Do I have a personal injury claim for a broken knee from a car accident? You are probably asking this question because you suffered a broken knee in a car accident.
The answer to that question depends on whether the car accident was your fault. If the accident was your fault, you do not have a personal injury claim for your broken knee.
However, if the car accident involved another vehicle, and the driver of that vehicle was at fault for the accident; you do have a personal injury claim for your broken knee.
The key to whether you should pursue a personal injury claim is how bad your broken knee is. How devastating is it? Have you had to have expensive medical treatment? How bad has your pain and suffering been? Have you had to miss a lot of work because of your broken knee?
These questions are important to consider because some of the most severe instances of a broken knee result from car accidents. A broken knee can bring about consequences for a lifetime. A broken knee may even result in some type of permanent disability or keep you from working for a long time.
Pain and suffering
In addition, a broken knee may cause extreme pain and suffering. Therapy and rehabilitation can be very painful, and you may get annoyed and frustrated over the loss of mobility you experience.
This is not to mention how expensive it may get making trips to your doctor and the cost of devices that may be needed for therapy. Your expenses may be more than the other driver’s insurance company will approve.
Your broken knee may cause you several signs and symptoms. These include:
Not being able to stand on your injured knee
Inability to straighten your knee
Not being able to move your injured knee
Weakness of your injured leg
Inability to walk
Joint deformity in your injured knee
Severe swelling of your injured knee
Having severe pain in your injured knee
A change in the shape of your leg
Pain that gets worse with movement
Again, the key to being fairly and justly compensated in a personal injury claim is proving that your broken knee was the result of a car accident that was not your fault. You will have to be able to prove that the car accident happened because of the other driver’s negligent, careless or reckless action or behavior.
The mistake that many people make is thinking they can handle a personal injury claim, themselves. They do not realize that the insurance adjuster they are dealing with has a great deal of experience in these matters, and they probably do not have any.
No matter how kind and sympathetic an insurance adjuster may be, they are working for the insurance company, not you. They will do their best to try and pressure you into accepting the lowest possible settlement offer. In most cases, you will get far less than the compensation you deserve.
The smart thing to do is to contact a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.
Article written by James Shugart
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