We have decades of experience representing clients who have injured their knees in a variety of different circumstances.
Knee injuries commonly arise from sporting accidents, but also from slips, trips and falls.
The knee is the largest joint in the body and so is the most easily injured of all the joints. Knee injuries can also come on after repetitive actions, hence the expression “housemaid’s knee”.
More information on Knee Injury Claims
Common Causes of Knee Injuries include:
- Tripping on a Pothole in the Road/Pavement
- Tripping on an Uneven Surface
- Hitting your Knee in a Road Traffic Accident
- Slipping/Tripping in an Accident at Work
- Falling on your Knees at Work
- Repetitive Kneeling at Work
- Slipping on Ice
- Sporting Accident
Knee Injuries Can Include:
- A Fracture to the Kneecap (patella)
- Knee Ligament Sprains (Medial Collateral Ligament)
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)
- Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries (PCL)
- Tear to the Cartilage (Meniscus)
- Tear to the Tendons
- Nerve Damage - which can lead to Chronic Pain conditions including Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and Patello Femoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS).
The consequences of a knee injury can be devastating.
This is perhaps no surprise given the fact that the knees support our body weight. We perhaps take our knees for granted sometimes, but a knee injury can immediately impact on every aspect of your day-to-day life.
Apart from the most minor of sprains, many people who’ve suffered knee injuries do take a longer period of time to recover.
For some, the effects are lifelong and can bring an end to their career, particularly if their job was primarily weight bearing, involving standing for long periods of time.
Permanent effects can result if a client is left with the onset of post-accident arthritis.
Alternatively, the knee injury may have triggered degenerative changes and cause people to suffer symptoms years earlier than they’d normally have expected to.
If you injure your knee, the first port of call in treatment is often to be fitted with a cricket splint by the hospital and to have crutches. This can prevent you from getting out and about and from working.
For all these reasons, it’s perhaps not surprising to learn that knee injuries do tend to attract quite high awards of damages.
English law states that a person can get anything up to £12,050 for the lowest bracket of knee injury, and up to £84,360 for the highest bracket of knee injury.
But of course, that’s only one aspect of valuing the claim from the knee injury. There are often associated psychological problems involved and chronic pain conditions which will be taken into account when valuing the injury.
The largest part of any damages award for a knee injury though is usually always made up by the past and future financial loss incurred.
Rehabilitation and other Support
Early rehabilitation and access to the right treatment is always encouraged to get the best possible outcome.
You may well have heard of the classic footballer-type knee injuries such as cruciate ligament injury, which can often put a player out for most of the season or, worse still, end a player’s career.
Unfortunately, most of us aren’t so lucky to be in the peak physical condition of a professional footballer, so the effects of knee injury can hit us even harder.
However, what we can do is access you the leading edge treatment that footballers have to help with your recovery and rehabilitation.
If you’ve injured a knee in an accident which was somebody else’s fault, the law doesn’t expect you to be in the same physical fitness as a footballer.
So if the structure of your knee was more fragile before you had the accident and it will take you longer to recover, then you’re entitled to be compensated for that.
We can instruct a specialist knee surgeon to examine you and report on your injury.
It’s important to seek specialist legal advice so we can reach a diagnosis of your condition and consider how this is likely to impact you now and in the future.
This is really important if, for example, it’s likely you may need a full or partial knee replacement in the future.
In that case, it’s important to question the expert about the risks of this and how many times it may need to be replaced in your lifetime, as you’re entitled to claim for the cost of future surgery and treatment.
Degenerative Knee Injuries
Your employer is responsible when you have an illness, injury or medical condition which was caused or made worse by your job or working conditions.
Health and Safety at work is a key concern across the UK. So if you’ve suffered a knee injury because your employer failed to meet health and safety requirements, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Working Conditions Known to Cause Knee Injuries include:
- Kneeling for Long periods of Time
- Manual Work without being given Proper Breaks
- Using Tools such as a Knee-kicker without Proper Supports
- Using Knee Pads/Supports that aren't fit for Purpose.
Types of Work Related Knee Injuries include:
- Beat Knee (Prepatellar Bursitis)
- Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
- Musculoskeletal Injuries
- Joint Injury
- Knee Damage
So if your working environment has led to you suffering a degenerative knee injury, get in touch with our Solicitors, as we may be able to help you get the compensation and rehabilitation support you’re entitled to.
If we take on your claim, we can arrange an independent medical report to find out if you need further treatment or rehabilitation. The cost of whatever may be required will be included in our valuation of your claim.
We’re Investors in People, and an accredited member of the Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme.
Frequently asked questions
- What is the claims process?
If we agree to represent you, we’ll explain the process and legal terminology to you from the start of your claim, and gather all the evidence needed to build your case.
In the case of a knee injury sustained at work, we’ll locate the appropriate employer/s and carry out searches to locate their insurers. We’ll take a detailed statement from you about your work, work processes, symptoms and treatment.
After this, we’ll commence a thorough investigation, which will include taking statements from witnesses who can help with the claim.
If the other side denies liability, we’ll show you any documents they disclose to us and get a report from a specialist medical consultant to confirm that your job led to your injury.
- What funding is available?
Knee injury claims can often be funded through a No Win, No Fee agreement. And if you’re a union member claiming against an employer, no deductions will be made from damages.
- Has my degenerative knee injury been caused by my work?
Over time, repetitive wear and tear and/or forceful movement of your knees can wear down the joints used in the movement.
Your employer should provide you with the proper equipment to keep you safe whilst carrying out your duties, as they should be aware of any risk factors.
If they fail to do so, you can end up with an injury or illness such as osteoarthritis.
For example, carpet layers using a knee kicker without appropriate kneepads have led to osteoarthritis in the knee.
These examples are obviously not exhaustive, consistent stress on any joints will carry a risk of osteoarthritis, and should be monitored and controlled.
- What is Beat Knee?
Beat Knee is a type of repetitive strain injury (RSI). Once more familiarly known as 'Housemaid's Knee', Beat Knee is caused by continuous, repetitive strain on the knee, often sustained over many years.
- What is RSI?
A repetitive strain injury is normally caused by repeated muscular movements without enough rest between each movement.
Over time, muscles, tendons, nerves, and cartilage are affected by the prolonged pressure, and it becomes painful to move.
To make sure you don't do any long-term damage, any RSI needs a period for recovery. It's exactly the same with Beat Knee; in fact, there are many cases where Beat Knee has been ignored, leaving sufferers in great pain for the rest of their lives.
- Severe pain or discomfort, in the form of a sharp ache or burning sensation, that becomes more intense the more you use your knees in the same way
- Tenderness of joints to touch or minor movements
- Reduced mobility and 'locked knees'
- Swelling and/or soreness around the joint or tendons
Beat Knee symptoms are typified by immediate pain that can arise very suddenly. If you notice such pain, it's likely to subside after a period of rest. However, recurring inflammation in the same area, as with most forms of RSI, could be more serious.
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