Knee Injury Compensation
If you have suffered a knee injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault, then Smith Jones Solicitors may be able to help you make a claim for compensation. Knee injuries can occur through a variety of different accidents and can significantly impact a person’s mobility. Over the years we have represented clients who have suffered knee injuries such as:
- Bruising and swelling;
- Dislocated kneecap;
- Ligament damage;
- Breaks or fractures.
These injuries can occur as the result of a variety of accidents, including road traffic accidents; suffering a knee injury at work; Pedestrian accidents; Cycling accidents; Accidents involving potholes; and Slips, trips and falls. If the knee is injured, it can massively restrict a person’s daily routine and have a significant effect on the hobbies that you enjoy. If you have suffered a knee injury, no matter how serious, you can contact Smith Jones on 0800 195 95 90 to discuss your claim with a member of our expert team.
How Much Compensation For A Knee Injury?
| Injury Type
Compensation Amount Guideline
|Knee Injuries||Minor||£1,000.00 – £11,500.00|
|Moderate||£12,400.00 – £21,890.00|
|Moderately Severe||£21,890.00 – £36,300.00|
|Severe||£43,590.00 – £80,440.00|
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FAQ About Knee Injury Claims
MINOR KNEE INJURIES
Minor knee injuries can include cuts, grazes, lacerations, swelling and bruising. They commonly occur in cycling accidents, where the cyclist has been thrown from their bike after hitting a pothole, or being hit by a car. These injuries are usually nothing to worry about, however, they could indicate further damage to the knee or could lead to further damage if left untreated.
If you have sustained a minor cut, graze or laceration, the first thing you should do is stop any bleeding. Once this is done, you can then clean the wound and dress it in order to prevent infection or further damage. If there are any foreign objects in the wound, or any signs of infection, then you should seek your GP’s advice, and they may prescribe anti-biotics.
Cuts and scrapes can be thought of as minor injuries, but they are usually secondary to more serious injuries. If the cut is quite deep, or if it is longer than 5cm, then it is recommended that you attend A&E, as the cut may require stitches and there may be an increased chance of infection.
Bruises and swelling can also be disregarded as minor injuries, but in fact they could be symptomatic of worse injuries such as a dislocated kneecap or a fractured bone. If you have suffered bruising or swelling to the knee due to an accident and are in a lot of pain, then it is recommended that you seek medical attention as it could be a sign of further damage to the joint.
Complications, such as deep vein thrombosis, gout, or osteoarthritis, can occur if you sustain a knee injury. These could involve swelling or bruising to the joint and may require further treatment in order to alleviate the symptoms. These conditions can be severely painful and some can be life-threatening if left unchecked, so it is better to get medical help if symptoms like these present themselves.
Minor knee injuries may get overlooked, as you may be more worried about more serious injuries or the damage done to your bicycle. However, our experts can take into account all injuries and damage to equipment when pursuing a claim on your behalf. For more information about how much compensation you may be entitled to for minor injuries, you can visit our knee injuries claims calculator.
SPRAINS & STRAINS
Bruising and swelling in the knees can also be an indicator that you have suffered a sprain or strain to the knee. This kind of injury usually occurs as the result of a sporting injury, a cycling pothole accident or a slip, trip, or fall, where the knee tissue has stretched beyond what is normal. Usually, this injury usually doesn’t result in permanent damage, but can be rather painful and means that you won’t be able to use the joint properly the injury is fully healed.
These types of injuries can usually be treated at home with rest, compression and elevation. Applying an ice pack to the knee for roughly 20 minutes every few hours can help to reduce the swelling and aid with the pain. If required, over the counter painkillers can be used to help with any pain you are feeling after an accident. Most sprains and strains start to feel better after a couple of weeks, and can take up to 8 weeks to fully heal. It is important that you rest in this time and do not put too much weight on the affected joint. More serious sprains and strains can take months to heal properly.
It is recommended that you visit your GP or a minor injuries unit if the injury doesn’t improve after a few days, if you can’t move the joint or muscle, or if there is any numbness or discolouration in the affected joint. A doctor will be able to suggest the best course of action and will also be able to arrange any physiotherapy to help get your knee back to full strength.
DISLOCATION & LIGAMENT DAMAGE
A dislocated kneecap is a common injury and can be caused by a sudden blow or change in direction when the leg is planted firmly on the ground. Many accidents can result in this type of injury, but the most common ones are pedestrian accidents, slips, trips and falls, and sporting accidents.
If you have been in an accident and have dislocated your kneecap, then the kneecap will usually look out of place, or at an odd angle. This will often be accompanied by severe pain and swelling of the knee. If you have suffered a dislocated kneecap, then it is a good idea to go and get it checked out by a medical professional at A&E. A doctor will be able to manipulate the kneecap back into place and then X-ray the affected joint to check for further damage.
A dislocation can also affect the tissue and ligaments in the knee. If your knee is unstable or if you can’t stand on it, then you may have torn a ligament in your knee. The knee has four ligaments, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), the medial collateral ligament (MCL) and the lateral collateral ligament (LCL). The former two are the main ligaments in the knee which connect the thigh bone to the shin bone.
Anterior cruciate ligament injuries can occur as a result of many types of accident, including cycle accidents, work injuries or pothole accidents. ACL injuries are more common when an accident has occurred which twists the knee out of place. For instance, if you fall off a ladder at work, have a cycle accident involving a pothole or another road user, or are involved in a slip or trip accident. Injured ligaments are considered as sprains and can range from the ligament being slightly stretched to a complete tear of the ligament. Most ACL injuries are complete tears or nearly complete tears.
An ACL tear can cause a massive obstacle to your daily life, making the knee feel unstable and restricting your mobility. This can make it difficult to move your knee in certain ways and can affect your otherwise active lifestyle. Sports may be near impossible to play, and it can disrupt other hobbies, such as cycling. This injury will most likely need surgery to repair the joint. In surgery, the torn ligament will most likely be removed and then replaced with a tendon from another area of the leg. The decision to have surgery depends on the damage occurred and the effect that damage has on your life. Delaying surgery may result in further knee damage, and so it may be better to have surgery sooner rather than later.
Furthermore, dislocation and ligament injuries may require physical rehabilitation to help strengthen the muscles surrounding the knee and get the joint back to functioning normally. Usually it takes about six weeks to fully recover from a dislocated kneecap, but it could take months if that has resulted in ligament damage or tendonitis. It may take longer until you are able to return to sports or any other strenuous activities, if unsure, seek the advice of your GP on returning to normal activities.
FRACTURES & KNEE REPLACEMENTS
Severe knee trauma can result from a cycling accident, accidents at work, or any serious slip, trip or fall accident. If this causes a fracture in any of the bones that make up the knee, then you may have to have surgery to repair the damage. If you have been involved in a serious accident and you are unsure as to whether you have fractured any bones, then you should go to A&E immediately.
Fractured bones, generally have symptoms of swelling, bruising and severe pain. If it is suspected that any of the bones making up the knee are fractured, then the doctor will take an X-ray in order to assess the damage done. Most fractures are repaired by the application of a plaster cast, or by using wires, screws, rods or plates to fix the bones, however, fractures to the bones in the knee, could require more complex treatment in the form of a knee replacement.
Knee replacements are usually offered to people who have sustained knee damage, most commonly associated with osteoarthritis. When the ends of the femur, tibia and fibula have broken or fractured, the bones may grind against each other and cause immense pain. A replacement can help to restore functionality to the knee joint, and allow you to walk again with minimal discomfort. It is regarded as major surgery and so may only be offered if other treatments, such as steroidal injections or physiotherapy have failed to reduce pain or improve mobility.
In the run-up to surgery, you should try to stay as active as you can, as strengthening the muscles around the knee will aid in its recovery. After having a knee, you will most likely require physiotherapy to help strengthen the joint and the muscles around it. Most people use walking aids up to around 6 weeks after the operation and can start normal tasks again between 8 and 12 weeks after the surgery. It takes time for the muscles to repair themselves, and full recovery can take up to two years as the muscles are restored through the exercise of the joint.
AFTERCARE AND MAKING A CLAIM
Smith Jones is here to help if you have suffered a knee injury due to the negligence of someone else. Our team of expert solicitors have many years’ experience specialising in personal injury, and they use this experience to maximise the amount of compensation you may be entitled to. We understand that knee injuries can happen in a variety of accidents and how they can affect your lives, so we are here to assist you with getting you back to your normal routine. (Read more about other foot/ankle injuries or injuries to your leg)
Physiotherapy may be required after suffering a knee injury, to help you walk normally again and return to your everyday activities. If this is the case then that is something we can arrange for you and help you claim the cost of. Our team will work closely with medical experts to identify your needs following an accident, they will fully explore your injuries, and provide a report so that our team can ensure you are fully compensated for the impact of the accident. It is important for your recovery that you keep up with any treatment or physiotherapy provided as any interruptions could mean that recovery will take longer.
Mobility can be significantly reduced after an accident that involves a knee injury, and so certain modifications or aids may be required; the provision of such aids can be included in your claim if this is the case. We understand that a knee injury may result in time off work, and so we can also help you claim for the earnings you lose during that time.
Knee injuries are a common injury when a cyclist has been involved in an accident. More often than not, cyclists are worried about the damage to their bike following an accident (sometimes more than their own injuries). This is something which we can take into account in addition to the compensation for your injuries and help you claim back from the party responsible for the accident. We can also help you claim for any equipment which was damaged as a result of the accident, for instance, helmet, clothing, or backpack damage. This will help to get you back cycling as soon as possible following a knee injury.
If you have suffered a knee injury and wish to talk to us about making a claim (or any other injuries to your lower body), then you can call our free advice helpline on 0800 195 9590 and talk to one of our expert team. If you would prefer to submit your details online, then you can submit your enquiry here, and a member of our team will be able to give you a call back to discuss your options.