Workplace Knee Injuries Require an Aggressive VA Workers Comp Attorney
We use our knees for almost every activity. Sitting, standing, walking, bending, kneeling, crouching, crawling, lifting. You name it – your knees play an important role in the movement. And because we rely on our knees so much, they can eventually wear down.
Many types of workplace leg injuries can happen, no matter your profession or occupation. Knee injuries are common among factory workers, warehouse workers, and construction workers, but can occur in almost any work environment, including office buildings.
If you’ve injured your knee in a sudden workplace accident or have been experiencing chronic knee pain that was worsened by a recent movement at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits in Virginia.
This article provides a general overview of the types of workplace knee injuries we often handle. If you have a question about your case or are looking for high quality legal representation, contact workers comp attorney Corey Pollard for a free consultation.
Difference Between Chronic Knee Pain and Knee Injury for Workers Comp
Many of you suffer from chronic knee pain. This often happens when the cartilage in your knee wears down due to age, injury, and overuse and you develop arthritis. Arthritis and cartilage tear can cause frequent pain and swelling that makes it difficult to perform physically demanding jobs. In some cases chronic knee pain requires surgery, such as a total or partial knee replacement, that puts you out of work for a significant period.
Having preexisting arthritis or cartilage wear does not mean you will lose your claim for workers comp benefits automatically. If you can prove that a sudden event at work aggravated or worsened your preexisting arthritis, or that your traumatic work accident accelerated the need for knee surgery by causing you to become more symptomatic, then you can qualify for workers comp.
Common Causes of Workplace Knee Injuries
We’ve seen many types of workplace accidents cause knee injuries, but here are some of the most common:
- Falls from heights, such as a ladder
- Slip and fall accidents
- Work-related car accidents
- Standing up from an awkward position
- Construction accidents
- Being hit by moving objects or heavy machinery
- Repetitive motion such as standing or walking all day at work
Common Workplace Knee Injuries
We represent all injured workers in Virginia who have suffered the following knee injuries:
- Below the knee amputation
- Broken kneecaps
- Broken leg (Tibia-Fibula fracture)
- Condromalacia patellae (damage to the cartilage that covers the patella)
- Dislocated kneecap
- Knee bruising
- Knee sprains and strains
- Knee swelling
- Torn meniscus
What Do I Do If I Hurt My Knee At Work?
If you hurt your knee at work, don’t try to fight through the pain and swelling. Doing so can cause permanent damage that will make it even more difficult to return to your pre-injury job. Notify your employer in writing and seek medical attention immediately.
Make sure that you follow your doctor’s orders and do not go back to work until you’re ready. You should avoid putting weight on your knee so that it has time to heal. Elevating your leg and using heat and ice can relax the muscles, increase blood flow to the injured knee, and speed up healing.
Because of how often we use our knees, healing can take a long time. A knee injury may prevent you from returning to work for months, weeks, or ever, and medical bills from injections, surgeries, and therapy can add up quickly.
Fortunately we can help you get the workers comp disability benefits or lump sum workers comp settlement you deserve for your knee injury. And if you’re unable to return to your pre-injury work, we can help you qualify for Social Security Disability.
Corey Pollard: Helping You after a Knee Injury at Work
It’s easy to dismiss knee pain as something you should just “deal with.” But don’t. Fight for your workers compensation if your job caused your knee pain or an increase in knee symptoms.
If you were injured in Virginia contact us today so we can help you determine your legal options following a knee injury at work. Your consultation is free, so you have nothing to lose. We’re just a call, text, or email away from injured workers in Richmond, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Newport News, Fredericksburg, Fairfax, Charlottesville, Staunton, and Roanoke.