The knee is one of the body’s largest, most complex joints and so if you suffer a knee injury, it can take time to heal. If you have suffered a knee injury from an impact – for example if something has fallen and hit your knee in an accident at work or if you have suffered this type of injury in a road traffic accident – then you could make a claim for personal injury compensation if somebody else was to blame.
These types of knee injuries can be serious and take time to heal, which could mean taking time off work to recover, affecting your earnings. When you get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline, we will take this into account and you could receive compensation for your financial losses.
How serious is a knee injury from an impact?
A knee injury from an impact can range from minor to serious and over the past 16 years Accident Advice Helpline has handled hundreds of claims for knee injuries after an accident at work or a road traffic accident. Here are a few examples of the types of knee injuries that could be sustained after an impact:
- Posterior cruciate ligament injury – this type of ligament tear may require surgery or physiotherapy
- Dislocated or fractured patella – this happens when the kneecap is pushed out of place or fractured and a knee brace, exercise and/or surgery may be needed
The outlook after these types of injuries depends on the severity of the injury and the treatment you receive. You may need to keep weight off your knee for several weeks, wear a brace or undergo surgery to regain full mobility. If you work in an active job you’ll probably need to take time off work to recover.
Claiming compensation after a knee injury
Many people miss out on the opportunity to claim compensation after an accident as they assume their injuries aren’t serious enough. A knee injury may not be as life changing as a brain injury or a spinal injury, but if somebody else was responsible for your accident then you are still entitled to claim compensation. It’s a good idea to get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline as soon as possible after your accident, as there is a three-year time limit in place to make a claim.
You can call us at any time for confidential, no-obligation advice on 0800 689 0500 (or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) and we will never push you into proceeding with a claim. Our expert advisors have over 16 years’ experience helping members of the public claim compensation, and we have even been endorsed by our patron, TV personality Dame Esther Rantzen.
Date Published: January 25, 2017
Author: Rob Steen