Our attorneys know that when an injury takes away your ability to walk, it can have a devastating effect. Victims suffer a loss of independence, in addition to a loss of income and the inability to cope with increasing medical bills. Depending on the extent of an injury, victims may even suffer the effects of a knee injury for years to come.
However, not all is lost. By pursuing a case against the trucker who hit you, you may be able to recoup the past and future cost of your injury, including:
- Torn ACL. The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is a primary ligament in the knee that allows the joint to bear weight. If you experienced sudden impact on the side of your knee, the ACL may tear, causing a “popping” sound, severe pain, swelling around the knee joint, and having the knee “buckle” or “give out” underneath you.
- Broken kneecap. Patellar fractures, or broken kneecaps, may sound like a simple injury, but they can have life-threatening consequences. These breaks can disrupt the blood flow to the leg and cause permanent nerve injuries, so they almost always require immediate surgery to remove bone fragments.
- Torn meniscus. Victims who suffer a torn meniscus often don’t realize it at the time of impact, but find that their leg has grown more stiff and painful in the days after the crash. The meniscus, a layer of cartilage under your kneecap, can be torn away from the bone if your foot was forced in a different direction than your leg. Common treatments include rest and pain medication, but some victims may need surgery to realign the knee joint.
- Dislocated knee. If the accident caused the bones in your knee joint to separate, there is a very real chance that the ligaments and blood vessels connecting the upper and lower leg may be severed. A dislocated knee must be treated quickly, since extreme blood loss could result in amputation of the leg.
The only way to know what you could be owed for your suffering is to contact an experienced Texas injury attorney. At our firm, we can answer all of your questions in your FREE consultation, and we cover all court costs and fees if you decide to hire us to represent you.
Call us today at (877) 724-7800, or submit the contact form on this page to get started. For more FREE information on your case, we’ll rush you a copy of our report, The Insider’s Guide to Winning Your Texas Truck Accident Case.