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Knee Injuries

EXPERIENCED ST. LOUIS AUTO ACCIDENT KNEE INJURY ATTORNEY

Injuries to the knee are a common automobile accident injury. Motor vehicle passengers will strike their knees on the interior of a car or truck during a collision, causing fractures and other injuries. Some physicians will even refer to “dashboard knee” as a knee injury caused from striking an automobile’s interior in a car crash. Knee injuries can include sprains, fractures, and cartilage and ligament tears. At times, knee injuries from accidents can be serious enough to require total knee replacement. Knee injuries can be painful, disabling, and can result in permanent injury. Missouri attorney John M. Cichelero has nearly 25 years of experience representing victims of Missouri automobile accidents with knee injuries. For a free consultation on any knee injury case resulting from a car accident in Missouri, contact St. Louis personal injury lawyer John M. Cichelero at 314-205-2886 or by e-mail.

WORK-RELATED KNEE INJURIES

Knee injuries can be a consequence of a work-related accident. Workers can incur twist injuries and injuries from overextending the knee, resulting in damage. Knee injuries also can be a result of falling during the course and scope of one’s employment.  In Missouri, if a person’s knee injury was the result of a work accident, then the injured party might be entitled to benefits under Missouri’s Workers’ Compensation Law. The benefits under Missouri workers’ compensation laws include payment for medical expenses, payment for temporary disability, and payment for any permanent disability. For more information on workers’ compensation benefits, visit the Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation website here. John M. Cichelero handles workers’ compensation cases in any part of Missouri and in some parts of Illinois.

DIAGNOSING THE INJURY

After someone has sustained a knee injury from an auto accident or work accident, a physician will attempt to diagnose the nature of the injury. Through physical examination and the use of diagnostic procedures such as MRI, the physician will formulate a diagnosis. The injury may be a sprain or strain to the ligaments and tendons that support the knee. Other injuries may involve tears to ligaments and tendons that require surgical repair. These injuries can include tears to the medial collateral ligament (MCL) and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Meniscus tears also are a common occurrence in knee injury cases. The meniscus is a piece of cartilage that acts as a shock-absorber between bones and stabilizes the knee. As any St. Louis injury attorney should know, a small tear may not require surgery. However, larger tears often require surgical intervention. Fractures and breaks are also a consequence of trauma or injury to the knee. The kneecap can become fractured as well as the lower portion of the femur or upper portion of the tibia or fibula. For more information on the diagnosis and treatment of knee injuries, click here

FAILED KNEE REPLACEMENTS

Unfortunately, some injuries from car accidents or work accidents are serious enough to require a total knee replacement. There are various manufacturers of total knee replacement systems. While these knee replacement systems are supposed to last several years before needing to be replaced, there are certain knee replacements that prematurely fail. These failed total knees cause the recipients to undergo expensive and invasive surgical revisions. Most St. Louis injury lawyers know that at times, a knee replacement will fail because of a manufacturing defect or a design defect on the part of the manufacturer. Such a defect may give rise to a products liability claim in Missouri. For a free consultation regarding a failed total knee replacement by a Missouri personal injury attorney, click here.

NO FEE IF NO RECOVERY

If you have suffered a knee injury in an accident, or you have a failed total knee replacement, contact Attorney John M. Cichelero for a free consultation. Your case will be handled on a No Fee if No Recovery basis. If you would like to discuss your case with Mr. Cichelero, please e-mail or call 314-205-2886.

Mr. Cichelero serves clients from the areas of St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles, Warren County, Jefferson County, Franklin County, St. Francois County, Washington County, Lincoln County and many other cities and counties within Missouri. He also handles cases in some parts of Illinois, such as Granite City, Collinsville, Alton, Fairmont City, Wood River, Edwardsville, Belleville, Shiloh, O’Fallon, and Fairview Heights.

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