Your knees are one of the most important joints in your whole body, and an active person must use these joints on a regular basis as part of their day-to-day routine. Not only are they important when you are walking around, but they are also essential for sitting down and climbing the stairs or up a ladder. Because they are used so regularly, they are susceptible to wear and tear, and they can get injured very easily if due care and attention is not taken.
Unfortunately, knee injuries can be life-changing, and suffering a knee injury can significantly reduce your quality of life. If you have suffered a knee injury, and someone else was responsible (at least in part) then you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. Here are a few of the incidents which have given rise to successful knee injury claims:
If someone has attacked you with the intention of causing physical harm, then it is possible to claim compensation for the injuries that they have caused to you. Whilst most victims are awarded compensation by the courts as part of the criminal prosecution process, it may also be possible to claim compensation as part of a civil action. It is not normally possible to receive compensation via both routes, unless you are able to show that the amount which was awarded in the first instance does not accurately reflect your ongoing suffering.
If you think that you may have another claim, or if you were not given compensation as part of the criminal process, then you should speak to a solicitor or lawyer who deals with knee injury claims to find out whether you could have a successful case.
Slips, Trips and Falls
Slipping, falling or tripping is one of the most common ways to sustain a knee injury. An injury can be caused by the physical impact of the fall, or it can be caused by an unnatural twist/bend which occurs because of the accident. Many slips, trips and falls occur because other parties have not followed appropriate health and safety regulations. For example, if a person slips over on a wet floor which has not been adequately signed, then they may be able to make a claim. Alternatively, they may fall in their own home on a carpet which has been incorrectly fitted.
If your injury was caused by a fall that was beyond your control, then you may have a claim.
Road Traffic Accident
A road traffic accident can cause serious injuries to any area of your body. Even small collisions can cause injuries to the knees, as you may be moved forwards into the dashboard. Some people even get knee injuries from small bumps from behind or heavy breaking which causes their knees to impact with the dashboard.
Some claims are levelled at another driver or drivers who may have caused the incident, but claims may also be logged towards the party who was meant to be maintaining the road (if a poor surface or bad signage was responsible) or a vehicle manufacturer (if your injury was caused by a vehicular malfunction).
Medical negligence can also cause knee injuries, and a range of different things can cause them. From a surgeon dropping something on your knee during a procedure, through to an infection which was picked up due to poor hygiene standards in a medical facility, there is a lot of scope for making a claim for medical negligence. Even if you obtained private treatment and you were asked to sign a waiver before your treatment, a qualified lawyer may still be able to help you to make a successful claim.
Due to the high speed, high energy nature of sports, injuries can be commonplace. Whilst some of these injuries are completely unavoidable, some injuries could easily have been prevented if the correct guidelines had been followed. Lots of factors put participants at risk, from inappropriate playing surfaces, to poor quality sports equipment. Injuries can also be sustained if you have been coached incorrectly, or if someone who you come into contact with is not playing according to the official rules and regulations of the sport.