Workers’ Comp Settlements for Knee Injuries in California

Have you suffered a work-related knee injury at your Los Angeles job? Our experienced workers’ compensation law firm can help you secure a knee injury workers’ comp settlement or appeal a denied claim. Call us today to schedule a free consultation with a knee injury lawyer!

How Our Los Angeles Knee Injury Settlement Lawyer Can Help You Secure Fair Compensation for Your Work Injury

Workers’ compensation benefits are intended to provide quality medical treatment for people injured on the job, as well as income for them while they recover and partial lost wages compensation. Employers with employer workers’ compensation insurance are also protected from lawsuits filed by injured workers.

Once the employer’s insurance company receives the workers’ compensation claim for a work-related knee injury, it will either approve the claim and benefits or deny the claim.

Injured workers may have their medical treatment covered, including physical therapy and partial disability payments, if they cannot work due to the injury or if they are on light duty until they reach the maximum medical improvement for a serious knee injury.

Employees who have a valid claim denied or reduced have a chance to appeal the decision; the advice of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help.

Some workplace injuries are caused by a third party, so the workers’ comp insurance may not cover them. In these cases, your lawyer can file a third-party lawsuit against the at-fault party to recover compensatory damages.

If you’ve been injured at your Los Angeles, Palmdale, Van Nuys, or Bakersfield workplace, contact Kenton Koszdin Law Office to learn your legal options.

What Is the Average Workers’ Comp Knee Injury Settlement in California?

Each workers’ compensation claim is different, so it’s hard to determine a true average. In general, the worse your knee injury is, the higher your compensation and benefits will be. The National Safety Council estimates that the average knee injury takes 18 days to recover from, and the average settlement nationwide is $34,003.

Your benefits are for current and future medical treatment, so calculating the cost of ongoing physical or potential therapy is a consideration when valuing your claim.

Your compensation depends on:

  • The amount of your weekly workers’ comp check
  • Any permanent work restrictions
  • Your future medical treatment
  • Your past work experience and education

These are just a few of the factors that go into valuing your benefits. If you require surgery, for example, your benefits could include the procedure and a hospital stay, which means your claim is worth more than that of a minor knee injury.

Common Symptoms of a Knee Injury

Common symptoms of a knee injury, both minor and severe, include:

  • Stiffness and difficulty moving
  • Swelling or a visible deformity or lump on the knee
  • Redness around the injury site
  • Skin feeling warm to the touch
  • Instability when using the knee for support or weakness when moving
  • Crunching or popping noises when you bend the knee
  • You cannot fully straighten or contract the knee
  • The knee is unstable when you put weight on it

Knee injuries occur either from sudden trauma or develop as repetitive stress injuries due to overuse. California workers’ compensation settlements may cover both. 

Common Types of Knee Injuries

Your knees work hard and take much abuse, but as the largest joints in the body, they are also susceptible to many different types of injury. Some of the most common job-related knee injuries include:

  • Fractures: The kneecap, or patella, may crack or break in a fall. Alternatively, the structure of the patella can break down or become compromised due to a degenerative condition exacerbated by overuse in the workplace
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury: The ACL is a large joint-stabilizing ligament running down the front of the knee. If it’s sprained (overextended) or torn, you could require surgery to repair it
  • Knee Dislocation: The patella or other knee bones can slip out of place, either because of sudden trauma, such as a fall or strike, or a structural problem caused by overuse
  • Meniscus Tear: The meniscus is cartilage around the kneecap, from the shin bones to the thigh bone. It can tear or sprain, requiring surgery if the damage is serious. Tears can be abrupt, caused by a sudden injury, or develop over time due to repetitive motion injuries
  • Tendinitis: Patellar tendonitis is inflammation of the tendons around the knee and muscles, usually due to overuse or repetitive motion strain
  • Tendon Tear: The tendons connect muscles to the bone; when they tear, the knee structure may not be fully supported. Tendon tears can either be caused by stress injuries or a fall
  • Bursitis: Joints are padded with bursae, small fluid-filled sacs that reduce friction as the joint moves and absorb shock as you walk and move. They can become inflamed due to overuse or repeated pressure, and the fluid builds up, causing stiffness and pain
  • Iliotibial Band (IT) Syndrome: The IT Band is connective tissue running along the exterior of the knee. IT bands can be damaged from overuse, such as walking for a long period of time, or inflamed if friction causes it to come into repeated contact with the bone
  • Collateral Ligament Injuries: Collateral ligaments join the thing and shin bones. Injuries here are usually contact injuries versus those developed through overuse
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injuries:  The PCL runs along the back of the knee and functions similarly to the ACL. It can be damaged by a blow to the knee if the knee is bent or another high-impact injury

Knee injuries happen from sudden trauma or overuse, but any of them can be debilitating. 

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Common Treatments for Knee Injuries

Following your treating physician’s directions after a workplace knee injury will give you the best chance for recovery. Ice, rest and elevation of the knee, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication are the treatments prescribed most often for minor knee injuries. 

But depending on the location and severity of your injury, your treatment could also include:

  • Prescription medication, if over-the-counter medications don’t work
  • Physical therapy to build up the smaller stabilizing muscles around the knee to prevent reinjury or help you regain your abilities after surgery
  • Exercise regimens that improve balance and flexibility
  • Braces, arch supports, or impact bands that help absorb shock when going from walking to running, provide stability for active people, and advance healing after knee fractures
  • Corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation and ease symptoms and pain of arthritis or other progressive conditions
  • Hyaluronic acid injections to lubricate the knee joint and ease pain
  • Platelet-rich plasma injections to promote healing and reduce inflammation
  • Unicompartmental arthroplasty, or partial-knee replacement surgery, which uses plastic and metal to repair the joint and is less intensive than a full knee replacement
  • Total knee replacement, where the entire knee joint is replaced with an artificial joint; recovery can be long and includes physical therapy
  • Arthroscopic surgery, which is the least invasive surgical procedure to repair damage from bone-on-bone friction or to repair soft tissue (ligaments and tendons) damage

An injured knee is more susceptible to reinjury if you try to go back to your normal routine too soon before you’re fully healed. Knee injury treatment options often start with the least-invasive treatments, like at-home rest or physical therapy.

If you aren’t improving, then your treating physician may recommend surgery. You may not be able to return to your usual job if the injury results from overuse, but your employer may make accommodations for you.

What Are the Benefits You Can Receive from a Knee Injury Workers’ Compensation Claim?

California workers’ compensation cases benefits include monetary damages for your loss, such as:

  • Reimbursing lost wages from time missed at work, including replacing any sick or vacation time you took for recovery time
  • Medical treatment reimbursement, including emergency care, surgery, medication, and hospital stays
  • Partial disability payments for the time you’re unable to work
  • Reimbursement for recuperation costs, like physical therapy, medical devices like a brace, and occupational therapy

Benefits from workers’ compensation insurance are similar to compensatory damages that an injured worker would receive in a personal injury lawsuit.

However, damages from a lawsuit also include consideration for non-economic damages, like pain and suffering from your injuries or a diminished quality of life because you can no longer enjoy activities you used to be able to do.

A California workers’ compensation lawyer can help you determine whether a lawsuit is necessary to recover the full value of your claim.

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