Knee injuries may affect the quality of your life due to the pain it causes and the impact it may have on your mobility. Knee injuries occur due to many different accidents ranging from slip and fall accidents to car accidents. Whatever the cause of your accident and thus your knee injury, you may decide to talk to a lawyer to discover what legal options you have for recovering damages.
If you file a claim, you can recover compensation for the losses you incurred due to the knee injury such as medical expenses. Whether your knee injury requires non-surgical or surgical intervention, you will most likely accumulate medical costs for your treatment. A Boston knee injury lawyer can help you fight for compensation for your knee injury and recover more than just medical costs.
Medical Treatment for your Knee Injury
The knee is a complicated joint consisting of different parts. This means that you can injure your knee in several different ways, some common knee injuries include:
- Tears (Meniscal or Tendon tears)
- Injuries to the ligaments
Getting adequate treatment when you suffered severe injuries is crucial to making a full recovery. Proper treatment for your knee injury will most likely include the creation of an exhaustive treatment plan. The medical treatment plan will consider how your injury may affect you in the short and long run. This information is crucial in determining the value of your case.
Most times, unfortunately the impact of knee injuries persist into the future. The injury may also become worse as time passes which means you will need medical care in the future. Considering this may help you to include these future anticipated medical costs in the claim so you won't have to pay out of pocket in the future.
Knee Injury Causes
Knee injuries can happen due to many different reasons, it may be caused by a traffic crash or a pedestrian accident. The severity of your knee injury may depend on how it happened and the intensity of the crash. A knee injury attorney has the necessary resources to consult experts to help your case. An expert may include a medical professional who can tell if you can recover from the knee injury and how much time it will take.
The information they give will play a significant part in helping to value your case. If the knee injury leaves you with a permanent disability, it may influence how much your case is worth. Your Boston knee injury lawyer can help you file for compensation with the insurer while taking all these facts into consideration.
Recovering Compensation for Your Knee Injury
You may be able to recover compensation for the economic and non-economic losses you suffered due to your knee injury. A knee injury results in both tangible and intangible losses. Tangible losses include the financial cost of paying for treatment and by obtaining compensation you can recover this amount. Medical cost damages may cover the cost of medicine and transport costs to and from the hospital. You may need assistive devices to help with movement which may be covered under medical costs.
Less complicated knee injuries may take a few weeks to heal. Severe injuries may require surgical treatment and thus take a couple of months to recover. Whether it takes weeks or months, you may miss some time from work to facilitate your recovery. The income you lose during such a time may also be accounted for in the compensation.
Knee injuries can cause you immense pain, so you might choose to recover damages for the pain and suffering that result from your knee injury. Since it is an intangible loss, the defense may try to counter the claim to pay a lower settlement but your knee injury attorney can fight for your settlement by defending your claims.
Handling the Insurance Company
Soon after you file a claim with the insurance company for your knee injury, they will contact you. They may want to know the details of your case. Talking to the insurance company representative requires you to practice caution because whatever you say during the conversation may work against your claim in the long term. For example, if you tell the insurance adjuster that you are okay, they may take it to mean that you suffered no injuries.
You don't have to get stressed out over what to say though, since your knee injury attorney can talk to the insurer on your behalf. After getting a sense of the extent of the injury and estimating the claim value, your lawyer can send a demand letter to the insurer.
Statute of Limitations for Your Knee Injury Claim
The statute of limitations is a law that outlines how many years plaintiffs have to file a personal injury lawsuit. Under MGL c.260 § 2A, you have three years to file a personal injury suit in Boston. This deadline starts running from the day you suffered your injury. If you cannot reach a settlement with the insurer, you may have to file a personal injury lawsuit.
The Dolman Law Group Can Help You
If you or a loved one has suffered a knee injury, you can recover compensation for the resulting losses. We can help value your case and advocate for your rights while you focus on recovering from your injury. Contact the Dolman Law Group today for a free consultation and case review.
Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA
76 Canal Street, Suite 302
Boston, MA 02114