Suffering from a knee injury can be incredibly painful, simply by its location alone, and its necessity to mobility. The knee joint itself is comprised of a number of factors that allow individuals to move, bend, walk, jump and enjoy life including cartilage, fluid, ligaments and the bone. Muscles and tendons are arranged over, under and within the knee, which allow for maximum movement and quality of life. When these structures are damaged, in whole or in part, the injured person can suffer a tremendous setback in their day to day lives. Auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, sporting accidents and even slip and fall accidents can wreak havoc on the knees of a perfectly healthy human being in a matter of seconds, without a moment’s notice.
When individuals are already suffering from arthritic knees and accident can make all the difference in the long-term mobility, with ligament and tendon damage requiring long-term physical therapy and mobility aids. This is why it is important to contact an accomplished attorney group in Las Vegas, with the lawyers at Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith providing exceptional representation to hold those responsible for your injury accountable for your complete knee injury and the side-effects that result.
Common Accident Knee Injuries
The inner workings of the knee are integral to movement, and when the mechanics are injured from an accident, it is usually the result of a direct strike to the knee. This can happen during a car accident, when the knees are compressed against the dashboard, or the seats in front of the passengers. When a motorcyclist or bicyclist is involved in an accident, their knees are forcibly thrown into the hard pavement, or objects affixed to the streets or sidewalks such as hydrants, signs or meters.
Common Disease-Related Knee Injuries
Inflammation and swelling of the knees due to rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) can cause permanent knee damage that hinders an individual’s ability to move about freely, and enjoy an unrestrained quality of life. Although other joints are affected by these diseases, including wrists, hands and fingers, the knee take the brunt of the punishment, and the pain. Arthritis takes an incredible toll on the knees, as well, leaving some feeling injured with each waking moment.
Knee Injury Treatment Options
There are a number of at-home treatments available for knee injury pain, which will allow some relief, in some cases, depending on the severity of the injury.
Pain, swelling and stiffness can be reduced by:
- Rest the Knee; Add a Pillow Beneath it While Idle
- Ice Packs Immediately After Injury
- Avoid Alcohol, Hot Showers & Hot Tubs for 48 Hours, Post Injury
- After 48 Hours, Begin Alternating Warm and Cold Treatments
- Compression Wrap the Knee with an Elastic Bandage to Contain Swelling
- Consult a Physician if More Than 72 Hours Pass and Swelling Persists
- Use a Cane or Crutch When Necessary
- Maintain Flexibility by Stretching the Hamstring
- Do Not Smoke as it Impedes Healing
- Use Ibuprofen After 48 Hours to Avoid Initial Blood Clotting
If after 72 hours the following symptoms occur, contact a physician for immediate help:
- Signs of Infection
- Numbness, Weakness, or Tingling
- Knee, Shin, or Foot Becomes Pale and Cool, or Begins to Appear Blue in Color
- No Improvement in Overall Condition
- Symptoms Worsen Over Time
Compensation for Knee Injuries Caused by Negligence
Motor vehicle accidents, bicycle accidents, construction accidents, slip and fall accidents, and on the job accidents can account for severe knee injuries every day. Your knees are viable to your livelihood, mobility and sustained quality of life. If you have injured one or both knees as the result of an accident, consult with a lawyer from our firm today to understand your rights, and compensatory options.
Our knee injury attorney group Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith understands that when someone else is liable for your injury, you will require help countering the insurance company’s low-ball offers, and we can provide you with that voice.
No matter how your knee injury happened, you have rights that must be upheld in the court of law, and we are an accomplished firm who will provide you with the confidence you need to pursue the compensatory damages you deserve for lost wages, medical expenses, decreased mobility and emotional pain.