Not all workplace knee injuries happen to workers engaged in manual labor. An office worker tripping on an extension cord or falling on ice in a parking lot may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits.
However your knee was injured on or off the job in Pennsylvania, if you are unable to work or need medical treatment, you should talk to a lawyer, and the sooner the better. Early involvement by a knowledgeable attorney can help ensure maximum opportunities to collect compensation and benefits from all available sources. Do you need surgery, therapy or rest to improve your chances of recovery from a knee injury? Talk to one of our lawyers to learn how we can help.
Types Of Work-Related Knee Injuries
On-the-job knee injuries take many different forms. A knee injury at work may consist of:
- A kneecap dislocation
- A bone contusion in the knee
- A bone fracture
- An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear
- Aggravation of pre-existing chondromalacia caused by an irritation of the undersurface of the kneecap
- Aggravation of tricompartmental degenerative disease (osteoarthritis of all three joint compartments), marked by pain, grating, stiffness and/or swelling
Meniscal Cartilage Sprains, Tears And Rips
Are you suffering extreme pain in one or both knees? This may be due to a work injury related to a meniscal tear. In each knee, there are two pieces of C-shaped cartilage that essentially provide padding for our knees. This is called the meniscus cartilage and is imperative to balance, coordination, standing and many other daily motions. A meniscal tear can put you out of work for weeks or months as the cartilage heals. In serious cases, surgery is required to repair the damage.
Tearing, spraining or straining this cartilage causes excruciating pain. The injury can occur due to sudden trauma or after gradual repetitive stress motions. Either way, the injury can severely hamper a person's ability to work and even complete menial tasks. Surgery and rehabilitation are necessary in some cases. We will help you seek the workers' compensation benefits that you deserve. In addition, we will review your case to see if a third-party claim is viable.
Signs Of A Meniscal Tear And What To Do
Signs that you have suffered a meniscal tear or sprain include stiffness, swelling in the knee area and a feeling that the knee is slipping or unstable. A minor tear may heal on its own after a few weeks. More moderate tearing can heal temporarily, but can continually cause issues for months and even years. You may experience on-and-off swelling, stiffness and pain, which are signs that you keep reinjuring the same tear. If you find your knee is locking up or you feel a popping sensation, this could mean you have actual broken cartilage pieces. A physician will examine your injury by testing your range of motion and ordering CT scans or X-rays. In some cases, your physician could refer you to an orthopedic specialist for further examination and treatment.
If this sounds like your work injury, seek immediate medical attention and notify your supervisor of the injury. The next step is to consult with a seasoned work injury attorney. At our firm, our attorneys help our clients with the entire medical treatment process from start to finish. We will help you find the right doctors and specialists to help you get back to health.
File Your Workers' Compensation Claim Promptly
Whether a knee injury develops over time on the job or occurs as a result of a sudden traumatic incident, it is important to file a workers' compensation claim within the time frame allowed by law. For information and advice on how to file a workers' compensation claim and/or explore any potential third-party liability personal injury claims, contact one of our Philadelphia knee injury attorneys at Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo.
Get Legal Help For A Work-Related Knee Injury
The experienced and knowledgeable workers' compensation lawyers at Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo will help you with the entire workers' comp process. From denied claims to appeals and more, we will do everything we can to seek full benefits on your behalf. Contact us online or call 570-622-8297, or toll free at 877-794-2396. Philadelphia-based Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo offers a contingency basis for all workers' compensation claims. What this means is you pay nothing unless we obtain compensation on your behalf or if we prevent the insurance company from stopping/altering your benefits.