Whether we are standing, walking, bending, or kneeling, we use our knees constantly at work and in our daily lives. As a result, knee injuries are one of the most disruptive and debilitating injuries that any worker can experience. A serious knee injury can lead to chronic pain and physical disability. The limitations caused by a knee injury can leave you unable to handle the physical demands of your job or participate in other daily activities.
When a knee injury is caused by your work, whether from a traumatic accident or due to repetitive movements on the job, you may be entitled to pursue workers’ compensation benefits to cover your medical bills and help you recover from the workplace injury. Workers’ compensation and other legal avenues can provide you with the benefits you need.
If you have hurt your knee on the job and are having difficulty obtaining workers’ comp benefits, turn to an experienced Augusta Workers’ Compensation lawyer at Gregory Smith Law, LLC. For over 25 years, attorney Gregory Smith has fought to help hard-working people throughout Georgia pursue the benefits they need to get back on their feet after suffering debilitating injuries.
Gregory Smith Law, LLC focuses exclusively on representing injured workers. Attorney Gregory Smith has extensive experience and knowledge of Georgia workers’ compensation law, enabling him to handle even the most complex work injury cases. If an employer has disputed your right to benefits after an injury on the job, call Gregory Smith Law to discuss the situation and the options available to you.
Contact our firm today for a free initial case review to discuss how our firm can help you pursue financial compensation for your work-related knee injury.
Common Causes of Knee Injuries at Work
Workplace knee injuries can occur due to a traumatic accident or due to physical stresses placed on the knee from the demands of your job. Frequent causes of knee injuries at work include:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Hyperextension accidents
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Equipment/machinery accidents
- Trip and fall accidents
- Falls from heights
- Pallet/forklift accidents
- Crush accidents
Common Types of Knee Injuries at Work
The type of knee injury you suffer can affect what kind of treatment you need, how long your recovery may take, and your prognosis once you reach maximum medical improvement. Common knee injuries suffered by workers on the job include:
- Repetitive stress injuries caused when repeated motions or impacts on the knee cause cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and other soft tissues to wear out.
- Kneecap injury caused by falling directly onto a bent knee
- Dislocation of the patella or femur and tibia
- Fracture of the patella or of the tibia or femur at the knee joint
- Tears of the meniscus, or the cartilage that cushions the contact point between the femur and tibia
- Ligament injuries, including ACL, MCL, PCL, or LCL sprains or tears
- Muscle and tendons strains or tears
What Kind of Compensation Is Available for Work-Related Knee Injuries in Augusta, GA?
If you experience a work-related knee injury in Georgia and you are a full-time or part-time employee, you may be entitled to file a claim for workers’ compensation. In Georgia, workers’ compensation can provide benefits that may include:
- Payment for all reasonable and necessary medical treatment, surgery, rehabilitation, and pain management for your knee injury
- Partial wage replacement if you miss time from work while treating or rehabilitating your knee injury
- Permanent partial disability benefits if you are left with a permanent disability after reaching maximum medical improvement for your knee injury
In addition to workers’ compensation, you also may be eligible to pursue a personal injury claim if someone other than your employer or co-worker caused your knee injury. For example, if you were driving as part of your job and you were injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, you may have a personal injury lawsuit. You may seek compensation from the at-fault driver in addition to claiming workers’ compensation benefits. A personal injury claim against the at-fault driver can provide compensation that includes:
- Compensation for lost wages and lost future earnings if disabled from work
- Pain and suffering and emotional distress
- Loss of quality of life due to disability caused by a knee injury
What Steps Should You Take If You Suffer a Knee Injury on the Job?
After sustaining a knee injury on the job, you should act quickly to ensure that you understand the full scope of options available to you to seek compensation for your recovery. The steps to take after a knee injury at work include:
- Reporting the accident and your knee injury to your supervisor or employer as soon as possible.
- Taking photos of whatever may have caused your knee injury, such as an equipment/machinery accident, or motor vehicle accident.
- Seeking medical attention for your injury as soon as possible. Don’t try to tough it out or return to work if you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your knee. If your employer has designated a list of doctors or medical providers, you must see one of those providers to have your treatment covered by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. However, you may seek emergency medical treatment if needed from any hospital or urgent care facility you choose.
- Follow all treatment recommendations and instructions that you receive from your doctor or treating provider. If your doctor recommends rest for your knee, then try to stay off your knee as much as possible. If you go back to work or stay active on an injured knee, you may lead your employer to argue that you can return to work or that you are allowing your physical condition to worsen.
- Talk to a work injury attorney as soon as possible after suffering a work-related knee injury if your employer questions your right to benefits. Filing a workers’ compensation claim to obtain benefits may be subject to various notification deadlines. Filing a late claim can affect your eligibility. A work injury lawyer can explain the other legal options you have for pursuing financial benefits, such as a third-party personal injury claim or filing an application for Social Security disability benefits.
If you’ve suffered a knee injury at work, you deserve the full worker injury benefits available by law. Contact an Augusta work-related knee injury lawyer at Gregory Smith Law, LLC today for a free, no-obligation consultation. Call us or get in touch with us online. We’re ready to put our in-depth knowledge of work injury law to work for you.