A knee injury can happen on the job

Sometimes we take for granted the things we rely on and we hardly notice what blessings the simple things really are. This is particularly true if you work in a fast-paced environment, such as in a warehouse or on a construction site, and suddenly get hurt and can no longer walk!

A knee injury can suddenly derail your entire existence, not only your career. Remember, it only takes one misstep for this type of injury to impact your life.

There are many types of knee injuries, all of which require immediate medical attention. Depending on the severity, you may find that you're unable to walk for an extended period of time.

Here are some of the most common types of knee injuries:

-- Fractures. The patella is the most common bone that breaks around the knee. This is often caused by trauma, such as falling from height or a motor vehicle accident.

-- Dislocation. A serious injury, a knee dislocation can be either partial or complete. Either way, this requires immediate medical attention.

-- ACL injury. The anterior cruciate ligament must be healthy in order for you to put pressure on your knee without pain or discomfort. Any damage, such as a tear, will require medical attention, such as surgery.

-- Meniscal tears. This type of injury is most common when you pivot, twist or cut. While most common when playing sports, this injury can also occur if your foot gets stuck in an awkward position when taking a step.

You'll know if you are facing any type of knee injury. The pain and discomfort you experience when putting pressure on your knee will lead you to receive a medical diagnosis. From there, treatment options include:

-- Surgery

-- Immobilization

-- Physical therapy

-- Anti-inflammatory medication

If you suffer any type of knee injury on the job, the first step you should take is to receive medical treatment. Along with this, don't hesitate to report the accident to your employer.

If you learn that you are unable to return to work, you should then take the time to file a workers' compensation claim. It's your hope that you can receive benefits that provide compensation while you're away from your job.

In the event of a workers' compensation claim denial, you'll need to file an appeal. Doing so with the assistance of an experienced attorney would be in your best interest. This will help ensure that you're doing everything you can to receive benefits in the near future.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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