When a car accident happens, one of the areas of the body that most commonly sustains injury is the knee. When sudden force hits the car, the knees may slam into the dash or steering wheel, hit another object, or end up bent in an awkward position. If you have suffered knee injuries from a car accident that was not your fault, be sure to contact a Washington car accident attorney at Max Meyers Law PLLC.
The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is one of the four main ligaments responsible for connecting the femur to the tibia. When the knee twists quickly or sustains an abrupt hit, an injury to the ACL can occur. (ACL injuries are very common amongst athletes, and usually occur when the athlete is pivoting or making a sidestepping maneuver). Common treatment for an ACL tear is surgery.
Another common ligament that may sustain injury during a car crash is the MCL, or medial collateral ligament. This injury occurs when the outside of the knee joint sustains a forceful hit, causing the outside of the knee to buckle. There are three grades of MCL tears:
- A Grade I MCL tear is minimal and incomplete, and usually does not require surgery.
- A Grade II MCL tear is more significant, and a person may require up to four weeks of recovery where they cannot use the knee.
- A Grade III MCL tear is the most significant, with a complete ligament tear requiring surgery.
Patellar Tendon Injury
The patellar tendon attaches the patella (bottom of the kneecap) to the tibia (shinbone). An injury to the patellar tendon may be partial or incomplete, but is typically only possible when very large amounts of force are applied to the area. In a car accident, the most common cause of injury to the patellar tendon is when the front of the knee sustains a direct blow.
The meniscus is a group of fibrous tissues (cartilage) found in the knee. A torn meniscus, one of the most common knee injuries, occurs when the knee twists or rotates with force. Luckily, you can treat most meniscus injuries with rest and recovery. In more serious cases, therapy may be necessary to strengthen muscles in the knee and restore stability.
A Car Accident Attorney Working for You
At Max Meyers Law PLLC, we want to make sure that you get the treatment you need for your car accident knee injuries. If your accident was the result of someone else’s negligence, we can help you file a claim or lawsuit to recover compensation for those injuries.
To learn more, schedule your free case consultation with our attorneys today by contact us now at 425-242-5595.