Understanding the Range of Knee Injuries
In addition to injuries that happen in higher-risk occupations, a variety of other workplace knee injuries can form the basis of a successful workers’ compensation claim in Philadelphia, regardless of profession. Partial or complete tears of the meniscus occur when the knee is forcefully twisted, and lead to pain and swelling as well as knee instability. Tears to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), or posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) can also be partial or complete but will present with considerably more pain and a far longer recovery time than injuries to the meniscus. To that end, an ACL tear will almost always require surgery and can lead to weeks and months of missed work.
Similarly, the cartilage disorder chondromalacia patella – a softening of the kneecap cartilage, caused by overuse – can require arthroscopic or realignment surgery. Any worker who spends much of their day walking or climbing stairs is at an increased risk of suffering from chondromalacia. Moreover, certain individuals with natural anatomic variations of the knee are also more likely to develop chondromalacia than others.
It is important to note that Bustleton workers suffering from preexisting knee disorders that are aggravated by their current job duties are no less entitled to workers’ compensation benefits than those suffering from acute knee injuries. Anytime an employee is injured on the job or their preexisting knee injury is exacerbated by work conditions, it can form the basis of a successful workers’ compensation claim. A worker seeking treatment for a knee injury should take notes about all doctors’ appointments, physical therapy, and imaging studies ordered. The insurer will likely require such documentation before issuing an approval or denial of benefits.
Compensable Knee Injuries
If your knee is injured or your knee injury is made worse due to your job duties, it is important that you seek out compensation right away. It is possible that you will need not just proper treatment for your knee injury, but you may also need one or more surgeries and physical therapy. Your knee injury may cause you to be unable to work for a substantial period of time. Workers’ compensation can help you provide for your family and yourself until you recover.
Your compensation during treatment is based on your average pay. However, if your Philadelphia workplace knee injury never heals fully, then you may be eligible for a lump sum settlement from workers compensation. A permanent injury settlement, which is usually a percentage of your wages during the period of time that you were being treated for your injury and extra weeks of pay to compensate for your permanent disability. Medical costs are also included.
The settlement you receive is based on several factors, including the severity of your injury and any lingering disabilities that result from your injury.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers of Gross & Kenny, LLP Assist Workers Recovering from Knee Injuries
If you suffered a knee injury in the course of your employment, the Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers of Gross & Kenny, LLP, will assist in all aspects of your workers’ compensation claim. Contact us at 215-512-1500, or complete our online questionnaire to schedule a free initial consultation at our Philadelphia offices, where we proudly serve injured employees throughout Pennsylvania.