The knee is one of the most frequently injured joints in the body. An injury to the knee can be quite detrimental as it can create serious limitations to your ability to move around and complete your daily tasks. If you have injured your knee at work and it was not your fault, you could be entitled to make a knee injury claim. Accident Advice Helpline can assist you with this.
What gets injured in the knee?
The knee is a mobile joint that is made up of three bones and several soft tissue structures. The thighbone, shinbone and kneecap make up the bone structures of the knee. The bones are covered in a strong articular cartilage that lets the knee move smoothly. The knee also has its own shock absorber in the form of meniscal cartilage. This cartilage acts as a sort of rubbery cushion between the thigh bone and shin bone. It is a strong, stabilising tissue that helps distribute load bearing evenly in order to prevent excessive wear of the articular cartilage in the knee.
These soft tissues in the knee can be damaged by overuse, traumatic overburdening of the joint, or even as a result of recurring small loads. This means that knee injuries can easily occur in a work situation. Your employer should take all necessary precautions to ensure that your work environment is conducive to the prevention of knee injuries.
Knee injuries at work
The severity of your knee injury will often determine the extent of the compensation claim you will be entitled to. Some knee injuries will result in a short absence from work. A few weeks of rest and physiotherapy could be enough to get you back on your feet. In more severe cases, the knee injury may be more long-term and in certain cases, even prevent you from being able to return to the same line of work.
The most common cause of knee injuries in the workplace is slips, trips and falls. In particular, falling from a height can cause serious knee injuries. The forestry, construction, manufacturing and agriculture sectors are all high-risk environments for this type of injury.
Other types of work related knee injuries include:
- Osteoarthritis of the knee – Miners, floor layers and cleaners are at a higher risk for this.
- Knee bursitis – caused by repetitive knee-straining work
- Beat knee – thickening of the knee’s skin due to pressure
How to make a knee injury claim
Making a knee injury claim is easy with Accident Advice Helpline. Call now and the friendly staff at our 24-hour free legal helpline will discuss your case and advise you on how to make a claim. All of our solicitors work on a 100% ‘no win, no fee’ basis, so starting your claim will not cost you anything either. If you want to get an idea of what your knee injury claim might be worth, you can try our 30-second test at the top of the page. Call us free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: November 7, 2013
Author: David Brown