When your knee or knees become injured in an accident, your life can become significantly impacted. Many people who experience knee injuries face limited mobility after their accident. Serious knee injuries often require one or more surgeries and intense rehabilitation. Those with knee injuries are often unable to complete their daily tasks and walk, and they may not return to work.
Have you experienced a knee injury in an accident? If so, you may be unable to work and concerned about paying your medical expenses during your recovery. It’s important to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. You may have a right to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the person or business whose negligence caused your knee injury. Contact Stein & Shulman, LLC today to schedule your free initial consultation.
Types of Knee Injuries
Nearly any type of accident can cause a painful and debilitating knee injury. Our knees are the largest joints in our bodies, and they are highly susceptible to injury. Discs separate the upper and lower bones of the knee. The knee bones’ surface is covered with articular cartilage, which provides smoothness of motion and absorbs shock. When the structures inside the knee become damaged, or the cartilage surrounding the bones tears, knee injuries result. At Stein & Shulman, LLC, we have handled a wide range of knee injury cases, including the following knee injuries:
- ACL, MCL, and PCL tears
- Meniscus tears
- Strains and sprains
- Dislocated knee joints
- Ligament tears
- Broken kneecaps
Common Causes of Knee Injuries
Any accident that results in blunt force to a person’s knee can cause knee injury. A person’s knee may collide with a door, dashboard, or another object in a car accident, causing a devastating knee injury. Additionally, slip and fall accidents are some of the most common causes of knee injuries. Anytime a person’s knee twists due to slipping or tripping on an object, there is a chance that he or she will suffer a knee injury.
It’s common for motorcyclists to fall off of the motorcycle and land on the asphalt forcefully in an accident. It’s common for a motorcyclist’s or bicyclist’s knee to become injured during the collision. Some of the most common causes of knee injuries include:
- Car accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Truck accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Construction accidents
- Sports injuries
Experiencing a Knee Injury While on the Job
Many Americans experience knee injuries due to accidents that occur on the job. We have represented clients who’ve experienced knee sprains, strains, broken kneecaps, and tears to the meniscus related to injuries suffered on the job. If you’ve injured your knee while on the job, you may qualify for benefits through your employer’s workers’ compensation program. Nearly every Illinois employer must pay for workers’ compensation benefits to provide workers who become injured on the job benefits to cover expenses associated with their injuries.
You will not need to prove that your knee injury that occurred on the job was someone else’s fault. Instead, you’ll just need to show that your injury took place while at work. If you’ve suffered an injury on the job, you must provide your employer with the notice within 45 days of the accident. It’s wise to speak with a lawyer regarding your potential workers’ compensation claim. Unfortunately, many employers do not take claims seriously and do not process them quickly enough, according to Illinois law. The lawyers at Stein & Shulman, LLC can help you ensure that you obtain the compensation you deserve promptly.
Determining Fault for a Knee Injury
Should you decide to go forward with a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation, you will need to prove that the defendant is liable for your knee injury. Depending on the facts of your case, there may be only one defendant, or there could be multiple defendants. For example, suppose a trucking company negligently hired the truck driver who collided with your vehicle due to distracted driving. In that case, you would be able to bring a lawsuit against the truck driver himself and his employer. Our legal team can help you determine who is liable for your knee injury.
Under Illinois law, plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits must prove four key elements. First, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant owed him or her a duty to act reasonably under the circumstances. Drivers owe all other drivers and pedestrians a duty to drive reasonably under the circumstances. Likewise, property owners owe their guests a duty to keep their property reasonably safe.
The plaintiff must prove that the defendant breached this duty of reasonable care. For example, if the defendant drove while intoxicated, he breached his duty of care to the other drivers on the road. The plaintiff must also prove that the defendant’s breach of duty caused the accident that resulted in a knee injury. Finally, the plaintiff needs to show the court that the knee injury resulted in financial losses, injuries, and other expenses.
Damages Available After a Knee Injury
Successful personal injury plaintiffs are entitled to economic and non-economic damages from the defendant. Economic damages include all past, present, and future medical expenses associated with your knee injury. Medical expenses include doctor’s fees, emergency room fees, prescription fees, hospital fees, and rehabilitation costs.
Plaintiffs can also recover their lost wages and any future wages they will lose due to the knee injury. In addition to economic damages, plaintiffs can recover non-economic damages for the pain and suffering they endured due to their knee injury.
Contact a Chicago Knee Injury Lawyer
If you’ve suffered a knee injury in an accident, you may feel overwhelmed. You may not know what to do next. Working with an experienced knee injury lawyer can help ease the burden of navigating the legal system alone while you are trying to recover from your injuries. The personal injury lawyers at Stein & Shulman, LLC has a proven track record of obtaining the most compensation possible for their clients. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation.