A knee injury can be debilitating and can often cost you time away from work, causing loss of income. Depending on what caused your knee injury, you may be able to make a compensation claim. Accident Advice Helpline will be able to assist you in answering the question, ‘Can I claim for a knee injury?’
What are knee injuries?
The knee is made up of bones and cartilage. Most often, a knee injury will result from damage to the cartilage. However, bone injuries occur as well, and in such cases it is usually the kneecap that is affected. Our knees take a lot of strain on a daily basis and work that involves any form of physical labour can frequently lead to knee injuries if the proper precautions are not taken.
In terms of work-related injuries, a knee injury falls under the category of lower limb disorders. These include the following:
- Knee osteoarthritis.
- Knee bursitis (including beat knee).
- Lesions or tears/damage to the meniscal cartilage – the ‘shock absorber’ of the knee.
Damage to the meniscal cartilage can occur as a result of a sudden and severe trauma to the knee, such as the violent impact caused when falling from a height. Slips, trips and falls can also cause trauma to the knee. However, repeated overburdening and overuse of the joint can be just as harmful.
Knee osteoarthritis occurs when the articular cartilage that coats the bones in the knee wears away through excessive use. According to the Health and Safety Executive, miners, cleaners and floor layers face a high risk of developing this type of knee injury.
Work involving repetitive kneeling or squatting can often lead to knee bursitis, a condition characterised by tenderness and swelling of the knee joint and thickening of the skin over the knee.
Can I claim for a knee injury?
Under United Kingdom law, your employer is required to provide you with a safe and healthy working environment. As most knee injuries happen when the joint is overused, employers can reduce the risk of this type of injury by taking the following actions:
- Making sure staff take regular breaks.
- Providing seating if possible.
- Using staff rotation.
- Providing mechanical aids if possible.
If your employer has not taken necessary measures to minimise your risk of knee injury or if you have injured your knee as a result of an accident at work that was not your fault, you could be entitled to make a compensation claim.
Claim for your knee injury with Accident Advice Helpline
Call our 24-hour free legal helpline on 0800 689 0500 to start your compensation claim. Our well-trained staff will be able to assess your unique situation and guide you through the process of making a claim of this nature.
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Date Published: November 5, 2013
Author: David Brown