Our experienced Philadelphia car accident attorneys at the Lassen Law Firm know that knee injuries are common in car accidents. The force of a collision can injure the knee by slamming it into the steering column, dash, or door of the vehicle or twisting the knee. A Pennsylvania car accident can cause several different injuries and treatment can vary depending on which part of the knee is injured.
Knee Injury Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of a knee injury are dependent on the severity of the injury. A knee injury caused by a Pennsylvania car accident can be very mild or serious, which depends on the type of collision, the speed at time of impact, and many other factors. The Lassen Law Firm advises its clients to follow-up with a doctor after a car accident because sometimes a knee injury is not felt immediately after a car accident, but over time the pain will get worse and the knee begins to feel unstable under the body. If there is a severe tear or several parts of the knee are injured the pain will be severe. The symptoms of a knee injury may include:
- Mild to severe pain in the knee
- Clicking or popping in the knee
- Difficulty walking or running
- Limited motion of the joint
- Tenderness with pressure
- Pain while squatting
- Knee joint locking
After a Pennsylvania car accident, people who have pain in their knee should consult a medical professional. Knee injuries are usually painful, but left untreated the injury could become much worse and require more treatment.
The main knee injuries that are sustained in a Pennsylvania car accident are
1)Tears to the Meniscus, Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL): The knee has two menisci that provide a cushion to the area between the femur and the tibia and help evenly distribute the weight of the body. If the meniscus is not there, then the body puts too much pressure on the femur and tibia causing premature arthritis. Although there are many parts to the knee, the meniscus is critical to its health and is very susceptible to injury. A torn ACL is linked to athletic injuries, but a torn ACL knee injury is also common in car accidents. The Anterior Cruciate Ligament is responsible for keeping the tibia in check so it doesn't extend too far happens when the knee is twisted with force while the foot is firmly planted. A torn ACL knee injury is very common in Pennsylvania car accident and should be examined by a doctor immediately after the accident
2) Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL): A MCL knee injury is like many other sprains that is the result of excessive stretching of the ligament. The most common injury to the Medial Collateral Ligament is a sudden impact to the outside of the knee joint. This knee injury is common in car accidents when the knee hits the door of the car on impact. Depending on the severity of the knee injury, a sprain or tear in the MCL can be extremely painful.
3) Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL): A PCL knee injury happens less often then its counterpart, the ACL, even though they work together to hold the knee in place. A Posterior Cruciate Ligament knee injury may not be a common injury in general, but the injury is common in Pennsylvania car accidents. When the force of a collision drives the knee into the dash, it can cause stretching or tearing of the PCL. Although a torn PCL knee injury is not as serious as an ACL knee injury, it will still require treatment.
These types of knee injuries can be extremely painful and Pennsylvania car accident attorneys always advise clients to be examined by a medical professional for treatment. If you need more information about a knee injury claim, please call the Lassen Law Firm.