Did You Dislocate Your Knee in a Car Crash?
It is common for individuals to have knee injuries due to a car collision. Sometimes, this is because the knee was damaged when it hit a part of the car, such as the steering wheel or dashboard. In other situations, a kneecap is fractured or dislocated. A dislocated knee means the bones are not aligned, they are out of place.
After a knee accident injury, talk to a Baltimore car accident lawyer about what the settlement value of your injury might be. An attorney can also assess other damages and develop an idea of the amount of a full and fair settlement offer, taking past claims and cases into account.
Knee Dislocations Are Painful
When the three bones that create your knee—the tibia, fibula, and femur—are not in the correct places, a person could be diagnosed with a dissociated knee. This is possible when there is great force to the knee, which is possible during a traffic accident. If you have a dislocated knee, you may be experiencing any or all of the following symptoms.
- Hearing a pop sound from your knee.
- There is a lot of pain.
- Your knee cannot be moved.
- The knee moves, but can’t be straightened.
- Swelling, bruises, and a disjointed appearance.
- The joint does not feel stable.
There are differences between a dislocated knee and a dislocated kneecap. Have your health assessed by a doctor in order to have the proper treatment plan in place. Dislocated knees are very serious injuries. It is possible there is further damage in the area when this type of injury occurs.
Traumatic events can result in injuries such as knee dislocations. They can happen if you hit your knee hard against a surface, such as knee making impact with a dashboard during a car crash. Knee dislocation is also a possible diagnosis after a sports injury, such as when a skier takes a hard fall.
Types of Treatment
Knee dislocation can be very painful and a treatment plan will depend on the extent of the damage. If the situation is not severe, it may be possible for the person to avoid surgery. A doctor can, in some situations, move the bones back into place. Then, the individual would likely have to wear a splint for support as your knee heals.
When there is dislocation and other issues, surgery may be necessary. This could be the case for you if you have a dislocated knee along with torn ligaments, fractures, and nerve damage. Surgery would likely be scheduled a couple of weeks after the initial injury, allowing the swelling to subside first. After the surgery, braces and splints could be required. Then, physical therapy could follow in order for the leg muscles to strengthen enough to support weight.
Are you recovering from a knee injury? If you have high medical expenses, connect with a skilled attorney who can navigate complex claims. Reach out to the legal team at Iamele & Iamele, LLP. With years of personal injury claim knowledge, our attorneys can help. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.