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Knee Injury Claims

Claiming for your knee injury

While any knee injury can make it difficult to get on with your everyday life, there’s also a risk that you’ll suffer from longer-term complications in the future, such as arthritis.

You might have needed surgery or physiotherapy, and it’s likely you’ve had to take time off work while you recover. As well as being stressful and painful, your injury might have put you under financial pressure.

Making a compensation claim for a knee injury can help you cover the immediate costs of your injury, as well as the future impacts it might have. Importantly, it allows you to get the support you need so you can get back on your feet.

You might be worried that making a personal injury claim will be confusing and time-intensive. But a specialist injury solicitor will do everything they can to make sure the process is as straightforward as possible – they’ll keep you updated every step of the way, and will negotiate on your behalf.

Get in touch with a trained legal adviser for free on 0800 234 6438. They’ll be able to answer any more questions and can pass you on to a specialist solicitor if they think you could claim.

Causes of knee injuries

Knee injuries typically happen when the joint is suddenly jolted or bent beyond its natural range of movement.

This can happen in a number of different types of accident, such as:

Road traffic accidents

Road accidents can cause knee injuries (and other leg injuries) due to the force of the collision. It’s not just drivers of cars who are affected – you could also receive compensation if you’re a passenger, cyclist, motorcyclist or pedestrian.

Accidents on the road often happen because of another driver’s dangerous driving. If your accident was another road user’s fault, then you could be in a position to make a claim – your compensation will usually be paid by their insurance company.

Roads should be well maintained and safe for use, as potholes and uneven road surfaces can be a danger to vehicles. If your accident happened because of poor road conditions, then you could make a claim against the council or the Highways Agency.

Slips or falls

Slips, trips and falls in public places can cause knee injuries – if you’ve suffered from a slip or fall in a shop, supermarket, restaurant or any other public space, then you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

Business owners and local councils have a duty to make sure public places are safe for pedestrians and visitors – as part of this they should maintain flooring and footpaths. Spillages should be cleared up quickly in supermarkets and wet floors signposted.

Sporting injuries

Taking part in any sport carries risks of injury, so when an accident happens, it can be easy to wrongly think it’s your own fault.

While sporting injury claims are uncommon, they do happen. For example, faulty equipment – especially in gyms – can fail and cause serious injury, either because it’s been badly looked after or because of a manufacturing problem.

Different types of knee injuries

The knee is a very complex joint. While it can withstand plenty of wear and tear, it’s also possible for it to be damaged in many ways. We’ve listed some examples below:

Fractures and dislocations

The patella is the main bone in the knee and a sudden impact can cause it to become chipped or shattered. This is a serious injury and can take some time to recover from. It also typically requires surgery.

The patella can also become dislocated, which can be very painful and can damage the muscles, ligaments and tendons surrounding your knee. Once a dislocation has happened, there’s a greater chance of it occurring again in the future.

Ligament damage

The knee joint is held together by ligaments. Damage to ligaments can make everyday activities such as walking and driving difficult and uncomfortable.

The most common form of ligament injury is damage to the ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament). When the ACL is damaged, the typical method for recovery is surgery to reconstruct the ligament.

The same treatment is also common for the other ligaments in the knee, such as the Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL), Lateral Collateral Ligament and the Cedial Collateral Ligament (MCL) – although these are more like to be strained or bruised than ruptured.

Find out more about ligament damage claims.

How is compensation calculated?

Your compensation is calculated on the individual circumstances of your accident, including the cause, your type of injury and the impact it’s had on your life. It can also include any future repercussions of your injury (such as loss of future earnings), as well as the effects it’s had on your family.

Because no two cases are the same, it’s difficult for us to tell you exactly how much compensation you could receive. But you can try our compensation calculator to get a guideline figure of how much your claim might be worth.

Last updated on: 18th February 2020

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