Understanding Knee Injuries in Illinois Automobile Accidents

Knee Injuries Result Car Accident The blunt force and trauma of a car accident poses various risks to your health. Objects might be thrown at you including pieces of the windshield, objects from outside the car, the steeling wheel, and other parts of the car itself. Also, the original skid, twist, or halt will surely put a lot of stress on your entire body.

We are experienced in handling car accident cases where victims suffer a wide range of harms, but we find that, over and over again, knee injuries are one of the most consistent types of injuries to emerge from the incident. These pages are designed to inform you about various symptoms and problems that your knee might develop following a car accident as well as provide you with resources to identify potential recovery in a lawsuit.

Knee Injury Symptoms from Illinois Car Accidents

We wanted to provide you with a concise list of symptoms to look out for after a car accident; however, before that, review the anatomy of the knee illustrated in these diagrams:

Knee Injury
Knee Injury

After the crash, closely monitor your knees for these symptoms:

  • Discoloration: The underlying bruise can cause the affected area to change in color, perhaps to a shade of red. If your situation develops and it actually becomes infected, then it might to start look more yellow or green than normal. Of course, if the knee or neighboring bones look abnormally placed, this is a stark sign that you were harmed and should see a doctor.

  • Temperature variation: Just like any other injury or illness, your body will respond to your injured knee to try and heal it and that response might make the area feel more warn than usual; on the other hand, if the car accident produced a lack of circulation in your knee, then you might notice a colder feeling there.

  • Reduced strength: The initial shock and subsequent injury that might develop in your knee will probably result in reduced strength. This is your body’s way of telling you that you are hurt and knee to recover

  • Limited range of motion: You might find that you are not able to move in ways that you used to be able to prior to the accident. This is a serious sign that your knee might be significantly injured.

  • Sensations: After a car accident, you might discover your knee hurts upon touch or manifests general tenderness or other sensations all on its own.

Common Knee Injuries from Illinois Car Accidents

After a car accident, your knees might suffer any of the following injuries:

  • Knee Fracture: Any bone fracture is a very significant injury but they are also very widely understood. They generally arise after an intense exertion or force is put upon it, like a car crash. These fractures are normally accompanied with bone deformities and discoloring, but you might also notice the knee sticking out of the skin itself! Normally, doctors will simply place the affected knee in a cast but they might recommend surgery if it cannot heal on its own. Also, in some instances, knee fractures might pose long-term issues such as arthritis.

  • Knee Dislocation: Generally, bone dislocations occur when they are not in the places where they should be. For knee dislocations, this means that the leg bones (called the tibia/fibula) are not in their proper positions relative to the thigh bone (called the femur). Absent a very strong force (such as a direct hit to the dashboard in an accident), these are relatively rare; however, if untreated they can cause very serious problems and might even result in amputation if an arterial blockage cuts off the blood supply to the leg for too long.

  • Knee Sprain/Strain: These occur in a car accident if you stretch, tear, or damage the ligaments, tendons, muscles, or joint capsule surrounding the knee. They are very common in automobile incidents and are assigned Grades from I to III based upon the seriousness of the sprain or strain. Grade I represents minimal pain; Grade II represents mild pain; Grade III represents serious pain.

  • Torn Cartilage: If you are involved in a car accident, you might also experience torn cartilage around your knee. There are pads around it that act as shock absorbers and trauma to that area might create a tear in their connective structure. They are commonly found when you also sprain or strain your knee. While time and rest ordinarily heal these up, you may need surgery in certain instances to correct the tear.

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury: Following an automobile accident, you might find that your ACL has been torn or damaged. This is the ligament that runs across the knee to give it stabilization and strength. Any damage to it is serious and requires immediate medical attention. Following an ACL injury, you might find that you cannot even walk or exert any strength on that leg at all. Surgery to correct ACL tears or sprains is not uncommon and ongoing medical treatment is vital.

  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injury: While running across the ACL, the PCL is actually considered to be a much stronger ligament. It provides support and acts as a brake against certain kinds of movements. However, due to its strength, it requires great shock or trauma to seriously injure or tear it, and, therefore, normally does not present a problem until after significant pressure has been applied for an extended period of time.

  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Injury: While very common injuries in sports, MCL problems also arise frequently in car accidents. In fact, they are the most commonly affected knee ligaments. If you have a MCL tear or sprain, you might experience a tingling sensation running along the inside part of your knee. These might require surgery and extended medical care as well.

Knee Injury Case Value from Illinois Car Accidents

In another part of our Illinois Car Accident Settlement Center we explained to you through our 5-step procedure how to estimate what your car accident case might be worth. If you did not read it, click here What Is My Car Accident Case Worth? However, if you suffer a knee injury in a crash, there are some specific things you have to realize when considering litigation. Here are some issues you might want to ponder:

  • Due to the force and trauma of many car accidents, knee injuries are one of the most common forms of injury in crashes.

  • The total cost of a surgery for a knee injury, such as to the ACL, can cost more than $10,000. While insurance may pay for the majority of this treatment and related services, there will still be a whole host of things you could be responsible for, including deductibles, copays, and insurance payments.

  • Recovery time for serious knee injury operations might take as long as six to nine months, though less serious operations might take shorter time to heal.

These facts alone paint a stark picture for the immediate future following a car accident that produces a knee injury. Surgery will be expensive, rehabilitation will be serious, and work will have to be put on hold for a significant amount of time. However, many patients report a declined sense of movement in the knee following surgery that affects their life thereafter in areas such as sports, work, and general mobility. This leads many plaintiffs’ lawyers to ask for non-economic compensation (in categories such as pain and suffering) for the reduced quality of life plaintiffs suffer in addition to the economic damages they already face (i.e. medical bills, lost wages, etc.) Knee injuries severely impact the lives of victims prospectively and an accurate portrayal of this should be pled and proved at trial and considered ex ante when estimating how much your car accident case is worth.

Knee Injury Statistics from Illinois Car Accidents

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. Here is some more general information regarding knee injuries and car accidents to give you a better grasp of the subject:

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%

Knee Injury Treatments Following a Car Accidents

The type of treatment you need for your knee following a car accident is entirely dependent upon how the incident happened and how much your body was impacted. However, there are some common treatment options that you should be aware of if you are involved in such an event:

  • RICE: If your knee injury from the car accident is not that serious, your doctor might just prescribe a series of at-home techniques. Normally, this will include a rest, ice, compression, and elevation: RICE.

  • SURGERY: If you tear, sprain, or strain any ligament or part of the knee, then your doctor might advise surgery. In this case, small holes are made via puncture and then surgeons go into the area with the assistance of tiny cameras in order to fix the problem. They can reattach ligaments, strengthen areas, or make other repairs.

  • REHABILITATION: Doctors also frequently recommend rehab in order to strengthen the knee and leg. This can include a battery of exercises chosen by a physical therapist such as swimming, running, and balancing.

The important thing to recognize about the various treatment options for knee injuries following car accidents is that they all will cost money, take time, and impact your life. This should all be taken into account when trying to calculate how much your claim is worth. With the help of experienced counsel, you will be able to identify the true cost of your treatment.

Knee Injury Claims and Defenses in Illinois Lawsuits

Invariably, the defendant in your auto accident lawsuit will come back with defenses that negate your opportunity to recover in court. Generally, they will first try to take away your right to receive compensation at all. Defendants do this by claiming that you were responsible for the accident or that some other party was responsible. Then, if unsuccessful with that tactic, they will move to reducing your overall recovery total. Defendants in Illinois car accident cases do this by arguing that your damages are not as great as claimed. They cannot really argue with the bills (like hospital bills) you incurred because those are fixed and obvious. However, they can dispute your intangible injuries such as pain and suffering or reduced quality of life. To bolster these claims, show how the accident affected your lifestyle and how similar plaintiffs were comparably rewarded. An experienced attorney can help you dismiss defendants’ arguments with effective advocacy that preserves your recovery in court.

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.

If you would like to learn about other kinds of injuries sustained in Illinois auto accidents, then please read the following pages:

Understanding Back Injuries in Illinois Automobile Accidents

Understanding Broken Bone Injuries in Illinois Automobile Accidents

Understanding Wrongful Deaths in Illinois Automobile Accidents

Understanding Herniated Disc Injuries in Illinois Automobile Accidents

Understanding Facial Injuries in Illinois Automobile Accidents

Understanding Brain Injuries in Illinois Automobile Accidents

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