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knee injuryKnee injuries can have severe consequences. They can cause you to miss work, require expensive medical care, and prevent you from living your life to the fullest. However, you could have legal options for recovering the financial resources you need to offset these losses, and an experienced Raleigh knee injury lawyer with Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks, P.A. can help you explore them. Contact us today for a free initial case evaluation. We look forward to hearing your story, explaining your rights, and fighting to protect them.

How Our Raleigh Knee Injury Attorneys Can Help

You could be entitled to compensation for your knee injury, but getting it is likely easier said than done. Instead of dealing with the hassle of a compensation claim yourself, our Raleigh knee injury attorneys help you by:

  • Thoroughly investigating the accident that led to your knee injury, recovering critical evidence such as accident/incident reports, surveillance footage of the accident, photos of the scene, witness testimony, and medical records of your injury and treatment
  • Evaluating your legal options for pursuing financial resources for your recovery, including workers’ compensation or personal injury claims
  • Documenting your ongoing and anticipated expenses or losses, including future medical care or lost earning capacity
  • Filing your claim and dealing with insurance adjusters or company representatives on your behalf
  • Aggressively negotiating for a settlement or resolution of your claim to get you the financial resources you need
  • Taking your case to trial if litigation becomes necessary to demand a favorable result for you

Why Choose Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks, P.A. for Your Knee Injury Claim?

Suffering a knee injury can quickly become a stressful experience. You might worry about the cost of your medical care, especially if you cannot work because of your injury. Having experienced legal counsel can make the recovery process more manageable. But how do you pick the right attorney for your knee injury claim?

Over the years, thousands of clients have turned to Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks, P.A., for help. Choose us to represent you after suffering a knee injury in Raleigh because:

  • Our personal injury attorneys understand the anxiety and stress you’re under. We are ready to shoulder the burden of the recovery process. Our attorneys can deal with the insurance companies and pursue your legal claims while you focus on healing.
  • Our law firm has the experience, knowledge, and resources to take on and win the most complex injury cases, including claims against some of the country’s largest corporations. Our state-of-the-art case tracking system means you’ll always know exactly where your case stands while we pursue the total compensation you could be owed.
  • We provide personalized attention and service. When you choose us for your case, you will work one-on-one with the attorneys and support staff handling your claim. You won’t be handed off to different lawyers and support staff throughout your case. And because most of our lawyers and staff have worked at our firm for over a decade, you can be confident of the quality of care you’re getting.
  • Our personal injury attorneys handle various accident claims, including car accidents, slips and falls, and workplace injuries. Most personal injury cases don’t require going to court to recover compensation. However, our firm won’t hesitate to take a case to trial if it’s the best way to demand a fair result and justice for our clients.
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Workers’ Compensation for Knee Injuries Caused at Work

Workers who hurt their knees due to a workplace injury may have the right to workers’ compensation benefits. To get these benefits, the injured worker does not need to prove that their injury occurred due to their employer’s negligence or fault. Instead, workers are covered so long as their injury or occupational illness arose in the course and scope of employment.

Workers’ compensation provides a range of benefits, including:

  • Medical benefits: Injured employees can have the cost of all reasonable and necessary medical treatment and rehabilitation covered by their employer. Employees who must travel more than 20 miles for medical treatment of work injuries can also receive reimbursement for travel costs.
  • Lost wage benefits: Employees who cannot work for more than seven days due to a work-related injury may receive partial income reimbursement equal to two-thirds of their average weekly wage (subject cap established by state law). Employees who return to lower-paying part-time duty while recovering from a work injury are entitled to partial reimbursement for the difference between their pre-injury average weekly wage and their current income.
  • Permanent disability benefits: Workers who permanently impair a body part or bodily function may receive additional payments for that disability. A worker who becomes permanently disabled from any form of work may continue to receive medical and wage benefits for as long as they remain unable to work.

In exchange for these guaranteed benefits, injured workers usually give up their right to pursue a personal injury claim against their employer. They may only seek financial recovery through workers’ compensation.

Filing a Personal Injury Claim for a Knee Injury at Work

A worker whose knee injury occurs because of a third party unaffiliated with their employer may have the right to file a personal injury claim against that party. Doing so can provide them with further compensation beyond what they could receive from a workers’ compensation claim. Some common accidents that could give rise to a personal injury claim include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents caused by third-party drivers
  • Accidents with defective work tools/equipment/machinery
  • Knee injuries from falling on client property
  • Construction accidents resulting from negligent actions by other contractors on site or dangerous conditions of the property

If their personal injury case is successful, an injured worker could recover compensation for:

  • Costs of medical treatment and rehabilitation of a knee injury
  • Costs of long-term care for prolonged or permanent disabilities that interfere with daily living
  • Ongoing and future losses of income/earning capacity
  • Physical pain
  • Emotional distress and suffering
  • Lost enjoyment/quality of life caused by physical disabilities

An injured worker who received workers’ comp benefits before their successful personal injury claim may have to reimburse those benefits. For this reason, workers should seek experienced legal counsel to help them maximize their financial recovery through workers’ comp and personal injury claims.

Common Knee Injuries and Disorders

Some of the most common examples of knee injuries or disorders include:

  • ACL/MCL/LCL injury: A knee injury may involve a sprain or tear of ligaments in the joint, such as the anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament, or lateral collateral ligament.
  • Fracture: Blunt force trauma can break the femur, tibia, or fibula near where they meet at the knee joint or even the patella (kneecap).
  • Torn meniscus: The meniscus is rubbery cartilage between the thighbone and shinbone and acts as a shock absorber between the bones while walking. A person may tear their meniscus when their knee suddenly twists while bearing weight.
  • Patellar tendinitis: Tendinitis is a condition in which tendons (the fibers connecting muscle to bone) become inflamed. The patellar tendon connects the kneecap to the shinbone.
  • Bursitis: The fluid-filled sacs called bursae that cushion joints from ligaments and tendons can become inflamed when damaged, causing severe pain, weakness, and instability of the knee joint.

Symptoms of a Knee Injury

The symptoms associated with a knee injury depend on the type and severity of the damage in question. Some of the most common signs of knee injuries include:

  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Redness
  • The knee feels warmer than the rest of the leg
  • Weakness or instability of the knee joint
  • A popping or crunching feeling or sound when the knee flexes
  • Inability to straighten the knee

You should seek prompt medical attention if you experience symptoms such as:

  • Inability to bear weight on the knee
  • Noticeable swelling around the knee
  • Inability to flex or straighten the knee
  • Obvious deformity in the knee or leg
  • Fever in conjunction with redness, pain, or swelling in the knee
  • Severe knee pain after an accident or a traumatic blow to the knee

The sooner you get medical attention for your knee injury, the better your prognosis for a long-term recovery. Moreover, the sooner you get help, the easier it will be for your personal injury lawyer to pursue the compensation you deserve.

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Get in Touch with Our Knee Injury Lawyers in Raleigh

If you’ve sustained a knee injury in an accident in Raleigh, you could have the right to financial recovery through a personal injury claim, workers’ compensation, or both. However, getting this money could be difficult without experienced legal guidance. Get the help you need to demand the compensation you deserve for your injury. Contact our Raleigh personal injury lawyers for a free, no-obligation consultation to speak with a knee injury lawyer about your legal options for seeking financial recovery and accountability for what you’ve suffered.

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