Workers’ Compensation for ACL Injuries
After telling your friend that you’d take over her shift, you are now about to begin your 9th hour of overtime. Before you can go home, you have one last job to do: check the cabanas. As you make your way toward the pool, a guest’s child runs straight out in front of you, almost pushing you straight into the water. Luckily, you saw him just in time, and managed to side step out of his way. Unfortunately, when you moved, your foot got caught on a broken lawn chair, and rather than falling into the pool, you fell over the chair and face first into a pile of wet towels.
Although your face plant was softened by the damp cloths, as you fell you heard a distinct pop in your knee. When you attempted to stand back up, a searing pain radiated from your knee, all the way up your thigh and you immediately fall back down.
What happened? Is your knee broken? How could a simple tripping accident cause you so much pain?
Workplace ACL Injury Complications and Compensation Rights
The National Institute of Health estimates that nearly 250,000 people a year suffer from torn knee ligaments called ACLs (Anterior Cruciate Ligaments). The ACL is a ligament in the knee that resists forward and rotational movements of the shin bone (tibia) on the thigh bone (femur). Basically, it’s a ligament that acts as an elastic band within the knee that aids in bending the knee forward without causing the bones in your legs to rub against one another or over extend. When this ligament is torn or snaps, not only is it excruciatingly painful, but it may never properly heal.
ACL tears and knee pain are extremely common forms of workplace injuries. They can also be the most painful and debilitating types of injuries as well. An ACL tear can occur as a result of tripping, falling, jumping, twisting, or banging your leg or knee. Unfortunately, many jobs and work environments have a fast-paced nature, careless attention to potential hazards, and a lack of safety initiatives—making these types of accidents a regular occurrence and putting you at risk. The risks of an ACL tear include:
- Minimum of six-month recovery with heavy restrictions. Either preventing you from returning to work, or limiting your duties to light work with little to no kneeling, climbing, walking, and squatting.
- Incomplete or impossibility of full recovery. Most ligaments, once torn or severed, lose elasticity, retention, and strength once they heal.
- A 75 percent chance of the need for surgery. Around 50 percent of ACL tears affect additional parts of the knee, making it impossible to heal without surgery.
- Drastically reduced sense of balance due to loss of ligament strength. This will also limit your ability to climb any stairs and ladders.
- A 25 percent chance of post traumatic arthritis—even with surgery.
Although some workplace accidents can hurt, and be inconvenient and frustrating, ACL and knee injuries can be debilitating—causing you a life time worth of pain. If you’ve recently been involved in a workplace accident and have suffered an ACL tear or other knee or joint injury, call us immediately. We can help you file a workplace injury claim and get you the benefits, compensation, and treatment you deserve to get you back on your feet. Don’t allow an employer’s mistake to haunt you for the rest of your life. Call now.
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