The knee is made up of tendons, bones, ligaments, and cartilage. At the top of the knee joint is the femur, or thigh bone. The tibia or shinbone is at the bottom of the knee joint. The patella covers the place where the femur and tibia meet in the form of the kneecap. Knee injuries can be excruciatingly painful. They may be results of high-impact trauma, falls, vehicle accidents, or strains. If you sustained injuries due to another person or entity's fault, you should discuss your situation with the experienced Atlanta knee injury lawyers at Van Sant Law.Knee Injuries
Common knee injuries include anterior cruciate ligament injuries, fractures, meniscal tears, dislocations, tendinitis, bursitis, collateral ligament injuries, tendon tears, and posterior cruciate ligament injuries. When a knee injury is minor, it may only need rest, ice, heat, compression, and elevation. However, it might also require immobilization and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. For a serious knee injury, surgery may be needed. There are different kinds of knee surgeries. For instance, when performing a meniscus repair, the doctor performs a surgical procedure to repair a damaged meniscus, which is a shock-absorbing piece of cartilage between the ends of the knee bones that allows for cushioning. A meniscectomy occurs when a portion of meniscus cartilage is removed from the knee joint. With a plica excision, irritated tissue is removed from the knee.Liability
To recover damages for knee injuries caused by someone else, you will need to prove that it is more likely than not that the defendant owed you a duty of care, the defendant failed to abide by the duty of care, the failure caused your knee injuries, and the injuries resulted in damages. A knee injury attorney in Atlanta can help victims bring these claims.
The circumstances of the accident will determine what the duty of care was and what constituted a breach of it. An interstate truck driver’s failure to abide by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations may be evidence of negligence or negligence per se. For example, if a truck driver failed to obey hours of service regulations and was driving while fatigued, such that his reaction time was slowed, and he rear-ended your car, the court would likely find that he failed to use reasonable care. After a truck accident that results in knee injuries, a trucking company could be held directly liable for negligent hiring, retention, or entrustment if it failed to conduct a background check on a truck driver, failed to properly train him, permitted logbook violations, or allowed the truck driver to drive after multiple violations.
On the other hand, if a knee injury arose as a result of a trip and fall on a broken escalator in a mall, you may have a claim for premises liability against the mall owner. An Atlanta knee injury attorney can also investigate whether to sue the elevator manufacturer or a repair person.Damages
If we can establish liability for your knee injuries, we may be able to recover compensatory damages. These may include pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, past and future medical bills, past and future lost income, replacement services, and lost earning capacity. The severity and nature of your knee injury, along with your personal traits, such as where you work and what you do in your recreational time, will determine the amount of damages to which you are entitled. An experienced attorney will explore all the ways in which you suffered losses as a result of a knee injury. If, for example, a fractured knee and ACL tear results in your not being able to pick up your kids or play sports in your spare time, as you used to do, these may be items of loss that can be quantified and recovered.Retain a Knee Injury Lawyer in Atlanta
If you sustained knee injuries in an accident caused by someone else in Georgia, you should discuss the circumstances with the seasoned personal injury attorneys at Van Sant Law. Our firm represents clients throughout Georgia, with offices in Atlanta, Alpharetta, Athens, Cumming, Duluth, Lawrenceville, and Gainesville. We are an adapting and safety-conscious law firm. We can do intake for your lawsuit electronically, without face-to-face interactions. However, we can visit you in your home if you prefer. Call us at 855-GA-INJURY or use our online form.