Knee Injuries From Car Accidents

Leg highlighted to show anatomy of a knee injuryFamous athletes aren’t the only people to suffer knee injuries. While it’s true that these injuries are common in sports and among those who engage in regular physical activity, many injuries are caused by falls or car accidents.

In a vehicle crash, it is not uncommon for a car to roll over or be crushed from a side or head-on impact. This can cause serious damage to drivers and passengers, including significant knee injuries. Even accidents that seem minor can result in damage to delicate structures and require medical care.

Understanding the Knee and Common Injuries

The knee is the largest joint in the body, and, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, one of the most vulnerable to injury. Composed of bones, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons, the knee can be damaged in many ways, and treating these injuries can involve a wide variety of medical options. In a car accident, the most common injuries include:

  • “Dashboard knee.” This occurs when the knee slams against the dashboard in an accident. The shin bone is pushed in and tears the posterior cruciate ligament.
  • Patellar fracture. This is a break in the kneecap at the front of the knee. The patella acts as a shield and so is vulnerable to injury.
  • Dislocation. A dislocation occurs when the bones are pushed out of place, either partially or completely.
  • ACL injury, Damaging or tearing the anterior cruciate ligament is a common sports injury that occurs as a result of a car accident, as well. This ligament crosses the front of the knee and helps control back-and-forth motion.

Seek Medical Attention Right Away for a Crash-Related Knee Injury

Some people are able to continue to walk on an injured knee, and the extent of the damage may not be apparent directly after an accident. It is important to see a doctor as soon as possible if you experience any of these symptoms after a crash:

  • Pain.
  • Swelling.
  • Instability.
  • Stiffness.
  • Redness or warmth to the touch.
  • Popping noises.

An Injury Attorney Can Help Obtain the Medical Care You Need

Treatment for a knee injury can range from use of over-the-counter medications to surgery and physical therapy. These injuries can require extensive and costly long-term care. If left untreated, a knee injury can continue to plague an accident victim for years to come.

At the Law Office of Ben Crittenden, experienced Alaska attorney Ben Crittenden obtain compensation from those responsible and their insurance company to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and more. If you or someone you love has suffered a knee injury in a car accident, call our Anchorage office today to speak directly with Ben. He can answer your questions and help you decide how to best move forward.


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