Knee injuries come in all shapes and sizes. However, knee injuries to the MCL can be very painful. The MCL refers to the medial collateral ligament. This is found on the inside of the knee and joins the thigh bone to your shin bone. If you suffer an injury to the MCL, it could mean you have stretched it beyond its usual range of motion, thus causing a sprain to occur. More serious sprains lead to a tear in the MCL.
In either case, the result is that your knee will feel unstable and painful. You will also be likely to notice swelling almost immediately after the injury occurs. Putting any weight on that leg will be difficult too, and your knee may feel as though it will give way under you.
Knee injuries to the MCL are graded on severity
You should always seek a diagnosis when you suspect this injury. This will confirm whether you have stretched or torn the MCL. Once the injury is confirmed, it will be graded as either a grade one, two or three injury.
Grade one means the lowest degree of damage has occurred. You have stretched the MCL but it hasn’t been torn in any way. A grade two injury refers to a partial tear, which will be confirmed by a lack of stability in that knee. Finally, a grade three tear, as you’d expect, is the most severe of the three. This would point to a complete tear of the MCL.
If someone else caused your knee injury, could you claim compensation?
If proof exists that another individual was negligent, then yes, you have a good chance of trying to secure a compensation award. To find out if this is the case, you only need to call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. Mobile users can call 0333 500 0993 instead.
Since knee injuries to the MCL can put you out of action for a time, your daily life is going to be affected in some way. You may be unable to work, and you may not be able to drive either. This could be considered when calculating the compensation award that could result from a successful no-win, no-fee claim taken on by our solicitors. Find out whether one of our personal injury solicitors would be able to claim for you.
Date Published: January 25, 2017
Author: Rob Steen