Compensation for Knee Injuries

When it comes to completing everyday tasks, our knees are incredibly important. They allow us to walk, run, jog, sit and stand for a lengthy period of time, and without this functionality it would be incredibly difficult to move around and perform even simple tasks. Our knees are a crucial part of our body which connects our upper and lower leg area, allowing us the flexible joint movement that we require to play sport. 

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Although our knees may seem like a fairly simple part of our body, their crucial role and rather fragile design means that we have to take great care of this area to ensure that we don’t strain, stretch or break any vital tissue or bones. Additional stress or weight on our bodies can cause our knees to buckle under the pressure, which can result in a number of injuries, each with a rather prolonged healing time. 

If you have suffered a knee injury as the result of someone’s negligence then you could be able to make a claim for compensation. 

How does my knee work?

The knee is the largest joint in the human body and is made up of a great deal of different parts. The most commonly used is the patella (the knee cap) which is a defensive mechanism, protecting the nerves and tissues within the knee from outside impact. The tendons and muscles within our knee allow our legs to extend and retract as well as bend in a 90 degree motion. Our knee joint also allows for blood to flow throughout our legs and messages to be passed easily down from our brain. 

What are some common ways to injure my knee?

Knee injuries are quite common as they support the entire weight of our body and therefore can be put under a great deal of stress and strain each day. Some of the most common injuries include:

  • Degenerative diseases including arthritis
  • Dislocation of the patella
  • Broken patella
  • Fluid injuries 
  • Strains of muscles and tendons.

Who can I make a claim against?

When it comes to making a knee injury there are a number of ways you can claim:
  • For work injuries – If you are injured at work as the result of negligence on behalf of your employer (perhaps if you have to carry a weight that is too heavy, or are injured in a slip or a fall) then you may be eligible to claim for compensation
  • For sport injuries – If you are injured playing sport, through a collision or just general over-use of your knee you may be able to claim compensation
  • For accident injuries -  If you are involved in a car accident which results in the dislocation of or damage to your kneecap then you may be eligible to make a claim.

What should I do next?

If you have been injured as the result of someone else’s negligence then you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation to cover any costs that you have incurred for treatment or loss of income. If you want to find out more about knee injury claims then give the team of experts at Manners Pimblett a call on 0845 077 0772.

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