect the information we need to properly investigate the details of your claim and review your legal options with you so that you know what you can expect if you decide to pursue legal action. We work solely on a contingency basis, so you are guaranteed our services will not cost a thing unless we secure compensation on your behalf.

Here is some more general information regarding knee injuries and car accidents:

VEHICLES INVOLVED:
  • Car
  • Truck/Trailer
  • Motorcycle
  • Pedestrian
  • Bike
  • 70%
  • 17%
  • 4%
  • 8%
  • 1%

ACCIDENTS TYPES:
  • Rear-End
  • Lane Departure
  • Head-On
  • Rollover
  • Sideswipe
  • 18%
  • 74%
  • 5%
  • 1%
  • 2%

STATE RECOVERY (5 MOST COMMON STATES): California
Amount Recovered
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
32%
25%
7%
6%
9%
5%
7%
6%
3%

Florida
Amount Recovered
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
24%
26%
11%
11%
10%
5%
6%
5%
2%

Missouri
Amount Recovered $0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
33%
55%
5%
3%
1%
1%
1%
0%
1%

New York
Amount Recovered
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
39%
11%
11%
7%
9%
7%
10%
4%
2%

Texas
Amount Recovered
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
38%
38%
7%
4%
3%
4%
5%
0%
1%

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