Knee Injury Compensation Calculator
Use this free settlement calculator tool to learn how much your knee injury case could be worth.
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Knee injuries are painful, disrupt daily life and can be long-term problems if medical care is not immediately sought.
Your knee joint is made up of bone, cartilage, ligaments and fluid. Muscles and tendons help the knee joint move. When any of these structures is hurt or diseased, you have knee problems. Knee problems can cause extreme pain and difficulty walking.
Knee problems are very common, and they occur in people of all ages. Knee problems can interfere with many things, from participation in sports to simply getting up from a chair and walking. This can have a big impact on your life.
Most commonly, knee injuries are caused by simple strain. These strains occur when there is a sudden acceleration, deceleration or rotation that involves the surrounding ligaments, bones and muscles. These events can occur without causing any injury or pain. Knee injuries make it more likely that you’ll have to miss time from school, work and recreational sports. In addition, long-term affects of these injuries can cause problems with your knee joints in the future.
Injuries to ligaments and tendons are a major cause of knee problems. A common injury is to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). You usually injure your ACL by a sudden twisting motion. ACL tears and other knee injuries are common sports injuries.
Types and costs of knee injuries
The settlement value of a knee injury varies according to its severity and the treatment needed. Many knee injuries will heal with rest and over the counter medicine, but serious knee injuries can be expensive and take a long time to heal.
Were you injured on the job? The average cost of a knee-injury worker’s compensation claim is $32,622 in medical expenses and lost wages, according to data from the National Safety Council. We’ll talk about workers compensation claims below.
Cartilage Injuries and Disorders
Chondromalacia happens when the cartilage of the knee cap softens. This can be caused by:
- Muscle weakness.
- Problems with the knee alignment.
- Injury to the knee cap that tears off a piece of cartilage or a piece of cartilage containing a bone fragment.
The most frequent symptom of chondromalacia is a dull pain around or under the kneecap that worsens when walking down stairs or hills. A person may also feel pain when climbing stairs or when the knee bears weight as it straightens.
The disorder is common in runners and is also seen in skiers, cyclists, and soccer players.
The meniscus is a C-shaped piece of cartilage that acts like a pad between your femur or thigh bone and tibia or shin bone. You can easily injure it when the knee is twisted while bearing weight. You may have a partial or total tear. If the tear is tiny, the meniscus stays connected to the front and back of the knee. If the tear is large, the meniscus may be left hanging by a thread of cartilage. The seriousness of the injury depends on the location and the size of the tear.
Symptoms of meniscus injuries include:
- Pain, particularly when the knee is straightened.
- Clicking sound in the knee.
- Locking of the knee joint.
Sometimes if you injure your knee, but did not seek treatment, you can develop symptoms months or years later. Although symptoms of meniscal injury may disappear on their own, they frequently persist or return and require treatment.
Two commonly injured ligaments in the knee are:
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
- Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL).
An injury to these ligaments is sometimes called a “sprain.” The ACL is most often stretched or torn (or both) by a sudden twisting motion. The PCL is usually injured by a direct impact, such as in an automobile accident or football tackle. The symptoms may include:
- Hearing a popping sound.
- Buckling of the leg when you try to stand on it.
The medial and lateral collateral ligaments are usually injured by a blow to the outer side of the knee. This can stretch and tear a ligament. These blows frequently occur in sports such as football or hockey. The symptoms may include:
- Feeling a pop and the knee may buckle sideways.
Tendon Injuries and Disorders
There are three main types of tendon injuries and disorders.
Tendinitis and Ruptured Tendons
Tendon injuries range from tendinitis (inflammation of a tendon) to a ruptured (torn) tendon. Torn tendons most often occur from:
- Overusing a tendon (particularly in some sports). The tendon stretches like a worn-out rubber band and becomes inflamed.
- Trying to break a fall. If thigh muscles contract, the tendon can tear. This is most likely to happen in older people with weak tendons.
One type of tendinitis of the knee is called jumper’s knee. In sports that require jumping, such as basketball, the tendon can become inflamed or can tear.
Symptoms of tendinitis include:
- Pain and tenderness to the touch.
- Pain when running, hurrying, walking, or jumping.
Doctors diagnose knee problems by using:
- Medical history.
- Physical examination.
- Diagnostic tests, such as x-rays, bone scan, CAT scan, MRI, arthroscopy, and biopsy.
Potential compensation for knee injuries
Injuries to the knee are often the result of something outside of your control. It could be a terrible twist on unstable or slippery ground, or the result of a vehicle or bicycle accident, or something that happened on the job.
Serious knee injuries, such as from a car accident, can make it impossible to put any weight on your leg. Less serious injuries could keep you off your feet for weeks. Any of these injuries could require surgery, casts, long-term physical therapy and medication to reduce pain and swelling.
If the accident was the fault of another person, he or she should have to help you with your medical costs. Use our knee injury calculator for an estimate on what you could be owed and for a starting point to discuss compensation with a qualified attorney in your area.
If you’ve been injured on the job, you may be entitled to Worker’s Compensation.
The first step is to identify whether your employer is a federal, state or private employer, or one of several specific groups covered by federal worker’s compensation laws.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs administers disability compensation programs which provides help to federal workers (or their dependents) and other specific groups who are injured at work or acquire an occupational disease.
Individuals injured on the job while employed by private companies or state and local government agencies should contact their state workers’ compensation board.
A qualified attorney can be essential in helping you navigate a worker’s compensation claim.
How much can I expect from a knee injury settlement?
The wide range of potential knee injuries makes it difficult to give a specific amount, but like all injuries, there are common factors in the compensation you may be owed.
Knee injuries are common in personal injury cases that arise from car accidents or slip-and-fall cases. They’re also common in sports settings. The settlement amount can only be determined on a case-by-case basis, but in general, injury claims are based on a person’s economic and non-economic losses.
Pain and suffering can mean a substantially higher amount of compensation. If you have suffered serious injury from an auto accident, your pain and suffering might be worth several hundred to several thousand dollars. If you have permanent disabilities as a result of the injury, it can be worth even more.
Economic damages are the actual financial losses stemming from an injury. Some examples of economic damages are:
- Past medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Lost income
- Diminished earning capacity
These damages, sometimes called general damages, cover losses that aren’t easy to estimate with a dollar figure. These include:
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
These non-economic damages can come with a damage multiplier (for example, between 1.5 and 5) based on the seriousness of the injury.
In rare cases, punitive damages may be assessed in particularly egregious personal injury cases, where the incident arises from more than just negligence.
Two factors that can reduce your injury compensation are contributory negligence, where you share some of the blame for the injury, and failure to mitigate damages, which means you are required to take reasonable steps after your injury (such as taking your prescribed medication as the doctor orders, or resting or wearing a brace for the appropriate length of time.)
What is my next step in seeking knee injury financial compensation?
Your injury can be a debilitating experience, but it doesn’t have to mean the end of your hopes and dreams. A qualified attorney can make sure you are appropriately compensated for your injury.
Don’t forget that even if you are able to move around now, with all your pain and suffering behind you, there is still a chance that your knee injury could contribute to further injuries to the affected area in the future. This is why it is important to see what our injury compensation calculator can do for you today.
Using the knee injury calculator
It is important to remember that the results of this calculator do not take into consideration any current or previous medical treatments you may have received. The knee injury compensation calculator is a useful aid, but it cannot provide legal or financial advice. It is not intended to replace the services of a qualified attorney. Before proceeding with making a claim, it is strongly recommended that you seek the advice of a personal injury lawyer who can advise you on your options. With their help and advice, you can successfully make a claim for a neck injury compensation.
One way to determine how much is a knee injury compensation case worth is to look at how much your pain and suffering are worth. You may think that you are lucky to be able to walk again, but you may need to consult a specialist to make sure. The specialist will take a look at the details of your injury and your medical history. He or she will be able to figure out how much pain and suffering you are experiencing and how long it will take you to heal. In many cases, it will take six months or more for full recovery. This number is based on the person’s age and how much pain he or she is experiencing.
A knee injury can be one of the most painful and frustrating injuries anyone can experience. It can affect a person’s daily life and the ability to enjoy physical activities such as walking, running, and even swimming. If you have suffered a knee injury, you are probably eager to find out how much is a knee injury case worth. Fill out the calculator and use that as a starting point for discussions with a personal injury lawyer near you.