Queens Car Accident Lawyers Explain Knee Injuries from NYC Car Accidents
Knee injuries from NYC car accidents are common. Whether you are a driver or passenger in another vehicle, a pedestrian knocked down, motorcyclist thrown from your bike, or a bicyclist hit by a vehicle, knee injuries are common injuries. While some knee injuries may be more of an inconvenience, other knee injuries may result in long-lasting damage. Sometimes this damage must be surgically repaired in an arthroscopic procedure, whereas other times a full knee replacement is necessary. Our Queens car accident lawyers understand how disabling knee injuries are, especially when a scope surgery or other procedure is necessary.
Here at COHEN & COHEN PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS, P.C. , we have built a practice around protecting the rights of victims seriously injured in NYC car accidents. Our experienced Queens car accident lawyers know how to establish liability against a defendant-driver and prove liability for an injured victim. We zealously advocate for our clients by trying to maximize their recovery for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, lost future earnings, loss of consortium, and other damages related to a negligent accident. If you or a loved one have suffered knee injuries from NYC car accidents, learn how our law firm can help you today.
Common Causes of Knee Injuries from NYC Car Accidents
There are many common causes of knee injuries in motor vehicle accidents. This is because the knee is particularly susceptible to injury. As a driver or passenger in a vehicle, a knee could be seriously injured when the dashboard, steering wheel, center console, or even sidewalls collapse inwards due to the force of an impact. As a pedestrian, a knee could suffer trauma from both the direct impact or from being knocked down to the pavement. The same is true for a bicyclist or motorcyclist, however, a motorcyclist could also suffer crushing knee injuries if the motorcycle falls onto him or her.
As it relates to specific causes of knee injuries, some of the most common are the following:
- T-bone collisions, particularly devastating to bicyclists or motorcyclists
- Running a red light or stop sign which usually means either a T-bone collision or pedestrian knockdown if the pedestrian has the right-of-way to walk
- Head-on collisions with a large truck which are more likely to cause the dashboard to collapse
- Rear-end collisions where a passenger is propelled into the dashboard
- Sideswipes with bicyclists or motorcyclists can have their knees and legs exposed, and
- Many other types of impacts.
Types of Knee Injuries From Motor Vehicle Accidents
There are many different types of knee injuries that could be caused by NYC car accidents. Our Queens car accident lawyers are prepared, knowledgeable, and able to handle any type of serious knee injury caused by another person’s negligence. Some of the most common types of knee injuries include the following:
- Anterior cruciate ligament injuries, or ACL tears
- Other ligament tears, including PCL, MCL, and LCL
- Meniscal tears
- Tendinitis or tendonosis caused by inflammation
- Tendon tears
- Patella injuries, and
- Other types of knee injuries.
Repairing the Damage Done to Knees: Queens Car Accident Lawyers Explain
Knee injuries from NYC car accidents can result in serious damage. Sometimes this damage may heal on its own or require physical therapy or occupational therapy. However, many times the forces involved in a car accident are too great and cause catastrophic damage to the knee. When this happens surgery it is commonly required.
The most common type of knee surgery is an arthroscopy, also known as a “scope.” This is where several small incisions are made around the knee and tools are inserted under the skin to repair the damage. This is a very common type of knee surgery and that is preferred because it helps speed up recovery time, which is still several months and even up to a year.
Another more drastic type of knee surgery is a knee replacement. This is when part of a victim’s natural knee, the bone, ligaments, and tendons, are removed and replaced with an artificial joint. This is an irreversible surgery that usually must be performed again in 10-20 years. The recovery time for the surgery is also several months and may extend for multiple years as a person learns how to walk again on their artificial joint.
Victims of NYC Car Accidents Should Ask Our Queens Car Accident Lawyers for Help
If you underwent a scope or other surgery for knee injuries caused by an NYC car accident, our Queens car accident lawyers can help you. Here at the COHEN & COHEN PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS, P.C. , we work hard to ensure our clients’ rights are protected and they receive the compensation they deserve for their injuries, especially knee injuries. Learn more about how we can help protect your rights to compensation by calling 800-247-8164 for a FREE case evaluation or use our convenient and easy-to-use contact us box available here.