Knee injuries can bring on severe pain, lead to a mountain of medical bills, and can leave a person incapable of working or even walking.
If you have experienced a knee injury after a car accident or any other type of accident, our Houston knee injury lawyers can help you recover compensation to which you may be entitled.
We can help you identify all of the damages resulting from your knee injury and secure a sizable financial recovery. Our team of personal injury attorneys has an established track record of winning compensation for our clients.
Personal injury cases must be filed within a certain time, so it is important not to delay. If you are looking for an injury lawyer in Houston, contact Brian White & Associates, PC, today at (713) 224-4878 to schedule your free case evaluation.
How Our Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You With Your Knee Injury
Hiring an attorney is an important step in the process of pursuing compensation for a knee injury after an accident in Houston, TX.
- Listen. You have a story to tell after you have been injured. We listen.
- Guide. Since the personal injury claim process can be complex, it can help to have a law firm that will guide you through the process. We will handle every aspect of your case.
- Inform. You should know what’s going on in your case. We keep our clients informed about the status of their cases.
- Investigate. We don’t leave the investigation of your accident up to the overworked law enforcement officers and difficult insurance companies. We conduct our own detailed investigation into the situation leading up to and at the time of the accident that caused your knee injury.
- Get expert input. We work with the premier knee injury experts in Texas.
- Gather evidence. We gather evidence to document your injuries, including medical records and physician testimony, when necessary, we also obtain any workplace incident reports or video surveillance if available to show responsibility for the accident and injury.
- Hold the responsible party accountable. We ascertain cause, fault, and liability in your case. Then, we use that knowledge to hold the at-fault party responsible for your injuries.
- Stand up for you. When the insurance company wants to put the blame for your injury on you, we stand up for you.
- Negotiate. We have the skills and experience to negotiate with the insurance companies to get our clients a full recovery.
The personal injury attorney you choose to represent you is equally important. When you call Brian White & Associates, PC, here’s what you can expect us to do:
Our personal injury law firm will work tirelessly to handle your case with care. Contact us today for a free case consultation.
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Types of Knee Injuries
There are many types of knee injuries. They range in severity. You should always seek medical evaluation and treatment after you have suffered a knee injury.
The kneecap and knee joints are vulnerable to dislocation. These kinds of dislocations can damage tissues around the knee, including tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. Knee dislocation can also require amputation if you fail to get prompt and effective treatment. Dislocation is usually caused by a high-impact trauma to the knee. Dislocation may be obviously visible by looking at the knee after the impact.
Fractures are broken bones. The knee joint has multiple bones and any of them can be fractured by even moderate impacts.
Fractures can be complicated by inflammatory diagnoses (arthritis) or injury to the major artery running down the leg, called the femoral artery.
Knee Sprain or Strain
A knee sprain is an injury to the ligaments in the knee, usually characterized as a tear or stretched ligament. The four major ligaments of the knee connect the upper and lower parts of the leg at the knee joint. Injury to each of these four ligaments has its own name and description.
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) The ACL and the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) form an X-shaped support for the knee joint, protecting against front-to-back and back-to-front force. It limits the extension of the knee and protects from torquing motions.
The ACL is one of the most commonly injured knee ligaments. It can be injured by:
- An abrupt stop
- A wrench or twist while changing direction
- A hyperextension or over straightening of the joint
- A direct impact to the outside of the knee or lower leg
When you tear your ACL, you may experience intense pain that is worsened by motion. One common sign of an ACL sprain is a “pop” inside the knee at the moment of injury. Then, you may experience substantial swelling in the knee in the hours after the injury, followed by black and blue bruising. ACL tears cause severe knee pain and knee instability, often limiting the ability to walk or even stand.
Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) The PCL runs behind the ACL across the center of the knee. It can be sprained by a direct impact to the front of the knee, especially when the knee is bent. For example, if a knee hits a dashboard while sitting in a car.
Symptoms of PCL sprains include mild knee swelling, with or without knee instability. You may have difficulty moving your knee and your pain may worsen with kneeling.
Medial collateral ligament (MCL) The MCLis the most often damaged ligament in the knee. It runs along the inside of the leg. Damage to the MCL can be caused by a direct sideways impact to the outside of the knee or lower leg. The MCL can also be torn by a twist in the knee, particularly during an intense fall, when the fall twists the lower leg outward away from the knee.
When you suffer an MCL sprain, you will experience knee pain and swelling. Your knee may buckle toward the outside and you may experience tenderness or swelling on the inner side of your knee.
Lateral collateral ligament (LCL) The LCL is located on the outside of the knee, opposite the MCL. LCL injuries occur from forces or blows applied to the inside of the knee. These forces cause the knee to rotate out, putting pressure on the LCL, and resulting in a tear.
An LCL sprain is characterized by knee pain and swelling, as well. The knee may buckle toward the inside and there may be tenderness on the outside of the knee.
Common Causes of Knee Injuries in Houston
Knee injuries can happen as a result of any type of accident. Some common causes of knee injuries include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Oil rig accidents
- Recreational vehicle accidents
- ATV accidents
- Boating accidents
No matter what the circumstances were of your injury, you have the right to medical treatment. You may also have legal options.
Our law firm handles cases that happen in all environments. Whether you were injured on the job or in another type of accident, we can help you exhaust all of the options for financial recovery that might be available to you.
This could include damages in a personal injury lawsuit and/or benefits through an employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy.
Call us to discuss your rights and options today.
How Long Do I Have to Seek Compensation For a Knee Injury in Texas?
In Texas, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the injury. This means an injured person has to file a lawsuit within two years from the date of injury or their right to sue is lost forever. The statute of limitations does not apply to filing an insurance claim.
But, it is important to get in touch with a Houston knee injury lawyer as soon as possible after your injury. Once the two-year deadline passes, it can be difficult for even the best personal injury lawyers to negotiate a settlement. This is because the insurance company is aware that it is too late to file a lawsuit.
What If I’m Blamed For My Knee Injury?
Even if you think you may be at fault for the accident that caused your injury, don’t hesitate to contact our law firm. You may still be able to recover compensation even if you were careless or negligent. In personal injury cases, Texas uses a modified comparative negligence system with a 51% bar.
You can recover compensation for your injuries even if you share some of the blame as long as you’re not mostly responsible. When more than one party is at fault for an injury, the percentage of responsibility is assigned between culpable parties. Then, the injured person’s damages are reduced by their percentage of the liability.
Contact our Houston Knee Injury Lawyers Today
If you have been suffering with a knee injury after an accident, contact our Houston knee injury lawyers today. We are waiting and available 24/7 and offer free evaluations and consultations on your case.