When injuries occur at your workplace, it’s important to consider the nature of the accident. Sometimes the incident was no one’s fault, and you’ll then want to consider seeking workers' compensation benefits. Other times the injury was the result of negligence. In these cases, seeking the counsel of a San Antonio, TX workplace injury lawyer is crucial.
Injuries to the knees can be especially severe. They will impact your life as you recover from the injury, and may affect your mobility and quality of life for many years down the road. Let’s consider the causes and types of knee injuries and what your legal options might be.
Potential Causes of Knee Injuries
Knee injuries have many causes at a workplace, particularly for people who work in construction and other physically demanding fields. Some potential causes of knee injuries include:
- Pinch/crush injuries
- Vehicle accidents
- Tool or equipment accidents
- Falling objects
- Problems lifting or carrying objects
- Repetitive stress on the joint
A knee fracture would mean that the kneecap itself (the patella) has suffer some form of break or damage. The patella protects the knee joint from serious harm. Fractures of the patella may come in various forms, from cracks in the bone, a split in the bone that separates the kneecap into two parts, or a break that causes the kneecap to be split into many parts.
A knee dislocation occurs when the bones that meet at the knee joint are forced out of place. These types of injuries are generally rare, and when they do occur the resulting injury is painful and severe. Knee dislocations require immediate attention to eventually restore some strength and use of the knee.
The knee joint is held together by four main ligaments that connect to the bones of the leg. These ligaments are the medial collateral (MCL), the lateral collateral (LCL), the anterior cruciate (ACL) and the posterior cruciate (PCL). Torn ligaments occur when stress is placed on the knee, which occurs when someone lands on their knee, stops suddenly, or suffers a blow to the knee itself. ACL tears are the most common kinds of knee ligament injuries.
Tendinitis refers to an inflammation of the tendons, which are the thick cords that connect the bone to your muscles. For the knees, most people refer to tendinitis colloquially as “jumper’s knee.” Repetitive stress is the most common cause of this knee injury.
Aggravating an Existing Knee Injury of Condition
If you have suffered a previous knee injury, your duties on the job may cause you to aggravate this past injury. For people who have a previous knee injury or knee condition in their past, they should discuss modifying their on-the-job tasks with their employer.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Workers’ compensation benefits will help cover living expenses while you recover from an on-the-job injury. If you are denied these benefits, an attorney can look over your claim and help you receive the compensation that you are rightfully entitled to.
Was Your Employer Liable for Your Injury?
Rather than seeking worker’s compensation benefits, you may want to consider seeking legal action against your employer for your knee injury. If the knee injury occurred as a result of negligence or poor safety practices any your employer, they may be liable for the harm you experienced.
Considering Your Legal Options
Taking your employer to court is a major decision, and one that should not be taken lightly. By consulting with our law firm, you can receive an honest assessment about your case and whether or not you should pursue a lawsuit. We’ll offer expert counsel during every stage of the legal process.
Learn More About Life After a Knee Injury
For more information about your legal options following an accident at your workplace, we encourage you to contact an experienced work injury attorney. The legal team at The Spencer Law Firm, PLLC will help you weigh your options and make the right choices with regard to your best decisions.