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The human body is a vastly complex system made up of all manner of delicate tissue. In particular, ligaments play a vital role in our ability to move. However, these delicate muscles are often severely injured in accidents and due to the toll felt by workers in the field of physical labor.
If you are dealing with the aftermath of a ligament injury, you may be unsure of whether you will ever heal fully and be able to once again live life to its fullest. But there is hope for recovery. In the event that your trauma was caused by someone acting negligently, you have the right to seek compensation, which will help you deal with costs and afford medical treatment for the healing process.
To learn more about your specific injury and your legal rights, call Alpert Schreyer Poe, LLC at (301) 812-4777 for a no-cost consultation with one of our skilled Maryland ligament injury lawyers.
How Do Ligament Injuries Happen?
The knee is both the largest and most complex joint in the body. Each knee is composed of four primary ligaments that keep bones together and stabilize the joint. However, these are delicate muscles that need to work in a precise manner.
Most people suffer ligament injuries either due to continued wear and tear, like jobs that involve continued heavy lifting, or severe single incidents, such as being struck by a car. In either case, the knee is subjected to direct force, heavy weight, or extreme twisting that is too much for ligaments to bear. However, each type of ligament is vulnerable to different types of trauma and each presents its own unique symptoms and challenges when injured.
What Is an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury?
The anterior cruciate ligament is inside the front of the knee, crisscrossing with the posterior cruciate ligament to control the back and forth motion of the knee. This is one of the most common sports-related knee injuries that typically occurs when someone changes direction rapidly or incorrectly lands after a jump. These are frequently accompanied by other knee injuries, like meniscus, ligament, and cartilage damage.
What Is a Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injury?
The posterior cruciate ligament is found inside the back of the knee, making an X shape with the ACL and controlling the knee’s back and forth motion. These injuries happen most often when the knee is bent and hit in the front, such as being struck in a car crash or during a sport.
What Is a Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Injury?
The lateral collateral ligaments are on both sides of the knee, connecting the femur to the tibia and fibula. When a force pushes the knee sideways, these may tear. Most often, this injury happens when the knee is directly hit, such as being tackled during football and other sports.
What Are Ligament Injury Symptoms?
Because there are so many different types of ligament injuries, you may experience many different symptoms. However, being aware of potential warning signs will help you stay aware of an injury and get treatment as soon as possible.
Ligament injury symptoms include:
- Popping sounds and feelings in the knee
- Knee swelling, due to bleeding inside the joint, with size directly related to severity
- Limited use and movement in the knee, becoming more severe with major tears
- Knee pain, depending on severity of the injury
- Knees that are tender to the touch, ranging from mild tenderness to generalized pain
- Feeling of instability in the knee, possibly causing a limp
- Bruising on and around the knee, which may slowly develop over time
If you are experiencing any of these, seek a medical diagnosis as soon as possible in order to determine the extent of your injuries, the treatment that is needed, and how you suffered the damage.
Can I Receive Compensation for a Ligament Injury?
Suffering a ligament injury falls under the category of personal injury in Maryland law. As such, if your ligament damage happened in an accident that was caused by someone else, you have the right to file a claim against the at-fault party and his or her insurance provider. Success means that you have collected evidence proving fault and are entitled to payments for past medical costs, lost pay from being unable to work, and the pain and suffering you have suffered, as well as any of these that will happen in the future.
A skilled Maryland ligament injury lawyer from Alpert Schreyer Poe can help you create a successful case and avoid the major mistakes that jeopardize so many cases. To learn more, call us at (301) 812-4777 and receive a free case evaluation.
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