Unpredictability is one of the most dangerous things about falls. They can happen to anyone at any time, including in the workplace. Many times, you may be able to simply dust yourself off after a fall and get on with your day. Sadly, however, this is often not the case.
Falls can be hard on your knees, and the resulting injuries can be serious. Outlined below are some of the more severe knee injuries associated with work-related falls.
Torn ligaments are among the more serious and painful knee injuries that can result from a fall. The knee is comprised of four ligaments: the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), the medial collateral ligament (MCL) and the lateral collateral ligament (LCL).
Ligaments help the knee move forward and backward, as well as to rotate from side to side. Because each of these ligaments has a distinct function, damage to any of them can be painful and limit your mobility. Surgery and an extended period of recovery are often the only way to get better after ligament damage to avoid chronic pain issues.
During a fall, your knee may be manipulated and twisted into positions it is not designed to be in. This can result in a dislocation, which is very painful and can be difficult to treat. As a general rule, the sooner you seek medical treatment after this type of injury the better. Depending on whether or not there is nerve damage, you may require multiple surgeries before you can get back on your feet.
If your knee has been injured in a fall at work, then you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. This won’t undo the damage, but it will help you to stay on top of your finances while you recover and are unable to work. Seeking legal guidance will offer you the best possible chance at obtaining a just outcome in your case.