Q Are knee injuries and ACL injuries common in construction work?
It was your first day working in construction, and you made a rookie mistake. You tried to impress your coworkers by not only getting your work done before lunch, but also help them with their work as well. This meant that you had to run across scaffoldings, quickly and repetitively climb ladders, and twist and turn in a lot of different directions to make sure everything was correct.
It was all going well, until your 50th exhausting climb up the ladder. As you went to climb off of it, another coworker placed a bucket of concrete exactly where you were going to step. Too tired to move it, you attempted to side step around it. As soon as you put your foot down, you heard a loud pop in your knee and then crumpled to the ground.
What just happened? Did you seriously just break your knee getting off of a ladder? Is that even possible?
Common Construction Actions That Can Cause Knee Injuries
The American Orthopaedic Society classifies ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) injuries as being extremely painful and debilitating. The knee itself has four separate ligaments that not only keep your shin and thigh bones attached, but also provide movement to the joint. When one of these ligaments tear, become overstretched, or breaks, your entire knee is affected.
Unfortunately, these types of knee injuries are pretty common in construction due to the amount of stability, movement, weight, and hazards the jobs require. Construction work poses many scenarios that can (and do) cause direct blows to the knee, abnormal twists, or repetitive strain on the ligaments, increasing the probability of a tear. These actions include:
- Repeatedly climbing up and down ladders.
- Jumping down from elevated heights.
- Working in tight corners which force you to turn, twist, and bend abnormally.
- Increased risk of falling on your knees or legs
- Working in close proximity to heavy machinery, tools, and materials where you can easily smash your knee.
- Kneeling for long periods of time on metal girders, beams, and scaffold planks.
When the ACL is injured, you not only feel a lot of pain and swelling, but you won’t be able to move your knee or put any weight on it. The recovery time for construction workers who experience ACL injuries tends to be anywhere from three to twelve months.
Taking the Next Step After a Knee Injury Accident
ACL injury treatments and recovery can not only be long and arduous but extremely expensive. However, as long as your employer doesn’t try to deny your claim, your work benefits should help you offset that cost. Don’t allow your boss or his insurance company deny your rightful claim. Fight back by contacting an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer.
We know how ruthless insurance companies can be, especially to those who don’t know the ins-and-outs of workers’ compensation law. Contact us today for a free consultation and review of your case. We’ll not only fight to make sure your claim is properly handled, but we’ll also provide you with the support and confidence you need to get the settlement you deserve.
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