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Your knee is the largest weight-bearing joint in your body. It is a complex joint, allowing you to bend, straighten, and swivel your leg. Because it is such a complex part of your body, it is very vulnerable to a wide variety of injuries, which may involve the bone, cartilage, muscles, ligaments, or tendons. This is why knee injuries are one of the most common workplace injuries. Workers who stand for long periods of time, such as nurses, people who lift heavy objects, such as construction workers, and many other types of workers may experience a knee injury while on-the-job. Unfortunately, knee injuries can cause you to miss months of work, create a financial burden, and cause great deals of pain. Luckily, workers’ compensation benefits can cover the costs of such an injury.
Common Types of Knee Injuries
Most on-the-job knee injuries include damage to the tendons and muscles, torn cartilage, fractured bones, and sprains. The most common, and serious, injuries are meniscus injuries, ligament injuries, and chondromalacia.
- Meniscus Injuries: These types of injuries are often described as the knee “giving out.” Depending on the severity of the tear, this injury can cause pain, instability, swelling, and limited mobility. Walking up the stairs, twisting or turning suddenly, or lifting heavy objects are common causes of this injury. Arthroscopic surgery, physical therapy, and medication are often needed to fix meniscus tears.
Ligament Injuries: Ligament injuries are often simply called sprains. However, these types of injuries can be much more complicated. Since the ligaments in your knee connect your thighbone to your shin, they are crucial to the proper functioning of your entire leg. If any of the four ligaments in your knee become injured, it may take months to recover fully. If your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, you may even need reconstructive surgery.
Chondromalacia: This injury occurs when the articular cartilage of your kneecap softens, causing achy pain and grating sensations, with increased pain when walking up or down stairs, kneeling, or extending your knee. It can be caused by either a traumatic injury, or long-term repetitive motions. Most cases can be treated with pain medication and physical therapy, although realignment surgery may be needed in some cases.
Other knee injuries include:
- Broken kneecap
- Below the knee amputation
- Broken legs
Causes of Work-Related Knee Injuries
Your knees can be injured doing almost any work-related task. Some of the common causes include:
- Falling off ladders
- Car accidents
- Repetitive motions
- Construction site accidents
- Standing at work all day
- Any activity that involves twisting, kneeling, stooping, squatting, or lifting
Available Compensation for Knee Injuries
If you’ve suffered a knee injury while on-the-job, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Pain medication
- Laparoscopic or arthroscopic knee surgeries
- Knee replacement surgery
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages
- Vocational retraining if you cannot return to the same job
- Out-of-pocket expenses (knee braces, crutches, wheelchairs, etc.)
Contact a Massachusetts Worker’s Compensation Lawyer
At Powers & Caccavale, we will review your medical evidence and work tirelessly to get you the benefits you’re entitled to. It’s important that you discuss your case with an attorney, especially if your benefits have been disputed or denied. Knee injury workers’ compensation claims are often disputed because they can be hard to prove. However, we know that knee injuries can have long-term effects on your life and will guide you step-by-step through the process to get you the justice you deserve.