Knee Trauma in an Auto Accident

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May 23, 2019
Edward Smith

Knee Trauma in an Auto Accident

The job of the knee is to allow the leg to bend backward and forward. The knee also needs to support the weight of the upper body. Because of the regularity with which people use their knees, damage to these joints can result in some severe quality of life issues. Some of the ways in which knees can be injured in an auto accident included:

  • A blow to the side of the knee in a T-bone accident.
  • Striking the knees on the dashboard in a front-end collision.
  • Having the leg pend up at the front of the car while the rest of the body rotates over the top, twisting the knee.

All of these mechanisms can lead to severe injuries. Because of this, it is essential for everyone to understand some basic information about knee trauma in an auto accident.

Trauma to the Side of the Knee

A T-bone accident is one of the most common types of auto accidents. When this occurs, impact takes place at the side of the vehicle. This impact can extend into the car, striking someone on the side of the knee. This can lead to a variety of injuries, including:

  • Ligament strains and sprains
  • A torn anterior cruciate ligament
  • A torn LCL
  • Damaged nerves that run down the side of the leg

Lateral knee trauma can lead to injuries that might require surgical repair. Anyone who has trouble walking following a severe auto accident should see a physician as soon as possible.

An Impact to the Front of the Knee

Front-end collisions can lead to impacts directly on the kneecap. Blows to the front of the knee will lead to different injuries. Some of these knee injuries include:

  • A tear of the posterior cruciate ligament which is also called a dashboard knee
  • A fractured patella which is also called the kneecap
  • A dislocated knee
  • Damage to some of the blood vessels that run through the knee such as the popliteal artery

Some of these injuries are surgical emergencies and require the immediate attention of a trained medical professional. After these injuries are repaired, people often need a long course of physical therapy to learn how to walk and run again.

Watch YouTube Video: Knee Injuries and Disorders. This short animated video provides an overview of knee injuries, including the causes, symptoms, and treatments.

Contacting an Auto Accident Attorney

When a loved one requires surgery for a traumatic injury sustained in a car accident, it can place the entire family under stress. During this time, families need to meet with an experienced auto accident lawyer in Sacramento. An injury attorney could assist with:

  • Reviewing records from the accident, helping families assess all options.
  • Pursuing damages related to the accident and its injuries.
  • Moving a case to the courtroom when this is needed.

Speak with a Sacramento car accident lawyer today. You might be owed monetary compensation.

Sacramento Auto Accident Attorney

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Car Accident Lawyer. Many types of knee trauma might occur in an auto accident, and some of these can lead to severe injuries. If you or a family member has needed surgery because of a knee injury following a car accident, please give me a call at (800) 404-5400 or (916) 921-6400 for free, friendly legal advice.

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