Treatments For Knee and Leg Injuries After Accident?
While not usually life threatening, knee and leg injuries are some of the most painful. Knee and leg injuries can happen anywhere: work, pedestrian hit-and-run accidents, and falls on improperly maintained sidewalks or on wet floors without proper warning signs. After sustaining an injury to the knee or leg, a victim can find themselves lacking the athleticism and mobility they once had. These are particularly devastating to those who enjoy physical exercise: running, jogging, and playing basketball to name a few.
The immobility knee and leg injuries cause, greatly reduce quality of life. This is especially true if an accident leaves a victim wheelchair bound or on crutches for a very long time. In catastrophic cases, these injuries can become life threatening if a victim develops CRPS (formerly RSD) or requires amputation.
What is the Personal Injury side of knee and leg injury?
Within this Shaked Law Firm Blog article, we’ll explore the legal and medical side of knee and leg injuries. Furthermore, we look at how these injuries can seriously affect both long-term mobility and quality of life. We’ll also provide a clear picture of how the best Personal Injury lawyers handle knee injury claims on behalf of clients. It’s important to understand how this type of accident and the litigation surrounding it affects those sustaining knee and leg injury at no fault of their own.
In order to rule on the compensation the victim deserves as a result of their accident, it’s important to consult with a Board Certified Civil Trial lawyer. With changing laws surrounding slip-and-fall cases, only top lawyers have the necessary experience to recover maximum compensation.
What happens immediately following knee or leg injury?
When people sustain injuries to the lower extremities, the first thing they do is seek medical attention. This is especially true if the injury is causing extreme pain. Trouble arises when they find they cannot move the affected limb. Those who sustain injuries during an accident should never put off seeking medical attention. From a legal standpoint, delaying medical care can severely inhibit pursuit of compensation. If a victim waits until the last minute to seek medical attention, they may exceed Florida’s Statute of Limitations.
In more severe cases, the extent of an injury is so bad that a victim may require transport to the ER in an ambulance. This is true in cases where the knee or kneecap becomes broken, shattered, or dislocated. In the most catastrophic cases, injuries may be so severe the limb must be amputated.
What happens after an accident in which one or both the lower extremities sustain injuries?
Following immediate medical attention after an accident, such as relocating a dislocated kneecap or stabilizing fractured bones, there may be more extensive medical attention that need be provided. Mayo Clinic provides extensive information on medical treatment for knee and leg injuries. Below we list some injuries, and treatments, as well.
What are common leg bone injuries?
Greenstick fracture. These fractures are typically incomplete, and become worse when the victim is unaware of their injury. The broken bone in these injuries is not completely separated, therefore, placing pressure on the injury can cause extreme pain and further exacerbate internal injury.
Transverse fracture. In these injuries, the bone breaks “cleanly”. This means there is no shattering of bone. These injuries normally occur due to workplace accidents. Mishandling of equipment by inadequately trained employees may result in construction site accidents. Transverse fractures sometimes require surgical screws (“lag screws”) inside the bone to restore use of the limb.
Spiral fracture. These injuries are excruciating due to the nature of how they occur. In spiral fracture injuries, the bone twists in such a way that it “spirals” upon breaking. Auto accidents in which the victim becomes trapped may result in this level of injury.
Oblique fracture. Bone injuries resulting in oblique fractures appear on X-ray as a clear diagonal break. These injuries normally occur due to falls in which the bone takes most of the impact. During a fall, a victim may place their arms out in front of their body to prevent their face from hitting the ground. When the hands make impact with the ground, a diagonal break in the bone occurs.
What is knee and leg injury diagnosis after accident?
- Imaging of the affected limb. an orthopedic surgeon will use MRI or CT scan as a way to closely monitor the injured limb and note any changes to the structure of the knee. Structural changes can range from loss of cartilage to bone loss, depending on the extent of the injury.
- Physical therapy. Physical therapists not only provide rehabilitative care, but they can be invaluable in diagnosing injury. PT is useful to treat the patient’s injury before and after surgery. However, an evaluation by a physical therapist can also assess the extent of an injury. Doctors will use the therapist’s evaluation as insight to further plan a patient’s treatment.
Bracing and stabilization of the joint can provide temporary pain relief while a patient awaits further treatment. while a patient is awaiting surgery, doctors may recommend wearing a brace on the injured knee. This prevents further injury in the meantime.
Always consult a licensed physician after any accident resulting in knee and leg injuries.
What treatment is available for knee and leg injuries?
- Arthroscopic surgery. This surgical procedure is useful to both diagnose and treat a knee injury in a single surgery. This type of surgical intervention is a first line surgery before a surgeon knows if a Total Knee Replacement will be necessary down the road. During an Arthroscopic knee surgery, a surgeon can visualize the inside of the knee using minimally invasive technology. The recovery for this kind of surgery is usually short. Physical therapy normally follows Arthroscopic surgery.
- Total Knee Replacement. This is the most extreme intervention to treat a patient with a severe knee injury. When less invasive procedures such as Arthroscopy fail to provide the patient with pain relief or the ability to bear weight on the knee, an orthopedic surgeon removes the knee joint and replaces it. This is major surgery with a long recovery time. Physical therapy often follows when the patient receives the “all clear” to bear weight.
Why do some knee and leg injuries require reduction surgery?
An important aspect of a victim recovering from lower extremity injury is whether or not they require reduction. Furthermore, if a reduction is necessary, what type of reduction technique?
There are two types of reductions: open and closed reductions.
First of all, a reduction is a surgical procedure necessary to repair a fracture injury or severe dislocation. This type of surgery corrects bone alignment. Often, patients express concern that the term “reduction” means they will lose bone or limb length during surgery. However, thankfully, this is not the case. Reduction in bone fracture scenarios simply means the surgeon will put the injured bone back in its correct position.
Reduction surgery aids with proper healing. When a bone sustains injury severe enough to break or fracture it, it becomes displaced.
What are some complications of knee and leg surgery?
- Excess bleeding
- Blood clot in the knee or in the leg requiring intervention
- Infection at the surgical site
- Stiffness of the joint post-op
- Damage to surrounding areas such as bones or cartilage of the knee
What happens to quality of life post knee or leg injuries?
After a knee or leg injury, victims may be unable to enjoy former athletic hobbies or perform jobs requiring them to be on their feet. The latter problem resulting in lost wages and medical expenses. In accident cases that require major surgery, it can be months or even years before a victim returns to a better quality of life.
How does a Personal Injury lawyer represent a client who suffers knee or leg injuries?
No matter where a person sustains injury, a lawyer with experience is invaluable. In the event a person sustains injuries by the negligence of another, a victim should receive maximum compensation. A Personal Injury lawyer dedicates an entire career to aggressive pursuit of justice on behalf of those looking to recover compensation due to the negligent actions of another. When victims are unable to fight for themselves, it’s the Personal Injury lawyer that ensures their right to damages.
How do victims receive sufficient damages?
To estimate the damages on a knee injury claim, if the case goes to trial, the court will look at several factors:
- Concrete damages. These are damages that are obvious to a judge and jury. These damages can include medical bills and lost wages. The amount of these damages bears concrete proof on paper. Therefore, this compensation is not as difficult to award.
- Subjective damages. Damages that are not easy to identify (medical bills and lost wages have paperwork proof). These damages include “pain and suffering” that the victim experiences post accident. Pain and suffering usually includes: physical pain, mental anguish, and PTSD from trauma.
What about a case injuries prior to accident?
In cases that move to trial, a judge takes into consideration whether the victim had prior injuries affecting the limb. However, in most circumstances, previous injury would not result in the pain and suffering for which the victim is currently suing. This is something the negligent party’s insurance company will attempt to argue–unfairly. Insurance companies use this deceitful tactic to try and convince a victim they should not be receiving any compensation. However, the fact is they are rightfully deserving.
How can Personal Injury lawyers ensure maximum compensation?
Accident recreation and demonstrative aides are an important part of a successful case. Factor in expert testimony from the doctor treating the patient, as well as a well researched burden of proof, and the client will almost surely walk away with the compensation they rightfully deserve.