How to make a knee injury claim
If you are injured in an incident or accident that is the responsibility of someone else then you might be eligible to make a knee injury claim for compensation. Damage to a knee or knees can happen in many different ways, perhaps while playing sport or taking part in a work related tasks. But by far the most common way to injure you knee is in a sports related activity.
What damage to the knee means
You may not be aware that there are four primary ligaments in your knee. These can be injured when extreme or unexpected stress is put on the knees. Muscle injuries in the knee are common especially in rugby, football, netball, skiing and basketball, the sort of sports where unexpectedly jumping, turning or winding actions happen, or there is a unexpected change in course.
Things to consider when making a knee injury claim
If you are thinking of making a knee injury claim you should consider if you have experienced these symptoms:
- Shakiness – you may experience the feeling that your knee is giving way or that it’s locking, or that you can’t stand on it.
- A popping or snapping feeling at the site of the injury. You may even hear a popping noise.
Handling of knee injuries
- Protect your knee from further harm
- Rest for two to three days then progressively re-introduce exercise
- Apply an ice pack (or bag of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel) right away to the injury to lower swelling and pain
- Compression: wrap the knee in an elastic bandage to hold up the joint and reduce swelling.
- Rest the leg up on a chair
- You can also take simple painkillers to mange the pain and, with ibuprofen, help to decrease inflammation.
- A lot of small strains ought to be settled with these steps. However, in more severe injuries or if the symptoms persist you may need specialist advice. MRI or ultrasound scans may help to assess the problem and the extent of damage.
- A physiotherapist can offer you treatment to hasten healing and exercises to build up the joint and its muscles and ligaments. In acute cases surgery may be essential to repair the injury and make the joint stable again.
Accident Advice Helpline can help you make a knee injury claim, call us to find out more about your next steps. Our helpline number is 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 if you’re calling from a mobile phone. Our trained advisors will give you some free legal advice and help you start a compensation claim, if you’re eligible and wish to proceed.