If you have had a knee injury with an ACL tear recently, you will know what the term ACL means. It stands for anterior cruciate ligament, and this is a ligament inside the knee that can tear if the knee is twisted awkwardly or is injured in an accident. While it is possible to overstretch this ligament – which is painful in itself – a tear is a more serious injury.
You may suspect you have this injury if you hurt your knee in an accident and you then find you cannot put your weight on it. Even if you can, it may feel unstable in doing so. Furthermore, you will notice pain and swelling in the injured knee, and the swelling may increase immediately following the accident.
How might a knee injury with an ACL tear occur?
Many injuries of this kind occur in sporting endeavours. Some sports put players at greater risk of these injuries than others. Basketball and football are just two examples. However, an awkward slip or fall could potentially cause this injury as well. Imagine if you fell from a height and landed awkwardly on your feet, for instance. Not only might damage occur to your feet and ankles, you might also twist and tear the anterior cruciate ligament.
The recovery from this injury depends on how bad the tear is. Sometimes, the individual may only suffer a partial tear to the ligament. If so, no extensive treatment may be required. However, in some cases, a partial tear will require surgery. A complete tear will almost certainly require surgery to reconstruct the ligament.
Could you get compensation if your knee injury occurred through negligence?
Sometimes, accidents occur because someone has been negligent. Thankfully, such things are uncommon, but if you know someone else did something to cause your accident (or didn’t do something they should have done that led to it), you could be well placed to try and claim.
Accident Advice Helpline can provide no-obligation advice for a knee injury with an ACL tear that was caused through negligent actions. Take the 30-second online test now to get some quick answers to your questions. Alternatively, call 0800 689 0500 free, or ring from your mobile on 0333 500 0993. When you do, you are assured of discovering whether compensation could be awarded for the injury you have incurred in the past three years.
Date Published: January 25, 2017
Author: Rob Steen