We’ll assess the full impact of your knee injury
We know that all knee injuries are painful, limiting and can restrict your mobility. They can leave you unable to move your leg or put weight on the joint, stopping you from walking, driving, going to work or taking part in sports and hobbies.
You might be feeling upset and frustrated as well as in physical pain, and it’s likely that you’re dependent on your friends and family. We know money can’t take this away, but compensation could help you start to get things back to how they were.
Your compensation could help to pay for your medical treatment, medication and rehabilitation, as well as covering lost earnings from time taken off work. It can even help you repay those around you for the time they’ve given.
You can get in touch with our friendly advisors for a confidential chat on 0800 376 0150. We’re here to offer free, supportive advice and to let you know whether we think you can make a knee injury claim.
There are absolutely no obligations when you speak to us, but we can connect you with a specialist personal injury solicitor who can guide you through the process if you choose to go ahead.
Your knee injury compensation
The amount of compensation you could be owed for your knee injury depends on several factors, including the severity of your injury and how much of an impact it has had on your life.
The compensation you could receive could help to cover the following for both you and your family:
- Loss of earnings due to time off work
- The cost of medical treatment, medication and care – including prescription charges
- Travel costs and other expenses
- The impact on your social life, sports and hobbies
- Your pain and suffering
- Care, even if given for free by a friend or family member
Your specialist solicitor will aim to make sure any impacts or expenses caused by your injury are covered by your compensation, so that you’re not left out of pocket and so you have the finances you need to recover.
They’ll also help you make your claim on a no win no fee basis. Quite simply, this means that if your claim isn’t successful then you won’t pay a penny. If successful, you’ll pay a fee to your solicitor which will have been agreed beforehand.
To get an estimate of the amount you may be owed, you can visit our compensation calculator which gives you a guideline figure based on your answers to some simple questions.
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Types of knee injury
Knee injuries can affect the muscles, bones, ligaments, cartilage or tendons which make up the knee.
Even minor knee injuries can cause discomfort and difficulty walking, but in some cases injuries can be serious, causing permanent damage with life-changing consequences.
The Patella, also known as the knee cap, can become dislocated or fractured, and in some cases this can cause long lasting or permanent problems. If the fracture is severe, it can break the knee cap into multiple pieces, and you may need surgery to repair this.
Your meniscus is cartilage which acts as a shock absorber in your knee joint. The meniscus can become damaged if your knee joint is bent and then twisted.
This type of injury may require you to rest and take time off work. In some cases, you may need surgery and rehabilitation to make a full recovery, and there may be some long-lasting consequences, such as osteoarthritis.
Knee ligament injuries
Torn ligaments in your knee can be caused by any excessive strain. This type of knee injury is likely to cause you to feel unstable when you walk, run or play sport.
A common type of ligament tear is an ACL injury, but you can also experience a tear in the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), lateral collateral ligament and medial collateral ligament (MCL).
Torn ligaments nearly always need long-term medical treatment and support, whether this is surgery to repair the tear, physiotherapy or specialised equipment such as a brace to help you walk, run or play sports.
Muscle damage in the legs can also affect your ability to move your knee. For example, your hamstrings or quadriceps can be stretched, strained or torn causing symptoms such as swelling, bruising, pain and weakness.
Torn muscles usually heal with exercise and time, but sometimes some treatment such as physiotherapy might be needed.
Causes of knee injuries
Knee injuries can be caused by a wide variety of different types of accidents. They can often be caused when the knee is suddenly twisted or jolted, or when there is an impact or blow to the joint. This can happen due to a slip or trip in a public place or due to a road traffic accident.
Medical negligence can also cause knee injuries due to surgical errors, delayed treatment or any other negligence. Doctors and hospital staff have a duty to treat you properly, and if you’ve been injured due to their fault or negligent behaviour, then you could make a claim.
No matter what the cause of your knee injury, if it happened within the last three years and was caused by somebody else, then we may be able to help you. Contact us today on 0800 376 0150 for free to find out if you can claim, or try our claim checker tool.