Because the knee is one of the body’s most complex joints (and also one of the largest), rehabbing a knee injury can take some time. You may need surgery or physiotherapy after sustaining a knee injury, but even if you don’t it can take time to heal and you may need to keep weight off your knee or take time off work to recover. One of the most difficult things to deal with after an accident – and something not many people think about until it happens to them – is coping financially when you are unable to go to work.
If you work in a physical job or if your knee injury affects your mobility then you may be unable to return to work until you have recovered from your injury. The good news is that if somebody else caused your accident, you should be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation with Accident Advice Helpline, and we’ll take your loss of earnings into account when we work out your personal injury settlement.
How long does rehabbing a knee injury usually take?
There is no ‘one size fits all’ length of time that rehabbing an injury takes. It depends on the severity of your injury and the diagnosis and treatment you receive immediately following your accident. For ligament injuries, you could be looking at six to eight weeks of therapy and rehabilitation to regain full mobility in your knee, and even then you may need to avoid playing sports for some time afterwards. Fractured patellas can take longer to heal and you may be left with a limp or pain and need to undergo physiotherapy to regain full use of your knee. An injury such as bursitis (from kneeling) can heal more quickly but again you may need to avoid kneeling or ensure you use knee pads to protect your knees for some time after your accident.
If you’ve taken time off work to recover, then you could claim compensation for loss of earnings, and you may also be able to claim for the cost of travelling to medical appointments and any prescription medication you may need.
Get the compensation you’re entitled to
Many people don’t realise they could receive compensation for financial losses, such as loss of earnings, when they make a personal injury claim. To find out if you’re eligible to make a claim, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) today to get advice from our expert team.
Date Published: January 25, 2017
Author: Rob Steen