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Knee Injury Compensation Claim

If you want to start a claim for a knee accident then you should discuss your case with a lawyer specialising in knee accident claims such as Tylers Solicitors. This will ensure that your claim has the best chance of success, because we have the competence and professional expertise required to process a claim for knee injuries.

If you want to proceed with your knee accident injury compensation claim, then you should call Tylers Solicitors freephone on 0800 699 0079, and we can then proceed to talk you through your knee accident injury compensation claim. Alternatively, if you are on your mobile phone, you can call 0333 577 0320, which is free to call with free minutes on your mobile phone.

The knee joints are extremely important for mobility and independence and must support the vast majority of our total body weight.  You might therefore be forgiven for thinking that they are an exceptionally strong and resilient part of the body, due in no small part to the importance of the function which they perform.  Up to a point, this is true, but many of us overestimate just how strong the knees actually are and don’t realise just how easily they can sustain injury.  The joints in the knee can be undermined by general wear and tear and accidents that can cause irreparable damage rendering them unusable and leaving the victim incapacitated for a long period of time or even for the rest of their lives if the damage is bad enough.

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One condition that frequently results from working as well as general wear and tear with age is osteoarthritis of the knee, more commonly known as miners’ knee. Other types of common knee injuries are generally caused by sudden, blunt force trauma as a result of being involved in road traffic and sporting accidents and accidents at home, at school, at work and in other public places. Knee injuries can also be caused by slips, trips and falls, heavy lifting or as a result of medical negligence due to improperly conducted surgery. If you or someone you know has suffered a knee injury that wasn’t your fault but that of someone else then you could be entitled to make a claim.

Anatomy of the knee

The knee joint is the largest in the human body and is situated in the middle of the leg. The joint separates the upper and lower parts of the limb and holds together the base of the femur (thigh bone) of the upper leg and the top of the fibula and tibia bones of the lower leg with a complex arrangement of muscles, ligaments and tendons and is protected from the front by the knee cap (patella). The knee is classified as a hinge type synovial joint as it contains synovial fluid within the joint capsule which reduces friction between the articular cartilage located at the base of the femur and the top of the tibia and fibula bones of the upper and lower leg respectively. Injury can occur when damage is sustained to any one or a number of these different elements together, caused by either sustained and prolonged disturbance as is the case with injuries like miners’ knee or sudden, blunt force trauma as a result of an accident.

Miners’ knee is a generic term for osteoarthritis of the knee joint commonly resulting from many years working down coal mines, although other causes besides this are known to exist. Osteoarthritis is a group of mechanical abnormalities which involves degeneration of the bone and cartilage near to joints. Common symptoms of the condition include pain, locking, tenderness, stiffness and effusion in the joint characterised by an increased presence of intra-articular fluid. This makes the joint appear larger as the condition develops and progresses as well as making the joint stiffer and more painful.

Pain from miners’ knee is often described by sufferers as being either a burning sensation or a sharp ache or a combination of the two. Moving or touching the joint can also cause a crackling noise known as crepitus and the sufferer may also experience contractions in the tendons and spasms in the muscles in the knee. All these symptoms may be exacerbated by humid and cold weather as well as prolonged and excessive use of the joint and, unlike rheumatoid arthritis, may be improved by moderate use of the joints.

Other common knee injuries

As well as miners’ knee which develops as a result of the joint spending prolonged periods of time in unnatural positions, there are many other different types of injury that can be sustained by the knee joint which can happen as a result of accidents that transpire in an instant. Ligaments can be torn following any kind of twisting of the joint or heavy impact with a snapping sound and feeling being a good sign that a rupture has taken place, often followed by internal bleeding which consequently causes bruising and tenderness in the joint area.

Slips, trips and falls are mainly responsible for spraining injuries where ligaments are overstretched as a result of the knee joint being twisted unnaturally. Similarly, straining injuries also happen as a result of overstretching and affect the muscles and tendons instead of the ligaments. Although relatively short term, these particular injuries can be extremely painful and prevent the victim from working for several days. Tearing of the meniscus cartilage behind the knee cap can also happen as a result of twisting and bending the joint beyond its normal motion range and can be extremely painful and debilitating for the victim.

List of common knee injuries

How are knee injuries treated?

Treatment for damaged knees depends on the specific type of injury that has been sustained. Treatment for the most minor knee injuries such as twisting, spraining, straining and laceration is usually fairly straightforward and will, more often than not, involve basic medical attention such as the cleaning up, disinfection and stitching of the wound in the case of laceration and the application of ice for twisting, spraining and straining injuries. This may then be followed by the taking of X-rays or more detailed CT scans as a precautionary measure in order to determine if more serious damage to the joint has occurred. If no further damage is found, resting the leg by keeping weight off it until it is fully recovered will normally be advised by medical staff. If further damage is detected, additional treatment including correctional joint surface replacement (arthroplasty) and the artificial laying down of new bone material (arthrodesis) may be necessary followed by a period of keeping the leg in a plaster cast to heal.

For the specific injury of miners’ knee, treatment and management may be conducted through lifestyle modification.  This may include weight loss and moderate exercise in order to decrease pain, limit the need for medical usage, reduce stiffness and fatigue and improve the overall functioning of the affected joints. Orthotic treatment in the form of insoles being placed in the shoes as well as the application of braces and splints and treatment with medication such as painkillers can also help. In the most serious cases where all these remedies have failed, joint replacement or resurfacing surgery may be an option. Joint replacement involves the complete replacement of the dysfunctional arthritic knee joint with an orthopaedic prosthesis and the less drastic resurfacing involves reshaping and capping with an orthopaedic prosthesis of the existing knee joint.

How much could I be entitled to?

The amount of compensation you may entitled to claim for miners’ knee and other knee injuries varies greatly depending on various different factors relating to your own specific personal circumstances. This includes how and when the injury was sustained, how badly damaged the knee is and to what extent it is expected to recover. The amount you may be entitled to also depends on how much you have lost financially as a result of the injury from having to take time off work in order to fully recuperate. It is essential that the accident you had was a maximum of three years ago and was not your fault but that of someone else. This will provide you with the very best chance of claiming the compensation you rightfully deserve and ensuring that it is an amount with which you are satisfied.

As a general guide, the amounts of compensation that may be awarded and their corresponding injuries include:

  • £1,000 – £3,900 for the most minor knee injuries such as twisting, laceration and bruising where recovery has taken less than a year and there has been more or less a complete recovery.
  • £3,500 – £9,500 for minor soft tissue injuries like those detailed above that take longer than a year to recover from and cause some long-term problems.
  • £8,400 – £18,250 for moderate knee injuries such as dislocation, torn cartilage and damage to the meniscus cartilage which causes minor instability, weakness in the joint, wasting and some possible future disability and may require some form of brace or support.
  • £15,500 – £29,500 for more serious knee injuries where there is limitation of movement, pain, discomfort and instability as a result of deformity and risk of degeneration due to damage to the kneecap, meniscus and ligaments.
  • £30,500 – £47,500 for leg fractures that have extended to the knee joint which may have required correctional joint replacement surgery and have caused limitation of movement and constant permanent pain, loss of agility and where there is the possibility of developing future osteoarthritis due to miners’ knee.
  • £40,750 – £66,500 for the most serious knee injuries involving severe ligament damage or fracturing of the knee cap where substantial pain, loss of function and joint disruption has been caused, where there is a high likelihood of developing future problems such as osteoarthritis and where correctional joint replacement surgery including arthrodesis or arthroplasty have been conducted as part of the lengthy treatment process.

Give Tylers a call

Knee injuries can be extremely painful and can have a lasting impact on the lives of those affected so much so that anyone unlucky enough to have suffered one is unlikely to ever forget it. If you or someone you know has suffered a knee injury as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault but that of someone else then you could be entitled to compensation. Compensation can’t turn back the clock and restore you to full health again, but it can go some way towards helping you rebuild your life and adjust to your new circumstances. It can pay for any alterations you may need to make to your home or car, reimburse you for any medical and travelling expenses you may have incurred pursuing treatment. It can also pay for any lost earnings if you have had to take time off work and for the general torment you have suffered.

It is not always instantly apparent when serious knee damage has occurred which is why you should always seek professional medical attention after an accident involving this part of the body. Doctors will assess the extent of your injury and provide you with the treatment necessary for recovery. This, along with other evidence you compile with our team of expert solicitors will help your case greatly in order to secure the compensation that is rightfully yours and ensure that it is an amount with which you are satisfied. So give Tylers a call today and let our professional solicitors with many combined years of experience guide you every step of the way through the claims process and help you get your life back on track.

If you have suffered a knee injury as a result of an accident or someone else’s negligence, then you may be able to make a claim. Call Tylers today on (freephone): 0800 699 0079 to see if you can make a claim today.

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