Involvement in an automobile accident could yield numerous untold, potentially life-altering injuries. A knee injury requiring knee surgery is one of these life-altering medical treatments. If you are a resident of the Dallas or the surrounding North Texas region, and have been involved in a car accident that required knee surgery we recommend that you contact an experienced car accident attorney. An attorney will most likely be able to assist you in maximizing your claim for any injuries you may have sustained, especially for any knee injuries.
Knee Injuries Commonly Caused By Car Accidents
Automobile missteps often precipitate blunt force trauma that strikes the knee at the time of impact. Said events often yield the following ailments:
Typically, any one or more of the following three ligaments often sustain injury during a automobile collision:
- Posterior Cruciate Ligament – This structure, which connects the shin and thigh bones and is sometimes simply referred to as the PCL, if often damaged when an accident victim’s knee comes into contact with a vehicle’s dashboard.
- Medial Collateral Ligament – Commonly abbreviated as the MCL, this piece of soft tissue that also connects the thigh and shin bones typically sustains injury after crashing into a solid object within the vehicle such as the dashboard or a door.
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament – The ACL, as some medical professionals abbreviate this structure that connects the thigh and shin bones can also occur following an accident involving moderate to significant impact.
The menisci are firm, rubbery-like substances that reduce the amount of tension the knee joint is exposed to. However, vehicular collisions can precipitate damage to these structures.
The physical manifestations of the preceding injuries will vary depending upon the specific location and said occurrence’s severity. That said, stricken individuals might experience symptoms like pain, swelling, instability, weakness and mobility problems. In certain instances, such issues will require surgical intervention, physical therapy and a significant recovery period.
How A Car Accident Attorney Might Be Able To Help?
Sometimes, perpetrators of knee injury-inducing accidents might be found civilly liable by an adjudicating body and subsequently be mandated to remit a certain degree of compensation to the hurt party. That said, such an occurrence is not guaranteed. A prospective plaintiff in a personal injury case must demonstrate that several key issues occurred in order to receive any compensation whatsoever. Fortunately, attaining this goal may be significantly more feasible with the help of an experienced car accident lawyer.
Issues In Question
Before any personal injury case can proceed, a judge or jury must determine which party was responsible for causing the incident in question. Texas subscribes to a legal principle known as modified comparative negligence. This means that the plaintiff’s compensation can be reduced should the reviewing authority determine said participant bore any percentage of the blame. Moreover, if the plaintiff is found to be more than 50 percent at fault, said subject will not be entitled to any compensation.
An experienced car accident lawyer will try to prove fault on the defendant’s part by engaging in activities such as investigating the accident scene, speaking with eyewitnesses and obtaining reports authored by law enforcement or traffic agencies.
Other Pertinent Legal Tenets
Proving fault is only half the battle. Obtaining compensation also hinges on the ability of the plaintiff and their attorney to demonstrate that the accused party or parties committing some type of negligent or malfeasance act, said actions precipitated the accident, the plaintiff’s injuries are directly related to the accident and no other physical or biological issue and the damages sought are correlated to said injuries.
Individuals who sustained knee injuries during an automobile accident are encouraged to contact us. Call our law offices today at any of our convenient locations and get a free consultation.
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