With hundreds of areas in the body that are at risk of injury, the knees are one of the most common. Between the three bones surrounding your knee, namely the femur (thighbone), the tibia (shin bone), and the patella (kneecap), there are several ligaments and areas of cartilage that are at risk of damage during any knee injury. But, how does one so easily injure this area?

Unfortunately, even though we usually consider our bodies to be very robust, these ligaments, tendons, and cartilage-covered parts are vulnerable to injury if twisted, bent, or if pressure is applied in the wrong way. And what complicates knee injuries further is that there are usually a variety of resultant injuries that occur in one single event, such as a sprain and a tear, or a fracture and a meniscus tear. Rehabilitation is not only painful and time-intensive but recovering from a knee injury can take you out of work and your regular duties for months on end.

Every case is different, but they should all be treated with seriousness. If you or someone you love has sustained a knee injury, here are some helpful tips you should be aware of. 

File a Claim for Damages

If you have incurred an injury that hasn’t been your faults, such as during a high-impact sporting event or fall accident, you may be able to claim financial compensation for the damages. Whether this falls under a personal injury claim or worker’s compensation, you are entitled to claims for a knee injury, and finding a lawyer to support your legal rights throughout this process is essential and should be done as early as you can. Keep in mind, too, that many legal experts offer an obligation-free exploratory session to help you find out where you stand. Take advantage of this offer and get the expertise you deserve!

In some cases, you may think that the damage isn’t severe enough or that it isn’t possible to claim against a certain party, but it’s important to keep in mind that knee injuries can take an extremely long time to heal. And when surgery has been successful or your knee brace has done its job, you may then still be impacted by your injury for years to come. Therefore, compensation should not only apply to your initial medical procedures, but also to your rehabilitation costs, physiotherapy, and follow-up medical appointments. 

Take your Claim Seriously – Especially When it Affects Work!

Medical bills and additional costs one will need to afford the recovery from a knee injury can present a huge source of pressure to individuals. Even more stressful, without a doubt, is the injury itself and resultant damage when it impacts the use of a limb essential to your daily work. If one has experienced a traumatic knee injury, specialists warn that it may take up to a year to heal. In some cases, your injury may not allow you to return to your work environment.

Because of a knee injury that affects the capacity to fulfill your duties at work, the means of receiving your full income is compromised. If this is the case, you should accept as soon as possible that this injury could hold financial implications that may influence the rest of your life and your dependents. Over and above exploring what alternative options may be available to you, it will be crucial for financial security right now to receive duly financial compensation for your injury claim. 

Get a Second Opinion

We all want to trust that experts have given us the correct diagnosis and have our best interests at heart when dispensing medical information, but this isn’t the case. For various reasons, those we entrust to care for us may not be giving us the full picture of the impact of our injury.

Some recommend that to make sure we are completely aware of what our injury means for our future, that we should be receiving a second opinion or diagnosis. In this way, we can also have the faith in what our recovery has in store for us, as well as being able to guarantee that an insurance company will dispute the seriousness of our claim. It’s essential that if we are owed financial compensation for an injury, in not our fault, that it is due. 

Do not Apologize

This may seem strange, but it could make an enormous difference to the outcome of your case to apologize – even if you didn’t mean this to admit fault. If you have apologized, even if this was only because another person was also injured in the incident, some people can choose to see this as an admission of guilt. In a legal case, everything is up for dispute. Therefore, legal experts will tell us to withhold any apology, as this may be seen as evidence of guilt. 

Do not apologize

Do What you can, While you can!

From the start of your case, you should be aware that there will be things that you can do – or avoid doing – that will make a huge difference in the outcome of your case. Without sufficient legal intervention, you may not know that a simple apology could implicate your own liability in the case. Unfortunately, you may not even realize that you are jeopardizing your case until it’s too late. And this is why the most advised way forward for you or the injured party is to equip yourself properly with the best legal team you can afford.

What is excellent about lawyers is that certain firms and practitioners offer what is known as a ‘No Win No Fee’ hiring contract. This means that if your lawyers do not win the case, you will not be charged for their services. Plus, in most cases where you will win the case, their compensation will cover the expenses of the legal procedure. Entailing many other benefits, one great advantage is that this clause incentivizes lawyers to maximize their compensation!

If you are still wondering what to do about a knee injury claim, it is recommended that you do what is within your power to get expert eyes on your claim early. Waiting unassisted can waste your own time and potentially jeopardize your entire case due to an unknown statute of limitations. Get the compensation you deserve and seek legal help today.