Examining Ligament Injuries


January 17, 2016

The knee is a sensitive area of the body supported by numerous ligaments that protect it from injury. However, in the event of a car accident, fall, or sports related accident, these ligaments can become damaged, impacting the knee and more. There are several ligaments within the knee susceptible to injury and each can result in pain, limited range of movement, and a prolonged recovery time.

The personal injury attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, assist injured Georgia accident victims in recovering compensation from the parties responsible for their injuries. We understand the seriousness of ligament injuries, which can prevent accident victims from returning to work or full levels of functioning for a period of time. As such, we fight for a full recovery for each of our injured clients.

ACL/MCL/PCL/LCL

There are several ligaments surrounding the knee. The medial collateral ligament, or MCL, is the most frequently injured ligament and when this ligament is damaged, it results in injury to the inside portion of the knee. This sort of injury is common in sports accidents. The LCL, or lateral collateral ligament, is, in contrast, more of a high-energy impact injury, most frequently occurring in car accidents. This results in injury to the outside knee. Continuing with the ligaments, the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, can be injured due to rapid deceleration. In contrast, the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is most often injured in frontal car accidents when the knee collides with the dash.

Symptoms of Ligament Injuries

The most common symptom of a ligament injury is pain and the inability to walk on the injured leg. ACL injuries are often preceded by a popping or snapping sensation, while MCL or LCL injuries will likely result in swelling of the inside or outside of the knee.

Treatment of Ligament Injuries

All ligament injuries must be treated with prompt medical attention. They should be iced, rested, and elevated, but a doctor should evaluate the injury to determine its nature and the best course of treatment. An ACL injury will at times warrant surgical repair and cannot be ignored.

Prognosis for Ligament Injury Sufferers

With rest and medical attention, those who sustain a ligament injury in a car accident, fall, or sports related accident will generally recover. They might need to refrain from work or sports activities in order to prevent further injury. Moreover, in the future, the knee might remain weaker than it previously was and could also be more susceptible to injury.

Contact an Attorney if You Have Sustained a Ligament Injury

If you have sustained a ligament injury due to the negligence of another person or party, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will assess your accident to uncover whether you should have the right to recover against the party responsible for your injuries.

Contact Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation!

If you have experienced a ligament injury from a sports accident or car crash, you will need a skilled attorney to represent your interests. The Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, assist injured accident victims across Georgia and in the Southeast. Our firm has over 30 years of experience and we are committed to providing zealous representation to our injured clients. The sooner you act after your accident, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Source:
http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/guide/knee-ligament-injuries

 

Category: Personal Injury

Please Note:
Many of our blog articles discuss the law. All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different, and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.