Florida Motor Vehicle Crashes: Knee, ACL, and Patella Fractures
There are thousands of motor vehicle accidents throughout the state of Florida every year. In a motor vehicle accident, a number of injuries may occur, but knee injuries are especially common. For those in the front seat, the knees may be thrust into the dashboard. For those in the backseat, they may slam into the seats in front of them.
Trauma to the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, may occur during a motor vehicle accident. The ACL is a ligament that provides support to the knee. When the ACL tears, many accident victims are unable to walk. The ACL tear requires immediate medical attention and usually necessitates surgical repair.
The patella, or kneecap, may also be injured in a motor vehicle accident. Damage to the patella may cause excruciating pain, and surgery may be required to repair it. As with ACL tears, serious damage to the patella may prevent the accident victim from walking.
Other common knee injuries that may occur in a motor vehicle accident include sprains, strains, torn cartilage, dislocation, and fractures.
Accident victims should not have to worry about footing the bill for these injuries. By hiring a Florida personal injury attorney and filing a personal injury claim, the accident victim may be able to collect money from the at-fault driver. If the accident victim prevails in the case, the victim may receive healthcare costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other categories of losses.
Knee injuries often cause long-term issues for accident victims. The cost of future medical care, such as surgeries and physical therapy, may also be accounted for in a personal injury claim. With the assistance of an attorney, an accident victim’s compensation will be maximized, as all avenues of recovery will be aggressively pursued.