Knee injuries are one of the most common cause of injury at work and can keep you out of the workforce for a long period of time – maybe even permanently. So it’s important to not only get immediate medical aid, but also to pursue New York workers’ compensation to cover the loss of income and cost of hospital bills.
Which workers are most at risk for common knee injuries?
- Construction workers
- Truck drivers
- Auto mechanics
Practically any occupation that requires workers to spend time on their knees or work in cramped conditions can lead to knee damage. Of course, commonplace slips and falls can also cause common work injuries.
Consider the following conditions, all of which can lead to pain and instability in your legs:
· Meniscus Tear
This is a tear in the cartilage that serves as a cushion and shock absorber between the shinbone and thighbone.
· Ligament Injuries
The knee’s four main ligaments are subject to varying degrees of damage, ranging from overstretching to complete tearing of the fibers.
· Bone Fractures
Falls in the workplace can result in fractures of the femur, tibia, or even the patella, which is the kneecap itself.
Falls or other types of blunt trauma can also cause a misalignment in the knee’s bones.
· Torn tendon
The patellar tendon can suffer a partial or complete tear during falls or awkward landings.
So, you’ve injured your knee at work. Now what?
A physical exam or imaging tests from a medical professional can help diagnose the exact problem with your knee. Physical therapy, medicinal injections, reconstruction surgery, or a combination of the three are all potential treatments, depending on the knee injury and its severity.
Because the injury occurred at work, it’s up to you to seek fair workers’ compensation to ease the financial burden that often accompanies the treatment.
Our experienced lawyers are willing and ready to help you with your claim today. Give us a call!