According to he American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, in 2003, more than 19.4 million patients visited the doctor because knee injuries.
Many of these knee injuries can be caused in New York slip and fall cases, premises liability, and car accidents.
Knee injuries involving the ACL
A torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a second- or third-degree sprain of the ACL. The ACL is a very important ligament. It starts at the front of the medial femoral condyle and goes to the middle of the knee to attach between the tibia spine that are located between the tibia plateaus.
For such a powerful ligament, the ACL is less than 1 ½ inches long and ½ inch wide. The anterior cruciate ligament is vital in preventing the thighbone (femur) from sliding backward on the tibia (or, from the other point of view, the tibia sliding forward under the femur). The ACL stabilizes the knee from rotating, the motion that occurs when the foot is planted and the leg pivots.
When an ACL is injuried the knee becomes unstable and can buckle, especially when the leg is planted and attempts are made to stop or turn quickly. Often the lawyers at Daniel Szalkiewicz & Associates, P.C. see ACL tears in slip and fall cases and car accident cases.
Knee injuries involving a tibial plateau fracture
A tibial plateau fracture is a break or fracture in the proximal part of the shinbone (or tibia). Fractures of the tibial plateau are common knee injuries in hit and run cases and pedestrian knockdowns. The tibial plateau is a critical weight bearing area, and extremely painful when fractured.
There is also often significant soft tissue swelling.
Treatment often involves surgery and nonweightbearing crutches.
Knee injuries involving the Meniscus
The meniscus is a rubbery, C-shaped disc that cushions a person’s knee. Each knee has two menisci (plural of meniscus)-one at the outer edge of the knee and one at the inner edge. The menisci keep your knee steady by balancing your weight across the knee. A torn meniscus can prevent your knee from working right and is seen in car accident cases where a driver or passenger’s knee hits the dashboard.
In severe cases, pieces of the torn meniscus move into the joint space. This is veyr painful and makes a knee catch, pop, and lock. Most knee injuries to the meniscus prevent a person from straightening it. It swells and becomes stiff right after the injury or within 2 or 3 days.
Our firm works closely with doctors and medical students who will be able to read your charts, MRIs, and x-rays, in order to accurately describe the extent of your injuries. We spare no costs to make sure your receive a top dollar settlement.