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St. Louis Workman’s Compensation Attorney Discusses Knee Injury Claims

Jan. 7, 2009

Over the years I have represented alot of “claimants” with knee injury cases. There are alot of different kinds of injuries that I see frequenly. One of the most common injuries is the “torn cartlage”. This will normally result from a twisting motion. The cartlage on the inside of the knee is the “medial meniscus”. The cartlage on the outside of the knee is called the lateral meniscus. A torn medial meniscus is normally diagnosed with an MRI and is frequently repaired through “arthroscopic surgery.” Medial meniscus tears seem to be much more common in “work comp” cases than lateral meniscus tears. Another frequently seen injury is the “anterior cruciate ligament tear” which is commonly refered to as an “ACL tear”. These injuries often result in either arthroscopic surgery, or an “arthrotomy” which is a more open and invasive procedure. The recovery time is usually significant with an “ACL tear” and there is ordinarily a significant amount of “permanent impairment” involved. “Knee replacement surgery” is typically an even more drastic procedure which is performed when the “articular cartilage” under the knee cap has deteriorated significantly. Worker’s Compensation insurance companies will typically try to argue that some of these injuries are degenerative. If your case is denied and you are told that your knee injury is not work related, you should contact an experienced “work comp” attorney, rather than accepting the decision of an insurance company claims adjuster. If you are told that your injury just involves a “knee strain” or “sprain”, you should consider seeking a second opinion, particularly if there hasn’t been an MRI performed. If you have a dangerous job like being a “roofer” and your knee gives out, you should perhaps consider another career alternative. Finally, when you are considering a settlement for permanent partial disability (PPD) ,you should consider having an independent evaluation in order to determine whether your knee would be prone to future detioration and perhaps surgey at some point. Submitted by Jeff Swaney FREE CONSULTATION (314) 310-8373