You don’t have to fall from a height to suffer nasty injuries. If you trip over something and fall over, you could easily injure your hands, wrists or knees – or even suffer injuries to your face if you cannot break your fall in any way. A knee injury from a fall could potentially occur if you slip, trip or fall over in some manner, or if you fall from a height, whether that is from a significant height or not.
Knee injuries come in all shapes and sizes. For example, you might bruise your kneecap or fracture it. You might twist your knee and damage the tendons and ligaments that help hold everything in place. You may suffer an open fracture that means bones poke through the skin. This injury will require surgery to put right.
Can you recover from a knee injury from a fall?
You can, but the completeness of your recovery will likely depend on how bad the injury was in the first place. Some minor knee injuries may resolve themselves completely within a week or two, for example, if the injury was little more than swelling and bruising. However, a fractured kneecap would take several weeks to heal.
Some people recover completely but others experience ongoing problems they never had before suffering their knee injury. As you can see, there are many possible outcomes, and the nature of the fall and the injury itself will directly impact the individual outcome one person may experience.
You can also find out if you can claim compensation
This won’t be the first thing to cross your mind, but you do have a right to learn whether you are entitled to seek compensation for your injury. If you suffered a knee injury from a fall that was due to another individual’s negligence, you could have a good case.
Accident Advice Helpline can help you find out whether that’s the case. Ring now on 0800 689 0500 or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. If your fall happened because you tripped on a raised paving stone, or because you were unprotected while working at height, you might be able to claim. One of our considerate advisors will be able to take the details and consider whether a claim might be possible with the help of one of our expert personal injury lawyers.
Date Published: January 24, 2017
Author: Rob Steen