If someone says they have suffered an MCL knee injury, they are talking about their medial collateral ligament. This is sometimes referred to as an MCL tear or sprain. If you suffer this injury to your knee, you should seek medical advice to determine how serious it is.
MCL injuries are assessed on their severity. The medical professional will either rate it as grade one, two or three. The lower the number, the less severe the injury is. If your injury is rated as grade one, you will have stretched the ligament but there will be no tears in it. A grade two injury will have partial tears, whereas the grade three injury will be a complete tear. You may not be able to bear any weight on the knee if this is the case.
Does this injury need surgery?
Only very rarely. Most injuries will heal themselves over time. The amount of time needed for this will depend on how bad the damage is, and whether you have stretched the ligament or torn it. Tears will obviously take longer to heal.
You should always seek medical help for an injury like this. This will ensure the extent of the damage is known, so you can take the appropriate steps to move towards healing your knee. You may well be given crutches to use to keep your weight off your knee for a time as well.
What about compensation for an MCL knee injury?
Some people who incur an MCL knee injury can claim compensation for it. This may happen if they can prove another person was responsible for causing the injury in an accident. For instance, if you fell over on a wet shop floor that had no warning signs up and tore the ligament in your knee, you may have a good opportunity to claim some compensation.
To find out what applies in your case, call 0800 689 0500 now to speak to an expert advisor at Accident Advice Helpline. If you’re on a mobile phone, call 0333 500 0993 instead. We also have a simple online test that only takes 30 seconds to complete, and this too can provide quick answers to whether you could make a no-win, no-fee claim with the assistance of our experienced lawyers. You have a right to know more about your situation.
Date Published: January 24, 2017
Author: Rob Steen